Village hosts inaugural Pickleball Tournament at Coral Reef Park

The Village of Palmetto Bay hosted its inaugural Pickleball Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 6, and Sunday, Jan. 7, at Coral Reef Park. The tournament was organized by Connor Porry and Top Level Pickleball with a number of sponsors.

Porry is a teenage pickleball enthusiast and advocate who has been championing the cause of reducing court fees for pickleball players in South Florida cities. He was pleased with how the inaugural Pickleball Tournament of Palmetto Bay turned out.

“There were more than 200 players on 16 courts, which were taped on tennis lines,” Porry said. “At Top Level Pickleball, our main goal is to keep growing the pickleball community.

Each of these tournaments bring the competition up, and the community together.”

Tournament players participated in 10 different categories geared to skill levels. Pickleball players are rated on their skill level through USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) tiered levels. The skill level ratings range from 1.0 to 5.5, with 1.0 being the lowest beginner level and level 5.5 and above reserved for the most advanced players.

Pickleball players are grouped by skill levels so that players can be paired for competitive play. As an example, a level 1.0 player would not be paired with a 4.0 player because the skill levels are not compatible. Pickleball players mostly challenge other players who are close to their skill range.

Pickleball is a racket or paddle sport in which two players or four players hit a perforated hollow plastic ball with paddles over a 34-inch-high net until one side is unable to return the ball or commit. First played in 1965, the highest governing body is the International Federation of Pickleball.

Palmetto Bay Tournament winners were announced as follows:

Women’s 3.0 to 3.5
1. Malra Maguire/Inga Sauzo
2. Debbi Finkle/Carolina Friedhoff
3. Pilar Neer/Jessica McDonald
Men’s 3.0
1. Justin Prieto/Mauricio Caluso
2. Lisnardo De Castro/Roy De Olivera
3. Manny Sires/Alex Pardo
Mixed 3.0
1. Alexander Gallego/Alessandra Castillejos
2. Hannah Dellsi/Giovanni Luciano
3. Jonathon Cardoza/Mellissa Cardoza
Men’s 3.5
1. Anton Auguchenko/Connor Chung
2. Gonzalo Perez/Jeff Kallnoski
3. Lonny Allen/Gavin Allen
Mixed 3.5
1. Adriano Gonzalez/Lourdes Aldereguia
2. Alex Pardo/Julian Salinas
3. Inga Sauzo/Alex Raeke
Men’s 4.0
1. Manny Sires/Chris Sires
2. Anthony Lacqua/Carlos Rivera
3. Dennis Acosta/Luis Porras
Mixed 4.0
1. Anthony Lacqua/Christina Cagol
2. Glo/Chloe Cantane
3. Susan Culligan/Bruce Phillip
Men’s 4.5
1. Alberto Barrera/Edward Hernandez
2. Dante Cobelo/Kyle Araujo
3. Austin Dreher/Victor Colan
Mixed 4.5
1. Jon Lozano/Jen Svladok
2. Ramon Fobus/Amore Cook
3. Deborah Gebara/Fernando Volpin
Men’s 5.0 Plus
1. Jeffrey Steiner/Walter Araujo
2. George Pina/Jorge de Cardenas
3. Juanqui Diaz/Oscar Fernandez

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