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Tuesday - 9-27-22

John Knox - 14 players. Enrique Perez (paid $100 !), Chuck Urasaki, Clive Chafa (new - from ORU), Anand Vijayasri (new - used to work with Drew), his daughter - Kilambi Vijayasri, David Reynolds (kinda new - from Brad Balmer's old club), Martin Ndengang, Orson Slater, Brandon Waller, Travis Flatt, Sam Agbasi, Dylan Garland, Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 9-27-22

Bixby - 10 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Jason Taylor, John Moore, Louis J., Abraham, Michael Johns, Juan Pagan, Shane Spicer (info courtesy of Alex).

Thursday - 9-22-22

Bixby - no info

Thursday - 9-22-22

John Knox - 15 players. Michael Johns, Travis Flatt, Jacob Tipton, Dylan Garland, Robert Yang, Sam Agbasi, David Leonard, Drew Cowan, Kyle, John and Tully Copperham, Jonny Miller (paid $100!), Jason Taylor, Johnny McClanahan, Mike Hamby.

Wed - 9-21-22

Bixby - 1 player. Michael Johns

Tuesday - 9-20-22

John Knox - 15 players. Robert Yang, Cal and Reed Maguire, Jonny Miller, Travis Flatt, Orson Slater, Dylan Garland, Martin Ndengang, David Leonard, Brandon Waller, Abraham Kaprielian and his dad Nazareth Kaprielian, Johnny McClanahan, Sam Agbasi, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 9-20-22

Bixby - 10 players. Alex Tupas, John Moore, Cole Berkenbile and Carynn Chance (paid $60!), Sam Agbasi, Michael Johns, John Kerfoot, John Cai, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce. 

Thursday - 9-15-22

John Knox - 13 players. Martin Ndengang (paid $100!), Michael Johns, Dylan Garland, Orson Slater, Travis Flatt, Drew Cowan, Brandon Waller, Gabriel Santos, Jonny Miller, Johnny McClanahan, Robert and Landon Yang, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 9-15-22

Bixby - 8 players. Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Ting Chen, Jason Taylor, John Kerfoot, Sam Agbasi, Mauricio Oviedo, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Sam is playing well with his new grip on his penhold paddle (he calls it "wonky" ).

Wed -9-14-22

Bixby - 2 players. Sam Agbasi, Michael Johns

Tuesday - 9-13-22

John Knox - 12 players. Orson Slater, Travis and Julian Flatt, Cal and Reed Maguire, Brandon Waller, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang, Sam Agbasi, Dylan Garland, Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby.
Other news: Hamid Ezzat may start playing next Tuesday!

Tuesday - 9-13-22

Bixby - 8 players. Alex Tupas, David Leonard, John Moore, Michael Johns, Jason Taylor,  John Cai, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 9-8-22

John Knox - 17 players. Michael Johns, Sam Agbasi (paid $100), Brandon Waller, Travis and Julian Flatt, Jacob Tipton, Mark Tipton, Orson Slater, Abraham and Nazareth Kaprielian, Dylan Garland, Martin Ndengang, Drew Cowan, Jonny Miller, Robert Yang and his son, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 9-8-22

Bixby - 6 players. Alex Tupas, David Leonard, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Jason Taylor, Kelly Boyce.

Wed - 9-7-22

Bixby - 4 players. Johnny McClanahan, Jason Taylor, Mats Johansson, Michael Johns.

Tuesday - 9-6-22

John Knox - 16 players. Orson Slater, Tully Cockerham (knows Orson), Johnny McClanahan, Travis and Julian Flatt, Brandon Waller, Mats Johansson, Dylan Garland, Robert Yang, Sam Agbasi, Abraham Kaprielian and his dad Nazareth , Gabriel Santos, Jacob Tipton, Martin Ndengang, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 9-6-22

Bixby - 9 players. David/Dave Redthunder (just moved here from Washington), Alex Tupas, John Moore, David Leonard, Michael Johns, John Kerfoot, John Cai, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Friday - 9-2-22

David Correa's new website is up and running.
https://essentialtabletennis.com/


Thursday - 9-1-22

John Knox - 13 players. Travis Flatt (paid $10), Brandon Waller (paid $100), Dylan Garland (paid $100), Mike Hamby (paid $100), Julian Waller, Drew Cowan, Johnny McClanahan, Michael Johns, Mats Johansson, Robert Yang, Sam Agbasi, Orson Slater, Gabriel Santos. 

Thursday - 9-1-22

Bixby - 7 players. David Leonard (paid $55), John Moore, Ting Chen, John Cai, Alex Tupas, John Kerfoot, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 8-30-22

John Knox - 9 players. Mats Johansson, Orson Slater, Drew Cowan, Travis Flatt, Dylan Garland, Sam Agbasi, JB, Martin Ndengang, Robert Yang. (info courtesy of Drew).

Tuesday - 8-30-22

Bixby - 11 players. Alex Tupas, David Leonard, John Moore, John Cai, Alex Tupas, Michael Johns, Shane Spicer (paid $40), Ted Hill, Jason Taylor, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce.

Saturday - 8-27-22

Vlad Farcas will be in Moore, Ok tomorow - Sunday - from 1-4:30 PM. He is a professional table tennis player and USA Olympic Coach. So far, Martin Ndengang and Sam Agbasi are going to Moore. Anyone interested contact Martin or Sam or David Correa (note - if you don't know who David Correa is, you need to find a new sport).

Thursday - 8-25-22

John Knox - 11 players. Sam Agbasi, Johnny McClanahan, Brandon Waller, Michael Johns, Travis and Julian Flatt, Martin Ndengang, Robert Yang, Mats Johansson, David Leonard, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 8-25-22

Bixby - 7 players. Alex Tupas, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Michael Johns, Jason Taylor, Ting Chen, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 8-23-22

John Knox - 12 players. Sam Agbasi, Robert Yang, Travis Flatt and his son Julian, Mats Johansson, Brandon Waller, Drew Cowan, Martin Ndengang, Corey Bryant, Johnny McClanahan, Rob Lee (paid $100!), Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 8-23-22

Bixby - 9 players. Alex Tupas, David Leonard, John Moore, John Kerfoot, John Cai, Michael Johns, Jason Taylor, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 8-18-22

John Knox - 12 players. Dylan Garland, Xavier Lee, Travis Flatt, Orson Slater, Sam Agbasi, Martin Ndengang, Robert Yang, Brandon Waller, Gabriel Santos, Michael Johns, Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 8-18-22

Bixby - 8 players. Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Jason Taylor, Cole Berkenbile, Carsynn Chance, Ting Chen, John Kerfoot (paid $40!), Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Ting Chen is changing to shakehand style.

Tuesday - 8-16-22

John Knox - 17 players. Travis Flatt, Corey Bryant, Martin Ndengang, Jason Taylor, Orson Slater, Johnny McClanahan, Robert Yang, Drew Cowan, David Leonard, Xavier Lee, Jacob Tipton, Sam Agbasi, Brandon Waller, Michael Johns, Abraham Kaprielian, Nazareth Kaprielian (Abraham's dad), Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 8-16-22

Bixby - no players (ie  nada, zip, zilch, nil, diddly-squat).
(We know this because Shane Spicer said so).

Thursday - 8-11-22

John Knox - 7 players. Sam Agbasi, Martin Ndengang, Travis Flatt, Brandon Waller, Robert Yang, Dylan Garland, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 8-11-22

Bixby - 7 players. John Kerfoot, Michael Johns, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Carson Chance, Ray Pestridge, Cole Berkenbile. (info courtesy of Ray),

Tuesday - 8-9-22

John Knox - 10 players. Travis Flatt, Abraham Kaprielian, Jacob Tipton, Johnny McClanahan, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang, Drew Cowan, Sam Agbasi, Mike Hamby, Brandon Waller.

Tuesday - 8-9-22

Bixby- 11 players. John Cai, John Kerfoot, John Moore, Michael Johns, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Mauricio Oviedo, Ray Pestridge, Cole Berkenbile, Erick Dobrich, Shane Spicer. (info courtesy of Ray).

Thursday - 8-4-22

John Knox - 5 players. Travis Flatt (paid $10), Johnny McClanahan, Xavier Lee, Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby.
Other news: We can now start playing at 6:00 PM !

Thursday - 8-4-22

Bixby - 14 players. Cole Berkenbile (new), Carynn Chance (came in with Cole - just watched), Abraham Kaprielian, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, John Moore, Alex Tupas, Martin Ndengang (playing very well), Michael Johns, Sam Agbasi, Madhu Koduri (paid $40!) , Jason Taylor, Jacob Tipton, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Abraham graduates from Spartan in 10 days and will looking for a job (preferably in Tulsa).

Tuesday - 8-2-22

John Knox - 4 players. Peter Bui (new), Drew Cowan, Johnny McClanahan, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 8-2-22

Bixby - 19 players. Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Michael Johns, Sam Agbasi, Robert Yang, Yen-Ting Chen, Mauricio Oviedo, Martin Ndengang, Madhu Koduri, John Kerfoot, John Cai, Shane Spicer, Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce. The next 3 players just took a lesson from Ray - Tom Eaton, Orson Slater, Abraham.
Other news: Tom Eaton will be going back to Japan (where he lives).

Thursday - 7-28-22

John Knox - 5 players. Xavier Lee, Brandon Waller, Orson Slater, Corey Bryant, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 7-28-22

Bixby - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Michael Johns, Abraham Kaprielian, Tom Eaton (just took a lesson from Ray), Jason Taylor, Madhu Koduri, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang, John Kerfoot, Sam Agbasi, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 7-26-22

John Knox - 8 players. Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Reed Maguire, Brandon Waller, Corey Bryant, Johnny McClanahan, Robert Yang, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 7-26-22

Bixby - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, Jason Taylor, Alex Tupas, Martin Ndengang, Michael Johns, Sam Agbasi, Shane Spicer, Yen-Ting Chen, Ted Hill (paid $40!), Abraham Kaprielian, Madhu Koduri,  Orson Slater (took a lesson from Ray), John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 7-21-22

Bixby - 15 players. Madhu Koduri (last time out was Dec 2013), Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Robert Yang, Alex Tupas, Michael Johns, Jason and Noah Taylor, Sam Agbasi, Abraham Kaprielian, Jacob Tipton, Jacob Green, Martin Ndengang, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 7-21-22

John Knox - 4 players. Brandon Waller, Cal and Reed Maguire, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 7-19-22

Bixby - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Michael Johns, Orson Slater (took a lesson from Ray), Martin Ndengang, Abraham Kaprielian (slowly getting his old offensive game back) , Jacob Tipton, John Kerfoot, Mauricio Oviedo, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 7-19-22

John Knox - 4 players. Brandon Waller (new - plays at the Tulsa bars), Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 7-14-22

Bixby - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Michael Johns, John Moore, Tom Jourdan!, Ouli Jourdan!, Martin Ndengang, Sam Agbasi, Tom Eaton (new - took a lesson from Ray), John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 7-14-22

John Knox - 5 players. Travis Flatt, Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Orson Slater, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 7-14-22

Update on Hamid Ezzat's 2 Parkinson's tournaments he attended recently.
In Portugal - he won 3 medals.
At US Nationals in Ft Worth he won 6 medals (and $350).

Tuesday - 7-12-22

John Knox - 7 players. Travis Flatt, Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Abraham Kaprielian (from Lebanon), Jacob Taylor, Vania Andrews, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 7-12-22

Bixby - 19 players. Ray Pestridge, Corey Flaugher, John Moore, Jesper Ohlson, David Leonard, Jason and Noah Taylor, Robert Yang, Michael Johns, John Kerfoot, Alex Tupas, Kyle Moulton (new - from the Okla City Club - trains with David Correa), Yen-Ting Chen, Sam Agbasi, Martin Ndengang, Ming Li, John Cai, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 7-7-22

John Knox - 5 players. Johnny McClanahan, Travis Flatt, Michael Johns, Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby.
Other news:  Hamid was at the Nationals yesterday in Ft. Worth and will start back next week.
Xavier started a new job but thinks he can start playing again next week.

Thursday - 7-7-22

Bixby - 15 players. 4 new players (all came in together) - Anthony Kaprielian (a coach trained player from Lebanon), Jonny Miller, Mark Tipton, Vania Andrews. Corey Flaugher, David Leonard, Robert Yang, John Moore, John Kerfoot, John Cai, Alex Tupas, Sam Agbasi, Jason and Noah Taylor, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 7-5-22

John Knox -2 players. Travis Flatt, Mike Hamby.
Other news: Michael Johns is in Ft. Worth watching the Nationals!

Tuesday - 7-5-22

Bixby - 14 players. Nathan Sullivan (from Tennessee - just visiting), John Moore, David Leonard, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Yen-Ting Chen, John Cai, Jason and Noah Taylor, Sam Agbasi, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce, Abraham and Orson Slater (both took a lesson from Ray),

Thursday - 6-30-22

John Knox - 10 players. Thai Tran (from Seattle club. Just visiting in Tulsa. Rating - around 1700), Michael Johns, Ray Pestridge, Sam Agbasi, Orson Slater, Travis Flatt, Corey Bryant, Gabriel Santos, Zack Hendrickson, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 6-30-22

Bixby - 3 players. Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Kelly Boyce (Shane would have been here but we texted him not to show up - sorry Shane)

Tuesday - 6-28-22

John Knox - 5 players. Travis Flatt, Corey Bryant, Sam Agbasi, Zac Hendrickson (from the Okla city club - in Tulsa on business for a day), Mike Hamby.
Other news: the church said we no longer need to use the new locking procedure.

Tuesday - 6-28-22

Bixby - 13 players. Robert Yang (getting ready for an "Asian" non-sanctioned tournament in Minnesota), Corey Flaugher, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Michael Johns, Ming Li, Yen-Ting Chen, Peter Thang, Martin Ndengang, Orson Slater, Thai Tran (new), Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Thai Tran went to the John Knox church tonight but didn't know how to get inside.

Thursday - 6-23-22

John Knox - 12 players. Corey Bryant, Corey Flaugher, David Leonard, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Mats Johansson, Michael Johns, Robert Yang, Travis Flatt, Sam Agbasi, Martin Ndengang, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 6-23-22

Bixby - 6 players. John Moore, Jason Taylor, Noah Taylor, Ming Li, Yen-Ting Chen, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 6-21-22

John Knox - 6 players. Robert Yang, Corey Bryant, Sam Agbasi, Martin Ndengang, Travis Flatt (paid $10), Mike Hamby.
Other news - Mike explained how the new locking-the-door procedure works (the church is trying to improve their security since the shooting at the hospital).
Other news: Xavier got a new job with new hours and may not be able to play anymore.

Tuesday - 6-21-22

Bixby - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Michael Johns, Jason Taylor, Mauricio Oviedo, Abraham, Orson Slater, Peter Thang, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Friday - 6-17-22

From an email from Bill Lewis dated June 9: (a mere 3712 words)
(Okba Harfoush was in this tournament and came in 2nd in the Under 2000 !)
June 9, 2022  -  Author: Bill Lewis
Write-Up: 2022 Missouri Show-Me State Games Table Tennis Open
Fifty players completed 208 matches spread across nine events during the running of the June 4, 2022 Missouri Show-Me State Games held in beautiful Springfield, Missouri.  
Winfred Addy from Moore, Oklahoma was the tournament’s overall top seed.  
The day’s premier event was the Giant Round Robin which had $1000 for 1st place, $800 for 2nd and $400 for 3rd.
Rachid-el Boubou from Raleigh, North Carolina would go on to win this tournaments most prestigious event with a perfect Giant Round Robin record of: 8 matches won to 0 lost.  

The Giant Round Robin was a paralleled event with a first round robin containing 4 players in 6 groups;
then, alternating with a second round robin holding 6 players in 4 groups for a total of 24 players.  
A number equaling 96 matches would ultimately be played in this contest.  
Leading out of Group 1 was Addy who won all three of his matches.  
Boubou then eclipsed all three of his competitors from Group 2 besting each at three matches won to zero lost.  
In Group 3 Liedy Handoko from Cordova, Tennessee tore through his slate of opponents with 3 matches won to none lost.  
From Group 4 PJ Phachantry from Wichita, Kansas sprung a live trap on his contestants and successfully contained them with an identical 3 match wins versus 0 matches lost while in Group 5 Logan Watson from Moore, Oklahoma corralled his roster of challengers also at 3 to 0.  
Lastly in Group 6 John Chen from Overland Park, Kansas decided to do the same thing to his host of antagonists by shutting down his rivals with three matches pocketed while losing zero.  
All 24 players then subsequently advanced to their respective Class A, Class B, Class C and Class D round robin positions.  
Each of the four classed round robins would necessarily require 15 games apiece to complete.  

In physics there are four forces needing dealt with; the gravitational force, the electromagnetic force, the weak force and the strong force.  
Through the completion of Class A Boubou showed why he’s the strong force to be reckoned with as the man won all five of his matches;
the celebratory grand prize of $1000 dollars in legal tender, plus a gold leafed medal.  
That said, two of his matches would be won like a high diver on the 10 meter board: with a high degree of difficulty as both Watson and Addy took Rachid-el to five games.  
And, that’s quite a testament to these two formidable players.  
This event perhaps not so surprisingly, would end with a three-way tie between Addy, Handoko and Watson for the second place position.  
When the computations were ultimately tallied, Handoko received 2nd, $800 in bank notes and a silver medal whilst Watson received 3rd place, $400 greenbacks and a bronze medal.  
Addy was contented with 4th place while PJ Phachantry filled out the field at 5th and John Chen trailed the pack in 6th.
In Class B, the 1st place protagonist was Richard Martin from Overland Park, Kansas and he too had a sterling record of 5 match wins to 0 lost.  
Richard would receive $100 for his battles and a gold medal.  
Was this to portend a trend, for just as in the prior Class A; was Class B to have its own three-way tie for 2nd place?
The answer would be revealed in a singular succinct word: Yes.  
One might accurately think more bookwork for the tournament director.  
When the arithmetic number crunching was inked to bleached white paper it revealed Scott Meredith from University City, Missouri would be in 2nd place; Alex Anuraga from Wichita, Kansas was in third while Ethan Ellsaesser from Springfield, Missouri came in 4th.  
Rounding out the cast in 5th place was Nik Terzic from Ballwin, Missouri and in 6th was Victor DiMartino from Grain Valley, MO.

Hearkening back a few centuries to the time when pirates roamed many white-capped seas and ‘shiver me timbers’ could be heard loudly as any battle ship’s rallying cry - in Class C, Dale Boswell from Springfield, Missouri did just that as the collective hairs of his oppositionists first went up their spines then back down as they faced headlong into his dastardly pips-out paddle.  
When called for Boswell serves short pips when serving then reverses using long pips while returning.  
With this unique combination his competition really didn’t stand much of a chance.  
Heralded names such as Ruwen Filus, Joo Se Hyuk, Liedy Handoko , Chen Weixing, He Zhi, Gionis Panagiotis and Evgueni Chtchetinine are just some which readily come to mind to describe fellow and current world class pips-out players.  
Too, there was something in the air, something ominous, something contemplative, something about which a person could not easily place their finger on about this day as this particular event would reveal yet another three-way tie needing broken.  
The big difference this time though would be the three-way tie for 1st.  
To that end a certain tournament director’s hand was now actually getting tired, however, number crunching needed to be done and done it would get.  
Boswell’s concentrated efforts paid off as he had the better games won vs. loss ratio and he received $100 and a gold detailed encrusted medal.  
Coming in 2nd was Raj Coona from Memphis Tennessee and he received $40 as well as a silver medallion.  
Rounding out third was Brett Hermann from Wichita, Kansas and he was entitled to $30 and a small bronze circular object.  
In fourth place was Paul Vernon from Fayetteville, Arkansas, and in 5th place was Xiangwei Du from Columbia, Missouri whilst in sixth place was Sage Crane from Neosho, MO.

In Class D, Paul Shelor, an avid table tennis player but also a most prestigious choral director from the city of Quincy, Illinois came in first place with a spotlessly perfect record of five games won to zero lost and he garnered $100 for his ventures plus a gold coin.  
The person coming in second was architectural and design engineer Adam Toth from Springfield, Missouri who had 4 outstanding match wins to but one loss and Adam correctly received $30 and a shiny silvery pendant.  
Up from Sheridan, Arkansas and in third place came Charles Brooks who had three wins to only two losses and he was awarded $30 and a bronze emblem.  
Arriving in 4th place was Lee Futter from the host city of Springfield, 5th place went to Aida Amir from Wichita, Kansas while in sixth place came Brad Todd who also hailed from Springfield.

The format for Open Singles was single elimination and it contained 16 identified players.  
Starting in the 8ths it would be Winfred Addy vs Xiangwei Du and as was expected a 2300 rated player against a 1400 doesn’t take long to settle.  
The next top-bracketed 8ths showcased Alexander Anuraga against Scott Meredith.  
Meredith scored 33 points through three games to Anuraga’s 23 and subsequently advanced to play yet again.  
John Chen demonstrated he has lots of high horsepower hits and he did just that by limiting Ethan Ellsaesser to 11 points through three games.  
Just the opposite though was the case with Liedy Handoko who had his hands literally full in the last of the top-bracketed 8ths as he went up against the almost show stopping fighter in Okba Harfoush from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  
Okba nearly pulled off the impossible as he took Handoko to five games before barely bowing out at 11 to 7 in the 5th and deciding game, so, kudos to Okba.  
In the first match of the bottom bracketed 8ths it would be Logan Watson versus Kevin Jiao from Overland Park, Kansas.  
Watson as it turns out is much like an expensive multi-faceted watch: many intricate parts working in precise functioning fashion.  
Watson would win this match at three games to zero.  
Up next in the bottom-sided bracket was Nik Terzic who did some slicing and dicing of his own against Raj Coona.  
Nik parlayed his considerable skills with nice corner to corner hits.  
In the end Terzic would defeat his lesser ranked opponent in four games.  
PJ Phachantry and Everton Wilson from St. Charles, Missouri sparred in another eight’s bout; however it would be Wilson who didn’t possess enough fisticuff power to adequately stave off Phachantry’s exacting hits and prowess.
Wilson lost in three games.  
Everett Jiao, a 1606 rated player from Overland Park, Kansas had the unenviable task of meeting up with the tournament’s overall # 2 seed in Rachid-el Boubou, who at 2311 dispatched Jiao in three uninterrupted games.  

In the first of the quarterfinals it would be Addy against Anuraga and while Anuraga had a lot of heart his legs weren’t pumping quite quickly enough nor did they respond to Addy’s all-around game and Addy won in 3 games.  
Lighting swift John Chen first checked the gauged meter in his own gas tank for adequate propulsion but there just wasn’t enough juice left to outlast Handoko in the other top-half bracketed Qtr’s.  
Chen did extremely well but lost: 11 to 9, 11 to 8 and 14 to 12 and it was Handoko who had the polished silky smooth touch as he advanced to the semifinals.  
In one set of the bottom-sided quarters then it was Logan Watson vs. Nik Terzic.  
Whether Nik at day or Nick at Nite it didn’t really seem to matter: It was all elementary my dear Watson.  
Watson dialed up the wattage and the metered wheel spun revolutionarily fast as Watson advanced in four skirmished games.  
In the last of the Qtr’s then it was Phachantry versus Boubou.  
What’s the difference between being 2300 and 1970 –?– over three hundred points which was more than enough to hold Phachantry to 16 points through three games.

In the top half of the semi’s then it would be Handoko in a man-to-man fight against Addy.  
Remembering Handoko’s resilient defensive game he dispatched Addy in four distinct games: 11 to 4, -9 to 11, 11 to 9 and 11 to 7 to advance to the championship match.  
The last semifinal pitted Boubou with Watson.  
Not much can be said about this match other than the fact that Watson was consequently and unceremoniously relegated to the third place game as he lost in straight sets: 11 to 4, 12 to 10 and 11 to 4.  
Addy and Watson however would then go on to deliver their own literal haymaker of a 3rd place match.  
Through five games a total of 108 points were scored with Addy narrowly eking out a decisive 5th game at 11 to 6 and he was awarded a 3rd place medal plus $300.  
The duel for Open Singles supremacy was now unfolding and taking hard shape.  
As promising as it was at least through the first game with Handoko winning at 13 to 11, the next three games belonged to Boubou at 11 to 7, 11 to 8 and 11 to 9.  
Boubou walked away with 1st place, $500 in traveling currency and the requisite golden medal while Handoko received $400 in hard cash, a silver medal and a firm handshake.

The Under 2100 showcased 11 candidates who played 11 matches in a single elimination format.  
In the top eighth’s it was Nik Terzic who downed Xiangwei Du in straight sets while the other top half eight’s profiled Alex Anuraga and Everett Jiao.  
Anuraga managed to keep his would-be oppressor at bay in a four game sweep.  
In another 8th it was Kevin Jiao who fought off Rich Tompson from West Plains, Missouri in a quick three game scenario.  
Ethan Ellsaesser then slid by Raj Coona in an orderly three games to secure a slot for himself in the quarterfinals.  
In the quarters then, Harfoush downed Anuraga in one four game free-for-all fray while Phachantry eliminated Ellsaesser’s hopes-n-dreams in another four game gambit.  
The last of the quarter’s saw Kevin Jiao go up against Scott Meredith and it would be Jiao who would claim victory in three demonstrable games.  

In one set of semifinals then it was Terzic who first tried heroically, then dare I say even valiantly but he surely could not stop the ‘steamroller of Harfoush’ who had game scores of: -8 to 11, -9 to 11, 11 to 8, 11 to 9 and 11 to 9 as it ever so narrowly favored Harfoush.  
Terzic was thus thrust into the positional 3rd place match.  
On the bottom-sided ledger, Phachantry would be tested to the extreme before finally pulling out his own victory in a grueling, punishing 5th and last game as he won 11 to 5 and so doing demoted Jiao to the 3rd place match against Terzic.  
And - in this 3rd place matchup it was Jiao who was smokin’ hot as he handily won three games to zero against Terzic – Jiao subsequently received $50 simoleons, a handshake and a bronze medal.  
Just like Air Supply’s ‘All Out Of Love’ Harfoush was now all out of energy in his 1st place championship match vs. PJ Phachantry and Phachantry amply demonstrated enough reserve resources to outlast with scores of: 11 to 4, 12 to 10 and 11 to 7.  
Phachantry secured for himself $200 in banknotes, a luxuriously beautiful golden medal and a hearty handshake.
Harfoush received $100 in folding money, a circular silver medal and the understated handshake for a job well done.

Under 1800 was comprised of 12 entrants who were placed in three round robins of four players each.  
Victor DiMartino emerged unscathed from his Group 1 round robin with three match wins.  
The second place finisher was Carl Lewis from Mountain Home, Arkansas who had two wins.  
Even though he was seeded # 3, the Group 2 leader eventually turned out to be Brett Hermann from Wichita, Kansas who won 9 out of his 12 games to advance himself to the semifinals.  
The 2nd place finisher here was Sage Crane.  
From Group 3 Paul Vernon maintained a spotlessly perfect record of three matches won to 0 losses.  
Thanathip Pirom from Manchester, Missouri finished second.  
The # 2 and # 3 round robin group leaders would then play a semifinal match with the loser receiving 3rd.  
That match parlayed the talents of Paul Vernon with Brett Hermann.  
Though this match did go the absolute limit of five games Hermann eked out a quality 11 to 4 5th game and Vernon settled for 3rd place plus a bronze decoration.  
The regal Under 1800 championship latterly pitted Hermann against DiMartino – two fellow Wichita State University players.  
Hermann’s beacon light must have been shining brightly as he guided himself to terra firma in three demonstrable games: 11 to 5, 11 to 8 and 11 to 5 and he first laid stake then laid claim to 1st place and the resplendent golden medal while DiMartino paddled on in for 2nd place and some high purity content silver jewelry.

The Under 1600 had a complement of 12 participants.  
Once players were sorted then slotted to their necessarily assigned positions the three round robins could officially begin.
With this in place, from Group 1 emerged Victor DiMartino as he stopped his slate of three adversaries successfully slaying each.  
Sage Crane would come in second.  
From Group 2 Thanathip Pirom from Manchester, Missouri won his three matches as he nicely upended all his aspirants.  
Paul Shelor came in second.  
Pirom would then play in the singular semifinal match against Group 3 match winner Brett Hermann.  
En route to Hermann’s three match wins though was the giant from Chandler, Arizona: Dave Zapatka.  
Looking much younger than his years, Zapatka took Hermann to five mind bending games before faltering ever so slightly at 11 to 9 in the 5th.  
Thanapa Pirom would come in 2nd.  
Thanathip Pirom then tried hard but he could not unseat Brett Hermann in the semifinals and he was awarded a 3rd place trophy.
Hermann and DiMartino would then play for first.  
This match had a lot of interesting points and it was quite close at 11 to 9, 11 to 6 and 12 to 10 but it ended up being a match which was won by Hermann and he received a gold 1st place medal while DiMartino got a silvery colored object.

Under 1400 was composed of 12 players.  
Charles Brooks was the Group 1 round robin leader with three high caliber wins.  
Lee Futter from Springfield, Missouri came in second place from this first group.  
Timothy Romero from St. Charles, Missouri would reign supreme from Group 2 with three match wins while Adam Toth came in second.  
From Group 3 there was a three-way tie for first.  
When the tie breaking calculus was completed it revealed Thanapa Pirom would advance while Aida Amir from Wichita, Kansas came in second.  
Pirom would consequently go up against Romero in the obligatory semis and she had just enough of the right stuff as she pulled off a real Olive Oyl nail biter at 11 to 7 in the 5th.  
Romero settled for a 3rd place medal.  
The first place match with Thanapa and Brooks was penned to paper.  
Brooks obviously has a tremendous amount of experience in close games and it showed as he beat his younger partner in 4 games: 11 to 7, 11 to 8, -14 to 16 and 11 to 4.  
Brooks was crowned Under 1400 Champion and given a complementary gold medal while Thanapa Pirom was awarded a silver medallion.

Novice Singles contained nine players participating in a single elimination format.  Joshua Du from Columbia, MO and Dianne Zimmerman from Chandler, Arizona would be the first ones to play.  Zimmerman pounced first then outlasted her compatriot in three games in one of the eighths.  Craig Woycheese from Springfield, MO went up against Teddy Landers from West Plains, MO and he advanced himself to the quarters.  Then in the top-sided quarters Zimmerman lost in straight sets to Dale Doolittle from Springfield, MO.  In another quarterfinal match Alfredo Loaiza and Josh Mueller both from Springfield, Missouri went the distance in an extended match at five games with Mueller winning: 11 to 6 in the 5th.  In the other quarterfinals it was Woycheese vs. Fred Lee from Springfield and they apparently knew each other’s game all too well as Lee exploited this fact by winning back-to-back-to-back games.  

In one set of semifinals then were Doolittle vs. Tony Luo from Springfield.  Though this game was chock full of points it would be Luo who would advance in the 5th game at 11 to 7.  Doolittle was obliged down to the 3rd place match.  The remaining set of semis saw Mueller and Lee go at it.  Lee dispatched his nemesis in a three game match and Mueller was then destined to play for third. And, in that race for third place it was a match between Doolittle and Mueller which stretched itself to five pitched games.  When the dust had firmly settled though it was Doolittle who hung his cleats and clogs for all to see by winning the strategic fifth game at 11 to 5 and he received a 3rd place medal.  In the race for 1st it would be Lee vs. Luo.  Fred Lee would win a hard fought match at three games to one and with scores of:  -8 to 11, 16 to 14, 11 to 9 and 11 to 9.  Lee was acknowledged the title of Novice Singles champion and rewarded with gold while Lee was gifted the runner-up’s silver prize and he also requested a handshake to-boot so, he got that as well.

Open Doubles had six premier teams in competition.  
Winfred Addy and Logan Watson teamed up and they won their Group 1 skirmish against Liedy Handoko/Raj Coona and against Nik Terzic/Scott Meredith.  
Handoko/Coona won a single match which allowed them to play for third.  
In Group 2 the tandem tag team of Rachid-el Boubou and Okba Harfoush parlayed their considerable talents by winning both of their games thus punching their tickets to play for 1st.  
And - in the 3rd place match it would be Richard Martin and Alexander Anuraga who would split $100 as they battled through three games against the team of Handoko/Coona; they would also receive bronze centerpieces.  
The 1st place match of Boubou/Harfoush and Addy/Watson was inked to papyrus.  
Boubou and Harfoush proved their mettle as they won this match at three games to one.  
Boubou/Harfoush then divided $400 while gaining gold medals and Addy/Watson shared $200 but also received silver medallions.

The Under 3400 Doubles witnessed six teams in action.  
From Group 1 the team of Everett Jiao and Sage Crane advanced with two great clashed wins, one against Wenyan Drake and Omar Roman, both from Springfield, MO and one against Brad Todd and Steven Choi also from Springfield, MO.  
Drake and Roman did manage to secure one of their matches and were then sent to the 3rd place matchup.  
In Group 2 Dale Boswell and Dave Zapatka beat both their opponents in Ethan Ellsaesser/Alfredo Loaiza and then outgunned Teddy Landers and Rich Tompson.  
Ellsaesser and Loaiza were then pitted with Drake and Roman in the 3rd place match.  
This was a match which would go the distance as Ellsaesser/Loaiza clung closely to the cliff’s edge in some victorious climbing; and they topped off their final 5th and last game at 11 to 6 thus receiving third place medals.  

Ironically or not so ironically – the 1st place game had Boswell and Zapatka against Jiao and Crane.  
This was one of those rare heart stopping matches which any attendant crowd loves to watch and this with eyes wide open.  
When the last swirl of the Parker Pen ink was dry it would reveal the duo of Boswell/Zapatka who would win at 3 games to 2 and, get this: 11 to 9 in the 5th and that’s as tight as it can possibly get.  

With this last match completed it concluded the day’s long journey of satisfying events.

“Congratulations” . . . to all winners and participants.  The day was cool, the atmosphere was conducive to fine matches and the tables performed well.  Most importantly the players were our fine guests.


Bill Lewis
www.ozarkstabletennisclub.net
President Ozarks Table Tennis Club
Author: Bill Lewis

Thursday - 6-16-22

John Knox - 8 players. Michael Johns, Sam Agbasi, Johnnie McClanahan, Travis Flatt, Orson Slater, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang, Gabriel Santos.(info courtesy of Michael).
Other news: waiting on Michael Johns (or anyone who closed up tonight) to comment on the new locking-the-door procedure.

Thursday - 6-16-22

Bixby - 8 players. John Moore, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Jason Taylor, Behzad Ranjbar, Dariush Mohammadi, Kelly Boyce.

Wed - 6-15-22

Here is the link to KOTV website showing the Ray Pestridge interview:
https://www.newson6.com/story/62a8b05a160bdb070f94eb6e/senior-games-table-tennis-gold-medalist-ray-pestridge-discusses-his-big-win

Tuesday - 6-14-22

Ray Pestridge just finished his big live interview with LeAnne Taylor on Channel 6/KOTV today -  Tuesday - June 14 - at 9:45 am. It was a big success! LeAnne was very happy about how it turned out. They had 4 of their main TV people playing on TV. Also, after we were done, many of the other employees there wanted to play with Ray (and did).
When KOTV gets the Ray video ready for their website, we will post a link to it here.

Tuesday - 6-14-22

John Knox - 6 players. Travis Flatt, Orson Slater, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang, Sam Agbasi, Mike Hamby.
Other news: John Knox has a new locking-the-door-procedure.

Tuesday - 6-14-22

Bixby - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Raj Johnson, Ruby Johnson (wife), Albert Johnson (son), (all 3 came in with Alex), Behzad Ranjbar, Dariush Mohammadi, Ming Li, Mauricio Oviedo, Yen-Ting Chen, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce, Michael Johns.

Friday - 6-10-22

Ray Pestridge's big live interview with LeAnne Taylor on Channel 6/KOTV will occur Tuesday - June 14 - at 9:45 am.

Thursday - 6-9-22

Bixby - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, Michael Johns, Corey Flaugher, John Moore, David Leonard, Peter Thang, Behzad Ranjbar, Dariush Mohammadi, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: LeAnne Taylor shown up at 4:30 by herself to talk with Ray (she was doing a pre-interview actually).
Ray had all his table tennis memorabilia (including a large photo of himself when he was 18 years old!.
He had all his National and World medals, newspaper clippings from his England days and other misc items. She took pictures of all of it.
She took video (on her phone) of our players playing.
Michael had the robot set up and she took phone video of that also.
She was planning on being there 20 minutes and wound up being there 1 hour.
(Some of us thought she would be glammed up like she is on TV (ie lots of hairspray, lots of makeup, stylish clothes, flashy jewelry, etc, - but she wasn't (bummer).

Thursday - 6-9-22

John Knox - 8 players. Sam Agbasi, Robert Yang, Robb Lee, Xavier Lee, Gabriel Santos, Martin Ndengang, Travis Flatt, Mike Hamby.

Wed - 6-8-22

Attention all Tulsa table tennis players.
LeAnne Taylor from Channel 6 will be out tomorrow - Thursday - at 4:00 PM to interview Ray Pestridge.
We need as many players that can show up by 4:30 at the latest (even if it is only until 6:00 PM so the John Knox players can go to John Knox later). There will not be any cameras there, so any camera shy people (ie David Leonard) will not have to worry. 

Tuesday - 6-7-22

John Knox - 10 players. Johnnie McClanahan, Travis Flatt, Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Martin Ndengang, Sam Agbasi, Corey Flaugher, Michael Johns. Robert Yang, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 6-7-22

Bixby - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Jason and Noah Taylor, Mauricio Oviedo, Alex Tupas, Shane Spicer, Ben Ranjbar, Daryosh Mohammadi, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 6-7-22

Channel 6/KOTV - from the 9:00 AM morning show with Leann Taylor - will send Leanne only to Bixby on Thursday  - 6-9-22 - at 4:00 PM - to interview Ray Pestridge for winning a national title.

Thursday - 6-2-22

John Knox - 9 players. Gabriel Santos, Michael Johns, Xavier Lee, Cameron Victor, Travis Flatt, Corey Flaugher, Sam Agbasi, Martin Ndengang, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 6-2-22

Bixby - 6 players. John Moore (paid $40), David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Mauricio Oviedo,  Jose Prado, Kelly Boyce

Wed - 6-1-22

Results from the USATT website ( https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Ratings.aspx ) from the May 21 Moore Okla tournament are now posted (with individual results showing - for example - Robert Yang beat a 1970 player and went 5 games with a 2089 player). 

Tuesday - 5-31-22

John Knox - 15 players. Sam Agbasi, Robert Yang, Orson Slater, Travis Flatt, Michael Johns, Cameron Victor, Corey Bryant, Corey Flaugher, Xavier Lee, Martin Ndengang, David Leonard, Cal Maguire, Reed Maguire, Mike Hamby, Robb Lee.

Tuesday - 5-31-22

Bixby - 9 players. John Moore, Yen-Ting, Ming Li, Alex Tupas, Jason and Noah Taylor, Mauricio Oviedo (paid $40), Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Monday - 5-30-22

Update on the Springfield, Missouri tournament (ie Bill Lewis tourney) for June 4:
Here's what's currently left open (from an email from Bill Lewis dated May 29:
3 sets of Open Doubles
3 sets of Under 3400 Doubles . . . (split then added event 2 weeks ago in light of extreme # of Open Doubles teams)
3 slots in Under 2000
1 slot in Open Singles
5 slots in Novice Singles

56 players currently signed.

Thursday - 5-26-22

John Knox - 15 players. David Leonard, Robert Yang, Dylan Garland, Jose Prado, Drew Cowan, Corey Bryant, Corey Flaugher, Sam Agbasi, Robb Lee, Xavier Lee, Michael Johns, Travis Flatt (paid $10), Cameron Victor, Gabriel Santos, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 5-26-22

Bixby - 3 players. Alex Tupas, John Moore, Mauricio Oviedo. 

Tuesday - 5-24-22

John Knox - 11 players. Michael Johns, Xavier Lee, Orson Slater, Reed Maguire, Cal Maguire, Travis Flatt, Martin Ndengang, Dylan Garland, Robert Yang, Abraham Hassan, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 5-24-22

Bixby - 12 players. Corey Flaugher, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Sam Agbasi, Mauricio Oviedo, Ming Li (paid $40!), Jose Prado, Yen-Ting Chen, Cameron Victor, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 5-24-22

Results of the May 21 Moore, Ok tournament are:

Event -        First Place         Second Place     Third Place              Fourth Place
Under 1000 Zunluo Wang    Dennis Rhodes   Carter Murdock3rd-Sanjay Kodam
Under 1400 Nolan Adams    Samuel Agbasi   James Kennedy   4th-Seif Azadi
Under 1800 Dylan Joshua   David Leonard     Huy Nguyen          4th-Hiep Nguyen
Under 2000 Maria Tran         Bernard Mensah Dylan Joshua Ley 4th-Hiep Nguyen
Under 2400 Winfred Addy    Bernard Mensah Maria Tran             4th-Linda Shu
Open Singles Jiaqi Lin         Zhen Deng           Winfred Addy        4th-Logan Watson

Tuesday - 5-24-22

LeAnn Taylor from channel 6/KOTV will do a story on Ray Pestridge winning the National Seniors Tournament.
KOTV will set up a table at their studio and Ray can "teach" the channel 6 people how to play!
(The story will run on KOTV's 9:00 am program when Ray gets back).

Monday - 5-23-22

Ray Pestridge came in 1st - in his age bracket - at the National Senior's tournament in Florida!
Another national title for Ray!
For a link to a photo of Ray on the podium:
http://tulsatabletennis.com/photoalbum1.asp?CategoryID=29
(special note to the younger Tulsa club  players - don't ask someone over the age of 60- like Ray - what age bracket he won).

Saturday - 5-21-22

Update on today's Moore, Okla tournament:
David Leonard got 2nd in under 1800.
Sam Agbasi got 2nd in under 1400.
Robert Yang did well and will gain rating points.
(info courtesy of David Leonard). 

Friday - 5-20-22

Update on the May 21 Moore, Ok tournament - 10 Tulsa players are signed up (per omnipong.com).
Robert Yang, Corey Bryant, Sam Agbasi, Robb Lee, Xavier Lee, Yee Yang, David Leonard, Martin Ndengang, Michael Johns, Jose Prado (56 players have entered so far).

Thursday - 5-19-22

Bixby - 13 players. David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Michael Johns, John Moore, Zachary Conner (from the Okla City Club - in Tulsa for the PGA), Sam Agbasi, Yen-Ting Chen (paid $40!), Travis Flatt, Corey Flaugher, Cameron Victor, Jose Prado, Mauricio Oviedo, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 5-19-22

John Knox - no play on Thursday - 5-19-22

Tuesday - 5-17-22

John Knox - 12 players. Xavier Lee, Michael Johns, Orson Slater, Martin Ndengang, Travis Flatt, Corey Bryant, Dylan Garland, Mats Johansson, Robert Yang, Hamid Ezzat, Cameron Victor, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 5-17-22

Bixby - 9 players. Corey Flaugher (paid $100!), David Leonard, John Moore, John Cai, Jason Taylor, Mauricio Oviedo, Sam Agbasi, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Corey Flaugher is now working in Tulsa - at 21st and Garnett - at the old K-Mart - doing outside sales - and plans on coming out to Bixby both nights. 

Thursday - 5-12-22

John Knox - 13 players. Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Michael Johns, Travis Flatt, Dylan Garland, Corey Bryant, Mats Johansson, Robert Yang, Hamid Ezzat, Sam Agbasi, Martin Ndengang, Cameron Victor, Mike Hamby.
Other news: The church and Drew has approved us getting a 55 gallon trash container - on wheels - to be able to put the cardboard in. Kelly will buy it.

Thursday - 5-12-22

Bixby - 6 players. Yen-Ting Chen (new), Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce.
Other news - Ray Pestridge will be leaving next week to play in the Florida Senior Tournament.
John Kerfoot will be getting cataracts next week and a heart procedure.

Wed - 5-11-22

Update on the May 21 Moore, Ok tournament - 8 Tulsa players are signed up (per omnipong.com).
Robert Yang, Corey Bryant, Sam Agbasi, Robb Lee, Xavier Lee, Yee Yang, David Leonard, Martin Ndengang (55 players have entered so far).

Tuesday - 5-10-22

John Knox - 17 players. Ray Pestridge, Michael Johns, Travis Flatt, Mats Johansson, Corey Bryant, Xavier Lee, Martin Ndengang, Orson Slater, Dylan Garland, Drew Cowan, Sam Agbasi, Hamid Ezzat, Robert Yang, Jose Prado, Cameron Victor (new), Dayo Tychus (new) (both came out with Jose), Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 5-10-22

Bixby - 6 players. Alex Tupas, Jason Taylor, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Mauricio Oviedo,  Shane Spicer. (info courtesy of Shane).

Thursday - 5-5-22

John Knox - 9 players. Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Travis Flatt, Dylan Garland, Michael Johns, Hamid Ezzat, Martin Ndengang (he has been in Canada working), Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson.

Thursday - 5-5-22

Bixby - no info

Tuesday 5-3-22

John Knox - 15 players. Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Hamid Ezzat, Michael Johns, Sam Agbasi, Travis Flatt, Reed McGuire, Mats Johansson (sold his robot!), Xavier Lee, Dylan Garland, Robert Nipper (paid $75!), Zack Rimzo (new), Bobby Denas (new), Mike Hamby, Drew Cowan.

Tuesday 5-3-22

Bixby - 9 players. Alex Tupas, Jason Taylor, John Kerfoot, Maurico Olviedo, John Moore, John Cai, Ted Hill, Peter Thang, Shane Spicer.


Thursday - 4-28-22

John Knox -10 players. Michael Johns, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Sam Agbasi, Hamid Ezzat, Dylan Garland, Drew Cowan, Travis Flatt, Johnnie McClanahan (paid $100!), Mike Hamby.
Other info - Alex Tupas said to make it easier to move the cardboard barriers, the club should buy at least one 55 gallon trash container with wheels. Drew, if the church will approve this, then lets get at least one. The church can also use the container(s) whenever they need to move things.

Thursday - 4-28-22

Bixby - 5 players. Alex Tupas, John Moore, John Kerfoot, John Cai, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 4-28-22

Update on the May 21 Moore, Ok tournament - 7 Tulsa players are signed up (per omnipong.com).
Robert Yang, Corey Bryant, Sam Agbasi, Robb Lee, Xavier Lee, Yee Yang, David Leonard (40 players have entered so far).

Tuesday - 4-26-22

John Knox - 14 players minimum. Orson Slater, Hamid Ezzat, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Dylan Garland, John Kerfoot, David Leonard, Jason Taylor, Drew Cowan, Travis Flatt, Corey Bryant, Xavier Lee, Johnnie McClanahan, Michael Johns (info courtesy of John Kerfoot).

Tuesday - 4-26-22

Bixby - closed today

Sunday - 4-24-22

Update on the May 21 Moore, Ok tournament - 5  Tulsa players are signed up (per omnipong.com).
Sam Agbasi, Robb Lee, Xavier Lee, Yee Yang, David Leonard (34 players have entered so far).

Thursday - 4-21-22

John Knox - 11 players. Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Travis Flatt (paid $10), Drew Cowan, Sam Agbasi, Scott Coatney, Hamid Ezzat, Corey Bryant, Dylan Garland, Mats Johansson, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 4-21-22

Bixby - 6 players. Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Michael Johns, John Moore, Mauricio Oviedo, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Bixby will be closed on next Tuesday (so K.B. will be gunning for R.Y. at John Knox).

Wed - 4-20-22

(from an email from Brad Balmer dated 4-14-22)
Hello, I wanted to update you on the status of the Broken Arrow PPC.
We will be closing the club for now.
My schedule has changed as of late, and I do not have the time to dedicate to the club in a way that is necessary.
This includes the Friday League and Saturday Junior classes.
For those who recently paid ahead or purchased a paddle and want refunds please contact me individually at my phone number. 918 240-7465.  
I am sorry for closing but I have no choice currently.
I will keep the website going if anything changes.
Thank you all for your support and attendance.
If anyone is interested in purchasing one of the clubs’ tables let me know.
I’m sure we can work out a deal.
Take care and contact me anytime.  
Coach Brad

Tuesday - 4-19-22

John Knox - 15 players. Xavier Lee, Michael Johns, Travis Flatt, Ray Pestridge, Drew Cowan, Sam Agbasi, Cal and Reed McGuire, Orson Slater, Robert Nipper, Scott Coatney, Hamid Ezzat, Corey Bryant, Dylan Garland, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 4-19-22

Bixby - John Moore showed up and was the only player.

Thursday - 4-14-22

Bixby - no info

Thursday - 4-14-22

John Knox - no play. Boy scout dinner using the room.

Tuesday - 4-12-22

John Knox - 10 players. Robert Nipper (new), Ray Pestridge, Xavier Lee, Sam Agbasi, Travis Flatt, Robert Yang, Scott Coatney, Corey Bryant, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 4-12-22

Bixby - 4 players. Alex Tupas, John Moore, Michael Johns, Shane Spicer.

Thursday 4/7/22

John Knox - 15 players. Xavier, Rob, Travis, Robert, Sam, Ray, Michael, David L., Mats, Drew, Alex, Corey B., Yee, Hamid, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 4-7-22

Bixby - 3 players. John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot

Thursday - 4-7-22

Tournament update - the Spring 2022 Essential Tournament for 5-21-22 is now posted on omnipong.com website.
So far, 2 Tulsa players have signed up - Xavier Lee and Sam Agbasi.
David Correa said he has had 117 people inquire with him about this tournament so if you want to go, sign up ASAP. Shirts will be of high quality. For a link to more info:
https://okctt.wordpress.com/spring-2022-essential-tt-and-okctt-tournament-under-construction-not-official-yet/

Wed - 4-6-22

John Knox - no play on April 14 - Thursday.

Tuesday - 4-5-22

John Knox - 14 players. 3 new players that Drew knows. Travis Flatt, Hamid Ezzat, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Drew Cowan, Dillon Kay, Dylan Garland, Sam Agbasi, Corey Bryant, Chris Lane, Xavier Lee. (info courtesy of Xavier).
Other news: Xavier says he will fix the wheels on the Stiga table with the 2 separate halves.

Tuesday - 4-5-22

Bixby - 8 players. Ray Pestridge, John Moore, John Kerfoot, David Leonard, Michael Johns, Jason Taylor, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Monday - 4-4-22

Moore, Okla (ie David Correa) is having a sanctioned tournament on May 21.
6 events - U-1000, U-1400, U-1800, U-2000, U-2400, Open.
David will post this on Omni Pong this week.

Friday - 4-1-22

For a short list of the USATT sanctioned (mostly) tournaments in our area:
April 16 - Irving, Tx. $1125 prize monies
April 23 - Tyler, Tx. $220 prize monies
May 7 - Joplin, Mo.  $830 prize monies (non-sanctioned)
May 14 - Austin, Tx. $2100 prize monies
June 4 - Springfield, MO - $5000 prize monies
July 2 - Fort Worth, Tx. US Nationals. Big money here.
July 23 - Austin, Tx. $1815 prize monies

Thursday - 3-31-22

John Knox - 12 players. Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Travis Flatt, Ray Pestridge, Michael Johns, David Leonard, Hamid Ezzat, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Drew Cowan, Dillon Kay, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 3-31-22

Bixby - 5 players. Alex Tupas, John Moore, John Cai, Ivan Moon, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: John Moore got a single new sheet of Nittaku Fastarc C-1 from MegaSpin.
Cost - $45. He likes it better than the G-1 and will be getting another sheet.

Wed - 3-30-22

Tournament results for Sam Agbasi from the Texas Wesleyan Open held 3-26-22 are now posted on the USATT website.
There were 60 players.
Sam played 10 matches.

Wed - 3-30-22

Tournament results for the 3-20-22 Robo-Pong St. Joseph Valley Open tournament that Dylan Garland, Brad Balmer and Chris Lane attended are now posted on the USATT web site.
There were 234 players!
Dylan played 20 matches!

Tuesday - 3-29-22

John Knox - no play on April 14 - Thursday or May 19 - Thursday (boy scout dinner)

Tuesday - 3-29-22

John Knox - 10 players. Xavier Lee, Dillon Kay, Dylan Garland, Hamid Ezzat (paid $100), Orson Slater, Paul Slater, Abraham Hassan, Kaleem Hassan (the dad), Travis Flatt, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 3-29-22

Bixby - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, Michael Johns, John Moore, John Kerfoot, John Cai, Ivan Moon, Alex Tupas, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 3-24-22

Bixby - 7 players. David Leonard (he will not play next week due to his love of money), John Moore (left early due to his hand problem), Alex Tupas, Sam Agbasi (going to a Ft Worth tournament this weekend), John Kerfoot, Peter Thang, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 3-24-22

John Knox - 11 players. Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Dillon Kay, Ray Pestridge, Michael Johns, Don Tiger, Travis Flatt (paid $10), Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 3-22-22

John Knox - 10 players. Dave Blackington (new), Carlos Reyes (new), Xavier Lee, Sam Agbasi, Mats Johansson, Travis Flatt, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Bradley (knows Hamid), Dillon Kay, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 3-22-22

Bixby - 11 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Michael Johns, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce. Donna Goswick, Orson Slater, Abraham (these 3 took a lesson from Ray).
Other news: Ray will stop giving lessons since he wants to get ready for the Ft Lauderdale, Florida tournament next month. 

Thursday - 3-17-22

John Knox - 5 players. Robert Yang, David Leonard, Michael Johns, Travis Flatt, Mike Hamby (St. Patricks day).

Thursday - 3-17-22

Bixby - 3 players. Alex Tupas, Sam Agbasi, Kelly Boyce (St. Patricks day)
Other news: Alex is going to the Joplin tournament on May 7. Non-sanctioned. $830 prize monies.
Sam is going to the Texas Wesleyan tournament next weekend - 3-26-22. 2 star tournament.

Tuesday - 3-15-22

John Knox - 8 players. Xavier Lee, Travis Flatt, Sam Agbasi, Dylan Garland, Yee Yang, David Leonard, Robert Yang, Mike Hamby.
Other news: Hamid will be out next week!

Tuesday - 3-15-22

Bixby - 11 players. Ray Pestridge, Michael Johns, Peter Thang, Jason Taylor, Alex Tupas, John Moore, John Cai, Shane Spicer, Orson Slater and Donna Goswick (both just took lessons from Ray), Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 3-10-22

John Knox - 10 players. Xavier Lee, Ray Pestridge, Drew Cowan, Sam Agbasi, Robert Yang (paid $80!), Dillon Kay, Jose Prado, Travis Flatt, Scott Coatney, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 3-10-22

Bixby - 4 players. David Leonard, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Kelly Boyce

Thursday - 3-10-22

Joplin is having a non-sanctioned tournament on May 7.
$830 in prize moneys.
https://www.facebook.com/joplinmotabletennisclub

Tuesday - 3-8-22

Ray Pestridge played in a non-sanctioned tournament near Sioux City, Iowa on 3-5-22.
The tournament used a Ratings Central system instead of the USATT system ( ratingscentral.com).
Ray came in first in Open Doubles (he played with Matt Cushing)!

Tuesday - 3-8-22

John Knox - 10 players. Xavier Lee, Drew Cowan, Travis Flatt, Dylan Garland, Dillon Kay, Robert Yang, David Leonard, Sam Agbasi, Alex Bradley (new), Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 3-8-22

Bixby - 7 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Jason Taylor, Shane Spicer, John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Donna Goswick (just took a lesson from Ray).

Thursday - 3-3-22

John Knox - 17 players. 2 new players - Paul Cristo, Sebatian Ceboux. Yee, Xavier, Don, Ray, Robb, Michael, Travis, David, Corey B., Dylan, Dillon, Sam, Robert (paid $10), Mauricio, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 3-3-22

Bixby - 5 players. Alex Tupas, Ivan Moon, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 3-1-22

John Knox - 10 players. Dillon Kay, Sam Agbasi, Dylan Garland, Xavier Lee, Travis Flatt, Scott Coatney, Robert Yang, Yee Yang (paid $20), David Leonard, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 3-1-22

Bixby - 13 players. Ray Pestridge, Michael Johns, Ivan Moon, Matthew Francis (new), Alex Tupas, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Mauricio Oviedo, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce. 3 players that just took lessons from Ray - Donna Goswick, Abraham, Orson Slater. 

Thursday - 2-24-22

John Knox - Mike Hamby did not play so no info so far.

Thursday - 2-24-22

Bixby - no table tennis tonight due to the sleet storm

Thursday - 2-24-22

(from an email from the "USATT insider" dated 2-23-22)
THE 57TH ST. JOSEPH VALLEY OPEN: BY BRAD BALMER (ie, Broken Arrows own Brad Balmer):
I am not sure if there are any club tournaments that have endured for 57 years but this event has.
It has a long and storied existence that will continue on March 19-20, 2022, at the Indiana University at South Bend Student Activity Center.
The very experienced crew from the South Bend Table Tennis Club will once again conduct a tournament that has been enjoyed by many players over its long history.
This will be an Omnipong event with a focus on Staying on time.
Round Robins are to start at the event time listed on the entry blank.
Players simply go to their designated table, (info posted on wall) then match slips will be brought to the tables.
Pagers are then supplied to the RR winners and buzzed to pick up next single elimination match.
South Bend is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST).
The tournament motel is the Holiday Inn Express, located at, 120 N. Dixie Way, South Bend, IN. 46637.
The phone number is, (855) 680-3239.

This tournament had its origin as a South Bend Tribune sponsored event, in 1936, at the old S.B. YMCA.
Located at the corner of Wayne and Main Street.
Weldon B Hester, the Y’s Boy’s Director, created the S.B. Club and this event.
The next year help would be provided by legendary South Bend coach and USTTA Hall of Fame member John Varga.
There was no tardiness for a match, nor complaints, or controversy.
Varga directed and often was heard shouting orders.
The players responded, “yes sir and how high!”
Needless to say the tournament always ran on time.

That downtown YMCA was home for the SJVO for 27 years until the Studebaker sponsored structure finally gave out in 1964.
So many of the best players in the land would trek to South Bend to compete in the first major event of the year.

In Weldon’s own words - “we sent players to Toledo and Chicago tournaments.
I was determined to start a South Bend tourney and called it the St. Joseph Valley Open.
I arranged for an excellent set of trophies.
Then I drove up to the Illinois State open in Chicago to show them off and arouse interest in our SJVO.
I had no arrangements and just walked in the door, said I had trophies, and set them up on a table.

Somehow they didn’t throw me out.
This was my first table tennis tournament (it wasn’t so hot!).
I met Jimmy McClure, Nationals Men’s Champion, from Indianapolis there.
Our trophies were much larger than those of the IL open and Jimmy was interested.
He helped bring in many of those first year top players.
We ended up with players from 7 states, Toledo sent their top players and after that attended all of our affairs.

The SJVO continued from that first year until 1963.
Winners included table tennis legends and U.S. Hall of Fame members, Lhea Thall, William Holzrichter, Bernie Bukiet, Harry Hirshkowitz, Norbet Vandewalle, Mildred Shahian, Peggy Ishkoff, and South Bend’s, very own, Betty Henry and Sherri Krizman.
Early January dictated the SJVO was always the first major event of the season with the weather sometimes making attendance an adventure.

The South Bend Club has actually endured for some 87 years with many venue changes.
Here is a basic timeline through the years.
1935- 1964 old S.B. YMCA, 1965-1978 the club was continued through the efforts of coach Varga at the new YMCA, Bill Hornyak efforts in the Michigan City area and Ronald Liechty running a club at the Boys and Girls Club in Plymouth.
I along with Phil Schmucker, Jason Denman and Dan Rush re-ignited the South Bend TTC flame in a basement room at the old administration building on the IUSB campus.
We later started the SJVO back up in 1993 and it has been going strong ever since.
All four of us will once again, join together, in helping run this year’s event.
This tournament has been on the cover of the Topics magazine 4 times.

Larry writes in the Topics:
A quick note about the running of the tournament itself before we get to the main events.
I’ve been to many large tournaments and seen many an experienced director fall apart and run a sloppy tournament.
When I first arrived at the tournament site, I discovered that there really wasn’t an experienced tournament director at the desk, at least not experienced in running big tournaments.
I was worried.
It was fantastic to see what, on their very first try, they ran it nearly flawlessly.
(If you played in many of the big tournaments in the 1980’s, you’d know how much some of us appreciate that!).
How did they do it?
They did solicit advice from experienced directors such as Donna Sakai, Dan Seemiller, and Barry Rodgers.
However, in general, they simply were very competent $ efficient workers and planners.
They also had some of the best table tennis artwork I’ve seen, done by club artist Paul George.
Congratulations to Coordinator Brad Balmer, Director Jason Denman, President Phil Schmucker, and all the others who helped put this event together.
(And apologies to all those who did not get named here).
Thanks for running such a great tournament-we hope to be back next year.

Jason Denman writes:
SBTTC has always been about innovation and out of the box thinking to fund our club and juniors program.
Poster artwork in 1993 which later became part of our T-shirt designs.
The playing arena, which illustrates the scope of the SJVO, with television arena as well as a view of Paul’s figures.
We were a computerized tournament in 1993 that was fully time scheduled with each player getting a player packet and in 1994 filmed a commercial to go along with the televised matches.
Even more important is the teamwork that was displayed throughout the years.
From an organizational standpoint, through the massive group of volunteers that setup/tore down tables, assembled the barriers, checked in our players, posted the results and all the little things that make a tournament what it is.
We were fortunate enough to have a group of diversely talented folks who had the drive to make SBTTC what it is.

Larry Hodges reports,
“The SJVO tournament crew once again showed that it doesn’t take decades of experience to run a great tournament, just hard work, efficiency, and determination, 263 entries and 50 tables highlighted what is fast becoming one of the most popular U.S. tournaments".
He continues, “Also in this tournament I witnessed what may well be the shot of the century and I don’t even know who the player was who made the shot.
The player smashed a ball so that it hit the net post against the knob that tightens the Stiga net.
The ball bounced all the way across the table and hit the top of the other net post.
It bounced back around ¾ of the way across the table, rolled along the top of the net a foot or so, then dropped over the other side.
It hit the net clamp on the far side, and rolled it onto the table for a winner!
“That guys tricky,” said USATT Vice President, Jimmy McClure upon hearing of the shot.

To top things off that year, we hired the local independent TV station to film and broadcast the semis and finals of the tournament.
Local announcer Bob Nagle, (who meandered in 5 minutes before airtime), and table tennis legend David Sakai did the announcing.
The station was tied into ESPN, so the entire broadcast was nationally shown at least 4 times, along with many of the commercials that we solicited from local sponsors.
We also hired Grassroots Productions to create two South Bend club commercials with the help and guidance of Hollywood actor Chad Everett (cousin to club members David and Sherri Krizman).
Club coach Viktor Tolkachev wrote most of the script and played the butler.
As Viktor always said, “UNBELIEVABLE.”
We did have a lot of energy that year. We had a blast…

Larry writes in 2000,
“What makes a 4-star tournament good?
Good playing conditions-floors, lighting and spacious courts; timeliness; lots of events; and a friendly staff.
The St. Joseph Valley Open had all of this-plus $20,000 in prize money, probably the most ever for a 4-star tournament.”

2003 saw yet another tournament move to Indiana University at South Bend.
The real story for the next 10 years was the play of South Bends own Mark Hazinski.
He dominated this time frame by winning the Open 9 times along 6 doubles championships and dozens of other event wins.
(BREAKING NEWS, Mark will be back for this year’s 2022, event).
Mark’s exemplary sportsmanship follows in the footsteps of the club’s philosophy and mimics club mentor Virgil Miller and coach Dan Seemiller.
An award in Virgil’s name is given out each year to the individual who donates time, effort and attitude, to the highest degree in support of club efforts.
His legacy will live on as long as there is a South Bend TTC and the St. Joseph Valley Open.
This tournament is the result of numerous volunteers.

The St. Joseph Valley Open continues the efforts of so many throughout it’s long journey.
Unfortunately, so much of the original paperwork was discarded a long time ago.
We did manage to save some of the records, entry blanks, and pictures.
There evidently was a broadcast of the tournament, in the early 60’s on local station WSBT, but try as I might, could not retrieve a copy of that event.
I will keep trying.
Anyone out here reading this article who happens to have any programs, pictures, or paperwork from the 35-63 time frame, please contact me.

If this sport is to grow, it will be by club managers/coordinators, tournament organizers, sponsors, and fund raisers.
With all due respect, U.S. table tennis has had top players for 80 years and yet we still have only 8k registered tournament players.
This won’t change until motivated, committed club organizers are found, to move the sport forward.
Events such as the SJVO, are the tools we use to promote the sport and also help fund our programs.
To have one club run a top notch event for 57 years is a great accomplishment.
“Sustained Energy,” is the hard part.
We use the St. Joe Valley as our annual energy boost to continue our efforts.
If you haven’t attended one of our tournaments in a while, come on back.
As of 2/22 we had 195 entrants and we expect over 200 total.
Some events are filling up, so enter ASAP.
Once again all players will receive a tournament poster and t-shirts will be for sale.
We hope to see you next month.
You can enter at www.omnipong.com.
Check out our club’s website at; www.southbendtabletennis.com

Brad Balmer
South Bend Table Tennis Club

(1848 word article)

Tuesday - 2-22-22

John Knox - 19 players. Paul Ni (new - just watched), Jennifer Liu (new), Mo Luqman (new to John Knox - has been to Bixby 13 times), Don Tiger (paid $20), Mats Johansson, David Leonard, Xavier Lee, Sam Agbasi, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang, Reed Maguire, Cal Maguire (paid $100), Scott Coatney, Travis Flatt (paid $10), Dylan Garland, Dylan Kay (new), Mike Fixke (new), Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 2-22-22

Bixby - 10 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Jason Taylor, Michael Johns, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Shane Spicer. Abraham, Orson Slater, Donna Goswick (these 3 players just took a hour long lesson each from Ray).

Thursday - 2-17-22

John Knox - 9+ players. Michael Johns, Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, David Leonard, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Don Tiger, Travis Flatt, Sam Agbasi (info courtesy of Michael Johns).

Thursday - 2-17-22

Bixby - no play tonight due to the storm.

Tuesday - 2-15-22

John Knox - 15 players. 2 players from Spartan - Abdul and Feras, Xavier Lee, Don Tiger, David Leonard, Martin Ndengang, Dylan Garland, Reed Maguire, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Travis Flatt, Mike Hamby, Drew Cowan, Sam Agbasi. Scott Coatney.

Tuesday - 2-15-22

Bixby - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, Michael Johns, Alex Tupas, Jason Taylor, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce, Abraham and Orson Slater (both just took a lesson from Ray).

Thursday - 2-10-22

John Knox - 16 players. Xavier Lee, Michael Johns, Don Tiger, Ray Pestridge, Martin Ndengang, Mats Johansson, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Sam Agbasi, Travis Flatt, Corey Bryant, Drew Cowan, Chris Lane (Chris is married to Brad Balmer's daughter), Mike Hamby, 2 players from Spartan.

Thursday - 2-10-22

Bixby - 7 players. Alex Tupas, John Kerfoot, John Moore, Ted Hill, Ivan Moon, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Ted Hill said Bixby just passed a bond issue to revitalize the downtown Bixby area.
The community center, where we play, is part of the downtown area (on the west side) and would not be included in the bond money (ie they will not upgrade the center with the bond money). Which means, the community center maybe in the way of the revitalization project.

Tuesday - 2-8-22

John Knox - 15 players. Don Tiger, Xavier Lee, David Leonard, Sam Agbasi, Dylan Garland, Martin Ndengang, Travis Flatt, Yee Yang, Mike Hamby, Cal Maguire, Reed Maguire, Mats Johansson. 3 new players from Spartan - Abaul, Fera, Faisal.

Tuesday - 2-8-22

 Bixby - 10 players. Ivan Moon (played 4 times last year), Ray Pestridge, Jason Taylor, Alex Tupas, Michael Johns, John Moore, Tom Jourdan, Orson Slater and Donna Goswick - both just took a lesson from Ray, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 2-3-22

John Knox - 8 players! (Big snow storm - 8" of snow). Robert Yang, Michael Johns, Sam Agbasi, Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Chris Lane, Yee Yang, Mats Johansson. 

Thursday - 2-3-22

The Bixby community center will be closed tonight due to the snow storm.

Tuesday - 2-1-22

John Knox - 15 players. Mark Turner and his son - Gabe (new), Matthew Skelton and his son Silas (new - from Brad's club), Robert Yang and his son, Martin Ndengang, Xavier Lee (paid $30), David Leonard, Yee Yang, Mats Johansson, Dylan Garland, Travis Flatt, Sam Agbasi, Mike Hamby.
Other news: On the church's requirement that a member of the church has to been at each of our meetings - Drew Cowan is working on this.

Tuesday - 2-1-22

Bixby - 10 players. Donna Goswick and Abraham and Orson Slater  (all 3 just took lessons from Ray). Ray Pestridge, Michael Johns, Alex Tupas, Jason Taylor, John Kerfoot, John Moore, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 1-27-22

John Knox - 15 players. Yee Yang (paid $20), Don Tiger, Sam Agbasi, Corey Bryant, Martin Ndengang, Xavier Lee, Michael Johns, Travis Flatt, Mats Johansson, Caleb Maddox (new), Nathan Luo (knows Caleb), Chris Lane, Brad Balmer, Robert Yang, Mike Hamby.
Other news: A new church admin person said a member of the church must be present at each of our meetings.
Someone needs to talk to Drew about this and possibly making some of our members to become members of the church.

Thursday - 1-27-22

Bixby - 7 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Donna Goswick (just took a lesson from Ray), John Kerfoot, Mauricio Oviedo, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 1-27-22

Brad Balmer club info - from an email from Brad dated 1-26-22:
Friday nights BA pong league was a barn burner. 17 paddle warriors showed up, ready to do battle.
Table one’s reigning king Dylan Garland, was upset (for only the 2nd time in of couple years) by local top player Robert Yang.
3rd place finisher Yee Yang played great and was also in the mix for top honors.
The club’ s elder statesman Brad Balmer, was running on fumes the last couple of matches but did manage to secure the 4th spot.
Cory Flaugher, Chris Lane and Vik Gopi gave it a good go, with all players winning at least one match.
Great to see such an intense, competitive round robin erupt last Friday evening, at the Gatesway Foundation gymnasium.
Table 2 had newcomer to the BA club, Sam Agbasi go undefeated with a stellar 4/0 match record, in winning his group.
Club regular Chris Tater went 3/1 and took home 2nd place honors.
Table 3 came down to a battle between the Yowell family matriarch, Holly and long time local junior Steele Cullison.
Holly prevailed and garnered her fist RR group win.
Way to go Holly. Dust off those paddles and join us this Friday for a friendly, but competitive game of table tennis.
Hope to see you all there and don’t forget about our Saturday morning junior class.

Tuesday - 1-25-22

John Knox - 13 players. Drew Cowan, Xavier Lee, Reed and Cal Maguire, David Leonard, Travis Flatt, Sam Agbasi, Martin Ndengang, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Mats Johansson, Dylan Garland, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 1-25-22

Bixby - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, Abraham (just took a lesson from Ray), Alex Tupas, Sam Agbasi, Michael Johns, John Moore, Caleb Maddox (2nd time out - a sophomore at Holland Hall), John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce. 

Thursday - 1-20-22

Bixby - 11 players. Jesper Ohlson (fresh from his knee injections and didn't lose a step), Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas (still playing very well), Kyle Walker (2nd time out), Damon and Bryson Hoog (the son) (Bob Kyker is Damon's uncle), Bob Kyker (just watched), Reed Kyker, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 1-20-22

John Knox - 16 players. Phil and Donna Goswick (new), Corey Bryant, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, KO Foing, Rob Lee, Xavier Lee, David Leonard, Don Tiger, Michael Johns, Martin Ndengang, Sam Agbasi, Mats Johansson, Travis Flatt (2nd time out), Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 1-18-22

John Knox - 11 players. Don Tiger, Dylan Garland, David Leonard, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Scott Coatney, Xavier Lee, Martin Ndengang, Sam Agbasi, Mike Hamby, Travis Flatt (new).

Tuesday - 1-18-22

Bixby - 9 players. Kyle Walker (new - just googled us), Ray Pestridge, Tom Jourdan!, Michael Johns, Abraham (just took a lesson from Ray), John Moore, Orson and Paul Slater, Kelly Boyce.
Other News: Tom Jourdan has a new playing style! His old style, a "patented" style ( a 3rd ball - no rally - uber attack style) from Russ Hamilton (who trained Tom for decades) does not work any longer because of Tom's shoulder problem (Tom would not have surgery to fix his shoulder).  Tonight was Tom's first attempt with his new spontaneous style and Tom will decide tomorrow if the new style suits him and his shoulder. 

Thursday - 1-13-22

John Knox - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, Yee Yang, David Leonard, Martin Ndengang, Sam Agbasi, Drew Cowan, Scott Coatney, Don Tiger, Dylan Garland, Robert Yang, Jose Prado, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 1-13-22

Bixby - 4 players. John Moore, Mats Johansson, Mauricio Oviedo, Jered Wheeler. (info courtesy of John Moore).

Tuesday - 1-11-22

John Knox - 11 players. Don Tiger, Martin Ndengang, Michael Johns (could only play 2 matches!), Corey Bryant, David Leonard, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Sam Agbasi, Paul and Orson Slater, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 1-11-22

Bixby - 11 players. Reed Kyker, Bob Kyker (just watched) John Moore, Alex Tupas, Jennifer Liu (new), Paul Ni (new), Jerad Wheeler, Richard Selman (last time played was Nov 2004!), Ted Hill, Jose Prado, Matt Hunt (new - knows Shane), Shane Spicer.
Other news: 7 players showed up after 7:00 PM!
Richard Selman - Joined the club in 2004 - played 33 times - and last played 11-23-2004.

Thursday - 1-6-22

John Knox - 4 players. Sam Agbasi, Mike Hamby, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang. (very cold today)

Thursday - 1-6-22

Bixby - 7 players. David Leonard, Sam Agbasi, Jason and Noah Taylor, Jose Prado SR, Jose Prado JR., Kelly Boyce

Wed - 1-5-22

Results from the Texas Wesleyan tournament held 12-11-21 in Ft. Worth are now posted on the USATT web site.
3 Tulsa players attended this tournament: Dylan Garland, Corey Bryant, Martin Ndengang (Sam Agbasi was going to play but wound up just watching due to his Gout).
Martin gained 33 rating points!
There were 69 entrants.

Tuesday - 1-4-22

Bixby - 13 players. Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Jason Taylor, Sam Agbasi (fresh from recovering from Gout in his playing hand), John Moore, Abraham (just took a lesson from Ray), Jose Prado, Ted Hill, John Kerfoot, Shane Spicer, Alex Tupas, Jerad Wheeler (last time played was 2/2019. He started 1-14-14 and has been out 13 times), Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 1-4-22

John Knox - 5 players. Dylan Garland, Robert Yang (paid $20), Xavier Lee, Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 12-30-21

John Knox - 9 players. Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Don Tiger, Sam Agbasi, Drew Cowan, Corey Bryant, Mike Hamby.

Wed - 12-29-21

Bixby will be closed tomorrow - Thursday.

Tuesday - 12-28-21

John Knox - 15 players. Logan Watson (from the OKC club - rating 2032), Kyle Spence, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Ray Pestridge, Martin Ndengang, Xavier Lee, Michael Johns, Sam Agbasi, Corey Bryant, Dylan Garland, Dwayne  Beavers (paid $100!), Scott McWilliams (paid $100!), Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 12-28-21

Bixby - 10 players. Zach Hendrickson (from the Okla City Club where he has been playing since Jan), David Leonard, John Moore, Reed Kyker, Jason and Noah Taylor, Ben Ranjbar, Daryosh M., Ehsan (new - knows Ben), Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 12-23-21

John Knox - 13 players. Rob Lee (paid $50!), Xavier Lee (paid $20), Ray Pestridge, Don Tiger, Martin Ndengang, Michael Johns, David Leonard, Ben Ranjbar, Daryosh Mohammadi, Kyle Spence (just visiting from San Francisco), Sam Agbasi, Robert Yang, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 12-23-21

Bixby - closed

Wed - 12-22-21

Update on Alex Tupas- he is alive! (and well).
Alex says he will be back but at the soonest will be 1-14-2022.

Tuesday - 12-21-21

John Knox - 14 players. Scott McWilliams, Dwayne Beavers, Michael Johns, Ray Pestridge, Xavier Lee, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang, Sam Agbasi, Don Tiger, Scott Coatney, Cal Maguire, Reed Maguire, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 12-21-21

Bixby - 5 players. Jose Prado, Ali Naghavi (owns all 3 Freeway Cafe's), Ben Ranjbar, Daryosh Mohammadi (Ben's father in law), Kelly Boyce.
Other news:  Bixby will be closed Thursday - 12-23-21, but will be open next Tuesday and Thursday.
Jose will graduate next semester and already has a job in Kansas City!

Tuesday - 12-21-21

Alex Tupas is in the hospital today getting heart stints.

Thursday - 12-16-21

John Knox - 11 players. Michael Johns, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Scott Coatney, Corey Bryant, Martin Ndengang, Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Ben Ranjbar (new), Daryoush Nohan)nadi (new - Ben's father in law), Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 12-16-21

Bixby - 1 player - Michael Johns

Tuesday - 12-14-21

Bixby - 11 players. Scott Russell (new - plays tennis with Okba), Hernan Elizondo (new - plays tennis with Okba), Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Michael Johns (just used the robot), John Moore, John Kerfoot, Abraham (just took a lesson with Ray), Orson Slater (took a lesson with Ray), Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 12-14-21

John Knox - 8 players. Reed Maguire and Cal Maguire (paid $100 check!), Xavier Lee, Scott Coatney, Dylan Garland, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 12-9-21

Bixby - 7 players. Alex Tupas, Michael Johns, Corey Flaugher, Darren Delaune, John Kerfoot, Mauricio Oviedo, Ray Pestridge.

Thursday - 12-9-21

John Knox - 11 players. Ben Crowder (lives in Colorado), George Valverde, Don Tiger, Dylan Garland, Scott Coatney, Robb Lee, Xavier Lee, Yee Yang, Mats Johansson, David Leonard, Mike Hamby.

Wed - 12-8-21

From an email Michael Johns sent on 12-2-21:
I attended the World Championships from Friday thru the finals on Monday.
I saw the following people in attendance from the Tulsa Club:
Sam Agbasi, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, and myself. I’m sure there were others.
The final results:

Men’s Singles
Fan Zhendong (China # 1) vs. Truls Moregard (Sweden, 19 year old, # 77)
Zhendong 4 games to 0. (China)

Women’s Singles
Sun Yingsha “Sha Sha” (China # 2) vs. Wang Manyu (China # 9)
Manyu 4 games to 2.  (China)

Men’s Doubles
Mattias Falck/Kristian Karlsson (Sweden) vs.
Jang Woo-Jin/Im Jong-hoon (Korea)
Falck/Karlsson 3 games to 1  (Sweden)

Women’s Doubles
Wang Manyu/Sun Yingsha (China) vs. Hina Hayata/Mima Ito(Japan)
Manyu/Yingsha 3 games to 0. (China)

Mixed Doubles
Wang Chuquin/Sun Yingsha (China) vs.  Hina Hayata/Tomakazu Harimoto (Japan)
Chuquin/Yingsha 3 games to 0  (China)

The matches were exciting and intense. 

Jha and Moregard were impressive young talent. The future of Table Tennis.

Michael

Tuesday - 12-7-21

John Knox - 10 players. David Leonard (left Bixby early and went to John Knox!), Mike Hamby, Dylan Garland, Xavier Lee, Martin Ndengang, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Cal Gilbert, Reed Gilbert, Scott Coatney.

Tuesday - 12-7-21

Bixby - 10 players. David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Michael Johns, John Moore, Ray Pestridge, Abraham Hassan, Kaleem Hassan, Orson Slater (will start taking lessons from Ray!), Paul Slater (Orson's dad), Shane Spicer.

Thursday - 12-2-21

John knox - 5 players. Dylan Garland, Don Tiger, Sam Agbasi, Martin Ndengang, Mike Hamby.
Other news - 3 Tulsa players going to the Fort Worth tournament next weekend - Dylan, Sam and Martin.

Thursday - 12-2-21

Bixby - 10 players. Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Jesper Ohlson, Patrick Ohlson, John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Corey Bryant, Ray Pestridge, Michael Johns.

Thursday - 12-2-21

Brad Balmer, with the Broken Arrow Ping Pong Club, has updated his website with new graphics and more.
Do yourself a favor and check it out.
(note - if you don't know what Brad's website is, you need to start playing twiddle winks).

Tuesday - 11-30-21

Bixby - 15 players. Alex Tupas, Brad Balmer, Abraham, Jesper Ohlson, Bryson Hoog, Chandler Hoog, John Moore, Reed Kyker, Bob Kyker (just watched), Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, John Kerfoot, Jason Taylor, Patrick Ohlson, Shane Spicer. 

Tuesday - 11-30-21

John Knox - 9 players. Paul and Orson Slater (paid $200 !), Dylan Garland, Xavier Lee, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang, Reed McGire (new), Cal McGire (his brother), Mike Hamby.
Other news - Mike says they need more ping pong balls (this note for Kelly only).

Sunday - 11-28-21

From an email from Brad Balmer:
Hello, just a heads up that American Kanak Jha will be playing
Timo Boll today - Sunday -  at the World Championships in Houston at 4 pm.
This could be an incredible match. To watch go to http://www.worldtabletennis.com
Hit the subscribe button and set up an account. They will send you a code to your
e address to put in. Then you can livestream. It is free. Don't miss this
opportunity to watch this kid play one of the World's long time best players.
Brad

Tuesday - 11-23-21

John Knox - 8 players. Michael Johns, Paul and Orson Slater, Dwayne Beavers, Scott McWilliams (knows Dwayne), Yee Yang, Scott Coatney, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 11-23-21

Bixby - 6 players. Xavier Lee, Bob Kyker (just watched), Reed Kyker, David Leonard, Bryson Hoog, Shane Spicer (just watched also). 

Thursday - 11-18-21

Bixby - 15 players. Cody West (new - knows Okba), Scot Willis (2nd time out), Alex Tupas, Martin Ndengang, Jesper Ohlson, David Leonard, Cory Bryant, Okba Harfoush, Don Tiger, Sam Agbasi, Reed Kyker, Bob Kyker (just watched), Brad Balmer, John Moore, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Okba found a new place to play - the Phat Tire Bike Shop at 420 E. 2nd St, Tulsa. They have one table but it is not set up all the time. You must call in advance before playing. For now, you can call Okba at 918-829-4407. 

Thursday - 11-18-21

John Knox - 7 players. Yee Yang, Don Tiger, Michael Johns, Mike Hamby, Scott Coatney, 2 new players - Daniel Inokoba, Stacy Thompson.

Tuesday - 11-16-21

John Knox - 9 players. Scott Coatney (paid $40!), Michael Johns, Xavier Lee, Dwayne Beavers, Dylan Garland, Yee Yang, Mike Hamby, Paul Slater and his son Orson Slater. 

Tuesday - 11-16-21

Bixby - 9 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Jesper Ohlson, Patrick Ohlson, David Leonard, Sam Agbasi, Martin Ndengang, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Patrick Ohlson was going to go the the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Finals in Houston being held Nov 23-29 but could not get any good tickets (plus another reason). 

Friday - 11-12-21

Mats has a robot for sale. It has dual wheels on one head.
If interested, call Mats at 918-851-5885

Thursday - 11-11-21

John Knox - 13 players. Scott Coatney (paid $60!), Mats Johansson (paid $100!), Alex Tupas, Mike Hamby, Sam Agbasi, Jesper Ohlson, Patrick Ohlson, Michael Johns, Don Tiger, David Leonard, Martin Ndengang, Robert Yang, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Mats got a phone call yesterday from Jorgen Persson - (1991 world champion from Sweden and current coach for the Swedish team). Jorgen told Mats he will have his table tennis sponsor make Mats 2 custom-made paddles made to Mat's specifications (that Mats gave Jorgen previously when Mats met him). 

Thursday - 11-11-21

Bixby - closed for Veterans day

Tuesday - 11-9-21

John Knox - 10 players. Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Mats Johansson, Xavier Lee, Scott Coatney, Dylan Garland, Michael Johns, Paul Slatei (new) and his son Orson Slatei, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 11-9-21

Bixby - 15 players. Scot Willis (new and paid $40! - neighbor of Patrick and Jesper), Patrick Ohlson, Jesper Ohlson, Darren Delaune, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Sam Agbasi, Tim Litvinov, John Moore, Jason Taylor, David Leonard, Don Tiger, Shane Spicer, Kelly Boyce, Abraham (took a lesson only from Ray).

Friday - 11-5-21

John Knox will be open on Thursday - 11-11-21 - Veterans Day - per Drew Cowan

(Bixby will not be open).

Thursday - 11-4-21

John Knox - 9 players. Rob Lee, Xavier Lee, Scott Coatney, Michael Johns, Mats Johansson, Dylan Garland, Martin Ndengang, Yee Yang, Mike Hamby.
Other news - the following 3 players owe memberships - Scott, Mats and Robb Lee

Thursday - 11-4-21

Bixby - 9 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Corey Bryant, David Leonard, Jesper Ohlson, Patrick Ohlson (Jesper's dad) - paid $40! , Sam Agbasi (still going to Fort Worth on Dec 11), John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce  

Tuesday - 10-2-21

Knox church - 9 players. Sam Agbasi, Michael Johns, Scott Coatney, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 10-2-21

Bixby - 17 players. Ngee Cheng (new - knows Okba), Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Jesper Ohlson, Xavier Lee, Reed Kyker, Bob Kyker (just watched - still has PMR - Polymyalgia rheumatica), Tim Litvinov, Okba Harfoush, John Moore, Shane Spicer, Mauricio Oviedo, Abraham (taking lessons from Ray), Kelly Boyce, Bryson Hoog (11th grader at Jenks) (new), Chandler Hoog (9th grader at Jenks) (new) (both are 2nd cousins of Reed Kyker - they are Bob's wife's - sister's - daughter's- kids. (I would call them Reed's grand cousins).

Friday - 10-29-21

Both of David Correa's playing locations are now listed on the main/home page of the clubs website under links #11 and #12 - Essential table tennis and Moore, Okla table tennis club.

Thursday - 10-28-21

John Knox - 6 players. Scott Coatney, Yee Yang, Rob Lee, Xavier Lee, Michael Johns, Mike Hamby.

Thursday - 10-28-21

Bixby - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, Corey Bryant, Sam Agbasi, Mauricio Oviedo, Alex Tupas, David Léonard, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 10-26-21

John Knox - 10 players. Scott Coatney, Dwayne Beavers, Mats Johansson, Michael Johns, Yee Yang, Martin Ndengang, Dylan Garland, Ben Crowder, George Valverde, Mike Hamby.

Tuesday - 10-26-21

Bixby - 14 players. Daniel Zheng and his young son Jayson (new), Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Xavier Lee, David Leonard, Okba Harfoush, Tim Litvinov (came in with Okba), Mauricio Oviedo, Sam Agbasi, Don Tiger, John Moore, Abraham, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Sam Agbasi has entered a Fort Worth, Tx tournament for Dec 11.

Friday - 10-22-21

Jesper Ohlson's results are now posted from the San Antonio tournament he played in on 10-17-21.
His rating is 1463 ! (very good for his first tournament).
He played 7 matches.
There were 44 players in the tournament with 6 players over 2200 (the highest rated player was 2543, then a 2522, a 2302).

Thursday - 10-21-21

John Knox - 8 players. Michael Johns, Yee Yang (paid $20), Robert Yang, Sam Agbasi, Martin Ndengang, Mike Hamby, Dylan Garland, Scott Coatney. 

Thursday - 10-21-21

Bixby - 6 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, David Leonard, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Xavier may go to the Fort Worth tournament in Dec.
Ray is going to the Senior Okla Games held at the Okc club.

Tuesday - 10-19-21

Jon Knox - 13 players. Robert Yang (paid $20), Michael Johns, Xavier Lee, Johnnie McClanahan, Martin Ndengang, Hamid Ezzat, Yee Yang, Ben Crowder, Mats Johansson, Dwayne Beavers, Scott Coatney, Sam Agbasi, Mike Hamby.
Other news: Ben Crowder played in Tulsa from 5/2004 to 5/2007, then move to Colorado to get married and live.

Tuesday - 10-19-21

Bixby - 11 players. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Mauricio Oviedo, Jason Taylor, John Moore (paid $40), Sam Agbasi, Shane Spicer, John Kerfoot, Don Tiger (paid $40), Abraham, Kelly Boyce.

Thursday - 10-14-21

John Knox church - 12 players. Dwayne Beavers, Scott McWilliams, Mike Hamby, Robb Lee, Xavier Lee, Mats Johansson, Michael Johns, Johnnie McClanahan, Don Tiger, Dylan Garland, Robert Yang, Martin Ndengang.

Thursday - 10-14-21

Bixby - 8 players. Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Ray Pestridge, Scott Coatney, Corey Bryant, Sam Agbasi, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 10-12-21

Bixby - 18 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Xavier Lee (paid $10), Jesper Ohlson (going to San Antonio tournament this weekend! A 3 star USATT 1 event only tournament!), Scott Coatney (new), Martin Ndengang, Patrick M., Sam Agbasi, John Moore, Abraham, Mauricio Oviedo, Patrick Ohlson (Jesper's dad), Joe Payton (new), Christopher Knox (new), Shane Spicer, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 10-12-21

John Knox church - 9 players. Michael Barns, Corey Bryant, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Michael Johns, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat (left early due to his knee), Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson.
Other news: Yee and Robert training for a tournament in Kansas City.

Thursday - 10-7-21

John Knox church - 10 players. Don Tiger, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Dylan Garland, Johnnie McClanahan, Robb Lee, Xavier Lee, Mats Johansson, Michael Johns, Mike Hamby (info courtesy of Mike Hamby).
Other news: The church has a new pastor and Drew lives in Owasso now (but still goes to this church and Drew is our only contact with the church). Not sure how this might affect our playing at the church.  Jeff London was the old pastor and the churches web site does not show the new pastor yet.

Thursday - 10-7-21

Bixby - 11 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Jesper Ohlson, Corey Bryant, Jose Prado, Martin Ndengang, Sam Agbasi, John Kerfoot, John Moore, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 10-5-21

Bixby - 17 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Okba Harfoush, David Leonard, Jesper Ohlson, John Moore, Mats Johansson, Shane Spicer, Jason Taylor, Brad Balmer, John Kerfoot, Sam Agbasi, Mauricio Oviedo, Corey Bryant, Michael Barns, Martin Ndengang, Kelly Boyce. 

Tuesday - 10-5-21

John Knox church - 5 players. Mike Hamby, Don Tiger, Xavier Lee, Michael Johns, Drew Cowan.

Saturday - 10-2-21

John Knox church is open now!
Ok to start playing this Tuesday
(per text from Drew Cowan today).

Thursday - 9-30-21

Bixby - 14 players. Jesper Ohlson, Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Yee Yang, Sam Agbasi, Michael Johns, Mats Johansson, John Kerfoot, Xavier Lee, Don Tiger, Martin Ndengang, Corey Bryant, Shane Spicer. (info courtesy of Ray).

Tuesday - 9-28-21

Bixby - 22 players. Alex Tupas, Okba Harfoush, David Leonard, John Moore, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Jesper Ohlson, Michael Johns, Ray Pestridge, Sam Agbasi, Mats Johansson, Mike Hamby, Martin Ndengang, Patrick M., John Kerfoot, Xavier Lee, Robb Lee, Shane Spicer, Cole Abbott, Karsten Rice and Tegan Higgs (the rugby players), Brady Gresham (info courtesy of Ray)

Thursday - 9-23-21

Bixby - 21 players. Alex Tupas, Jesper Ohlson, John Kerfoot, Cory Bryant, Sam Agbasi, Martin Ndengang, Mats Ndengang, Xavier Lee, David Leonard, Mike Hamby, Robert Yang, Michael Johns, Mauricio Oviedo, Karsten Rice (the rugby player), Patrick M, Johnnie McClanahan, Tegan Higgs (the other rugby player), Brady Gresham, Shane Spicer, Cole Abbot, Ray Pestridge (info courtesy of Ray).

Tuesday - 9-21-21

Bixby - 20 people. Carson Rice and Tegan Hicks (first time out  - from the Rugby club), Robert Yang, John Kerfoot, David Leonard, Robb Lee, Yee Yang, Xavier Lee, Mats Johansson, Martin Ndengang, Michael Johns, Alex Tupas, Jason Taylor, Jesper Ohlson, Sam Agbasi. Mauricio Oviedo, Abraham Hassan , Ray Pestridge, Shane Spicer, Johnnie McClanahan. (info courtesy of Ray)

Thursday - 9-16-21

Bixby - 11 players. Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Jesper Ohlson, Xavier Lee, John Moore, Jason Taylor, Martin Ndengang, Michael Johns, Mike Hamby, Shane Spicer, Ray Pestridge.

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