The Alaskan Assassins Only 153 tables in the spacious venue at the Gaylord Resort in Washington D.C. finished 3rd in the Division 8A pool at at the NATT Teams in Washington, D.C. Just missing the semi finals in a 2 way tie for 2nd in our pool with a good 5-2 team record in the pool of 8 teams. See the results HERE Check the 2014 JOOLA NA TEAMS in the preliminary Group 2 and Division 8 sections to see the Alaskan Assassins individual match scores.
The team started in division 6 on the first day of preliminary cross-over matches. Struggling the first day with a disappointing 0-4 team record facing some strong teams above and below our team ratings with players featuring unusual shots and experience. Karl Augestad, Andy Hutzel, Kyle Yan, Hannoch Marksheld, Robert Hodgson
Alaskans: Andrew Hutzel, Karl Augestad, Kyle Yan were joined by Robert Hodgson and Hannoch Marksheld. Kyle Yan finished with an impressive 17-5 (win-loss) record with 3 wins over players 100 points over his rating. So he should get rewarded with an big bump in his USATT rating soon. Karl was challenged with early round loses against some young and experienced players and finished with a 9-10 record.
An observation I made about many of the opponents I faced was "you can not judge a book by it's cover". As the mental part of this sport comes in to play when your mind, confidence and skills get challenged by how you respond to new adversities. Big events like this is another chance to gain experience by traveling to tournaments out-of-Alaska to see players of similar skill ratings but offering skillful methods of returning and defending. One round it seems my game was sound then next round it is truly tested with an adaptation to effective offensive coming from the opponent. Then during breaks between games coming to the aid of our teammate is advice and observations of means to step it up. Something that we don't practice or have the opportunity when practicing against the same players locally. One thing is containing unforced errors and NOT second guessing when involved in a rally. Fundamental skills come in to play with a reinforcement of strong skill development.
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Alaskan Assassins attending the North American Teams Table Tennis Tournament November 27-30, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
The Anchorage Open Table Tennis Tournament
is now set for
Sunday Jan. 4 2015 at the AT & T Sports Pavilion. Open Championship Singles, Women's Singles, Open Championship Doubles, B/C Doubles, A, B & C Skill Singles, Senior Singles (40 & Over), Junior Singles (17 yrs. & under) and Youth Singles (12 yrs. & under) 10 divisions in singles and doubles. Trophies & Cash Prizes. Entry forms soon.
With Drop-in session/set up on Sat. Jan. 3rd from 9-11:55PM.
DROP IN SESSIONS at AT & T Sports Pavilion: SEE CALENDAR tab
Practice and SIGN up sessions: AT & T Sports Pavilion has limited our sessions now to 2 hours effective Sept. 2014 but many cases we may be able to stay longer pending next court sessions in the evenings. Cost $7. per session.
Sun. Dec. 14 @ 8PM to 10:30PM
Tues. Dec. 16 @ 8PM to 10:30PM
Thurs. Dec. 18 @ 9:30P to 11:50PM
Sun. Dec. 21 @ 8PM to 10:30PM
Tues. Dec. 23 @ 8PM to 10:30PM
Fri. Dec. 26 @ 8P to 11PM
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Adult Open Gym Times" to CONFIRM times below have updated or changed.
FULL ALASKA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE HERE Anchorage, Fairbanks and Elsewhere Alaskans will be entering.
Vang vs. Gil during the Fall 2013 Tournament at ATTSP
Linda (Boyd's Daughter) and Boyd Bennett the birthday boy
Long time Alaskan Table Tennis Coach, Boyd Bennett turns 85 year old. See UPDATED MORE PHOTOS here of Birthday celebration in Eagle River on Sat. Sept. 14th. Family and friends gave tribute to the founder of the Anchorage Table Tennis club from 1970 to the early 80's. Present were Boyd's wife, Shirley, daughter Linda, grandson Brant, Andy Hutzel, Kyle Yan, Paul Elliott and Karl Augestad. His seed set the foundation to growth of table tennis in Alaska. He is Alaska's first inductee in the Alaska Table Tennis Hall of Fame! He was a GOLD Ulu winner in men's singles in 1970 and former Alaska Open Singles Champion. Played over seas in the Europe and in the military. His back hand flick was feared by all agles. See a neat interview back in 2012 by Karl Augestad at the "Parlor" above his garage! (VIDEO INTERVIEW CLICK HERE)
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Anchorage Park Foundation 1st Annual Ping Pong Tournament
Thanks to the Anchorage Park Foundation for hosting the first annual Minnesota Park Outdoor Ping Pong Rain or Shine the event went on. Splashy play back and forth with plenty of close matchups. Tournament on Monday August 19, 2013. Held to celebrate the new concrete ping pong table at (you guessed it) Minnesota Park on (you guessed it) Minnesota Drive. In a "Final Four" type bracket 32 players braved the elements to play not only against their opponent, but also against Mother Nature. RAIN! Yes it was wet but fun.
Several subsitutes filled for no-show players. Plenty of players showed up to fill the wet shoes. Including Paul Elliott from the AKTTC. The first round of matches took just over an hour with a single game to 11 point, serving rotation every 2 points and swapping sides at the first to 5 points. See the PHOTOS and FINAL RESULTS HERE
1st Annual Minnesota Park Ping Pong Champion, Karl Augestad
Steel net, wet and yet still lots of fun
Informative and fun Table Tennis VIDEOS Henry is a traveler who loves the game. Oregon, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Utah, Washington he loves to play. Suggested by Henry Blankenship. Longtime friend of Alaskan, Andy Hutzel. Partners in their World Record Table Tennis Endurance many years ago.
Video of step by step way "How it is Made" Nittaku Table Tennis Balls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=noxZ2D4Zcjo
Alaska Yukon Challenge set for May 10 & 11, 2013 at the AT & T Sports Pavilion. Team and Singles events with $1000. in Prize Money & Trophies. Thakns to Whitehorse Sponsor: Mega Reporting, Inc.,
Jimmy Gao & Chidi N., Open Team Champions, $200 for 1st place in the 2013 Alaska Yukon Challenge
Mark Weissler & Cade Loving, Novice Team Champs, AK-Yukon Challenge 2013 big break in activity at the AT & T Sports Pavilion as the venue gets a NEW WOOD FLOOR. Activity resumes September 15th and later.
Support Alaska Table Tennis buy a Flaming Snowball Salmon Table Tennis Trading pin limited edition Alaska Trading Pin.
On SALE! $6.50. Regularly $7.50 and includes postage to USA addresses. (CLICK HERE TO ORDER) Questions or information needed Contact: Karl Autestad at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 907-3604276.
Design features ALASKA SALMON on top of a flaming snowball, Alaska Flag of the 8 stars of gold on a field of blue on the paddle, large size is 2" x 2". Pin lapel back.
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