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Thursday - 9-16-21

John Knox church closed until Oct 4 due to a flu outbreak.

Tuesday - 9-14-21

Knox Church - 8 players. Dylan Garland, Mike Hamby, Michael Johns (paid $72!), Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Mauricio Oviedo, Johnnie McClanahan, Don Tiger.

Tuesday - 9-14-21

Bixby - 11 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Martin Ndengang (paid $100!), Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Peter Thang (paid $40!), Sam Agbasi, John Kerfoot, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 9-9-21

Bixby - 11 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard (playing with new Nittaku Fastarc rubber), Jesper Ohlson (paid $40), 1st time out player - Randy Matthew (just visiting from Colorado), Martin Ndengang, John Moore, Xavier Lee, John Kerfoot, Sam Agbasi, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 9-9-21

John Knox Church - 5 players. Michael Johns, Dylan Garland, Robert Yang, TinTin (new player from India), Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 9-7-21

Bixby - 16 players. Robb Lee and his son - Xavier Lee (1st time to Bixby), Ray Pestridge (paid $100!), Alex Tupas, Martin Ndengang, David Leonard, Jesper Ohlson (playing very well - took a match off David and almost beat Alex!), John Moore, Gabriel D., Mauricio Oviedo, Michael Johns (paid $28), Jason Taylor (paid $40), Ivan Moon, Shane Spicer, Sam Agbasi (will be using a different rubber on Thursday he got from Alex), Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 9-7-21

John Knox church -  7 players. Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Dylan Garland, Jose Prado, Cory Flaugher, Bruno Fernandez, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 9-2-21

Knox Church - 8 players. Dylan Garland (paid $100 to Mike), Don Tiger, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Brian Flinn, Michael Johns, Bruno Fernandez, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 9-2-21

Bixby - 10 players. Tom Jordan (practiced some, no matches due to his shoulder not healed yet after 1 year!), Ray Pestridge (fresh from his nose cancer), Alex Tupas, Jesper Ohlson, Bruno Fernandez, David Leonard, Sam Agbasi (paid $40!), Jason Taylor, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Jesper is looking to play in a tournament somewhere!

Tuesday - 8-31-21

John Knox Church - 7 players. Yee Yang, Mike Hamby, Don Tiger, Michael Johns, Brian Flinn, Mauricio Oviedo, Bruno Fernandez.

Tuesday - 8-31-21

Bixby - 11 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard (paid $30!), Corey Flaugher (still works in Pryor), Peter Thang, Bryce Hurst, Jesper Ohlson, Sam Agbasi, Jason Taylor, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 8-26-21

John Knox church - 6 players. Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Dylan Garland, Johnnie McClanahan, Don Tiger, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 8-26-21

Bixby - 9 players. Bruno Fernandez (paid $30!), Shane Spicer (paid $40!), Ray Pestridge (just had 14 stitches removed from his nose!), David Leonard (got his mojo on later in the night), Jesper Ohlson, Sam Agbasi, Martin Ndengang (playing with a new attitude!), John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce.

Wed - 8-25-21

MY TEXAS TABLE TENNIS ROAD TRIP
By Will Shortz | Aug. 25, 2021, 2:04 a.m. (ET)
(from an email from the USATT).
(note - Will Shortz and Robert Roberts played in Tulsa at the old Dawson club on 4-16-15
He was here as a guest of the Tulsa Town Hall)
(this article is also a nice summary of what the clubs in Texas are like)

Earlier this month my friend Robert Roberts and I went on an eight-day road trip around Texas, in a rental car, playing at table tennis clubs all over the state.
Texas is home to a big, vibrant table tennis scene, and we’d never traveled there before, making it a natural locale for one of our trips.
Robert and I started doing table tennis road trips in 2008.
We’d been friends for about two years, after he came to New York from Barbados, and I’d become his de facto driver, as he didn’t have a car.
He wanted to go to Toronto. I said I’d take him if we could make a table tennis road trip out of it.
Somehow we managed to play at 10 clubs over seven days and had such a blast that we’ve been doing trips like this ever since.
Past trips have included the Northeast, the Midwest, the South, Alaska (all five table tennis clubs that we could find), and Hawaii.
Once we went island-hopping through the Caribbean, playing at a club on a different island every day.
Most memorably, in 2011 we flew from New York to San Diego, played at Stellan Bengtsson’s club, and drove 3,500 miles home in a rental car, playing everywhere we went.

Of our eight days in Texas, here are some highlights:

Day 1

• Houston International Table Tennis Academy

Manny Velazquez runs this excellent club, which has 16 tables and is designed for training.
When Robert and I arrived, summer camp was in operation.
Every table was full with kids and coaches, with the younger students on the front tables and the older, more advanced ones in the back. Not wanting to disturb things, we drove to the …

• Texas Table Tennis Center

also in Houston. The members are mostly Vietnamese, but all players are welcome.
Nine tables. Excellent lighting. Robert gave me training for about 90 minutes.
Next we returned to the HITTA and played for another hour.
Afterward we took Manny to dinner at a fine Chinese restaurant next door.

Day 2

• San Antonio Table Tennis Club

San Antonio is about three hours from Houston.
When we visited, the club there had just moved to a new location, so they were still settling in.
It’s in a warehouse-like facility with a high ceiling.
11 tables. Lots of good players.
Lighting not so good, honestly, but that will soon be fixed.
We saw our old friends Vlad Farcas (manager) and Ojo Onaolapo (coach).
I had a good win, 3-2, against a player with pips — pips usually being my downfall.
Robert, who’s rated around 2500, was the center of interest.
He graciously took on all comers.
Afterward we had dinner at Willie’s Grill and Icehouse, a place along the I-35 route north to Austin that we happened to light upon.
Good food and a great atmosphere. We’d definitely go back.

Day 3

• Austin Table Tennis Club

This has to be one of the best table tennis facilities in the country.
15-16 tables in a high-ceilinged sports bubble facility.
Good lighting. The tables and flooring give true bounce.
The manager, Shahin Akhlaghpasand, let us in early, and we spent all afternoon there.

• South Austin Pong Club

At 5 pm we left for this amateur club about 40 minutes away.
It plays in the corner of an indoor soccer facility three times a week.
Seven tables. Unfortunately, the place is not air-conditioned, and on the day we visited it was in the mid-90s.
Friendly group. Very soon, though, after several matches with members, we were drenched in sweat and left.
Later we enjoyed a BBQ dinner at the home of Chase Womack, of the Austin TTC, along with Shahin and his family.
(If there’s one thing we learned from this trip, it’s that Texas loves its BBQ!)

Day 4

• Waco Table Tennis Club

Waco is 90 minutes north of Austin, and it has an interesting club.
It’s run by Jim Henry and plays weekdays from 3:30 to 7:00 pm in the basement of a church facility.
Seven tables. Good lighting.
Mainly older players. Not air-conditioned, but the basement was relatively cool when we were there.
Robert and I took on all comers.
I went 3-2. Robert, of course, didn’t lose any games. Very enjoyable.

Day 5

• TopSpin Table Tennis Club (Amarillo)

Amarillo is 6-1/2 hours from Waco, and on Saturday, when we were there, the club opens at 10 am.
Dauntlessly, driving into the night through a storm, we arrived in time for the start.
The club is located in a small warehouse on a two-lane country road about 20 minutes SSE of downtown.
When we were getting close to the address, I was sure that the GPS had messed up.
All we saw was farmland with scattered houses.
But, no, we were at the right place.
Entering the club, we were greeted by the owner/manager, Patrick Pitre.
He arranged an informal tournament in our honor, with two round robin groups of six, and two players coming out of each group for single-elimination playoffs.
The skill levels ranged from under 1000 to 1900-2000.
I went 2-3. I had trouble dealing with the club’s all-white walls and barriers while playing with white balls — although, of course, everyone had the same handicap.
Not surprisingly, Robert went undefeated and won the tournament.
We had a great time and would have stayed longer, except …

• Dallas Table Tennis Club (Carrollton)

… we had arranged to play in the evening at this club, which was five hours away.
Again, a long drive, but fortunately the club was open until 11 pm, so we had no trouble.
It’s owned by coach Kil Soo Kim.
Located in a Korean shopping center.
Nine tables. Lots of good players.
Mr. Kim wasn’t around, but Scott Ryan, an umpire who’s been to our club in New York, was present and made us feel at home.
The club was packed. Robert and I grabbed the one open table and played for 45 minutes.

Day 6

• North Texas Table Tennis Club (Plano)

Sunday was our busiest day, as we raced to cram in three more clubs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in the course of five hours.
First up was the North Texas TTC, run by Shuai Wang, in Plano.
Shuai was away umpiring a tournament in Houston when we were in town, but he kindly arranged for us to play at his place.
It’s primarily a facility for kids’ training. Robert and I hit for a short while.

• Dallas Fort Worth Table Tennis (Richardson)

The Dallas Fort Worth TT club is run by Donna Chen and has sessions seven days a week at five different recreation centers. The day we were there the club played in Richardson, between Plano and Dallas.
10 well-spaced-out tables.
High ceiling. Good light. Lots of good players.
Sunlight from large windows was a little distracting, but no one seemed to mind, as the room was full, with people waiting to play.
Donna kept things moving, ushering players on and off tables.
I went 1-1. Robert, of course, didn’t lose a game.

• Grapevine Ping Pong Club

Our last club for the day was in the city of Grapevine, located midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, near the airport.
The club is managed by Owen Li and plays at different places on different days.
The day we were there they played at the The Rec, a gorgeous (and huge) municipal facility that offers about every recreational activity you can think of, including an indoor water park.
Eight tables in the gym.
High ceiling. A little chaotic, with few barriers and balls bouncing everywhere, but we still enjoyed ourselves.
In the evening we drove three-and-a-half hours back to Houston.

Day 7

• Korean Table Tennis Club (Houston)

Just one club this day — the Korean TTC, owned by Young Sik Kim.
It was officially closed for the day, but Mr. Kim opened for Robert and me and even came to play with us.
Five tables. Ingeniously, devices have been placed under the tables to prevent balls from getting stuck.
We played for over an hour. Another good time.

Day 8

• Houston International Table Tennis Academy (return visit)

We went back to the HITTA once more.
This was lucky. My flight to New York was due to leave at 6 pm, and no club in Houston was open early in the day.
I would have had to miss a day of play, which I can’t do!
Happily, Manny Velazquez texted Robert the code for the front door so we could get in, and I got 45 minutes of training.

In sum, over the eight days, Robert and I played at 12 different clubs.
We didn’t make it to Texas Wesleyan, whose club was temporarily closed;
El Paso, in the far west part of the state, which was too far away;
Corpus Christi, whose club plays only once a week for two hours, and we weren’t near there that day;
and any other Texas clubs we didn’t know about.

I came home with a new admiration for Texas, improved table tennis skills, a few extra pounds from all the BBQ, a bunch of new friends, and several new ideas for my home club in New York.

For anyone else who might be inspired to try a table tennis road trip, I recommend it!


Will Shortz
Westchester Table Tennis Center

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Note - here is the blog entry from 4-16-15 from the club's website when Will Shortz came out:

Dawson - 17 players.
2 first time out players - both from New York - Will Shortz (rating 1873) and Robert Roberts (rating 2514).
Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Ray Pestridge, Corey Bryan, George McCutchin, Bob Kyker, Michael Barns, Okba Al Harfouch, Hamid Ezzat, Joe Mhemedi, Don Tiger, Jason Taylor, Mike Hamby, Kyle Sanchez, Tom Jourdan. Also, a group of about 8 Tulsa Town Hall members were there to watch Will play.
Other news: Stephen asked Robert how he learned to serve as well as he does. Robert said he would get a box of 2000 balls and practice serving them and would go thru 5 boxes at a time - that would be 10,000 practice serves at a time.

Tuesday - 8-24-21

John Knox church - 11 players. Rob Lee, Zavier Lee (Rob's son), Corey Flaugher, Jose Prado, Johnnie McClanahan, Brian Flinn, Bruno Fernandez, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Mauricio Oviedo, Mike Hamby.
Other news: Mike Hamby will begin collecting membership fees - $10 month or $100 year.

Tuesday - 8-24-21

Bixby - 11 players. Jesper Ohlson, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Jim Turner, Sam Agbasi (had a new penhold paddle!), Martin Ndengang, John Moore, Bryce Hurst, John Kerfoot, Jason Taylor (his son  Noah is in the 9th grade band and practices every night!), Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Tuesdays are not good playing nights for David (per David - and it showed tonight).
Jim Turner was watching table tennis on the Olympics and got inspired to come out.

Saturday - 8-21-21

Ping Pong tournament next month - September - at The Tulsan (a bar in Tulsa).
$1000 prize pool!
(see link #1K below for info about The Tulsan).
(per a text today from Bruno Fernandez).

Thursday - 8-19-21

John Knox church - 10 players. Jose Prado, Bruno Fernandez, Don Tiger, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Drew Cowan, Efren Colin (Don Tigers son), Zavier Lee, Johnnie McClanahan, Mike Hamby. 

Thursday - 8-19-21

Bixby - 14 players. Alex Tupas, Jesper Ohlson (played 1 match with Martin and left), Martin Ndengang, Bob Kyker (just watched), Reed Kyker, Michael Johns, Sam Agbasi, Dylan Garland, Mauricio Oviedo, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Brian Flinn, Charlie Steel, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Bob Kyker was talking about the nerve condition he developed in Nov 2019. He said, without any warnings, he got out of bed one night and could not walk! 

Thursday - 8-19-21

“The 100-day countdown to the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Finals in Houston has begun as the historic showpiece event, set to get underway from November 23-29, gets ready to become one to remember for the ages.
This will be the first time the flagship event is hosted in the Americas and for the first time outside Europe and Asia since 1939.
Dating as far back as 1926, the World Table Tennis Championships showcase the world’s best table tennis players.”
By Calvin Koh / World Table Tennis | Aug. 15, 2021

Tuesday - 8-17-21

John Knox Church - 7 players. Corey Flaugher, Mike Hamby, Hamid Ezzat, Patrick M., Robb Lee (last time out was 12-9-19), Adrien Lee (Robb's son), Xavier Lee (Robb's nephew).
Other news: Corey Flaugher now works at 21st and Hwy 169, so he can start coming out more times (Corey was working in Pryor!).

Tuesday - 8-17-21

Bixby - 14 players. Michael Barns (last time out was 8-22-16 !), Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Martin Ndengang, Robert Yang, John Moore, Michael Johns, Gabe D., Corey Bryant, Sam Agbasi, John Kerfoot, Mauricio Oviedo, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce. 

Thursday - 8-12-21

The non-sanctioned Kansas City tournament - that was to be held August 21 - has been cancelled.
The tournament director - Dylan Garland - said due to Covid, the church (where the venue was) was concerned about Covid. (Dylan was chosen as the tournament director for 3 reasons, none of which we can publicly state (out of respect to other tournament directors). (Dylan will tell you though if you ask him).

Thursday - 8-12-21

John Knox church - 7 players. Okba Harfoush, Corey Flaugher, Hamid and Jonathan Ahmadi, Johnnie McClanahan, Mike Hamby, Robert Yang (info courtesy of Mike Hamby).

Thursday - 8-12-21

Bixby - 15 players. Charlie Steel (new), Brian Flinn (hasn't been out since Nov, 2016), Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Jose Prado, Dylan Garland, Michael Johns, Patrick M., Sam Agbasi, Jesper Ohlson (fresh from a USTA tournament in Michigan (and we are not talking about Michigan, Okla) , Bruno Fernandez, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce. 

Tuesday - 8-10-21

Bixby - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Jose Prado (going to a non-sanctioned Kansas City tournament on the 21st! see link below to the tournament), Abraham Hassan (took a 2nd lesson from Ray), Gabriel D., Bruno Fernandez, Peter Thang, Sam Agbasi, Bryce Hurst, Michael Johns, John Kerfoot, Mauricio Oviedo, Kelly Boyce.
For a link to the Kansas City non-sanctioned tournament:
https://www.kansascitytabletennis.com/product/2021-kansas-city-table-tennis-open/

Tuesday - 8-10-21

John Knox church - 7 players. Hamid Ezzat and his son Jonathan, Corey Flaugher, Robert Yang, Chad Foster (new), Brian Flynn, Mike Hamby (info courtesy of Mike Hamby).

Tuesday - 8-10-21

Why do table tennis players shout Cho?
(from Google) - Chinese players shout "Cho!" which basically means "ball". It's a contraction of "hǎo qiú" (pronounced Hao Chyo with a very very short y) which literally means "good ball" although a more accurate translation would be "good point" or "beautiful shot".

Thursday - 8-5-21

John Knox Church - 5 players. Mike Hamby, Hamid Ezzat, Hamid's son Jonathan, Robert Yang, Brian Flynn. (Drew was not playing tonight (or Tuesday) because he had surgery on his right hand - carpal tunnel) (info courtesy of Mike Hamby).

Thursday - 8-5-21

Bixby - 13 players. Abraham Hassan (new - he is 10 years old and just started taking lessons from Ray), Kaleem Hassan (his dad - just watched), Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Dylan Garland, Michael Johns, Martin Ndengang, Sam Agbasi (fresh from his CKD problem), Mauricio Oviedo, Peter Thang, Corey Bryant, John Kerfoot (paid $40!), Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 8-3-21

John Knox Church - 7 players. Mike Hamby, Hamid Ezzat, Hamid's son John, Don Tiger, Efrain Efiren (Don's step son),   Robert Yang, Brian Flynn. (info courtesy of Mike Hamby).

Tuesday - 8-3-21

Bixby - 13 players. David Leonard, John Moore, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Martin Ndengang, Michael Johns, Jesper Ohlson, Mauricio Oviedo, Bruno Fernandez, Bryce Hurst, Shane Spicer, Johnnie McClanahan, Kelly Boyce.

Sunday - 8-1-21

John Knox church is now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (thanks to Drew Cowan).
(We will continue to play at Bixby as well on Tuesdays and Thursdays).
There are new Covid 19 rules we must follow.
( 8-1-21 - from a text from Drew Cowan):
New Covid  19 rules to play at the church:
Hey Guys we can start  playing at John Know next week!
We can start at 6:30 (earliest) to 10 on  Tuesday and Thursday evenings
We must honor the following request by the  church:
1. Meet no earlier than 6:30 pm - This is to allow time for the  childcare center to exit the building before the ping pong group meets
2.  Masks required when outside the Fellowship Hall
3. Masks strongly encouraged  while in Fellowship Hall
4. Follow other COVID-19 precautions as able, i.e.  washing hands and social distancing, etc.
5. Must use restrooms across from  the kitchen
6. Must sweep and mop Fellowship Hall floors at the end of the  night.

Hope to see you all soon I have missed everyone!!  Drew

Friday - 7-30-21

The club bought a new net set today - Donic Stress Net set from Paddle Palace for $70.
(We had some old Stiga net sets that would work, but Ray Pestridge said he did not like how the small net tightening screw works so we therefore had to buy new nets). If the Donic net works out, we will buy 1 more. 

Thnursday - 7-29-21

Bixby - 14 players. Jacob Guyette (Vice Pres of the ORU ping pong club), Sean Curtis (ex-president of the ORU ping pong club - both play at the Tulsan and Cabin Boys bars), Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Jesper Ohlson (from Jenks high school).  Alex Rule, James Owens, "V" (all 3 from Bishop Kelley (or "BK" as they call it), Mauricio Oviedo, Corey Bryant, Michael Johns, Martin Ndengang, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 7-27-21

Bixby - 18 players. Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Corey Flaugher, Peter Thang, Ivan Moon, Michael Johns, David Leonard, Robert Yang, Gabe D. (new), Martin Ndengang, Bruno Fernandez, Jason Taylor, Jesper Ohlson, Alex Tupas, Mauricio Oviedo, Bryce Hurst (new), Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 7-22-21

Bixby - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Ivan Moon, Kap Mung (new - a pastor), Peter Thang, Jose Prado, John Moore, Mats Johansson (playing the best we have ever seen!), Jesper Ohlson, Martin Ndengang, Mauricio Oviedo, Corey Bryant, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 7-20-21

Bixby - 17 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Peter Thang, Robert Yang, Mats Johansson, Martin Ndengang, Alex Rule, Doug Hardgrave, John Kerfoot, Bruno Fernandez, Mauricio Oviedo, Ivan Moon (new), Jason and Noah Taylor, Jose Prado, Kelly Boyce.

Friday - 7-16-21

Update on John Knox Church - still no word from Drew Cowan or the church.
(At best we would play on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays).

Thursday - 7-15-21

Bixby - 12 players. Peter Thang (new - used to play at the Okla City club (for 2 years) 5 years ago), Robert Yang, Mats Johansson, Jesper Ohlson, Martin Ndengang, Alex Tupas, Michael Johns, John Moore, Jose Prado, Alec Rule, James Owens (both know Jesper), Kelly Boyce. 

Tuesday - 7-13-21

Bixby -  19 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart, Robert Yang, John Moore, Michael Johns, Mats Johansson, Mo Luqman, Sherry Malik (new - he came with Mo), Martin Ndengang, Jason and Noah Taylor, Ali Park (2nd time out), Noel Farley (came out with Ali - just watched), Alex Rule (2nd time out), James Owens (came out with Alex), Shane Spicer, Bruno Fernandez, John Cai, Kelly Boyce.

Stephen Ackart will be out tonight.
For those that don't know Stephen, he is a Tri-State champion (from days of yore).
Winner of the Hutchinson Open in Kansas. Winner of the Joplin, Missouri open. Winner of the Sooner State Games, Oklahoma. Stephen last played 11-22-19.

Thursday - 7-8-21

Bixby - 13 players. David Leonard, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Jose Prado, Martin Ndengang, Jesper Ohlson, Jeremy Song, Robert Yang, Michael Johns, John Cai, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce, Corey Bryant (Corey last came out Jan 2018. He started with the club Jan 2015). 

Tuesday - 7-6-21

Bixby - 12 players. Louis Shannin (new), Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Patrick M., Michael Johns, Martin Ndengang, John Cai, Shane Spicer, Johnny McClanahan, Jesper Ohlson, Kelly Boyce.

Sunday - 7-4-21

Update on the John Knox church: Drew texted. The fellowship hall (where we play) is busy on Mondays, Wed, and Fridays. Drew is going to try to get us Tuesdays and Thursdays at JKC.

Thursday - 7-1-21

Update on Brad Balmer's club: They are starting up league competition (for all ages) with ratings and round robins every Wednesday evenings at the Gatesway foundation gym.
Must be signed in by 6:40 PM. Play starts at 6:50 PM.
Located at 1217 E. College St., Broken Arrow.

Thursday - 7-1-21

Bixby - 11 players. John Moore, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Martin Ndengang, Michael Johns, Jesper Ohlson, Mo Luqman, Jose Prado, Kelly Boyce, Reed Kyker, Bob Kyker (Bob was only able to play for 10 minutes and then left with Reed).

Wed - 6-30-21

Update on John Knox church - Ray Pestridge contacted Drew Cowan 2 days ago. Drew said the church is starting regular services next week. Drew doesn't know when we can start playing there. 

Tuesday - 6-29-21

Bixby - 14 players. Alec Rule (new), Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Corey Flaugher, Patrick M., Michael Johns, Martin Ndengang, Jesper Ohlson, Jeremy Song (2nd time out), John  Cai, Shane Spicer, Doug Hardgrave, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Corey Flaugher update - last time Corey was out was 10/2020. However, he has been playing at Hamid's house (in Talala) at least once a week. He also bought Jaesung Kim's robot. 

Sunday - 6-27-21

Results from the June 12 Omaha tournament Ray Pestridge attended (and came in first in Class B and first in Class A doubles !):
2021 CHARTER WEST OPEN RESULTS
EVENT PLACE NAME CLUB

GIANT RR – A
FIRST Shyam Purohit ....................... Ames
SECOND Daniel Stepanyuk ................. Lincoln
THIRD Parviz Mojaverian ................ Kansas City
FOURTH Janek DeGuzman .............. Lincoln

GIANT RR – B
FIRST Ray Pestridge ......................... Ok
SECOND Kevin Nabity ......................... Des Moines
THIRD Drew Johnson ..................... Omaha
FOURTH Ishan Patel ...................... Ames

GIANT RR – C
FIRST Shine Cowles ........................ Omaha
SECOND Himadri Mukherjee ........... Omaha
THIRD Pio Juszkiewcz .................... Lincoln
FOURTH Daniel McGinnis ............... Ames

GIANT RR – D
FIRST Kai Zhang ............................. Sioux Falls
SECOND Javier Garcia ......................... Omaha
THIRD Ethan Nyffeler ...................... Omaha
FOURTH Cole Ely ........................... Liberal Ks

GIANT RR - E
FIRST Rick Kolb ............................. Lincoln
SECOND Steve Soper ............................ Lincoln
THIRD Matt Ziegler ......................... Omaha
FOURTH Cameron Unrau ............... Omaha

“A” DOUBLES
FIRST Stepanyuk / Pestridge ........ Mix
SECOND Cushing / Henslee ................. Lincoln
THIRD Patel / McGinnis .................. Ames
FOURTH Juszkiewicz / DeGuzman ... Lincoln

“B” DOUBLES
FIRST Purohit / Schorg .................... Mix
SECOND Wolf / McHugh ................... Omaha
THIRD Deeble / Aithagani ................. Omaha
FOURTH Miller / Brazil ...................Omaha

Thursday - 6-24-21

Bixby - 10 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang, Dylan Garland, Jesper Ohlson, Michael Johns, Mo Luqman, Jose Prado, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 6-22-21

Bixby - 15 players. Ray Pestridge, Mo Luqman, David Leonard, Martin Ndengang, Alex Tupas, Jesper Ohlson, Patrick M., Steven Perry (new), Bob Kyker, Shane Spicer, John Cai, Doug Hardgrave, Joey Hardgrave, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce.

Friday - 6-18-21

Ray Pestridge played in the Charter West Open in Omaha, Nebraska last weekend - 6-12-21.
Ray won $200! He came in 1st in the Class B round robin and first in the doubles (he was paired with the top seed in the tournament!). He said the players there were not used to long pips. This was a rating tournament but not a USATT rating one.
This tournament used a Ratingscentral.com system.
This system rates players about 200 points lower than what the USATT would rate a player.
This system is from Australia.
To view the results for the tournament (which is not posted yet), look at the home page of the site and under "club" look for the code "OMTTC" (this is the Omaha Neb club and Rod Cowles was the director of the tournament) to show up.

Thursday - 6-17-21

Bixby - 11 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Dylan Garland, John Moore, Mo Luqman, David Leonard, Martin Ndengang, Michael Johns, Jesper Ohlson, Jose Prado, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Alex and Michael attended Okba's parents funeral. 

Tuesday - 6-15-21

Bixby - 13 players. Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Martin Ndengang, Mohammed ("Mo") Luqman, Michael Johns, Robert Thompson (new - came in with Mo), Bob Kyker, Patrick M., Sam Agbasi, Jose Prado, John Cai, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce.
Other new: Sam has CKD and has not played in almost 2 months. He has had to change his playing style and his diet because of his CKD.

Monday - 6-14-21

Brad Balmer has a new place for ages 7-13 only.
For Junior program practices only:
Gatesway Foundation
1217 E. College St.  Broken Arrow
Questions call Brad at 918 240-7465 or go to https://brokenarrowpingpong.com/

Monday - 6-14-21

The services (for males only) for Okba's parents will be this Thursday at 1:00 PM at Rolling Oaks Cemetery - 4300 E. 91st, Tulsa. 74137 (on 91st between Yale and Harvard).
Okba and his twin sister will be receiving all visitors at his house (also on Thursday) between 6-8 PM.

Saturday - 6-12-21

Dylan Garland's results from his playing in the 6-5-21 Missouri tournament are now posted!
He played 11 matches with wins over 1903, 1946 and 2034 rated players.
He lost in 5 games to Liedy Handoko (rated 2145).
(There were 44 players in the tournament and none from the Okla City club. Dylan was the only Tulsa player).
(if Tulsa knew no one from the Okla City club was not going to this tournament (ie, to represent Oklahoma table tennis), then Tulsa would have sent more Tulsa players).
 

Thursday - 6-10-21

Bixby - 15 players. Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Dylan Garland, Robert and Reed Kyker, Jesper, Jeremy Song (new), Ray Pestridge, John Moore, John Cai, Doug Hardgrave, Jose Prado, Martin Ndengang, Michael and Abdullah (new). (info courtesy of Ray).

Wednesday - 6-9-21

We are sad to report that Okba's parents were killed in a car accident in South Dakota yesterday. 

Tuesday - 6-8-21

Bixby - 17 players. Olivia and Andreana (new). Martin Ndengang, Michael Johns, Patrick M., John Cai, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Jose Prado, Jesper, Patrick (Jesper's dad), Johnny McClanahan, Helvin Mejia, Shane Spicer, Joey Hardgrave, Doug Hardgrave, Ray Pestridge (info courtesy of Ray).

Thursday - 6-3-21

Bixby - 13 players. Mohammed Luqman, Jesper, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Dylan Garland, David Leonard, Jose Prado, Ray Pestridge, Martin Ndengang, Scott Bradley, Johnny McClanahan.

Tuesday - 6-1-21

Bixby - 19 players (5 new players). Michael Johns, John Moore, Alex Tupas, Martin Ndengang, Okba Harfoush, David Leonard, Patrick M., Doug Hardgrave, Jesper (new), Eastman (new), Noel (new), Ray Pestridge, Alistair (new), Johnny McClanahan, Shane Spicer, Jose Prado, John Cai, Mats Johansson, Helvin Mejia (new). Had all 6 tables up tonight!

Thursday - 5-27-21

Bixby - 8 players. Alex Tupas, Robert Yang, David Leonard, Mats Johansson, Michael Johns, Martin Ndengang, Doug Hardgrave (2nd time out), Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 5-25-21

Bixby - 16 players. Doug Hardgrave and his brother Joey Hardgrave (both new), Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Okba Harfoush, Michael Johns, Dylan Garland, Martin Ndengang, Mats Johansson, Brad Balmer, John Moore, John Cai, Shane Spicer, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 5-20-21

Bixby - 9 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang, David Leonard, Cody Arnold (new - just moved to Tulsa from Ft. Worth), Jose Prado, Kelly Boyce.
Other news - Jose will be playing every week during the summer. He will start back at T.U. as a senior in mechanical engineering.  

Tuesday - 5-18-21

Bixby - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, John Moore, David Leonard, Mats Johansson, Michael Johns, Martin Ndengang, Patrick Mmuokebe, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 5-13-21

Thursday - 11 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Reed Kyker, David Leonard, Dylan Garland, Mats Johansson, Michael Johns, Martin Ndengang, Tom Jourdan, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Tom Jourdan update - he only practiced tonight, no game play. Tom said he might be able to start playing games in 2 months.
John Moore has decided to use smooth rubber only on both sides. He tried medium long pips on his backhand and did not like it.

Tuesday - 5-11-21

Bixby - 11 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Michael Johns, Mats Johansson, David Leonard, Joann (new), Patrick Mmuokebe, Eli Betinjani, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: John Moore bought a new blade from Table Tennis USA.

Thursday - 5-6-21

Ozarks Table Tennis Club is hosting the 2021 Missouri Show-Me State Games Open table tennis tournament
next month - on June 5, 2021.  
This is a 2-Star USATT sanctioned tournament.
Merely fill the form out and send to me.
(Kelly will have copies of the entry form for the Tulsa players. Since this is the first tournament in this area in a while, this tournament will fill up fast)
"Thanks so much" and we hope to see you there ! !
Bill Lewis
3818 S Farm Rd. 103
Brookline, Missouri     65619
President ~ Ozarks Table Tennis Club
(C)  417.493.6259
epcotmagic@aol.com

Thursday - 5-6-21

Bixby - 9 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Martin Ndengang, Robert Yang, Dylan Garland, Michael Johns, David Leonard, John Moore, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Tulsa players planning on going to the Springfield, MO tournament on June 5: Dylan Garland.

Wed - 5-5-21

John Knox church opening for "In Sanctuary Worship" on May 23, 2021 (per their website - see note below from their website).
http://www.johnknoxchurch.org
In Sanctuary Worship
Join us in celebrating our return to in-person worship on Sunday, May 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Central.
The first few weeks, we will celebrate one worship service at 10:00am in the sanctuary.
Once we’ve gotten a firm handle on our new procedures and technology, we’ll return to two services.

Tuesday - 5-4-21

Bixby - 8 players. John Moore, Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Robert Yang, David Leonard, Michael Johns, Martin Ndengang, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 4-29-21

Bixby - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Mats Johansson, Dylan Garland, Reed Kyker, Rusty Dickson (came in with Reed), Michael Johns, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 4-27-21

Bixby - 10 players. John Moore, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Martin Ndengang, Michael Johns, Robert Yang, Joseph Gonzales, Shane Spicer, Mats Johansson, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 4-22-21

Bixby - 9 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang, Reed Kyker, Michael Johns, Mats Johansson, Kelly Boyce.
Other new: Reed can only play on Thursdays.

Tuesday - 4-20-21

Bixby - 15 players. Ray Pestridge, Robert Yang, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, John Moore, Brad Balmer, Jose Prado, Mats Johansson, Joseph Gonzales, Sam Agbasi, Gabriel Santos, Shane Spicer, Derick Sparkman, Jake Sparkman (Derick's son), Kelly Boyce. Other news: Who is Gabriel Santos? -  Gabriel Santos is coach trained player (and looks like it) from Brazil. He is working on his PHD and will be in Tulsa about 3 years. He does not have a USATT rating.

Tuesday - 4-20-21

Best Women's rallies of all time:
https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2021/April/08/Lily-Zhang-makes-the-WTT-Best-Womens-Rallies-of-All-Time-Highlight-Video

Friday - 4-16-21

The World Table Tennis Championships will be held in Houston, Texas on Nov 23-29, 2021.
This is the first time the USA has ever held this event.
(This should bring in a surge of new players to our club since this is a historic sporting event).
Here is the link to the article:.
https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2021/April/13/USA-Table-Tennis-Welcomes-World-Championships-to-America-for-the-First-Time-Ever

Here is a copy of the article:
Individual World Table Tennis Championships in Houston on November 23 – 29
(Colorado Springs, CO – April 13, 2021) – USA Table Tennis (“USATT”), the National Governing Body for the sport of table tennis, today announced that the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships will be held in Houston, Texas, from November 23 through 29, 2021. USATT will serve as the host National Federation for this historic and prestigious event, which was awarded by the International Table Tennis Federation (“ITTF”) to an American city for the first time ever in a year that coincides with the 50th anniversary of another historic table tennis event, Ping Pong Diplomacy.

“We are overjoyed that the World Table Tennis Championships are going to be held in Houston,” said Virginia Sung, CEO of USA Table Tennis.  “Not only will it mark the first time the U.S. has hosted this prestigious event, but the 50th anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy adds an additional layer of significance. Once again, we will have the opportunity to celebrate our great international sport in the spirit of inclusion and to demonstrate our shared sense of humanity as we look toward the future. We know that the City of Houston and Harris County-Houston Sports Authority will deliver an extraordinary event for all of us with their exceptional hospitality and professionalism.”

“It is fantastic that in these difficult times of the pandemic we’re able to celebrate this news with fans of table tennis and all sports fans around the world,” said ITTF President Thomas Weikert. “We’re fortunate to have this opportunity to bring the World Championships for the first time ever to the United Sates as we honor the 50th anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy. We’re all looking forward to an extraordinary, amazing event.”

The six-day World Championship event will be held in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Downtown Houston. The Championship Finals are currently planned to be played in Houston’s General Assembly Theater.

“What better way to showcase the sport of table tennis than hosting the ITTF World Championships; we couldn’t be more excited,’’ said Harris County - Houston Sports Authority CEO Janis Burke. “It will be a special week for everyone involved to be a part of one historic moment and commemorate the other. What a tremendous way to introduce more players to the sport.’’

“We are thrilled to partner with USA Table Tennis and the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority to welcome the World Table Tennis Championships to the United States for the first time,” said Susanne Lyons, President, United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. “The USOPC will work collaboratively with the organizers to celebrate the competitors and competition and provide necessary logistical support for all participants.”

The ITTF Championships were originally awarded the Houston at the 2019 ITTF Annual General Meeting and World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. At the same time, the Chinese Table Tennis Federation was awarded the 2022 Championships, which will be held in Chengdu. Houston and China collaborated in what was, essentially, a joint-support bid. In this effort, the US and China received the support of Yao Ming, the basketball superstar who played for Houston Rockets, as well as President Richard M. Nixon’s grandson, Christopher Nixon Cox.

The individual World Championship tournament offers titles in five different events: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. The individual World Championship event is held every other year – in the odd numbered years – while the Team World Championship event is held in the even-numbered years.

Ma Long of China is the reigning male World Champion, having won the men’s singles event in the last three consecutive individual World Championships. China’s Liu Shiwen is the reigning women’s singles champion. Ruth Aarons, who won the women’s title in 1936 and shared the title in 1937, is the only American to ever win a singles title in the World Championships. The last Americans to win a title at the World Championships were Erwin Klein and Leah Neuberger who won the mixed doubles title in 1956. Gao Jun, who is the current US Women’s Olympic coach, won the 1991 World Championship women’s doubles title (with partner Chen Zihe) while representing her country of birth, China. Gao Jun and Chen Zihe also won an Olympic Silver Medal for China in women’s doubles in the 1992 games in Barcelona.

Fifty years ago, the US National Table Tennis Team was invited to participate in a series of friendly table tennis matches in China, a trip that is often credited with helping thaw diplomatic relations between the US and China. President Richard M. Nixon traveled to China in 1972, beginning a new era of communication and contact between the two nations.

Thursday - 4-15-21

Bixby - 8 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Martin Ndengang, Sam Agbasi, Michael Johns, Mats Johansson, Reed Kyker, Kelly Boyce.

Wed - 4-14-21

Updates on players. Mats Johansson - He tore something in his playing shoulder about 2 months ago while playing in Portland, Oregon with Christian Lillieroos. He is much better now.
Tom Jourdan - he went to an orthopedic and got a steroid shot and physical therapy and may be playing again soon.

Tuesday - 4-13-21

Bixby - 12 players. Joseph Gonzales (new) and his wife Lesly (she just watched) (Joseph recently bought a robot and  a table!), Derick Sparkman (new), Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Alex Tupas, Martin Ndengang, Sam Agbasi, Michael Johns, Patrick Mmuokebe, Mats Johansson, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 4-8-21

Bixby - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Jose Prado, Martin Ndengang, Randy Brooks, Dylan Garland, David Leonard, Michael Johns, Mike Hamby (paid $100), Sam Agbasi, John Moore, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 4-6-21

Bixby - 14 players. Alex Tupas, Jose Prado, Randy Brooks, Sam Agbasi, David Leonard, Robert Yang, Clarence Clanry, John Moore, Martin Ndengang, Robert Aduddell, Ray Pestridge, Chan, Michael Johns, Shane Spicer.

Thursday - 4-1-21

Bixby - 9 players. Sam Agbasi, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Martin Ndengang, Michael Johns, John Moore, Dylan Garland, Jose Prado, Nestor Prato (info courtesy of Ray and Shane).

Wed - 3-31-21

Bixby - Starting June 1, we cannot start setting up the tables, barriers, etc. until 5:30 PM (due to the center running their day camp for kids). This will include both Tuesdays and Thursday - until the end of summer.

Tuesday - 3-30-21

Bixby - 14 players. Jose Prado (played one match with Ray and left), Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Robert Yang, Nestor Guzman, Okba Harfoush, Michael Johns, Martin Ndengang, Alex Tupas, Sam Agbasi, Clive Chafausipo (new -  plays at The Tulsan with Okba), Brandon Chow, Justin Masiker, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 3-25-21

Bixby - 14 players. Alex Tupas, John Moore, Okba Harfoush, Dylan Garland, Ray Pestridge, Sam Agbasi, Chris, Robert Aduddell, Nestor Guzman, David Leonard, Michael Johns, Randy Brooks, Joshua Jones (new - knows Okba), Martin Ndengang.

Wed - 3-24-21

There is now an inter-turner-turnpike controversy concerning Sam Agbasi's playing style.
David Correa (from the other side of the turnpike) told Sam (this last weekend) that Sam should stay with his pen hold style.
This writer (after deep reflection) feels Sam should make the painful change to shake hand style.
The reason is because Sam's penhold style in not sustainable (it is fun but not sustainable).
David, being a young man, would naturally prefer a fun, short term solution to Sam's problem.
This writer, not being a young man, would prefer a longer term solution (ie sustainability).
Anyone wishing to suggest an answer to Sam's dilemma, please email this writer.

Tuesday - 3-23-21

Bixby - 15 players. John Moore, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Nestor Guzman, Sam Agbasi, Robert Aduddell, Martin Ndengang (last time out was 3/2020), Clarunce Clanry (new), Randy Brooks, Okba Harfoush, Jose Prado, Michael Johns, Justin Masiker, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Sam has decided to not change to shake hand (thanks to David Correa advice over the weekend).

Thursday - 3-18-21

Bixby - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Nestor Guzman, David Leonard, Dylan Garland, Sam Agbasi, Robert Aduddell, Michael Johns, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Sam cancelled his shakehand paddle he ordered. He may stay with his pen hold paddle since he was playing very well with it tonight. Also, Alex and Ray had new ideas for his shakehand paddle. 

Tuesday - 3-16-21

Bixby - 12 players. Robert Aduddell (new)(plays at Cabin Boys Brewery- see below for address), David Subedi (new - pen holder), Randy Brooks (kinda new), Ray Pestridge, Robert Yang, David Leonard, Nestor Guzman, Sam Agbasi (switching to shake hand soon - he has bought a shake hand paddle from paddle palace), Okba Harfoush, Michael Johns, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce. 

Thursday - 3-11-21

Bixby - 10 players. Reed Kyker !, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Robert Yang, David Leonard, Nestor Guzman, Dylan Garland, Sam Agbasi, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Who is Reed Kyker?  Reed Kyker used to be a 2200 level player (when he was living in Pennsylvania) . He is the son of Bob Kyker. Reed started with the club in 1976 at the YWCA on 17th and Memorial (during the Peggy and Bob Shaha era (there are not many players left in Tulsa who remember that great era). He has not played in the last 20 years or so. Tonight was his first time back. You could not tell he was a 2200 player until he hit (ie warmed up)  with Robert Yang. Reed lives in south Tulsa now and is planning on playing again.

Thursday - 3-11-21

Carl Miller died 3-9-21 in a car accident in Kansas.
https://www.kake.com/story/43470343/driver-ran-red-light-in-fatal-derby-crash-sheriffs-office-says-2
(Below is a copy of the story from above):
Driver ran red light in fatal Derby crash, sheriff's office says
Tuesday, March 9th 2021, 1:23 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, March 10th 2021, 2:54 PM CST
written by KAKE News

DERBY, Kan. (KAKE) - The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office has identified the 65-year-old man who died after authorities said he ran a red light and crashed his minivan into another vehicle.

The crash happened at approximately 11:40 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of K-15 and Meadowlark in Derby.

According to the sheriff's office, Carl Miller II, of Hutchinson, was driving southbound in a Chevy van when he collided into an eastbound Jeep Commander driven by a 29-year-old female.

Authorities said Miller died on the scene. The woman in the Jeep was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

(Anyone who played in tournaments in this region (ie Okla, Kansas, Missouri, etc) in the last 30 years knew who Carl was. Carl used to help Guy Hendrickson run the Hutchinson, Kansas tournaments (they were low key, low pressure, lots of fun). The one thing I think everyone will agree on about Carl was he absolutely loved table tennis. 

Tuesday - 3-9-21

Bixby - 13 players. Francisco Gomez (new), Brandon Chow (new), Justin Masiker (these 3 players play at work together but don't get off work until 7:00 PM), Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Nestor Guzman, John Moore, Robert Yang, Michael Johns, Sam Agbasi, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Friday - 3-5-21

Update on Tom Jourdan (last time played - 9-8-20) on his shoulder problem.
He has a tear in his shoulder and surgery would fix it but he would have to wear a sling for 6 weeks and then limited use afterwards. This would keep Tom from doing his dental practice so surgery is not an option. Tom hopes, in time, the tear will heal. Not sure when he will be back.

Thursday - 3-4-21

Bixby - 17 players. Tim Kluchnyk (new - knew Okba),  Noah Lyons(new - from ORU), Jacob Guyette (new-from ORU), Tom Dreyer (new), Muzze - new (knew Okba), Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, David Leonard (playing on adrenaline only tonight - 3 nights in a row!), John Moore, Okba Harfoush, Nestor Guzman, Dylan Garland, Justin Masiker, Michael Johns, Tom Jourdan (he came out to "block" only since his shoulder is not healed yet), Sam Agbasi, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 3-2-21

Bixby - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Nestor Guzman, John Moore, David Leonard, Michael Johns, Sam Agbasi, Shane Spicer, Patrick Mmuokebe, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 2-25-21

Bixby - 11 players. John Moore, Ray Pestridge, Nestor Guzman, David Leonard, Robert Yang, Alex Tupas, Dylan Garland, Michael Johns, Lewis Shanin, Sam Agbasi, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 2-23-21

Bixby - 9 players. Justin Masiker (new), Lewis Shanin (new), Ray Pestridge, Nestor Guzman (will be in Tulsa for the next 6 years! No more Venezuela ), Michael Johns, David Leonard, Sam Agbasi, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Monday - 2-22-21

From Celia at Bixby center:
I have a rental for ½ the gym on Tues & Thurs, March 2nd & 4th for the Miss Bixby pageant rehearsals from 4:30-7pm.  
I will have the curtains up to divide the gym for that week.  
Once they leave, if you want to expand into that area, you will be able to do so.

Thursday - 2-18-21

Bixby - the center will be closed today also due to snow. No table tennis.

Tuesday - 2-16-21

Bixby - the center will be closed today due to 6" of snow. No table tennis.

Thursday - 2-11-21

Bixby - no play tonight either due to icy roads

Tuesday - 2-9-21

Bixby - no play tonight due to icy roads

Thursday - 2-4-21

Bixby - 9 players - Robert Yang, John Moore, Michael Johns, Dylan Garland, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Mo Luqman, Sam, Ray Pestridge.

Tuesday - 2-2-21

Bixby - 13 players. John Moore, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Okba Harfoush, Omar? (friend of Okba), Brad Balmer, Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Michael Johns, Patrick Mmuokebe, Tim Pang, Lewis Shanin (new), Robert Yang. (info courtesy of Ray)

Thursday - 1-28-21

Bixby - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Brad Balmer, Mo Luqman, Jose Prado, Patrick Mmuokebe, John Moore, Michael Johns, Dylan Garland, Kelly Boyce

Wed - 1-26-21

Update on 2 players (per Ray Pestridge): Tom Jourdan - he still has problems with his shoulder. His doctor says Tom needs surgery but Tom does not want it. Tom maybe back in one month.
Bob Kyker - Now down to only taking 5 milligrams for his leg medicine. Bob maybe back in one more year.

Tuesday - 1-26-21

Bixby - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Jose Prado, Brad Balmer, Tim Pang, Robert Yang, Okba Harfoush, friend of Okba, Patrick Mmuokebe, Michael Johns, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 1-21-21

Bixby - 11 players. Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Jose Prado, Mo Luqman, Alex Tupas, Robert Yang, Dylan Garland, Michael Johns, David Leonard, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 1-19-21

Bixby - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, John Moore, David Leonard, Jose Prado, Michael Johns, Alex Tupas, Mats Johansson, Brad Balmer, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 1-14-21

Bixby - 9 players. John Moore, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Dylan Garland, Okba Harfoush, Michael Johns, Jose Prado, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Okba is back! He will start playing more often. He said he has tried other sports in the last year or 2 and he said he likes table tennis best! 

Tuesday - 1-12-21

Bixby - 8 players. Ray Pestridge, Jose Prado, John Moore, Alex Tupas, Mats Johansson, Brad Balmer, Michael Johns, Kelly Boyce

Thursday - 1-7-21

Bixby - 10 players. David Leonard, Robert Yang, Dylan Garland, Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Jose Prado, Jason and Noah Taylor, Michael Johns, Mohammed Luqman(info courtesy of Ray)

Tuesday - 1-5-21

Bixby - 11 players. Jacob Raley (new!), Okba Harfoush, Brad Balmer, David Leonard, Mohammed Luqman, John Moore, Michael Johns, Ray Pestridge, Jose Prado, Alex Tupas, Shane Spicer (info courtsey of Shane).

Friday - 12-18-20

Bixby - the next time we play will be Jan 5 - Tuesday.

Friday - 12-18-20

Ex-Tulsa player Coach Rachid El Boubou has online tips from Butterfly:
https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-how-to-forehand-pivot-with-coach-rachid/
and
https://butterflyonline.com/coaches/rachid-elboubou/
(info courtesy of Alex Tupas).

Thursday - 12-17-20

Bixby - 8 players. Jose Prado (new), Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Jason Taylor, Michael Johns, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Jose is a Junior at TU and has been playing at TU with Mohammed Luqman. Jose entered a TU ping pong tournament and came in 3rd (behind Mohammed and some other player). 

Tuesday - 12-15-20

Bixby - 10 players. John Moore, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Jason and Noah Taylor, Michael Johns, Mats Johansson, Robert Yang, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 12-10-20

Bixby - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, John Moore, David Leonard, Robert Yang, Alex Tupas, Michael Johns, Mats Johansson, Jason and Noah Taylor, Kelly Boyce.

Wed - 12-9-20

From Bixby center - We will be closing the center at 5:00pm Dec 21-23 the week of Christmas and Dec 28 – 31, the week of New Year.

Tuesday - 12-8-20

Bixby - 13 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, John Moore, David Leonard, Jason and Noah Taylor, Robert Yang, Tim Pang, Jeffery McNeal, Michael Johns, Shane Spicer, Mats Johansson, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Jeffery is planning on buying a new paddle from Paddle Palace soon.
John Moore is experimenting with new rubber again.
Robert Yang is in between hobbies now and will be playing again for awhile.

Wednesday - 12/2/20

Bixby - No play tomorrow. Table Tennis Cancelled.

Tuesday 12/1/20

Bixby-10 players. Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Ray Pestridge, Dylan Garland, Andrew Martin, Jason and Noah Taylor, Shane Spicer, John Moore, Michael Johns.

Wed - 11-25-20

Bixby will be open Thursday - 12-3-20 for table tennis (the first Thursday of the month).

Tuesday - 11-24-20

Bixby - 5 players. David Leonard, Robert Yang, Michael Johns, Patrick Mmuokebe, Shane Spicer (rainy and cold night plus Covid 19 warnings). (info courtesy of Shane)

Wed - 11-18-20

From Bixby center - We will be closing the center at 5:00pm Dec 21-23 the week of Christmas and Dec 28 – 31, the week of New Year.

Tuesday - 11-17-20

Bixby - 11 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, John Moore, David Leonard, Dylan Garland, Michael Johns, Jason and Noah Taylor, Tim Peng, Darren Delaune, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 11-17-20

Bixby - we can start playing every Thursday at Bixby starting in Dec ! (still no word from Knox Church when we can start playing there).

Tuesday - 11-10-20

Bixby - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Mats Johansson, Dylan Garland, Jeffery McNeal, Michael Johns, Bruno Fernandez, John Kerfoot, David Leonard, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 11-5-20

Bixby - 6 players. Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Michael Johns, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 11-3-20

Bixby - 9 players (vote day for President). Ray Pestridge, John Moore, David Leonard, Dylan Garland, Alex Tupas, Jeffery McNeal (new), Noah and Jason Taylor, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 10-27-20

Bixby - 10 players. (big ice storm just west of Tulsa). JD (first time out), Alex Tupas, Dylan Garland, David Leonard, Bruno Fernandez, Robert Yang, John Moore, Michael Johns, Jason Taylor, Shane Spicer (info courtesy of Shane).

Tuesday - 10-20-20

Bixby - 18 players. David Leonard, Michael Johns, Corey Flaugher, Brad Balmer, Sean Curtis, Noah Lyons, John Moore, Dylan Garland, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Bruno Fernandez, Robert Yang, Chris Lane, Jaesung Kim (last night - moving to Washington), Jason and Noah Taylor, Tim Pang, Shane Spicer (info courtesy of Shane).

Tuesday - 10-13-20

Bixby - 19 players. Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, John Moore, Alex Tupas. From the ORU ping pong club - Sean Curtis, Noah Lyons, Daniel Chou. Dylan Garland, Mats Johansson, Andrew Martin, Tim Jones, Jason and Noah Taylor (did not play any matches - stayed 5 minutes and left), Brad Balmer, Chris Lane, Noelle Cullison (just read/browsed, did not play), Tim Pang (from Calif - here for 3 months on a job), Michael Johns, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 10-6-20

Per a text message from Brad Balmer dated 10-5-20 (Monday):
The Broken Arrow recreation dept is running a tournament next Thursday - 10-15-20 - at Neinhuis Community Center on Lynn Lane in Broken Arrow.
Starts at 6:30 PM and costs $5.00.

Tuesday - 10-6-20

Bixby - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, John Moore, Corey Flaugher, Alex Tupas, Dylan Garland, Jason and Noah Taylor, Diego Fernandez, Bruno Fernandez, Brad Balmer, Jaesung Kim, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 10-1-20

Bixby - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Corey Flaugher, John Moore, Bruno Fernandez (paid $5), Diego Fernandez, Michael Johns, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 9-29-20

Bixby - 11 players. Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, John Moore, Alex Tupas, Dylan Garland, Robert Yang, Diego Fernandez, Andrew Martin, Shane Spicer, Michael Johns, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Diego will be moving to near Dallas in 2 weeks.
Alex and Shweta played at Nienhuis park in Broken Arrow this last weekend.

Thursday - 9-24-20

Bixby - no play tonight.
Other news: Tom Jourdan has hurt his shoulder and will not play for up to 3 months.

Tuesday - 9-22-20

Bixby - 17 players. Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Alex Tupas, Robert Yang, Corey Flaugher, David Leonard, Okba Harfouch, Bruno Fernandez, Diego Fernandez, Andrew Martin, Michael Johns, Mats Johansson, Shane Spicer, Jaesung Kim, Omar Ahmadieh (knows Okba), Dylan Garland, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Jaesung will be moving to Washington on 10-26-20.

Tuesday - 9-15-20

Bixby - 15 players. Ray Pestridge, Robert Yang, David Leonard, Corey Flaugher, John Moore, Mats Johansson, Mike Fletcher (first time out), Andrew Martin, Dylan Garland, Darren Delaune , Jason and Noah Taylor, Michael Johns, Shane Spicer (paid $40), Kelly Boyce.
Other news - for more on Darren Delaune - https://www.ndnsports.com/muscogee-creek-fighter-makes-boxing-debut/

Tuesday - 9-8-20

Bixby - 13 players. Ray Pestridge, Corey Flaugher, Robert Yang, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Michael Johns, Tom Jourdan, Bruno Fernandez, Jason and Noah Taylor, Shane Spicer, Jaesung Kim, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 9-3-20

Bixby - 8 players. Ray Pestridge, John Moore, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Corey Flaugher, Robert Yang, Michael Johns, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 9-1-20

Bixby - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, John Moore, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Corey Flaugher, Shane Spicer, Dylan Garland, Jaesung Kim, Michael Johns, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 8-25-20

Bixby - 11 player. Ray Pestridge, John Moore, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Corey Flaugher, Dylan Garland, Michael Johns, Jaesung Kim, Shane Spicer, Robert Yang, Kelly Boyce.

Sunday - 8-23-20

(from an email from Jared dated 8-22-20) Dear Table Tennis Friends,
We need your help to keep Joplin Table Tennis Club running in the future.
If you’ve had the opportunity to play at one of our Tournaments or at our Club, you know what a great facility our location, Memorial Hall, is for table tennis.  
However, Memorial Hall, needs repair and the City of Joplin is trying to determine if they should fix it or even this type of facility is needed in our community.
Joplin Table Tennis Club needs such a facility for our Club and for hosting Tournaments.  
You can help us show the City there is strong support for Joplin Table Tennis Club by completing their survey.  

Just go to  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JoplinMemorialHall  and answer 22 questions. Done!  

 

Your help is greatly appreciated. 

 

 

Jared Wicklund | Liberty Utilities  (Missouri) | Fuel Contracts Manager
P: 417-625-6190 | C: 417-438-1105 | E: Jared.Wicklund@libertyutilities.com
602 S Joplin Ave, Joplin, MO 64801