New Courts at Huffaker Park

Huffaker Park in South Reno now has two Pickleball courts. Bring your nets!! The lines were painted by our club members. Thank you to our volunteers who, once again, donated their time and labor to complete this project.
Bob Basso, Lyle Mason, Steve and Liz Brown, Paul and Mary Ann Ricciardi

Huffaker Park

Getting to Know TMPC Members – Ryan Stewart

Bob Aikman and Ryan Stewart – GOLD in Boise!

HELLO, MY NAME IS Ryan Stewart.


I FIRST HEARD ABOUT PICKLEBALL  on the news “Fastest growing sport in the nation!”

I LOVE PICKLEBALL BECAUSE I love the competition.

MY OTHER HOBBIES AND INTERESTS INCLUDE  helping people find a place called HOME!

I PLAY PICKLEBALL 3 times a week.



Just for you, Ryan!

MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT the chicken came before the egg.

Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with us, Ryan!

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Reno Tahoe Senior Games Fun For All!

Once again, pickleball dominates the Reno Tahoe Senior Games – in numbers and in fun! Out of about 250 participants in the games, 150 were pickleball players! 

TMPC members are tournament directors for the pickleball events- Alan Clark and Joan Deputy in the competitive division and Lyle Mason in the recreation division. Many TMPC members volunteered to help the tournament directors as well as play in both divisions.

Thanks to all who helped and played in the Reno Tahoe Senior Games.  It’s always good to see old friends and meet new ones on the courts! Good times!

Competitive Division Results

Women’s Competitive being silly

Women’s 4.0
BRONZE – Sandy Nieland & Karen Rinella
GOLD – Brenda Gross & Becky Privitt
SILVER – Krista Kip & Christina Fegert

Women’s 4.5
BRONZE – Vicki Sharp & Ruby Carrasco-Paley
GOLD – Sue Ernhout & Debbie Vanegas
SILVER – Kathy Updike & Debbie Fuetsch

Alan Clark striking a pose

Women’s Competitive

Mixed Competitive with Paul Ricciardi filling in for Rick Gardner.


3.5 Mixed
BRONZE – Gene Carr & Beth Reese
GOLD – Gregg Bashford & Rose Payne
SILVER – Liz Brown & Dave Swanson

Mixed 4.0
SILVER – Carol Amos & Dick Furtado
GOLD – Karen Rinella & Doug Rinella
BRONZE – Debbie Vanegas & George Hurlbert

Mixed 4.5
SILVER – Brian Fairchild & Joan Deputy
GOLD – Kathy Updike & Sam Updike
BRONZE – Debbie Fuetsch (with a cutie!) & Alan Clark

Mixed Competitive being silly

Men’s Division being silly

No wonder Terry won gold!

Men’s 4.5
GOLD – Terry Donahue & Brian Fairchild
SILVER – Sam Updike & Paul Smith

Men’s 3.5
SILVER – Joe Barainca & Nick Barainca
GOLD – Gary Muhonen & Phil Elcano
BRONZE – Dick Furtado & Don Beade

Men’s Competitive Division

Pickleball Mom Helps Son with PTSD

Whether you have been playing one day or one year or fifty one years, pickleball has likely enhanced your life in many ways.

Kory and Lynne Kelly

A recent podcast on Pickleball Kitchen showcases Kory Kelly’s amazing journey through PTSD and back out into the world with some help from pickleball and pickleball friends.

Listen to Kory’s amazing story here:

Not a podcast listener? Check out this fabulous article by Jodi Pree in San Marcos Island’s Coastal Breeze News.

“Before pickleball, Kory Kelly served in the Air Force and CIA and had been living with PTSD for five years. He was only able to go to work and come directly home. One and a half years ago, Kory was introduced to pickleball by his 80-year-old mother and her church ladies. He quickly became hooked on the sport, and it gave him the opportunity to face his fears in a supportive, encouraging environment.

“What pickleball has done for me? It brought me out of my house. The people are the treasure of this sport! The game is great, but it’s the people. I now have friends all over the country. It has changed my life! It has returned me to my wife and family,” expresses Kory Kelly.”

Help Support More Courts in Truckee Meadows

Public input is needed for 2 different designs for Cyan Park in south Reno at 2121 Long Meadow Drive. Please take a minute to send a short email to City of Reno to support more courts!

The two designs for the park can be viewed here: Cyan Park Designs


There are two drawings on separate pages.
  • CONCEPT #1 – Four pickleball courts – Whoop whoop!
  • CONCEPT #2 – Two pickleball courts

People can email: attn: Jeff Mann – Parks Manager and please support CONCEPT #1 with 4 courts.

Final City of Reno approval will be in May with construction to begin in 2020. You can view a local news story about Cyan Park here. Please don’t try to go to the Open House. It was last Thursday, but you can still submit your input!

VOTE by emailing Jeff Mann – Parks Manager

Spice Up Your Warm Ups!

Think of how many different shots you use – or should use – during each and every pickleball game.

Dinks, drops, drives, volleys, blocks, lobs, overheads, and more.


Now, truth time here, how many times do you only dink for warm ups?

Well, Nicole Havlicek and Jordan Briones,  PrimeTime Pickleball, have the perfect warm up to get all your shots “primed” and ready for your next pickleball day.

Sure, you can warm up with 5 minutes of dinking. But why not actually practice a variety of shots? Variety is the spice of life!

Getting to Know TMPC Members – Kathy Johanson

HELLO, MY NAME IS Kathy Johanson.


I FIRST HEARD ABOUT PICKLEBALL  in 1980 in Seattle but forgot about it until last year!

I LOVE PICKLEBALL BECAUSE  it doesn’t hurt my shoulder or foot (old tennis injuries), and it’s so fun!

MY OTHER HOBBIES AND INTERESTS INCLUDE  teaching, mentoring, reading, writing, traveling, skiing, golfing, hiking and watching football.

I PLAY PICKLEBALL 4 days a week.

MY DREAM PICKLEBALL PARTNER IS   anyone that likes to laugh and have good competitive fun!

IN MY PREVIOUS/CURRENT LIFE  I was an Industrial Engineering Methods Analyst and Manager at Boeing 25 years, Landscape company owner, Project Management consultant, Winery co-owner, Medical Device company CEO, and I still am a college professor 18 years strong.

MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT I’m a published author.

Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with us, Kathy!

Let’s get to know all our members!  Share your info below:
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Getting to Know TMPC Members – Sheri Barainca

HELLO, MY NAME IS Sheri Barainca.  

I HAVE BEEN A TMPC MEMBER for about 2 years I think.

I FIRST HEARD ABOUT PICKLEBALL  from my parents Randy and Barbara Plymell who learned it in Phoenixa about 10 years ago. I thought it sounded like a weird thing for old people to do. Then I tried it a a campground and we played all week long. .

I LOVE PICKLEBALL BECAUSE it’s soooooooo fun. It makes me laugh and run around for exercise (and hitting a good shot is really satisfying).

MY OTHER HOBBIES AND INTERESTS INCLUDE  I used to be a good golfer but my game has tanked since I spend all my free time playing pickleball now 🙂 .

I PLAY PICKLEBALL 3 times a week.

MY DREAM PICKLEBALL PARTNER IS  someone who is as addicted to it as me and is competitive but doesn’t get mad at my mistakes.

IN MY LIFE AWAY FROM THE PICKLEBALL COURTS I am a CHIROPRACTOR. I have been practicing Chiropractic at Reno Family Chiropractic since 1998!

MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT the word for a female Chiropractor is Chiropractrix.

Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with us, Sheri!

Let’s get to know all our members!  Share your info below:
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Getting to Know TMPC Members – Nick Sharp

HELLO, MY NAME IS Nick Sharp.  

I HAVE BEEN A TMPC MEMBER since the Club started.

I FIRST HEARD ABOUT PICKLEBALL  when we lived in Grand Junction, CO.

I LOVE PICKLEBALL BECAUSE  it helps me meet new people & stay involved competitive athletics.

MY OTHER HOBBIES AND INTERESTS INCLUDE  golf, skiing & collecting antique firearms.

I PLAY PICKLEBALL as often as I can when I am healthy.

MY DREAM PICKLEBALL PARTNER IS  anyone who will play “textbook” tournament pickleball!

IN MY PREVIOUS LIFE I WAS  UPS driver in Steamboat Springs, CO & part-time professional hunting guide!

MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT I have a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with us, Nick!

Let’s get to know all our members!  Share your info below:
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