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2003

Hall of Fame Inductees: Dick Squires and Bob Kingsbury

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Bob Kingsbury and Dick Squires, both of whom were major achievers and contributors in the 1960's and 1970's. Because their achievements and contributions were better known to players in those decades, it was decided to hold the induction ceremonies at the Senior Nationals dinner at Sleepy Hollow in March of 2003, where there was a large, enthusiastic, and appreciative crowd of peers. Brook Kindred presented the induction speech for Bob Kingsbury and Steve Baird delivered the presentation for Dick Squires. Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 5, Issue 1, September, 2003

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2003

2003 Men’s and Women’s Rankings

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Chris Gambino and David Ohlmuller secured the #1 spot in the Men's and Kerri Delmonico and Shelley Morse edged Bobo Mangan Delaney and Tonia Mangan for the top Women's position.

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2003

Gary Horvath steps down as PPTA President

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Gary led the way for the first five years of the Association's existence and with his energy and leadership the PPTA had made great strides in its mission of raising the standards of teaching platform tennis as a profession and increasing interest and awareness of the sport. Patty Hogan stepped in to fill his shoes.

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2003

Junior Profiles: Liam Butanone and Terry Keegan

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Liam Butanone and Terry Keegan
Liam Butanone and Terry Keegan

Terry (Fairfield, CT) and Liam (Westport, CT) are headed into their third year as partners on the junior circuit. Both competitive tennis players, Liam has given up playing competitive hockey to be able to play more paddle. He still plays baseball and soccer, but paddle is his favorite! He loves the different tournaments on the Viking junior circuit and getting the chance to meet other juniors from outside his region. Terry spends plenty of his time playing many sports including soccer and water polo. He is currently in training for his first triathlon and figures the 3-mile run will be the hardest part. His favorite athlete is Andre Agassi and he loves the Yankees. His favorite classes are gym and geography, while Liam enjoys math class the most and says Arthur Ashe is his favorite athlete! Terry and Liam played many of the Viking junior events last year and look forward to playin[...]

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2003

PTM celebrates The Women of Winter

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PTM Editor Wayne Dollard had these observations: This issue is a tribute to women and their changing role in platform tennis. When I first jumped on the tournament scene in 1997, I was amazed at the talent level among the top women players. As a newcomer to tournaments, it helped me to improve by watching their form, technique, preparation, and intensity. Gerri Viant showed me the ready position I use today. Patty Hogan drilled a steady and more compact volley out of me. And Sue Aery taught me that consistent groundstrokes are more valuable than powerful ones. Looking back through the pages of paddle history, women such as Charlotte Lee, Hilary Hilton, and Robin Fulton have also added so much to the sport. Powerful one- handed backhands, backflips off the screens, blitzing the net, and more. These women showed the paddle community that they could do it all. The women of yesterday c[...]

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2003

Business Week features Platform Tennis

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In the October 13, 2003 issue of Business Week, platform tennis got another plug. Staff writer Marilyn Harris wrote about the wintertime enjoyment that we look forward to in her article entitled, "Paddle, Anyone?" The night air was beyond bitter, the wind cut like a buzz saw. Light flooded a metal platform enclosed by chicken wire, on which four figures, bundled in fleece, chased a yellow ball and smashed it across the net. A car screeched up, and out jumped a man. "She has been crying since you left!" he shouted. His wife dropped her graphite paddle with a clang, raced into the car, and as soon as she could peel away the layers, was nursing her infant daughter. A short while later, play resumed. What would make a mom run out on her newborn? "Neither rain, nor snow, nor crying babies keep me away from platform tennis," says the athletic mother of three. Male or female, old or young[...]

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2003

Walt Peckinpaugh on the history of the game in Cleveland, OH

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Hall of Fame member Walt Peckinpaugh, Jr. filed the story with PTM: Platform tennis made its debut in Cleveland shortly after World War II when the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club built the first courts. Even the arrival of Witherbee Black, the 1940 National Champion from Rye, New York, could not stir the interest in "paddle." The facility faltered from neglect until 1968 when two new courts were built and the "modern era' of platform tennis began. Members of the Hunt Club then arranged a paddle exhibition and clinic featuring four top ranked players from the East: Roger Lankenau, Don Miller, Oliver Kimberly, and Dick Squires. Members of all east side clubs attended the, exhibition and from cooperative relationships, paddle began to gain momentum in Cleveland. A most important contribution to the growth of Cleveland paddle was the decision by John Bernet, Carrington Clark, David Dickenson[...]

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2003

An interview with David Ohlmuller

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PTM: Dave, you've been with Viking for two years now and know the operations well. Can you tell me how long a paddle should last? DO: That question comes up all the time. The rule of thumb is a new paddle every year if you're playing two or more times a week, and a paddle every other year if you're playing competitive paddle once a week. PTM: No offense, but are you saying that to encourage players to purchase more paddles? DO: The fact is the high-tech cores that are in paddles today breakdown over time and with extended play. It doesn't matter whose paddle you are talking about. Don't forget today's paddles offer greater control, more power, and far, far more shock absorption than the wooden paddles of the past. Unfortunately, in platform the luxury of restringing doesn't exist. And, in paddle the average points last far longer than those in tennis. That translates to many, ma[...]

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2003

2003 Viking Cup Child/Adult Tournament to be the last; the goal had been to get more kids playing and it had succeded

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David Kjeldsen, CEO, of Viking Athletics, announced that the recently completed 2003 Viking Cup will be the last for the Child/Adult Tournament. Asked why such a well respected tournament is being stopped, Kjeldsen responded: "The Viking Cup was started eight years ago in an attempt to get more young people on the courts. At the time, there were few outlets for kids to play platform tennis. We felt that if we could get the adults involved, we could get the kids on the courts. We've more than accomplished that goal. More kids are playing than ever before. We'd like to put our emphasis now on kids playing with kids. The Viking Junior Tour is gaining momentum and we'd like to increase our support in that area. In addition, we are exploring with a number of platform tennis communities around the country starting a Viking Junior Platform Tennis League, with much the same format as the adu[...]

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2003

Chicago Charities marks its 31st year

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John Noble filed the report on the event with PTM: The 31st year of the Chicago Charities seemed to be an event enjoyed by all. With a slightly smaller draw, due to the Halloween holiday, the pressure on the volunteer staff to run the four tournaments within the event was not as much of a drain as it has been in previous years. The Northwestern Cancer Research program was the beneficiary. The Women's Open was witness to a pleasant number of upsets. Only one of the top four seeds made it to the semifinals. In the finals, Cindy Prendergast and Lauren Zink won a hard-fought three-setter against Hilary Debbs and Patty Hogan, the second seed (6-1, 2-6, 6-2). The Men's Open was marred by rain in the last set and a half. Last year's Champions David Ohlmuller and Chris Gambino had to work a little harder on their way to this year's final, as they were taken to three sets in the quarters by[...]

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