Chuck Allen Memorial Pickleball Tournament

2022 Chuck Allen Memorial Pickleball Tournament

There was an overwhelming response to this year’s Pickleball Tournament. We had 109 teams (182 people) compete against each other in the 2nd Annual Chuck Allen Pickleball Tournament. This represents an increase of 20 teams from last year. The tournament (entry fees, raffle and other donations)raised a total $5,815 which benefits the Open Door Mission in Glens Falls! That’s over $2,500 more raised than last year! Many food items were also donated directly to the Open Door by our players/volunteers.
Many thanks to all the folks who worked on making the tournament possible and those businesses and individuals who donated raffle items. The raffle alone raised $1,638, plus another $182 in other donations! There are so many to thank including all the players who took part in the tournament. That includes those players who couldn’t make it this year due to last minute injury or life circumstances but donated their entry fees! I apologize in advance if I’ve overlooked anyone.

Tournament Committee: Cindy Allen, Mary Hilliard, Maura Fox (registrar), Ann McCullough, Lynne Michaels.
Scorekeepers: Jody Fibiger, Cynthia Dew, Lara Currie, Nicci Allen Miller and Doug Armstrong
Donation Coordinator: Sara Mannix and Robin Campbell. (Mannix Marketing donated ADKPB Website) Raffle sales force: Krista Tommell, Tom and Sue Sargent and Dania Reed Welch.
Grounds and Net Manager: Phil Mann
Town of Queensbury: Recreation Department
ADK Pickleball Tee Shirt Coordinator: Tim Saltis
Sound: Jen Cornell
Event Sponsors: Pickleball Galaxy (Pat Bernardo), Paddletek (via Gina Family), Inside Edge, Dance Studio (Jen Cornell), Chestertown Ice Cream Parlor, Ken Henderson, Ellen Fitzpatrick, Kim Cantanucci, Etched in Valor, Adirondack Winery, Six Flags, Airway Meadows, Adirondack Extreme, Tubby Tubes (via Linda Johnson), YMCA, Springbrook Distillery.
Save the date for Next Year’s tournament: Saturday, July 29th and Sunday July 30th, 2023 with rain dates the following weekend! The committee is looking at age divisions for next year! But where else could you find a 19 year old competing against an 81 year old! Below find the list of medalist’s — though we consider all players who took part in this event winners!
Look forward to seeing you next year, and with appreciation,

Mary Hilliard

Chuck Allen Pickleball Tournament Director

2nd Annual Chuck Allen Memorial Pickleball Medal Matches & Winners

Women’s Intermediate:

Gold:      Judy Russell & Nancy Niles
Silver:     Cameron Mazza & Charlotte Gilet
Bronze:   Yolanda Zhang & Regina Yang
Honorable Mention: Sara Mannix & Emilee Greenhouse

Women’s Advanced:

Gold:   Kim Taylor & Amanda Mullis
Silver:  Maryellen Dowsett & Becky Kern
Bronze:  Gina Family & Cathleen Denbeaux
Honorable Mention: Terry Wiart & Michelle Aguilar

Men’s Advanced:

Gold: Niko Tuomela & Dwayne Eckert

Silver:    Gary Caravella & Brett Joly
Gold:    Bart & ZacK Metzhold
Honorable Mention:   Dave Denny & Tom Bain

Men’s Intermediate

Gold:   Anthony Laiacona & Chad Quirion

Silver:   Fritz Rupp & Steve Tucker
Bronze:   Ron Dixon & Mike Burns
Honorable Mention:  Mark & Sean Mannix

Mixed Intermediate:

Gold:   Yolanda Zhang & Steve Frye Becky

Silver:   Becky Kern & Josh Silver

 Bronze:   Noreen Ryan & Mike Bullock

Honorable Mention:  Sara & Mark Mannix

Mixed Advanced

Gold:   Kim Taylor & Mike McGovern

 Silver:   Gina Family & Jim Thompson

 Bronze:   Allie Sylvia & Tony Suriano

Honorable Mention:  Mary Hilliard & Andy Hilliard

2021 Tournament Recap

Queensbury: Over 150 Pickleball players attended the Adirondack Pickleball Club’s First Annual Chuck Allen Memorial Pickleball Tournament (July 24th and 25th, 2021). The event raised money for Double H Hole in the Woods which serves children with disabilities and life threatening ailments. The tournament is held in honor of Chuck Allen who was instrumental in growing pickleball in the Queensbury and Glens Falls area.

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America according to multiple sources! Tournament Director Mary Hillard said, “Players came from throughout the area to play in the tournament’s men’s, women’s and mixed competition to celebrate the game, honor Chuck Allen and maybe even to enjoy a bit of competition!”

The Adirondack Pickleball Club plays at the Jenkinsville Park in the Town of Queensbury where there are 8 dedicated pickleball courts. Players from all over the area, along with visitors from all over the Country, find their way to these courts! The Town has worked in cooperation with the club since they first lined the tennis courts for Pickleball back in 2016. In 2017, the Town built 8 dedicated courts and has seen the number of players continue to grow especially during drop-in play in the mornings and as courts are continually used 7 days a week at all times during the daylight hours.