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Monday - 6-29-09
Article from Larry Buell on the Okla. City tournament he attended Saturday, 6-27-09:
 

Sooner State Games Summer Tournament Report

June 27, 2009

Larry Buell

 

Gentlefolk,

 

Well, the times they are a’changin’, and so has the location of the OKC Table Tennis Club. Their new site is at 1600 NE 8th Street in OKC. BTW, if you have GPS be verrry careful selecting your destination, because my GPS gave me 2 choices for this address in OKC, and I naturally picked the wrong one (ending up scratching my head wondering where a table tennis site would be amongst all these nice residential houses in the far south OKC suburbs). The one you want has Jordan as a cross street (the OKCTTC site map is correct).

 

The OKC club has done a tremendous job cleaning out and refurbishing this place in a short time. The bathrooms (one measure I use to gauge the quality of a place) were superb, especially the main one that had new carpet and beautiful tiling on the wall (and is very spacious!). The club has room for many tables (which were all in terrific condition), in addition to a lounge/counter area in the front. The air conditioning for the main building is good, and will be helped even more when they get the lounge area a/c fixed (soon, soon as they said!).

 

The tournament was a typically well-run event by the capable OKC club members. We had good participation from Tulsa, with 5 members doing a great job representing us: Steve Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Ben Bass, Yee Yang, and me.

 

From talking with the Tulsa players, and watching them, the future of Tulsa Table Tennis is in good hands! Steve had some great matches he played with his fearless power game, Chris is playing with greater confidence and patience that is approaching his awesome talent, Ben has a terrific court sense and fine ball control (his game will only get better with time) and Yee of course is one of our most improved players and is dangerous to any player with his combination of control and power.

 

As for me, although I did not have the success I had in this tournament in February, I also did not have the failures. I have been trying to improve my power game and focus, and these both were in evidence during my play. Though it was a long day (entered U2000, Open, Over-50s, all RRs in which I played from Noon to 7:30 PM), I felt fairly strong right through to the end. My toughest matches (from an “I almost won” point of view) were against Chris in the U2000 (lost 3-2 in an incredible -3, 10, 8, -9, -10 match, where Chris seemed unable to miss a power loop or cross-court kill when he needed them…grr J ). Chris indeed was playing well as he upset 2nd overall seed in the tournament Brandon Gardner (1835) of Texas, a strong young player who will only get better as he learns to wait for the opportune time to strike.

 

My other successful loss was to that same Brandon in the runner-up playoff for 3rd/4th in the Opens. We played a ‘coat of paint’ match which I lost 2-3 (-9, 8, 8, -13, -8). I actually had 2 match points in the crucial 4th game, one of which was a ‘dratted white stuff’ shot that saw my cross-court forehand power loop just graze the top of the net and miss the table by scant centimeters. Brandon gave out a loud sigh of relief at that one!

 

Overall though, I believe I am in the place I wanted to be, challenging a whole new class of player (my serves still gave folks trouble, that helped!), needing only a better push and serve return to enter into the next level of play.

 

The redoubtable left-hander Scott Ryan (1874/TX) was top seeded and won the Opens. The ever reliable and court sagacious Carl Miller (1824, KS) was 3rd seed and came in 2nd. Brandon of TX (seeded 2nd) came in 3rd, and yours truly was seeded 4th and came in 4th.

 

In the U3400 doubles, Scott and his partner Ken Potts (1341/TX) came in first, and our own Yee Yang/Ben Bass showed terrific court coverage and patience to finish 2nd. Chris and Steve showed promise as a power combo to finish 3rd.

 

All told, this was a very good tournament experience, and I can only hope for more of the same in the days ahead!

 

 

 

 

Monday - 6-29-09
John Staley (rated 2011) from the Dallas club will most likely be at the Dawson club tonight -  Monday.
He is in Tulsa on business today and said he thinks he can make it out to play tonight.
Saturday - 6-27-9
Info from Yee Yang about the Oklahoma City tournament he attended on 6-27-09 per an email he sent in.
7 players from TULSA entered the OKC Tournament!
Me "Yee Yang" and Ben Bass took 2nd in U-3600 Doubles, Chris Agimudie & Stephen Ackart took 3rd!
Tulsa player Ben Bass, his first tournament and a person who does not play doubles, did an OUT STANDING JOB which surprised a lot of players there that day! Chris Agimudie took 2nd in the Open Singles who also did an out standing job! Stephen Ackart took 2nd in U-1500 and I took 1st! I learned that the way I am holding my blade is INCORRECT and it has been a habit I need to break! Winfred, the 2300-2500 TT player who noticed it and mentioned it to me! I will work on it and try to change! We all had fun and learned a lot that day! 6/27/09 We started at 9:00am and ended around 7:45-8:00pm
 
 
Friday - 6-26-09
Update on which Tulsa players are going to the Okla. City tournament this weekend:
6 players - Stephen Ackart, Ben Bass, Thomas Berryhill, Nathan Littledave, Larry Buell, Yee Yang.
(Bob Kyker will not be going).
Ben will go up Friday night and stay at an exclusive apartment paid for by his company.
Thomas will leave Sat. morning.
Stephen will go up with his wife and his wife's parents on Friday.
Nathan will enter the ping pong events only.
Thursday - 6-25-09
Dawson - 17 players.
Stephen Ackart, Zaeen Afzal, Chris Agimudie, Joel Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Ben Bass, Hamid Ezzat, Player "A", Marquel Johnson, Bob Kyker, Antonio Lewis, John Moore, Hugh Pham, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Wed. 6-24-09
Update on who is going to the Okla. City tournament this weekend:
4 for sure players - Stephen Ackart, Ben Bass, Thomas Berryhill, Nathan Littledave.
3 rumored players - Yee Yang, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell.
Ben will go up Friday night and stay at an exclusive apartment paid for by his company. Thomas will leave Sat. morning. Stephen will go up with his wife and his wife's parents on Friday. Nathan will enter the ping pong events only.
Tuesday - 6-23-09
Bixby - 13 players.
1 - first time out player - Ali G. (knows Hamid).
12 regular players - Hamid Ezzat, Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Igor Shendrik, Olga Shendrik, Player "A", Stephen Ackart, Ben Bass, Thomas Berryhill, Khaled Shehada, Kevin Borgstedt.
 
Monday - 6-22-09
Dawson - 16 players.
1 first time out player - Marquel Johnson
15 regular players - Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Larry Hill, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Antonio Lewis, Greg McCann, Dan McIntosh, Hugh Pham, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Saturday - 6-20-09
Hutchinson tournament info from an email from Bob Kyker on how he and Yee Yang did Saturday:
Yee and I had a good tournament last Sat.( 6-20-09)  in Hutchinson, KS.  Yee beat a 1700 player and won something in singles and 1st in U-3600 doubles with Don Beckstrom.  George Taplin and I won 2nd in U-3600 doubles.  It was close in the last game with Yee and Don.  Even though Yee was upset about his losses, he played exceptionally well and his level  has jumped since last tournament. 
My new defensive style was working well even at this stage of development (no offense to blend in, yet).  I beat three 1700 players and was winning games against 1800 players.  But I had a hiccup at the end of the day, losing to a 1385 player, with errors in playing defense only.  I have plenty to work on for improvement against certain styles; it works very well against aggressive top spinners.
We started at 8:30 am Sat, and ended at 9:30 pm; it was a good day.
 
 
Thursday - 6-18-09
Dawson - 20 players.
7 first time out players - Furqaan Azhar, Ibrahaam Azhar, Salmaan Azhar (all nephews of Zaeen Afzal), Hannah Burkett (Muskogee club member, did not play however), Ali G., Antonio Lewis (young friend of Larry Buell), Brent Roberts (Muskogee club member),
13 regular players - Zaeen Afzal, Larry Buell, Thai Diep, Hamid Ezzat, Player "A", Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Darrel Lucht (Muskogee club member), John Moore, Hugh Pham, Joe Spaulding, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Wed. 6-17-09
Update on the Hutchinson tournament this weekend. Only 2 Tulsa players going. Bob Kyker and Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 6-16-09
Bixby - 12 players.
Bob Kyker, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Igor Shendrik, Olga Shendrik, Melvin Norton, Yee Yang, Player "A", Jim French, Khaled Shehada, Ben Bass, Kevin Borgstedt.
Tuesday - 6-16-09
Update - 2 Tulsa players going to the Hutchinson tournament this weekend - Bob Kyker and Yee Yang.
Monday - 6-15-09
Dawson - 11 players.
1 visitor - just watched - Oliver Lee
1 first time out player - Stephen Svensson (relative of Matts).
8 regular players - Chris Agimudie, Joel Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Larry Hill, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Yee Yang.
Monday - 6-15-09
Email below from Thomas Griffin dated 6-15-09:
I did get to play at the Dawson club last Thursday night.
If you get a chance to talk to those guys, please tell them that I had a lot of fun playing with them.
I played 6 matches or so and I was pretty tired after that.
 
If any of you guys are ever in Charlotte, NC, stop by our club to play.
We play Tuesday and Thursday nights, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
You can check us out at http://www.charlottetabletennis.org/.
 
Thanks, Thomas Griffin
 
 
Thursday - 6-11-09
Dawson - 15 players.
1 - first time out player - Thomas Griffin, from Charlotte, NC. An 1850 player - conventional strong looper. He was here in Tulsa on business.
14 regular players - Stephen Ackart, Zaeen Afzal, Sydney Agimudie, Don Beckstrom (from Wichita - 1877 player), Larry Buell, Zack Eldridge, Player "A", Larry Hill, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, John Moore, Khaled Shehada, Seth Sherrif, Yee Yang.
Other news:
Rumor has it Yee Yang beat Thomas Griffin. Don Beckstrom did win against Thomas.
Players going to the Hutchinson tournament next weekend - unknown.
Players going to the Okla. City tournament in 2 weeks - unknown.
Wed - 6-10-09
Dawson special notice: Tulsa will be having an out-of-town player at Dawson tomorrow - Thursday. The club rec'd the following email today:
My name is Thomas Griffin and I am a table tennis player from Charlotte, NC. I have been playing with the Charlotte club for many years. My current rating is 1850.
I am going to be in Tulsa tomorrow (Thursday) for business and I would like to come play at your club at the Dawson center.
 
Tuesday - 6-9-09
Bixby - 8 players.
1 - just joined the club tonight player - Greg McCann - teacher of the TCC class on table tennis.
1 - first time out player - Michael - from the Tulsa Chinese Assoc. He was playing because of a tournament their association is having soon (only members of the Chinese Assoc. can play). (Player "A" is a member of this assoc.?)
Michael came in first in the doubles during the last tournament and came in 4th in the singles (per Alto).
6 regular players - Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Player "A", Ben Bass, Yee Yang, Kevin Borgstedt.
Other news:
Yee Yang is wanting to go to the Hutchinson tournament this month.
Ben Bass is wanting to go to the Okla. City tournament this month.
Greg McCann said this year was the first time TCC offered a class on table tennis and got about 6 players.
The class is offered again in the fall but no one has signed up yet.
(Amir Khan plays at TCC and Samer Charr works and plays at TCC also).
Ben Bass said he prefers playing table tennis to softball and will try to play more table tennis.
 
Monday - 6-8-09
Dawson - 14 players.
1 first time out player - Hugh Pham (works with Nicky).
13 players - Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Joel Agimudie, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, 2 other players we did not get their names.
Monday - 6-8-09
Tournament schedule change:
The Okla. Sooner State Games will be changed to 6-27-09 so as not to conflict with the Hutchinson, Kansas tournament on 6-20-09.
Thursday - 6-4-09
Dawson - 10 players.
Zaeen Afzal, Dane Boswell, Zack Eldridge, Player "A", Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Leonard Williams, Robert Yang, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 6-2-09
Bixby - 11 players.
Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Igor Shendrik, Olga Shendrik, Jack Hannah, Melvin Norton, John Moore, Ben Bass, Kevin Borgstedt, Al Houser, Player "A".
Monday - 6-1-09
Dawson - 14 players.
1 - first time out player - Joel Agimudie
13 regulars - Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Dwayne Beavers, Jeff Beavers, Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 5-27-09
Special note - the Dawson club hit their 100th player (since 2003) with James Gateley (no prizes for James, however),
Dawson - 11 players.
1 first time out player - Caleb Bates (knows Greg Widdowson).
10 regular players - Zaeen Afzal, Sydney Agimudie, Player "A", James Gateley (fireman from Dallas), Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Greg Widdowson.
 
Tuesday - 5-26-09
Bixby - 11 players.
2 just joined the club tonight players - Igor Shendrik and his wife - Olga Shendrik
1 - 2nd time out player - Eugene Quaye - from the TCC program
8 regular players - Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Jack Hannah, John Moore, Player "A", Yee Yang.
Other news: 
The club needs to start setting up after 5:30 PM in order to not interfere with the gymnastics program.
Melvin modified the Detroiter cart to better hold the cardboard. New name for the Detroiter cart will now be the "card board cart".
Monday - 5-25-09
Dawson - 2 players.
Bob Kyker and Ben Bass.
Other news:
Bob Kyker will be playing in the Hutchinson tournament on 6-20-09.
Bob will also be playing in the National Seniors doubles tournament in August in San Francisco with George Taplin.
Thursday - 5-21-09
Dawson - 6 players.
Player "A", Bob Kyker, Khaled Shehada, Joe Spaulding, Seth Sherrif,  Yee Yang.
Wed - 5-20-09
Results of the Flim Flam Slam tournament held 5-16-09 in Springfield, Missouri.
2 players from Tulsa attended - Stephen Ackart and Chris Agimudie.
Letter below written by Bill Lewis, President of the Ozarks Table Tennis Club.
 
Results of the Flim Flam Slam Open table tennis tournament  played in Springfield on May 16th.  A grand total of 24 players played 113 matches of which there were 19 sanctioned players.  Seven matches were played in the Under 3200 and Open Doubles with 11 matches notched in the novice Ping-Pong singles.

Open Singles, the highest rated event, saw Munkhbold Bayarsaikhan from St. Charles versed Rob Sharp from Olathe, Kansas, for 1st Place and  $125.00.  “Bold” prevailed by scores of: 12-10, 11-6 and 11 to 5.  Dale Boswell, Springfield and Chunyen Liu, Overland Park, Kansas, rallied it out in the battle for 3rd place and $60.  Chunyen won handily at: 11-5, 14-12 and 11 to 1.  Bill Lewis and Robert Johnson, two Springfield players, rounded out the quest for 5th.  Lewis would win against his ‘same-club competitor by scores of: 11-6, 11-5, 6-11 and 11-8.  Lewis, with more of a control type style, player well against Johnson who is a much better looper.

Under 2150.   Arguably the best and perhaps finest match of the day was between Chunyen Liu and Munkhbold Bayarsaikhan in the championship match of the Under 2150.  Chunyen, an underdog by 173 rated points, came from behind and prevailed by the scores of: 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 with a game count of ~ 3 games to 1.  Bold is perhaps a stronger counter hitter, but Chunyen is perhaps better at his forehand loops.  It was against this backdrop that a more consistent Chunyen, with faster forehand loops, propelled himself to victory.  Dale Boswell and Rob Sharp rounded out the other 2150 finalists. 

Under 1950 was a bit of a Kansas City inner-city rivalry between club members Rob Sharp and Richard Richard.  Rob Sharp would have his way devouring Richard 11-9, 11-5 and 11 to 6.  A couple of forfeits in a preliminary round robin kept two players from advancing but there was still plenty of action with Dale Boswell, Stephen Ackart from Coweta, Oklahoma and Chris Agimudie from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma rounding out as final contestants. 

Under 1750 pitted two groups of four players with Brad Wommack from Bolivar and Stephen Ackart progressing from one round robin while Ben Lewis, Springfield, MO, and Chris Agimudie eventually succeeding from another bracketed round robin.  Agimudie and Wommack would try their luck in an O.K Corral shoot-out in one semi-final.  Wommack would find a way and win: 11-7, 11-9 and 11-7.  Lewis and Ackart harried one another in the other semi.  Lewis would win his battle against Goliath-sized opponent Ackart by scores of: 11-7, 11-7, 11-13 and 11-5.  That said, I’m not sure any person on that day could ‘straight-arrow’ hit better than Ackart.  Lewis, who had previously bested Wommack 3 games to 2 in the Under 1700 of the February 2009 Missouri Winter Games, this time prevailed by the May scores of: 11-4, 11-7 and 11-2.

The Under 1550 clashed Sam Liu, of Overland Park, Kansas, against Datt Gazula from St. Peter’s, Missouri, for the 1st place Championship.  Sam, though he had won an earlier round robin match against Gazula, this time ran out of hitting power in the Championship match eventually losing to Gazula at: 11-7, 11-8, 6-11 and 12-10.  Stephen Ackart, Sanjay Kumar from Dardenne Prairie, MO, Joe Fong and Dan Young both from Springfield, all had many matches that went either four or five games.

The Under 1350 with Kevin Lazaro, Springfield, MO, Dan Young and Sanjay Kumar valiantly fought for the right to progress to the championship match.  Borrowing a phrase from the movie Highlander “There can be only one” this Christopher Lambert sword fight would belong to Sanjay Kumar winning by the scores of: 11-3, 11-6, 11 to 3 over Butterfly dealer and entrepreneur Dan Young.

Ping-Pong Singles saw the last second insertion of J.R Terral, who hails from “All Places USA” as a substitute replacement.  J.R. stood tall and succeeding at beating everyone in his round robin – and in jeans.  The father/son combo of Fernando Salcedo and Thommy Salcedo from Ozark, MO, Kevin Lazaro and Steven Behnen would all vie for the right to progress to single elimination.  This honor would ultimately fall to Terral and Behnen.  It was a “Titanic” struggle with these two opponents.  At the end of the day, it was Terral who would win in a five game slugfest: 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-8 and 11 to 5.

The Under 3200 Doubles had 4 teams in contention.  Stephen Ackart and Chris Agimudie fought against Sanjay Kumar and Datt Gazula for 1st place with Ackart and Agimudie narrowly winning 3 games to 2 – in a very tight duel.  Stephen Behnen and Dan Young sided against Jamie Hathcock, Springfield, MO and Kevin Lazaro.  This match would go the distance as Behnen & Young won 3 games to 2 in the battle for 3rd.

The Open Doubles saw another 4 teams in pool play.  Bill Lewis and Dale Boswell versed Sanjay Kumar and Datt Gazula in one preliminary match.  Lewis and Boswell would win 3 games to 0.  Chris Agimudie and Stephen Ackart would duel against Chunyen Liu and Sam Liu in the other heat.  Agimudie / Ackart would win this match 3 games to 1.  The 1st place finals saw Lewis and Boswell eventually win their 1st Place match at 3 games to 1 against the taller men from Oklahoma.  ( There was no 3rd place match.)

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Open Singles:
1st Place   Munkhbold Bayarsaikhan
2nd Place   Rob Sharp
3rd Place   Chunyen Liu
4th Place   Dale Boswell
5th Place   Bill Lewis

Under 2150
1st Place     Chunyen Liu
2nd Place    Munkhbold Bayarsaikhan

Under 1950
1st Place    Rob Sharp
2nd Place   Richard Richard

Under 1750
1st Place    Ben Lewis
2nd Place   Brad Wommack

Under 1550
1st Place    Datt Gazula
2nd Place    Sam Liu

Under 1350
1st Place    Sanjay Kumar
2nd Place    Dan Young

Ping Pong Singles
1st Place    J.R. Terral
2nd Place    Steve Behnen

Open Doubles
1st Place    Bill Lewis / Dale Boswell
2nd Place   Chris Agimudie / Stephen Ackart

Under 3200 Doubles
1st Place    Stephen Ackart / Chris Agimudie
2nd Place   Sanjay Kumar / Datt Gazula
3rd Place    Stephen Behnen / Dan Young
4th Place    Kevin Lazaro / Jamie Hathcock

 

Bill Lewis
- 3818 South Farm Road 103
- Brookline Station, MO. 65619
- President Ozarks Table Tennis Club
- USATT Club Umpire & USATT Tournament Director
- Local web site: www.ozarkstabletennisclub.com
- Local web site: http://mowintergames.org/tabletennis.html
- National web site: www.usatt.org
- Ph: 417.890.8092

 

Tuesday - 5-19-09
Bixby - 10 players
1 - first time out player - Eugene Quaye (from the TCC program).
9 other players - Olga Shendrik, Igor Shendrik (their 3rd time out ! ), Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Player "A", Jack Hannah, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Chau Giang.
Monday - 5-18-09
Dawson - 17 players.
4 players from Sallisaw - Matt Caldwell, Steve Padgett, Bob Sivils, Daniel Sivils.
13 other players - Dwayne Beavers, Dane Boswell, Larry Buell, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh, Khaled Shehada, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Tim Yardy.
Saturday - 5-16-09
Springfield, Missouri tournament is today. Stephen Ackart and Chris Agimudie are the only 2 Tulsa players going.
Thursday - 5-14-09
Dawson - 12 players.
Stephen Ackart, Zaeen Afzal, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Dwayne Beavers, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Robert Yang, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 5-12-09
Bixby - info to follow later
Monday - 5-11-09
Dawson - 14 players.
1 - first time out player - from Ft. Worth, a fireman, we did not get his name.
13 other players - Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Dwayne Beavers, Dane Boswell, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang. 
Thursday - 5-7-09
Dawson - info to follow
Tuesday - 5-5-09
Bixby - 9 players.
2 first time out players - Olga Shendrik, Igor Shendrik - both from the Ukraine. Have been in Tulsa since 1996.
7 regular players - Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang, Player "A", Jack Hannah, Ben Bass.
Other news:
Melvin Norton will modfy the "Detroiter carts" to better carry the cardboard rolls.
Monday - 5-4-09
Dawson - 16 people. 
Kyle Dierking from channel 6 - KOTV came out and interviewed Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker and Larry Buell and took alot of video of the players - mostly of Nicky Agimudie.
Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Kelvin Frank ( a relative of Sydney who just watched), Dwayne Beavers, Don Beckstrom (from Wichita), Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Amir Khan, Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh, John Moore, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 4-30-09
Dawson - 9 players.
Zaeen Afzal, Dwayne Beavers, Larry Buell, Player "A", Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Robert Yang, Fong Yang, Yee Yang.
Other news: Don Beckstrom will be playing Monday night.
Tuesday - 4-28-09
Bixby - 6 players.
Alex Tupas, Thomas Berryhill, Kelly Boyce, Player "A", Yee Yang, John Moore.
Monday - 4-27-09
Dawson - 12 players.
Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Rollin Hoggatt, Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh, Josh Parker, Shane Parker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 4-23-09
Dawson - 10 players.
Zaeen Afzal, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Player "A", Rollin Hoggatt, Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh, Josh Parker, Shane Parker, Joe Spaulding.
Tuesday - 4-21-09
Bixby - 10 players.
Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Sydney Agimudie, Chris Agimudie, Alex Tupas, Kevin B, Player "A", Thomas Berryhill (brought his fiancee), Mats Johansson.
 
Monday - 4-20-09
Dawson - 12 players.
Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Dane Boswell, Rollin Hoggatt, Bob Kyker, John Moore, Josh Parker, Shane Parker, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 4-16-09
Dawson - 9 players.
3 first time out players - Rollin Hoggart, Shane Parker, a player we did not get their name.
6 regular players - Hamid Ezzat, Chris Agimudie, Dwayne Beavers, Player "A", Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding.
Tuesday - 4-14-09
Bixby - 8 players.
1 first time out player - Al Houser
7 regular players - Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Grant Bond, Melvin Norton, Thomas Berryhill, Jack Hannah, Player "A".
Monday - 4-13-09
Dawson - 15 players.
Zaeen Afzal, Chris Agimudie, Ben Bass, Dwayne Beavers, Dane Boswell, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh, John Moore, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang, Tim Yardy.
Thursday - 4-9-09
Dawson - 11 players.
1 first time out player - Greg Ketchum
10 regular players - Chris Agimudie, Dwayne Beavers, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Alto Guidry, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Robert Yang, Fong Yang, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 4-7-09
Bixby - 10 players.
4 first time out players - Chau Giang (played at a table tennis club in California. A chopper. Has lived in Tulsa since October). Josh Willinger and John Davis - both enrolled in the TCC table tennis course (there are 6 players in the TCC course now but John said that is because no one knew about the course that started this semester and that next semester there should be alot more players). One other player that was there because of the gymnastics program.
6 regular players - Thomas Berryhill, Kelly Boyce, Kevin B., Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Player "A".
 
Monday - 4-6-09
Dawson - 15 players.
Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Dwayne Beavers, Hamid Ezzat, Steven Freedman, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Robert Yang, Fong Yang, Yee Yang, Tim Yardy.
Other news:
Chris Agimudie got a new Newgy robot.
Thursday - 4-2-09
Dawson - 12 players
3 first time out players - all from Hawaii - Steven Freedman, Jamie Stokes, Lynn Stokes.
9 regular players - Zaeen Afzal, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Dwayne Beavers, Larry Buell, Player "A", Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 3-31-09
Bixby - 15 players.
5 first time out players - all from the TCC table tennis club course - Greg McCann (the instructor for the course), Kyle Chancey, John Davis, Patrick Short, Brad Baumann.
10 regular players - Melvin Norton, Alto Guidry, Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Chris Agimudie, Alex Tupas, Sydney Agimudie, Fred Roper, Kevin Borgstedt, Thomas Berryhill.
Other news:
TCC has an accredited table tennis course and Greg is the teacher for the course.
Good for 2 to 3 college credits. They play once a week for 2 1/2 hours.
Monday - 3-30-09
Dawson - 14 players.
1 - haven't been out in a long time player - Ray Awe (joined the club tonight also!).
13 regular players - Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Dwayne Beavers, Dane Boswell, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Chuck Lewis, John Moore, Alex Tupas, Fong Yang, Yee Yang, Tim Yardy.
Thursday - 3-26-09
Dawson - 16 players.
2 first time out players - Rollin Hoggatt, Shane Parker (nephew of Rollin Hoggatt).
14 regular players - Zaeen Afzal, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Ben Bass, Dwayne Beavers, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Alto Guidry, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Robert Yang, Fong Yang, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 3-24-09
Bixby - 13 players.
3 first time out players - Dick Clemons and his son Sean Clemons, Fred Roper (used to play at the Okla. City club 10 years ago, now living in Broken Arrow).
10 regular players - Thomas Berryhill, Kelly Boyce, Grant Bond, Sydney Agimudie, Chris Agimudie, Ben Bass, Melvin Norton, Alto Guidry, Jack Hannah, Kevin Borgstedt.
Other news:
Chris Agimudie is planning on going to the St. Louis tournament next month.
Ben Bass will only be playing on Tuesdays now due to his softball commitments on Mondays and Thursdays.
Monday - 3-23-09
Dawson - no info yet.
Thursday - 3-19-09
Dawson - 14 players.
3 first time out players - Junaid Malik, Maria McCann (wife of Greg McCann), Amir Khan (won the doubles at TCC)
1 - hasn't been out in 15 years player - Greg McCann (used to play at Owen Park and Turner Park)
9 regular players - Zaeen Afzal, Sydney Agimudie, Ben Bass, Dwayne Beavers, Larry Buell, Di Jin, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Yee Yang.
Other news:
Di Jin will be leaving next week to work in Detroit, Mich. for General Motors
Tuesday - 3-17-09
Bixby - 8 players.
Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Ben Bass, Melvin Norton, Thomas Berryhill, Jack Hannah, Grant Bond, Nat Littledave.
Monday - 3-16-09
Dawson - 9 players.
Stephen Ackart, Zaeen Afzal, Ben Bass, Dwayne Beavers, David Goldsmith, Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 3-12-09
Dawson - 10 players.
Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Ben Bass, Dwayne Beavers, Thomas Berryhill, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas,
Update on the Sapulpa center - no word yet from Jake at the Salvation Army center whether the funding request he made got approved or not.
2-28-09
Missouri Winter Open held 2-28-09 - 3 Tulsa players attended this - Hamid Ezzat, Chris Agimudie, Dan McIntosh from Muskogee. Only 1 player from the Okla. City club attended - Addy Winfred. Results are now posted on the USATT web site. This tourament was is Springfield, Mo - 174 miles away from Tulsa - a 2 hour and 36 minute drive. 49 players attended this tournement. Players over 1800 - 16. Players over 1900 - 10. Players over 2000 - 7.
Tuesday - 3-10-09
Bixby - 10 players.
Ben Bass, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Thomas Berryhill, Jack Hannah, Player "A", Chris Agimudie, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang, John Moore.
Monday - 3-9-09
Dawson - 11 players.
Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Ben Bass, Dwayne Beavers, Dane Boswell, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Yee Yang.
Friday - 3-6-09
Update on the Salvation Army move. Jake at the Salvation Army will enter a request/grant for 8 new tables. He said by Monday he will know something. Tulsa will keep the tables at Dawson and continue to play on Mondays. Tulsa will keep the tables at Bixby and continue to play on Tuesdays at Bixby. The Salvation center will hold Wed. nights open for the table tennis club (for now just once a week). We will have to wait to see how many tables the Salvation Army will get approved for (if any). The Salvation Army center is the best place I (Kelly) have ever seen for a table tennis center. If there was ever a perfect place to play table tennis, this place is it (for more reasons than just the lighting, floor and the room). Hopefully, the funding will go through.
Thursday - 3-5-09
Dawson - 9 players.
Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Ben Bass, Dwayne Beavers, Thomas Berryhill, Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh, Joe Spaulding, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 3-5-09
The Sapulpa Salvation Army Boys and Girls club has made an offer to the Dawson club to move the club to Sapulpa.
Hamid checked out the center today and he approves of the move.
Kelly Boyce will talk to the Sapulpa center tonight to work out the details.
The club can play from 6:00 Pm to 10:00 Pm Tuesday, Wed. Thurs, or Friday (Monday night is currently being used by the karate program). We will get 2 nights a week minimum. The address is: 1721 S. Hickory, Sapulpa.
We will not commit until everyone is on board on this. We could keep the Dawson open on Monday's is a possiblilty.
The Salvation Army has committed to buying 6 new tables to support this new program.
Tuesday - 3-3-09
Bixby - 14 players.
1 first time out player - Nathan Littledave (works with Thomas Berryhill and Ben Bass at a carpet repair company that has a table tennis table).
Garrett Belcher, Ben Bass, John Moore, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Jim French (paid his dues), Steve Ford, Melvin Norton, Player "A", Grant Bond, Thomas Berryhill, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Melvin Norton (the inventor of the "Detroiter cart" ) celebrated his 75 birthday!
Monday - 3-2-09
Dawson - 14 players.
Zaeen Afzal, Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Ben Bass, Dwayne Beavers, Larry Buell, Player "A", Bob Kyker, Brett Robbins, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 2-26-09
Dawson - 13 players.
1 - first time out player - Phil Kinnamon (friend of Joe Spaulding).
1 - just joined the club tonight player - Zaeen Afzal.
11 regular players - Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Ben Bass, Dwayne Beavers, Alto Guidry, Bob Kyker, John Moore, Brett Robbins, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 2-24-09
Bixby - 14 players.
Jim Hughes, Thomas Berryhill, Kelly Boyce, Ben Bass, John Moore, Brett Robbins, Steve Ford, Alex Tupas, Kevin Borgstedt, Melvin Norton, Player "A", Grant Bond, Jackson Fine, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Ben Bass got his new paddle in from Coles TT. However, he ordered the UL and there were dents on the black side only surface that hopefully will smooth out.
Alex Tupas ordered new rubber from Coles TT due in Friday and he ordered a  blade from Paddle Palace.
Monday - 2-23-09
Dawson - 15 players.
Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Dwayne Beavers, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh, John Moore, Brett Robbins, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Robert Yang, Fong Yang, Yee Yang, Tim Yardy.
Other news:
2 players going to the Springfield, MO. tournament this weekend - Hamid Ezzat, Dan McIntosh.
Thursday - 2-19-09
Dawson - 12 players.
Zaeen Afzal, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Ben Bass, Dwayne Beavers, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh (from Muskogee), Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas (he broke his carbon blade ! ), Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 2-17-09
Bixby - 10 players.
Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Ted Hill, Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah, Brett Robbins, Thomas Berryhill, Player "A", Stephen Ackart. Kevin Borgstedt.
Monday - 2-16-09
Dawson - 15 players.
Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Dwayne Beavers, Dane Boswell, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Louis Kirk, Bob Kyker, John Moore, Brett Robbins, Khaled Shehada, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Tim Yardy.
Other news:
Players going to the Missouri Winter games in Springfield, MO on 2-28-09 - Nick Agimudie, Tim Yardy, Hamid Ezzat.
2-12-09 - Thursday
Dawson - 14 players.
Stephen Ackart, Sydney Agimudie, Chris Agimudie, Matts Johansson, Brett Robbins, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang, Louis Kirk, Dan Guernsey, Thoman Berryhill, Ben Bass, Zaeen Afzal, one other person, did not get their name.
(info courtsey of Yee Yang).
2-7-09 tournament results info
Below is a letter from Larry Buell and Britt Salter about the 2-7-09 tournament in Moore, Okla.
 

Sooner State Winter Games Tournament

2/7/09

Larry Buell

 

It was the Best of Times,   it was the Worst of Times….

 

This well-known expression (from Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities) could well have described my experience in the Sooner Winter Games last Saturday.

 

The tournament, another well-run affair at Carl’s House of Pong in Moore, got underway for me with the U1700 RR, one of 3 RR events I entered. After an initial win over a fifteen year old relative newcomer, I had to face fast-improving Yee Yang (1345 but not anymore!) of our Tulsa club. I must stop giving him coaching tips, he keeps taking them and getting better! He easily handled my soft topspin rolls to each side with forceful drives and smashes of his own, and had little trouble with my serves (which usually spells my doom). He rolled me 3-0 with three 11-9 wins, and highly deserved this victory. I might mention he also won the U1500 event, and will likely never get the chance to enter that event again J

 

My next match in the RR was against Craig Milkowski (1584), a strapping fellow who belted my easy loops back for winner after winner. Again, my serves posed no problem for him and I could not find the answer to his cross court smashes. Of some small consolation was the later knowledge that Craig won the U1850s and was having a fine tournament of his own.

 

The U1700s represented the worst of times (for me), while the next event, the O50s, represented the best!

 

As usual, once the day wore on I began to find my groove. In my first match of the O50s, I faced our own Bob Kyker (1580), who by my observations was having a very good day (he rolled the same Craig Milkowski who had rolled me, and won the U1700s, yeah Bob! Note a very improved and smooth-playing Chris Agimudie took the silver here!). Bob was very much on his game from the start, marking up two good wins with his great movement, consistent defense, and timely kill shots. I decided at that point to vary my strategy, which to that time had been to try to force Bob into a quick error with hard loops to the extreme sides. Instead, I began returning a mixture of cross-court rolls with short, nospin pushes to keep Bob moving as much as possible until I could get an opening for a putaway. My consistency picked up a bit and I managed to eke out the next 3 games, though it was anybody’s match right up to the end!

 

With Bob, a great sportsman and friend, watching from tableside, I then took on the undisputed power of the O50s, Scott Ryan of Texas (1924). Scott, a lefty, had seemed very potent against Bob in his O50 win earlier. I started Scott out with short spinny serves to his backhand, and was pleasantly surprised at their effectiveness. I varied the spin (heavy chop, side-top, nospin) with attempts to disguise this, and continued to achieve success. So of course I tried something different (long spinny serves to his forehand) and was rebuffed immediately. I could see that I wouldn’t win many long rallies, so I decided to go for broke on each shot with heavy topspin drives, mixing cross-corner/down-the-line shots. I won the first game, Scott the second, me the third. I began breathing heavily (more from nerves than exhaustion – you know, like the Chariots of Fire sprinter said before the 100 yard dash final, that he might have that ‘too afraid to win’ feeling) after the 3rd game and went to Bob for advice. He said “You’re doing great, I wouldn’t change a thing!”, and gave me a big smile for encouragement. Well, that worked! I calmed down, focused, kept doing what I had found successful, and won! Turns out this was the biggest upset victory of my career….

 

I want to interject a comment here on what I perceive as successful coaching techniques. I have learned from playing with Bob in doubles that we do well together because we never criticize each other. Certainly we give advice, but that is all done with a positive spirit and the knowledge that regardless of whether the advice can be successfully implemented in the moments ahead, we will still be friends.

 

In giving advice to the various players I see (at the tournament, at our club), I follow these rules:

         

1.       Never criticize (give advice tainted with negativity).

2.       Never display disappointment when the advice is either not followed or is followed unsuccessfully.

3.       Always treat a fellow player with encouragement and respect.

 

In doubles, Bob and I had a rough start by having to face a terrific team of David Hash (1581) and Dale Goodman (1643). Their team was the perfect example of the sum being greater than the parts, as Bob and I could not penetrate their great defense/attacks no matter how we varied our approach. I believe David and Dale won our side of the RR, but David had to leave earlier than the finals L

 

Bob and I then faced the Yang brothers (Yee and Robert). As mentioned before, Yee was having a great tournament, and Robert was not too far behind (Robert won the U1250 and the bronze in the U1500). However, I think Yee was slowed a bit by a painful back, and Bob and I managed to overcome them in a close match.

 

We next faced top seeded (in our half) Steve Ackart (1602) and Mats Johansson (1644). Although they both had some terrific shots throughout the match, Bob and I tried to keep placing the ball to the extreme opposite side of the expected returner, and this strategy saw us get the win.

 

In the playoffs, since we finished second in our half, we got to play the winner of the other half, Scott Ryan and his partner Ken Potts (1409). They played very well together, engaging in many counseling sessions to better counter whatever Bob and I threw at them. Their last counseling session (at 10-9 theirs in the 5th) was the key one: Scott had been consistently serving side/top spins to me throughout the match. On this last critical point, Ken (as Scott let me in on later) had recommended in their final council to give me a heavy chop serve instead. Great advice! So keyed was I to what I had seen before, I missed the read on the heavy chop and pushed it into the white of the net. Game over! But Bob and I felt very good about the way we’d played together in the tournament, ending up with the bronze medal.

 


 

I’m concluding below with a tournament report written by Britt Salter that he was kind enough to forward to me:

 

Winfred Addy beat Nicky Agimudie in the Open finals.  (I am fairly sure Don Beckstrom got the Bronze...)

Don Beckstrom won the U2000.  He played better than I've ever seen him play - certainly better than he has ever played against me.  His forehand counter, in particular, seemed a solid level better than I remember.  Brandon Gardner (kid from DFW area) played quite well and came in second.  Brandon gave Don a tough match, then ran right over me... (I got the Bronze...)

Craig Milkowski won the U1850 and Dalton Daugherty came in second.  They both played well in the tournament.  I'm fairly sure Dalton beat Brandon (see above) in a tough match to win his RR...  (I got the Bronze - I won the third RR, then defaulted to save my legs for the U2000 (it didn't pay off!)...)

Bob Kyker won the U1700, Chris Agimudie took silver, and Craig Milkowski got the bronze.

Yee Yang won U1500, Ken Potts took silver, and Robert Yang got bronze.

Robert Yang won U1250, Ryan Bao took silver and Steve Marks won bronze.

Larry Buell won Over 50 with a very good win over Scott Ryan (Silver).  Bob Kyker took home the bronze.

Craig Milkowski and I pulled out the U3400 Doubles over Scott Ryan and Ken Potts.  They beat us in our RR, but we advanced as 2nd place then won out.  Bob Kyker and Larry Buell took third.

 

Tuesday - 2-10-09
Bixby - 13 players.
3 - 2nd time out players - Will Landsheft, Lucas Gibson - (both Bixby high school students) and Kevin Borgstedt.
1 first time out player - Jackson Fine (friend of Grant).
9 regular players - John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Thomas Berryhill, Ben Bass, Brett Robbins, Grant Bond, Player "A", Jack Hannah.
Monday - 2-9-09
Dawson - 9 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Chris Agimudie, Alex Tupas, Dane Boswell, Yee Yang, Joe Spaulding, Seth Sherrif, Dwayne Beavers.
(info courtesy of Yee Yang).
Note - no info from anyone about the Okla. City tournament on Sat. Anyone with any info please email.
Thursday - 2-5-09
Dawson - 10 players.
Dan Guernsey, Player "A", Matts Johansson, Louis Kirk, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Robert Yang, Fong Yang, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 2-3-09
Bixby - 16 players
4 first time out players - Terry Vinsant, Kevin Borgstedt (his daughters do gymnastics also), Lucas Gibson and Will Landsheft - both Bixby high school students).
12 regular players - Melvin Norton, Thomas Berryhill (joined the club tonight!), Alex Tupas, Brett Robbins (joined the club tonight!), Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Jim French, Grant Bond, Ben Bass, Yee Yang, Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
2 players joined the club tonight - Thomas Berryhill and Brett Robbins.
 
Monday - 2-2-09
Dawson - 11 players.
Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Dane Boswell, Larry Buell, Player "A", Bob Kyker, Brett Robbins, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang.
Players going to the Okla. City tournament this weekend - listed as under 3400 double teams:
Bob Kyker and Larry Buell, Stephen Ackart and Matts Johannson, Yee Yang and Robert Yang, Nick and Sydney Agimudie, Chris Agimudie and Seth Sheriff, Hamid Ezzat (no doubles).
Note - still possible that Robert Yang and Matts Johansson may not go.
 
Thursday - 1-29-09
Dawson - 11 players.
Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Brett Robbins, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Players going to this weekends Okla. City tournament:
Larry Buell and Bob Kyker (double team),
Yee Yang and Robert Yang (doubles team),
Stephen Ackart and Matts Johannson (doubles team) (Stephen said Matts may not go).
Chris Agimudie and Nick Agimudie (doubles team under 3400),
Hamid Ezzat.
Bob Kyker to confirm this info tonight.
Tuesday - 1-27-09
Bixby - closing today at 5:00 PM due to the ice storm that came in Monday afternoon.
Monday - 1-26-09
Dawson -  6 brave (?) players ( an ice storm came in today around noon).
Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Alex Tupas, Robert Yang, Fong Yang, Yee Yang.
Friday - 1-23-09
To help players become more familiar with Coles table tennis equipment, a new web page has been added. On the home page, click on:  "Coles Table Tennis equipment comments from Tulsa players - click here  "
 
Thursday - 1-22-09
Dawson - 11 players.
2 first time out players - Dan Guernsey, Louis Kirk.
9 regular players - Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang.
Wed - 1-21-09
8 Tulsa players going to the Okla. City tournament on Feb. 7 - Larry Buell and Bob Kyker (double team), Yee Yang and Robert Yang (doubles team), Stephen Ackart and Matts Johannson (doubles team), maybe Chris Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat for sure.
Tuesday - 1-20-09
Bixby - 15 players.
1 just joined the club tonight player - Ben Bass.
1 first time out player - Zeke Clark (friend of Grant Bond).
13 regular players - Player "A", Kelly Boyce, Brett Robbins, Stephen Ackart, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Yee Yang, Jim French, Grant Bond, Marshall Earnest, Melvin Norton, Thomas Berryhill, Jack Hannah.
Monday - 1-19-09
Dawson - 17 players.
1 new player - Cary Enterline
16 regular players - Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Dwayne Beavers, Jeff Beavers, Austin Berryman, Larry Buell, Tyler Colston, Glenn Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Brett Robbins, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 1-15-09
Dawson - 9 players.
Stephen Ackart, Laura Avey, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Brett Robbins, Seth Sherrif, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 1-13-09
Bixby - 12 players.
Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, John Moore, Alto Guidry, Alex Tupas, Jim Hughes, Laura Avery, Marshall Earnest , Grant Bond, Brett Robbins, Thomas Berryhill.
Monday - 1-12-09
Dawson - 22 players.
2 first time out players - Austin Berryman, Tyler Colston
20 regular players - Stephen Ackart, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Allen Krys, Laura Avey, Dwayne Beavers, Dane Boswell, Larry Buell, Glenn Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Robert Yang, Tuo Yang, Yee Yang, Tim Yardy.
 
Friday - 1-9-09
Keith Spence has for sale, table tennis shoes, size 9. Click the "equipment for sale" link in the upper right corner for more info.
Thursday - 1-8-09
Dawson - Okla. Sooners playing Florida tonight at 7:00 PM. Playing maybe limited.
Tuesday - 1-6-09
Bixby - 9 players.
3 first time out players - Laura Ashley, Brett Robbins. Keith Spence
6 regular players -  Alex Tupas, Jim Hughes, Melvin Norton, John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Alto Guidry.
Other news:
Keith Spence played in the club when the club was at the YWCA on 17th and Memorial - around 1975 (when Peggy Shaha was making her place in Okla. table tennis history along with the 4 Sanchez's). He later and last played at Reed Park in west Tulsa.
6 players (so far) going to the Okla. city tournament on Feb. 7 - Hamid, Stephen, Yee, Mats, maybe Larry Buell, Bob Kyker.
John Moore bought a paddle from Cole Ely's table tennis. The rubber is 729 - Cream RITC and the blade is Genote Quattro X. Very nice paddle - all for $40.
Monday - 1-5-09
Dawson - 14 players.
4 first time out players - Laura Ashley, Dwayne Beavers, Jeff Beavers (son of Dwayne), Brett Robbins.
10 regular players - Stephen Ackart, Dane Boswell, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Keith Spence, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang.
Other news:
6 players (so far) going to the Okla. city tournament on Feb. 7 - Hamid, Stephen, Yee, Mats, maybe Larry Buell, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 1-1-09
Dawson - closed.
Tuesday - 12-30-08
Bixby - closed.
Monday - 12-29-09
Dawson - 12 players.
Kelly Boyce, Glenn Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang, Player "A", Dane Boswell, John Moore, Ted Bennett.
Other news:
Players planning on going to the Okla. City tournament on 2-7-09 - Hamid Ezzat.
Tuesday - 12-23-08
Bixby - closed
Note - Bixby will be closed next Tuesday also.
Monday - 12-22-08
Dawson - 12 players.
1 first time out player - An Indiana visitor - 2035 rating.
11 regular players - Sydney Agimudie, Dane Boswell, Glenn Godsey, Player "A", Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang, Gary Pentecost..
Thursday - 12-18-08
Dawson - 9 players.
Player "A", Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Leonard Williams, Rogert Yang, Fong Yang, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 12-16-08
Bixby - 5 brave players (due to ice).
Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Player "A", John Moore, Jim Hughes.
Monday - 12-15-08
Dawson - 8 players (ice/sleet storm made the roads slick).
1 - haven't played since the 1970's - Keith Spence (he was a good piano player and hit the ball off the bounce - very quick player then. Played mostly at Owen Park and the old YWCA on 17th and Memorial). He just watched tonight.
7 regular players - Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang, Tim Yardy.
Thursday - 12-13-08
Dawson - 14 players.
Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Dane Boswell, Glenn Godsey, Alton Guidry, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Roger Persaud, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Leonard Willams, Robert Yang, Yong Yang, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 12-11-08
Bixby - closed due to the ice storm.
Monday - 12-8-08
Dawson - 13 players.
Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Glenn Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Roger Persaud, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang, Tim Yardy.
Thursday - 12-4-08
Dawson - 12 players.
1 - haven't been out in many years - Roger Persaud (just in town for 2 weeks on business).
11 regular players - Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell,  Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Robert Yang, Yee Yang.
 
Tuesday - 12-2-08
Bixby - 9 players.
Don Beckstrom from the Wichita club (working for the day in Collinsville), Alton Guidry, Grant Bond, Kelly Boyce, Yee Yang, Melvin Norton, Jim Hughes, John Moore, Thomas Berryhill.
Monday - 12-1-08
Dawson - 13 players.
Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Dane Boswell, Larry Buell, Samer Charr, Glenn Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 11-25-08
Bixby - 20 players.
4 first time out players - Tony Bui ( just visiting from Texas? with Hung Bui), Robert Yang, Fong Yang, Blake Alley (friend on Grant Bond).
1 - 2nd time out player - Thomas Berryhill.
4 Bixby high school players - Matthew Youngwirth, Tyler Jefferies, Tyler McGrew, Chris Miller.
11 regular players - Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Melvin Norton, Hung Bui, John Moore, Jim Hughes, Casey Forrester,Yee Yang, Alton Guidry, Grant Bond.
Monday - 11-24-08
Dawson - 15 players.
Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Ted Bennett, Glen Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker,
Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Tao Wang, Leonard Williams, Ker Yang, Tuo Yang, Yee Yang, Tim Yardy.
Saturday - 11-22-08
Special note on the Springfield, Missouri tournament held 11-22-08
Tulsa's own Samer Chaar won 2nd in both top events - the Class A round robin and the under-2150 !!
He also won 2nd in the doubles!! Jeff Johnston (rated 2035) from Missouri came in first in all these events ahead of Samer.
Results of the Giant Jumbo Round Robin Table Tennis Tournament
 
Class “A” Giant Jumbo Round Robin
1st Place:   Jeff Johnston, Smithville, Missouri
2nd Place:   Samer Chaar, Tulsa, Oklahoma
3rd Place:   Chunyen Liu,  Overland Park, Kansas
4th Place:   Rob Sharp, Olathe, Kansas
5th Place:   William Todd, Jefferson City, Missouri
 
Class “B”  Giant Jumbo Round Robin
1st Place:   Harry Chu, Fayetteville, Arkansas
2nd Place:  Terry Brecheisen, Kansas City, Kansas
 
Class “C”  Giant Jumbo Round Robin
1st Place:    Don Slentz, Springfield, Missouri
2nd Place:   Brett Barton, Columbia, Missouri
 
Class “D”  Giant Jumbo Round Robin
1st Place:    Joe Fong, Springfield, Missouri
2nd Place:   Ajay McCutchen Springfield, Missouri
 
Doubles
1st Place:   Jeff Johnston, Smithville, MO. /  Terry Brecheisen, Kansas City, KS.
2nd Place:   Samer Chaar, Tulsa, OK. / Bill Lewis, Brookline Station, MO.
3rd Place:   Ben Lewis, Springfield, MO. / Nihit Bhargava,  Springfield, MO.
 
Under 2150
1st Place:   Jeff Johnston, Smithville, Missouri
2nd Place:   Samer Chaar, Tulsa, Oklahoma
 
Under 1250
1st Place:    Dan Young, Springfield, Missouri
2nd Place:   Samuel Liu, Overland Park, Kansas
 
Ping-Pong Singles
1st Place:   Greg Slentz, Springfield, Missouri
2nd Place:   Kevin Lazaro, Springfield, Missouri
 
 
Thursday - 11-20-08
Dawson - 11 players.
Sydney Agimudie, Ted Bennett, Larry Buell, Alton Guidry, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Neng Vang, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 11-18-08
Bixby - 19 players.
5 first time out players - Tyler McGrow, Cameron Capzzynski, Ben Bass, Thomas Berryhill, Bud Hembree.
14 regular players - Grand Bond, Chris Miller, Ted Hill, Jim French, Steve Ford, Hung Bui, Jim Hughes, Sydney Agimudie, Chris Agimudie, Alton Guidry, Yee Yang, Matthew Young, Tyler Jefferies, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 11-17-08
Dawson - no info yet
Friday - 11-14-08
Stephen Ackart is looking for someone to go to the Missouri tournament next weekend - 11-22-08. You can email Kelly Boyce if interested or contact Stephen directly.
Thursday - 11-13-08
Dawson - 11 players.
Chris Agimudie, Ted Bennet, Kelly Boyce, Dane Boswell, Alton Guidry, Hung Bui, Bob Kyker, John Moore, Seth Sherrif, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
 
Tuesday - 11-11-08
Bixby - closed for Veterans day
Monday - 11-10-08
Dawson - 18 players.
4 first time out players, Joseph Hanzel, Andy Huynh, Zack McNight, Lang Yang - (all go to the Toyota school in Okmulgee and know Neng Vang ) 
14 regular players - Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Dane Boswell, Larry Buell, Glenn Godsey, Alton Guidry, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Vang Neng, Yee Yang.
 
Thursday - 11-6-08
Dawson - 14 players.
Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Ted Bennett, Alton Guidry, Hung Bui, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Cornelia Svensson, Aron Svensson, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 11-4-08
Bixby - special note - the Bixby center will be closed next Tuesday - 11-11-08 - for Veterans Day.
7 players (Election day):
Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Jim Hughes, Alton Guidry, Alex Tupas, John Moore.
Monday - 11-3-08
Dawson - 11 players.
Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Cornelia Svensson, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 10-30-08
Dawson - 17 players.
Note - someone left some money behind. See Bob Kyker (Bob thinks he knows who's money it is).
1 first time out player - Ke Liu (friend and student of Tao Wang. He is from China).
16 other players - Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Syndey Agimudie, Larry Buell, Alton Guidry, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Cornelia Svensson, Alex Tupas, Tao Wang, Greg Widdowson, Leonard Williams, Robert Yang, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 10-28-08
Bixby - 14 players.
1 first time out player - Trevor Eckert (friend of Marshall).
13 other players - Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Marshall Earnest, John Moore, Melvin Norton, Alton Guidry, Yee Yang, Grant Bond, Jack Hannah, and 4 Bixby high school and/or ex-high school players.
Monday - 10-27-08
Dawson - 17 players.
1 first time out player - Dane Boswell. He has been in Tulsa since 1989 (from Jamaica).
16 players - Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Glenn Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Cornelia Svensson, Aron Svensson, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 10-23-08
Dawson - 16 players.
3 first time out players - Torbjorn Svensson (brother in law of Matts), Cornelia Svensson (niece of Matts), Aron Svensson (nephew of Matts).
13 regular players - Sydney Agimudie, Ted Bennett, Alton Guidry, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Greg Kichler, Bob Kyker, Phil Narotam, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Mark Wallace, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 10-21-08
Bixby - 10 players.
1 first time out player - Hung Bui.
9 regular players - Yee Yang, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Alex Tupas, Alton Guidry, John Moore, Jim French, Grant Bond, Ted Hill.
Other news:
Bob Kyker is planning on going to the Nov. 8 tournament in Little Rock.
Monday - 10-20-08
Dawson - 18 players.
1 - just joined the club tonight player - Hung Bui. He was born in Vietnam and moved to Tulsa when he was 3 and has been in Tulsa since. Hung had a new paddle with him. It is very fast. He called Paddle Palace and asked them to send him the fastest paddle they had and they did.
1 first time out player - Vang Ngng (not sure about the spelling).
16 players - Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Glenn Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Tao Wang, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 10-16-08
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 10-14-08
Bixby - no info. Kelly Boyce on vacation.
Monday - 10-13-08
Dawson - 10 players.
Tim Yardy, Hamid Ezzat, Yee Yang, Leonard Williams, Seth Sheriff, Greg Kichler (from TU),  Larry Buell,  Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Joe Spaulding (info from Hamid).
 
Thursday - 10-9-08
Bixby - special note.
Kelly Boyce will not attend next Tuesday's (10-14) practice.
Tuesday - 10-7-08
Bixby - 13 players.
4 first time out players - George Valverde, John Z. (came out with George Valverde), (John played in the Indiana club and knows his way around a table tennis club), Delbert (Jim French mentioned the club to him), Jordan Johnson (friend of Marshall).
9 regular players - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Jim Hughes, Ted Hill, Marshall Earnest, Grant Bond (joined the club tonight!), Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat.
Other news:
Grant Bond joined the club tonight ! (can't repeat this enough).
Marshall Earnest brought his new Paddle Palace paddle - a Yasaka 2040 blade (all-round with a thinner handle with Mark V rubber). A very nice paddle.
Monday - 10-6-08
Dawson - 10 players.
Tim Yardy, Nick Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Joe Spaulding, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Yee Yang, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Seth Sherrif.
Sunday - 10-5-08
2008 Oklahoma City Teams Tournament held 10-4-08 (in Moore, Okla,) - article by Kelly Boyce,
47 players made up the 16 teams for this Davis Cup style tournament (the same type of tournament John Potochnik has in Wichita) held on 8 tables. The tournament was held at Carl Dean's converted warehouse in Moore, Ok.
(Additional lighting has been added recently in the form of large compact flourescent bulbs).
There were 2 teams from the Dallas area and several teams from Hutchinson and Wichita and Topeka. 2 teams from Tulsa - Bob Kyker and Reed Kyker and the other team was Kelly Boyce and Stephen Ackart.
Overall, there were 2 rounds of round robins. The first round had 4 teams per round robin event ( 4 seperate round robin events for the 16 teams), the top team going to class A, the next to Class B, etc.
After this event, Class A played a round robin of 4  teams, Class B played a round robin of 4 teams etc to class D. There was no other play after this last round robin event which enabled the tournament to end at around 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. (This is the first time I had been to a tournament that ended 2 hours before dark!).
The team of Kelly Boyce and Stephen Ackart wound up 3rd in class B. We had 1 win, 1 win by default (Larry Kesler could not play any further due to exhaustion), and 2 losses. The team of Bob Kyker and Reed Kyker were in a tie in Class A and were the last team to leave the tournament and so only Bob and Reed know the results.
An additional bonus is the tournament supplied free pizza and several types of sweet desserts (also free). (I never found out who brought or made these desserts).
The tournament ran smoothy with no need for an umpire to be called to break up any disputes or disagreements.
(The Western Sizzler (1/2 mile west of the tournament) is a favorite place for the Tulsa players to finish up at after the tournament.)
The tournament had 2 players over 2100, Addy Winfred (2191) and Christian Wolf (2147) from Kansas (it is always nice to see players who can really hit the ball).
 
 
 
 
 
Friday - 10-3-08
Note to Seth Sheriff - bring your paddle Monday that you want to sell to Phil Narotam.
Thursday - 10-2-08
Dawson - 9 players.
Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Glenn Godsey, Bob Kyker, Phil Narotam, Joe Spaulding, Leonard Williams, Li Lin Xue, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 9-30-08
Bixby - 11 players.
1 first time out player - Adam Wisneski. He wrote an article for the Tulsa World on the Bixby Table Tennis club some time back. He is now living in Tulsa.
10 regular players - Alton Guidry, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Jim French, John Moore, Melvin Norton, Jim Hughes, Ted Hill, Jack Hannah, Grant Bond.
Monday - 9-29-08
Dawson  - 10 players.
1 almost forgotten player - Tim Yardy.
9 other regular players - Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Glenn Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Yee Yang.
Monday - 9-29-08
Players going to the Oklahoma City tournament this weekend - 10-4-08.
Updated from info from John Potochnick and Don Beckstrom today:
.
From Tulsa, 2 teams only:
Kelly Boyce (1968) and Stephen Ackart (1604).
Bob Kyker (1595) and Reed Kyker (1964).
Also,
From John Potochnick today:
It looks like Wichita will be well-represented at this tournament.  Here’s who I think is coming:
Christian Wolf (approx 2150)
PJ Phachantry (approx 1880)
Don Beckstrom (approx 1800)
John Potochnik (approx 1600)
Les Ruthven (approx 1450)
Plus five additional Wichita State University players, mostly unrated, in the 1300-1500 range.
It’s been at least 12-14 years since we’ve had this many players going to the same out-of-state tournament (assuming the WSU players don’t all back out at the last minute).  (FYI – I remember one time when we took about a dozen players to Oklahoma City in the early nineties and something like 9 out of the 11 players in the U-1750 event were from our club!).
- John
 
 Also from Don Beckstrom today:
Ks players.
Don Beckstrom (Wichita)and Bob Cockerham (topeka)
Pj 1880 (Wichita). John Potochnik
Christian wolf (2130) Wichita and les Ruthven (1399) (Wichita)
One other college team. Of 1400 players
Just for your information
Don Beckstrom

 
 
Monday - 9-29-08
Update on who is going to the Okla. City tournment this weeked - 10-4-08 - From Bob Kyker:
tulsa: looks like kelly & steve, me & reed.  others are interested, but can't match up ratings like they want; larry buell and maybe yee.
I think the geeze brothers from nm & tx are coming, ratings 1917 & 1398.  some from ks, not sure who yet.
Thursday - 9-25-08
Dawson - 7 players.
1 just joined the club tonight player - Phil Narotam
6 regular players - Larry Buell, Glenn Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 9-23-08
Bixby - 10 players.
1 - first time out player - Nick Zavastitsa ( just in Tulsa for a few days. Lives in a travel trailer and tours the country. From Soviet Union).
9 other players - Jim Hughes, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Grant Bond, Ted Hill, John Moore, Marshall Earnest, Matt Earnest, Alton Guidry.
Other news:
Marshall Earnest is getting a new paddle from Paddle Palace this week the he already ordered..
Grant Bond is going to get a new paddle from Paddle Palace when he decides what to order.
 
 
Monday - 9-22-08
Dawson - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Nick.
11 regular players - Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Glenn Godsey (joined the club tonight ! ), Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Dan McIntosh ( got a silver medal at the Springfield non- sanctioned tournament), Joe Spaulding, Yee Yang, Li Lin Xue.
Other news:
Glenn Godsey joined the club tonight.!
Dan McIntosh from the Muskogee club got a silver medal at the non-sanctioned Springfield tournament.
Saturday - 9-13-08
Oklahoma Senior Olympics update from Bob Kyker.
results of sr. olympics last sat in okc: (9-13-08)
I won the rr in my age bracket, beating glendale markwell, 1635 rating.
I played for the championship with my doubles partner george taplin (1753 rating) from abilene, ks;
losing 11-9 in the 5th.  george is the current sr. olympic national champion.
we won the doubles,  so we are both qualified in sgls and dbls for the national championships next august in san francisco.
 
Thursday - 9-18-08
Dawson - 11 players.
Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Glenn Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Tao Wang, Yee Yang, Li Lin Xue, Phil Narotam.
Tuesday - 9-16-08
Bixby - 10 players.
2 - first time out players - Ali Fawaz (from Dallas. Comes to Tulsa every 2 months. Hasn't played in 15 years. Used to be a 1700 level player. Had a car accident and is trying to start playing again, and  Johnathan Safa.
8 players - Player "A" (joined the club tonight ! ), Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton (broke his paddle tonight), Jack Hannah, John Moore, Yee Yang.
Other news: -
Player "A" joined the club tonight. He used to play in Washington state, near Paddle Palace. He just moved to Tulsa recently with his wife and son.
Monday - 9-15-08
Dawson - 11 players.
Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Glenn Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 9-11-08
Dawson - 8 players.
Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Phil Narotam.
Tuesday - 9-9-08
Bixby - 13 players.
3 first time out players - Player "A" (just moved to Tulsa and speaks Chinese), Grant Bond (his dad brought him.), Yongren Zheng (Di Jin's father in law, he does not speak English and was talking to Alto in Chinese).
11 regular players - Marshall Earnest (joined the club tonight ! ), Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Sydney Agimudie, Melvin Norton, Bob Kyker, Jack Hannah, Alex Tupas, Di Jin, Stephen Ackart.
Other news:
Marshall Earnest joined the club tonight (his mom brought him tonight).
Grant Bond, another young player, surprisingly could hit a forehand smash (new players cannot ever hit a kill shot until they have played awhile. Found out he plays tennis and so has the timing down to make the shot.
Monday - 9-8-08
Dawson - 7 players.
Larry Buell, Glenn Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Li Lin Xue.
Thursday - 9-4-08
Dawson - 11 players.
2 first time out players - John Angieri, Bobby Shack
1 "haven't been out for a long time" player - David Correa (last time out was 9-9-04). His dad, Jose Correa, used to be a regular player.
8 regular players - Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Glenn Godsey, Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Li Xue Lin, Phil Narotam.
Tuesday - 9-2-08
Bixby - 9 players.
Chris Agimudie (fresh from his world hiking/back packing tour, now looking for work in Tulsa), Sydney Agimudie, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Jack Hannah, John Moore, Jim Hughes, Marshall Earnest., Melvin Norton.
Other news:
Marshall said he wanted to join the club next week!
Monday - 9-1-08
Dawson - Labor Day - No table tennis.
Thursday - 8-28-08
Dawson - 12 players.
3 first time out players - Zhang Yongren (friend of Di Jin), Li Xue Lin (friend of Di Jin), Phil Narotam (friend of Yee Yang).
9 regular players - Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Glenn Godsey, Di Jin, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 8-26-08
Bixby - 9 players.
1-  first time out player - Paul Dunaway (Paul enjoys playing as much as not playing).
2 - 2nd time out players - Marshall Earnest (his mom dropped him off) (Marshall is unusually good at keeping score), Steve Ford.
6 - old timers - Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Jack Hannah, Sydney Agimudie, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 8-25-08
Dawson - 10 players.
Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Glenn Godsey, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, John Sebbowa, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Yee Yang.
Other news:
Stephen Ackart just got back from the Hutchinson Tournament. His best win was against Don Beckstrom (1837). Yeah for Stephen.
Thursday - 8-21-08
Dawson - 8 players.
Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Glenn Godsey, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Tao Wang, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 8-19-08
Bixby - 12 players.
5 first time out players (The "China Olympics syndrome" ) Joseph Moody, Blake Zoellner, Matt Earnest (the dad), Marshall  Earnest (the son), Steve Ford (who joined the club tonight!). Steve Ford used to play with the club many years ago. He remembers Jim French and Gary Sanchez. 
7 regular players - Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Jim Hughes, Jack Hannah, Ted Hill.
Monday - 8-18-08
Dawson - 14 players.
4 first time out players - Glenn Godsey, Greg Kichler (a freshman at TU, was 1786 in Florida), Markko Kutt (originally from Estonia), Andreas Kutt (son of Markko).
10 regular players - Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas.
Sunday - 8-17-08
Update on who is going to what tournaments:
Hutchinson on 8-23 - Stephen and his girlfriend, will be going only from Tulsa.
Oklahoma City (Moore, Ok actually) on 10-4 - Bob Kyker and Reed Kyker, Kelly Boyce and Stephen Ackart.
Thursday - 8-14-08
Dawson - 7 players.
Stephen Ackart, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Tuo Yang, Yee Yang.
Other news:
Stephen Ackart is the only player going to the Hutchinson tournament on 8-23.
Tuesday - 8-12-08
Bixby - 3 players
Jim French, Kelly Boyce, John Moore.
(the light turnout is the curse of the China Syndrome - the olympics in China - even Larry Buell said he would not show up in advance because of the Olympics - he obviously prefers observation to participation - we had no idea he prefers to watch then to do).
Monday - 8-11-08
Dawson - 6 players.
Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 8-7-08
Dawson - 7 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Greg Widdowson.
Tuesday - 8-5-08
Bixby - 7 players.
Cody Hughes, Kelly Boyce, Jim Hughes, Garrett Belcher, Alex Tupas, Jack Hannah, John Moore.
Other news:
The Bixby center is getting a new air conditioner. Replacing the one unit with 2 units and re-doing the duct work. Will take 2 weeks to finish.
Monday - 8-4-08
Dawson - 9 players.
2 new players - Aftzeal Zaeem, Singh Gagan.
7 regular players. - Hamid Ezzat, Di Jin, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Robert Yang, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 7-31-08
Dawson - 6 players.
Yee Yang, Hamid Ezzat, Joe Spaulding, Sydney Agimudie, Seth Sherrif, Di Jin
Other news:
A/C working - per Yee Yang. (all info courtesy of Yee Yang).
Tuesday - 7-29-08
Leonard Williams attended the Dawson Neighborhood Assoc. meeting tonight.
He will start playing next week since his hurdle coaching duties are over and the pain he was having in his legs are gone now..
Tuesday - 7-29-08
Bixby - 6 players.
Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, John Moore, Alex Tupas, Larry Buell.
Monday - 7-28-08
Dawson - 13 players.
3 new players: Hugh Pham, Ken Gwanmesia, Denis Forbi
10 regular players - Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Di Jin, Bob Kyker, John Sebbowa, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Robert Yang, Yee Yank.
Others news:
The A/C was working.
No players planning on going to any tournaments.
Thursday - 7-24-08
Dawson - 4 players.
Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Yee Yang, Di Jin.
Other news:
2 players maybe going to the Hutchinson tournament on 8-23-08 - Stephen Ackart and John Sebbowa.
The A/C was working.
Tuesday - 7-22-08
Bixby - 6 players.
Joe Tarantino (from Las Vegas). Last time out was 6-19-07. Making his yearly visit to his daughter.
Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, Alex Tupas, John Moore.
Other news:
Oklahoma City is having a tournament in Sept. Will have more info later. Will post the info on the Okla. City website tonight and the Tulsa website tonight also.
 
Monday - 7-21-08
Dawson - 9 players.
Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat, Di Jin, Bob Kyker, John Sebbowa, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Nang Yang, Yee Yang.
Other news:
The A/C was working mostly. The temperature upon leaving was 82 degrees.
Hamid Ezzat has new rubber with better control and speed.
Thursday - 7-17-08
Dawson - 6 players.
Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Nang Yang, Yee Yang.
 
Tuesday - 7-15-08
Bixby - 6 players.
Sydney Agimidue, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Melvin Norton, John Moore, Jack Hannah.
Monday - 7-14-08
Dawson - 7-8 players.
Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, John Sebbowa, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang, Victor from Booker T (did not play however).
Other news:
The AC was working fine. Park maintenance fixed it.
Thursday - 7-10-08
Dawson - 5 players.
Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Yee Yang, Greg Widdowson., Sydney Agimudie.
Other news:
The A/C was not working. The parks maintenance was called and they said they would fix it Monday.
Tuesday - 7-8-08
Bixby - 9 players.
Alex Tupas, Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Brian Flynn, Garrett Belcher, Jack Hannah, Tyler Jefferies (last time out was 11-6-07), Spencer Barnett (last time out was 9-25-07).
Monday - 7-7-08
Dawson - 12 players.
Stephen Ackart, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, Joe Spaulding, Yee Yang, John Sebbowa, a friend of Chase.
Thursday - 7-3-08
Dawson - 4 players (1 day before 4th of July).
First time out player - Jerry Nabb. Also, Bob Kyker, Yee Yang, Joe Spaulding.
Tuesday - 7-1-08
Bixby - 9 players.
1 first time out player - Ito Takayuki - (knows Seth Sherriff).
8 players - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton, John Moore, Jim Hughes, Brian Flynn.
Monday - 6-30-08
Dawson - 4 players.
Nicky Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding.
Other news: the A/C was working.
Thursday - 6-26-08
Dawson - 6 players.
Sydney Agimudie, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Don Beckstrom from Kansas.
 
Wed - 6-25-08
Don Beckstrom from Kansas will be at Dawson tomorrow - Thursday - 6-26-08.
 
 
Tuesday - 6-24-08
Bixby - 7 players.
Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, John Moore, Jack Hannah, Jim Hughes, Yee Yang.
Monday - 6-23-08
Dawson - 11 players.
Stephen Ackart, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Anna Pan, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, Seth Sherrif, Joe Spaulding, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 6-19-08
Dawson - 4 players.
Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell.
Other news:
The A/C quit working at 5:30 PM and did not come back on. The fan worked but the condenser did not.
Tuesday - 6-17-08
Bixby - 4 players.
Melvin Norton, John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Jim French.
Monday - 6-16-08
Dawson - 7 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Di Jin, Bob Kyker, Joe Spaulding, Robert Yang, Yee Yang.
Saturday - 6-14-08
Sooner Games article by Larry Buell
 

Sooner State Games TT Tournament

6/14/08

Larry Buell

 

 

Headed on down to Moore, OK bright and early on a beautiful Saturday. Arrived at 0815 based on phone info that my Over 50s would start at 0900. Oops. Turns out this was the only problem with the tournament, that many of the starting times were messed up. First, none were posted on the web site by the Sooner Games folks, and then players calling were given widely varying starting times for an event. For example, while O-50s started at 1030, I was told 0900, and poor Darrell/Dan from Muskogee were told noon and missed them (but were allowed free entry into other singles events to compensate).

 

Other than this, tournament went well. The highest rated player there was Harry Chu (1832) so this was a far different complexion tournament than the one in February (5 players over 2000). But it also meant the competition was much tighter, and it seemed based on my casual survey that everyone beat and lost to everyone!

 

The format for most events was Round Robin, followed by a RR finals (with results of the first RR carrying over so no replays). Tulsa had 3 representatives there, Yee Yang, Stephen Ackart and me. This was Yee’s first tournament, and he acquited himself well with a win over Stephen and several other good matches. He said what he learned most from this was the great variety of playing styles outside our club, and that by playing more tournaments he hoped to greatly improve his skills. He has already taken great steps in doing that by staying late and doing drills with Kyle after everyone else has left. I’m saving Stephen for the end (smiley).

 

The highlight of the tournament had to be the brilliant play of Zachary Moore (1794) against the consistent hard hitting/blocking of Harry Chu in the Open Finals. Zachary was playing like a madman, covering great territory due to Harry’s excellent placements and yet coming up with tremendous winners on the run time after time. The final point of the match saw Zachary hit a screaming forehand that was ably returned by Harry, only to then follow up with an even more astonishing backhand crosscourt to win the match. The crowd exploded in admiration for the level of play shown by both these great players.

 

In my first event, the O-50s, I started slowly (as I usually do) and faced a very tough, consistent (and fresh) Larry Kesler (1498, highest 2010) in my first match. He changed his backhand from anti to long pips and was very effective both chopping and hitting with it. With my mental slowness (I felt like my strokes were stroboscopic, slow and having no rhythm to them) I just couldn’t counter his consistent push/hit approach and went down 3-1. Larry said later he played his first 3 matches great, then ran out of steam for the remainder of his day.

 

I then played Harry Chu, whose hard-blocking and smashing penholder forehand down my forehand line were too dominant for me. My highlight in this match though was my serves gave him great problems, counting for most of my 9/8/7 points in the 3-0 loss. Harry said afterwards that I was changing up the friction coefficient in my loop/drives too frequently, and if I stayed more consistent I would do a lot better. I replied I was trying to do this to keep my opponent off balance, but Harry replied that a good player would read this and kill the lesser spinny drives (like he did). So that’s something for me to work on in my practice sessions!

 

I then had a very encouraging match against the short pips out Bob Cockerham (1711, highest 1841). I lost the first two games by misreading the spin (or lack thereof) coming back and me and consistently blocking/driving shots into the net (anticipating more topspin coming back on his shots than was actually there). But I countered this in the next 3 games by opening up my bat slightly and taking a bit of speed off the drives, going more for corner-to-corner placement than 3rd ball attack. This worked well for me as I won the match 3-2.

 

I made the O-50 finals, and played one match against a very consistent Glen Markwell (1637, highest 1671) who was Ray Pestridge’s doubles partner when they won senior nationals. Glen was a true gentleman who was very polite and good-natured during our match. He used spinny rubber forehand and a very worn down ancient nospin-effect rubber on the backhand. Again, I fell behind 0-2 in games to him before I figured out a winning strategy. Instead of giving him sharp, short underspin serves (which just came back to me with my own spin on them) I began to side-topspin deep all my serves and roll him from corner to corner and smashing where I could. Although he got many back I began to get many more winners and again ended up with a 3-2 win.

 

Harry Chu deservedly won the O-50s going undefeated, and Larry Kesler, Glen and myself were all tied at 1-2 for 2nd/3rd/4th. However, in games won/lost, Larry came in 2nd and Glen 3rd. I was very happy with my play (after the Kesler match anyway) and ready to move on.

 

The highlight of my u-1850 RR was my match against the redoubtable Britt Salter (1673, highest 1720). He was in top form against me and used exactly the right strategy, giving me nothing but short dead balls on serves and then hard-driving all my returns to my extreme corners. My serves did not give him much problem, so one of my most effective weapons was essentially neutralized. However, we fought tooth and nail down to the wire into the 5th game. I was actually up 10-8 in the 5th game and Britt pop’d up a short one. In my eagerness to end it I rushed the shot and overhit it, the ball going just long. Britt just looked at me and shook his head (after the match in a friendly way he said there’s no way I should have missed that shot sniff sniff) and came back with a pair of terrific cross-court drives to tie me at 10-10. We kept trading points until finally his consistency overcame my attempts at winners and he won the match 13-11.

 

But in my mind the highlight of the tournament was the courageous and indefatigable play of Steve (Ackart). He came to the tournament dog-tired, because he had stayed up all night feting a friend who was being sent to Iraq the next day. I told him he made the right choice, because friendship is much more important than a mere table tennis tournament, especially when doing something for someone going in harm’s way for our country.

 

Steve’s singles play was heroic, but naturally a bit erratic because of his fatigue. I offered to drop out of the doubles with him to let him rest and focus on his singles play, but he emphatically refused to quit. There were 6 teams in the u-3400 doubles RR, split into two groups of 3. We played well in our first match against Bob Cockerham and his partner (so sorry, end of long day and didn’t write down partner’s name or names of next doubles team). Then we came up against a very tough team, the match going to 5 games. We were actually down 0-5 in the 5th game, but we never gave up and pulled out a win there. Steve seemed to be getting a second wind and his smashes/counters/serve returns were awesome to behold.

 

In the finals we faced two teams. The top seeded team of Dalton Daugherty (1606) and Britt Salter handled us well, with their consistency and Dalton’s left-handed smashes turning the tide in their favor. In the final match of the day for us both (around 6 pm) we faced the incredible Zachary Moore (open winner) and pick-up partner Douglas Marks (1283, highest 1339). For Steve and me this was as much a match of guts and determination as technique and execution. Zachary of course was blowing shot after shot by us, and Douglas had some outstanding forehand counter smashes against what we thought were good low shots for many a winner. But Steve really knuckled down and drew on some deep reserves (he later said he felt like a rock star who partied all night and played all day) to hit his own impressive forehand/backhand winners to keep us in the match. Inspired by his never-say-die attitude, I up’d the level of my play as well to hit some key topspin drives for winners. These, along with effective serving by us both gave us the edge we needed to win a super-tight 5 game match (which garnered us second place in the doubles).

 

My hat is off to Steve for demonstrating what True Grit (and True Friendship) is all about!

 

Our hats are also off to Larry Kesler, Carl Deal, Britt Salter, Dale Goodman (who couldn’t play because of a hyper-extended arm, our prayers for a speedy recovery!) and their friends who kept us moving, well fed (free pizza for lunch, yummy!) and finished by 6:30 that evening.

 

While there were many upsets in the playing rounds, I think everyone went home well-pleased with the tournament and eager to come back for Moore!

Thursday - 6-12-08
Dawson - 8 players.
Stephen Ackart, Di Jin, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, Joe Spaulding, Yee Yang.
Other news:
3 players going to the Okla. City tournament this weekend - Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 6-10-08
 Bixby - 8 players.
1 first time out player - Di Jin
7 players - Larry Buell, Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Jack Hannah, Sydney Agimudie, Jim Hughes.
Other news:
Players going to the Oklahoma City tournament this weekend - 3 per Larry Buell: Larry Buell, Stephen Ackart, Yee Yang.
Monday - 6-9-08
Dawson - 8 players.
Yee Yang, Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Taylor Carmona, Matts Johansson, Di Jin, Joe Spaulding, Bob Kyker,
Friday - 6-6-08
Oklahoma City tournament update - Tulsa players going to the tournament next weekend (6-14-08) are: Stephen Ackart, Yee Yang, Larry Buell, Taylor Carmona
Thursday - 6-5-08
Dawson - 10 players.
Kyle Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, William Sanchez, Di Jin, Yee Yang, Larry Buell, Joe Spaulding, Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Robert Yang..
Tuesday - 6-3-08
Bixby - 6 players.
Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Jim Hughes, Taylor Carmona and 2 players that showed up at 8:00 PM - Garret Belcher, Chris Fields.
Other news:
Taylor Carmona had his new paddle he got from Cole Ely 2 weeks ago. Paddle has, on the backhand, pips out, no sponge. Dr. Evil brand. He was having difficulty with it. Only time will tell how he plays with it.
Monday - 6-2-08
Dawson - 5 players.
Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Taylor Carmona, Joe Spaulding, Di Jin.
Thursday - 5-29-08
Dawson - 10 players.
Hamid Ezzat, Yee Yang, Stephen Ackart, Di Jin, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, Taylor Carmona, Sydney Agimudie, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 5-27-08
Bixby - 10 players.
Brian Flynn, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Alex Tupas, Cody Hughes, Carson Hughes, Jim Hughes, John Moore, Garret Belcher, Jim French.
Other news:
Eddie Collins just got back from Turkey on a mission. He did not play any table tennis there, however.
Jim French played a good garage player from Springfield for $20 per game and played 9 games. Ask him how that went.
Brian Flynn was last time out at Bixby on 12-7-07.
Monday - 5-26-08
Dawson - Memorial Day - only 2 players:
Stephen Ackart, Joe Spaulding
Thursday - 5-22-08
Dawson - 10 players.
Larry Buell, Joe Spaulding, Troy Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, Seth Sheriff, Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat, Di Jin, Yee Yang, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 5-20-08
Bixby - 11 players.
1 first time out player - Blake Stricker - a Bixby senior graduating this week.
10 players - Roman Hadenkg, Yee Yang, Cody Hughes, Jim Hughes, Kelly Boyce, Taylor Carmona, Zack Eldridge, Chris Fields, Garrett Belcher, 1 player - did not get their name.
Other news:
Roman Hadenkg finally got his old game back from the Ukraine, playing like a 1600 player tonight. Just needed some practice which he got tonight.
Yee Yang did a great job of organizing doubles play tonight.
Taylor Carmona still does not like to rally and prefers the "Leonard Williams style" of hitting the ball hard at all costs.
Zack Eldridge has developed a new backhand stroke using his penhold grip. Looks very unusual but very effective when it hits the table occassionally.
Monday - 5-19-08
Dawson - no info.
Thursday - 5-15-08
Dawson - 11 players.
1 - just joined the club tonight player - Yee Yang.
10 other players - Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Joe Landers, Taylor Carmona, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Seth Sheriff, Alex Tupas, Di Jin.
Tuesday - 5-13-08
Bixby - 8 players.
Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Taylor Carmona, John Moore, Garrett Belcher, Roman Hadenkg, Jack Hannah
Other news:
Wilhelm Kruger went back to Germany Friday and will never return to Tulsa.
Hamid Ezzat has no plans for any tournaments until the fall.
Monday - 5-12-08
Dawson - 24 players:
Taylor Carmona, Stephen Ackart, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Brandon Bissram, Joe Spalding, Di Jin, Kyle Sanchez, Troy Sanchez, William Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, Seth Sherrif, Larry Buell, Zack Eldridge, Alex Tupas, 3 friends of Greg Widdowson, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 5-8-08
Dawson - 17 players.
Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Di Jin, Yee Yang, Joe Spalding, Vang Yang, Pao Vang, Kyle Sanchez, Taylor Carmona, Charlie Schad, Danny Klingaman, Wilhelm Kruger (last time out), Seth Sheriff, Troy Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 5-6-08
Bixby - 13 players.
1 - 2nd time out player - Roman Hadenkg (last time out was 5/07).
1 - been a long time out player - Roky Tariq (last time out was 8/07).
6 Bixby high school players - Cody Hughes, Garrett Belcher, Bryan Barrow, Sam Anderson, Derek Kebler, Taylor Cox.
5 other players - Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Taylor Carmona, John Moore, Jack Hannah.
Monday - 5-5-08
16 players.
Stephen Ackart, Yee Yang, Van (friend of Yee), Joe Landers, Taylor Carmona, Di Jin, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Seth Sheriff, Kyle Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, William Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, Reed Kyker, Zack Eldridge, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 5-1-08
Dawson - 7 players.
Leonard Williams, Bob Kyker, Stephen Ackart, Yee Yang, Joe Landers, Di Jin, Taylor Carmona.
Tuesday - 4-29-08
 Bixby  11 players.
1 first time out player - Taylor Cox (leaving for the military around 7-1-08).
1- 2nd time out player - James S. (he was waiting on his daughter who is in the gymnastics program).
9 players - Taylor Carmona, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Jim French, John Moore, Alex Tupas, Cody Hughes, Jack Hannah.
Monday - 4-28-08
Dawson - 15 players.
Stephen Ackart, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Taylor Carmona, Larry Buell, Di Jin, Wilhelm Kruger, Hamid Ezzat, Yee Yang, Matts Johansson, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, 2 players - did not get their names - they came with Matts and Chase.
Thursday - 4-24-08
Dawson - no info
Wed - 4-23-08
Update on the Tulsa players going to the Hutchinson tournament this weekend.
Taylor Carmona, Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce
Tuesday - 4-22-08
Bixby - 8 players.
1 first time out player - Rocky.
Stephen Ackart, Taylor Carmona, Melvin Norton, Yee Yang, Tou Yang, Garrett Belcher, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 4-21-08
Dawson - 10 players.
Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Di Jin, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Stephen Ackart, Jo Spaulding, Gabriel Sanchez.
Thursday - 4-17-08
Dawson - 11 players.
1 first time out player - Joe Spalding (knows Kyle Sanchez).
10 players - Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, Leonard Williams, Fong Yang, Yee Yang, Taylor Carmona, Di Jin, Stephen Ackart.
Wed - 4-16-08
Update on the Hutchinson Tournament next weekend - 4-26-08:
Players going for sure - Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart
Players maybe going - Leonard Williams, Taylor Carmona, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell.
Tuesday - 4-15-08
Bixby - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Danny Klingaman (friend of Taylor Carmona)
2 - 2nd time out players - Sam Anderson, Bryan Barrow
9 players. - Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Jim Hughes, Garrett Belcher, Melvin Norton, John Moore, Jack Hannah, Leonard Williams, Taylor Carmona.
 
 
Monday - 4-14-08
Dawson - 14 players.
Stephen Ackart, Di Jin, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, Troy Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, Leonard Williams, a player - did not get their name, Yee Yang, Matts Johansson.
Other news:
Only 2 players going to the Hutchinson tournament next weekend - Kelly Boyce and Stephen Ackart.
Thursday - 4-10-08
Dawson - 16 players.
Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Taylor Carmona, Nicky Agimudie, Leonard Williams, Reed Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Wilhelm Kruger, Yee Yang, Stephen Ackart, Mats Johansson, Di Jin, Fong Yang, Alex Tupas..
Tuesday - 4-8-08
Bixby - 12 players.
2 first time out players - Bryan Barrow, Sam Anderson
10 players - Taylor Carmona, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Jim Hughes, Melvin Norton, Stephen Ackart, Ted Hill, John Moore, Garrett Belcher, Seth Sherriff.
Other news:
Kelly Boyce and Stephen Ackart will be going to the Hutchinson tournament on 4-26. No other players from Tulsa are known to be going.
Monday - 4-7-08
Dawson - 10 players.
Tao Wang, Larry Buell, Leonard Williams, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Di Jin, Seth Sherrif, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 4-3-08
Dawson - 13 players.
Stephen Ackart, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Leonard Williams, Dan Theuber, Taylor Carmona, Jack Hannah, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, Seth Sheriff, Troy Sanchez, Di Jin
 
Wed - 4-2-08
Congratulations on 2 Tulsa players making the top 20 list on the USATT web site.
Hamid Ezzat - for most wins - 31 wins out of 46 matches.
Wilhelm Kruger - for best win percentage - 90.62% - 29 wins and 3 losses.
Tuesday - 4-1-08
Bixby - 9 players.
1 - first time out player - Che Tse. Lives in Oklahoma City but does not attend the Okla. City club. Plays at a college in Okla. City. Staying in Claremore for 1 month then back to Okla. City.
1 - first time out player - Yee Yang.
7 players - Alex Tupas, John Moore, Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Jim Hughes, Jack Hannah, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Jim Hughes joined the club tonight!
Jim Hughes got a new paddle from Paddle Palace. A balsa wood, very thick - thickest I have ever seen - Dr. Neubaurer blade with Mark V rubber. It is also the lightest paddle I ever saw. Very good paddle with good control.
 
Thursday - 3-28-08
Dawson - 9 players.
Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Di Jin, Seth Sherrif, Sydney Agimudie, Bob Kyker.
Tues. 4-1-08
Wichita Tournament
by: Stephen Ackart
 
After the 3 hour car ride I thought I was ready to play. Well the fierce competition told me otherwise. As we arrive we run into John (the tourney director) and sign in and chat for a bit. Once I finally glued my paddle and stretched for a bit, I found my partner, whom I had never met before. Real young kid, maybe 13-15 years old. We went to warm up and that is when I found that he had a solid foundation which will bring many more years of successful tournaments ahead. After about 30 minutes of warm up it was time to play. The first half of the day I was looking real sloppy and didn't pick up a single match. Well, Then came the 2nd half. I won 2 great matches (one to a 1593 player and one to a 1697 player). I felt that the whole room was watching us play since every time there was a point scored, we had cheers. It was a real fun time. I would definitely do it again! Hint Hint John.
 
Match Breakdown:
  1. Donald Beckstrom (1740) - he won - Wasn't really much of a challenge for him since he found my weakness quickly and pounced.

     
  2. Gregg McKinney (1653) - he won - After winning the first match, I believe I got to overconfident in this disappointing loss. The rest of the game went 3 straight to him and I believe it's because I under estimated him.

     
  3. Vance Voth (1832) - he won - WOW. I thought I was aggressive. Couldn't really do much since I was feeling the stinging of ping pong balls at my core.

     
  4. Manuel Bonano (1739) - he won - slow and steady with hitting a lot of dead balls. Every one knows how I play against that. And you can see that from the results.

     
  5. Lei Yao (1674) - he won - Penholder. That's all I have to really say about that. Tricky misdirection shots is what came my way. I managed to take a game off by playing super aggressive but that lasts only so long when you are running back and forth all over the table.

     
  6. Homer Roman (1593) - I won - First win of 2 in a row for the day. Played with pips on one side and inverted on the other. Just like playing Bob Kyker. Good thing I have spent many hours at the club playing Bob.

     
  7. Gregg Rempel (1697) - I won - Counter driver / top spinner. My 2 favorite styles to play wrapped into one guy. He won 2 straight and that kind of opened my eyes to what I was doing wrong. After those 2 I went on to take the match by playing a little back from the table and using my power to keep him on the defense.
     
Well after all of that, I managed to gain 184 points to raise my ranking to 1591.
Wed. - 3-26-08
Article on the Wichita Tournament held 3-22-08 - by Kelly Boyce.
It took exactly 3 hours to get to Wichita from Tulsa - about 200 miles. It is 65 to 75 miles an hour the entire way. You take the Cimmarron Turnpike to I-35 then north to Wichita.
The Wichita table tennis building (their tournaments and weekly play are in the same building) is in the older downtown area of Wichita in an old converted movie theater with good lighting and plenty of space for the 8 tables set up. One very nice feature was each playing area was sectioned off with barriers, all 4 sides with custom made barriers which meant no balls entering your court from the next tables. There was also alot of room at the entrance for sitting and milling about and a separate room where 2 tables were set up for practice. There was a very wide aisle down the middle so you can see people play matches from one end of the building to the other and lots of chairs to sit and enjoy watching matches.
The tournament started promptly at 10:00 AM with John Potochnik providing direction for all. John has run this Davis Cup style tournament so long that he runs it very smoothly.
Teams are 3 person preferred, one team had 2 people due to simply not having exactly 3 people per team and I would not recommend 2 people teams due to the number of matches a team will play.
The teams were placed in 2 round robins (there were 12 teams - 35 players total so there were 6 teams per round robin).
Each team plays 2 single matches first and then a doubles match. After these 3 matches, if a team has won all 3 matches, the team match is done and you play the next team. However, if one team wins 1 team match (singles or doubles) and the other team wins 2 matches, the teams play 2 more single matches until one of the teams wins 3 matches. The first team to win 3 matches (any combination of singles and doubles matches) then play ends immediately and the team plays the next team in the round robin.
The one big benefit of this style of tournament is that it is alot of fun because you are always rooting for your other team players as opposed to mostly rooting for yourself in most tournaments.
After the first round robin is done, the top 3 teams from each round robin play another round robin with the top 3 teams from the other round robin but you don't play any team your team has player before. The bottom 3 teams play each other in a single elimination consolation event.
(Note - the over 2000 singles event was cancelled due to a lack of players).
The tournament ran smoothly with no problems and ended at 8:30 PM.
There was a 3 way tie for first place - each of the top 3 teams had one team loss and so it went down to games.
The final standing were:

Championship Division
 
 
1st
Guy Hendrickson, Hutchinson, KS
Vance Voth,      Hutchinson, KS
Carl Miller,     Hutchinson, KS
 
2nd
P.J. Phachantry, Wichita, KS
Don Beckstrom,   Wichita, KS
 
3rd
Kelly Boyce,    Tulsa, OK
Britt Salter,   Okahoma City, OK
Cole Ely,       Liberal, KS
 
And now I would like to write about individual matches I played (hopefully Stephen Ackart will write a article about his experience at this tournament)

George Taplin (1816) (I won) - very trickly serve and smashes the ball. Fortunately he misses enough of them. George is not one to rally the ball but end the point as quickly as possible.

Harry Chu (1824) (I won) From Arkansas. Never push or chop to him as he can smash everything off backspin (like Suzuki from Oklahoma City used to do). Fortunately I do not backspin balls.

Joshua Bartel (1954) - (he won) - great all-around game. No one big stroke, just alot of good ground stokes from back from the table and one very effective serve (I missed it everytime he played it).

P.J Phachantry (1820) (I won) - a young player with a 2100 level forehand that I never returned when he hit it. Fortunatly, his backhand is not at a 2100 level.

Carl Miller (1808) (I lost) - went 10 to 10 in the fifth game but Carl's steady play took it's toll.

Don Beckstrom (1746) - (I won) - uses anti and hits with it and counters well if you hit the ball hard to his forehand. He plays back from the table but does not come in on short shots well which is where I won alot of points. He is a good counter hitter if you give him balls to counter with (which I tried not to do).

Bob Cockerham (1670) (I won) - use pips out, no sponge and chops and hits. Don't waste your time playing a control game against him which I did at first and lost the first game. He is very steady. You have to just hit the ball hard against him to win.

Lei Yao (1650) (I won) - penholder and plays a control game and can place the ball in the corners and edges and wherever you are not. You have to hit hard against him to keep him from running you around the table.

Sascha Rosbach (1656) (I won) - a young player that plays a straight game, no tricks, just hits everything with top spin in a pure classic style. Cannot rally for long periods however which is my preferred game.

Homer Roman (1593) (I won) - Great control player from back from the table with all kinds of spins and speeds coming at you. He got legs cramps and had to retire.

James Spencer (1522) - could not sustain rallys and did not have an over powering shot.

 


 


 

Tuesday - 3-25-08
Bixby - 10 players.
1 first time out player - he was waiting on his daughter on gymnastics.
2 2nd time out players - Rusty and Collin.
7 players - John Moore (he joined the club tonight ! ), Jim Hughes, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Seth Sherrif.
Monday - 3-24-08
Dawson - 11 players.
Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Yee Yang, Bee, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Di Jin, Alex Tupas, Seth Sheriff, Sydney Agimudie, Bob Kyker.
Friday - 3-21-08
Teams entered in the Wichita tournament that starts tomorrow:( 2 players from Tulsa):
(this list will change slightly due to the latest updates are not included)
 

*Hutchinators - 3678*_

 Hendrickson, Guy     Hutchinson     1846

 Voth, Vance             Hutchinson     1832

 Miller II, Carl C.      Hutchinson      1808

 

*Renewers - 3651*_

 Bartel, Joshua        Wichita     1954

 Rempel, Gregg      Wichita      1697

 Spencer, James     Wichita    1522

 

*Seasoned Slaw - 3632*_

Kelly Boyce    Tulsa       1945

Salter, Britt      OKC      1687

Ely, Cole         Liberal     1514

 

*OKC ICBMers - 3590*_

 Kalami, Hossein     OKC     1927

 Goodman, Dale     OKC     1663

 Hash, David          OKC     1560

 

*PDZ - 3584*_

 Phachantry, P.J.     Wichita     1820

 Moore, Zach     Manhattan     1764

 Beckstrom, Don     Wichita     1746

 

*Dechamps - 3498*_

Chu, Harry              Arkansas     1824

Tan, Kuok Hoe       Wichita       1674

Spaven, Cortney     Wichita        1632

 

Able-Eaners - 3442*_

Taplin, George         Abilene     1816

 Rosbach, Sascha     Abilene     1626

 Third Player TBD

 

*Topeka Hitters - 3267*_

Cockerham, Bob     Topeka     1670

McKinney, Gregg     Topeka     1597

Logan, Pierce           Topeka     1494

 

*Bordner Patrol - 3173*_

Yao, Lei               Wichita     1650

Bordner, Brian      Wichita     1523

 

 

 

*Tri City Pongers - 3070*_

Bonono, Manuel     Abilene     1550

Metzger, Cliff         Salina      1520

Heller, Frank         Wichita     1458

 

*Topeka Tornados - 2501*_

Powell, Tyler             Topeka     1298

Hirt, Travis                Topeka     1203

Demaranville, John     Topeka     1000

 

*No Pressure *_

Stephen Ackart      Tulsa                 1407

Rucker, Charles     Hutchinson        1254

Caleb Parker        Wichita               1200

Thursday - 3-20-08
Dawson - 14 players.
Casey O'Rourke, Leonard Williams, Stephen Ackart, Di Jin, Fong, Robert Vang, Bob Kyker, Yee Vang, Alex Tupas, Troy Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, Kyle Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, William Sanchez.
Wed. 3-19-08
Players going to the Wichita tournament this weekend are Kelly Boyce and Stephen Ackart. Tulsa still needs 1 more player with a rating under 1755.
Tuesday - 3-18-08
Bixby - 10 players.
1 first time out player - Casey O'Rourke
1 3rd time out player - John Moore (last time out was 7-6-06)
8 players - Garrett Belcher, Eddie Collins, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Casey Forrester, Brandon Charles, Chris Fields
Monday - 3-17-08
Dawson - 15 players.
Di Jin, Troy Sanchez, Alex Tupas, Seth Sheriff, Leonard Williams, Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Yee Vang, Rogert Vang, Hua Vang, Bob Kyker, Gabriel Sanchez, William Sanchez, Kyle Sanchez, Chase Sanchez.
Sat. - 3-15-08
Update on who is enterend in the Wichita Tournament for next weekend - 3-22-08.
From  John Potochnik:
FYI - Below you will find a seeded list of the twelve teams that have
entered the tournament so far.  For those of you who have entered the
tournament, please consider this to be your confirmation e-mail.  For
those of you who have not entered the tournament, it's not too late. 
I'm still looking for a handful of players to help round out the
existing teams, plus I have room for another three or four full teams,
especially from the Tulsa, Omaha, or Kansas City clubs (who aren't yet
represented).  If you're interested in playing, but don't still have the
tournament flyer, let me know and I'll e-mail you one.  Thanks
- John Potochnik, Tournament Director
 
12 teams so far are:
 
_*Hutchinators - 3678*_
Hendrickson, Guy    Hutchinson    1846
Voth, Vance    Hutchinson    1832
Miller II, Carl C.    Hutchinson    1808
 
_*Renewers - 3651*_
Bartel, Joshua    Wichita    1954
Rempel, Gregg    Wichita    1697
Spencer, James    Wichita    1522
 
_*OKC ICBMers - 3590*_
Kalami, Hossein    OKC    1927
Goodman, Dale    OKC    1663
Hash, David    OKC    1560
 
_*PDZ - 3584*_
Phachantry, P.J.    Wichita    1820
Moore, Zach    Manhattan    1764
Beckstrom, Don    Wichita    1746
 
_*Dechamps - 3498*_
Chu, Harry    Arkansas    1824
Tan, Kuok Hoe    Wichita    1674
Spaven, Cortney    Wichita    1632

*Able-Eaners - 3442*_
Taplin, George    Abilene    1816
Rosbach, Sascha    Abilene    1626
Third Player TBD
 
_*Topeka Hitters - 3267*_
Cockerham, Bob    Topeka    1670
McKinney, Gregg    Topeka    1597
Logan, Pierce    Topeka    1494
 
_*Seasoned Slaw - 3201*_
Salter, Britt    OKC    1687
Ely, Cole    Liberal    1514
Third Player TBD
 
_*Bordner Patrol - 3173*_
Yao, Lei    Wichita    1650
Bordner, Brian    Wichita    1523
XXX, Caleb    Wichita    1200
 
_*Tri City Pongers - 3070*_
Bonono, Manuel    Abilene    1550
Metzger, Cliff    Salina    1520
Heller, Frank    Wichita    1458

_*Topeka Tornados - 2501*_
Powell, Tyler    Topeka    1298
Hirt, Travis    Topeka    1203
Demaranville, John    Topeka    1000
 
_*Half-There - TBD*_
Ruthven, Les    Wichita    1410
Rucker, Charles    Hutchinson    1254
Third Player TBD
 
 
Thursday - 3-13-08
Dawson - 14 players.
Sang Vang, Lang Yang, Sue Vang, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Tao Wang, Seth Sherriff, Kyle Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, Troy Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, Yee Yang, Bee Thao, Bob Kyker.
Note - the air conditioner did not work. Park maintenance has been called.
Tuesday - 3-11-08
Bixby - 12 players.
2 first time out players - Casey Forrester, Brandon Charles.
1 - 2nd time out player - Ron Grammer
9 players - Garrett Belcher, Cody Hughes, Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah, Jim Rice, Eddie Collins, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams.
Note - Alex Tupas paid $20 for 6 months membership
Monday - 3-10-08
Dawson - 11 players.
Eli Vang, Kongmeng Vang, Bee Thao, Kyle Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, Stephen Ackart, Alex Tupas, Sydney Agimudie, Nicky Agimudie, Leonard Williams, Bob Kyker.
Friday - 3-8-08
Results of the Missouri Winter Games held 3-1-08
Greetings table tennis fanatics ! !  
Here are your results of [ yesterdays ]  March 1, 2008, Missouri Winter Games which were held in beautiful Springfield, Missouri on a warm, sunny day.  Congratulation’s to the winners and to all the participants in this table tennis tournament.  A total of 56 players competed from the states of:  Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.  It is our wish that everyone had an enjoyable day filled with good memories and the opportunity to play competitive table tennis ! !   Here then - your results.  
 
   
Giant Round Robin
              
Class “A”
1st Place:      Alfred Najem
2nd Place:     Parviz Mojaverian
3rd Place      Wilhelm Kruger
4th Place      Vladimir Altman

Class “B”
1st Place     Shang Lee
2nd Place     Kerry Xiao
3rd Place     Steve Downing
4th Place      Ilya Rozenblat

Class “C”
1st Place     Harry Chu
2nd Place     Munkhbold Bayarsaikhan
3rd Place      Kam Chan
4th Place     Raymond Pang

Class “D”
1st Place     Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi
2nd Place    Bob Cockerham
3rd Place     Richard Hall
4th Place     John Falco

Class  "E"   
1st Place      Neil Brown
2nd Place     Nihit Bhargava
3rd Place     Travis Hirt
4th Place      Tim Dreher
   
Open Singles
1st Place      Alfred Najem
2nd Place     Parviz Mojaverian 
3rd Place     None
4th Place      None
     
Under 2100
1st Place       Brian Figg
2nd Place      Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi
3rd Place      Jeff Johnston
4th Place      Steve Downing
  
   
Under 1800
1st Place      Terry Brecheisen
2nd Place      Bo Ivkovic 
3rd Place       None
4th Place       None
 
   
Under 1500
1st Place       Richard Hall
2nd Place      Bruce Bailey 
3rd Place       None
4th Place       None
 
   
Under 1200
1st Place       Nihit Bhargava
2nd Place      David Thurbon 
3rd Place       None
4th Place       None
 
   
Open Doubles
1st Place        Steve Downing / Alfred Najem
2nd Place       Wilhelm Kruger / Tim Yardy
3rd Place        Dale Boswell / Shang Lee
4th Place         RaFael Veliz / Pedro Veliz 
 
   
Under 3200 Doubles
1st Place       Shang Lee / Randy Liu
2nd Place      Paul Liu / James Liu 
 
 
-    Bill Lewis
-   3818 South Farm Road 103
-   Brookline Station, MO.    65619
-   President  Ozarks Table Tennis Club
-   USATT Certified Club Umpire & USATT Tournament Director
-   Local web site: http://www.ozarkstabletennisclub.com/
-   Ph. 417.890.8092   
 
 

Thursday - 3-6-08
Dawson - no info (Bob off).
Tuesday - 3-4-08
Bixby - no info. Kelly was not there.
Monday - 3-3-08
Dawson - 7 players.
Leonard Williams, Bob Kyker, Alex Tupas, Yee, Dee, Troy Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez.
Thursday - 2-28-08 -
Dawson - 10 players.
Don Beckstram (from Wichita ! ), Tao Wang, Dee, Eli, Matts Johansson, Seth Sheriff, Ted Bennet, Troy Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 2-26-08
Bixby - 8 players. No names. Kelly not there.
Monday - 2-25-08
Dawson - 16 players.
Leonard Williams, Tao Wang, Dee, Nicky Agimudie, Tim Yardy, Wilhelm Kruger, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez, Robert, Yee, Bee, Fong, Eli, Kongereng, Bob Kyker.
Sunday - 2-24-08
Okla City tournament article written by Larry Buell:
 
Moore, OK TT Tourney write-up 
February 23rd opened a bit blustery, but did not turn out too bad. Kinda like my style of play... 
7 players represented the glory of Tulsa TT at the Moore tournament: 
Wilhelm, Nicky, Tim, Kelly, Hamid, Stephen, and me.  
The new club (Carl's House of Pong, or CHOP) was able to house 9 tables. It is in a large industrial store area, with high ceilings to accommodate the most ambitious lobber. It had a very cozy entry area with 2 comfortable sofas, a TV/DVD player (they plan to get dish/cable later), and a very well-appointed bathroom that managed to service the 32 players and their entourage well.
 
The tournament was well run by Larry Kesler, David Hash and Britt Salter. The format was Giant RR in the morning (A-E in each group), doubles next, then the A-E RR playoffs in the PM. All A's advanced to their A afternoon groups (including our Wilhelm, Nicky, Tim, and Kelly). Hamid and I ended up in Bs (Hamid seeded such, I was C but defeated Britt for the advance). Stephen had a great morning, seeded E but defeating two opponents to end up in Cs. Stephen's game is really improving, keep it up Stephen!
 
The doubles were mostly pickup (especially for us Tulsans). Hamid surprised me by asking if I wanted to play with him (usually he avoids doubles because it aggravates his shoulder). We got a bye the first round and ended up in a close 5 game loss to David Hash and Dale Goodman (who play doubles together constantly). I think if Hamid and I had played in Round 1 we would have gotten our kinks worked out and done well (we did come back to win one game after being down 8-2, winning it 11-8, so the potential was there). Nicky paired with a young up and coming player named Stephan Dennis  { originally written as Stefan (sp?)  }, Kelly paired with his son Stephen, and Wilhelm paired with another young pickup player there (ratings limits were 3600). Kelly and Stephen won their first round but lost in the 2nd. Wilhelm and his partner did quite well, but Nicky and Stefan ended up winning the doubles. Way to go Nicky!
 
The afternoon saw some terrific play from the A group, which included Wilhelm, Winfred Addy, Tim, Heather Wang, Nicky  and Kelly. Wilhelm looked smooth and powerful all afternoon, mixing up chops with swift drives and loops and always seeming in position. Winfred played well, but appeared flustered at times, given the impressive nature of the competition. Heather played very smoothly, mixing up her hits, blocks, and positioning the ball well. Nicky appeared to prosper from the quality of play he's had recently in Tulsa, and moved both himself and the ball around extremely well with a balance of offense and defense. Tim had many moments of excellence, including excellent services, but also seemed frustrated at times when he could not consistently rise to his own high expectations of play. Kelly played well, with his excellent hand/eye coordination and consistent looping, but was outgunned at last by the power and ball-positioning of his high-caliber opponents.
 
The results? Tulsa won!! Wilhelm finished undefeated for the day, taking first, and Nicky (unused to being seeded fifth in an OK tournament) came through on his awesome potential by taking second. 
 
In Bs Hamid came up against an underrated player named Hossein Kalami (from Norman), a young man who's smooth, killer forehand combined well with a medium pips backhand he used both offensively and defensively (best use of it I've seen in a while!) to great effect. This same Jose also defeated 2 other 1800+ players that I know of (Carl Miller and Paul Thomas) so his rating should skyrocket from the 1600s he was formerly in. Hamid did play well in the Bs and came in second, including a tough 5 game match against Paul Thomas. My best match in the B's was against this same short pips FH/long pips BH Paul Thomas. I played him much like I do Ray Pestridge, giving him easy, no spin shots to his BH until a return rose to my liking which I drove for frequent winners. I ended up losing in the 5th to him in a well-fought battle that saw his consistency outlast my kills. Seeded last, I ended up next to last after a last match of the day win over John Raunikar, a lefty with great consistency and good driving shots, who had some trouble with my serves at crucial times allowing me to eke out a victory.
 
In the Cs Stephen faced many excellent players. Although he did not defeat any I believe he came away with a desire to return victorious in the not too distant future!
 
After the tourney, Kelly, Stephen and I met up (purely by coincidence!) at the Western Sizzler, located just West of CHOP. We had a fine steak and potatoes dinner, some dreamy creamy ice cream for desert, and headed back to Tulsa well-sated with food, conversation and Table Tennis.
 
FYI, CHOP is open M/W/F (M/W 6-9:30, F 6-9), and I believe (though not on their website) they are also open Saturdays 12-4 (email Carl Deal though to confirm this sunrisecartage@coxinet.net ). First time there is free, after that is $5/night.
 
Thanks to the OKCTT club for a well-run and highly enjoyable event!
 
Larry Buell
Saturday - 2-23-08
Oklahoma City 1 star Tournament  - written by Kelly Boyce.
The tournament was held in Okla. City's new table tennis location, a converted warehouse building located in an industrial park. The building is owned by Carl Dean who rents it out to the club. (Carl is a motorcycle e nthusiast and possible train enthusiast (real trains, not model trains) (you don't see "Carls trains" but you feel them and hear them - a wonderful first time experience).
There were 9 tables sent up, 3 tables in one area and 6 tables in the other area. Plenty of room between the tables and the lighting was very good - all flourescent (the club installed the lights recently - part of the "converted warehouse" work the club did).
The tournament was run by Larry Kesler with help from their very large staff - David Hash, Britt Salter, Dale Goodman, a lady at the front desk named Deb and others.
32 players attended the tourny. 1 player from Kansas (Carl Miller), 3 players from Arkansas, 7 players from Tulsa, none from Texas (Texas had 2 tournaments this same day!). 3 players from McAlester (Paul Thomas and 2 new players - Ed Ellis could not make it), 2 players from Muskogee (Dan McIntosh, and Darrell Lucht) and the rest from Okla City.
Format was a giant round robin with the first round divided into 6 groups (4 groups had 5 players and 2 groups of 6 players).
The top 6 players advancing to the "A" group were Winfred Addy, Heather Wang, Wilhelm Kruger, Nick Agimudie, Tim Yardy, Kelly Boyce.
Only those lucky enough to be there could see some great table tennis action (and non-table tennis action - the stuff between games we can't write about) (watching table tennis on TV or the internet does not compare!). I could go into detail about each great match but space is limited (and there will be Larry Buell's article later). The final results were:
1st - Wilhelm Kruger, 2nd - Nick Agimudie, 3rd - Winfred Addy, 4th - Heather Wang, 5th - Tim Yardy, 6th - Kelly Boyce.
Hamid Ezzat came in 2nd in the class B.
When the complete results of the tournament are sent, they will be sent out to everyone signed up on the Tulsa newletter.
Thursday - 2-21-08
Dawson - 9 players.
Bob Kyker, Ross Olderkamp, Jason Mann, Leonard Williams, Dee, Yee, Seth Sheriff, Stephen Ackart, Robert.
Wed. - 2-20-08
7 Tulsa players going to the Okla. City tournament this weekend:
Wilhelm Kruger, Nicky Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Stephen Ackart, Tim Yardy
Tuesday - 2-19-08
Bixby - 8 players.
Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Garrett Belcher, Chris Field, Jim Rice (just joined tonight!)
Other news:
6 players going to the Okla. City tourny this weekend - Kelly, Stephen, Hamid, Wilhelm, Nicky, Larry Buell.
Monday - 2-18-08
Dawson - 21 players !.
Kyle Sanchez and his 2 sons - William Sanchez, Chase Sanchez - said they were going to start playing again.
Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat, Wilhelm Kruger, Larry Buell, Nicky Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Yee Yang, Tim Yardy, Matts Johansson, Tao Wang, Di Jin, Leonard Williams, Brandon Bissram, Seth Sheriff, Eli Vang, Bee Thao, Meng Vang, Bob Kyker.
Other news:
Players going to the Oklahoma City tourny this weekend ( 6 only per Bob Kyker):
Hamid Ezzat, Wilhelm Kruger, Nicky Agimidie, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart and Larry Buell (who will provide a nice article about the tournament afterwards! ).
 
Friday - 2-15-08
Okla. City tournament (next weekend) update for Tulsa players.
Kelly Boyce and Stephen Ackart will be going to the tournament and have room for 2 players in our 2003 Mercury Sable.
Any other players going, and need rides, email  the club website and it will be added to this blog.
Thursday 2-14-08
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 2-12-08
Bixby - 6 players.
Garrett Belcher, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Eddie Collins, Marty Andrews, Jack Hannah
Other news:
Alex Tupas is considering going to a faster blade and rubber (wants shorter rallys).
Monday - 2-11-08
Dawson - no info.
Thursday - 2-7-08
Dawson - 5 players.
Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Eddie Collins, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 2-5-08
Bixby - 5 players.
Eddie Collins, Alex Tupas, Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Marty Andrews
(primary day for presidential candidates).
Monday - 2-4-08
Dawson - 13 players.
1 first time out player - Nanbish Patel (goes to Spartan).
Larry Buell, Leonard Williams, Tim Yardy, Stephen Ackart, Sydney Agimudie, Nicky Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Wilhelm Kruger, Di Jin, Yee Yang, Yur Yang, Bob Kyker.
Other news:
Players going to the Okla. City Tournament on 2-23:
The Weslyean team, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Tim Yardy, Wilhelm Kruger, Nicky Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie. Possibly Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart.
 
 
Thursday - 1-31-08
Dawson - no players. Snow storm was coming in today.
Tuesday - 1-29-08
Bixby - 8 players.
Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, Sydney Agimudie, Marty Andrews, Alex Tupas, Jim French (first time back since his knee surgery), Tao Wang.
Monday - 1-28-08
Dawson - no info (Bob Kyker off).
Sydney said many players were there.
Thursday - 1-24-08
Dawson - no info
Thursday - 1-24-08
Players going to the Sooner State games this weekend:
6 for sure - Hamid Ezzat, Tim Yardy, Wilhelm Kruger, Bob Kyker, Tao Wang, Stephen Ackart.
Possibly Matts Johansson and Samer Charr.
 
Tuesday - 1-22-08
Bixby - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Ryan McCulloch
11 players - Ted Hill, Seth Sheriff, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Eddie Collins, Tao Wang, Alex Tupas, Chris Field , Garret Belcher, Melvin Norton, Marty Andrews
Monday - 1-21-08
Dawson - 11 players.
2 first time out players - from Stillwater (came with Ray Pestridge) - Dave Stewart, Steve Stewart (and going to this Saturday tournament).
9 players - Ray Pestridge, Yee Yang, Fong Yang, Hamid Ezzat, Wilhelm Kruger, Ted Bennett, Di Jin, Stephen Ackart, Tao Wang, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 1-17-08
Dawson - 11 players.
3 first time out players - all brothers - Yee Yang, Fong Yang, Robert Yang.
8 players. - Hamid Ezzat, Ted Bennet, Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Tim Yardy, Wilhelm Kruger, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 1-15-08
Bixby - 10 players.
2 first time out players - Tork Klein, Coleen Klein.
8 players - Seth Sheriff, Kelly Boyce, Ted Hill, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton, Garret Belcher, Eddie Collins, Jack Hannah.
Monday - 1-14-08
Dawson - 9 players.
Hamid Ezzat, Larry Buell, Wilhelm Kruger, Tim Yardy, Leonard Williams, Stephen Ackart, Sydney Agimudie, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 1-10-08
Dawson - 14 players.
6 first time out players - Larry Zickefoose, Tim Holt, Danita Holt, Tim Holt Jr., Thorsten ("Tork" ) Klein, Colleen Klein.
8 other players - Ted Bennett, Larry Buell, Mark Wallace , Hamid Ezzat, Wilhelm Kruger, Tim Yardy, Z, Bob Kyker.
Other news:
Players going to the Sooner State games on 1-26 - Hamid Ezzat, Tim Yardy, Wilhelm Kruger, Stephen Ackart, maybe Matts Johansson, Tao Wang, Bob Kyker. Bob and Tao will play doubles. Ray Pestridge and some new players from Stillwater will be going also.
Tuesday - 1-8-08
Bixby - 11 players.
1 first time out player - Wilhelm Kruger
10 players - Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Garrett Belcher, Brandon Eckhart, Chris Field, Melvin Norton, Marty Andrews, Alex Tupas, Michael Dunn, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Wilhelm will be going back to Germany this summer.
Hamid Ezzat has changed his overall strategy to more control and less offense.
 
Monday - 1-7-08
Dawson - 10 players.
2 first time out players - Thorsten ("Tork") Klein, Colleen Klein.
8 players - Larry Buell, Zack Eldridge, Sydney Agimudie, Ray Pestridge, Matts Johansson, Ted Bennett, Bob Kyker, Stephen Ackart.
Thursday - 1-3-08
Dawson - 5 players.
Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Zack Eldridge, Ted Bennett
Other news:
Zack ordered a new shakehand paddle and a new piece of rubber for his penhold paddle from Paddle Palace. He wants to start playing shakehand style.
Hamid is going to the Okla. City tournament this month. He is the only player going from Tulsa so far.
Tuesday - 1-1-08
Bixby - no play. New Year's day.
Monday - 12-31-07
Dawson - no info (New Year's Eve).
Thursday - 12-27-07
Dawson - 8 players.
1 just joined tonight player - Charles Johnson (travels alot).
7 players - Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Ted Bennett, Stephen Ackart, Zack Eldridge.
Monday - 12-24-07
Dawson - no info
Thursday - 12-20-07
Dawson - 7 players.
Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Huy Nguyen (leaving for Houston tomorrow), Z, Zack Eldridge, Ray Pestridge.
Tuesday - 12-18-07
Bixby - 9 players.
2 first time out players - Michael Dunn and Carl Smith
7 players - Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Marty Andrews, Ted Hill, Seth Sheriff, Zack Eldridge ( will be able to play in Tulsa the next 2 weeks due to Northeartern in Tahlequah.being closed).
Monday - 12-17-07
Dawson - not open. No power.
Thursday - 12-13-07
Dawson - no power tonight at the Center.
PSO says the power at Dawson may be restored by Tuesday - 12-18.
Tuesday - 12-11-07
Bixby - center closed due to the ice storm.
Monday - 12-10-07
Dawson - center closed due to the ice storm (worse ice storm in Okla. history)
Thursday - 12-6-07
Dawson - 9 players.
Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Ray Pestridge, Huy Nguyen, Leonard Williams, Di Jin, Sydney Agimudie, Z.
Other news:
Huy Nguyen will be leaving Tulsa next month to work in Houston.
Tuesday - 12-4-07
Bixby - 7 players.
1 first time out player - Jim Highes.
6 players - Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Marty Andrews, Eddie Collins, Brian Flinn.
Monday - 12-3-07
Dawson - 8 players.
Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Wilhelm, Tim Yardy, Leonard Williams, Di Jin, Ted Bennet.
Thursday - 11-29-07
Dawson - 6 players.
Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Matts Johansson, Di Jin, Hamid Ezzat, Huy Nguyen. 
Tuesday - 11-27-07
Bixby - 4 players.
Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton
Other news:
Jim French is having a knee operation and will not be able to play until the end of Jan.
Monday - 11-26-07
Dawson - 13 players.
1 first time out player - Arron Moselly (knows Matts).
12 other players - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Ray Pestridge, Sydney Agimudie, Nicky Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Wilhelm Kruger, John Sebbowa, Matts Johansson, Z, Di Jin, Huy Nguyen.
Other news:
Ray Pestridge and Matts Johansson may go to the Springfield, Mo. tournament.
Bob Kyker is not going to the Springfield tourny.
Thursday - 11-22-07
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 11-20-07
Bixby - 9 players.
2 second time out players - Jerrod Petty, Brandon Moses.
7 players - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Marty Andrews, Melvin Norton, Chris Field, Garrett Belcher.
Other news:
Bob Kyker will be the only player from Tulsa going to the Springfield, Missouri tournament on 12-8. This is an unsanctioned event.
Jim French will probably have knee surgery next week to replace the pads in his knees.
Monday - 11-19-07
Dawson - 6 players.
Z, Huy Nguyen, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Ray Pestridge, Di Jin.
Thursday - 11-15-07
Dawson - 8 players.
2 first time out players - David Stewart and Bryce Hurst from Stillwater/Okla. City (came with Ray Pestridge).
6 players - Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Di Jin, Huy Nguyen.
Tuesday - 11-13-07
Bixby - 9 players.
2 first time out players - Brandon Moses, Jerrod Petty.
7 other players - Brian Flinn, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Alex Tupas, Jack Hannah, Ted Hill, Marty Andrews.
Monday - 11-12-07
Dawson - 9 players.
Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Wilhelm, Nicky Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Zee, Huy Nguyen, Hamid Ezzat..
Other news:
Bob Kyker is going to the Hutchinson Tournament on 12-1-07. No one else is going so far.
Thursday - 11-8-07
Dawson - 5 players.
Huy Nguyen, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Sydney Agimudie.
Tuesday - 11-6-07
Bixby - 9 players.
2 first time out players - Carol Baustert, Ian Baustert (both from Sand Springs).
4 Bixby HS players - Garret Belcher, Chris Fields, Tylers Jefferies, 1 other player - did not get his name.
5 other players - Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Brian Flinn, Marty Andrews (paid for a yearly membership).
Monday - 11-5-07
Dawson - 13 players.
Ray Pestridge, Matts Johansson, Brandon, Wilhelm, Nicky Agimudie, Di Jin, Alex Tupas, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Ian, Sydney.
Thursday - 11-1-07
Dawson - 10 players - per Eddie Collins
No other info.
Tuesday - 10-31-07
Bixby - 10 players.
Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton, Brian Flinn, Garrett Belcher, Eddie Collins, Jack Hannah, a Bixby High School player, friend of Alex.
Monday - 10-29-07
Dawson - no info
Thursday - 10-25-07
Dawson -
Ray Pestridge, Matts Johansson, Di Jin, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 10-23-07
Bixby - 13 players
1 yearly member - Matts Johansson (paid $60 tonight).
12 players - From Bixby High School - Garrett Belcher, Chris Field and 3 other players.
Jim French, Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Seth Husienga, Brian Flinn, Marty Andrews.
Other news:
Seth Husienga will be leaving for 1 year for depolyment in the Air National Guard this Friday.
Brian Flinn is starting to use his forehand drive as his primary stroke.
 
Monday - 10-22-07
Dawson - 9 players.
Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, John Sebbowa, Ian Baustert - from Sand Springs and his mom - Carol,.Wilhelm
Thursday - 10-18-07
Dawson - Bob Kyker, Matts Johansson, Hamid Ezzat, Di Jin.
Tuesday - 10-16-07
Bixby - 15 players.
8 players from Bixby High School
7 regular players - Brian Flinn, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Jack Hannah, Jim French, Marty Andrews, Seth Huisenga.
Other news:
Garret Belcher, from the Bixby HS, wants to buy a new paddle from Paddle Palace.
Note to Garrett, try out Brian Flinn's paddle first. He ordered a very light weight paddle.
Monday - 10-15-07
Dawson - 10 players 
Players - Greg Widdowson, Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Nicky Agimudie, Brandon Bissram, Wilhelm Kruger, Di Jin, Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat, Stephan Zolarek
 
Thursday - 10-11-07
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 10-9-07
Bixby - 25 players.
13 players from the Bixby high school (including Jeremy Guy, Kendall Peterson, Chris Field, Garrett Belcher, etc - too many names to keep up with)
2 players from McAlester - Paul Thomas and Ed Ellis. Both flew into Jones Airport. Paul Thomas was last in Tulsa on 10-18-05. Ed Ellis was last in Tulsa on 8-23-05.
1- Matt Boudreaux (from Broken Arrow)- (the designated driver for Paul and Ed).
9 regular players - Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Larry Buell, Brian Flinn, Seth Husienga, Gene Bowlin, Marty Andrews, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Paul Thomas changed to long pips on his backhand and his rating went up 200 points after the last recent US Open he played in.
The McAlester table tennis club meets on Wed. nights only. They are not officially part of the USATT although Ed Ellis thought they should become one so their club will be listed on the USATT site. The McAlester club has 3 tables and usually gets 4-6 players on Wednesdays.
Brian Flinn did not lose a match the entire night (and he showed up early to boot). Took out most of the Bixby high school players.
We tried to talk Jack Hannah into switching to long pips but he was against it.
Marty Andrews wants to use a different rubber but can't decide what to switch to. He tried other players paddles tonight.
The club will stop taking memberships. The cost to play will change to $2 per night starting next week.
 
 
Monday - 10-8-07
Dawson - info to follow soon
Monday - 10-8-07
Bixby - Paul Thomas and Ed Ellis from McAlester will be at the club Tuesday - 10-9-07.
Thursday - 10-4-07
Dawson - 7 players.
2 visitors - Ray Pestridge, Jerry Pender.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Tao Wang, Larry Buell, Matts Johansson, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Ray Pestridge is going to a senior tournament in Huntsman, Utah this Friday.
Tuesday - 10-2-07
Bixby - 16 players.
5 visitors from Bixby High School - Brandon Eckhart, Chris Field, Garret Belcher, Paul Beatty, Tyler Jefferies.
3 visitors - Freeman Latsos, Brian Flinn, Seth Huisenga.
8 members - Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Jim French, Gene Bowlin, Melvin Norton, Marty Andrews, Jack Hannah, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 10-1-07
Dawson - 11 players.
5 visitors - Wilhelm, Ray Pestridge, Di Jin, new player from Sand Springs and his son,
6 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Tao Wang, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie.
Thursday - 9-27-07
Dawson - 7 players.
1 first time out player since the 1960's - Freeman Latsos.
1 visitor - Di Jin
5 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Mats Johansson, Hamid Ezzat, Joe Landers.
Other news:
Ray Miron called Bob Kyker and Reed Kyker and Larry Buell wants to put on the table tennis exibition at Inverness Retirement center.
Tuesday - 9-25-07
Bixby - 13 players.
3 first time out players - Paul Beatty, Brett Reavis, Chris Field ( all know Spencer Barnett).
4 visitors - Spencer Barnett, Seth Huisenga, Tyler Jefferies, Marty Andrews.
6 members - Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Jack Hannah, Melvin Norton, Larry Buell, Matts Johansson.
Other news:
Sports Night Oklahoma sent a crew out (actually 1 person- an employee of Cox ) to video tape the club. He interviewed Spencer Barnett, Kelly Boyce and Larry Buell and took video of all the players. The video will play on Channel 3 (on Cox cable only) , at 10:00 PM (repeats at 10:30 PM) sometime next week.
Hamid Ezzat is considering going to the Ft. Worth tournament next month.
Monday - 9-24-07
Dawson - 13 players.
5 visitors - Nicky Agimudie, Ray Pestridge, Wilhelm Kruger, Brandon Bissram, Di Jin.
8 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Matts Johansson, Sydney Agimudie, Tao Wang, Larry Buell, Stephen Ackart.
Monday - 9-24-07
The club rec'd the following email today from Sports Night Oklahoma:
I was wondering if we could run by Bixby Tuesday night and shoot some video for a story?
SportsNight Oklahoma is seen by Cox Communication subscribers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Thanks so much!
Julie Johnston
 
For a link to what Sports Night is:
Thursday - 9-20-07
Dawson - 5 players.
1 visitor - Ray Pestridge
4 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Matts Johansson, Sydney Agimudie
Tuesday - 9-18-07
Bixby - 17 players
6 visitors - Brian Flinn, Spencer Barnett, Tyler Jefferes, Seth Huisenga, 2 people who came in late to see Spencer- did not get their names
1 expired member - Ken Baird (last time out was 2-20-07)
10 members - Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton, Eddie Collins, Gene Bowlin, Marty Andrews, Matts Johansson, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Larry Buell left early due to mental and physical fatigue.
Marty Andrews organized some doubles play.
Spencer Barnett is going to buy a new paddle (maybe from the Academy)
Monday - 9-17-07
Dawson - 11 players.
3 visitors - Nicky Agimudie, Wilhelm Kruger - 22 years old - going to T.U. for 1 year minimum (from Germany - Larry thinks he maybe rated around 2300), Brandon Bissram,
7 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Alex Tupas, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Tao Wang, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson,.
Thursday - 9-13-07
Dawson - 5 players.
2 visitor - Larry Hill, Di Jin
3 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Sydney Agimudie
Tuesday - 9-11-07
Bixby - 12 players.
3 visitors - Spencer Barnett , a friend of Spencer's (did not get his name), Brian Flinn.
9 members - Corey Flaugher, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Eddie Collins, Jack Hannah, Gene Bowlin, Marty Andrews, Seth Sherriff, Melvin Norton.
Other news:
Gene Bowlin won Gold at the Senoir Olympics in Oklahoma City!
Saturday - 9-8-07 - Hutchinson Tournamant
 
 
Hutchinson Fall Tournament
9/8/07
Larry Buell

I had a fair old time in Hutchinson this year – Kansas State Fair time that is! Had waited until Thursday to get a Hotel (to ensure all at home was good to go) and found that the first 5 hotels I called in Hutchinson were all completely booked! Fortunately, the Best Western Sun Dome still had space (whew!). This was of double benefit, as I ate both Friday night and Saturday night at a wonderful Mexican restaurant associated with the Best Western, called Mia Tierra. Highly recommended!

The shoe almost got off not on the wrong foot but on no feet at all, as I discovered when unpacking I had left my TT shoes at home! I had but minutes left Friday night to acquire a new pair, which I did at the Hutchinson Mall (beautiful mall, but quite deserted, which is sadly not unusual according to some of the proprietors I talked with there). Got a pair of basketball shoes that had to do the trick, as few of the athletic shoe stores I went to there carried anything but running and cross-training shoes.

Finally, the Tournament! Guy Hendrickson ran a fine tournament, getting all our matches for the double RR over by 5. The lighting in the main room (6 tables) was much like in Bixby, while in the back room (2 tables) like Dawson. The footing was good, and Guy’s mother provided a wonderful selection of desserts and sandwiches for our enjoyment! I liked this Hutchinson the best of any of their tournaments I’ve attended there so far. There were 7 players over 2000 present, with one (Alfred Najem, from Lebanon) coming in at 2492 (although he lost in the finals to Yahao Zhang of Denver, 2267). Alfred attends many of the Kansas tournaments, as he goes to college in Kansas to get his Master’s in Business and should be there for two more years. The other 2000+ players (besides Yahao) were Franciso Mendez (2264), Parviz Mojaverian (2249), Christian Wolf (2187), Vladimir Altman (2116) and Werner Stollenmeier (2080). Guy says this is the highest ranked player tournament he has ever hosted in Hutchinson!

The format was for the 38 participants to be seeded 1-38, then divided into upper/lower half. The bottom 8 players in the upper half played one match against one opponent of the top 8 of the bottom half to determine who would play the in the upper and lower division RRs for the day. My first opponent in this preliminary round was Matt Cushing, a 1762 player (usually in the mid 1800s according to those I talked to about him) who used a Seemiller like style to hard push to the corners style and could kill anything high with consistency. He had no trouble with me as I went down -6, -5, -3.

Then we were separated into two divisions of RRs. I was in the bottom half, second seeded in my group of 4 (was supposed to be 5 but one player did not show). My first match was against Tyler Powell, a (relatively) young player (1277) who had a good touch, consistent BH, but had trouble returning my serves, which was a telling factor in my win. I watched him play others and think he has a good upside, if he keeps his focus and intensity levels high and even.

My next match was with the redoubtable Frank Heller (1446). Frank is an elderly fellow who became my inspiration for the tournament, as he rocketed around the court crashing into barriers and having a grand old time playing this game of ours for all he was worth. Although he was a consistent hitter, he had trouble with my underspin serves and I mananged a 7, 9, -12, 7 win over him. I told him afterwards he was my inspiration for his all-out play, and he replied “Well, at least I’m good for something!”

My last match in the morning’s RR was against the top seed, Teotia Seemant, a banker from Minneapolis (1700). He used an unusual racket – a penholder with spinny FH and long pips BH. He had a very smooth forehand and some fine serves, but couldn’t seem to read the changes I put on my serves and this was the primary factor in my 5, -8, 6, 2 upset.

The morning’s RR led to the afternoon’s final RR groupings. Since I finished first in my RR I was placed into the last slot of the upper divisions RR (seeded 7th of 7), where all the other players were higher ranked than I. My first match was against Carl Miller (1814), who with good control and consistent hits to the opposing corners had little trouble disposing of me -8, -4, -4.

My next match fared much better, against Josh Harris (1602), who used short pips on both sides and an all-out hitting style. Again (!) my serves gave him trouble and I was hitting well on my FH and BH sides for a 7, -7, 9, 9 win.

Probably the most satisfying win came against Homer Roman, whom I have played close for many years (1624). He uses spinny FH/long pips BH, and is a very consistent hitter with good court range and a fine touch. Again, he could not figure out my serves (-8, 7, 5, 5), which was fortunate because if it came down to pure hitting I think he would have downed me.

Next came my two closest matches, in which I had good chances but failed to capitalize. My new shoes were by this time pinching both my outside toes, but I tried to put this behind me as the ankle support was very firm (which I need due to the tremendous strain my weight puts on my changing direction lol). I played Grady Beehler (1546) to a 6, -6, 13, -5, -9 loss. Grady uses long pips on BH, spinny FH, and was extremely consistent from either side. I was a bit fatigued both physically and mentally, but I do not want to use this as an excuse for losing (did I mention my toes were hurting? hehe). He mentioned afterwards that I let him off the hook, but I truly gave it all I had at the time and simply came up short….

Next I played the second seed Zach Moore (1780), who had a very smooth FH/BH spin/drive/kill style and excellent serves. He also could play a very consistent deep defense when he had to. Although we exchanged many fierce drive rallies, his consistent offense overcame my cunning and he emerged victorious 12, -3, -6, 7, -6.

The last match of the day was against Ilya Rozenblat, who emigrated to America in 1995 with his parents. He was UR, but had played a lot in Russia before coming here. I greeted him in Russian and he was surprised (pleasantly so) and we conversed a bit amicably in Russian before he kicked my ("posterior" added in place of another word used) all over the court (-5, -11, -6). He played with Anti BH, the only one I faced like this in the tournament, and switched sides with his spinny FH frequently and seemingly randomly to my utter befudlement. He managed to go 6-0 in our RR, even defeating Carl Miller 3-0, so I think he’ll end up with a 1900ish rating.

So, I ended up going 5-5 for the day, but felt quite good since my change of style in April to a more aggressive attack appears to be maturing, and my forehand drives/backhand kills were very much a factor in my game all day, along with my serves which gave many trouble. I never relented on the attack, whether in victory or defeat, so for me this was truly a strategic victory.

After the tournament I had a wonderful conversation with Don Beckstrom about Faith and Family. Don sends all in Tulsa his regards! God was my co-pilot as He guided me safely home to dear old Tulsa, where I thankfully had the only crash of the trip, crashing in my easy chair in the living room after a long and satisfying day.

Larry Buell
 

Monday - 9-10-07
Dawson - 11 players.
1 first time out player - Robert Nipper
1 - haven't been out in 7 years player - Di Jin
4 visitors - Nicky Agimudie, Ray Pestridge, Brandon Bissram, one player we did not get his name.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Sydney Agimudie, Mats Johansson.
Thursday - 9-6-07
Dawson - no info (Bob gone).
Tuesday - 9-4-07
Bixby - 11 players.
2 first time out players - Ron Grammar (saw the Channel 8 morning piece. He told Celia, when he was leaving, that the club's players were too good of players), Joseph McCormick (friend of Spencer Barnett).
2 - 2nd time out players - Spencer Barnett, Jerry Bunville
2 visitors - Seth Huisenga, Brian Flinn
5 members - Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Eddie Collins, Marty Andrews
Other news:
Larry Buell will play in the Hutchinson tournament next weekend.
The Bixby center is not part of the Tulsa parks and recreation (or part of Bixby) and therefore does not have to comply with the mayors new thermostat policy of keeping the Tulsa recreation centers at 76-78 degress. The Bixby center keeps their thermostat set at 72 degrees. Celia said 76-78 is way too hot when a group does any physically activity (she said sometimes 72 degrees is too hot). She said 76-78 is not comfortable for even just sitting around.
Eddie Collins just got back from Venezuela teaching baseball !
Seth Huisenga is in the reserves and thinks he may have to go overseas soon.
 
Monday - 9-3-07
Dawson - closed - Labor Day
Thursday - 8-30-07
Dawson - 5 players.
5 members - Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Tao Wang, Leonard Williams.
Other news:
Kristin Dickerson, reporter and partime host of Good Day Tulsa on Channel 8, came out to the club and filmed the players. This segment will air Monday, 9-3 - between 9:00 am and 10:00 am. It will be part of their story on the movie "Ball of Fury".
 
 
Thursday - 8-30-07
Channel 8 in Tulsa will out to the Dawson club tonight to film and interview (to help with their story on the movie "Balls of Fury").
Tuesday - 8-28-07
Bixby - 13 players.
3 first time out players (due to the article in the Sunday paper), Spencer Barnett, Tyler Jefferes (they came out together), Bob Darden (retired, used to play tennis).
1 visitor - Seth Huisenga,
1 new, just joined tonight member - Marty Andrews. Lives in Bixby.
7 members - Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Jack Hannah (renewed his membership!), Gene Bowlin, Melvin Norton, Ted Hill.
1 just watched person - Ray Miron
Other news:
Ray Miron wants 4 players to come out to the retirement center he lives at - Inverness - at Hwy 75 and 71st street (?).
He wants to generate some table tennis interest at Inverness. The center has one table.
His contact info is: PH: 388-3145 and his email address is: raymiron@aol.com
Ray has been very active in  hockey (anyone into hockey will know him!).
Some of his accomplishments in hockey are:
1974-1976 - General Manager of the Tulsa Oilers in the old, pre-1992 Central Hockey League.
1976 - President (for 3 weeks) of the Central Hockey League (included 6 hockey teams from Okla, Texas, Kansas, Tenn. )
1976 - General Manager of the Colorado Rockies.
?       - coached the Okla. City Blazers.
1992 - Conceived and founded the new Central Hockey League.
Sometime after 1992, the "Levins Cup" (Ray's partner) - championship trophy for the CHL, was renamed the "Ray Miron President's Cup".
Ray retired from hockey in 2000.
2001 - The Central Hockey League merged with the Western Professional Hockey League.
2004 - Ray received the "Lester Partick" award for outstanding service to hockey.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday - 8-27-07
Dawson - 11 players.
2 first time out players - Mike Mayer, Wilhelm Kruger (22 years old, here at TU for one year minimum. He beat Nicky!. However, Ray Pestridge beat Wilhelm!).
5 visitors - Brandon Bissram, Nicky Agimudie, Reed Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Chris Agimudie
4 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie.
Other news:
Bob Kyker will not be able to make it to the club until Sept 10th..
Sunday - 8-26-07
The Tulsa World Article came out in the "Scene" section of the Sunday paper.
The article is below.
 
Pingpong passion
Photo by ADAM WISNESKI / Tulsa World
Brian Flinn, 13, warms up during the weekly meeting of the Tulsa Table Tennis Club while Larry Bueill looks on at the Bixby Community Center. The club uses rolled up cardboards to corral the table tennis balls during play.
 
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Table tennis aficionados ready to paddle way to new heights



Forrest Gump wasn't a smart man but he sure could play a mean game of pingpong.

Remember how the lovable goof found himself playing in a vast Chinese arena where a mammoth portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong benevolently loomed over the crowd as Gump's ball all but caught fire as it rocketed over the table?

(this is a picture of Alex Tupas)
 
Speaking of table tennis in movies, the wacky comedy "Balls of Fury" opens Wednesday.

To get an idea of what the flick is, think "Mortal Kombat" meets pingpong and add plenty of sophomoric bathroom humor led by a Jack Black-esque hero.

Anyway, in "Forrest Gump," the fictional character somehow ends up a member of the U.S. table tennis team, which in 1971 became the first group of Americans allowed into China since Zedong's communist regime took over more than 20 years before.

In the midst of all those athletes deftly firing tiny spheres at mind-bending speeds, a simple game ushered in a new era of relations between the U.S. and China.

At the same time, the Tulsa Table Tennis Club was already under way, but it took that meeting between China and
America to spur the last great table tennis fad in the U.S., recalled current TTTC President Kelly Boyce.

Now, more than 35 years after pingpong brought two countries together, table tennis is second only to soccer as the most popular sport in the world, according to the 52-year-old Boyce.

If only it would catch on in America, like it has in China, the world's table tennis powerhouse.

"It's huge internationally," Boyce said of the sport, "but the people in the U.S., well, they're into other things, which is a shame . . ."

Although table tennis can't compete with football and the like, each Tuesday night, Boyce and about a dozen other Tulsa Table Tennis Club members meet in the Bixby Community Center.

It's there where four pingpong tables, all surrounded by a thin, makeshift cardboard fence, allow a handful of players to practice their techniques and challenge each other in good-natured battles.

By the way, the club also meets Monday and Thursday nights at the Dawson Community Center in Tulsa. The club's president works for a metal distribution company by day, but one night a week, Boyce is the ace of the Bixby players.

It should be noted he has a respectable table tennis rating of 1950, which is the highest in Oklahoma for players 40 and older.

To put Boyce's rating in perspective, beginners start around 1,200 and the top table tennis athletes in the world have ratings around 2,700, he said.

As president, Boyce seems like a humble gent keen to welcome the occasional new member, greet elders such as 79-year-old retired firefighter Eugene Bowlin and give advice to anyone looking for it, like 13-year-old Brian Flinn, who said he would much rather play pingpong than video games.

Boyce also is keen to challenge others to a best-of-five game, from which he usually emerges victorious.

Club member Larry Buell said of Boyce's game, "It throws people's timing off and it gets them a little unsettled. That's the whole nature of the game -- throw people's timing off so they don't get into a comfort zone against you."

In a game between the 56-year-old Buell and Boyce, the latter won three straight games: 11-5; 11-4 and 11-5.

Buell learned the game at age 25 and later honed his skills in Taiwan while teaching English in the early '70s.

Once he started a family, he gave the game up until 2001. Now he has a rating of 1526, which means he can, as he said, "Take any garage player and put them in the ground."

Alex Tupas, 41, grew up playing table tennis in the Philippines but quit the game for some 20 years until rediscovering the sport two years ago.

Last November, Tupas underwent quadruple bypass surgery, which kept him from playing for about four months.

Tupas is back now and sees the game as more than a way to pass the time.

"When I got back to it, I kind of sensed that this will probably keep me alive if I come in here twice a week," said the man who plays in Bixby and Tulsa. "Now, I'm committed to this. This is my exercise."

If it's any indication of how pingpong can be a sweat-inducing workout, many players keep towels beneath the table to wipe their brows.

Boyce himself deems table tennis a "life sport," which he'll pursue into his golden years, he said, just like retired firefighter Bowlin before him.

"Everybody needs a life sport for our own spiritual and physical well-being," Boyce said. ". . . I think it's the greatest sport there is."

Forrest Gump would no doubt agree.

For more information about TTTC, go online to www.tulsaworld.com/tulsatabletennis.

 



Matt Gleason 581-8473

 

 
Thursday - 8-22-07
Dawson - 5 players.
1 visitor - Seth Huisenga
4 members - Tao Wang, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Huy Nguyen
Tuesday - 8-21-07
Bixby - 9 players.
1 first time out player - Roman Hadenkg - from Ukraine
2 visitors - Brian Flinn, Seth Huisenga
6 members - Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Larry Buell, Gene Bowlin, Melvin Norton.
Other news:
Mat Gleason, feature writer for the Tulsa World, came out, with a photographer. He talked to all the players and they took alot of photos. The reason they come out was because of the "Balls of Fury" movie (about table tennis). (the photographer said watching Larry and Kelly rally the ball (during warmup)(long slow rallys) was m esmerizing .
Monday - 8-20-07
Dawson - 9 players.
5 visitors - Nicky Agimudie, Ray Pestridge and his wife (she did not play due to the heat - the thermostat was not working), Greg Widdowson, Brandon Bissram
4 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell (playing less offense due to a rotator cuff problem), Sydney Agimudie.
Other news: -
Ray beat everyone!
The thermostat is not working. We called the parks dept. to report it.
 
Friday - 8-17-07
Mat Gleason of the Tulsa World will come out to the Bixby Club on Tuesday - 8-21 to do a story on the club / table tennis (he will bring a photographer also).
Thursday - 8-16-07
Dawson - 8 players.
3 visitors - Dan McIntosh (from Muskogee), Michael Zhang, Lucas Zhang.
5 members - Leonard Williams, Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Mats Johansson, Alex Tupas.
Tuesday - 8-14-07
Bixby - 13 players.
2 first time out players - Christopher Benz (goes to Spartan and is from North or South Dakota), Owen Genzlinger (from Philly - goes to Spartan).
5 visitors - Michael Zhang and Lucas Zhang, Brian Flinn, Seth Huisenga, Marty Andrews (will join the club next week!),
6 members - Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Gene Bowlin, Corey Flaugher, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Marty Andrews has decided to use pips out on both sides with a fast blade.
Michael Zhang is playing at a 1900's level.
Jack Hannah has decided to start playing every Tuesday now.
Monday - 8-13-07
Dawson - 11 players.
6 visitors - Michael Zhang and his son - Lucas Zhang (family moving to Florida this week), Ray Pestridge, Nicky Agimudie, Chris Agimudie, Brandon Bissram.
5 members - Leonard Williams, Bob Kyker, Tim Yardy, Sydney Agimudie, Zack Eldridge.
Thursday - 8-9-07
Dawson - 8 players.
2 first time out players - Stan J, KC Snyder.
3 visitors - Michael Zhang, Dan McIntosh and his wife,
3 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Sydney Agimudie
Tuesday - 8-7-07
Bixby - 13 players.
2 first time out players - Michael Zhang (plays 1700's to 1800's level)(friend of Tao Wang), Brandon Bissram (Sydney brought him - Brandon doesn't have a car).
4 visitors - Tony Kelough, Seth Huisenga, Marty Andrews, Brian Flinn (his dad, Jeff, just watched).
7 members - Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Melvin Norton, Jim French, Sydney Agimudie, Tao Wang.
Other news:
The main air conditioner was not working and was very warm. Also, the floors were being waxed and less than half the club's normal space was available (but still managed 4 tables).
Jack Hannah was playing the best he has played in twenty years! (even Jack was surprised).
 
 
 
Monday - 8-6-07
Dawson - 12 players.
2 first time out players - Kevin Braun (friend of Tim Yardy), Michael Chang (friend of Tao), Michael just moved to Tulsa from Syracuse, New Jersey (and is a very good player).
3 visitors - Brandon Bissram, Nicky Agimudie, Reed Kyker
7 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams (back now from his coaching hurdles), Tim Yardy! (last time out was 4-9-07 and before that 2-8-07) , Tao Wang, Sydney Agimudie, Chris Agimudie, Jody Vivion. 
Thursday - 8-2-07
Dawson - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Ray Pestridge (from Stillwater). Beat everyone.
4 visitors - Zack Eldridge, Brandon Bissram (from Trinidad), Reed Kyker, Dan McIntosh (from Muskogee).
7 members - Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Tao Wang, Sydney Agimudie, Jody Vivion.
Other news:
Dan McIntosh said they lost the place they played in Muskogee and have no place to play now.
Jody Vivion is planning to go to the Ft. Worth tournament next weekend with his friend from OSU. No other players going for sure.
Sydney got a 1 year membership for fixing the PVC barriers.
Tuesday - 7-31-07
Bixby - 15 players.
5 visitors - Brian Flinn (using his new Paddle Palace paddle), Jeff Flinn (his dad), Marty Andrews, Seth Huisenga (used to play in Bartlesville), Tony Kelough
10 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Sydney Agimudie (first time out since 3-20-07), Corey Flaugher, Melvin Norton, Gene Bowlin, Ted Hill, Jody Vivion, Larry Buell, Jack Hannah (first time out since 3-27-07).
Other news:
Jody Vivion is going to the Ft. Worth tournament - Texas Wesleyan - on 8-11-07. He is going with another player from OSU and Ray Pestridge. (when Jody is going to OSU he cannot attend the Tulsa club playing nights).
 
Tuesday - 7-31-07
Player alert !
Ray Pestridge from Stillwater (recently retired) will be in Tulsa Thursday - 8-2 - at Dawson.
Monday - 7-30-07
Dawson - 11 players.
2 first time out players (came with Nicky), Adam Schwabauer, Jacob McWherter.
1 - 2nd time out player - Brandon Bissram.
2 visitors - Nicky Agimudie, Chris Agimudie
6 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Zack Eldridge (pen holder from Tahlequah), Tao Wang, Jody Vivion.
Thursday - 7-26-07
Dawson - 5 players.
1 visitor - Z (back from 2 month tour of europe with his brother)
4 members - Bob Kyker, Tao Wang, Larry Buell, Huy Nguyen.
 
Tuesday - 7-24-07
Bixby - 10 players.
1 - 2nd time out player - Seth Huisenga.
1 - haven't been out since 5-31-05 player - Tony Hicks (way too busy for table tennis nowadays).
3 visitors - Marty Andrews, Joseph Tata, Tony Kelough
5 members - Alex Tupas, Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Corey Flaugher, Gene Bowlin.
Monday - 7-23-07
Dawson - 9 players.
3 first time out players - Brian Goetz, Cheryl Goetz (moved to Broken Arrow from Chicago), Brandon Bissram (just arrived from Trinidad. Going to NSU. Played on the National team in Trinidad!
2 visitors - Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie
4 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie, Zack Eldridge.
Thursday - 7-19-07
Dawson - no info. Bob Kyker off. Sydney is to send info.
Tuesday - 7-17-07
Bixby - 13 players.
2 visitors - Tony Kelough, Marty Andrews
11 members - Kelly Boyce, Corey Flaugher, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Alex Tupas, Ted Hill, Kevin Hill, Gene Bowlin, Eddie Collins, Jim French, Melvin Norton.
Other news:
Jim French - after announcing his retirement from table tennis on 6-5-07, Jim has now announced his comeback.
Matts Johansson has bought a new long pips rubber. He said the one he has now does not allow him to drive or hit the ball.
 
Monday - 7-16-07
Dawson - 9 players and 1 watcher.
1 first time out player - Brian Mills (friend of Mats).
1 watcher - Tian Le (friend of Huy).
2 visitors - Nicky Agimudie, Chris Agimudie
6 members - Bob Kyker, Matts Johansson, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Huy Nguyen.
Friday - 7-13-07
Senior Olympic Nationals report from Bob Kyker that he attended in Louisville, Ky. with George Taplin.
 
My dbls partner, George Taplin, won gold in 60-65 mens singles. He beat a 1900 player in the semi-finals and beat Duke Stogner (from Arkansas), rated 1812, in the finals.
 
George and I won bronze in 60-65 mens doubles.
 
I came in 4th in 65-69 mens singles which had the largest group of 48 players.  It took 4 days of competition to eliminate, by rr, down to the final 8 in single elimination.  The ratings of the final eight, no. 1 through no. 8, were 1849, 1833, 1839, 1645 (me), 1740, 1687, 1837, and 1647. 
 
I learned a lot by getting to play against a lot of players using dr. neubauer and long pips.  I have some specific things to improve on in preparation for the next nationals in 2009 in San Francisco; and hoping to do even better.
Thursday - 7-12-07
Dawson - 6 players.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Huy Nguyen, Larry Buell, Tao Wang (back from 2 months in China and he practiced there!), Jody Vivion, Seth Sheriff (may have a broken rib).
1 friend of Huy watched (girl).
Tuesday - 7-10-07
Bixby - 16 players.
5 first time out players - did not get their names - a father, his 2 sons and a friend of the sons, Corey Brown (stepson of Jim Rice). Only here for 1 week.
1 - haven't been out in 13 years player - Joseph Tata (rhymes with papa). He used to play at Turner Rec. on 4th and Harvard (only came out 2 months). Has some of the best serves we ever saw. Extremely spinny. Good forehand loop drive and fast backhand drive.
1 visitor - Tony Kelough
1 partial member - Jim Rice (paid $10 tonight).
8 members - Melvin Norton, Eddie Collins, Kelly Boyce, Corey Flaugher, Larry Buell, Ted Hill, Kevin Hill, Gene Bowlin,
 
Monday - 7-9-07
Dawson - 5 players.
5 members - Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Syndey Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson
Thursday - 7-5-07
Dawson - 7 players and 1 watcher
2 visitors - Greg Widdowson, Victor Infante
5 members - Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Eddie Collins, Huy Nguyen, Bob Kyker.
1 watcher - a friend of Huy (girl).
Tuesday - 7-3-07
Bixby - 7 players.
1 first time out player - Jerry (he was waiting on his daughter in the gymnastics).
1 visitor - Tony Kelough
5 members - Melvin Norton, Seth Sheriff, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Corey Flaugher.
Monday - 7-2-07
Dawson - no info
Thursday - 6-28-07
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 6-26-07
Bixby - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Stephane Charmot. Plays at the Salt Lake City, Utah club. Here in Tulsa on business.
Will be here through Friday only. Will be back next month. A 1824 player.
5 visitors - Marty Andrews, Brian Flinn, Jeff Flinn, Tony Kelough, Celia (center director! )
6 members - Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Seth Sheriff, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Brian Flinn got a new paddle from Paddle Palace! Mark V soft - 1.500 mm on both sides. All-around blade with a shorter handle (to fit his 14 year old hand better). Very light weight paddle (lightest I have ever held).
Monday - 6-25-07
Dawson - 3 players.
3 members - Hamid Ezzat, Zack Eldridge, Seth Sheriff
Thursday - 6-21-07
Dawson - 3 players.
3 members - Hamid Ezzat, Seth Sheriff, Joe Landers.
Wed - 6-20-07
Dawson - the air conditioner was fixed today - Wed. 
Tuesday - 6-19-07
Bixby - 11 players.
1 first time out player - Brian Flinn (14 years old). His dad (Jeff Flinn) brought him (Jeff just watched). Brian came out because he is tired of beating everyone else he plays.
1 far off visitor - Joe Tarantino (from Las Vegas). Comes out about twice a year when he is visiting family in Tulsa.
1- 2nd time out player - Marty Andrews.
1 just joined tonight player -Jody Vivion! (he went to the Sooner State Games this last weekend ! )
6 members - Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat! , Alex Tupas, Larry Buell, Corey Flaugher.
Other news:
Larry Buell has greatly improved his game. More agressive with his spins.
Jody Vivion joined the club tonight! He enjoyed the Sooner State Games (although did not get a chance to talk to him much about it).
 
Monday - 6-18-07
Dawson - 5 players.
1 visitor - Reed Kyker
4 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Seth Sheriff.
Other news:
The air conditioner is still not working .No word when it will be fixed.
Bob Kyker is going to the Seniors National Tournament in Kentucky. He will be back in July.
Saturday 6-16-07
Sooner State Games tournament results at Oklahoma City (with comments from Larry Buell) held on 6-16-07
 
2007 Sooner Games Table Tennis Tournament
6/16/07
Larry Buell
Gentlefolk,
We had a hot time in the old gym this day! While we had fans working, the only air conditioning in the Southern Oaks Recreation Center was in the lobby, which became a kind of mecca for overheated players throughout the day (note that a bond passed which may provide money to remedy this!).
The players did not seem to mind too much though, as I heard few complaints. The tournament was efficient and well-run (by Larry Kesler and several of the OKC club members).
My goal this tournament was to learn and improve from my Arkansas Tournament (April of this year). I'm trying to play more aggressive (3rd/5th ball attack) table tennis now than I once did. I believe I'm improving on this, and felt more comfortable with this style in the Sooner Games than in Arkansas tournament. My forehand drives had more authority and better placement, while my backhand kills were quite effective, especially as the day wore on. My serves gave problems to most, as I varied the spin/speed/rotation/length constantly. The results were very pleasing to me! I entered three events (under 1850, Open, Over 50) and I made the final RRs in the under 1850 and Opens (the Over 50s had only one RR for final results). I came in 4th in a 3 way tie-breaker (games) for 2nd/3rd/4th in the under 1850, and third in the Opens. I managed second in the Over 50s (to the highest ranked player in the Tournament,  the Neubauer-powered Ray Pestridge/1905).
Ray demonstrated the potency of that rubber/his style against me in the Over 50's, where he easily handled me at -5, -3, -2. I did learn from this experience however, and my very next match was against Ray in the Opens. I decided to try a different approach, instead of giving him spinny serves and trying to loop/drive the ball immediately (as I did in my previous match), I instead gave him short/long no spin serves and no spin pushes. This proved surprisingly effective, as Ray for the first 4 games was nonplussed by my lack of spin, and would often return a high enough ball that I could crack a forehand or backhand kill. My occasional attempts at drives met with mixed success, as when Ray returned them with his Neubauer I found the spin mostly unmanageable (for me). So I continued this no spin/kill strategy with some success until the 5th game, where Ray became more aggressive and moved me out of my comfort zone with wider angle, harder hit shots. Although I lost the match -15, 5, -10, 8, -2 I felt a lot more confident for future matches against this type of rubber which was just as well as the next 2 out of 3 matches I faced it from other players. But after playing Ray so well I was able to win these other matches with relative ease. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the assistant tournament director Britt Salter remark after this match that the first four games looked like a clinic on how to play Neubauer rubber.
Altogether I played 14 matches, going 9-5. 4 of those 5 losses were two each to Ray and to Joe Williams (1628, the eventual Open winner through a default by Ray in the final match). Joe played a heavy spin push game, and could crack decisive drive/smashes when the opportunity arose. My 5th loss was to Dale Goodman (1530) whose hard flat pushes to the deep sides were a problem for me (as pushers often are) and I lost to him 11, 6, 4.
Of my 8 wins I think my best was against David Hash (1471, as high as 1746). He initially had trouble with my serves, but found his mark by the second game and began hitting fierce shots to my extreme wings. We went back and forth throughout the match, and ended up tied 9-9 in the 5th. Here is where my 9-9 practice paid dividends! Unlike in Arkansas, I kept my poise and focus, going up 10-9. Then we had a potent rally which ended (unluckily for David) with a shot heading towards my side which just nicked the top of the net, and dribbled over the edge off the table for my game/set/match (7, -6, 3, -10, 9). Practice may not make perfect, but it sure helps when the going gets tough!
Had a wonderful meal and great talks with Dale, David and Britt after the tournament!
For those interested in all my results, and even for those who aren't, here they are:
 
Results against Larry Buell only listed below:
 
U1850 Preliminary RR:
Dugger Steepler (UR) W 5, 2, 5
Dale Goodman (1530) L -11, -6,-4
Jody Vivion (UR) W -11, 9, 8, 8

U1850 Final RR (previous result against Dale carried over):
Joe Williams (1626) L -5, -2, -7
David Hash (1471) W 7, -6, 3, -10, 9
 
Over 50 RR:
Ray Pestridge (1905) L 5, 3, 2
Steve Dugger (1473) W 3, 6, 11
Darrell Lucht (1374) W (did not record score, near end of day!)
 
Open Preliminary RR:
Joe Williams (1626) L -6, -7, 11, -4
Darrell Lucht (1374) W 3, 8, 3
Kevin Li (1053) W 6, 13, 8
Dan McIntosh (1455) W 9, 8, 7
 
Open Final RR:
Ray Pestridge (1905) L -15, 5, -10, 8, -2
Steve Dugger (1473) W (did not record score, last match of day!)
 
Thursday - 6-14-07
Dawson - 5 players.
2 visitors - Reed Kyker, Larry Hill
3 members - Bob Kyker, Seth Sheriff, Huy Nguyen.
Other news:
The air conditioner was not working (fortunately it was not to hot). The city has been notifed to fix it.
Larry Buell is the only player attending the Okla. City tournament this weekend.
Tuesday - 6-12-07
Bixby - 9 players.
1 first time out player - Marty
1 second time out player - Jim Rice
7 members - Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Corey Flaugher, Eddie Collins, Gene Bowlin, Melvin Norton, Larry Buell
Other news:
The Oklahoma City tourny this weekend - only Larry Buell will be going.
Monday - 6-11-07
Dawson - 5 ? players.(Bob still out sick).
1 visitor - Nicky Agimudie
3 members - Larry Buell, Hamid, Sydney Agimudie.
Other news:
The air conditioner is not working. Larry Buell has arranged to play at Bixby on Thursday's until the a/c is fixed.
Thursday - 6-7-07
Dawson - no info (Bob Kyker out sick).
6/12/07
I will no longer be going to the OKC tournament 6/16. Due to I am expecting a baby any time now. Ill try to be back out at the club in a month or two. If you need someone to open the club on either mondays or thursdays, call me at 640-9695 or contact kelly and he will get a hold of me.
 
Thank you
Stephen Ackart
Tuesday - 6-5-07
Bixby - 14 players.
4 first time out players - Jim Rice (he took paid table tennis lessons at Whiteside in the 1970's from Kelly !), Ranga, Seth Huisenga, and a player who came out at 8:45 PM and played alittle with Roky.
2 - 2nd time out players - Roky Tariq, Butt Tariq.
1 visitor - Tony Keough.
7 members - Gene Bowlin, Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Corey Flaugher, Alex Tupas, Jim French.
Other news:
Jim French has retired from table tennis (this time will be his last time - he said).
Oklahoma City tournament next week - only 2 players going to it - Larry Buell and Stephen Ackart.
 
Monday - 6-4-07
8 players.
John Sebbowa (Played an amazing match with Hamid)
1 visitor - Nick Agimudie
6 members - Larry Buell, Stephen Ackart, Sydney Agimudie, Alex Tupas, Huy Nguyen, Hamid Ezzat.
 
Saturday - 6-2-07
On the Hutchinson Tourny that Bob Kyker went to (info from Bob Kyker),
The tournament was won by Alfred Nahem, a friend of Samar Chaar. Alfred is from Lebanon and is rated 2488!. He is going to college in Kansas for 2 years. He lives in Emporia, Ks.
.
Bob Kyker won the Class C (and added about 85 points to his rating!).
Thursday - 5-31-07
Dawson - 9 players.
1 last time out visitor - Ben Crowder - going to Colorado to get married and live.
8 members - Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Stephen Ackart, Sydney Agimudie, Matts Johansson, Joe Landers, Corey Flaugher.
 
Tuesday - 5-29-07
Bixby - 13 players.
3 first time out players - Jody Vivion, Roky Tariq, Butt Tariq (from Pakistan and a former table tennis coach for the national team of Pakistan) (both have been in Tulsa for 6 months).
3 visitors - Ray Awe (last time out was 11-9-05!), Tony Kelough, Ben Crowder.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Zack Eldridge (penholder from Tahlequah), Jim French, Alex Tupas, Corey Flaugher.
Other news:
Bob Kyker is the only player from Tulsa going to the Hutchinson tourny this weekend.
 
Monday - 5-28-07
Dawson - closed for Memorial Day
Thursday - 5-24-07
Dawson - 7 players.
1 visitor - Ben Crowder
6 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Huy Nguyen, Eddie Collins
Other news:
Larry Buell is going to the Sooner Games next month. Possible Bob Kyker and Stephen Ackart also.
Bob Kyker is the only player going to the Hutchinson tourny in 10 days..
Ben Crowder will be getting married and moving to New Mexico soon.
Tuesday - 5-22-07
Bixby - 7 players.
1 visitor - Tony Kelough
6 members - Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Gene Bowlin, Corey Flaugher.
Monday - 5-21-07
Dawson - 8 players and 1 watcher
5 visitors - Ben Crowder, Brin Bedwell and his dad, Neville (who just watched), Nicky Agimudie.
4 members - Bob Kyker, Jim French, Seth Sherrif, Sydney Agimudie.
Thursday - 5-17-07
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor - Ben Crowder
7 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie, Matts Johansson, Seth Sheriff, Huy Nguyen, Joe Landers.
 
Tuesday - 5-15-07
Bixby - 7 players.
2 visitors - Tony Kelough (pronounced "key low" ), Dakshin
5 members - Gene Bowlin, Eddie Collins, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Jim French.
Monday - 5-14-07
Dawson - 11 players.
5 visitors - Brin Bedwell (from New Zealand), a new player and his dad (did not get their names - his dad only watched), Nicky Agimudie, Ben Crowder, Zach.
6 members - Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Seth Sheriff, Huy Nguyen, Matts Johansson.
Thursday - 5-10-07
Dawson - 8 players and one watcher
2 visitors - Ben Crowder (from Durango, Colorado), "Z" and his brother (who just watched)
1 just joined tonight member - Zack Eldridge !
5 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Seth Sheriff, Huy Nguyen, Sydney Agimudie.
Tuesday - 5-8-07
Bixby - 8 players.
2 visitors - Tony, John Walsh
6 members - Corey Flaugher, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Ted Hill, Eddie Collins (renewed his membership!), Gene Bowlin (renewed his membership!)
Other news:
John Walsh will graduated from Bixby in 2 weeks.He has a wrestling scholarship to a Kansas college and will be leaving Bixby in July. He wants to play table tennis until he leaves.
Monday - 5-7-07
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor - Soon Ki Hwang.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Alex Tupas, Larry Buell, Corey Flaugher, Sydney Agimudie, Tao Wang, Hamid Ezzat.
Other news:
Larry Buell and Bob Kyker are going to the Hutchinson tournament on 6-2-07.
Huy Nguyen's game has improved greatly.
Soon Ki Hwang will be moving to Dallas and will not be playing in Tulsa any longer.
Thursday - 5-3-07
Dawson - 9 players.
2 visitors - Andrew Nelson, Soon Ki Hwang.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Huy Nguyen, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie, Matts Johansson, Seth Sheriff, Eddie Collins.
 
Tuesday - 5-1-07
Bixby - 5 players.
1 visitor - Tony
4 members - Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Corey Flaugher.
Monday - 4-30-07
Dawson - 10 players.
2 visitors - Soon Ki Hwang, Nicky Agimudie
8 members - Bob Kyker, Alex Tupas, Sydney Agimudie, Tao Wang, Matts Johansson, Larry Buell, Corey Flaugher, Huy Nguyen.
Thursday - 4-26-07
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 4-24-07
Bixby - 9 players.
1 2nd time out player - Andrew Nelson (the first and last time he came out to Bixby was 12-9-03).
3 visitors - Dakshin, Soon Ki Hwang, Tony
5 members - Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Corey Flaugher, Ted Hill.
 
 
 
 
 
Monday - 4-23-07
Dawson - 7 players.
1 visitor - Soon Ki Hwang
6 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie, Tao Wang, Seth Sheriff
Thursday - 4-19-07
Dawson - 7 players.
1 first time out player - Kimberley Richardson
1 visitor - "Z"
5 members - Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Tao Wang, Seth Sheriff.
 
Tuesday - 4-17-07
Bixby - 8 players.
1 first time out player - Dakshin. He played in India and will be in Tulsa thru this year only. About a 1600 level player but hasn't played in a while. He has been in Tulsa 6 months (he just got a car). Plays with a classic smooth rubber style.
2 visitors - Dan Theuber, Tony.
5 members - Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Eddie Collins, Cory Flaugher.
Monday - 4-16-07
Dawson - 6 players.
1 visitor - Nick Agimudie
5 members - Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Seth Sheriff, Eddie Collins.
Saturday - 4-14-07 - Northwest Arkansas Open
The following was written by Larry Buell who was the only player from Tulsa attending the tourny.
 

Northwest Arkansas Open Championships

4/14/07

Larry Buell

 

Gentlefolk,

 

Wanted to tell you about today’s NW AR Open, primarily because it was held at the Jones Family Center in Springdale, AR.

 

This place was a palace! Donated to the city 11 years ago by a trucking corporation, it houses a full size hockey/ice skating rink, a major size pool, and a basketball court/track (which is where we had the tournament).

 

This place is beautiful and CLEAN! What’s even more impressive is that membership is completely free for the general public. (Don’t we wish Tulsa had some generous corporate sponsors to provide us a place like this!)

 

So I highly recommend this place to anyone thinking about traveling to Springdale for a tournament there! Geez, the set of bathrooms off the basketball courts were bigger than the bottom floor of my house, and a whole lot cleaner! J (they were cleaned twice while I was there).

 

Anyway, only 13 of an expected 17 signees showed up for the tournament, so in the morning we had two large round robins of 7 and 6 (I was in the 7). I got to play 6 matches then (I was seeded as C), and things went as expected – lost to A player Paul Crutchfield (1645) 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 as his lefty drive deep to my backhand won point after point – I know, I need to work on my lateral movement! (which I’m starting exercises for, but just last week J ). Also lost to B player Mika Bey (1585), 11-7, 11-5, 11-8, but don’t think he’ll end up a 1585 for tournament purposes as he actually wound up winning the whole Championships (beat a 2000 player to do so). He was very consistent driving to both sides, and even off balance could flick off a winner to either side with impunity. The remainder of the morning went as seeded, as I won against the D/E/F/G players (John Falco/1397, Klaus Sichelsschmidt (unrated, from Germany), Mark Counts/1138, and Nathaniel Benoit/1077).

 

In the afternoon we had Open/A/B RRs, but didn’t play anyone we’d played in the morning (took that as a victory or defeat in the 4 person group I was in, As). I started off against the worst possible style for me, a steady pusher who generated little offense unless I popped one up, then he could hit very consistently. These kind of players always give me trouble as I am a counter player who relies on my opponent to initiate the offense so I can counter it (duh). I am planning to work a lot on generating my own offense though, just to counter (haha) this type of play. His name was Charlie Brooks (1477) and he used spinny stuff on the FH and short pips (read Jack Hannah!) on the BH. Push push push push push push kill! (if I return kill he continued to hit  with constancy until one of us misses). Lost this one 9-11, 11-7, 11-2, 12-10. Had my chances but especially with my BH couldn’t get any offense going and his pushes were all so deep couldn’t get many BH kills (my favorite J ) in either. Need to learn to drive the BH strong off a push now…..

 

My second match determined whether I came in the money/trophy for the As. I played David Girdner (1413), who was made of a mold very similar to Charlie – push push push push push Kill (but not so consistent on his kills or continuation if I returned his kill). He used standard spinny on his FH but a frictionless long pips on the BH, which truly had me flummoxed for the first two games. He won these easily 11-4, 11-3. Then I decided to easy-roll his long pips stuff, and try to serve into the long pips so I could dictate the pace of the point. This met with some success as I won the next two games 11-9, 11-5.  Then comes the big fifth game. Now those of you who know me know I’m trying to work on remaining calm in big game situations, but I haven’t played a tournament in 1 ½ years and we both knew whoever won this match would be in the Money. At first I kept to my game plan and got up 10-6, my serve in the 5th. Then, disaster. My breath started coming faster, my muscles tightened, I stopped seeing the ball as clearly, and missed an easy backhand smash putaway (which I had been making consistently in games 3 and 4) which would have won me the match. I was stupefied, realizing I’d really rushed the shot and not waited for it to come to my optimum striking zone. I went conservative on the next point and his slick BH got me to net it. Then I made perhaps a strategic mistake (but thot it a good idea at the time) and called my 1/match timeout to gather myself (breathe, Larry, breathe!). His serve 8-10, another BH floater setup like I’d been making time after time earlier, and again I boffed it. Ahead of the striking zone once again. Still, in times past I would have been very conservative and not followed my game plan (be more aggressive/offensive minded), so I was at least following my game plan strategically if not succeeding tactically. At 9-10, he again gives me a good deep serve off his LP to my BH, I don’t have a good stroke to return (kind of float it back) and he kills it to go to deuce. I have a problem mentally focusing too much on might have beens here, lose a bit of concentration on the moment and he runs out the match to win the 5th 12-10.

 

Still this was a tremendous boost for me, because I am trying to transform myself from a conservative approach to the game to a more offensive/aggressive approach, and I certainly did this for most of the tournament (albeit not with the success I hope to have in the future).

 

A great, well-run tournament in a beautiful, spacious facility – I hope more players from Tulsa elect to come to the next tournament they hold in this awesome arena!

 

Larry

 

Thursday - 4-12-07
Dawson -6 players and 1 watcher
1 watcher - Reed Kyker (has a knee problem)
2 visitors - "Z", Hwang
4 members - Seth Sheriff, Matts Johannsson, Bob Kyker, Huy Nguyen.
Tuesday - 4-10-07
Bixby - info to follow (Kelly not in attendance).
Monday - 4-9-07
Dawson - 9 players
2 visitors - Soon Ki Hwang, John Sebbowa
7 members - Tim Yardy, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Alex Tupas, Sydney Agimudie
Thursday - 4-5-07
Dawson - info to follow.
Tuesday - 4-3-07
Bixby - 7 players.
2 visitors - Tony, Jason Bruner.
5 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Melvin Norton, Corey Flaugher (just joined tonight!).
Monday - 4-2-07
Dawson - 11 players.
7 visitors - John Sebbowa! (current rating 2066 - last tournament - Sept, 2000) - Barry Lyons and 2 boys from Lakeside, Nicky Agimudie, Z,.Soon Ki Hwang
4 members - Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie
Thursday - 3-29-07
Dawson - 6 players.
1 visitor - Z
5 members - Seth Sheriff, Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Taylor Carmona.
Tuesday - 3-27-07
Bixby - 8 players.
1 first time out player - Jason Bruner (friend of Corey Flaugher)
2 visitors - Soon Ki Hwang, Corey Flaugher
5 members - Melvin Norton, Matts Johansson, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Matts Johannson has a new weapon - long pips on his backhand. Very effective. He plays close to the table with it (which is the most effective way to play with it). You wind up missing the table alot and you don't know why.
Tuesday - 3-27-07
Below is a letter Bob Kyker rec'd.from a player in Germany.
 
Hello Robert,
my name is Wilhelm Krüger and I am from Germany. As of august 2007 I will study at the University of Tulsa (for one year). In Germany I am playing table tennis in the 4th division.
Can I train for table tennis in Tulsa? Is there a possibility to join the Oklahoma Table Tennis Club when I'm studying at the TU?
 
Best regards
Wilhelm
 
(for Bob's reply, see Bob).
Tuesday - 3-27-07
Leonard Williams has agreed to attend the Dawson Assoc. meeting tonight.
Monday - 3-26-07
Dawson - 9 players.
3 visitors - Soon Ki Hwang, Nicky Agimudie, Z.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Mats Johansson, Larry Buell, Tao Wang, Mark Wallace.
Thursday - 3-22-07
Dawson - 11 players.
2 visitors - Reed Kyker, Zack Eldridge.
9 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Mark Wallace, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie, Tao Wang, Jack Hannah, Huy Nguyen, Mats Johannson.
Tuesday - 3-20-07
Bixby - 10 players.
1 first time out player - Zack Eldridge (he came out to Dawson last night also).
1 visitor - Tony (he plans on joining!)
8 members - Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Eddie Collins, Gene Bowlin, Alex Tupas, Jack Hannah, Sydney Agimudie.
Other news:
Alex Tupas gave Tony one of his paddles to keep permanetly!
Monday - 3-19-07
Dawson - 9 players.
2 first time out players - Zack Eldridge from Tahlequah, a student at the college and lives there. Zack said no players at Tahlequah. Steve Padgett from the Sallisaw club.
1 visitor - "Z"
6 members - Bob Kyker (he is back and out of shape - his words), Larry Buell, Hwang, Tao Wang, Ted Bennett, Seth Sheriff.
Thursday - 3-15-07
Dawson - no info.
 
Tuesday - 3-13-07
Bixby - 8 players.
1 visitor - Tony
7 members - Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Gene Bowlin, Stephen Ackart.
Monday - 3-12-07
Dawson - 7 players.
2 visitors - "Z", friend of "Z"
5 members - Ted Bennett, Mark Wallace, Leonard Williams, Seth Sheriff, Alex Tupas
Thursday - 3-8-07
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor - "Z"
7 members - Ted Bennett, Leonard Williams, Jack Hannah, Seth Sheriff, Sydney Agimudie, Bob Kyker (did not play), Bob's son! (didn't get his name).
Tuesday - 3-6-07
Bixby - 7 players.
2 visitors - Tony (14 year old), Soon Ki Hwang.
5 members - Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Taylor Carmona, Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce.
Other news:
The 2 Stiga Evolution tables were assembled tonight and played on very well.
Monday - 3-5-07
Dawson - 11 players.
6 visitors - Nicky Agimudie, Soon Ki Hwang, a new player - did not get his name and 2 young kids he brought, "Z".
5 members - Ted Bennett, Mark Wallace, Sydney Agimudie, Leonard Williams, Alex Tupas,
(info courtesy of Ted)
Thursday - 3-1-07
Dawson - 15 players.
3 visitors - "Z", Dan McIntosh (from Muskogee), Soon Ki Hwang (from South Korea - More on Soon Ki below).
12 members - Carmelita Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Nicky Agimudie, Mark Wallace, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Larry Buell, Leonard Williams, Ted Bennett, Joe Landers, Mats Johansson, Seth Sheriff, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Nicky Agimudie is planning on attending at least 3 tournaments this year (tournaments to be decided later).
Soon Ki Hwang (current rating 1672) will be staying in Tulsa for 1 month, then staying in Dallas for 1 month, etc. He plays at the Dallas club also. He has a retail/wholesale business selling Mexican products and has a store in Tulsa and Dallas. His first and last tournament in the USA was 5/04.
Leonard Williams last playing day is next week. Then off for at least 4 months coaching track (even longer if his students go to the nationals).
Tuesday - 2-27-07
Bixby - 11 players
1 first time out player - Dwayne Cook. Used to play in Okla. City during the Ron Shirley era.
2 visitors - Huang, Corey Flaugher.
8 members - Jim French (he paid $15 toward his membership), Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Gene Bowlin, Jack Hannah, Taylor Carmona, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton.
Other news:
The Stiga Evolutions are in the center but not assembled yet.
Hamid Ezzat is considering going to the Weslyan tournament in Dallas or Ft. Worth.
Tuesday 2-27-07
Leonard Williams will attend the Dawson Assoc. meeting tonight.
The new Stiga Evolution tables (2) will be delivered to Bixby tonight.
May or may not be able to assemble them tonight.
Monday - 2-26-07
Dawson - 12 players.
1 visitor - Huang
1 expired member - Hamid Ezzat
10 members - Mark Wallace, Ted Bennett, Leonard Williams, Mats Johansson, Sydney Agimudie, Alex Tupas, Seth Sheriff, Huy Nguyen, Tao Wang, Larry Buell.
Other news:
Leonard Williams, in 2 weeks, will be coaching track on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights until mid-summer. Leonard will attend the Dawson Assoc. meeting Tuesday (let's all thank Leonard for this).
Thursday - 2-22-07
Dawson - 9 players.
1 first time out player - Juan (friend of Ted).
1 visitor - "Z"
7 members - Ted Bennett, Mark Wallace, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Seth Sheriff, Taylor Carmona, Jack Hannah.
Tuesday - 2-20-07
Bixby - 11 players.
3 visitors - Huang (prounced "who ang")(and he will be living in Tulsa for a long time), Gene Bowlin, Tony (14 year olds).
8 members - Hamid Ezzat!, Jim French, Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Ken Baird, Taylor Carmona, Alex Tupas.
Huang's game has improved. Taking games from Hamid and Kelly now.
Taylor Carmona is getting new Juic rubber and new table tennis shoes.
Monday - 2-19-07
Dawson - 11 players.
3 visitors - Huang, 'Z', Nicky Agimudie.
8 members - Ted Bennett, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Mark Wallace, Jack Hannah, Taylor Carmona, Alex Tupas, Syndey Agimudie.
 
Thursday - 2-15-07
Dawson - 16 players.
2 first time out players - James Dixon, Trip Brander (both arrived together).
4 visitors - Samer Chaar, Z, Greg Widdowson, Huang.
10 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Mark Wallace, Ted Bennett, Huy Nguyen, Taylor Carmona, Mats Johansson, Alex Tupas, new member Seth Sheriff (joined 1-29-07).
Other news:
Bob Kyker had surgery for a hernia Friday - 2-16. He will not be playing for 2 weeks.
Someone left their jeans and a dark pullover shirt at the club last week and Bob Kyker has them.
Ted Bennett will be opening the club at Dawson while Bob is recovering.
Tuesday - 2-13-07
Bixby - 11 players.
5 first time out players - 3 players (2 of them lawyers) from Houston working for Chevron including Lisa who plays with the Houston table tennis club and is taking lessons from a foreign ex-olympian woman player. Lisa uses classic offensive strokes(haven't seen a woman play like her since Peggy Shaha, ex-Tulsa player). Also, Tony (age 14) who wants to join the club (he works for the gymnatists group that meets on Tuesday also) and another young player (did not get his name).
1 visitor - Huang (from Korea. Will be in Tulsa for 1 month on business).
5 members - Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 2-12-07
Dawson - 11 players.
2 visitors - Brandon Trip, Huang
9 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Huy Nguyen, Hamid Ezzat, Mark Wallace, Ted Bennett, Seth Sheriff, Taylor Carmona.
Monday - 2-12-07
The club has bought 2 Stiga Evolution Tables for the Bixby Club. Cost - $399 each - at the Sports Authority on 41st and Yale.
Thursday - 2-8-07
Dawson - 16 players.
5 visitors - 'Z', Nick Abrahamson, Paul Timshell, Brandon Trip, Huang
11 members - Bob Kyker, Tim Yardy, Jack Hannah, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Huy Nguyen, Hamid Ezzat, Mark Wallace, Ted Bennett, Seth Sheriff, Taylor Carmona.
Tuesday - 2-6-07
Bixby - 4 players.
1 first time out player - Huang - from Korea. Just moved to Broken Arrow 3 weeks ago. Pen hold player. Beat everyone.
3 members - Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Taylor Carmona.
(info provided by Alex Tupas).
Monday - 2-6-07
Dawson - 12 players
5 visitors - 3 players (did not get their name), Seth Sheriff, 'Z' - Zaher Ayoun.
7 members - Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Huy Nguyen, Taylor Carmona, Ted Bennett, Mark Wallace.
Other news:
8 players went to the Sooner State Games on Sat.. (waiting on the results from the tournament). 7 players brought home trophys (except one player, who, out of respect, we will not mention Taylor's name).
(info courtesy of Ted Bennett since Bob Kyker did not play).
Tuesday - 1-30-06
Leonard Williams attended the Dawson Neighborhood assoc. meeting tonight.
Tuesday - 1-30-07
Bixby - 7 players.
1 visitor - Arbin (friend of Alex).
6 members - Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Jack Hannah, Tao Wang, Taylor Carmona.
Other news:
Sooner State games update- Taylor will be going to the Sooner State Games. He will be playing in the 'ping pong' events only. He will be driving up with Bob Kyker.
Stephen, Tao, and Kelly will be driving up together also.
Larry Kesler, Sooner State games tournament director, said we can email him with the Tulsa players going to the tournament to make sure he has all the entry forms. Kelly will do that after Thursday night's play when we know for sure who is going from Tulsa.
Monday - 1-30-07
Dawson - 17 players.
5 visitors - Paul Timshell, Seth Sheriff, Zaher Ayoun, Nick Abrahamson, one person - did not get their name.
12 members - Leonard Williams, Chris, Sydney, Nicky Agimudie, Taylor Carmona, Larry Buell, Stephen Ackart, Mark Wallace, Ted Bennett, Huy Nguyen, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 1-25-07
Dawson - 16 players!
3 first time out players - John Billman (current rating 935) and John Hemze from Minnesota. Zaher ( 'Z' ) Ayoun (came with Samer).
4 visitors - Paul Timshell, Samer Chaar (last time out was 3-2-06), Seth Sheriff, Don Geeze (from New Mexico).
9 members - Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Jack Hannah, Tao Wang, Taylor Carmona, Sydney Agimudie, Ted Bennett.
Other news:
Sooner state games update - in additional to the 8 Tulsa players going, Stephen Ackart is planning on going along with Don Geeze from New Mexico.
Taylor Carmona said he might go but is not sure.
Samer Chaar (current rating 1970) was not sure if he would go or not.
Total Tulsa players going to the tourny is currently 9 for sure and 2 not sure and Don Geeze.
The 9 for sure are:
Chris and Nicky Agimudie, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Ted Bennett, Mark Wallace, Tao Wang, Stephen Ackart.
Tuesday - 1-23-07
Bixby - 10 players.
1 visitor - Don Geeze from Albequerque, New Mexico. Current rating 1899 (highest 2000). He will be in Tulsa for 1 week. Inspecting a hospital. Don took an entry form to the Sooner State Games for next week and said he might go to it! Don said he will be out Thursday at Dawson this week.
1 visitor - Relative of Alex Tupas.
8 members - Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Ken Baird, Jack Hannah, Ted Hill, Kevin Hill, Alex Tupas (first time back from his quadruple heart bypass!).
Other news:
No players from Bixby going to the Sooner State Game.
 
Monday - 1-22-07
Dawson 16 players!
5 visitors - Seth Sheriff, Nick Abrahamson, John Sebbowa, Mats father-in-law, Paul Timshell.
11 members - Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Tao Wang, Hamid Ezzat, Mark Wallace, Ted Bennett, Mats Johnasson, Huy Nguyen, Jack Hannah, Taylor Carmona!, Bob Kyker.
Other news:
8 players going to the Sooner games next week:
Chris and Nicky Agimudie, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Ted Bennett, Mark Wallace, Tao Wang. Sydney Agimudie will go also but just to watch.
Thursday - 1-18-07
Dawson - 8 players.
2 visitors - Seth Sheriff, Matts Johansson's dad.
6 members - Matts Johansson, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Tao Wang, Ted Bennett.
Other news:
Players going to the Sooner state games in 2 weeks are Hamid, Kelly, Tao, Bob Kyker.
Seth Sheriff showed some latent table tennis skills. He is not physically up to playing his own game from the past but hopefully he will work up his stamina to play his game.
 
Tuesday - 1-16-07
Bixby - closed due to the weather
Monday - 1-15-07
Dawson - 2 players.
2 members - Bob Kyker, Matts Johansson.
Thursday - 1-11-07
Dawson - 9 players.
1 visitor - Seth Sheriff.
8 members - Huy Nguyen (just joined tonight!), Larry Buell, Mark Wallace, Jack Hannah, Tao Wang, Steve Orrick, Ted Bennett, Bob Kyker.
Other news:
Huy Nguyen joined the club tonight!
Ted Bennett was introduced to re-gluing by Bob Kyker. Ted is planning on buying 2 sets of 2 sheets of rubber for his 2 rackets.
Tuesday - 1-9-07
Bixby - 9 players.
2 visitors - Kwabena, Norris Carrier.
1 expired member - Jim French.
6 members - Ted Hill, Kevin Hill, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Hamid is 90% sure he will go to the Sooner State Games on Feb. 3.
Jack Hannah is 100% sure he will not go.
Monday - 1-8-07
Dawson - 12 players.
1 first time out visitor - Nick Abrahamson (heard about the club thru Tim Yardy).
3 visitors - Nick Agimudie, Seth Sheriff, Reed Kyker.
8 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Chris Agimidie, Ken Baird, Mark Wallace, Hamid Ezzat, Tao Wang, Larry Buell.
Thursday - 1-4-07
Dawson - 12 players.
3 visitors - Jeff (knows Mark and Ted), Seth Sherrif, Huy Nguyen.
9 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie, Jack Hannah, Ted Bennett, Mark Wallace, Tao Wang.
Other news:
Players planning on going to the Sooner Games in Okla. City on Feb.3 - Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Tao Wang, Jim Turner. Hamid is not sure.
Ted Bennett has a new paddle from Paddle Palace.
Bob Kyker is trying a new technique on his Dr. Neubaurer he learned from Bill Ryan.
Larry Buell is trying a major new strategy in his game (against sage advice not to).
 
Tuesday - 1-2-07
Bixby - 14 players!
4 vistiors - Bill Ryan (from California - just visiting until Thursday), Norris Carrier (last time out was 3-8-05 - drove Kwabena out), Kwabena (last time out was 8-16-05 - just visiting from New York City), Joe Tarantino (from Las Vegas - last time out was 9-27-05).
2 expired members - Jim Turner (last time out was 6-20-06), Jim French.
8 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Tao Wang, Eddie Collins, Gene Bowlin, Ted Hill.
Other news -
Bill Ryan beat up on all players (and we liked it) using Dr. Neubauer rubber and Mark V. Unorthodox but effective style. Never seen anything like the way he blocks and hits.
Jim Turner, Tao Wang, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker may attend the Sooner State Games on 2-2-07.
Ted Hill just got his new paddle from Paddle Palace - Mark V rubber - 2.00 on both sides on a Yasaka All-round 40 blade.
 
Thursday - 12-28-06
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor from the Oklahoma City club - Jamie Skidmore.
1 visitor - Ted Bennett (Ted said he would join next week! ).
6 members - Bob Kyker, Mark Wallace, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Tao Wang, Mats Johannson.
Other news -
The Sooner State Games in Okla City will be held in Feb. Deadline to enter is in about 2 weeks.
Jamie Skidmore was last at the club on 4-6-06 and came with Suzuki. Before that he was at the club on 12-29-04 with Addy, Suzuki, and Sam (we were all wondering when Jamie came out last).
Tao Wang game has improved greatly. He went 5 games with Jamie.
Jamie Skidmore said our tables are too slow (which they are) and said it is a different kind of game at the Dawson park then in the Okla. City club. He also gives lessons for $15 hour (very cheap) if anyone is interested. He will be in Tulsa tomorrow at Hamid's place with a few other Okla. City players.
Bill Ryan (from California) will be at Bixby on Tuesday - 1-2-07 for those interested.
No play is scheduled for Monday - 1-1-07 due to the O.U. game at 7:00 PM.
Tuesday - 12-26-06
Bixby - 2 players.
1 visitor - Ted Bennett
1 member - Melvin Norton
Thursday - 12-21-06
Dawson - 10 players.
3 first time out players - Matthew Francis, Todd Witter, Lindsey Bowen. They work with Nicky (and all they knew was that Nicky plays table tennis. They didn't know Nick's history with the sport).
3 visitors - Seth Sheriff, Huy Nguyen, Ted Bennett.
3 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Tao Wang.
1 just joined tonight member - Mark Wallace.
Tuesday - 12-19-06
Bixby - 7 players.
2 first time out players - Tobias Moum and Josh Shreve (both originally from Sweden).
5 members - Ted Hill, Kevin Hill, Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton.
Other news:
Melvin Norton's wife came to see him play for the 1st time since they were married (along time ago).
Jim French had an umbilical hernia operation on 12-8 and played very well for 2 matches.
Thursday - 12-14-06
Dawson - 13 players.
6 visitors - Nick Agimudie, Chris Agimudie, Huy Nguyen, Seth Sheriff, Mark Wallis, Ted Bennett.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Jack Hannah, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Tao Wang, Matts Johansson.
Tuesday - 12-12-06
Bixby - 4 players.
4 members - Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart.
Monday - 12-11-06
Dawson - 10 players.
5 visitors - Nicky Agimudie, Huy Nguyen, Mark (friend of Ted), Ted Bennett, Seth Sheriff.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat.
Thursday - 12-7-06
Dawson - 9 players
2 first time out players - Karl Chen (just visting from Florida), Mark (friend of Ted Bennett).
1 visitor - Ted Bennett
6 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Leonard Williams, Tao Wang, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat.
Tuesday - 12-5-06
Bixby - 2 players.
Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah.
Monday - 12-4-06
Dawson - 11 players.
1 - 2nd time out player - Ted Bennett.
2 - first time out players - Carl ? and Seth Sheriff (from Canada - just moved to Tulsa).
2 visitors - Huy Nguyen, Nicky Agimudie.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Larry Buell, Tao Wang.
Thursday - 11-30-06
Dawson - closed due to the blizzard that came in today.
Tuesday - 11-29-06
Bixby - 6 players.
1 visitor - San Win
1 expired member - Jim French
4 members - Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Ken Baird.
Other new:
Peng Yan is back!
Has been living in Seattle. Last time played in Tulsa was 11-15-05. He came by last Tuesday (but did not play).
Monday - 11-27-06
Dawson - 7 players.
1 first time out player - Ted Bennett
1 visitor - Stephan Zolarek
5 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Leonard Williams, Tao Wang, Matts Johnsson
Tuesday - 11-21-06
Bixby - Jim French, Melvin Norton. Peng Yan dropped by. 2 other players.
Monday - 11-20-06
Dawson - 9 players.
2 visitors - Nicky Agimudie, Huy Nguyen.
1 expired member - Tao Wang.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Larry Buell
1 irregular member - 'Yamaha' Stephen Ackart.
Other news: Tao Wang paid his membership.
Thursday - 11-16-06
Dawson - 9 players.
1 visitor - Huy Nguyen
1 expired player - Tao Wang
7 members - Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Matts Johansson, Joe Landers, Jack Hannah.
Tuesday - 11-14-06
Bixby - 7 players.
1 first time out in 6 years player - San Win (rhymes with "Hahn" ). He knows Bob Kyker. From Sri Lanka.
1 first time out player - Chris (grandson of Gene Bowlin).
5 members - Taylor Carmona, Kelly Boyce, Gene Bowlin, Ted Hill, Eddie Collins.
Monday - 11-13-06
Dawson - 6 players.
1 visitor - Nicky Agimudie
5 members - Sydney Agimudie, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Leonard Williams, Matts Johansson
Thursday - 11-9-06
Dawson - 5 players.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Steve Orrick, Kelly Boyce.
Other news:
Bob Kyker just got back from the Little Rock tourny. He did raise his rating but did not win any events.
Tuesday - 11-7-06
Bixby - 5 players.
5 members - Jack Hannah, Alex Tupas, Eddie Collins, Kelly Boyce, Ken Baird.
Monday - 11-6-06
Dawson - 4 players.
4 members - Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Taylor Carmona
Thursday - 11-2-06
Dawson - 7 players.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Larry Buell, Leonard Williams, Taylor Carmona, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Bob Kyker will be going to the Little Rock Open this weekend. He is the only player from Tulsa going.
Tuesday - 10-31-06
Bixby - closed for Halloween
Monday - 10-30-06
Dawson - 8 players.
2 visitors - Nicky Agimudie, Huy Nguyen.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Taylor Carmona, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat.
Thursday - 10-26-06
Dawson - 4 players.
4 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Taylor Carmona, Sydney Agimudie
Tuesday - 10-24-06
Bixby - 6 players.
6 members - Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, Melvin Norton, Taylor Carmona, Alex Tupas.
Other news:
Alex Tupas won first place in the Rhema Church table tennis tournament last weekend in Broken Arrow. There were 12 players in the tournament. One player was very good and Alex invited him out to play (but he did not show up yet).
Monday - 10-23-06
Dawson - 5 players.
1 visitor - Huy Nguyen
4 members - Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Taylor Carmona, Leonard Williams.
Thursday - 10-19-06
Dawson - 8 players.
8 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Tao Wang, Sydney Agimuide, Leonard Williams, Taylor Carmona, Eddie Collins.
Tuesday - 10-17-06
Bixby - 9 players.
1 first time out player - Roland Tandoy.
8 members - Kevin Hill, Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Taylor Carmona, Jim French, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton.
Other news:
Ted Hill is considering buying a new paddle from Paddle Palace.
 
Monday - 10-16-06
Dawson - 7 players.
3 visitors - Nicky Agimudie, Shushant Jain, Paul Timshell.
1 expired member - Dan Theuber
3 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Sydney Agimudie
 
Thursday - 10-12-06
Dawson - 9 players.
1 visitor - Sushant Jain
1 expired member - Jim French
7 members in good standing - Taylor Carmona, Sydney Agimudie, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Jack Hannah, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 10-10-06
Bixby - 10 players.
1 - 2nd time out player - Todd McManigal
9 members - Ken Baird, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Taylor Carmona, Kevin Hill, Ted Hill, Jack Hannah, Melvin Norton, Gene Bowlin.
Other news:
Taylor sold his defensive paddle to Gene Bowlin for $50.
Taylor is trying to sell his offensive paddle he just got 1 month ago for $60 (he paid $94 from Paddle Palace).
Jack Hannah has decided to change his strategy by hitting more forehands and less backhands. It will require more footwork but he said he can do it.
Melvin Norton has changed his strategy and is hitting more sidespin chops then straight backspin chops (and is very effective at it).
Monday - 10-9-06
Dawson - 11 players.
4 visitors - Paul Timshell, Reed Kyker, Brian Cleavelin, a 1st time out player(did not get his name).
7 members - Tim Yardy! (first time out since 5-2-06), Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Matts Johansson, Leonard Williams, Tao Wang, Taylor Carmona.
 
Thursday - 10-5-06
Dawson - 11 players.
4 visitors - Greg Widdowson, Volker (friend of Matts Johansson - just in visiting), Reed Kyker, Paul Timshell (first time out since 5-1-06).
7 members - Hamid Ezzat (first time out since 5-2-06! ), Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Tao Wang, Leonard Williams, Matts Johansson.
Other news:
Tao Wang's game has improved greatly. He is winning games and matches against people he never did before!
No one is planning on going to any tournaments.
Tuesday - 10-3-06
Bixby - 6 players.
6 members - Kevin Hill, Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Taylor Carmona, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Taylor Carmona is considering going to the Little Rock tournament with Victor on 11-4-06.
Monday - 10-2-06
Dawson - 9 players.
3 visitors - Victor Infante, Reed Kyker, Brian Cleavelin.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Tao Wang, Matts Johansson, Taylor Carmona.
Thursday - 9-28-06
Dawson - 9 players.
3 visitors - Greg Widdowson, Huy Nguyen, Brian Cleavelin.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Leonard Williams, Tao Wang, Sydney Agimudie, Matts Johansson.
Other news:
Tim Yardy has bought a house in Tulsa (and will be out Monday - 10-2 with Hamid!)
Tuesday - 9-26-06
Bixby - 9 players.
1 visitor - Kevin Hill (son of Ted Hill).
8 members - Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Joe Landers, Eddie Collins, Alex Tupas, Ken Baird, Taylor Carmona, Ted Hill.
Tuesday - 9-26-06
Dawson Association meeting - Leonard Williams will attend tonights meeting.
Monday - 9-25-06
8 players and 2 watchers.
5 visitors - Huy Nguyen, Brian Cleavelin (2nd time out), Reed Kyker (did not play!), Nick Agimudie with his new wife Amy.
5 members - Leonard Williams, Bob Kyker, Taylor Carmona, Sydney Agimudie. Tao Wang.
Other news: Bob Kyker won his age group in the Kansas Senior Olympics this weekend. He also won the doubles with his partner George Taplin. They both qualify for the Nationals next year as a result!
 
Thursday - 9-21-06
Dawson - 6 players.
1 first time out player - Brian Cleavelin (heard about the club on the internet).
1 regular visitor - Victor Infante.
4 members - Tao Wang, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell.
Tuesday - 9-19-06
Bixby - 6 players.
1 first time out player - Nestor (just visiting for 1 week only).
5 members - Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Ted Hill, Ken Baird.
Other news:
Melvin Norton finished putting 4' casters on the Detroiter cart he made. The cart holds 2 tables and works very well. Rolls easily (for a 400 lb loaded cart). Melvin will get a possible life time membership for his good work. Melvin said he hopes to life long enough to enjoy the lifetime membership.
Monday - 9-18-06
Dawson - 7 players.
2 visitors - Huy Nguyen, Matt Lamoreaux
5 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie, Tao Wang, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Bob Kyker attended the Senoir Olympics in Tulsa Monday night - 9-18-06.
He won first in the age group 66-70. There were 15 players in his group!(Gary Sanchez and Carlene were there also!).
Thursday - 9-14-06
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor - Huy Nguyen
7 members - Larry Buell, Steve Orrick, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Taylor Carmona, Sydney Agimudie, Tao Wang.
Other news:
Steve Orrick got a new paddle from Paddle Palace. The blade is a Nittaku Shell Shock Offensive with Mark V XS rubber with a flared handle.
Taylor Carmona is beginning to hit the ball very hard with alot of spin (due to his new paddle - defensive blade with Mark V )
Tuesday - 9-12-06
Bixby - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Todd McManigal (heard about the club on the internet).
2 visitors - Huy Nguyen (first time out to Bixby), Loyd Garrison.
9 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Taylor Carmona, Jack Hannah, Joe Landers (first time out to Bixby), Ken Baird, Eddie Collins, Ted Hill.
Other news:
Melvin Norton took his cart he made to his home to install 4' casters on the cart.
Jim French is practicing to get ready for his unofficial tournament in Kansas City in Jan.
 
Monday - 9-11-06
Dawson - about 8 players.
Leonard Williams, Nick Agimudie, Taylor Carmona, etc
Bob Kyker off. No info.
Thursday - 9-7-06
Dawson - 7 players.
1 visitor - Huy Nguyen
6 members - Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Sydney Agimudie, Tao Wang.
2 just joined tonight members!
Steve Orrick! and Taylor Carmona!
Other news:
Larry Buell just ordered new rubber.
Taylor Carmona is going to order a slower blade. The one he has is too fast to spin the ball in.
Tao Wang is experimenting with several paddles he got from China (Double Happiness is his preference on equipment).
Steve Orrick is considering a new paddle.
Tuesday - 9-5-06
Bixby - 5 players.
1 visitor - Taylor Carmona.
4 members - Ken Baird, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Melvin Norton brought his Detroiter cart he built tonight. It holds 2 tables and is very strudy. A well engineered cart! The cart has 2" wheels and wound up being alittle to small and Melvin is going to put larger wheels on it next week.
Monday - 9-4-06
Dawson - closed for Labor Day
Thursday - 8-31-06
Dawson - 7 players.
2 visitors - Taylor Carmona, Huy Nguyen.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Tao Wang ! (last time Tao was at the club was 10-27-05! ). (Tao has been in China for the last 3 months).
Other news:
Larry Buell will be buying 4 new sheets of Joola rubber soon. He said this rubber he wants has a high degree of control and spin. (why is he buying 4 sheets? for the answer, ask a club member).
Tao Wang bought a new paddle in China. Very heavy on control and with soft sponge.
Tuesday - 8-29-06
Bixby - 9 players.
1 regular pays-a-dollar player - Loyd Garrison
8 members - Kelly Boyce, Ted Hill, Alex Tupas, Jack Hannah, Gene Bowlin, Eddie Collins, Melvin Norton, Ken Baird.
Other news:
Ted Hill is going to buy a new paddle from Paddle Palace.
Melvin Norton thinks the new Detroiter table cart will be ready next week that he is making.
 
Monday - 8-28-06
Dawson - 9 players.
1 first time out player - Vincent Corbett from Oakland, Calif
4 visitors - Ray Wilson's sister, Huy Nguyen, Gunnar, Greg Widdowson
4 members - Leonard Williams, Bob Kyker, Mats Johnasson, Ray Wilson
Thursday - 8-24-06
Dawson - 9 players.
3 visitors - Reed Kyker, Sangsu, Huy Nguyen
6 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, Alex Tupas, Sydney Agimudie, Joe Landers.
Other news:
Reed Kyker lost 3 matches to lower rated players tonight (including a loss to Alex Tupas)(there is a rumor going around the club that maybe Reed bought his current rating points).
Tuesday - 8-22-06
Bixby - 8 players
1 first time out player - Clark Grant (he will be moving to France in Feb. to 'experience a new culture' )
2 regular visitors - Taylor Carmona, Lloyd Garrison
1 - just joined tonight member - Ken Baird (he just retired from teaching and is selling real estate )
4 members - Alex Tupas, Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Alex Tupas has finally got his old game back ('mostly back' according to Alex). He is playing 1600 to 1700 level.
Ken Baird joined the club tonight!
Monday - 8-21-06
Dawson - 6 players.
1 visitor - Greg Widdowson
5 members - Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Leonard Williams, Ray Wilson.
Thursday - 8-17-06
Dawson - 5 players.
2 visitors - Reed Kyker, Taylor Carmona
Tuesday - 8-15-06
4 members - Jack Hannah, Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce.
Other news:
Melvin Norton brought a print of the cart he is going to build to carry the 2 Detroiter tables.
Monday - 8-14-06
Dawson - 8 players.
4 visitors - Huy Nguyen, Greg Widdowson, Reed Kyker, Taylor Carmona
4 members - Bob Kyker, Stephen Ackart, Darrell Lucht, Leonard Williams.
Thursday - 8-10-06
Dawson - 9 players
3 visitors - Reed Kyker, Matt Lamoreaux, Huy (pronounce "we" )Nguyen
6 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, Alex Tupas, Sydney Agimudie, Joe Landers.
Other news:
Matt Lamoreaux was introduced to basic table tennis drills tonight.
Huy Nguyen was introduced to trying to return sidespin topspin (mostly sidespin) returns.
Tuesday - 8-8-06
Bixby - no players.
Gym closed due to the waxing of the floor.
(Hope everyone remembered the gym was closed).
Monday - 8-7-06
Dawson - 7 players.
4 visitors - Huy 'Lee' Nguyen, Greg Widdowson, Gunnar (Mat's father-in-law), Reed Kyker.
3 members - Bob Kyker, Mats Johanson, Ray Wilson.
Thursday - 8-3-06
Dawson - 12 players.
4 players from Booker T. Washington - Victor Infante, Jeff Infante, Devon Arredondo, Matthew Lamoreaux.
4 visitors - Reed Kyker, Sangsu (from South Korea), Tom Lam, Huy ("Lee") Nguyen.
4 members - Leonard Williams, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie.
Other news:
Bob Kyker just got back from the Abiline tournament.
 
Tuesday - 8-1-06
Bixby - 7 players.
1 first time out player - Daniel Sloan. Lives in Tulsa but goes to college at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon.
1 - 2nd time out player - Ken Baird.
5 members - Jack Hannah, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Melvin Norton.
Other news:
Melvin Norton is going to build a cart (with wheels) large enough to hold the 2 Detroiter tables (he took measurements tonight). This way we can roll the tables to the playing area instead of carrying them. Melvin also ordered a paddle from Paddle Palace. A defensive blade with Mark V - 1.5 mm on both sides. Should come in Thursday.
Ken Baird is planning on joining the club next week.
Alex Tupas was playing the best we have seen since joining the club.
Monday - 7-31-06
Dawson - 12 players.
Larry Buell was supposed to send the info but didn't - per Leonard Williams.
Thursday - 7-27-06
Dawson - 11 players.
5 visitors - Sangsu (from South Korea), Huy Nguyen ( from Vietman)(first name pronuced 'Lee' ), Reed Kyker, Steve Orrick (2nd time out), Gunnar (Matz Johansson's step father - visiting for 6 months).
6 members - Sydney Agimudie, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Jack Hannah, Larry Buell, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Matz Johansson joined the club tonight!
Reed Kyker was playing the best possible since coming back to Tulsa.
Bob Kyker will be going to the Abiline tournament this weekend.
Eddie Collins switched rubber on another paddle and liked the results.
Sydney Agimudie fixed all the barriers that were missing parts. Big thanks to Sydney on this.
 
Tuesday - 7-25-06
Dawson Neighborhood Assoc. meeting tonight was attended by Leonard Williams.
(Leonard is still involved in his hurdles team that sent 4 players to the Nationals tournament in Baltimore, MD. Congratulations to Leonard).
Tuesday - 7-25-06
Bixby - 6 players.
1 - 2nd time out player - John Moore.
1 regular visitor - Loyd Garrison
4 members - Jim French, Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins
Other news:
Loyd Garrison will be attending the Tulsa Senior Olympics in Sept.
Monday - 7-24-06
Dawson - 11 players.
9 visitors - Reed Kyker, Matt Lamoreaux, Taylor Carmona, Jeff Infante, Victor Infante, Tom Lam, Sangso, Devon Arredondo, Greg Widdowson.
2 members - Sydney Agimudie, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 7-20-06
Dawson - 15 players
4 first time out players - Steve Orrick and Vince Brinkley. They play at work - Cavalry Portfolio Services. Heard about the club when they saw the channel 6 sports broadcast on the club 2 weeks ago. Charlie Parrish (friend of Greg Widdowson - just watched, did not play).
Temesgey Meheret(teme for short, sounds like tammy). He hasn't played since he left Ethiopia and has been in Tulsa a few months only and found us on the website! He is a pretty good player.
6 visitors - Victor Infante, Jack Lamoreaux, Matt Lamoreaux (all from Booker Washington), Taylor Carmona, Reed Kyker, Greg Widdowson.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Jack Hannah, Sydney Agimudie.
Other news:
Reed Kyker has been making phone calls to the Indian nations trying to see if they are interested in starting their own table tennis club.
Tuesday - 7-18-06
Bixby - 10 players.
1 first time out player - John Moore (saw the channel 6 TV sports broadcast on the club 2 weeks ago).
1 - 2nd time out player - Ken Baird.
2 - first time out to Bixby visitors - Taylor Carmona, Jay Klahr.
6 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Jack Hannah, Melvin Norton, Sydney Agimudie.
Other news:
Melvin Norton will be getting a new paddle. A defensive blade with Mark V - 1.5mm rubber on both side. Cost - $72 from Paddle Palace.
Jack Hannah has a new very effective play strategy. If you are not familiar with it, he will probably beat you with it.
Jim French is still playing well. (Don't listen to him when he tells you he is not playing well - old ping pong trick).
Monday - 7-17-06
Dawson - 8 players.
3 first time out players - (friends of Taylor Carmona) - Matt, Victor, Jack.
3 visitors - Reed Kyker, Taylor Carmona, Nicky Agimudie.
2 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie
Thursday - 7-13-06
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 7-11-06
Bixby - 7 players.
3 first time out players - Jay Klahr (first time out to Bixby), Ken Baird (heard about the club on the television), Alvin Tupas (order brother of Alex Tupas).
Other news:
Melvin is considering changing to smooth rubber. A defensive blade with Mark V 1.5 mm rubber possible.

4 members - Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 7-10-06
Dawson - no info
Thursday - 7-6-06
Dawson - 7 players.
3 visitors - Reed Kyker, Jay Klahr, Taylor Carmona.
4 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie.
Other news:
Larry Buell had his trick knee problem and could not move. He said it will go away in a week. Otherwise, he will not be able to play table tennis.
The club is considering partnering with one of the Indian Casinos to see if they want their own table tennis club. For example, the "Cherokee Table Tennis Club", the "Osage Table Tennis Club", the "Creek Table Tennis Club", etc. Reed Kyker is considering spear heading this operation.
Monday - 7-3-06
Dawson - about 4 players.
Bill Ridout, Larry Buell, ??.(no info sent)
Thursday - 6-29-06
Dawson - 11 players!
2 first time out players - Jay Klahr (used to play with the club over 10 years ago),
Simon Brain from North Carolina - current rating - 1976. He is a traveling salesperson and sells large shelfs (to Home Depot, etc). Will be in town only thru tonight. Simon plays with short pips out on both sides and drives and smashes the ball (very well). He is originally from Manchester, England.
1 expired member - Jack Hannah.
3 visitors - Reed Kyker, Taylor Carmona, Matz Johansson
5 members - Sydney Agimudie, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Bill Ridout.
Other news:
Bill Ridout is looking for a drilling practice player (since Stephen Ackart is now spending his time doing weight lifting. If Stephen achieves his goals, he will be too big to play table tennis).
No one planning on going to any tournaments.
Tuesday - 6-27-06
Dawson monthly association meeting was attended tonight by Bob Kyker. Bob will discuss with the association about the hole in the wall (that one of our members put his elbow through) and that the club would pay for it.
(Leonard Williams will be able to attend the future meetings now that his very successfull coaching hurdles job is over. His students may go to the National finals in Baltimore after the qualifying tournament this week!).
Tuesday - 6-27-06
Bixby - 4 players.
4 members - Jim French, Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah.
Other news - Scott Smith, a reporter with KOTV Channel 6 sports, videotaped and interviewed 3 members for a story about the just started Wimbledon Tennis Tournament from a table tennis players perspective. The story ran on Tuesdays broadcast!
Monday - 6-26-06
Dawson - No info
Thursday - 6-22-06
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 6-20-06
Bixby - 6 players.
1 expired member - Jack Hannah (didn't have any money again).
5 current members - Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Jim Turner, Gene Bowlin, Melvin Norton.
Monday - 6/19/06
Dawson:
5 members: Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Bill Ridout, Greg.
Played Until about 12:30AM

2 Non-members: Taylor C, Wei
Thursday - 6/15/06
Dawson -
6 members - Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Bill Ridout ( who did excellent at the tourney - 3 trophies ), Jack Hannah, Eddie Collins
Visitors - New Guy Wei I think, Joe Landers, Taylor C.
Tuesday - 6-13-06
Bixby - 8 players.
1 first time out spectator and potential player - Max Naegler (knows Joe Landers).
7 members - Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Melvin Norton, Gene Bowlin, Jim Turner!, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Jim Turner is going to the US Open in Charlotte, NC around July 5.
Gene Bowlin stayed until 8:30 PM !.
Monday - 6/12/06
Due to the tournament over the weekend we didnt have the usual crowd.

4 members: Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Peter Zhang
1 Visitor: From Austin, Tx!!!
Thursday - 6/8/06
7 members: Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Joe Landers.
Tuesday - 6-6-06
Bixby - 4 players.
4 members - Melvin Norton, Peter Zhang, Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce.
Other news:
Peter Zhang will be moving to Oregon at the end of this month. His wife got a job there.
Monday - 6-5-06
Dawson - no info
Thursday - 6-1-06
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 5-30-06
Dawson - Leonard Williams attended the Dawson Neighborhood Association meeting tonight. Leonard will not be able to attend any other Tuesday night meetings until after summer due to his coaching track (on Tuesdays and Thursdays).
The club will need a member to cover for him for June and July and maybe August.
Tuesday - 5-30-06
Bixby - 6 players.
1 visitor - Matz Johansson (do not pronounce his first name like "mats" )
5 members - Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Peter Zhang, Jack Hannah, Dan Theuber.
 
Monday - 5-29-06 (Memorial Day)
Dawson - 4 players
2 visitors - Michael and Devin (from Booker T. Washington high school).
2 members - Stephen Ackart, Bill Ridout.
Thursday - 5-25-06
Dawson - 12 players.
2 visitors - Matz Johansson and a mystery player.
10 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Peter Zhang, Bill Ridout, Stephen Ackart, Ray Wilson (just joined tonight!), Sydney Agimudie, Dan Theuber, Jim French.
Other news:
Mystery player had to be held back (by 2 players) from attacking Dan Theuber (talk to any player from tonight for more details).
Ray Wilson just joined the club tonight. He has a heavy background in computer science but sells real estate as his only job (you will have to ask to understand why).
Tuesday - 5-23-06
Bixby - 3 players.
3 members - Stephen Ackart, Peter Zhang, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 5-22-06
Dawson - 7 players.
2 visitors - Greg Widdowson, Matz Johansson
5 members - Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Bill Ridout, Sydney Agimudie.
Other news:
3 players may go to the Texas Wesleyan tournament on 6-10-06 in Ft. Worth. Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, and Stephen Ackart.
Thursday - 5-18-06
Dawson - 11 players.
4 visitors - Paul Timshell, Greg Widdowson, Jo, Taylor
7 members - Bob Kyker, Peter Zhang, Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Sydney Agimudie, Jack Hannah, Bill Ridout.
Tuesday - 5-16-06
Bixby - 7 players.
1 regular visitor - Loyd Garrison.
5 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Peter Zhang, Eddie Collins, Jack Hannah.
Monday - 5-15-06
Dawson - 10 players.
2 first time out players - Ray Wilson, Matz Johansson (from Sweden).
3 visitors - Greg Widdowson, Taylor C (from Booker T.), Paul Timshell.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Bill Ridout, Stephen Ackart, Peter Zhang.
Thursday - 5-11-06
Dawson - 7 players.
3 visitors - Paul Timshell and friend, Mark Morrisett.
4 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Bill Ridout, Jack Hannah.
Tuesday - 5-9-06
Bixby - 6 players.
3 visitors - Loyd Garrison, 2 players from Jordan.
3 members - Eddie Collins, Sydney Agimudie, Peter Zhang.
Monday - 5-8-06
Dawson - 11 players.
6 visitors - Paul Timshell, Daniel Patrick and friend, Crystal Teater, Ilker Gure, Tommy Donew from Muskogee.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Stephen Ackart, Peter Zhang, Leonard Williams, Darrell Lucht.
Thursday - 5-4-06
Dawson - 9 players.
2 visitors - Paul Timshell, Darrel.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Bill Ridout, Stephen Ackart, Dan Theuber, Peter Zhang, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell.
Tuesday - 5-2-06
Bixby - 7 players.
7 members - Hamid Ezzat, Tim Yardy, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Peter Zhang, Stephen Ackart, Jim French.
Other news:
Tim Yardy is leaving tomorrow (Wed), to go to a tournament in San Diego - sponsored completely by his sponsor!
Hamid still would rather fish than table tennis for now.
Tim Yardy has decided to stay in Tulsa.
Monday - 5-1-06
Dawson - 7 players.
1 first time out player - Paul Tinshell
6 members - Leonard Williams, Bob Kyker, Stephen Ackart, Dan Theuber, Bill Ridout, Peter Zhang.
Other news -
Dawson now has a refrigerator!
Thursday - 4-27-06
Dawson - 6 players.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Stephen Ackart, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Peter Zhang, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 4-25-06
Bixby - 4 players.
4 members - Jim French, Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Peter Zhang.
Monday - 4-24-06
Dawson - no players.
Bob Kyker and Stephen Ackart, who have the keys, did not show up because of the Hutchinson tournament they both went to.
Thursday - 4-20-06
Dawson - 5 players.
5 members - Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Bill Ridout, Sydney Agimudie, Peter Zhang.
 
Tuesday - 4-18-06
Bixby - 5 players.
5 members - Stephen Ackart, Dan Theuber, Jack Hannah, Peter Zhang, Melvin Norton.
Monday - 4-17-06
Dawson - 10 players.
2 visitors - Michael Campbell, a friend of Alex
8 members - Alex Tupas, Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Sydney Agimudie, Bill Ridout, Peter Zhang, Larry Buell.
Tuesday - 4-11-06
Bixby - 7 players.
7 members - Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah, Jim French, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang.
Other news:
Eddie Collins will not play the next 2 weeks due to a serious medical condition.
Jim French was playing way beyond his capabilities tonight (he didn't lose any matches).

 
Monday - 4-10-06
Dawson - 5 players.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Peter Zhang, Bill Ridout (first time out since becoming an official member!)
Thursday - 4-6-06
Dawson - 15 players.
3 visitors - Suzuki and Jamie Skidmore from Okla. City, Bill Ridout
11 members - Bob Kyker, Tim Yardy, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Larry Buell, Dan Theuber, Joe Landers, Eddie Collins, Alex Tupas, Sydney Agimudie, Peter Zhang, Stephen Ackart.
Tuesday - 4-4-06
Bixby - 9 players
1 first time out player - Albert Trinidad (friend of Alex).
1 - 2nd time out player - John Pagteilan
1 regular visitor - Loyd Garrison
5 members - Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Jim French, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 4-3-06
Dawson - 5 players.
3 visitors - Michael Campbell, Bill Ridout, Larry Hill.
2 members - Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 3-30-06
Dawson - 10 players.
1 first time out player - Daniel Patrick
1 visitor - Suzuki
8 members - Bob Kyker, Tim Yardy, Jack Hannah, Stephen Ackart, Eddie Collins, Leonard Williams, Dan Theuber, Peter Zhang.
Tuesday - 3-28-06
Bixby - 8 players.
1 regular visitor - Loyd Garrison
7 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Stephen Ackart, Jack Hannah, Peter Zhang, Melvin Norton.
Monday - 3-27-06
Dawson - 6 players.
1 visitor - Michael Campbell
5 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Dan Theuber, Larry Buell, Peter Zhang.
Thursday - 3-23-06
Dawson - 9 players.
2 visitors - Suzuki - from Okla. City., Greg Widdowson.
7 members - Peter Zhang, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Dan Theuber, Larry Buell, Jack Hannah, Tim Yardy.
Other news:
Tim Yardy has 1 tournament planned in San Diego, Calif. ? - in May.
Suzuki got layed off from his job on Friday from his engineering job. He is looking for work "anywhere in the world".
 
3-21-06 - Tuesday
Bixby - 7 players.
1 first time out player - John Pagteilan (friend of Alex Tupas), from the Tulsa Phillipine table tennis 'association'.
1 regular visitor - Loyd Garrison.
1 just joined tonight player - Alex Tupas!.
4 members - Melvin Norton (renewed his membership!) , Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins (renewed his membership!), Peter Zhang.
Other news:
Alex Tupas just got a new paddle from Paddle Palace. Mark V rubber on a Stiga blade.
Peter Zhang is looking for a new job and may move to a different city.
 
3-20-06 - Results from the Missouri tourny below
March 18, 2006

Greetings table tennis fanatics ! !

The recent Missouri State Winter Games Open provided some brilliant matches. A strong gale force wind - a Texas-size panhandle storm - drove in upon us. The Lone Star state’s Texas Wesleyan jerseys and their patented blue / black colors were omnipresent. A bleacher-filled crowd was treated to an aspect of table tennis not seen much in these parts – total team dominance. The following are examples.

* Eric Owens, the 2001 United States National Champion, versed Ludovic Gombos in the Progressive Singles championship - two Tex/Wes players duking it out for 1st place. For those fortunate enough to view this match they were treated to a looping bonanza. Precision hitting by both Owens and Gombos kept the crowd entertained and there was much entertainment to be had as the match went the distance at 3 games to 2. The marquee match-up was held on one of the club’s Killerspin’s RAD tables. The new RAD’s blend of white legs, wrap-around red striping and blue 1-inch top seemed to reflect American table tennis - a national spirit, vibrant in appeal and appearance.



In getting to the finals Owens had stiff competition in a field of 40. First, Owens got by Hissan Anis, from Lawrence, Kansas, in straight sets. Then it was on to one of Springfield’s finest, in Dale Boswell, but he handily beat Dale 3 games to 1. (Side note, those who watched that match said that Owens “let” Dale take a game from him – just to be nice :) . Owens then eclipsed the talent of Abdul Khan, another Texas Wesleyan in 4 games. Still stiffer it went as he took on Carlos Chiu, another Tex/Wes player but he also got by Carlos 3 games to 1. Then the final match with Gombos. It was only a tad bit different for Gombos who initially took on Bob Willits from North Liberty, Indiana, but won handily in three straight. Ludovic then dispatched Jennifer Mast, she of the sister-brother-father trio from Dundee, Ohio, in three straight games. Then it was on to one of Minnesota’s best players in Mitch Seidenfeld, but Mitch too was bested in three straight. Subsequently, Ludovic sent Samson Dubina to the fifth place bracket polishing him off, 11 to 1, 11 to 9 and 11 to 2. There is an obvious reason why Owens is a national champion - in the past as well as the present he continues to be a strong challenger for anyone in USA table tennis. It’s the nature of winners - they just win, baby ! ! [Ludovic is the defending champion from the May, 2005, 'Star of India' Open in Springfield. That tournament brought notoriety for Ludovic, at least in the hearts and minds of Springfieldians, where with panache, Ludovic beat the underdog, Malaysia’s Olympic superstar Choor Sime Oh, 4 games to 2 for a $750 win.] It was a clean sweep for 'Team Texas' as Carlos Chiu garnered 3rd and Courtney Roberts placed 4th. Consolation (loser’s bracket winner) went to Dennis Muessig, St. Charles, MO. Muessig lost the key, pivotal, 1st match to Dale Boswell, but then went on to score 4 consecutive match wins. Muessig bested the talented Sam Auyeung, Lees Summit, MO, for his $50 dollar consolation win. A downloadable copy of the Progressive Singles, with 1st place through 40th will be on our http://www.ozarkstabletennisclub.com/ web site in the next couple of weeks.



* The Open Singles winner had a different format but the ending was somewhat similar. It was set up with an SE4RR format. The finishers in respective order were: Eric Owens, 1st, Carlos Chiu, 2nd , Samson Dubina, 3rd and Joey Cochran in 4th. Cochran is a very young, but very talented South Bend, Indiana, prodigy. There were a total of 27 players in the Open Singles.

* The Under 2300 followed the same format as Open Singles. This time though they were minus some of the higher seeds. Dinko Kranjac, Texas Wesleyan, finished in 1st, Joey Cochran, South Bend, Indiana, in 2nd , Winfred Addy, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 3rd and Tim Yardy, Tulsa, Oklahoma, claimed 4th. There were 28 players in the Under 2300.

* The Under 2100 was the final event of the day. Tim Yardy, English by nationality, had only played in two other USATT tournaments. Yardy’s rating seemed artificially low at 1956. Tim finished in 1st place, narrowly besting Springfield's 2nd highest rated player - Dr. Shang Lee - 3 games to 2. To Dr. Lee's credit he hung tough against Yardy's powerful slams but Lee could not compensate by finesse alone. Yardy claimed a decisional match at 3 games to 2. ZB Mastylo, Olathe, Kansas, displayed his usual refined mastery in Springfield tournaments. ZB’s steady barrage of chop, hit-counter-hit and stick-to-it-ness led to a 21 to19 4th game rally against Tim Aikey. Not a person to overpower his opponents, ZB stays with his opponents by seizing key points, in effect, staying in rallies long after opponents might want. Mastylo received 3rd place and Tim Aikey, from team Tex/Wes received 4th. There were 25 players in the Under 2100.


* The Under 1900 title match seesawed between Mike Plunkett from Hillsboro, Illinois, and Ray Pestridge, from Stillwater, Oklahoma. You just have to love cagey old Ray. Ray can outwit his opponents with - to use some old table tennis verbiage 'flim flam.' Ray's paddle looks like it came out of England’s 1890's. Whatever. Ray's ungainly soft hits outfox his opponents and kept his match wins higher than Parkview's tall ceiling. Plunkett is more than just another match though - he's gifted, just like Akira Imai, a Norman, Oklahoma, player from our “Star of India” tournament. Mike is one of the few players that can 'hang' with Ray's pips out paddle. Mike won his 1st place medallion by a score of 3 games to 2. Ray finished in 2nd place. If the Control Desk (me) had had their act together the combatants for 3rd would have been Jeff Johnston, Smithville, MO, and Andre Scott from Tex/Wes – but that didn’t happen. There were a total of 24 players in the Under 1900.

* The final of the Under 1700 dueled PJ Phachantry from Wichita, Kansas, and Ray Pestridge. Unlike Ray's higher match in the U-1900, Ray would come out the victor. Ray's masterful pips out and velvet soft hits does lend itself very well to those who use pips-in rubber. And - unless you’re comfortable with close-to-the-table play you'll find yourself eating old man Ray's dust. There were 15 players in the Under 1700.

* The Under 1500 pitted Hissan Anis, Leawood, Kansas, and Janus Lazarus, Joplin, Missouri. Hissan, looking like he could step just as easily into a boxing ring as a table tennis match, dispatched Lazarus 3 games to 0 in the title bout. James Liu, Battlefield, MO, by default picked up 3rd. There were 22 players in the Under 1500.




* The Under 1300 saw Bozidar Ivkovic from Leawood, Kansas, and Shamoor Anis from Lawrence, Kansas, duke it out. 'Bo' is formidable. Bo parlayed his talents and secured a photo finish at 3 games to 2 over Shamoor Anis. John Miller, Harvell, Illinois, picked up 3rd over Roger Powers, St. Peters, MO, who got 4th. There were 30 players in U-1300.

* The Under 1100 parlayed the likes of John Miller over Thomas Sullivan, St. Charles, MO. Third place went to Ryan Watkins from St. Louis, Missouri while Peter Lindsay from Tex/Wes received 4th. There were a total of 20 players in the Under 1100.

* The Novice pitted newcomers Shamoor Anis against Bozidar Ivkovic. Shamoor would come out the victor in a 3 games to 1 match. There were a total of 17 players in the Novice division.

* Open Doubles had the tandem of Eric Owens and Ludovic Gombos vs. Joey Cochran and Samson Dubina in their title match. Eric and Ludovic with a combined rating of 5072, were just enough to overcome the 4708 rating of Cochran and Dubina as they won 1st place. Cochran and Dubina settled for 2nd. Consolation went to Carlos Chiu & Dinko Kranjac both from Tex/Wes. There were a total of 6 sets of doubles in the Open Doubles.

* The Under 3200 Doubles had Dr. Shang Lee and Randy Liu, Battlefield, Missouri, winning out over Mike Meier and Sadiq Khan both from 'Team Texas” – Tex/Wes. Steve and Jie Downing took home Consolation over Ajay McCutchen & Bryce Kelly both from Springfield, MO. There were a total of 11 sets in the Under 3200 doubles.

* There were 27 tables arranged on 23,000 square feet. There were a total of 384 matches called, not including the19 matches which were in doubles. A final tally showed that 120 players showed up and vied for 12 event titles. There were also 16 - 2000 + rated players ranging in ratings from 2563 to 2005. This was easily the most talent laden and largest tournament in Springfield’s history.



I would like to say “Thank You” to all of the participants and to their families. We hope that you felt duly welcomed to Springfield and that you had some old fashioned “fun” at our Missouri State Winter Games Open tournament.



Below Are Your Winners:



Progressive

1st Eric Owens - - Texas Wesleyan

2nd Ludovic Gombos - - Texas Wesleyan

3rd Carlos Chiu - - Texas Wesleyan

4th Courtney Roberts - - Texas Wesleyan



Open Singles
1st Eric Owens - - Texas Wesleyan

2nd Carlos Chiu - - Texas Wesleyan

3rd Samson Dubina - - Canton, Ohio

4th Joey Cochran - - South Bend, Indiana



Under 2300
1st Dinko Kranjac - - Texas Wesleyan

2nd Joey Cochran - - South Bend, Indiana

3rd Winfred Addy - - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

4th Tim Yardy - - Tulsa, Oklahoma



Under 2100
1st Tim Yardy - - Tulsa, Oklahoma

2nd Dr. Shang Lee - - Springfield, Missouri

3rd ZB Mastylo - - Olathe, Kansas

4th Tim Aikey - - Texas Wesleyan



Under 1900
1st Mike Plunkett - - Hillsboro, Illinois

2nd Ray Pestridge - - Stillwater, Oklahoma

3rd (none)



Under 1700
1st Ray Pestridge - - Stillwater, Oklahoma

2nd PJ Phachantry - - Wichita, Kansas

3rd (none)



Under 1500
1st Hissan Anis - - Lawrence, Kansas

2nd Janus Lazarus - - Joplin, Missouri

3rd (none)



Under 1300
1st Bozidar Ivkovic - - Leawood, Kansas

2nd Shamoor Anis - - Lawrence, Kansas

3rd John Miller - - Harvel, Illinois

4th Roger Powers - - St. Peters, Missouri



Under 1100
1st John Miller - - Harvel, Illinois

2nd Thomas Sullivan - - St. Charles, Missouri

3rd Ryan Watkins - - Glendale, Missouri

4th Peter Lindsay - - Texas Wesleyan



Novice
1st Shamoor Anis - - Lawrence, Kansas

2nd Bozidar Ivkovic - - Leawood, Kansas



Open Doubles
1st Eric Owens / Ludovic Gombos - - Texas Wesleyan

2nd Joey Cochran / Samson Dubina - - South Bend Indiana / Canton, Ohio

Consolation: Carlos Chiu / Dinko Kranjac - - Texas Wesleyan



Under 3200 Doubles
1st Dr. Shang Lee / Randy Liu - - Springfield, MO / Battlefield, MO.

2nd Mike Meier / Sadiq Khan - - Texas Wesleyan

Consolation: Steve Downing / Jie Downing - - Jefferson City, MO.





- Bill Lewis
- 3818 South Farm Road 103
- Brookline Station, MO. 65619
- President Ozarks Table Tennis Club
- USATT Certified Club Umpire & USATT Tournament Director
- Local web site: http://www.ozarkstabletennisclub.com/
- National web site: http://www.mowintergames.org/tabletennis.html
- Ph. 417.890.8092

 
Monday - 3-20-06
Dawson - no players.
No one with a key shown up!
Stephen Ackart will be given a key so he can open up on Monday's.
Thursday - 3-16-06
Dawson - 7 players.
1 visitor - Alex Tupas
6 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang, Sydney Agimudie, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Alex Tupas game has improved. He beat Peter tonight. It was overheard that Alex, when he was in high school, 20 years ago, was 3rd in the Phillipines. Alex has not played since being in high school 20 years ago.
Peter Zhang maybe moving to another city due to his wife looking for a new job.
Tuesday - 3-14-06
Bixby - 10 players.
3 visitors - Alex Tupas, John Walsh, Loyd Garrison.
7 members - Peter Zhang, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah, Ted Hill, Gene Bowlin.
Other news:
Jack Hannah is playing much better with his new slower but better control paddle.
Monday - 3-13-06
Dawson - 7 players.
3 visitors - Greg Widdowson, Alex Tupas, Oneil Ramnerine (friend of Sydney Agimudie).
4 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang, Sydney Agimudie.
Thursday - 3-9-06
Dawson - 6 players.
2 visitors - Victor Infante, Michael Campbell.
4 members - Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Peter Zhang, Larry Buell
Tuesday - 3-7-06
Bixby - 7 players.
1 first time out player - Alex Tupas. Trained in the Phillipines. About a 1600 level player. Has been in Tulsa 2 years before moving from California. Hasn't played in 2 years. (beat Jack Hannah twice!).
1 expired member - John Walsh Sr.
5 members - Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Gene Bowlin, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Jack Hannah has a new paddle. Pips out - both sides.
Monday - 3-6-06
Dawson - 8 players
5 visitors - Victor Infante and Michael Campbell (both from Booker T. Washington school), Bill Ridout, Larry Hill (just observed), Greg Widdowson.
3 members - Kelly Boyce, Peter Zhang, Stephen Ackart.
Thursday - 3-2-06
Dawson - 10 players.
2 visitors - Samer Chaar, Chase Nelson
8 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat, Sydney Agimudie, Peter Zhang, Eddie Collins, Joe Landers.
Tuesday - 2-28-06
Bixby - no info.
Monday - 2-27-06
Dawson - 14 players.
6 visitors - Nicky Agimudie, Suzuki, Samer Chaar, Movva Vekatesh, Greg Widdowson, Bill Ridout.
8 members - Bob Kyker, Stephen Ackart, Jim Turner, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Tim Yardy, Peter Zhang, Sydney Agimudie.
Other news:
6 players going to the Springfield tournament this weekend - Hamid Ezzat, Tim Yardy, Jim Turner, Bob Kyker, Stephen Ackart, Samar Chaar.
Thursday - 2-23-06
Dawson - 11 players.
2 visitors - Suzuki (from Okla. City or Edmond), Bill Ridout
9 members - Sydney Agimidie, Eddie Collins, Tim Yardy, Hamid Ezzat, Peter Zhang, Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Jim Turner, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 2-21-06
Bixby - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Marcellus Phillips (knows Sydney Agimudie).
3 visitors - Loyd Garrison, John Walsh Sr., Corey Flaugher.
8 members - Peter Zhang, Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Stephen Ackart, Melvin Norton, Jim Turner, Gene Bowlin.
Other news:
Jack Hannah played the best he has played in over 1 year. He wasn't using his usual fast blade but a slower blade.
Jim Turner has a new paddle.
Monday - 2-20-06
Dawson - 4 players
3 visitors - Greg Widdowson, Bill Ridout, Michael?
1 member - Stephen Ackart
Thursday - 2-16-06
Dawson - 10 players.
2 first time out players - Trent Owens (friend of Chase Nelson), Drew King (from Owasso).
3 regular visitors - Chase Nelson, Bill Ridout, Michael Campbell
5 members - Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang.
 
Tuesday - 2-14-06
Bixby - no info.
Monday - 2-13-06
Dawson - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Dennis Meador - pastor at Anchor Baptist Church in Turley.
4 visitors - Greg Widdowson, Nicky Agimudie, Michael ?, Bill Ridout
7 members - Bob Kyker, Tim Yardy, Hamid Ezzat, Sydney Agimudie, Darrell Lucht, Peter Zhang, Leonard Williams (not fully recovered from his injuries).
Other news:
Tim Yardy is flying to the Western Open this weekend at Berkeley, Calif. A 4 star tournament! (4 star tournys must offer $5,000 min for prize monies)
 
Thursday - 2-9-06
Dawson - 13 players.
2 visitors - Chase Nelson, J.C. Chaisson (came with Chase).
1 - just joined tonight player! - Tim Yardy
1 - criminal catcher - Stephan Zolarek
9 - members - Stephen Ackart, Peter Zhang, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Eddie Collins, Larry Buell, Jim Turner, Sydney Agimudie.
 
Tuesday - 2-7-06
Bixby - 9 players.
1 - just joined tonight player - Gene Bowlin. Gene first came out to Bixby on 10-19-04 with Loyd Garrison. He is a retired fireman. He plays at Bixby only. Plays close to the table and mostly blocks or half-volleys.
7 members - Stephen Ackart, Ron Adhikari, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Jim Turner, Peter Zhang, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Ron Adhikari is moving to Houston tomorrow for a new job there (another player lost to Houston). Ron first came out to Bixby on 4-15-05 and has been a weekly player.
Jim Turner is going to Missouri on 3-4-06.
Monday - 2-6-06
Dawson - 8 players
4 visitors - Suzuki from Edmond, Dan Scott, Michael Campbell, Tim Yardy.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Sydney Agimudie, Peter Zhang.
Thursday - 2-2-06
Dawson - 18 players
8 - 1st time out players - Kevin Anderson, Charlie and his son, Cory Vandenboren, Alex Herrmann, Steven Rhodes, Max Anderson, Marcus Macor (used to play with the club 20 years ago or longer).
3 visitors - Dan Scott, Bill Ridout, Chase Nelson
7 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Larry Buell, Stephen Ackart, Peter Zhang, Sydney Agiumdie.
Tuesday - 1-31-06
Bixby - 11 players.
2 visitors - Bill Ridout (1st time out to Bixby), Dan Scott (last time here was 12-23-04! - he plays in a blue grass band and travels alot).
9 members - Kelly Boyce, Ron Adhikari (who is moving to Houston next week), Eddie Collins, Melvin Norton, Stephen Ackart, Bob Endres (first time out since 9-27-05! - had knee surgery - could only play one match tonight), Jack Hannah, Jim French, Peter Zhang.
Monday - 1-30-06
Dawson - 13 players.
5 visitors - Bill Ridout (first time out), Michael Campbell, Victor Infante, Dan Scott (used to play in Alaska), Tim Yardy.
8 members - Stephen Ackart, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Jim Turner, Bob Kyker, Peter Zhang, Hamid Ezzat.
Other news:
Nick A. and Tim Yardy & Jim Turner want to go to the Missouri tourny on 3-4-06.
Thursday - 1-26-06
Dawson - 13 players.
4 visitors - Josh Beal, Chase Nelson, Tim Yardy, Ben G.
9 members - Joe Landers (just joined tonight!), Sydney Agimudie, Leonard Williams, Ron Adhikari, Peter Zhang, Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat.
Other news:
Joe Landers joined the club tonight. He used to play in Oklahoma City during the Ron Shirley time (for those that remember Ron - about 25 years ago).
Ron Adhikari will be moving to Houston in 2 weeks. Got a job there.
Tim Yardy's game has improved greatly. He quit playing about 5 years ago in England. At the time he was considering going Pro! (He is 23 now). He has a Tulsa sponsor that is paying his way to the Western Open in California around Feb. 15.
No solid commitments on anyone going to the Springfield, Mo. tourny execpt Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 1-24-06
Bixby - 8 players.
1 permanent visitor - Gene Bowlin.
7 members - Jim Turner, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Stephen Ackart, Ron Adhikari, Ted Hill, Melvin Norton.
Other news:
Jim Turner is wanting to go to the Missouri Tourny on March 4th.
Gene Bowlin will join the club next week!
Monday - 1-23-06
Dawson - 14 players!
5 visitors - Tim Yardy, Michael Campbell, Jeff Lafante, Ben G., Greg Widdowson.
2 first time out players - Bill Leach, Parker Leach
7 members - Leonard Williams!, Bob Kyker, Jim French, Sydney Agimudie, Nicky Agimudie, Peter Zhang, Hamid Ezzat.
Other news:
Tim Yardy and Nicky Agimudie got to play 2 matches. See Bob Kyker for results.
Thursday - 1-19-06
Bixby - 9 players.
2 visitors - Tim Yardy, Ben Gudoshnikov.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Peter Zhang, Sydney Agimudie, Eddie Collins, Larry Buell, Ron Adhikari.
Other news:
Bob Kyker is going to the Springfield tourny March 4th.
Tim Yardy and Hamid are thinking about going also.
Leonard Williams hasn't been seen for weeks. No one knows where he is. If anyone knows where Leonard is, please call.
Tuesday - 1-17-05
Bixby.
Kelly could not make it so probably no info.
Monday - 1-16-05
Dawson - 8 players.
5 visitors - Tim Yardy, Ben ?, Chris Agimudie, Nicky Agimudie, Greg Widdowson
3 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Peter Zhang
Thursday - 1-12-06
Dawson - 10 players.
5 visitors - Tim Yardy, Josh Beal, Chase Nelson, Ben Crowder, Joe Landers.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Peter Zhang, Ron Adhikari, Sydney Agimudie.
Tuesday - 1-10-06
Bixby - 4 players
4 members - Jack Hannah, Ron Adhikari, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton.
Monday - 1-10-06
Dawson - 9 players minimum
4 visitors - Tim Yardy, Michael, Victor (pips-out player from Booker T school), Chase Nelson.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Larry Buell, Peter Zhang, Sydney Agimudie.
Other news:
The Sooner State Games will not be held even though the entry forms were mailed out last week.
Thursday - 1-5-06
Dawson - 13 players.
5 visitors - Ben Gudoshnikov, Tim Yardy, Josh Beal(from Owasso), Stephen Zolarek, Joe Landers (use to play in Okla. City 25 years ago).
8 members - Peter Zhang, Hamid Ezzat, Ron Adhikari, Sydney Agimudie, Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker.
Other news:
Tim Yardy has a personal sponser that will pay his way to San Diego for a National tournament there (could be the U.S. Open tourny)!
Entire trip paid for!
 
Tuesday - 1-3-06
Bixby - 8 players.
1 permanent visitor - Loyd Garrison.
7 members - Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Ron Adhikari, Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang, Melvin Norton, Ted Hill.
Monday - 1-2-05
Dawson - no players.
Post holiday day.
Thursday - 12-29-05
Dawson - 8 players.
4 visitors - Tim Yardy, Josh Beal, Josh Lee, Brad Fidler
4 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Peter Zhang, Larry Buell.
Tuesday - 12-27-05
Bixby - 4 players.
1 visitor - Gene Bowlin.
3 members - Eddie Collins, Kelly Boyce, Peter Zhang.
Monday - 12-26-05
Dawson - no players.
Post holiday time.
Thursday - 12-22-05
Dawson - 7 players.
4 visitors - Chase Nelson and his grandfather and brother, Greg Widdowson.
3 members - Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Peter Zhang.
Tuesday - 12-20-05
Bixby - 10 players.
2 Expired members - Jim Turner and Ted Hill
1 regular visitor and permanetly expired member - Loyd Garrison
7 members - Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang, Darrell Lucht (from Muskogee), Jim French (first time out to Bixby since 10-25!), Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah.
 
Monday - 12-19-05
Dawson - 7 players.
2 visitors - Ben Crowder (in for the holiday from Colorado), Greg Widdowson
5 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Peter Zhang, Hamid Ezzat, Dan Theuber.
Thursday - 12-15-05
11 players.
4 visitors - Brandon Fidler, Josh Beal, Brad Fidler, Chase Nelson.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang, Sydney A., Larry Buell, and Jack Hannah (first time out in months - not golfing weather).
Monday - 12-12-05
Dawson - 6 players.
2 visitors - Greg Widdowson and his visiting daughter Lisa.
4 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang.
Other news:
Larry Buell has emailed his expose on the Hutchinson tourny.
The email is below:

Hutchinson 2005 Fall Open
12/3/2005
Larry Buell

Drove up to Hutchinson Friday night with the ever engaging Leonard Williams and his endearing wife June. The Pongmobile’s GPS got us to our hotel in good shape, and we had a splendid dinner at a fine steakhouse in preparation for Saturday’s ordeal.

Although Yahoo Map tried to stear us to the wrong part of town (south Walnut instead of North), with Leonard’s sagacity and my determination we finally found the Table Tennis venue (in a Salvation Army headquarters). The conditions were somewhat cramped (hardly any audience seating), with 6 tables in one room and 2 in another, but the lighting was good and the organization/flow of the tournament was excellent (John Potochnik did most of the scheduling for Director Guy Hendrickson).

Because of the tight scheduling, I didn’t get to watch the matches of Leonard and Bob Kyker (who met us there Saturday morning), so I can only describe my matches.

The first event was what is known as a Progressive Singles event. All 44 entrants are seeded like in one big open event. Then you keep playing, with your victories and losses determining your next opponent. You can play from 4-6 matches this way, depending on byes and such.
I was seeded 21st out of 44. I opened rather slowly (feeling fine physically but awkard mentally) against a very aggressive penholder, Kuok Hoe Tan (1510). Couldn’t get my backhand established at all (kept push/ popping it instead of rolling it) so Tan just sat on his backhand side and forehand slammed me for an easy win.

That early loss dropped me into the 1st round losers bracket, so my next opponent (Bob Clark/944) was a gimme. My win there got me to face Les Ruthven/1471, and after he breezed through the opening game (11-2 I believe), I steadied myself and began moving him around more and won the next 3 games.

I then faced Brian Borners /1491, who had a vicious block/kill shot I could not figure out, and he dumped me 3-0. I then faced Brian Figg/1521 in my last match of the Progressive Singles. Brian’s a young man on the way up with a superb serve and excellent forehand drive. He played penholder style. His serve motion was so violent he had some problems with his wrist, which seemed to affect his game sometimes. I used the full table to move his small body around where he couldn’t get set for his forehand kills and managed to sqeak out an iffy 5th game (which was filmed by his Mom). Brian plans to go to Nationals in Vegas, and if he can keep his attitude positive will do well I’m sure.
I wound up in 23rd place, which was very close to my 21st seeding. I still didn’t feel fully together (mind and body), a feeling echoed by Leonard when we met up after this event.

The afternoon saw us playing the Round Robin. There were 2 each of A/B/C/D groups. The top finisher in each group would play the top finisher in the other group.

I was seeded 3rd of five in my group, which consisted of George Taplin/1701, PJ Phacantry/1664, me/1558, Greg Remple/1549 and Larry Kesler/1539. My first match was against Greg, who played a very soft, consistent push style until I opened up with a roll/drive, who then switched styles to a very aggressive/consistent counter drive/kill style. I could not generate enough offense with my backhand to make an opening consitently against his play, and lost 3-1.

My next match was against PJ, who played a serve/kill style penholder. This was a perplexing match, as I won the first two games, and then proceeded to lose the next 3. Larry Kesler (who was scoring but not umping the match) afterwards told me that PJ started throwing the ball back into his racket to get extra spin, which forced me (and my conservative push returns!) to pop up the ball so he could kill my return. I didn’t see this, so didn’t call him on it, but even so I should have been rolling/driving my backhand returns instead of pushing for the easy setup, so I don’t think that was the major factor in the turnaround.

My next match was against George Taplin, who plays a defensive backhand until he gets an opening then slams it, and a good defensive/driving forehad. He also has superbly disguised serves. I managed to take one game off him, and the others were close, so I began to feel more in my element.

My last match was against the venerable Larry Kesler. His style of defense (anti) with the occasional kill attempt usually gives me trouble (as witnessed by his sucession of victories against me when I play him in OKC practices). However, I was finally settling into a good grove of rolling my backhands and driving my forehands, and my forehand kill shot was beginning to land with some consistency. I took the first two games, but then managed to lose the next two. I was thinking to myself, dang, here I go again when I took a break to talk with Bob Kyker. Bob inspired me with positive encouragement (“Do not say negative things, they will come to pass! You will win this match!”), and by golly he was right! I began to say/think positive things, and the positive energy flowed back into me. I blew Larry away in the final game to win my only RR match. There is much to be said for a Positive Spirit!

Our last event of the day had Leonard and I in the Doubles RR. We were seeded 3rd out of 4 teams in our half of the RR. Our first match was against Carl Miller/1785 and Zach Moore/1701. We had our chances in this match, but could not overcome the consistency and excellent placements by Carl. The next pairing was against Chris Salazar/1772 and Viet Lieu/1624 (I think). They both used Long Pips on their backhands, and neither Leonard nor I could get into a consistent attacking rhythm against them (so we lost).

Our last match and only chance for redemption came against John Potochnik/1745 and Cliff Metzger/1487. John had excellent control/placement, while Cliff was using a hardbat that gave him good control and decent hitting. Leonard and I plotted and schemed, scraped and scrambled, and finally managed to eke out a victory against this tenacious team. I think we finally got rolling with this match as a team. Better late than never!

After the tourney, we went out to eat at a lovely Chinese buffet, where the food was filling and the service was excellent! (self-serve, you see). June had been very patient waiting the day for Leonard and I to finish, and all three of us were glad to be on the road back home. We got in about 1:30 AMish (as Leonard loves to hear me say), and we Praise the Lord for keeping us safe and secure for the long trip home!
 
Thursday - 12-8-05
7 players.
3 visitors - Greg Widdowson and his visiting daughter - Lisa Plunkett - from Loma Linda, Calif, and Tim Yardy
4 members - Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Ron Adhikari, Peter Zhang.
Other news:
Bob Kyker and his partner came in 3rd in the under 3600 doubles over the weekend at the Hutchinson tournament. Bob also beat 3 1700's players!
Larry Buell and Leonard Williams did not win any money at the tournament.
Tuesday - 12-6-05
Bixby - 7 players.
7 members - Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Jack Hannah, Ron Adhikari, Melvin Norton, Peter Zhang.
Other news:
Tim Yardy wound up with a 1941 rating after his first tournament in the USA after going to the Irving tourny.
Hamid Ezzat wound up with a 1884 rating (lost 7 points) even though he won 5 of 6 matches.
Larry Buell - we are still waiting on his email describing the Hutchinson tourny he and Bob Kyker and Leonard Williams went to over the weekend.
Monday - 12-5-05
Dawson - no players.
The players with the keys did not show up due to the Hutchinson tournament over the weekend.
Thursday - 12-1-05
Dawson - 12 players.
5 visitors - Chase Nelson, Josh Beal, Tim Yardy, and two players - didn't get their names.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Ron Adhihari, Sydney A., Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang.
Tuesday - 11-29-05
Bixby - 3? players (through 6:10 PM)
Ron Adhikari, Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce (observed only until 6:10 PM).
Other news:
3 players going to the Hutchinson, Kansas tournament this weekend. Larry Buell, Leonard Williams and his wife, Bob Kyker.
Monday - 11-28-05
Dawson - 11 players.
6 visitors - Greg Widdowson, Chase Nelson, Mike Campbell, Josh Lee, Brad Fidler, Josh Beal.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang, Hamid Ezzat.
 
Tuesday - 11-22-05
Bixby - 2 players.
Larry Buell, and ?
Wed. - 11-23-05
Irving, Texas tournament info from Hamid Ezzat!!
Tournament date - 11-20-05

From Hamid:
There were 72 players with 6 players in each group in the first round (12 tables)...
Tim was in a group with Sam Smith who was the top seed in his group with rating of 2247. I told Tim I will give him $50 if he can beat Sam. It was an unbeleivable game. Tim was up with 2-0 and a match point on the 3rd game and I don't know what happened, all I can say, Sam won the 3rd game and then the next 2 games to win the match. I don't know which made me more upset - him losing to Sam or me losing to my B player in my group with a rating of just a few points under me... we were both very upset that he couldn't finish Sam up and win the match.

Since I lost one match and so did Tim, we were both going to be playing in Class B for a trophy. We were hoping we will be playing each other in the final of group B. There were 2 group of 6 players in class B.
Tim won all his 5 matches and I was on my way too but I pulled my groin muscle after 2 matches and couldn't play anymore. Tim played very good in this tournament and ended up with the first place trophy for class B.
He played 12 matches and lost only 1 match and I
played 7 matches and lost 1 match and couldn't play anymore.

Since Tim beat a few 1800+ players and almost beat a 2247 player, I am sure he will get at least a 1900+
rating. I am sure if he would have beat Sam on the first round, he would have probably beat one or more players in class A and would have started out with a rating well over 2000... oh, well - maybe he can do better in the next tournament.

Hamid
 
Tuesdau - 11-22-05
Bixby - no info.
Whoever attended, please email Kelly the players in attendence.
11-21-05 - Monday
Dawson - 10 players.
1 regular visitor - Greg Widdowson
1 visitor - player from Owasso, didn't get his name (maybe Chase Nelson?).
8 members - Bob Kyker, Nicky Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Leonard William, Ron Adhikari, Larry Buell, Jim French, Peter Zhang.
Other news:
Hamid Ezzat and Tim Yardy went to the Irving tournament this last weekend. Haven't heard anything yet on how they did. Hopefully, Hamid or Tim will send the club an email.
Thursday - 11-17-05
Dawson - 9 players (thru 6:30 PM)
3 visitors - Tim Yardy, Gus Pellechia, Chase Nelson (from Owasso).
6 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang.
Other news:
Tim Yardy and Hamid Ezzat are going to the Irving Round Robin tournament this weekend.
Leonard Williams will be going to the Hutchinson, Kansas tourny on 12-3-05.
Chase Nelson got a new paddle.
Tuesday - 11-15-05
Bixby - 8 players.
8 members - Jim Turner, Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Darrel Lucht, Peng Yan, Peter Zhang, Ron Adhikari, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Larry Buell is back after a 2 week layoff due to a brusied thigh.
 
Monday - 11-14-05
Dawson - 6 players.
Peter, Sydney, Leonard, etc.
(no email info - Bob Kyker not there).
Thursday - 11-11-05
Dawson - 11 players
3 visitors - Gus Pellechia, Jack Epperson, Tim Yardy.
8 members - Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Eddie Collins, Ron Adhikari, Peter Zhang, Sydney Agimudie.
Other news:
Leonard Williams - don't believe him when he says he needs 1 hour to warm up before he can play well. First match tonight, he beat a semi-respected warmed up player 3 straight(these psychological tricks won't be tolerated in the club).
Leonard is thinking about going to the Hutchinson tourny on 12-3-05.
Bob Kyker is trying out a new stroke. Backhand loop using a Seemiller grip.
Gus Pellechia said he will join the club next week!
Irving tournament on 11-19-05 that some people are talking about.
Tuesday - 11-8-05
Bixby - 11 players.
1 first time out player - Jerry Epperson
2 regular visitors - Gene Bowlin, Corey Flaugher
8 members - Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang, Peng Yan, Ron Adhikari, Ray Awe (just joined tonight!), Melvin Norton.
Other news:
Ray Awe joined the club tonight! Can only play at Bixby, however.
Jack Hannah renewed his membership tonight! (we thought we lost Jack to golfing). (had to use some of his easy government money he gets by just being alive).
Melvin Norton started using a new stroke. Forehand sidespin drive. Very effective. Comes at you fast and in a big curve. He said he used to use it 30 years ago and the stroke just started coming back to him. (we wonder what other strokes he has forgotten about).
Ccoery Flaugher said he will renew his membership next week.
 
Monday - 11-7-05
Dawson - no info. (did not receive an email yet).
About 10 people- per Peter Zhang
Thursday - 11-3-05
Dawson - 18 players
10 visitors:
Jerry Epperson - first time out. Retired and wanting to start playing again.
Tim Yardy - from England. Came to USA on a golf scholarship. Then his scholarship ran out. Works full time now in Tulsa.
From Owasso,
these players play at Andrew Eller's garage.
Andrew Eller - It's his garage with the table. He might be the best of the Owasso players.
Michael Phillips - in high school. Maybe the 2nd best player.
Johnathan Owens - in high school. First time out.
Brandon Fidler - in high school.First time out.
Brad Fidler - in college.
Pete Kozma - high school baseball player.
Chase Nelson - in college.
Vincent Pironti - high school baseball player. Plays mostly a half-volley stroke mostly all backhand (even from the forehand side).
1 visitor from Tulsa - Greg Widdowson
7 members - Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, Ron Adhikari, Bob Kyker, Peter Zhang, Dan Theuber.
Tuesday - 11-1-05
Bixby - 13 players.
5 visitors - Gene Bowlin, Ray Awe, Corey Flaugher, John Walsh, Mark Chumbly
8 members - Ron Adhikari, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Hamid Ezzat, Melvin Norton, Ted Hill, Jim Turner, Peter Zhang.
Other news:
Hamid was playing the best he has played in 6 months or more. Steady, solid, unwavering play.
Ray Awe will join the club next week!
Corey Flaugher's game has greatly improved since he found his game.
Jim Turner came out and wasn't preparing for a tournament (no one knew why he came out - even Jim didn't know).
Hamid said Heather Wang (rating 2187) is back and living in Oklahoma City and is selling table tennis equipment thru her web site and wanted to add her logo to the club's website to help people find her site which the club will do. Anyone needing equipment can contact Heather thru her website:
http://www.gotabletennis.com/
Monday - 10-31-05
Dawson - 15 players and 2 spectators
7 visitors - Josh Lee, Brad Fidler, Chase Nelson, Josh Beal, Eric Bunch, Vincent Piranti, Greg Widdowson.
2 spectators - John and Lolita Nelson
6 members - Bob Kyker, Dan Theuber, Peter Zhang, Sydney Agimudie, Jim French, Leonard Williams.
Thursday - 10-27-05
Dawson - 18 players!
9 players from Owasso - James Stanfield, Vincent Pironti, Bichael Puillia, Brad Fidler, Peter Kozma, Chase Nelson, Andrew Eller, Eric Bunch, one person, didn't get their name.
1 experienced visitor - Tim Yardy (from London, England). Was a top junior player in England and practiced with Alan Cook, Carl Preen, Matthew Syed - all top players in England. Hamid was the only player to beat him tonight!
1 regular visitor - Gus Pellechia
7 members - Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Tao Wang, Sydney Agimudie, Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang.
10-25-05 - Tuesday
Dawson - neighborhood meeting attended by Leonard Williams at 6:00 PM.
They want the club to become an official non-profit club. They will get the paperwork to Leonard hopefully on the next meeting in Jan.
Tuesday - 10-25-05
Bixby - 10 players.
1 - haven't been out to play in 1 year - Ray Awe (used to play at Dawson only. His work schedule allows him to play at Bixby now).
2 regular visitors - Gene Bowlin, Corey Flaugher
7 members - Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Peter Zhang, Jim French, Ron Adhikari, Peng Yan, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Corey Flaugher has finally developed his own game style of play tonight. Looks to be a top spin player, off the forehand and backhand, playing back from the table.
Jim French was playing well. Talked about how he beat Leonard Williams about a week ago. He was down 9 to 2 in one game to Leonard and came back and won the game! Then won the match!
Monday - 10-24-05
Dawson - 12 players
6 new players from Owasso (3 from the past state champions baseball team! They practice every day in someones garage and hold their own tournaments!). Chase Nelson, Josh Beal, Vincent Pironti, Andrew Eller, 2 other players.
1 visitor - Mike Campbell
5 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Sydney Agimudie, Peter Zhang
Thursday - 10-20-05
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor - Gus Pellechia.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Dan Theuber, Tao Wang, Peter Zhang, Eddie Collins, Ron Adhikari.
Tuesday - 10-18-05
Bixby - 12 players.
2 visitors - Corey Flaugher, Paul Thomas (from McAlester - drove up).
2 regular visitors - Gene Bowlin, Loyd Garrison
8 members - Melvin Norton, Peng Yan, Kelly Boyce, Dan Theuber, Ron Adhikari, Peter Zhang, Jack Hannah, Eddie Collins.
Monday - 10-17-05
Dawson - 8 players.
2 visitors - Greg Widdowson, Gus Pellechia
6 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Ron Adhikari, Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang, Jim French.
Thursday - 10-13-05
Dawson - 6 players (through 6:30 PM).
6 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Dan Theuber, Peter Zhang, Leonard Williams.
 
Tuesday - 10-11-05
Bixby - 12 players.
4 regular visitors - Gene Bowlin, Loyd Garrison, Corey Flaugher(last time out was 9-13-05), John Walsh (first time out since 8-2-05!).
8 members - Melvin Norton, Ron Adhikari, Larry Buell, Peter Zhang, Dan Theuber, Kelly Boyce, Peng Yan, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Dan Theuber changed to pips out and did not play well and will talk to the person who convinced him to change to pips (he is going back to inverted).
Corey Flaugher still hasn't bought himself a paddle (he said he was going to buy one for the last year).
Peter Zhang said he is going to try returning high loops to his backhand with a sidespin half-volley.
Monday - 10-10-05
Dawson - 6 players.
1 new visitor - Michael.
5 members - Bob Kyker, Ron Adhikari, Peter Zhang, Leonard Williams, Dan Theuber.
Other news:
(From an email from Bob Kyker):
Dan was definitely in the zone, ripped everyone (including his arch rival, leonard in doubles); could blast any ball, serve or counter hit ( didn't matter what the spin was) !!!!
 
10-6-05 - Thursday
Dawson - 6 players.
1 visitor - Gus Pellechia
5 members - Leonard Williams, Kelly Boyce, Peter Zhang, Eddie Collins, Ron Adhikari
Other news:
Gus got a new paddle from Paddle Palace! A Stiga all-around, flared handle, with Mark V soft rubber. Very nice.
10-5-05
ESPN coverage on table tennis.

John Abraham, ex-Tulsa Table Tennis player sent us the following email info about ESPN television covering table tennis.

The link to the Connecticut Table Tennis site (that has a link on it to the schedule) is:

http://members.tripod.com/netta_ct/

Then click on the "New Page" link (it is on the left side of the page in red letters with a yellow background).

The coverage begins 10-7-05





 
10-1-05
Little Rock Tournament

Below is an email from Larry Buell on the tournament 5 Tulsa players attended this last weekend (Larry used to write for Tim Boggan ! )

2005 Arkansas Open Report

Well, this is another fine tournament we’ve gotten ourselves into!

Bob Kyker, Jim Turner and I drove down together to Little Rock for the Arkansas Open this weekend (10/1/05). We were joined there by Dan Theuber and Samer Chaar, so Tulsa was well represented!

Got off to an early start Saturday for Bob, Jim and I, in the under 1700 event (8:30). I managed to eke out a 5 game victory over Allen Thomas (1579) in the first round, but met up with my (mostly) nemesis for the tournament Carl Lewis (1683) in the 2nd round and lost in 4. Carl plays a steady backhand with medium pips and a crack forehand/inverted. My problem was I did not ask him about his rubber and made the bad assumption he was using inverted on his backhand (causing me to dump too many shots into the net). See later for correction on this J. Bob met up with the eventual winner of the event (Warren Lemma) who had Long pips on one side, but used it for both forehand/backhand aggressive pushes to good effect. Very patient and accurate! Not sure about Jim’s event (perhaps he’ll fill us in).

In the over 40s, first round, I again met up with Carl Lewis, and he again (with consistent backhand returns and snap/crack forehand kills) got the best of me (still hadn’t asked him yet about his rubber!). Bob was in the over 60s, and made it to the finals. I scored his final match, and watched him come back and adjust after losing the 1st game to take the title. Way to go, Bob!

Our next event was the Open Round Robin (5 players A-E to a group, single elimination [Open/A/B/C/D] to follow). I was paired up with Abdul Khan (2161), CARL LEWIS again!! (1683), Karl Heinbockel (1334) and Nathaniel Benoit (UR). I almost talked to the tournament director about being put in a pairing without Carl in it, but decided to try one last time (3rd times the charm) and use my previous experience to better the results.

My first match came against Abdul, and I think it caused some commotion in the Texas Wesleyan camp. After beating me easily in the first game, I noticed Abdul seemed to want to rush to close out the match. So I gave him some soft, short serves and indeed he responded by trying to kill them all, either overhitting them or dumping them into the net. I managed to win this and a second game. Oh oh. By this time, Christian Lillieroos, Christian’s assistant coach, and another player had come over to advise Abdul (2161 remember) on the best strategy to beat his formidable opponent (1518). I overheard some of this advice (given in very heated terms), which basically entailed “wait until you’re up 6 or more points before going for the kill!”. I felt honored that it took this triumvirate to come up with a plan to defeat me. Sadly, it was a good plan, as Abdul came back to finish me off in the 5th game (anything long or high he loop-killed with ease, so his patience paid off). I talked with Suzuki afterwards about the match, and told him the only reason I stayed in the match was by using my wits, since I didn’t have the strokes to stay with a player like Abdul. Michiya told me that wits were the most important tool in Table Tennis, without which you can never ultimately succeed. Well, that gave me hope!

So, in my next match (against my nemesis Carl Lewis), I used some of those wits and asked to see his bat. That’s when I learned he was using medium pips out on the backhand. All I had to do then was adjust my bat to a slightly more open position to return his seeming top-spin backhand, and move Carl around so he couldn’t get set for his forehand smash. My serves were giving him a bit of trouble on his forehand side too, so using this info to good effect enabled me to beat him in 4. My best victory of the tournament! The other two matches went down with relative ease, so I ended up in the A division of the single elimination.



Bob also ended up in A’s, while Jim (I believe) wound up in B’s. Jim had the honor of playing the top ranked player in the tournament (Ludovic Gombos, 2507) in his round robin, and said he actually had some great points against him (one of his highlights). Dan also had a very successful round robin (his first event), where as the D player he overcame the B player. In warm-ups Dan was looking very solid, ripping off excellent forehand/backhand loop/drives with his new bat/rubber, while playing good position ball with accurate pushes. I believe Dan ended up in B division, after losing a very close match to the C player (correct me if I’m wrong, Dan).

Meanwhile, Samer asked Jim to pair with him for the Open Doubles. I scored their first match, and it was exciting! After being down 0-2 games (Samer was being a bit too aggressive early in the points), Jim and Samer had a pow-wow and afterwards Samer started playing more position ball, waiting for better opportunities. Jim and Samer successfully pursued this strategy to come back and win the match! In their next round, they ran into a pair of buzz saws (penholders) who wound up in 2nd place to Gombos/Chiu in the finals (a very exciting 5 game match, that saw Gombos/Chiu also come back from 0-2 to win!).

In my first round of the A playoffs, I ran into my own buzz saw (of a different sort), the aggressive pips out pusher Warren Lemma (who won the under 1700s). Since I play with Bob frequently, the pips themselves didn’t bother me too much, but he was so consistent he got out to a 2-1 lead. I was just getting back into a good rhythm against him (up 8-7 in the 4th game) when ALL THE LIGHTS WENT OUT! Evidently, somebody had failed to inform whoever closes up the rec center there were 79 guys still playing in a tournament L It took them about 30 minutes to get all the lights back on and fully warmed. By that time, I had cooled off and when we resumed play, Warren ran out the game fairly easily. Ah, those might have beens… J

Bob played well, but encountered a terrific wheel chair player (Andre Scott, 1796) who had great placement, and some good hard drives that moved Bob around quite a bit. Andre made it to the A finals, where he lost to Michiya Suzuki, who was in the A’s having unexpected lost to the B player in his round robin (another penholder). Michiya had a fairly easy time in the A’s, as could be expected from a player of his caliber.

Jim and Dan ran into some good players in their divisions as well (don’t know the details) and did not make the finals.

Well, we’re down to the last event, the under 3200 doubles. I’m not sure who they played, but though Dan and Jim play good doubles together they lost in I believe the first round (other half of our draw).

Bob and I were defending champions from last year, and were (at 3199) the top-seeded pair in the event. But it was also the end of a LONG day (started the doubles after 5:00, ended at 9:30 PM), and our play scheduling was sporadic because many of our prospective opponents were still alive in one singles event or another. We got a bye in the first round, then met up with Mike Meier (1489, lefty) and David Livings (1527/total 3016) in the 2nd round. Bob and I worked out a plan for all opponents ahead of time, which was to keep the ball short, low, until we had an opening, then move it around with some moderate loop shots until we got an opening for a hard drive or kill. This plan, in combination with Bob’s long pips, got us through this first match 3-0 in good fashion. In the 3rd round (semifinals) we met Michael Adjei (1515) and Terry Huey (1499/total 3014). Both were good top-spin drivers/counter hitters, so we stuck with the same plan, denying them the opportunity to get a good drive rhythm going, and won this round 3-0 as well.

In the finals, we met up with the able team of Paul Thomas (1605) and Ed Ellis (1543/total 3148). Paul used long pips on one side, and short on the other, while Ed played pretty much a control game. Paul was in phenomenal form on his forehand. Anything up or deep he was killing! Bob and I lost our first game in the doubles event (gulp) to them. It was mostly due to my not following Bob’s good advice of keeping my serves and pushes low, short, and devoid of energy (to take away Paul’s short pips kill advantage). Even so, Bob and I were still moving well together, and Bob had been positioning the ball well and hitting some tremendous Seemiller-backhand smashes to keep us close. Well, I finally began to execute our strategy properly, and though it was still very close (several deuce games) Bob and I managed to emerge victorious and repeat as under 3200 champions.

Bob, Jim, Dan, Eva (Dan’s wife) and I went out to celebrate afterwards at The Butcher Shop, a very nice steak house about 10 minutes from the tournament site. The good company and fine food was the perfect antidote to a day of intense competition and Power Bars for me J.

Although the late nite drive home (11:30 to 03:30) was a mite taxing, God was with us and we made it home in good shape!

Kudos to the organizers of the Arkansas Open for another fun, finely run tournament!

Larry Buell





 
Tuesday - 10-4-05
Bixby - 10 players.
1 visitor - Robert Mayer from Houston. Had his wife and small child with him.
2 regular visitors - Gene Bowlin, Loyd Garrison.
1 expired member - Jack Hannah
6 members - Ron Adhikari, Peter Zhang, Peng Yan, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Ted Hill.
Other news:
Robert Mayer - works and lives in Houston. Works for an small computer company doing ASP programming. Just visiting his mother in Tulsa and other family members.
Jack Hannah is still using his rubber with a pip missing in the center.
Many people have asked if there is any info on the Little Rock tourny that 5 players went to.
Larry Buell did send an email with info. However, due to the frank language and brutal comments contained in the email, it will need to be slightly edited so as not to offend anyone. We will send the email out via the newsletter hopefully Wed. night.
Monday - 10-3-05
Dawson - 3 players.
1 visitor - Robert Mayer (from Houston). Just in town visiting until 10-5-05.
2 members - Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang.
 
Thursday - 9-29-05
Dawson - 7 players
1 visitor - Gus Pellechia
6 members - Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang.
Other news:
Leonard Williams attended the Dawson Assoc. meeting Tuesday. They want the club to become a registered non-profit organization and they will get the club the papers to fill out to become one.
6 players going to the Arkansas tourny this weekend - Larry Buell, Jim Turner, Bob Kyker, Dan Theuber, Nicky Agimudie, Samar Chaar.
 
Tuesday - 9-27-05
Bixby - 15 players.
1 visitor - Joe Tarantino (from Las Vegas - last time out was 3-2-04).
1 expired member - Loyd Garrison.
13 members - Peter Zhang (last time out - 8-30 - went to China), Kelly Boyce, Bob Endres, Ron Adhikari, Eddie Collins, Jim Turner, Dan Theuber, Larry Buell, Ted Hill, Jack Hannah (first time out since 8-23), Melvin Norton, Jim French, Peng Yan.
Other news:
Bob Endres is having knee surgery tomorrow.
 
Monday - 9-26-05
Dawson - 9 players.
2 first time out players - Mike Campbell, Kevin Harvey (heard about the club on the internet).
1 visitor - Samer Chaar (first time out since 11/04!)
6 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Ron Adhikari, Hamid Ezzat, Dan Theuber, Larry Buell.
Other news:
Samer Chaar and Nicky Agimudie will be going to the Arkansas tourny this weekend!
Thursday - 9-22-05
Dawson - 10 players.
1 visitor - Suzuki (from Okla. City).,
9 members - Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, Dan Theuber, Ron Adhikari, Eddie Collins, Bob Kyker, Tao Wang (first time out since 8-25),Hamid Ezzat.
Other news:
Hamid Ezzat - still waiting on his email about the Nashville tourny he attended last weekend.
Bob Kyker is trying a new stroke - half-volleying off the backhand, close to the table.
Tuesday - 9-20-05
Bixby - 12 players.
1 expired member - Loyd Garrison
1 permanent visitor - Gene Bowlin
10 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Dan Theuber, Ron Adhikari, Eddie Collins, Jim Turner, Peng Yan, Bob Endres, Melvin Norton.
Other news:
Only 4 players from Tulsa will be going to the Little Rock tourny in 11 days- Bob Kyker, Jim Turner, Larry Buell, Dan Theuber.
Loyd Garrison, Gene Bowlin or Bob Endres or any seniors from the club are not going to the Senior Olympics on 9-26 in Tulsa.
 
Monday - 9-19-05
Dawson - 6 players.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Ron Adhikari, Dan Theuber, Jim French, Larry Buell.
Other news:
Hamid Ezzat attended the Nashville, Tenn. tourny this weekend. If Hamid sends an email about the tourny (which we hope he does), we will list it on this website in this blog section.
Thursday - 9-15-05
Dawson - 9 players.
1 visitor - Gus Pellechia
8 members - Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Jim French, Leonard Williams, Dan Theuber, Eddie Collins, Ron Adhikari.
Other news:
Jim French brought by paper products for the Dawson center that he got from the City of Tulsa.
Leonard Williams is going to be buying new rubber.
Tuesday - 9-13-05
Bixby - 11 players.
1 expired member - Corey Flaugher (first time out since 5-17-05)
10 members - Ron Adhikari, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Larry Buell, Bob Endres, Dan Theuber, Darrell Lucht (from Muskogee), Peng Yan, Ted Hill, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Hamid may go to the Nashville tourny this weekend.
Bob Endres left his paddle in Minnesota.
 
Monday - 9-12-05
Dawson - 5 players
1 expired member - Rob McKinney.
4 members - Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Ron Adhikari.
Thursday - 9-8-05
Dawson - 9 players.
1 visitor - Luis Munoz (from Tampa, Fl). (Last time out was 8-19-04). Will be in Tulsa only until Sat.
8 members - Leonard Williams (went home ill), Ron Adhikari, Kelly Boyce, Amit Gujar, Dan Theuber, Hamid Ezzat, Larry Buell, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Leonard Williams went home 20 minutes after he arrived due to a pain in his buttocks. (He said he has had this problem before). Larry Buell said he had a yoga excerise that would fix it but Leonard didn't seem to believe it.(Leonard doesn't practice yoga).
Hamid is back to using Mark V rubber.
Larry Buell discovered the joy of rallying the ball tonight (and the extra effort on his part it requires).
Tuesday - 9-6-05
Bixby - 11 players.
1 visitor - Gene Bowlin.
10 players - Hamid Ezzat, Eddie Collins, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Dan Theuber, Jim Turner, Ron Adhikari, Peng Yan, Bob Endres (back from Minnesota), Melvin Norton.
Other news:
Jim Turner, Larry Buell, Dan Theuber and Bob Kyker are going to the Little Rock tourny on 10-1-05.
Hamid Ezzat is experimenting with new table tennis rubbers. (Doesn't like the last one he got - doesn't have enough "ping" to it. It's good when someone hits the ball hard to him but not good on soft returns where Hamid has to generate the speed).
Monday - 9-5-05
Dawson - no play. Labor Day.
 
Thursday - 9-1-05
Dawson - 7 players.
2 visitors - Gus Pellechia, Greg Widdowson
5 members - Eddie Collins, Leonard Williams, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Ron Adhikari,
Tuesday - 8-30-05
Leonard Williams will attend the Dawson Park meeting tonight. (His report on the meeting will follow when he sends info in).
Tuesday - 8-30-05
Bixby - 10 players.
1 visitor - Steve Dugger from Indiana. Staying in Muskogee (drove up with Darrell Lucht) for 1 month to help his mother out with some rental properties.
9 members - Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Dan Theuber, Darrell Lucht, Peter Zhang, Ron Adhikari, Eddie Collins, Ted Hill, Melvin Norton.
 
Monday- 8-29-05
Dawson - 10 players.
5 visitors - Barry Lyons and 4 boys from Lakeside.
5 members - Peter Zhang, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Ron Adhikari.
Thursday - 8-25-05
Dawson - 9 players.
2 visitors - Greg Widdowson, Gus Pellechia
7 members - Kelly Boyce, Dan Theuber, Larry Buell, Tao Wang, Eddie Collins, Ron Adhikari, Amit Gujar.
Tuesday - 8-23-05
Bixby - 14 players.
3 first time out players:
Matt Boudreaux (from Broken Arrow)- (the designated driver for Paul and Ed).
Paul Thomas and Ed Ellis - from McAlester - flew into Jones Airport and picked up by Matt (flying back to McAlester tonight).
11 members - Peter Zhang, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Jim French, Eddie Collins, Ron Adhikari, Ted Hill(first time out since 3-22-05!), Jim Turner, Dan Theuber, John Walsh Sr., Jack Hannah.
 
Monday - 8-22-05
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor - Greg Widdowson
1 expired member - Rob McKinney
6 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang,Hamid Ezzat, Darrel Lucht(from Muskogee), Dan Theuber.
Thursday - 8-18-05
Dawson - 8 players.
8 members - Dan Theuber, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Peter Zhang, Tao Wang, Ron Adhikari, Bob Kyker.
Other news:
Ron Adhikari got a new paddle. Yasaka Yasaka blade with Mark V rubber - 2.00 mm - both sides.
Hamid got a new rubber for his forehand. Very spinny. (Can't remember the name of it). (Jamie Skidmore uses it in Okla. City). Hamid's pushes had so much backspin, you couldn't hardly push it back! (you don't want to get into a pushing match with Hamid now).
Tuesday - 8-16-05
Bixby - 8 players.
1 visitor - Kwabena
1 expired member - Jack Hannah
6 members - Kelly Boyce, Peter Zhang, Peng Yan, Ron Adhikari, Melvin Norton, Jim Turner.
Other news:
Kwabena is moving to New York tomorrow.
Melvin Norton has hit a wall and is trying to get over it.
Jack Hannah is using an illegal rubber condition (missing pips) and doesn't have any remorse about it either. (May have to revoke his membership - see club by-law 38.6).
Jim Turner did raise his rating from last weekend's tournament.
 
Monday - 8-15-05
Dawson - 9 players.
1 first time out player - Michael Quilimeico
1 visitor - Greg Widdowson
7 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Amit Gujar, Peter Zhang, Dan Theuber, Ron Adhikari.
8-13-05 - Saturday
Final Results for the 2005 Kansas Top Dog Meltdown
Table Tennis Tournament held at the Wichita Table Tennis Center on Saturday, August 13, 2005 Meltdown Championship

1st
Winfred Addy
Oklahoma City, OK

2nd
Parviz Mojaverian
Kansas City, KS

3rd
Christian Lillieroos
Okahoma City, OK

4th
Dinu Varghese
Kansas City, KS


Class A Consolation Singles and Class B Singles


1st - A
Ray Pestridge
Stillwater, OK

1st - B
Cortney Spaven
Wichita, KS

2nd - A
Larry Kesler
El Reno, OK

2nd - B
Homer Roman
Emporia, KS

3rd - A
George Taplin
Abilene, KS

3rd - B
Larry Buell
Tulsa, OK

4th - A
Halim Rahardja
Overland Park, KS

4th - B
Michael Meier
Fort Worth, TX


Class C Consolation Singles

1st
Britt Salter
Oklahoma City, OK

2nd
Cole, Ely
Liberal, KS

3rd
Terry Pentecost
Lawrence, KS

4th
Brian Bordner
Wichita, KS


U-3600 Doubles

1st
Sammy Hanna
Oklahoma City, OK


Carl Miller
Hutchinson, KS

2nd
Christian Lillieroos
Oklahoma City, OK


Charles Rucker
Hutchinson, KS

1st - Consolation
Ray Pestridge
Stillwater, OK

Cliff Metzger
Salina, KS

2nd Consloation
Cole Ely
Liberal, KS

Britt Salter
Wichita, KS


For more information please contact John Potochnik, Tournament Director, at (316) 681-3667. John can also be reached via e-mail at: johnpot@cox.net


 
Thursday - 8-11-05
Dawson - 9 players.
9 members - Sydney Agimudie, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Tao Wang, Ron Adhikari, Dan Theuber, Amit Gujar, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Tao Wang joined the club tonight!
Bob Kyker is adding a chopping stroke to his already extremely varied style of strokes and rubbers.
Nicky Agimudie is going to the Arkansas Open on 10-1-05 (per Bob K).
Eddie Collins got a new paddle from Paddle Palace. It has Joola - Mambo H - 2.00 rubber on both sides with a Nittaku Acoustic Offensive blade.
Tuesday - 8-9-05
 
Bixby - 12 players.
2 visitors - Kwabena, Gene Bowlin.
1 expired member - Loyd Garrison
9 members - Ron Adhikari, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Jack Hannah, Jim Turner, Larry Buell, Peng Yan, Peter Zhang, Melvin Norton.
Other news:
Larry Buell and Jim Turner are the only 2 people from Tulsa going to the Wichita tourny this weekend.
Peter Zhang raised his game to a new level. He won against Jim Turner and Larry Buell and Peng Yan (rumour has it that Leonard Williams is his next target). When interviewed, after his wins, Peter said it was his new faster pen hold paddle that did it (rumour has it that it is actually his playing 2 to 3 times a week and the intensity he plays with that did it).
Kwabena will be moving to New York next Wed.
Ron Adhikari is willing to be trained by someone willing to train him.
Peng Yan has decide to add chopping to his game (although after tonight he is having 2nd thoughts about it).
 
Monday - 8-8-05
Dawson -9 players.
9 members - Amit Gujar, Nicky Agimudie, Syndey Agimudie, Leonard Williams and his wife(who only watched), Peter Zhang, Tao Wang, Dan Theuber, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker.
Other news:
Bob Kyker played until midnight with Dan!
Thursday - 8-4-05
Dawson - 11 players.
1 - just joined the club tonight player - Amit Gujar!
10 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Ron Adhikari, Sydney Agimudie, Peter Zhang, Larry Buell, Eddie Collins, Dan Theuber.
Other news:
Larry Buell and Jim Turner are the only 2 people from Tulsa going to the Wichita Top Dog tournament next weekend. They have room for 2 more people in their SUV. There are leaving Friday at 4:00 PM and will be back Saturday night (late).
Hamid Ezzat just got back from Iran where he spent 4 weeks there with his family. He spent 2 days with this sister, 2 days with another sister, etc, etc. He did not play any table tennis while he was there (he did take his paddle of course, just in case). He started out slow tonight but got back his old game fast.
Amit Gujar just joined the club tonight!
Bob Kyker just got some "half-pips" rubber. Bought it without sponge so he can try it out with different sponges he has! Tonight he had some kind sponge on it. Had a difficult time controlling it.
Peter Zhang got a new faster penhold paddle that he likes alot. His backhand half-volleys are much more effective than before.
Leonard Williams is considering going to the Dallas tournament in Nov. His daughters live there.
 
Tuesday - 8-2-05
Bixby - 15 players.
2 visitors - Kabena, Amit Gujar
2 expired members - John Walsh, Loyd Garrison.
11 members - Peng Yan, Ron Adhikari, Kelly Boyce, Darrell Lucht (from Muskogee), Jim Turner, Larry Buell, Dan Theuber, Jim French, Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang, Melvin Norton.
Other news:
Had 14 players playing on the floor at one time tonight (had 2 doubles matches). What a sight!
Larry Buell and Jim Turner decided tonight to attend the Wichita Top Dog Meltdown on 8-13-05!
Kabena will be moving to New York in 2 weeks.
Amit Gujar will join the club Thursday!
John Walsh Sr.hasn't been out since 4-19-05. Been too busy to play. Lots of kids and work.
Loyd Garrison hasn't been out since 2-22-05. He came out to see if he could still play (he is thinking of attending the Okla. Senior Games next month).
Eddie Collins is going to buy a new complete paddle from Paddle Palace! Mark V - 1.5mm on both sides, flared handle, defensive speed blade.
 
Monday - 8-1-05
Dawson - 10 players.
2 visitors - Amit Gujar, Tao Wang.
2 expired member - Rob McKinney, Chris Agimudie
6 members - Sydney Agimudie, Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang, Ron Adhikari, Darrell Lucht, Bob Kyker.
Other news:
Rob McKinney had his fund raiser table tennis event on Friday. They did a good job cleaning up the place after they were done - inside and outside the building.
Thursday - 7-28-05
Dawson - 9 players.
2 visitors - Amit Gujar, Tao Wang.
1 expired member - Dan Theuber
6 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Kelly Boyce, Ron Adhikari, Peter Zhang, Sydney Agimudie.
 
Tuesday - 7-26-05
Dawson Neighborhood meeting - 7:00 PM.
Leonard Williams attended this meeting.
His report will following later on the minutes of the meeting.
Tuesday - 7-26-05
Bixby - 11 players.
2 visitor - Kwabena, Amit Gujar
9 members - Ron Adhikari, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Jim French, Peter Zhang, Melvin Norton, Jim Turner, Bob Endres, Peng Yan.
Other news:
Kwebena will be moving to New York University next month. He just got a music scholarship there. He got it by simply playing the piano in front of the scholarship board.
Larry Buell is considering going to the Arkansas tourny next month.
Jim Turner is wanting to go to any tournament soon.
Melvin Norton is having trouble with his forehand drive.
Monday - 7-25-05
Dawson - 12 players.
1 expired member - Rob McKinney
4 visitors - Amit Gujar, Greg Widdowson, Gus Pellechia, Tao Wang.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Jim French, Sydney Agimudie, Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang, Larry Buell, Ron Adhikari
Thursday - 7-21-05
Dawson - 14 players
3 - first time out players - Rahul Joshi (came with Amit), Rahul Kothari, Chris K. (came out with Ron).
3 visitors - Gus Pellecchia (last time he came out was 7-1-04! - besides this Monday), Amit Gujar, Tao Wang.
8 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang, Ron Adhikari, Eddie Collins, Dan Theuber
Tuesday - 7-19-05
Bixby - 10 players.
2 first time out players - Murray Boggs and Tao Wang (just moved to Tulsa 1 week ago. Used to play with the Boston Table Tennis club. A assistant professor at Tulsa University).
1 visitor - Gene Bowlin.
1 "just joined the club" player - Ron Adhikari!
6 members - Leonard Williams, Kelly Boyce, Peng Yan, Melvin Norton, Peter Zhang, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Leonard Williams might go to the Wichita tournament next month.
Monday - 7-18-05
Dawson - 7 players.
1 first time out player - Augusto ('Gus') Pellechia.
1 - 2nd time out player - Amit Gujar
2 visitors - Greg Widdowson, Ron Adhidari
3 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang.
 
7-14-05 - Thursday
Dawson - 7 players.
1 first time out player - Amit Gujar (knows Nicky Agimudie)
3 visitors - Ron Adhikari, Lucas Walker, Greg Widdowson
3 members - Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Peter Zhang.
Tuesday - 7-12-05
Bixby - 10 players.
1 visitor - Ron Adhikan
9 members - Larry Buell, Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang, Peng Yan, Bob Endres, Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah (came in at 8:10 pm!).
Other news:
Larry Buell is going to a tourny in Arkansas?
Jim French won too much money at a shuffle board tournament last weekend.
Bob Endres just discovered the joy of doubles.
Melvin Norton just can't play all defense.
Jack Hannah is trying out a new / old paddle.
Monday - 7-11-05
Dawson - 6 players.
2 visitors - Bob McKinney! (back from the dead), Greg Widdowson.
4 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney A., Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang.
Thursday - 7-7-05
Dawson - 5 players.
5 members - Leonard Williams, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Peter Zhang.
Other news:
No one has definite plans on any tournaments.
Leonard Williams fixed his playing problem. Seems on Tuesday at Bixby he reverted back to playing his old style of hitting the ball fast off the bounce which increased his errors. Tonight he waited a half-second before hitting the ball and won all his games.
Tuesday - 7-5-05
Bixby - 7 players.
7 members - Leonard Williams, Jim Turner!!, Kelly Boyce, Peng Yan, Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah!!, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Jack Hannah is back from Arizona vacationing.
Jim Turner - he doesn't know when he will be back (very busy with his fence and stuff).
Peng Yan's game has moved up a notch.
Leonard William's game was off. He lost to 2 players he normally wins against. Quite alot of talk (behind his back) about what was wrong with Leonard. One player said it was the rejuvinator he is using on his rubber. The player said Leonard's rubber has lost it's bounce and Leonard doesn't realize it yet.
Another player said maybe Leonard is tried of winning.
Another player said 'isn't Leonard 50 years old'?
Another player said maybe Leonard just doesn't care anymore'.
(More on Leonard on the next blog).
Thursday - 6-30-05
Dawson - 5 players.
1 visitor - Greg Widdowson
4 members - Larry Buell, Peter Zhang, Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie.
Other news -
Bob Kyker's report on his Senior Olympics tournament he attended in Penn. is as follows:

the seniors had great competition this year. george taplin and I came in 5th in dbls. we lost the first day to the gold medal winners, and were closer than anyone to beating them and let them slip away. I lost to george in singles and came in 6th. he came in 2nd, losing to duke stogner, who has won it about three times.
Other news:
The clubs elders will meet to discuss strategies to bring Berlin Huynh (Chau) back to Tulsa. Chau's wife Yoko(or as she calls herself Hoa) will be the main topic of the strategies. Minutes of the meeting to follow next update.
 
Tuesday - 6-28-05
Bixby - 9 players.
2 visitors - Dwayne Stillwell, Paul Stillwell - both 3rd time out.
7 members - Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimidie, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, Peng Yan, Melvin Norton, Jim French.
Monday - 6-27-05
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor - Greg Widdowson
5 members - Bob Kyker(first time back after 2 weeks - including his vacation and tournament at the National Senior Olympics), Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang, Sydney A., Darrell Lucht, and 2 additional players that someone couldn't remember their names.
Thursday - 6-23-05
Dawson - 6 players.
1 visitor - Ilker Gure
5 members - Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Peter Zhang, Sydney Agimudie.
Tuesday - 6-21-05
Bixby - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Charlie Johnson - from Kansas - just visiting relatives.
2 - 2nd time out players - Dwayne Stillwell, Christopher Stillwell
2 visitors - Kwebena, Ilker Gure.
7 members - Jim French, Eddie Collins, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, John Abraham, Bob Endres, Peng Yan.
Other news:
John Abraham is 80% sure he will take a job in Houston and be moving this Friday.
 
Monday - 6-20-05
Dawson - 9 players.
4 visitors - Nick Agimudie, Chris Agimudie, Ilker Gure, Greg Widdowson.
6 members - Sydney Agimudie, Leonard Williams, Stephen Ackart, Peter Zhang, John Abraham, Larry Buell
Other news:
John Abraham will be moving to Ohio or Penn. this Friday permanetly.
Thursday - 6-16-05
Dawson - 10 players.
2 visitors - Ilker Gure, Greg Widdowson.
8 members - Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Peter Zhang, Stephen Ackart, Eddie Collins, Leonard Williams, John Abraham, Sydney Agumidie.
Other news:
John Abraham is looking for a new job. He quit his mechnical engineering job. Prefers a small business venture.
 
Tuesday - 6-14-05
Bixby - 18 players.
9 first time out players - Paul Stillwell, Jacqueline Barrick, Dwayne Stillwell, Christopher Stillwell, Joel Langston and Trevor Langston (twins), Mimi Tarrasch, Richard Langston, someone I didn't get their name
3 visitors - Kwabena, Gene Bowlin, Ilker Gure.
6 members - Peter Zhang, Peng Yan, Kelly Boyce, Bob Enders, John Abraham, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Bob Enders may have found his perfect blade and rubber combination.
Kwabena may be moving to New York in 6 months.
Monday - 6-13-05
Dawson - no info emailed in yet(Bob Kyker not present).
Sunday - 6-12-05
Leonard Williams and Larry Buell attended the Jefferson City, Mo. tourny this weekend - 6-11-05. The following are comments from Larry Buell about how the 2 Tulsa club members did.
(This same info was sent to all players signed up on the club newsletter).

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Leonard asked me to post this to you (via a Bob Kyker request) to send out to our fellow news-letter subscribers.

Well, the looooong weekend is finally over, and I’d have to say Leonard and I are quite pleased with it.

We entered the under 3400 Team format Davis cup style) in Jefferson City, and I’d have to say we got our money’s worth!


We started actual tournament play Saturday at 10:00 am, and finished the first round at 7:00 pm. We then played the next day (Sunday) from 09:00 am to 17:00 pm. Whew!


There were 7 teams in our half of the draw on Saturday. We were seeded fourth. Highest 2 seeds totaled 3392 and 3346 (from March ratings, actually higher), and we came in at 3175. Our play against the top two seeds was agonizingly close. Against the top seeded Midwest Smashers (Carl Miller, 1850ish and Gordon Dickey 1619) we had our chances, with Leonard beating Miller and me losing in a tight match to Dickey, but the Midwest Smashers eventually prevailed.

Against the second seed Stompers (Dennis Muessig/1897 and Ben Oberkirsch/1486) we had our closest chances. This was our last match of the day (argh), and we were both exhausted. Dennis managed to beat Leonard in a tight match, while I squeaked by Ben who was playing well, but frustrated by my change of pace play. We prevailed in the doubles, and then Leonard had what was (in his words) the low point of the tournament for him when he lost a 5 game match to Ben. Then in the 5th match Dennis had a fairly easy time stomping me and it was over. The other 3 matches we played we won (we got one default from the lowest seed junior team at the end of the day), and we made the B division in the playoffs (4 teams in A, 4 teams in B, 5 teams in C).


The next day actually had the closest play of the tournament for us. We were seeded 4th out of 4 in the B division, and came up against the top seeded team in the 1st match. Their top player, Quan Chen (1891) played me first, where I played him to a surprisingly close 11-9 loss in the 5th game. As Leonard pointed out to me, my serves were working well against the better players (I guess they read more into them than was actually there J). Leonard easily mastered his opponent (Scott Lane/1490), then we played well in the doubles and won that. Leonard then played a fine match against Quan, defeating him soundly (his highest ranked opponent defeat!), and we won the match 3-1.

The next 2 competitions were agonizingly close, each going to the 5th match. I believe they each turned on losing the doubles at deuce+ in the 5th game (thanks to the conservative play of yours truly in crucial points). I did learn a good lesson from this – stay loose and in your game plan no matter what the situation! Easier said than done at the end of a tiring second day though J

Leonard had some of his finest singles play in these two matches. He won all his singles, including defeating Munkhbold Bayarsaikhan (1752) in the 1st competition and Dale Boswell (1856) in the 2nd.

I have to say a few words about the Dale Boswell match. It was the last game of the day for Leonard, who was having some foot and knee problems from playing on the hard concrete floors for so long (in non supportive shoes!). He had his ups and downs in the match (including losing the 3rd game after being up 8-4, which he attributed to just losing focus for a bit). But the 4th game was a real demonstration of True Grit!

Dale is a medium pips out both sides chopper, who just returned everything we threw at him. Leonard went down to 3-9 in the crucial 4th game (already down in games 2-1), when he sucked it up and elevated his play to another dimension. He came back to tie it at 9-9, then went on to defeat Dale who just nodded in awe after that game. In the 5th game, both players displayed a fierce competitiveness, with outstanding shots on both sides – Leonard demonstrating remarkable patience (which he later told me was his proudest achievement in the match), waiting for his moment then pouncing fiercely with crack smashes deep to Dale’s backhand side. But Dale was up to that challenge and returned chop after chop. Finally, position play in addition to hard side-spin loops deep to the forehand side followed by smashes to the other won Leonard the match. I think he’ll regard this match with pride and pleasure for a long time to come!

In the 5th game of this last match, I had my chances but just couldn’t pull out a victory against Brad Wommack (1612) and their team prevailed.

If we had won both of the close doubles matches, we would have gone 3-0 and won the B’s (hey guys, doubles ARE important!!). But I think we were pleased to accept the 3rd place prize money of $100, and brought back some great memories and renewed dedication to our favorite sport!





 
Thursday - 6-9-05
Dawson - no players showed up!
Tuesday - 6-7-05
Bixby - 13 players.
1 visitor - Ron.
12 members - Darrell Lucht (from Muskogee - a 50 minute drive), Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Jeff King, Jim French, Larry Buell, Leonard Williams, John Abraham, Peng Yan, Rajat Kaul, Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Larry Buell and Leonard Williams are going the Jefferson City, Mo. tourny this weekend.
 
Thursday - 6-2-05
Dawson - 11 players.
1 visitor - Lucas Walker
10 members - Sydney A., Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, John Abraham.
Other news:
Leonard Williams Yasaka Extreme Spin rubber (he just got), is developing spots on it.
Lucas Walker will join the club next week.
Hamid Ezzat got new rubber, the fastest one made, and put it on his very fast carbon blade. He now has the fastest paddle made.
Leonard Williams attended the Dawson meeting Tuesday and said they were very pleased with the job the table tennis club does keeping the park clean.
Tuesday - 5-31-05
Bixby - 18 players.
5 first time out players - Bill Petrali, 2 friends of Rajats, Lucas Walker, Chris Agimudie.
2 visitor - K, David Petrali
11 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Tony Hicks (last time out was 2-15-05 - 3 1/2 months ago), Melvin Norton, Bob Enders, Sydney Agimudie, Rajat Kaul, Peter Zhang, Peng Yan.
Other news:
Peng Yan has made 3 copies of the Worlds Final held 4-30-05 in China. It has the semi-final matches between players from Denmark and China and the other match between players from China and Korea and the final match between the winners of the semi-finals (you will have to watch the CD to find out who made it to the finals). The CD plays on your computer only with a Real Player software.
Bob Kyker is going to the Senior Olympic next week in Penn.
Larry Buell is going to the St. Joseph tourny next week.
Leonard Williams attended the Dawson meeting tonight at Dawson. His report will follow later (if he sends it to me).


 
Monday - 5-30-05
Dawson - closed for Memorial Day
Thursday - 5-26-05
Dawson -11 players.
1 - 2nd time out player - Lucas Walker (a Spartan instructor and student).
1 visitor - Greg Widdowson
9 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, Sydney A., Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang, Larry Buell, John Abraham, Bill Dickson.
Other news:
Leonard Williams came in 4th at the Oklahoma City tourny on 5-7-05!!!
50 players attended the tourny.
The top player was from Ft. Sill, #2 player was Suzuki(from Okla. City) and the #3 player was a penholder (that Leonard Williams went 5 games with!).
Larry Buell and Leonard will be going to the Jefferson City, MO. tourny next month.
Greg Widdowson found his old game (from 1980? or 1970's?). Great half-volley shots all night long.
 
Tuesday - 5-24-05
Bixby - 9 players
9 members - John Abraham, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Bob Enders, Leonard Williams, Jack Hannah, Jim French, Peter Zhang, Peng Yan.
Other news:
Jeff King came by to pay his membership and drop off a paddle for sale for Melvin Norton.
Peng Yan gave the club a CD of some world class matches he copied from the internet.
Leonard Williams and Larry Buell are going to the Jefferson City tourny - the 4 star tourny on 6-11-05.
Bob Kyker will be going to the Senior Olympics on 6-11-05.
Leonard Williams was playing the best he has played since joining the club around 1979?
Monday - 5-23-05
Dawson - 8 players.
2 visitors - Steve Owens, Greg Widdowson
5 members - Ray Huang, Bob Kyker, Peter Zhang, Leonard Williams, John Abraham, Jim French.
Thursday - 5-19-05
Dawson - 5 players.
1 first time out player - Lucas Walker (a flight instructor from Spartan).
4 members - Bob Kyker, Jim French, Leonard Williams, Peter Zhang.
Tuesday - 5-17-05
Bixby - 15 players
3 visitors - K, Gene Bowlin, Ron
12 members - Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Peng Yan, Jim French, John Walsh, Corey Flaugher, Peter Zhang, Bob Enders, Melvin Norton, John Abraham, Rajat Kaul, and Jeff King (first time out in several months).
Other news - Jack Hannah just got back from the Missouri tournament (along with Bob Kyker and Jim Turner). Jim Turner did win against a 1900 player!.
The club has 2 vcr tapes of the Killerspin tourny in Ohio for loan. (John Walsh has them now).
Jeff King is using inverted rubber now and prefers it to his old pip-out rubber.
Bob Enders and Melvin Norton are still undecided what rubber to use.
The club bought a new Stiga Quickplay 3000 table today. It is just like the last rollaway bought.
Monday - 5-16-05
Dawson - 5 players.
1 visitor - Ben Crowder
4 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, John Abraham, Larry Buell.
Thursday - 5-12-05
Dawson - no info
Wed. 5-11-05
A copy of the television schedule for the Killerspin tournament (showing this week) has been sent out via the club newsletter.
If you are not signed up for the newsletter, please sign up from the home page of this site.
Tuesday - 5-10-05
Bixby - 18 players.
4 first time out players - all friends of John Walsh and/or Corey Flaugher.
1 - 2nd time out player - Ron
2 visitors - Gene Bowlin, K,
11 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, Peng Yan, Bob Enders, Peter Zhang, John Abraham, John Walsh, Corey Flaugher, Melvin Norton, Rajat Kaul.
Other news:
John Walsh got his new paddle from Paddle Palace. It is a Yasaka Allround flared blade (very fast for an allround), with Mark V 2.00 mm soft rubber on both sides.
Jack Hannah is going to the Springfield, Mo. tourny this weekend with Bob Kyker and Jim Turner.
Melvin Norton found his game(after all these years). Very strong drive off the forehand.
Celia - center director - said the club can bring in a new Stiga rollaway if we remove one of the Detroiters. Kelly will buy one next week at Academy Sports.
John Abraham's game has finally come together. He is playing very well and rallying the ball now. Serves are very strong (Jack Hannah - and everyone else - was having trouble with his serves - even with Jack's pips-out rubber).

 
Monday - 5-9-05
Dawson - 11 players.
4 visitors - Ben Crowder, Robert Jadin, Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie.
8 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, John Abraham, Leonard Williams, Jim Turner, Hamid Ezzat, Stephen Ackart.
Thursday - 5-5-05
Dawson - 5 players.
2nd time out visitor - Ron
4 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney A., Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat.
Tuesday - 5-3-05
Bixby - 17 players.
4 first time out players - Ron, Stephen Vo, Lam Le, Jamison Williams.
1 visitor - Kwebena
12 members - Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Rajat Kaul, Jim French, Eddie Collins, Peng Yan, John Walsh, Corey Flaugher, Jim Turner, John Abraham, Hamid Ezzat, John Enders.
Other news:
John Walsh has ordered - from Paddle Palace a new paddle!
Corey Flaugher will buy one also (after John Walsh's paddle comes in).
John Walsh and Corey Flaugher are planning on going to the Oklahoma City tourny this weekend!
Jim Turner, Bob Kyker, are going to the Springfield, MO. - "Star of India" tournament on 5-14-05.
John Abraham was playing the best he ever has since coming to Tulsa. It amazed even himself.
Monday - 5-2-05
Dawson - 7 players
7 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Larry Buell, Peter Zhang, John Abraham, Sydney A.
Other news:
No one is going to the Okla. City tourny this weekend.
Thursday - 4-28-05
Dawson - 8 players.
8 members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Peter Zhang, Leonard Williams, Khaled Shehada, Jack Hannah, Sydney A., Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Results from the Hutchinson Tourny this last weekend that Bob Kyker and Larry Buell attended.
Overall winner of the tourny was Addy Winfred from Okla. City.
Bob Kyker came in 5th in singles and gained about 50 rating points!
Bob Kyker and George Taplin won the doubles!
Tuesday - 4-26-05
Bixby - 12 players.
1 first time out player - a friend of John Walsh.
2 visitors - Karren Drysdale, Kwabena
10 members - Peng Yan, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Eddie Collins, John Walsh, Corey Flaugher, Bob Enders, Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah. Rajat Kaul.
Monday - 4-25-05
Dawson - 6 players.
6 members - Sydney A., Peter Zhang, Leonard Williams, Kelly Boyce, John Abraham, Jim French.
Thursday - 4-21-05
Dawson - 7 players.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Bill Dickson, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Peter Zhang, John Abraham, Jack Hannah.
Tuesday - 4-19-05
Bixby - 18 players!
2 first time out players - Seth Dickson (son of Bill Dickson), Jesse (cousin of Kwabena).
3 visitors - Kwabena, Gene Bowlin, Karren Drysdale
13 members - Kelly Boyce, John Walsh, John Walsh Sr., Bob Enders, Corey Flaugher, Eddie Collins, Peter Zhang, Peng Yan, Larry Buell, Melvin Norton, Jim Turner, Jack Hannah, Bill Dickson.
Other news:
Jim Turner renewed his membership
John Walsh will buy a paddle next week.
Bob Enders bought a new paddle from the Sports Authority? by Best Buy on 71st for $30. A Butterfly paddle and it looks very good and plays well.
 
Monday - 4-18-05
Dawson -9 players.
9 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Dan Theuber, Bill Dickson, Peter Zhang, Leonard Williams, Sydney A.
Other news:
3 players going to Hutchinson tourny this weekend - Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Dan Theuber.
Bill Dickson has decided on the shakehand style to use (was using penhold style).
Thursday - 4-14-05
Dawson - 8 players.
1st time out player - Ron Adhikan
7 members - Bob Kyker, Peter Zhang, Ray Huang, Leonard Williams and his wife, Dan Theuber, Bill Dickson, Larry Buell.
Tuesday - 4-12-05
Bixby - 13 players.
2 visitors - Kwabena, Gene Bowlin
11 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Bob Enders, Rajat Kaul, Eddie Collins, John Walsh Sr., John Walsh, Peng Yan, Melvin Norton, Corey Flaugher, Jack Hannah.
Other news: John Walsh and Corey Flaugher will be buying new paddles next week.
Bob Enders is looking to buy a new paddle.
No one planning on going to any tournaments.
Monday - 4-11-05
Dawson - 10 players.
10 members - Leonard Williams, Kelly Boyce, Dan Theuber, Khaled Shehada, Darrell Lucht, Bob Kyker, Peter Zhang, Larry Buell, Sydney A, Bill Dickson (just joined tonight!).
Other news:
Bill Dickson just joined the club. He is considereing changing to a shakehand grip.
2 players going to the Hutchinson tourny next weekend - Bob Kyker and Larry Buell.
Khaled Shehada was playing the best we have seen in the last year.
Thursday - 4-7-05
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor - Bill Dickson
7 members - Bob Kyker, Peter Zhang, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Sydney A., Khaled Shehada, Larry Buell.
Other news:
Larry Buell and Bob Kyker are going to the Hutchinson tourny on 4-23.
Thursday - 4-7-05
Dawson - no info yet.
Tuesday - 4-5-05
Bixby - 9 players.
2 visitors - Karren Drysdale, John Ford.
7 members - Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Peng Yan, Peter Zhang, Bob Enders, Rajat Kaul, Jack Hannah.
Monday - 4-4-05
Dawson - 11 players.
1 first time out player - a friend of Khaled
3 visitors - Barry Lyons and 2 boys from the boys home.
7 members - Khaled Shehada, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Peter Zhang (just joined tonight), Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, John Abraham.
Other News:
Peter Zhang joined the club tonight. He has been in Tulsa for about 4 years. Originally from China. He hasn't played in 30 years. The last time he played was in high school in China and he stopped playing because he said he couldn't get any better!

 
Thursday - 3-31-05
Dawson - 7 players
1 visitor - Greg Widdowson
6 members - Bob Kyker, Eddie Collins, Khaled Shehada, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams.
Tuesday - 3-29-05
Bixby - 11 players.
2 visitors - Karren or Sharon Drysdale, Carlton Peterson
9 members - Bob Enders (just joined tonight!), Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Peng Yan, John Walsh Sr., John Walsh, Corey Flaugher, Melvin Norton, Rajat Kaul, Eddie Collins
Other news:
Bob Enders joined the club tonight!
Corey Flaugher and John Walsh are trying to buy their own paddles.
Monday - 3-28-05
Dawson - 9 players.
1 - 2nd time out player - Bill Dixon
2 visitors - Justin, Greg Widdowson
6 members - Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, John Abraham, Sydney A.
Thursday - 3-24-05
Dawson - 12 players (OSU vs. Arizona night also).
1 first time out player - Bill Dixon (friend of Eddie Collins).
1 visitor - Greg Widdowson
10 members - Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Bob Kyker, Khaled Shehada, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Eddie Collins, Leonard Williams, Stephen Ackart, Robert Jadin.
Other news:
Eddie Collins and Hamid Ezzat renewed their memberships!
Leonard Williams will be attending the Dawson meeting this next Tuesday for the club.
Tuesday - 3-22-05
Bixby - 15 players.
5 visitors - Bob Enders, Robert Jadin, Sharon Drysdale, Karren Drysdale, Greg Widdowson
10 members - Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Stephen Ackart, Jack Hannah, Jim Turner, Grant Turner, Eddie Collins, Peng Yan, Melvin Norton, Ted Hill.
Monday - 3-21-05
Dawson - 7 players.
1 visitor - Greg Widdowson
6 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Darrell Lucht, Jack Hannah, Leonard Williams, John Abraham
Thursday - 3-17-05
Dawson - 7 players.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Jack Hannah, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Larry Buell, Dan Theuber, John Abraham.
Tuesday - 3-15-05
Bixby - 20 players!
3 first time out players - Bob Endres (last played in 1952 in Korea!), Grant Turner (son on Jim Turner), David Petrali's son.
3 - 2nd time out players - Karren Drysdale, Sharon Drysdale, David Petrali
4 visitors - Carlton Peterson, Gene Bowlin, Kwabena, Corey Taylor
10 members - Jim Turner, Corey Flaugher, Kelly Boyce, Rajat Kaul, Eddie Collins, Melvin Norton (just joined tonight!), Peng Yan, John Abraham, John Walsh, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Melvin Norton joined the club tonight!
Corey Flaugher is considering buying his own paddle.
Carlton Peterson got a new paddle from Walmart? tonight. Has spinny rubber on it.
 
Monday - 3-14-05
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor - Mike.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney A., Kelly Boyce, Darrell Lucht, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard William, John Abraham.
Other news:
Darrell Lucht is looking for someone to go with to the team tourny in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Thursday - 3-10-05
Dawson - 9 players.
1 first time out player - Mike (heard about the club from the internet). Uses pips out.
2 visitors - Greg Widdowson, Justin
6 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Jack Hannah, Eddie Collins, Sydney A.
Monday - 3-7-05
Dawson - 6 players.
1 visitor - Justin (works with Sydney).
5 members - Leonard Williams, Sydney A., Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, John Abraham.
Tuesday - 3-8-05
Bixby - 15 players.
3 first time out players - Daniel (a house painter), and 2 women.
6 visitors - Norris Carrier, Carlton Peterson, Melvin Norton, Corey Taylor, Stefan Zolerak, Robert Jadin.
6 members - Jack Hannah, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Peng Yan, Eddie Collins, Rajat Kaul.
Other news:
Bixby had a city wide meeting about the proposed bridge across the Arkansas River. Alot of adults were there, milling about, with only the gymastics and ping pong going on. (Good cheap advertising).
Charlton Peterson said he would join the club next week. Also wants to order a Paddle Palace paddle!
Thursday - 3-3-05
Dawson - 6 players.
2 ex-members - Hamid Ezzat, Khaled Shehada
4 members - Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Jose Correa, Sydney A.
Tuesday - 3-1-05
Bixby - 16 players.
2 first time players - Cory Taylor (heard about the club from the internet), David Petrali (heard from the article in the Tulsa World).
4 visitors - Melvin Norton, Kwabena, Carlton Peterson, Stefan Zolerak
10 members - Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Jim French, Peng Yan, Corey Flaugher, John Walsh Sr., John Walsh, Rajat Kaul, Jack Hannah.
Monday - 2-28-05
Dawson - 6 players.
1 visitor - Stefan Zolerak
5 members - Bob Kyker, Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Sydney A.
Thursday - 2-24-05
Dawson - 12 players.
5 visitors - Greg Widdowson with 3 boys from Lakeside, Justin (works with Sydney).
1 out of town visitor (on business) - Bob Strano from Bordentown, NJ.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Jim Turner, Jack Hannah, Sydney A., Eddie Collins, Larry Buell.
Tuesday - 2-22-05
Bixby - 9 players.
3 first time out players:
Carlton Peterson - plays at his school.
Melvin Norton - used to play with Howard Reynolds. Uses a hard rubber paddle from 1952!
Rajat Kaul - (from India). Used to play 20 years ago. Hits the ball harder on the forehand than anyone in Tulsa. (If he gets his timing back, watch out). Plays alot of spin and drive off the backhand and forehand.
1 visitor - Kwabena
5 members - Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Loyd Garrison, Peng Yan, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Peng Yan finally learned how to play against Kelly Boyce. He uses a "Larry Buell" style.
Monday - 2-21-05
Dawson - 10 players.
1 first time out to Dawson player - Mike Peters.
9 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams and his wife, Sydney A., Hamid Ezzat, Jose Correa, Darrell Lucht, Jack Hannah, John Abraham.
Thursday - 2-17-05
9 players.
2 visitors - Stefan Zolerak, Justin.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Jack Hannah, John Abraham, Jose Correa and his wife,and Larry Buell.
Tuesday - 2-15-05
Bixby - 10 players.
1 first time out ex-member since 1986 - no name available per players request. Played with the Tulsa Table Tennis club about 8 years (from about 1978 to 1986). A penholder (no, it's not Chuck Urasaki).
3 first time out players -
Roux ('Rue') Carroll,
Melvin Norton (used to play in Tulsa in the 1960's with Howard Reynolds and others), and someone that I didn't get his name.
1 visitor - Kwabena.
5 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Jim Turner, Tony Hicks, Jack Hannah.
Monday - 2-14-05
Dawson - no info
Thursday - 2-10-05
Dawson - 7 players.
2nd time out player - Justin (works with Sydney).
6 members - Eddie Collins, Sydney A., Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams.
Other news:
Larry Buell was on fire tonight. Won all 3 of his doubles matches.
 
Tuesday - 2-8-05
Bixby - 11 players.
5 visitors - Bob Hull, Gene Bowlin, Joe Badoe, Kwabena, Robert Jadin.
6 members - Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Jack Hannah, Jim Turner, Jeff King, Ted Hill.
Monday - 2-7-05
Dawson - 8 players.
2 visitors - Stefan Zolarek and Leonard's wife
6 members - Bob Kyker, Jose Correa, Leonard Williams, John Abraham, Larry Buell, Sydney A.
Saturday - 2-5-05
Darrell Lucht will be going to the Hutchinson tourny this weekend.
Thursday - 2-3-05
Dawson - 9 players.
9 members - Chau Huynh, Hoa Huynh, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, Jack Hannah, Bob Kyker, Carl Spendiff (first time out in 6-9 months), Jim Turner, Sydney A.
Other news:
Chau's last night. He will be moving to Atlanta next week.
No one going to Hutchinson tourny this weekend.
Tuesday - 2-1-05
Bixby - 10 players.
1 visitor - Kwabena
1 spectator/member - Hoa Huynh
8 members - Tony Hicks, Kelly Boyce, Loyd Garrison, Eddie Collins, Peng Yan, Jim French, Chau Huynh, Ted Hill.
Other news:
No one is going to the Hutchinson tourny this weekend.
Chau is leaving Tulsa in 2 weeks to Atlanta. He sold his business.
Monday - 1-31-05
Dawson - 8 players.
2 member/spectators - Hoa Huynh, Mrs. Jose Correa.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Chau Huynh, Jose Correa, Jack Hannah (several members fainted when he walked in), John Abraham, Sydney A.
Other news:
No one is going the the Hutchinson tourny this weekend.
1-30-05
Results from the Sooner State Games from 2 weeks ago are listed below:

PING PONG DOUBLES
1. Gillette – Young
2. Pursell – Kulhanek
3. Adams - :ynch

0-50 PING PONG
1 John Gillette
2 Bob Sivils

PING PONG ROUND ROBIN
1. Ronny Young
2. John Gillette
3. Ken Pursell

PING PONG WOMENS
1. Tiffany Tran
2. Melinda Hawkins
3. Caroline Hawkins

TABLE TENNIS DOUBLES OPEN
1. G. Taplin – R Kyker

TABLE TENNIS U-3400 DBLE
1. G. Taplin – C. Metzger
2. R. Kyker – L Buell

TABLE TENNIS U-3000 DBLS
1. D. Goodman – D. Hash

TABLE TENNIS - HANDICAP
1. R. Pestridge
2. D. Rutenberg

TABLE TENNIS OPEN SINGLES
1. G. Gordon
2. M. Suzuki
3. C. Miller

TABLE TENNIS U-2000
1. M. Bayarsaikhan
2. G. Gordon
3. G. Hendrickson

TABLE TENNIS U-1500
1. l. Buell
2. P. Liu
3. M. Meier

TABLE TENNIS U-1625
1. J. Turner
2. L. Buell
3. C. Brooks – D. Goodman

TABLE TENNIS U-1750
1. R. Kyker
2. R. Pestridge
3. J. Williams

TABLE TENNIS U-1250
1. J. Correa
2. A. Afbaje
3. B. Berry

TABLE TENNIS O-50
1. R. Pestridge
2. R, Kyker
3. D. Livings

TABLE TENNIS OPEN SINGLES OK RESIDENTS ONLY
1. Hamid Ezzat
2. R. Kyker
3. R. Pestridge
 
Thursday - 1-28-05
Dawson - 9 players.
3 visitors - Hoa Huynh, Mrs. Correa (Jose's wife), Stephen Zolarek!
6 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Chau Huynh, Hamid Ezzat, Sydney A, Jose Correa.
Tuesday - 1-25-05
Bixby - 14 players
1 first time out player - Michael from the Tulsa World newspaper. Took about 20 pictures and interviewed Kelly Boyce and Jim Turner.
4 visitors - Kwabena ("K"), Gene Bowlin, Robert Jadin, John Ford (first time out in 3 months).
9 members - Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce, Loyd Garrison, Eddie Collins, Marilyn Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Peng Yan, Tony Hicks, Jim Turner.
Other news:
Michael from the Tulsa World came out because he read about the table tennis club from the flyer that the Tulsa Parks and Recreation Center sends out. He said he thought it would be interesting to do a story on table tennis.
Monday - 1-25-05
Dawson - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Rick (plays with Jose at work).
1 semi-visitor/member - Hoa Huynh
4 visitors from Lakeside - Barry Lyons and 3 boys.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Jose Correa, Chau Huynh, Larry Buell, Sydney A.
Thursday - 1-20-05
Dawson - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Chris Kreeb (plays with Jose at work).
4 visitors -
(1) Mark Moss (first time out in 4 months),
(2)Stephen Ackart and
(3) Robert Jadin (2nd time out for both - been several months since last time out).
Hoa Huynh (Chau's wife - just watched and read).
7 members - Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Jose Correa, Sydney A., Chau (or his legal name of Berlin Huynh)
Other news:
Hoa Huynh - Chau tried to teach some players how to pronounce her name (with no success).
Chau - finally learned what his name really is. In Vietnam - he is Chau Huynh. In USA, he is Berlin Huynh - legally.
The next regional tournament is 2-5-05 in Hutchinson, KS.
Results from the Sooner Games this last weekend will be forthcoming soon.
Hamid Ezzat did win the tournament, overall.
Tuesday - 1-18-05
Bixby - 8 players.
1 first time out player - Robert Jadin - a college student from NSU.
1 visitor - K.
6 members - Kelly Boyce, John Walsh, John Abraham, Peng Yan, Jack Hannah, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Robert Jadin surprised everyone with wins over Peng Yan and John Walsh. (Robert has little formal table tennis training but alot of college dormitory ping pong experience he was quoted as the reason for his wins).
Monday - 1-17-05
Dawson - 6 players.
1 first time out player - Ray Pestridge (from Stillwater). Came out because the Sooner Games ran too long and had to finish up the tournament in Tulsa!
5 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, John Abraham, Chau.
Thursday - 1-13-05
Dawson - 8 players.
2 visitors - Scott Gray, Sao Berlin.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Chau Berlin, Jose Correa, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Eddie Collins.
Tuesday - 1-11-05
Bixby - 12 players.
2 first time out players - Joe Spring (teaches Karate and Kick Boxing at the Bixby Center on Mondays and Wed's), and Sao Berlin (Chau's wife who played with Chau only).
1 visitor - Kwabena ("K")
9 members - Chau, Tony Hicks, John Abraham, Peng Yan, Eddie Collins, Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce, Marilyn Boyce, Stephen Ackart.
Other news:
No one from Bixby will be going to the Sooner Games this weekend.
Chau will be leaving to Atlanta within 1 month permantly.
John Abraham is looking to buy a used ping pong table.
Monday - 1-10-05
Dawson - 9 players.
1 visitor - Jeff Parker(back after many months. Sydney A. met him at the Dallas airport and suggested he "needs a hobby".
8 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney A., Leonard Williams, Jim Turner, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Jose Correa, John Abraham.
Thursday - 1-6-05
Dawson - 10 players.
1 first time out player - Scott Gray - (used to play in Okla. City over 3 years ago). He has been in Tulsa for the last 3 years but couldn't find the club.
1 visitor - Larry Hill
8 members - Sydney A., Chris A., Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Jose Correa, Leonard Williams, Jim Turner.
Other news:
Tulsa players going to the Sooner Games next week:
Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Jim Turner.
Bob and Larry will play in Under 3400 doubles.
Bob and George Taplin, from Kansas, will play in open doubles.
Tuesday - 1-4-05
Bixby - 3 players.
Jim French, John Abraham, Kwabena and 4 of his friends (shown up but didn't play).
(OU vs USC night).
Monday - 1-3-05
Dawson - 8 players and 1 spectator.
1 visitor - Larry Hill.
7 members - Nick A., Sydney A., Chris A., Leonard Williams, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Chau and his wife - Hao (she just watched)
Thursday - 12-29-04
Dawson - 11 players and 2 watchers.
4 players from Oklahoma City - Suzuki, Winfred, Jamie Skidmore, Sam.
1 visitor - Larry Hill
2 out of town visitor - Bob Sivils from the Sallisaw club and his wife.
6 members - Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Eddie Collins and his wife.
Tuesday - 12-28-04
Bixby - 4 players.
1 - first time out player - Joe Badoe
1 - 2nd time out player - Kwabena (Just call him "K")
2 members - John Walsh (first time out in 3 weeks), Kelly Boyce.
Other news:
All the table tennis equipment is now to be stored in the extreme northeast corner of the building at Bixby - on the inside loading dock area. The playing area is on the south end of the building so it is a bit of a distance now to move the equipment.
Monday - 12-27-04
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor - Larry Hill
7 members - Bob Kyker, Nicky A., Sydney A., Larry Buell, Jose Correa, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat.
Other news:
4 players, so far, are going to the Sooner State Games on 1-15-05. They are:
Bob Kyker, Larry Buell (both playing in the under 3400 doubles), Jose Correa, Leonard Williams?.
Thrursday - 12-23-04
Dawson - 9 players.
2 players from Oklahoma City - Michiya Suzuki, James Skidmore.
2 visitors - Larry Hill, Dan Scott.
5 members - Jose Correa, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell.
Other news:
Jose Correa is going to the Sooner State Games on 1-15-05.
 
Tuesday - 12-21-04
Bixby - 5 players.
5 members - Kelly Boyce, John Abraham, Eddie Collins, Loyd Garrison (first time out in 4 weeks), Jim French.
Monday - 12-20-04
Dawson - 13 players.
4 visitors - Larry Hill, Ilker Gure, Kazim Cicek, Greg Correa
9 members - Bob Kyker, Khaled Shehada, Sydney A. Nicky A., Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Rob McKinney, John Abraham, Jose Correa.
 
Thursday - 12-16-04
Dawson - 9 players.
9 members - Carl Spendiff (hasn't been out in 9 months?), Bob Kyker, Jim French, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Jose Correa, John Abraham, Dan Theuber, Larry Buell.
Tuesday - 12-14-04
Bixby - 7 players.
2 visitors - Bee Vang, Gene Bowlin
5 members - Jim French, Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, John Abraham.
Monday - 12-13-04
Dawson - 11 players.
1 first time out player - didn't get his name.
1 visitor - Larry Hill.
9 members - Bob Kyker, Rob McKinney, Nicky A., Sydney A., Hamid Ezzat, John Abraham, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Jose Correa.
Thursday - 12-9-04
Dawson - 12 players.
Last time out visitor - Ben Crowder (moving to Colorado).
2 visitors - Larry Hill, Dan Scott (took photos of the players).
9 members - Bob Kyker, Gary and Carlene Sanchez, Khaled Shehada, Leonard Williams, Robert McKinney, Sydney A., Jose Correa, Larry Buell.
Tuesday - 12-7-04
Bixby - 12 players.
1 - haven't been out since 1972 player - Dale Donaldson (knew Don Wilson, Bob Shaha, Peggy Shaha, Kirk Goldbach, Cliff Smith, etc).
1 visitor - Ilker Gure
1 - just joined tonight member - Phil Sallee!!
9 members - Kelly Boyce, Jeff King, Jack Hannah, Jim French, Peng Yan, Ted Hill, Tony Hicks, Eddie Collins, Jim Turner.
Monday - 12-6-04
Dawson - 15 players.
5 players from the Sallisaw Table Tennis Club - Bob Sivils, Daniel Sivils, Mark Wallace, Andy Dodd, Jerod Fiorentine.
1 -2nd time out player - Larry Hill.
1 - haven't been out in a long time player - Ilker Gure.
3 visitors - Bee Vang, Kee Vang, Ben Gudoshnikov.
5 members - Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams, Jose Correa, John Abraham.
Other news:
Several players are planning on going to the Sooner State Games on 1-15-05.
Thursday - 12-2-04
Dawson - 9 players.
3 visitors - Bee Vang, K. Vang, Patilla Durrell.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Sydney A., Khaled Shehada, Leonard Williams, Jose Correa.
Tuesday - 11-30-04
Bixby - 8 players.
8 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Peng Yan, Tony Hicks, Ted Hill, Corey F., Jack Hannah.
Other news:
No one from Bixby will be going to the Wichita tourny this weekend.
Jack Hannah still can't decide if he should golf or play table tennis on Tuesdays.
Jim French prefers shuffle board to table tennis (but only when money is involved).
Monday - 11-29-04
Dawson - 13 players.
1 first time out player - Larry Hill (didn't play, just watched).
1 first time out since 2001? player - Kevin Erickson ( a preacher from Skiatook - used to play with the club in 1999 - 2001?).
1 visitor - Ben Crowder
9 members - Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Khaled Shehada, Leonard Williams, Leonard's wife(observed only),Rob McKinney (first time out in several months), John Abraham, Jose Correa, Sydney A.
Other news:
Rob McKinney's arm is working now. He hurt it pulling 20 minutes on a gas engine (mower or something).
Bob Kyker is the only player going to the Wichita tournament this weekend.
There was a semi-naked woman that came into the club. Please ask members for more info on this.

 
Tuesday - 11-23-04
Bixby - 15 players.
4 first time out to Bixby players: Ilker Gure, 3 players from ORU-Adam Hunt, Paul Dorries, Taylor Hankins.
11 members - Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Chau, Peng Yan, John Walsh, Corey F., Ted Hill (just joined tonight), Richard Selman, Jim French, Jim Turner, Tony Hicks.
Other news:
Ted Hill just joined the club tonight!
Hamid Ezzat is back to 80% of his former self (arm, wrist, shoulder injuries).
 
Monday - 11-22-04
Dawson - 8 players.
1 first time out player - Chad Sandberg (found out about the club via a search engine). Has been in Tulsa 35 years and never heard of the club.
1 visitor - Ben Crowder.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Chau, Sydney A., Leonard Williams, Jose Correa.
Other news:
Chau is leaving for Vietnam next week. Will be gone 1 month. Will be bringing a wife back with him!.
Ben Crowder is moving to Colorado. Got a scholarship there.
Only Bob Kyker is planning on going to the Wichita tourny on 12-4-04.
Thursday - 11-18-04
Dawson - 14 players.
4 first time out players from ORU:
Kristopher Chen, Paul Dorries, Bryan Batchhelder, Adam Hunt.
3 visitors: Ben Crowder and his brother. Also Greg Widdowson.
7 members: Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Jose Correa, Leonard Williams, Chau, Gary and Carlene Sanchez.
Tuesday - 11-16-04
Bixby - 16 players.
1 first time out player.
2 - 2nd time out players - Norris Carrier, Drew Carrier
13 members - Jim Turner (first time out to Bixby and first time out in 3-6 months anywhere), Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, John Abraham, Jim French, Peng Yan, John Walsh Sr., John Walsh (first time out in 3 months, Corey Flaugher (first time out in 3 months), Jeff King, Richard Selman, Eddie Collins, Loyd Garrison.
Other news:
Jeff King has a new paddle. Smooth rubber - Juic 999 (was using pips out).
John Abraham will be using his ping pong robot at Bixby throughout the week.
Monday - 11-15-04
Dawson - 13 players.
1 visitor - Ben Gudoshnikov.
5 players from Lakeside - Barry and 4 boys.
7 members - John Abraham (first time out in 6 months and playing tennis only), Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Jose Correa, Larry Buell, Chau.
Other news:
Bob Kyker is going to the Wichita tourny on 12-4-04.
No one else is going to the Wichita Tourny so far.
 
Tuesday - 11-9-04
Bixby - 17 players:
3 first time out players - Norris Carrier, Drew Carrier, Kwabena (recommended by Ted Hill).
5 visitors - Ted Hill, Phil Sallee, Josh Sallee, Bee Vang (first time out to Bixby), Gene Bowlin.
9 members - Jack Hannah, Tony Hicks, Kelly Boyce, Loyd Garrison, Eddie Collins, Richard Selman, Jeff King, Peng Yan, John Walsh.
Other news:
Tony Hicks - just got back from the Springfield, MO. Tourny. He came in 2nd in Class C!
Tony also is using a new paddle tonight - Joola Panther blade with Joola Drum 1.7 rubber, both sides.
Ted Hill will be joining the club next time!
Gene Bowlin needs new rubber (he has 10 year old rubber on now). He is considering changing.
 
Monday - 11-8-04
Dawson - 15 players.
6 visitors - Bee Vang, 4 players from Lakeside and 1 supervisor.
9 members - Darrell Lucht, Kelly Boyce, Nicky Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Leonard Williams, Chau, Jose Correa.
Other news:
Bee Vang got a new paddle from Paddle Palace.
Sydney A. will be leaving for Trinidad next week for 1 week.
Thursday - 11-4-04
Dawson - 11 players.
4 visitors - Ben Gudoshnikov, Samer Chaar, Kwon (from Spartan), Greg Widdowson.
7 members - Chau, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Jose Correa, Darrell Lucht.
Other news:
Samer Chaar is going to the Springfield, MO. Tourny this weekend.
Tuesday - 11-2-04
Bixby - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Steve Owens (friend of Jerrod Hicks).
2 visitors - Ted Hill (3rd time out - just had surgery on his knee), Jerrod Hicks (brother of Tony Hicks).
9 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Chau, Jack Hannah, Tony Hicks, Richard Selman, Jeff King, John Walsh, Peng Yan.
Other news - Chau will be leaving for Vietnam in 2 weeks and will be back to Tulsa, with his wife, until he sells his business. Then to Atlanta.
Tony Hicks will be going to the Springfield, MO. tourny this weekend. No one else from Tulsa will be going to this tourny.
Jeff King was out of uniform tonight and was reprimanded.
 
Monday - 11-1-04
Dawson - 9 players.
1 visitor - Ben Gudoshnikov.
8 members - Nick Agimudie, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Chau, Jose Correa.
Other news:
Bob Kyker and Larry Buell were the only 2 Tulsa players to attend the Little Rock tourny over the weekend. They both won the under 3200 doubles!
The Little Rock tourny had 86 entrants!
Bob Kyker also won the over 60 singles!
Neither Bob Kyker or Larry Buell lost to anyone rated under them!
Chau will be leaving to Vietnam to get married in 2-3 weeks. Then off to Atlanta to live (her relatives live in Atlanta).
Bob Kyker is experimenting with short pips on his backhand to give him more offense on the backhand.
Tuesday - 10-26-04
Bixby - 18 players.
2 first time out players - (friends of Chaun Davis).
1 - 2nd time out player - Chaun Davis
2 vistors - Phil Sallee, Kirk Wells.
13 members - Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker (first time out to Bixby!), Chau, Larry Buell (first time out to Bixby!), Loyd Garrison, Eddie Collins, Tony Hicks, Peng Yan, Sydney Agimudie, Jim French, Richard Selman, Jeff King, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
Tony Hicks is going to the Springfield, MO. tourny on 11-6-04 and the Irving, Tx. tourny on 11-20-04.
Bob Kyker and Larry Buell are going to the Little Rock Tourny this weekend - 10-30-04.
Richard Selman likes his new (and fast) paddle.

 
Monday - 10-26-04
Dawson - 10 players:
1 first time out player - Grant Abercrombie (friend of Ben Bass).
1 visitor - Ben Bass
8 members - Jose Correa Sr., Jose Correa , Kelly Boyce, Larry Buell, Chau, Leonard Williams, Hamid Ezzat, Sydney Agimudie.
Other news:
Leonard Williams went to the Hutchinson Tourny on 10-16-04. Beat Guy Hendrickson! Came in 3rd (or 4th)in Class A.
No one else went to the Hutchinson tourny.
 
Thursday - 10-21-04
Dawson - 10 players.
2 visitors - Dan McIntosh, Greg.
8 members - Bob Kyker, Chau, Sydney A., Jose Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Larry Buell, Jim French, Leonard Williams.
Tuesday - 10-19-04
Bixby - 17 players!
3 - first time out players -
Chaun Davis (tallest player that night,
Shane Jennings (friend of Phil Sallee),
Gene Bowlin (friend of Loyd Garrison - also played in the Senior Olympics last month).
5 visitors -
Kirk Wells (his daughter attends the gymnastics on Tuesday),
Phil Sallee,Josh Sallee,
Charlie Selman (brother of Richard Selman),
Ben Bass.
9 members - Kelly Boyce, Jeff King, Tony Hicks, Jim French, Chau, Loyd Garrison, Eddie Collins, Richard Selman, Peng Yan.
Other news:
Richard Selman just got his new blade and rubber.
Tony Hicks is planning on going to the Springfield, MO. tourny next month.
Phil Sallee and Kirk Wells are considering buying new rubber and/or blades.
Jim French finally decided on a paddle to use.
 
Monday - 10-18-04
Dawson - 9 players:
2 visitors - Ben Gudoshnikov, Stefan Zolarek
7 members - Larry Buell, Kelly Boyce, Chau, Leonard Williams, Darrell Lucht, Sydney A., Jose Correa.
Other news:
Ben Gudoshnikov lost his gold chain last Monday - 10-11-04.
Anyone with info, please contact us.
3 players planning on going to the Little Rock Open on 10-30-04 - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Dan Theuber.
Larry Buell has changed his game with great improvement. (Tips from James Rautis did it).
Leonard Williams did attend the Dawson Park Assoc. meeting. His report will follow (when he sends it in).
 
Thursday - 10-14-04
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 10-12-04
Bixby - 10 players.
3 - first time out players - Kirk Wells (from American Airlines), Ben Bass, Josh Sallee.
1 - 2nd time out player - Phil Salee (Josh's dad).
6 members - Tony Hicks, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Loyd Garrison, Jack Hannah, Peng Yan (joined tonight!).
Other news:
Peng Yan (from China going to OSU) joined the club tonight!
Tony Hicks just got back from the Ft. Worth tournament(Bob Kyker and Larry Buell also went!).
Tony won 7 out of 9 matches and came in 3rd in Class C.
Larry Buell was the lowest rated player in his group. All the other players were higher rated than he was.
Monday - 10-11-04
Dawson - no info.
10-7-04 - Thursday
Dawson - no info.
Tuesday - 10-5-05
Bixby - 9 players.
1 first time out player - Phil Sallee
1 2nd time out player - Ted Hill
1 standard visitor - Peng Yan
6 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Tony Hicks, Eddie Collins, Loyd Garrison, Richard Selman.
Other news:
Tony Hicks is going to the Ft. Worth tournamant this weekend (and staying with relatives at Ft. Worth). (He is taking a personal friend along).
Monday - 10-4-04
Dawson - no info yet
Thursday - 9-30-04
Dawson - no info.
Tuesday - 9-28-04
Bixby - 9 players.
1 first time out player - Ted Hill.
8 members - Tony Hicks, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Stephen Ackart, Zack Pfaff, Richard Selman, John Walsh, Jack Hannah.
Other news:
No one planning on going to any tournaments.
Monday - 9-27-04
Hicks Park - Senior Olympics.
6 players attended - Bob Kyker, Jim French, Sydney A., Kelly Boyce, Gary Sanchez, Carlene Sanchez.
Monday - 9-27-04
Dawson - no info due to Senior Olympics.
Thursday - 9-23-04
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 9-21-04
Bixby - 10 players.
1 visitor - Peng Yan (3rd time out).
9 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Tony Hicks, Stephen Ackart(first time out to Bixby), Loyd Garrison, Eddie Collins, Zack Pfaff, Jeff King, Richard Selman.
Other news - no one is planning on going to any of the out-of-state tournaments.
Monday - 9-20-04
Dawson - 16 players:
6 visitors - Ben Gudoshnikov, Ben Crowder(came out late and didn't play). From the boys home - counselors Nick Hawkins and Barry Lyons and brought Leo H., Deangelo F.
10 Members - Sydney A., Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Chau, Larry Buell, Jose Correa, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Jack Hannah, and new - just joined toight member - Zack Pfaff.
Other news:
Larry Buell is going to 2 tournaments, the Little Rock and Wesleyan, Texas tournys.
The Oklahoma Senior Olympics will be played next Monday - 9-27-04 at Hicks Park. Bob Kyker, Jim French, and Kelly Boyce will attend.
Ben Crowder will be moving in 3 months to another city.
Tuesday - 9-14-04
Bixby - 6 players.
2 visitors - Zack Phaff, Peng Yan (an OU electrical engineering student from China who will graduate later next year).
4 members - Chau, Kelly Boyce, Loyd Garrison, Eddie Collins.
Other news -
Chau doesn't know when he will be leaving for Atlanta yet.
Monday - 9-13-04
Dawson - 20 players. (Bob Kyker to provide info later). A bus load of players from the Boys home showed up.
Thursday - 9-9-04
Dawson - 14 players.
2 visitors Zack Pfaff, David Correa.
12 members - Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Chau, Dan Theuber, Jim French, Jose Correa, Larry Buell, Sydney A., Khaled Shehada, Jack Hannah, Gary and Carlene Sanches.
Tuesday - 9-7-04
Bixby - 5 players.
1 first time out visitor - Peng Yan. Originally from China, a student at ORU or OSU.
1 first time out to Bixby player- Zack Pfaff.
3 members - Jim French, Tony Hicks, Kelly Boyce
Monday - 9-6-04
Dawson - closed for Labor Day
Thursday - 9-2-04
Dawson - 10 players.
1 first time out player - Zack Pfaff (a Spartan student, from New Hampshire, lives near Sapulpa).
2 visitors - David Correa, Oddvar Naustvik (from Norway. Been in Tulsa 2 years and in the USA 10 years and doesn't have an accent).
7 members - Larry Buell, Chau, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Dan Theuber, Jose Correa Sr., Leonard Williams.
Other news:
Leonard Williams is considering going to the Ft. Worth on 10-9 or Little Rock tourny on 10-30!(several players fainted from shock upon hearing this news)
Tuesday - 8-31-04
Bixby - 7 players.
6 members - Tony Hicks, Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, Eddie Collins, Loyd Garrison, Jeff King, Jim French.
Other news:
Bixby will begin the USATT league system soon (as soon as someone learns how to implement it).
Monday - 8-30-04
Dawson - 13 players.
5 visitors - David Correa, Nick Hawkins who brought 3 young men from Lakeside Home.
8 members - Bob Kyker, Nicky A., Sydney A., Larry Buell, Chau, Leonard Williams, Jose Correa Sr., Tony Hicks.
Thursday - 8-26-04
Dawson - 13 players.
3 visitors - Jose Correa, David Correa, Alan Jackere.
10 members - Jose Correa Sr., Jim French, Bob Kyker, Chau, Leonard Williams, Nicky A., Sydney A., Khaled Shehada, Dan Theuber, Larry Buell.
Tuesday - 8-24-04
Bixby - 7 players.
7 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Tony Hicks, Loyd Garrison, Eddie Collins, Richard Selman, Jeff King.
Monday - 8-23-04
Dawson - 14 people.
2 visitors - Alan Jackere, David Carrera.
6 members - Chau, Bob Kyker, Laury Lee, Darrell Lucht, Jose Sr., Leonard Williams.
2 counselors - Barry Lyons and Nick Hawkins and 4 of their boys from the juvenile home for boys.
Thursday - 8-19-04
Dawson - 13 players.
4 visitors - Alan Jackere, Jose Correa, David Correa, Luis Munoz.
9 members - Laury Lee, Sydney A., Leonard Williams, Bob Kyker, Tony Hicks, Chau, Kelly Boyce, Khaled Shehada, Jose Correa Sr.
Other news:
Jose Correa Sr. got a new paddle. Yasaka Allround blade with Yasaka Tornado 2.00 mm rubber.
Tuesday - 8-17-04
Bixby - 10 players.
2 first time out players - Ryan Hall and Greg Widdowson (Greg was a rated player from Arizona. Last played in 1989).
1 visitor - Luis Munoz from Florida (and beyond).
7 members - Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Loyd Garrison, John Walsh Sr., Jack Hannah, Richard Selman.
Other news:
Luis Munoz will be leaving to Florida on Friday.
John Walsh Sr. likes his new Samba rubber.
 
Monday - 8-16-04
Dawson - 9 players
3 first time visitors - Barry Lyons, Greg Widdowson, Alan Jackere.
1 old time visitor - Luis Munoz (from Tampa, Florida).
5 members - Bob Kyker, Chau, David Correa, Jose Correa, Leonard Williams
7-31-04 Hutchinson tournament
Results from the Hutchinson Tournament that Bob Kyker and Tony Hicks attended are listed below(Bob Kyker took home two 1st place events):

Hutchinson 2004 Summer Open Results
Saturday, July 31, 2004
Hutchinson Table Tennis Club, Hutchinson, Ks,

Progressive Singles
Championship Bracket
1st Jeff Johnston, Smthville, Mo.
2nd Carl Miller, Hutchinson, Ks
3rd Matthew Cushing, Lincoln, Ne..
4th George Taplin, Abilene, Ks.

Consolation Bracket
1st Cortney Spaven, Wichita, Ks
2nd Homer Roman, Emporia, Ks.

Seeded Round Robin Singles
Class “A”
1st Jeff Johnston, Smthville, Mo .
2nd Carl Miller, Hutchinson, Ks

Class “B”
1st Bob Kyker, Tulsa, Ok
2nd Christopher Salazar, Denver, Co

Class “C”
1st Zach Moore, Overland Park, Ks
2nd Brian Bordner, Wichita, Ks.

Under 3600 Doubles
1st George Taplin/Robert Kyker
(Abilene, Ks/Tulsa, Ok)
2nd Don Beckstrom/Charles Rucker
(Wichita, Ks/Hutchinson, Ks)

Hardbat
1st Guy Hendrickson, Hutchinson, Ks
2nd Carl Miller, Hutchinson, Ks

 
Thursday - 8-12-04
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor - Frank Spring from St. Joseph, Missouri
7 members - Sydney A., Nicky A., Kelly Boyce, Chau, Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams.
Other news:
Chau will be leaving to Vietnam in 1 to months. Then to Atlanta permantely.
Hamid Ezzat is leaving for Iran in 1 week and will be there 5 weeks.
Hamid has an elbow problem that is preventing him from playing.
The air conditioner is still not working.
Tuesday - 8-10-04
Bixby - 7 players.
1 visitor - John Wilson - just visiting this week from Colorado and Arizona (lives 6 months in each state).
6 members - Tony Hicks, Kelly Boyce, Jeff King, Richard Selman, Loyd Garrison, Eddie Collins.
Other news:
Richard Selman did not order the new rubber for his old blade yet.
Monday - 8-09-04
Dawson - 7 players.
1 visitor - Jose Correa
6 members - Bob Kyker, Jose Correa Sr., Sydney A., Nicky A., Leonard Williams, Chau.
7-31-04 tourny
The following is a letter from the tournament director about the Hutchinson tournament held 7-31-04. 2 players from Tulsa attended - Bob Kyker and Tony Hicks.

Hutchinson TTC held its first Summer Open July 31, 2004 at our Salvation
Army Community Center site. Entries were the lowest of any tournament we've
had to date, 23 total, however competion level was the highest we have had
as rating spread between players was minimal in all classes. Fewer players
also allowed for more matches with most players getting 10-11 singles
matches and those who played in the doubles and hardbat events played as
many as 17-matches. Singles were completed by 5:30 and all events by 8:00pm
making an action packed day for all participants. A revised table layout
provided for larger court sizes (16' x 36') than in the past as well as
better seating and access. Thanks to all who participated and look for our
next tournament to be around the middle to end of October at our larger wood
floored HMS 8 Middle School location.

Guy Hendrickson
Tournament Director

 
Thursday - 8-5-04
Dawson - 11 players
9 members - Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Nicky Agimudie, Syndey Agimudie, Jim French, Laury Lee, Chau, Jack Hannah, Leonard Williams, Jose Correa Sr., Jose Correa.
Other news:
The air conditioner was not working. Someone stole a part off the outside unit by taking down the fence surrounding the unit.
Chau will be leaving for Vietnam in 2 weeks. He will then go back to Tulsa, then to Atlanta, Ga. permanetly.
Jim French joined the club tonight.
Jack Hannah finally showed up after 2 months of playing golf and other non-table tennis activities.
Tuesday - 8-5-04
Bixby - 9 players.
9 members - Tony Hicks (came out after playing in the Hutchinson tourny over the weekend!), Kelly Boyce, Richard Selman (1st time out in 2 months), Jeff King, Eddie Collins, Loyd Garrison, John Walsh, John Walsh Sr., Corey Flaugher.
Other news:
Tony Hicks played in the Hutchinson, KS tourny on Sat. Took him 3 hours and 15 minutes to get there from Bixby! Won 3 matches but is looking forward to the next tournament, anywhere. He bought a paddle from Carl Miller at the tourny.
John Walsh Sr. got the Samba rubber put on his old Stiga blade tonight, but came back late and couldn't play with it! He wanted to set up a table but no one wanted to set one up.
Richard Selman is buying 2 new sheets of Mark V from Paddle Palace to place on his old Stiga blade.
John Walsh is going to get a job to pay for a new paddle he wants.
Bob Kyker was the only other Tulsa player to go to the Hutchinson tourny.
Monday - 8-2-04
Dawson - 6 players.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Nicky Agimudie, Sydney Agimidie, Leonard Williams, Chau, Tony Hicks.
Thursday - 7-29-04
Dawson - 10 players.
1 visitor - Jim French.
9 members - Tony Hicks, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Jose Correa, Leonard Williams, Sydney A., Khaled Shehada, Larry Buell, Chau.
Other news:
Chau is moving to Atlanta, Ga. in 2 months. Getting married and her family is in Atlanta.
Tony Hicks and Bob Kyker are going to the Hutchinson tourny this weekend.
Leonard Williams has not turned in his report on the Dawson meeting Tuesday yet.
The deadline for the Oklahoma Senior Olympics at Hicks Park on 9-27-04 is Aug 14.
Doubles team for the Senior Olympics will be:
Kelly Boyce and Jim French. Bob Kyker and his partner from Kansas.
Tuesday - 7-27-04
Bixby - 7 players.
7 members - Kelly Boyce, Tony Hicks, Loyd Garrison, Jeff King, John Walsh, John Walsh Sr., Corey Flaugher.
Other news:
Tony Hicks wants to go the Hutchinson Tourny this weekend. He will try to go to it.
Jeff King has decided to go offensive only.
Lloyd Garrison will attend the Tulsa Senior Olympics next month.
John Walsh bought Bob Kyker's Joola Sampa rubber (similiar to Mark V rubber) and will apply it to his old blade next week.
Monday - 7-26-04
Dawson - 9 players.
1 visitor - Justin Duncan (from Muskogee - came with Darrell).
8 members - Darrell Lucht, Bob Kyker, Sydney A., Chau, Gary Sanchez, Carlene Sanchez, Leonard Williams, Ray Huang.
Other news:
Leonard Williams will attend tomorrow's Dawson Neighborhood Assc. meeting.
Bob Kyker is the only player going to the Hutchinson Tourny this weekend.
Thursday - 7-22-04
Dawson - 12 players.
3 visitors - Jose Correa, Jim French, Bee Vang (came in at 8:00 PM and only 4 people left playing and Bee did not stay).
9 members - Jose Correa Sr., Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Khaled Shehada, Laury Lee, Leonard Williams, Sydney A., Larry Buell, Chau
Other news:
Hamid was off his game tonight.
Larry Buell will not be going to the Okla. Senior Olympics at Hicks Park in Sept.
Jim French and Kelly Boyce and Sydney A. will be going to the Okla. Senior Olympics.
Tuesday - 7-20-04
Bixby - 11 players.
2 first time out players (didn't get their names).
1 visitor - Jim French
8 members - Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Tony Hicks, Loyd Garrison, Sydney A., John Walsh, John Walsh Sr., Corey Flaugher
Other news:
Jim French got a new sheet of Juic and didn't like it much.
Corey Flaugher got a new pips out paddle - no sponge - unknown if he will continue with it.
John Walsh Sr. may buy Bob Kyker's rubber for sale.
Monday - 7-19-04
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor - Jose Correa
9 members - Nicky A., Syndey A., Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Gary Sanchez, Carlene Sanchez, Chau.
Thursday - 7-15-04
Dawson - 11 players.
2 visitors - Jose Correa, Jim French
2 just joined tonight members! - Joe Monroe, Ray Huang.
7 members - Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Larry Buell, Chau, Khaled Shehada, Syndey A.
Other news:
Leonard Williams and Bob Kyker are thinking about going to the Hutchinson tourny on 7-31-04.
Tuesday - 7-13-04
Bixby - 5 players.
5 members - Tony Hicks, Loyd Garrison, Eddie Collins, Jeff King, Richard Selman
Monday - 7-12-04
Dawson - 9 players.
4 visitors - Bee Vang and 2 of his friends. Jose Correa.
5 members - Chau (his shoulder is better), Bob Kyker, Darrell Lucht, Leonard Williams, Ray Huang (new member - just signed up tonight!).
Thursday - 7-8-04
Dawson - 8 players.
4 visitors - Jim French, Joe Monroe, Jose Correa (used to play at Reed Park during the 80's), Ray Huang(first time out).
4 members - Bob Kyker, Syndey A., Khaled Shehada, Leonard Williams.
Other news:
Leonard Williams attended last Tuesday's Dawson Park Assoc. meeting. Will email everyone his report on the meeting when he turns it in.
Tuesday - 7-6-04
Bixby - 11 players.
4 visitors - Curt Weiderholt (brought 2 Chinese Spartan students out), Mark Lishaohong, didn't get other student's name, Jody Mann (first time out).
7 members - Kelly Boyce, Leonard Williams (first time out), Tony King, John Walsh, John Walsh Sr., Jeff King, Loyd Garrison.
Other news:
Jeff King decided the counter style of play will be his preferred style.
Leonard Williams prefers playing his old strategy for personal reasons although his new strategy produces more wins (he is undecided which style to stay with).
 
Thursday - 7-1-04
Dawson - 13 players.
6 visitors - Ben Crowder, Joe Monroe, Luis Munoz (from Tampa),Bee Vang,Gus Pellecchia, Dave (an out of town friend of Sydney).
7 members - Kelly Boyce, Sydney A., Leonard Williams, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Jack Hannah, Khaled Shehada.
Other news:
Bee Vang will be buying a new paddle from Paddle Palace.
Ben Crowder may move to Colorado.
Luis Munoz is flying back to Tampa tomorrow.
Leonard Williams has developed a new strategy on attitude.

 
Tuesday - 6-29-04
Bixby - 9 players.
5 visitors - Luis Munoz(from Tampa, Fl.), Curt Wiederholt (who brought 3 Chinese players from Spartan).
4 members - John Walsh, John Walsh Sr., Kelly Boyce, Jeff King.
Other news - Luis is working on a job for Bama and will be it Tulsa for awhile.
Monday - 6-28-04
Dawson - 7 players.
3 visitors - Justin(friend of Darrell Lucht) - he has been playing 9 months - new grad from Muskogee High School, Luis Munoz (from Tampa, Fl.),Gus Pellecchia.
4 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney A., Leonard Williams, Darrell Lucht.
Thursday - 6-24-04
Dawson - 12 players:
6 visitors - Ben Crowder, Bee Vang, Bon Hang Koo, Gus Pellecchia (from Venezuela), Jim French, Joe Monroe
6 members - Jack Hannah, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell,Sydney A, Leonard Williams.
Other news:
Leonard found out what the 'WRB' means on his new blade.
Larry Buell found out he is a true counter player (found out after playing another true counter player - Sydney A.).
Tuesday - 6-22-04
Bixby - 12 players.
5 visitors - Greg (Jeff Kings son-in-law), and he brought 2 Chinese beginner players from Spartan (who will only be in Tulsa for 1 month), 2 friends of John Walsh.
7 members - Jack Hannah, Tony Hicks, Kelly Boyce, John Walsh, John Walsh Sr, Corey Flaugher, Jeff King.
Other news:
Jeff King tried out his new paddle tonight - pips out.
Monday - 6-21-04
Dawson - 8 players.
3 visitors - Ben Crowder? and his friend Kane, Randy Kiser from Hutchinson, KS.
5 members - Darrell Lucht (Muskogee), Hamid Ezzat, Sydney A., Bob Kyker, George Valverde.
Thursday - 6-17-04
Dawson - 11 players!
2 visitors - Joe Monroe(2nd time out), Stefan Zolarek
1 new- just joined tonight member - George Valverde.
8 members - Kelly Boyce, Dan Theuber, Laury Lee, Jack Hannah, Leonard Williams, Chau, Bob Kyker, Larry Buell.
Other news:
Leonard Williams - just got a new paddle - Stiga-Allround-Anatomical-all round -oversize- WRB Winner (he doesnt know what "WRB" means) with Mark V 2.0 mm "Extreme" rubber, both sides.
 
Tuesday - 6-15-04
Bixby - 6 players.
6 members - Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, John Walsh, John Walsh Sr., Corey Flaugher, Tony Hicks
Monday - 6-14-04
Dawson - 7 players.
7 members - Bob Kyker, Darrell Lucht, Gary & Carlene Sanchez, Chau, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams.
Results from the Sooner State games on 6-12-04:
Darrell Lucht won the under 1400's and came in 2nd in the over 50 age group.
No one else from Tulsa went to the tourny.
 
Thursday - 6-10-04
Dawson - 12 players.
2 first time out players - Xiaomin Ma (pronounced "shi ow min") and Joe Monroe. Xiaomin heard about the club from Bob Kyker and Joe Monroe got us from the internet.
1 out of town player - Michiya Suzuki
9 members - Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Tony Hicks, Chau, Laury Lee, Sydney A, Larry Buell, Nick A., Leonard Williams.
Tuesday - 6-8-04
Bixby - 9 players.
2 first time out players - John Stevenson, Jerod Hicks.
7 members - Tony Hicks (just joined tonight!), Chau, Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, Corey F., John Walsh, John Walsh Sr.
Other news:
Tony Hicks just bought a new paddle & rubber - Mark V - 2.00 both sides with a Stiga offensive "Energy WRB" blade.
Chau just got new Mark V rubber for his old blade.
No one is planning on going to the Sooner Games next week.
 
Monday - 6-7-04
Dawson - 8 players.
1 -1st time out visitor - Tony Hicks.
7 members - Chau, Gary and Carlene Sanchez, Robert McKinney, Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, John Abraham.
 
Thursday - 6-3-04
Dawson - 8 players.
2 visitors - Ben Crowder, Logan Crowder.
6 members - Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, Leonard Williams, Chau.
Other news:
Chau got new Mark V rubber - 2.0 and 2.5.
Hamid got back from the Texas Wesleyan Tournament and raised his rating from 1824 to 1911!
Ben Crowder wants to join the club!
Tuesday - 6-1-04
Bixby - 10 players
3 visitors - Bob Hull, Mitch Hull, Tony Hicks
7 members - Chau, Kelly Boyce, Corey Flaugher, Eddie Collins, John Walsh, John Walsh Sr., Loyd Garrison.
Other news -
Tony Hicks is buying a new Allround blade with Mark V rubber both sides.
Jeff King's new paddle should be in now.
John Walsh is now hitting his backhand in the classic style.
Corey Flaugher has learned a new difficult to return serve.
Tony Hicks has been winning at the Full Moon Cafe.
No one is going to the Sooner State Games on 6-12-04 yet.
Monday - 5-31-04
Dawson - no play. Memorial Day.
Thursday - 5-27-04
Dawson - 6 players:
6 members - Kelly Boyce, Nicky A., Syndey A., Bob Kyker, Leonard Williams, Chau.
Other news - no one is planning on going to the Sooner State Games next month.
Tuesday - 5-25-04
Bixby - 8 players.
1 visitor - Bob Hull
7 members - Kelly Boyce, Corey Flaugher, Jack Hannah, John Walsh, John Walsh Sr., Loyd Garrison, Jeff King.
Other news - Jeff is buying a new pips out racket.
Monday - 5-24-04
Dawson - 5 players:
1 honorary member - Leonard Williams
4 regular members - Bob Kyker, Darrell Lucht,Chau,John Abraham.
 
Thursday - 5-20-04
Dawson - 7 players:
Honorary member - Leonard Williams
Members - Kelly Boyce, Gary Sanchez (without Carlene!), Larry Buell, Chau, Bob Kyker, Jack Hannah.
Other info - Gary got some new Mark V - 2.5 and 2.0.
No one committed to going to the Sooner State game in 1 month.
Tuesday - 5-18-04
Bixby - 5 players.
1 visitor - Tony Hicks
4 members - Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, Laury Lee, Jeff King
Monday - 5-17-04
Dawson - 7 players.
1 visitor - Ben Crowder
1 honorary visitor - Leonard Williams
5 members - Bob Kyker, Sydney A., Chau, Darrell Lucht, Rob McKinney,
Thursday - 5-13-04
Dawson - 5 players.
1 visitor - Ben Crowder
4 players - Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Jack Hannah, Chau.
 
Tuesday - 5-11-04
Bixby - 16 players.
3 first time players - Joshua Halfpap, Jeffery Traywick, Ben Crowder.
7 members - Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, Richard Selman, Corey Flaugher, John Walsh, John Walsh Sr., Eddie Collins.
1 just joined tonite member! - Jeff King
5 visitors - Mitch Hull, Bob Hull, Randall Edge, Chris Rozene, Tony Hicks (2nd time out).

Other info - installed and played on the the new table tennis table - Stiga Quick Play 3000.
Monday - 5-10-04
Dawson - 6 players.
1 visitor - John Sebbowa.
4 members - Gary Sanchez, Carlene Sanchez, Darrell Lucht, Chau.
1 honorary visitor - Leonard Williams
Thursday - 5-6-04
Dawson - 8 players.
1 visitor - John Sebbowa
1 honorary visitor - Leonard Williams
6 members - Sydney A., Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Gary Sanchez, Carlene Sanchez, Chau
Tuesday - 5-6-04
Bixby - 14 players.
5 Visitors - Nick Kroll, Jim French, new player (didn't get his name), Richard Selman's dad, Jeff King.
9 Members - Kelly Boyce, Richard Selman, Loyd Garrison, Eddie Collins, Corey Flaugher, John Walsh, John Walsh Sr.,Jack Hannah, Laury Lee.

Other info - the new table tennis table "Stiga 3000 Quick play" will be delivered Thursday - 5-6-04. Jack Hannah has adopted a new playing strategy. John Walsh has discovered what a slow blade and spinny rubber can do for your game.
Monday - 5-3-04
Dawson - 9 players.
3 visitors - Dan McIntosh (Muskogee), John Abraham, Leonard Williams.
6 Members - Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Gary & Carlene Sanchez, Larry Buell, Chau.
Thursday - 4-29-04
Dawson - 7 players.
3 visitors - John Abraham, Jim French, Leonard Williams
4 members - Hamid Ezzat, Dan Theuber, Jack Hannah, Chau.
Tuesday - 4-27-04
Bixby - 6 players.
New player - John Abraham from Conn.
Members - Kelly Boyce, John Walsh, John Walsh Sr., Corey Flaugher, Richard Selman.
Monday - 4-26-04
Dawson - 10 players.
1 new player - John Abraham - moved to Tulsa on 4-22-04 from Conn. Started playing in 2001 and used a robot to help develop his strokes.
1 visitor - Leonard Williams
8 members - Kelly Boyce, Gary Sanchez, Carlene Sanchez, Sydney A., Bob Kyker, Rob McKinney, Hamid Ezzat, Chau (or Berlin).
Other info:
Hamid just got back from the Ft Worth Tournament and placed 2nd in the Open Class B (Class B consisted of players under 2000 and all the players in Class B were over 1800. Hamid figured he gained 65 rating points.
Leonard Williams agreed to attend the Tuesday - 4-23 - Dawson Park monthly meeting tomorrow, his 2nd meeting. His report will follow later.
Chau had surgery on his shoulder and can't play tournaments for awhile.
No one is planning on going to any tournaments.
Thursday - 4-22-04
Dawson - 4 players (bad weather night).
1 Visitor - Leonard Williams
3 Members - Bob Kyker, Larry Buell, Chau.
Tuesday - 4-20-04
Bixby - 10 players.
10 members - Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Corey Flaugher, Jack Hannah,Laury Lee, Richard Selman, John Walsh, John Walsh Sr., Hamid Ezzat
1 visitor - John Ford
Other info - Hamid and Samar are going to the Ft. Worth tourny this weekend. No one is going to the Hutchinson tourny this weekend.
Monday - 4-19-04
Dawson - 10 players.
1 visitor - Leonard Williams.
9 members - Sydney A., Samer Chaar, Hamid Ezzat, Jack Hannah, Bob Kyker, Darrell Lucht, Gary & Carlene Sanchez, Chau "Berlin".
Thursday - 4-15-04
Dawson - 9 players
3 Vistors - Leonard Williams, Bee Vang, Will Hunting.
6 members - Nicky A., Sydney A.,Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Chau "Berlin", Bob Kyker.
Note - Hamid and Samer are going to the Wesleyan Tourny in Ft. Worth on 4-24-04.
Tuesday - 4-13-04
Bixby - 11 players.
1 visitors - Nick Kroll.
10 members - Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Eddie Collins, Corey Flaugher, Loyd Garrison Jack Hannah, Laury Lee, Richard Selman, John Walsh, John Walsh Sr.
Eddie Collins got his new Mark V and was spinning players off the tables.
Monday - 4-12-04
Dawson - 12 players.
Visitors - Leonard Williams, Will Hunting (out of town visitor).
Members - Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Jack Hannah, Berlin Huynh, Bob Kyker, Darrell Lucht, Rob McKinney, Carlene Sanchez, Gary Sanchez, Sydney A.
Thursday - 4-7-04
 
Dawson - 6 players.
Visitors - Dan McIntosh (from Muskogee), Leonard Williams.
Members - Bob Kyker, Rob McKinney, Khaled Shehada, Berlin Hunyh "Chau",
Tuesday - 4-6-04
Bixby - 12 players.
Visitors - Chris Rozene (2nd time), Mitch Hull, Bob Hull, Nick Kroll, Randall Edge (2nd time), Kellon Sanders(ORU student- 1st time out).
Members - Corey Flaugher (joined tonight!), John Walsh Sr, John Walsh (joined tonight!), Loyd Garrison, Eddie Collins, Kelly Boyce.
Other info - Eddie Collins got his Mark V rubber in tonight. He is working on sanding down his paddle for it. Celia said we have to wait before we can buy the new table.
Tuesday - 4-7-04
Results from the Sooner State Games 2 weeks ago are as follows:

2004 SOONER STATE GAMES
Results

Open Singles Final: Nicholas Agimudie d. Samer Chaar, 10, -9, 4, 6;

Semifinals: Agimudie d. Michiya Suzuki, 8, 9, 7; Chaar d. Robert McKinney, 7, -10, 6, 9.

Preliminary Group 1: 1st. Nicholas Agimudie, 3-0 (d. Chau Truong, 6, 4, 6; d. Ray Pestridge, 3, 6, 7; d. Andrew Doudney, 4, 5, 4); 2nd Chau Truong, 2-1 (d. Ray Pestridge, 6, 7, 6; d. Andrew Doudney, 4, 5, 3); 3rd Ray Pestridge, 1-2 (d. Andrew Doudney, 8, 1, 6), 4th Andrew Doudney, 0-3.

Preliminary Group 2: 1st Samer Chaar, 3-0 (d. Kelly Boyce, 4, 6, 8; d. Joe Williams, 3, -8, 5, 10; d. Cole Ely, 5, 8, -5, 2); 2nd. Kelly Boyce, 2-1 (d. Joe Williams 6, 9, 12; d. Cole Ely, 4, 7, 4); 3rd Joe Williams, 1-2 (d. Cole Ely, 8, 6, 10); 4th Cole Ely, 0-3.

Preliminary Group 3: 1st Michiya Suzuki, 3-0 (d. Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, -3, 6, -9, 7, 4; d. Robert Kyker, 4, 4, 7; d. Arie Wijata, 8, 5, 4); 2nd Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, 2-1 (d. Robert Kyker, 3-1; d. Arie Wijata, 8, 5, 6); 3rd Robert Kyker, 1-2 (d. Arie Wijata, 5, 6, 14); 4th Arie Wijata, 0-3.

Preliminary Group 4: 1st Robert McKinney, 3-0 (d. Carl Miller, 7, 6, 5; d. Jim Turner, 9, 9, 7; d. Wallace Collins 7, 7, 6); 2nd Carl Miller, 2-1 (d. Jim Turner, 5, 7, -10, 8, d. Wallace Collins, 10, 7, -9, 3); 3rd Jim Turner, 1-2 (d. Wallace Collins, -9, 7, 6, 6); 4th Wallace Collins, 0-3.

Oklahoma Open Singles Final Round Robin:
1st Nicholas Agimudie, 2-0 (d. Samer Chaar, 7, -8, 6, 6; d. Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, 7, 6, 3); 2nd Samer Chaar, 1-1 (d. Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, -8, -7, 10, 7, 7); 3rd Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, 0-2.

Preliminary Group 1: 1st Nicholas Agimudi, 2-0 (d. Kelly Boyce, 7, 9, 7; d. Robert Kyker, 6, 3, 3); 2nd Kelly Boyce, 1-1 (d. Robert Kyker, -4, 11, 2, 7); 3rd Robert Kyker 0-2.

Preliminary Group 2: 1st Samer Chaar 2-0 (d. Chau Truong, -7, 7, 6, -8, 10; d. Ray Pestridge, -10, 9, 8, 8); 2nd Chau Truong 1-1 (d. Ray Pestridge, 9, -4, 8, -6, 8); 3rd Ray Pestridge, 0-2.

Preliminary Group 3: 1st Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, 2-0 (d. Robert McKinney, 6, 9, 5; d. Jim Turner, 10, 6, 7); 2nd Robert McKinney, 1-1 (d. Jim Turner, 9, 6, -9, 8); 3rd Jim Turner, 0-2.

U2000 Singles Final: Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi d. Kelly Boyce, 3, 9, -9, 8.

Preliminary Group 1: 1st Kelly Boyce, 3-0 (d. Robert McKinney, -7, 8, -8, 10, 9; d. Joe Williams, 4, 2, 3; d. Cortney Spaven, 2, 3, 11); 2nd Robert McKinney, 2-1 (d. Joe Williams, -9, 3, 8, 7; d. Cortney Spaven, 6, 5, 5); 3rd Joe Williams, 1-2 (d. Cortney Spaven, 11, 9, 6); 4th Cortney Spaven, 0-3.

Preliminary Group 2: 1st Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, 2-1(d. Chau Truong, 7, 8, 10; d. Ray Pestridge, 8, 8, -9, 11); 2nd Carl Miller, 2-1 (d. Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, 5, 7, -7, -10, 10; d. Ray Pestridge, 8, -10, -7, 10, 10), 3rd Chau Truong (d. Carl Miller, 8, 2, -13, 9; d. Ray Pestridge, 7, 7, 8); 4th Ray Pestridge, 0-3.

U1750 Singles Final Round Robin: 1st Ray Pestridge, 2-0 (d. John Rauniker, 6, 3, -7, 5; d. Jim Turner, 6, 5, 4); 2nd Jim Turner, 1-1 (d. John Rauniker, 9, -10, 9, 10); 3rd John Rauniker, 0-2.

Preliminary Group 1: 1st John Rauniker, 3-0 (d. Robert Kyker, -3, -8, 6, 14, 8; d. Wallace Collins, -9, 12, 9, 10; d. Jack Hannah, 7, -9, 11, 5); 2nd Wallace Collins, 1-2 (d. Jack Hannah, 7, 9, -4, 7); 3rd Jack Hannah, 1-2 (d. Robert Kyker, 5, 10, -8, 4); 4th Robert Kyker (d. Wallace Collins, 5, -5, -8, 8, 12).

Preliminary Group 2: 1st Jim Turner, 2-1 (d. Harry McKeever, 3, 7, 8; d. Andrew Doudney, 3, 6, 8); 2nd Harry McKeever, 2-1 (d. Joe Williams, 3, 8, 9; d. Andrew Doudney, 4, 8, -6, 6); 3rd Joe Williams, 2-1 (d. Jim Turner, -6, 8, 3, 9, d. Andrew Doudney, 9, 4, 4); 4th, Andrew Doudney, 0-3.

Preliminary Group 3: 1st Ray Pestridge, 2-0 (d. Ken Potts, -6, 17, 6, 4; d. Cortney Spaven, 6, -1, 5, 11); 2nd Ken Potts (3, -10, 9, 5); 3rd Cortney Spaven, 0-2.

U1625 Singles Final: Ken Potts d. Dale Goodman, 8, 9, 10.

Preliminary Group 1: 1st Dale Goodman, 3-0 (d. Harry McKeever, -7, 11, 4, 7, d. Arie Wijata, 4, 5, 9; d. Darrell Lucht, 6, 2, 2); 2nd Arie Wijata, 2-1 (d. Harry McKeever, -11, 7, 5, 6; d. Darrell Lucht, -6, 8, 7, 6); 3rd Harry McKeever, 1-2 (d. Darrell Lucht, 10, 8, 6); 4th Darrell Lucht, 0-3.

Preliminary Group 2: 1st Ken Potts, 3-1 (d. John Rauniker, w/o; d. Cortney Spaven, 13, 10, 6; d. Cole Ely, 9, 6, -8, 8); 2nd Cortney Spaven, 2-2 (d. Jack Hannah, -7, 9, -7, 6, 4; d. Cole Ely, 8, -9, 5, 4), 3rd Cole Ely, 2-2 (d. John Rauniker, w/o; d. Jack Hannah, 8, -5, 7, 3); 4th Jack Hannah, 2-2 (d. Ken Potts, 7, 11, -9, 8; d. John Rauniker, w/o); 5th John Rauniker, 1-3 (d. Cortney Spaven, -7, 4, 4, 6).

U1500 Singles Final Round Robin: 1st Dale Goodman, 2-0 (d. Cole Ely, 2, 5, -9, 9; d. Wallace Collins, 7, -8, 9, 9); 2nd Wallace Collins, 1-1 (d. Cole Ely, 8, 6, -16, 6); 3rd Cole Ely, 0-2.

Preliminary Group 1: 1st Dale Goodman, 2-0 (d. Jack Hannah, -9, 5, 10, 12; d. Rick Sadok, 10, 9, 10); 2nd Rick Sadok, 1-1 (d. Jack Hannah 8, 5, 10); 3rd, Jack Hannah, 0-2.

Preliminary Group 2: 1st Cole Ely, 3-0 (d. Floyd Gaulden, 9, -10, 10, -8, 6; d. Thomas Taylor, 8, -7, 12, 5; d. Andrew Doudney, 2, 4, 7); 2nd Floyd Gaulden, 2-1 (d. Thomas Taylor, -6, 9, -6, 5, 4; d. Andrew Doudney, 5, 6, 3); 3rd Thomas Taylor, 1-2 (d. Andrew Doudney, 12, 6, 10); 4th Andrew Doudney, 0-3.

Preliminary Group 3: 1st Wallace Collins, 3-0 (d. Arie Wijata, 6, 8, 5; d. Darrell Lucht, 8, 8, 9; d. Robert Seifert, -11, 6, 7, -10, 5); 2nd Arie Wijata, 2-1 (d. Darrell Lucht, 2, 6, 3; d. Robert Seifert, 5, 5, 9); 3rd Darrell Lucht, 1-2 (d. Robert Seifert –5, 5, -8, 12, 4); 4th Robert Seifert, 0-3.

U1250 Singles Final Round Robin: 1st Darrel Lucht, 3-0 (d. Robert Seifert, 6, -10, 7, 9; d. Dan Griffin, 7, 8, 6; d. Jeffery Luikes, 5, 8, 9); 2nd Robert Seifert, 2-1 (d. Dan Griffin, -7, 6, 2, -6, 8; d. Jeffery Luikes, 6, 5, 2); 3rd Dan Griffin, 1-2 (d. Jeffery Luikes, 7, 7, 5); 4th Jeffery Luikes, 0-3.

Over 50 Singles Final: Robert Kyker d. Ray Pestridge, 8, 9, 11.

Handicap Singles Final Round Robin: 1st Ray Pestridge, 2-0 (d. Carl Miller, 51-48; d. Dale Goodman, 51-37); 2nd Carl Miller, 1-1 (d. Dale Goodman, 51-44); 3rd Dale Goodman, 0-2.

Open Doubles Final: Nicholas Agimudie/Robert Kyker d. Samer Chaar/Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, 7, 10, -2 7;
Semifinals: Chaar/Ezzat-Ahmadi d. Jim Turner/Chau Truong, 7, 7, 9; Agimudie/Kyker d. Harry McKeever/Thomas Taylor, 6, 2, 9;
Quarterfinals: Chaar/Ezzat-Ahmadi-bye; Turner/Truong-bye; McKeever/Taylor d. Dale Goodman/David Hash, 8, 9, 11; Agimudie/Kyker-bye.
U3400 Doubles Final Round Robin: 1st Jack Hannah/Chau Truong, 2-0 (d. Robert McKinney/Dale Goodman, 9, 10, 8; d. Robert Kyker/Jim Turner, 7, 9, 8); 2nd Robert McKinney/Dale Goodman, 1-1 (d. Robert Kyker/Jim Turner, 9, 6, -7, 9); 3rd Robert Kyker/Jim Turner, 0-2.

U3000 Doubles Final: Dale Goodman/David Hash d. Harry McKeever/Thomas Taylor, -7, 4, 11, -10, 6.
 
Monday - 4-5-04
Dawson - 7 players.
Visitors - Leonard Williams, Randy Kiser (from Hutchinson - 230 miles).
Members - Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Rob McKinney, Sydner A.
Results from the Ozark Tournament that Hamid and Samer went to are as follows:
April 3, 2004

Greetings table tennis fanatics ! !

Our recent March 27, 2004, tournament went splendiferously ! ! It's rather hard to imagine a tournament of this size going more smoothly. There were a total of 59 participants (second largest ever for Springfield, MO.) and 55 participated in the USATT sanctioned events. Each participant played in an average of 2 1/2 events. The marquee event---the Progressive Singles witnessed a "wild west shootout" as Parviz Mojaverian and Sime Choor Oh battled a gunslingers duel. Their 7 game finale with Sime Choor Oh winning 16-14 in the 7th game, culminated in the lethality of two tanks hurling shells ! ! Each man countered shots with slams, loops or counterloops until their depleted plutonium reserves were spent. Each fought valiantly at match point in the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th game with Sime Choor Oh fetching a decisive 16-14 win in the deciding 7th game. I can only remember one person having as much point productivity as either of these, and that was in a basketball game with heralded star Ted Dupay (Mariner High School, Cape Coral, FL). Dupay shot the lights out of Hammons Student Center in 1998 at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions. Ted Dupay rained down so many netherworld and "Hail Mary" points on his opponents that it's now believed his Hammons Student Center records might never fall.

There were a total of 6, 2000 + rated opponents: Sime Choor Oh, at 2322, Parviz Mojaverian, at 2233, ZB Mastylo, at 2037, Samer Chaar, at 2032, Steve Downing, at 2032 and Michiya Suzuki, at 2004.

The top ten finishers in the Progressive Singles were:
1st: Sime Choor Oh, Columbia, MO.
2nd: Parviz Mojaverian, Overland Park, KS.
3rd: Samer Chaar, Tulsa, OK.
4th: Jamey Hall, Fayetteville, AR.
5th: ZB Mastylo, Olathe, KS.
6th: Jim Meredith, Searcy, AR.
7th: Chunyen Liu, Overland Park, KS.
8th: Rafael Veliz, Baton Rouge, LA.
9th: Steve Downing, Jefferson City, MO.
10th: Vic Meredith, Searcy, AR.

Consolation went to Larry Taylor (our Kingston, Jamaica, connection) who, at 4 and 1, had the best record in the losers bracket. Larry barely got by the likes of Brad Heckey from Overland Park, Kansas, 4 games to 3 for the consolation championship.
Each sometimes played Herculean matches which ultimately afforded them a chance for between 1st and 10th place. There were a total of 38 players who participated in the Progressive Singles.

A sum of 369 matches were played through 7 events:
Progressive Singles: 196 matches
Open Singles: 66 matches
U-1100: 36 matches
U-1600: 43 matches
Open Doubles: 8 matches
U-3200 Doubles: 10 matches
Over age 50: 10 matches

The Under 1100 saw the likes of Springfield's very own Robert Johnson and Ryan Lynch from St. Louis, MO. paddle it out. Robert, a lefty who, as predicted, would be close to or even win the event. First Robert advanced out of his round robin with a 3-1 record. Then, he upended Fair Grove native Tyler Johnsen in 4 games. His blitzkrieg attack left behind a dazed Daniel Mayfield, Springfield, MO., in a befuddling 4 game match. Robert finally succumbed to the might and power of Ryan Lynch, his old first round robin nemesis. Ryan is a savvy player with the keen sight of a country hawk. Ryan also stands with the stoic presence of Jan-Ove Waldner; never letting on like he could lose, rather, like he will definitely win ! ! Ryan never let himself down as he championed his way to a series 4 games to 1. Ryan consistently punched holes in the taller Robert Johnson until their was no gas left in his tank. And, we all know where cars without any gas end up--in second place.

The Under 1600 finals match featured Murali Hanumanthakari, from Bentonville, Arkansas, and Gordon Dickey, from Omaha, Nebraska. Leading up to this match Gordon Dickey was virtually unstoppable ! ! Dickey systematically dismantled every higher ranked player. First, he tore limb from long limb, Robin Durbin in a no-brainer 3 games to 0 rout then easily outdistanced Wayne Houseman 3 games to 1. Gordon Dickey was then 4 and 0 in his round robin affording him the right to advance to single elimination against fellow undefeated or 1 loss players. Dickey's # 9 overall seeding out of 19 players showed what John Wayne-ish "True Grit" can do. In the end Murali Hanumanthakari bested Gordon 4 games to 2 but this came only in the championship match. Hanumanthakari, a former Tennesseean, who has only recently moved to Arkansas, was one of an ensemble of fine Arkansas players. After watching Murali methodically pace himself, it's easy to see that he's a force to be reckoned with in any multi-state tournament.

In the Open Doubles the combo of Samer Chaar and Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi versed Steve Downing and Sime Choor Oh in a virtual tug-of-war. In their first match Chaar & Ezzat barely squeaked by 3 games to 2. But Samer Chaar, always smiling, and his counterpart Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, who could easily grace the cover of Men's Health, painlessly dissected Downing & Oh in their championship rematch.

The Over Age 50 saw Tom Klutho, Kirkwood, MO. and Dale Boswell, Springfield, MO. in a virtual dead heat. By the time these two were finished, either the "Expedite Rule" had come into play or I'd long since went into deep, deep hypersleep. I believe I did hear Jamey Hall, the tournament referee, separate these two as they boinked first one ball, then two balls, then a trillion balls at one another. These guys wore my eyes out. They reminded me of watching verrrry, verrrry slowwww ballroom dancing. Ray Pestridge and Stan Sokol have nothing on these two. In the end it was Boswell getting the better of Klutho--again, just by the hair of Methuselah's chin 3 games to 2.

The Under 3200 Doubles pre-viewed the likes of Rafael Veliz / Pedro Veliz, Baton Rouge, LA. and Robin Durbin, Ozark, MO. and Paul Liu Springfield, MO. If there was a cuter individual than little Pedro Veliz at the event he or she had to of been invisible. Big daddy Rafael Veliz, (1909 rated), aka "Lightning Bolt" blitzed through three matches en-route to the summary match with Durbin and Liu. Lightning Bolt and Pedro eclipsed our two Springfieldians 3 games to 2 in a sterling match-up of big-n-little vs equal-n-equal as the duo of father and son keyed so well upon one another's talent that its hard to imagine any other Under 3200 tandems could come close. And, in at least this "Two Star" tournament,
Veliz-n-Veliz reigned "el-supremo ! !

Below are the tallied results of each event with player(s) notation.

Progressive Singles:

1st Place Sime Choor Oh, Columbia, MO.
2nd Place Parviz Mojaverian, Overland Park, KS.
3rd Place Samer Chaar, Tulsa, OK.
4th Place Jamey Hall, Fayetteville, AR.
Consolation Larry Taylor, Springfield, MO.

Open Singles

1st Place Sime Choor Oh, Columbia, MO.
2nd Place Parviz Mojaverian, Overland Park, KS.

Under 1600

1st Place Murali Hanumanthakari, Bentonville, AR.
2nd Place Gordon Dickey, Omaha, NE.

Under 1100

1st Place Ryan Lynch, St. Louis, MO.
2nd Place Robert Johnson, Springfield, MO.

Open Doubles

1st Place Samer Chaar, / Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, both from Tulsa, OK.
2nd Place Steve Downing, Jefferson City, MO./ Sime Choor Oh, Columbia, MO.
3rd Place Parviz Mojaverian, Overland Park, KS./ ZB Mastylo, Olathe, KS.
4th Place Creed Allen, Springfield, MO. / Zafar Khan, Springfield, MO.

Under 3200 Doubles

1st Place Rafael Veliz, / Pedro Veliz, Baton Rouge, LA.
2nd Place Robin Durbin, Ozark, MO. / Paul Liu, Springfield, MO.
3rd Place Larry Taylor / Daniel Mayfield, both from Springfield, MO.
4th Place Wayne Houseman, Union, MO. / Marty Ray, Barnhart, MO.

Over 50

1st Place Dale Boswell, Springfield, MO.
2nd Place Thomas Klutho, Kirkwood, MO.
3rd Place Jeff Johnsen, Fair Grove, MO.
4th Place Ted Murphy, Nixa, MO.
_______________________________________________________________

I would like to say "Thank You" to Jamey Hall, our tournament referee, for his willingness to referee the tournament. Jamey, as all could tell, is quite knowledgeable and very friendly. I would also like to say "Thank You" to the board members who helped prepare and stage the event. Full results of the tournament should be up on the www.usatt.org web site in 1 to 2 weeks for those who would like to see individual new ratings and scores.

Until next time and with more news from the Ozarks Table Tennis Club this is Bill Lewis wishing you successful outings in table tennis ! !

Bill Lewis
3818 South Farm Road 103
Brookline Station, MO. 65619
Web Site Address: www.ozarkstabletennisclub.com
Ph. 417.890.8092
EpcotMagic@aol.com

 
Thursday - 4-1-04
waiting on info
3-30-04 - Tuesday
Bixby. 9 players.
Visitors - John Walsh Jr., John Walsh Sr.,John Ford, Jeff King, Mike Bailey.
Members - Kelly Boyce, Richard Selman, Eddie Collins, Loyd Garrison.
(Loyn and Richard just joined tonight!!).
Eddie to get new rubber next week.
3-30-04 - Tuesday
Leonard Williams attended the Dawson Park monthly meeting. His report on meeting to follow soon.
Monday - 3-29-04
Dawson - 9 players.
Visitors - Adam Brewer, Mark Moss, Leonard Williams.
Members - Kelly Boyce, Gary Sanchez, Carlene Sanchez, Jack Hannah, Bob Kyker, Berlin Huynh ("Hun")(Chau Troung changed his name!).
Hamid and Samer were at a Missouri tourny over the weekend. No info yet on how they did. Leonard Williams will attend the Dawson Park meeting tomorrow night.
Thursday - 3-25-04
7 players.
Visitor - Leonard Williams.
Members - Bob Kyker, Khaled Shehada, Gary Sanchez, Carlene Sanchez,Chau Truong, John Sebbowa.
Tuesday - 3-23-04
Bixby - 18 players.
Visitors - Richard Selman, Adam Brewer, Nick Kroll, Jeff King, Curtis Wiederholt, Mike Bailey, Mark Li, Mitch Hull, Bob Hull, John Walsh Sr, John Walsh Jr., Corey Flaugher (1st time).
Members - Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, Eddie Collins (just joined tonight!!),Gary Sanchez, Carlene Sanchez, Laury Lee.
Celia has said we can buy 1-2 more tables (which will be done this week).
Adam Brewer will be buying a new paddle.
Monday - 3-22-04 - Building closed tonight.
The club will be closed tonight due to the 3 members (that have keys to open and close the building) will not be there due to the Sooner Games over the weekend.
Thursday - 3-18-04
 
Dawson - 15 players.
4 visitors - Jamie Skidmore & Suzuki from Okla. City. Also Leonard Williams, John Sebbowa.
11 Members - Chris, Nicky, Sydney Agimudie, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Jack Hannah, Bob Kyker, Rob McKinney, Khaled Shehada, Chau Truong, Jim Turner.
Tuesday - 3-16-04
Bixby - 22 players!
(Jack Hannah to email names).
Monday - 3-15-04
Dawson - 12 players.
2 Visitors - Leonard Williams, Mark Moss.
10 Members - Chris & Nicky & Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Jack Hannah, Bob Kyker, Darrell Lutch, Rob McKinney, Khaled Shehada, Chau Truong.
Thursday - 3-11-04
Dawson - 9 players.
2 Vistors - Adam Brewer, Leonard Williams.
7 Members - Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Jack Hannah, Bob Kyker, Rob McKinney, Khaled Shehada, Chau Truong
Tuesday - 3-9-04
Bixby - 15 players!
4 new players - Adam Brewer, Joe Leavell, Jeff King(Richard's boss), Curtis Wiederholt.
7 visitors -Richard Selman (4th time out), Nick Kroll (3rd time out), Lloyd Garrison (2nd time out), Eddie Collins (3rd time out), John Ford (3rd time out),Jit Mohnani(2nd time out), Deep Ganguly(2nd time out).
4 Paid members - Kelly Boyce, Laury Lee, Jack Hannah, Carl Spendiff.
Other info - Deep just got a new paddle. Very fast and very light weight. Deep and Richard wants to join the club! Jack was smoking tonight!
Monday - 3-8-04
Dawson - 9 players:
New player - Mark Moss and Dale Donaldson (used to be a 2000 player in the 80's).
Visitor - Leonard Williams
Members - Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Hamid E.,Chau Truong, Darrell Lucht (from Muskogee), Khaled Shehada.
Thursday - 3-4-04
Dawson - 5 players.
Hamid Ezzat, Leonard Williams, Robert McKinney, Chau Troung, Khaled.
Tuesday - 3-2-04
Bixby - 9 players.
Joe Tarentino - from Las Vegas (just visiting his new grandaughter).
Brand new players - Bob Hull and Mitch Hull.
Visitors- John Ford (2nd time out),Nick Kroll (2nd time out).
Paid members - Carl Spendiff (new paid member!)Laury Lee, Kelly Boyce
Monday - 3-1-04
Dawson - 17 players.
From Spartan - 3 players - Chris Lewis,Patilla Durrell,B.J.Jones.
From Tulsa - 14 players - Sydney Agimudie,Kelly Boyce,Larry Buell,Hamid Ezzat,Bob Kyker,Rob McKinney,Divin Sanchez,Gabriel Sanchez,Troy Sanchez,Khaled Shehada,Chau Truong,Carl Spendiff,Leonard Williams,Mark Moss.
Carl and Troy,Divin,Gabriel became members tonight!
Thursday - 2-26-04
Dawson - 22 players!.
From Las Vegas - Joe Tarantino.
From Muskogee - Dan Mcintosh
From Spartan - Bee Vang,Patilla Durrell,
From Tulsa - Nick Agimudie,Sydney Agimudie,Chaar Samer,Hamid Ezzat,Jack Hannah,Bob Kyker,Rob McKinney,The Sanchezs -Carlene, Gary,Kyle,Olivia,William. Chau Truong,John Sabbawa,Carl Spendiff,Dan Scott,Leonard Williams,Mark Moss
Tuesday - 2-24-04
Bixby - 11 players!
New players Charlie Selman, Jit Mohnani, Deep Ganguly.
Old players Richard Selman, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Collins, Brett Thompson, Nathan Thompson, Hailey Thompson, Jack Hannah, Lloyd Garrison.
Monday - 2-23-04
Dawson - 7 players.
Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Sydney A.,Leonard Williams (back from the dead), Rob McKinney,Jack Hannah.
The locks have been changed and an alarm system has been installed on the building.
Thursday - 2-19-04
Dawson - 10 players.
Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat, Jack Hannah, Brook Sanchez,Divin Sanchez,Kyle Sanchez,Troy Sanchez,Willian Sanchez,Khaled Shehada, Chau Truong.
Tuesday - 2-17-04
Bixby - 9 players.
New players - 4 - David Newton, Carl Spendiff,Nick Kroll,Lloyd Garrison.
Old players - 5 - Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Laury Lee, Eddie Collins, Richard Selman.
Monday - 2-16-04
Dawson - 12 players.
Sydney,Jack Hannah,Bob Kyker,Robert McKinney,Chris Lewis,Durrell Patilla, Kyle Sanchez,William Sanchez,Khaled, Chau, Deep Ganguly, Jit Mohnani.
Thursday - 2-12-04
Dawson - 19 players.
From Spartan -6 players- Tim Davis,B.J. Jones,Bee Vang,Patilla Durrell,Brian Drayden, Chris Lewis.
From Tulsa - 13 players - Dip Banerjee, Deep Ganguely, Hamid Ezzat, Jack Hannah, Bob Kyker, Carlene Sanchez, Gary Sanchwez, Kyle Sanchez, William Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, Khaled Shehada, Chau Troung, and John Sabbawa (used to play a long time ago).
Tuesday - 2-10-04
Bixby - 9 players.
New players-3- Richard Selman, Ed Collins, John Ford.
Tulsa players-6-Kelly Boyce, Laury Lee, Brett Thompson, Nathan Thompson, Hailey Thompson, Friend of Hailey,
Monday - 2-9-04
Dawson - 17 players.
New players-3- Deepanjan Ganguly (India), Dip Banarjee(T.U. student), Saibal Mitra(T.U. physics prof.)
From Spartan -6 players- Durrell Patilla, Shane Jones, B.J Jones, Brian Drayden, Tim Davis, Chris Lewis.
Tulsa players-8- Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker,Khalid Shehada,Chau Truong,Jack Hannah, Joel Kantor, Kent Kantor.
 
Thursday - 2-5-04
Dawson - 16 players.
Spartan - 4 players - Chris, Rell, Bee?, Tim?.
12 Tulsa players - Sydney,Chau,Larry Buell, Bob Kyker, Jack Hannah,Kyle Sanchez,William Sanchez,Troy Sanchez, Divin Sanchez, Hamid, Samer, Bob McKinney.
Hutchinson tourny this weekend - 5 players going. Larry B,Jack H.,Jim T., Bob Kyker, Samer.
Tuesday - 2-3-04
Bixby - 4 players. Kelly Boyce, Laury Lee, Brett Thompson, Jack Hannah.
Monday - 2-2-04
Dawson - 21 players.
4 players from Spartan - Bee Vang,Tim Davis,Rell Patilla,Brian Drayden.
17 Tulsa players - Hamid, Khalid,Larry Buell,Bob Kyker,Kelly Boyce,Sydney Agumudie,Chau, Jack Hannah,Rob McKinney,Troy Sanchez,Divin Sanchez,Gabriel Sanchez,Olivia Sanchez, Kyle Sanchez,William Sanchez,Brook Sanchez, Jim Turner.
4 players going to Hutchinson tourny this weekend - Jim,Larry,Jack,Bob K.
Thursday - 1-29-04
Dawson - 23 players!
2 players from the Sallisaw club - Bob Sivils and Jeremy Ford.
9 players from Spartan - Burrell Patilla,Shane Jones,Sam Qureshi,B.J. Jones,Chris Lewis,Keith Ewing,Brian Drayden,Bee Vang, Tim Davis.
12 Tulsa players - Rob McKinney,Bob Kyker,Kelly Boyce,Jim Turner,Khaled, Laury Lee,Jack Hannah,Hamid, Larry Buell,Chau, Troy and Divin Sanchez.
4 players going to Hutchinson tourny in 1 week - Jack Hannah, Bob Kyker,Jim Turner,Larry Buell. Maybe Chau.
Tuesday - 1-29-04 -
Dawson Neighborhood Assoc. meeting has decided to change the locks on the center due to the vandalism that occured last week. New keys will be distributed when the locks are changed. Also, the club must do a key check on the building and report it to Danette each time we play.
Tuesday - 1-27-04
Bixby - 5 players. Hamid, Jack Hannah,Brett Thompson, Hailey Thompson and her friend.
Monday - 1-26-04
Dawson. 4 players. Bob Kyker, Larry Buell,Chau, Hamid.
Snow storm tonight.
Thursday - 1-22-04
Dawson- Building interior was vandalized Tuesday or Wed. Bob Kyker saw it all.
16 players!. New player Robert Mckinney - 1831 rated (lives in Claremore, trained in Nashville), Bob Kyker, Laury Lee,Chau, Jack Hannah,Larry Buell,Hamid, Khaled,Kyle Sanchez, Brook Sanchez,William Sanchez,Chase Sanchez, Troy Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, Divin Sanchez, Jim Turner.
Tuesday - 1-20-04
Bixby - 3 players. Jack, Hamid, Kelly.

4 players going to Hutchinson - (Jack Hannah, Chau, Larry Buell, Jim Turner).
Monday - 1-19-04
Dawson - 8 players.
Bob Kyker, Hamid, Chau, Larry Buell, Jack Hannah, Jim Turner, Mark, Matt (new player).
(info courtesy of Bob Kyker)
Thursday - 1-15-04
Dawson. 16 players!
Sydney, Nicky, Gary and Carlene,Khaled,Laury, Chau, Hamid, Jack, Mark,Samer, Bob Kyker.
From Okla City - Suzuki, Jamie, and 2 new players.
Tuesday - 1-13-04
Bixby. 7 players. Hailey Thompson, Nathan Thompson, Brett Thompson, Hamid, Chau, Jack H., Kelly.
(Hamid changed his game permanently). No one planning on going to the Hutchinson tourny on 2-7-04.
Monday - 1-12-04
Dawson - 10 players.
Gary and Carlene, Bob Kyker,Sydney, Hamid,Chau, Jack H.,Mark (new player), Larry B.,Khaled.
Thursday - 1-8-03
Dawson - 6 players. Bob Kyker, Gary and Carlene Sanchez, Chau Truong, Laury Lee,Jack Hannah. (info courtesy of Bob Kyker).
Tuesday - 1-6-04
Bixby - 6 players. New players Rick Fraley, Blake Fraley (age 15), Beau Fraley (age 10). Old players Kelly Boyce, Jack Hannah, Chau Truong.
Monday - 1-5-04
Dawson - 6 players. Bob Kyker, Sydney Agimudie, Chris Agimudie, Jack Hannah, Larry Buell, Chau Truong, Bob Kyker. (info courtesy of Bob Kyker)
Tuesday - 12-30-03
Bixby - 5 players. Brett Thompson, Nathan Thompson, Laury Lee, Chau,Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 12-29-03
Dawson - No play tonight. Wedding party using center.
Tuesday - 12-23-03
Bixby - 3 players. Jack, Chau and a friend of Chau.
Monday - 12-22-03
6 players. Khaled, Navez, Sydney, Chau, Bob K., Jack. (info courtesy of Bob Kyker).
Thursday - 12-18-03
10 players. Bob Kyker, Gary and Carlene, Nicky!,Sydney,Laury,Chau. 3 people from Okla City - Suzuki, David Stucker, James Skidmore. (info courtesy of Bob Kyker)
Thursday - 12-18-03
 
Player profiles added for William,Chase,Brook,Kyle,Troy,Divin,Gabriel,Khaled.
Tuesday - 12-16-03
6th night at Bixby. 3 players tonite. Kelly Boyce, Jack 'Skinny' Hannah, Andrew Nelson (2nd time to come out).
Monday - 12-15-03
13 players. Gabriel, Divin, William, Brook, Troy, Kyle, Khaled, Sydney,Bob, Chau, Kelly, new player and his friend.
12-11-03 - THURSDAY
19 PLAYERS! at Dawson. Stefan Zolarek,Hamid,Sydney,Gary,Carlene,Kyle and his 3 kids - William,Brook,Chase, Troy and his 2 kids Divin, Gabriel, Chau, 2 new players, Samer Chaar. From the Okla City club 3 players - Suzuki,Jamie and David.
Hamid hurt his shoulder severely and won't be playing for awhile. (info courtesy of Hamid).
12-10-03 - Wed
Reed Park will be having a table tennis tournament on 2-7-03.
Type of tourny, # of tables, who is running it has not been determined yet. Someone from Reed wants to run it. Local tourny only.
12-9-03 - Tuesday
Bixby Center - 2 players (but there was 4" of snow).
Kelly and new player Andrew Nelson.
12-8-03 - Monday
14 people. Hamid,Sydney,Gary, Carlene,Kyle and his 2 sons- William and Chase and his daughter Brook,Troy and his 2 sons - Divin and Gabreil. (8 Sanchez's!), and 4 new players.
Samer Chaar(from Tulsa) won the Kansas Late Fall Classic tourny over the weekend. The top 4 finishers were:
(1) Samer Chaar(Tulsa) (2) Christian Wolf (3) Guy Hendrickson (4) Chau Truong (Tulsa).
Bob Kyker came in 2nd in the class B singles.
(info courtesy of Bob and Hamid)
 
12-7-03 - Sunday
The management of the Tulsa Table Tennis Club has agreed to increase yearly membership dues to $35 per person and/or family per year.
12-4-03 - Thursday
Dawson - 9 players. Samer Chaar (back after 9 months), Mark (new player),Bob K.,Troy, Devin, Gabriel, Jack, Chau, Khaled and his father.
4 people going to Wichita tournament this weekend - Bob,Jack,Chau,Samer.
(info courtesy of Bob Kyker)
12-2-03 - Tuesday
7 players at Bixby. Jim Turner, Jack ('Skinny'), Chau, Kelly, Troy Sanchez! (first time out in 3 years) and his 2 sons - Devin and Gabriel?.
Tournament this weekend - 12-6-03 at Wichita- Chau, Bob and Jack going to it. Hamid hurt his shoulder again.
12-1-03 Monday
12 people at Dawson.
Sydney,Bob K.,Gary and Carlene,Khaled,Chau,Jack,Hamid,Kyle Sanchez and his 3 kids.
11-25-03 - TUESDAY
3RD NIGHT AT BIXBY. 4 PLAYERS ONLY. HAMID, CHAU, SYDNEY,KELLY.
 
11-24-03 - MONDAY
7 players. Bob K., Sydney, Gary, Carlene,Chau and 2 new players from Spartan School of Aeronautics
11-20-03 - THURSDAY
7 players. Bob K.Gary,Carlene,Sydney,Chau,Hamid, and a new player Maurie?.
11-18-03 - Tuesday
2nd night to play at Bixby. 6 players tonite. Hamid,Chau,Jack,Jim Turner,Kelly,Sydney. Only Chau, Jack and Bob going to Wichita on 12-6-03.
New potential player from Nigeria might start playing. Hamid's new paddle was too fast for him.
11-17-03 Monday
7 players at Dawson. Bob, Chau,Jack,Hamid,Kelly,Larry Buell.
Hamid got a new paddle - even faster than his old one. Tournament in Wichita on 12-6-03. Bob, Chau and Jack are going.
11-10-03 - Tuesday
Bixby Center closed due to Veterns Day.
11-4-03 Tuesday
Opening night at Bixby Community Center!
Kelly and Hamid only 2 players. One new player from Bixby showed up and said will come out next week. Set up 5 tables and there was plenty of room.
11-3-03 - Monday
9 players tonite: Ray,Dan,Gary, Carlene,Bob,Sydney,Jack('Skinny'),Chau,Kelly.
Moved 2 Detroiter tables from Dawson to Bixby tonite with Sydney's truck(after much discussion on who's truck to use). 2 small locks will be placed on all 3 tool boxs that holds the nets at both Bixby and Dawson (combination is same as the big locks).
No talk about anyone going to any tournaments.
 
10-27-03 - MONDAY
Players in attendence: Bob K., Chau, Hamid, Kelly, Ray, Sydney, 'Skinny' (or Jack).
Bob used for the first time a long pips out rubber, no sponge.
Ray got a new fast paddle and fast rubber.
Will be moving the tables to Bixby soon.
No one planning to go to any tournaments.
10-24-03
Celia with the Bixby Community Center said she is ready to start the club on Tuesdays. She mailed out flyers to the Bixby schools about the table tennis club 2 weeks ago. Table Tennis will use 1/2 of the big room. The other half will be the gymnastics class.
10-25-03
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10-20-03 Tuesday
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March 25, 2003
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