$1000 in Prize MONEY! Fri and Sat. May 9 & 10, 2014:
Alaska/Yukon Challenge, Fairbanks, AK. Friday from 4-9PM and Sat. 9AM-7PM. A handicap tournament hosted in rotation at cities: Fairbanks, Whitehorse and Anchorage. Next year in 2015 will be Whitehorse.
Thanks to sponsor Mega Reporting, Inc. from Whitehorse Yukon Canada. Providing prize money for the past 6 YEARS of Alaska Yukon Challenge!!
Hosted by FITT club, contact: Diann Darnall
Drop-in Sessions in Anchorage
- Fri. April 18 @ 9:30PM-12AM
- Sun. April 20 @ 8:30PM-11PM
- Fri. April 25 @ @ 8:30PM-11PM
- Sun April 27 @ 10PM-12:30AM
- Thur. May 1 @ 9P-11:30PM
- Thur. May 8 @ 9P-11:30PM
- Tues. May 13 @ 9P-11:30PM
- Fri. May 16 @ 7P-9:30PM
- Sun. May 18 @ 8P-10:30PM
- Tues. May 20 @ 9:30P-11:59PM
All at AT & T Sports Pavilion,11051 O'Malley Centre Dr. cost is $7. Challenge matches, round robin groups or Multi-ball training available, See Karl Augestad for details.
RE-CHECK DATES & TIMES HERE AT O'Malley Sports Facility Website "Adult Open Gym Times" to CONFIRM times below have updated or changed. Due to these "Drop-in" times ARE subject to last minute changes. See Open Gym times for Table Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Dodgeball.
Arctic Winter Games Juniors and Juveniles Team Alaska competing this week in Fairbanks, Alaska.
AWG TABLE TENNIS TEAM newsletter #1 (CLICK HERE)
NEW You Tube VIDEOS, CHECK THEM OUT HERE
MARCH OPEN TABLE TENNIS Tournament results:
CLICK HERE Article, Results, Photos and videos
FULL ALASKA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE HERE Anchorage, Fairbanks and Elsewhere Alaskans will be entering.
OPEN Drop-in Table Tennis Come out for some fast action table tennis at the AT & T Sports Pavilion, 11051 O'Malley Centre Dr. (SE corner of Old Seward & O'Malley Road) Drop-in Sessions $7.
CHECK HERE AT O'Malley Sports "Adult Open Gym Times" to CONFIRM times below have updated or changed. Due to these "Drop-in" times ARE subject to last minute changes. Sorry for any inconvience in the scheduling. These dates and times can be adjusted if "Paid" court time is added. Our table tennis times are often late evening when courts are open after the prime time paid sessions are covered. Winter time is prime time. Summers we will get earlier times.
FEBRUARY OPEN TABLE TENNIS Tournament:
Open Singles: 1st: Karl Augestad (Anchorage), 2nd: Paul Elliott (Anchorage), 3rd: Kyle Yan (Anchorage), 4th: Jimmy Gao (Homer)
A Singles: 1st: Paul Elliott, 2nd: Jimmy Gao, 3rd: Mike Mann (Anchorage), 4th: Brant Bennett (UAA)
B Singles: 1st: Brant Bennett, 2nd: Mark Weissler (Anchorage), 3rd: Mike Mann , 4th: Joshawa Kwon (UAA)
C Singles: 1st: Lian Lincoln (Goldenview MS, Anchorage), 2nd: Joshawa Kwon, 3rd: Eric Lee (Anchorage), 4th: Min Kim (Anchorage), 5th Gretchen Wehmhoff (Eagle River)
A/C Doubles: 1st: Jimmy Gao & Lian Lincoln, 2nd: Paul Elliott & Mark Weissler, 3rd: Eric Lee and Kyle Yan, 4th: Karl Augestad and Gretchen Wehmhoff, 5th: Brant Bennett and Min Kim
Table Tennis Visitors in August 2014 to Alaska for the Alaska International Senior Games Aug 8-17, 2014 in Fairbanks. Top senior players, Karl-Josef Assenmacher from Germany and Ralph Stadelman from Las Vegas are coming to Alaska! They will also be touring the state playing in Anchorage around August 5-8th. Exact schedule TBD. AKTTC will have dates and times in mid 2014 that the club will meet for drop-in practice times.
Karl-Josef was the men's gold medal winner in the 65-69 age group and Open Singles 2000+ division in the 2013 Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, UT in Oct. 2013. Ralph Statelman plays hard bat with super control and consistancy. He was a member of the "Arctic Frost Spin" Team with Zackery Gholston, Alaskans Kyle Yan and Karl Augestad at the 2012 North American Team Championships in Baltimore, MD.
More to come.
ALASKANS return from the Pac Rim TT Tournament
An exciting Pac Rim 2013 in Beaverton featured some top athletes from Canada and the USA. Alaskans Paul Elliott, Kyle Yan, Jane Parrish, Jamo Parrish and Karl Augestad competed in 10 various events over the 2 days in November.
Sponsored by the Portland Table Tennis club and the Paddle Palace. The Pac Rim TTT is considered one of the top TTT in the Northwest USA. With 23 different divisions for all skill levels and ages. Canadian players come in from Vancouver BC and attendees from Washington, California, Oregon, Montana and the Mid-west play for cash and trophies. This will be Karl's 5th appearance at the Pac Rim and Kyle's and Paul's first.
One of the objectives of traveling to various USATT sanctioned tournaments in the states is to test our skills among other top players to see if we are worthy for an upgrade or downgrade of our rating. Our wins and losses adjusts our USATT rating number. And the higher the rating . The Alaskans are isolated from easily competing against strong players to obtain the change to boost or standing. As the only way we can even move upward is to travel to events like this to take on players we could never face in the north.
Kyle played in Open, U2300, U2100 and U1900 division singles. And paired with Karl in the U4000 doubles. For Kyle the singles events featured round robin preliminary pools of 4 players with the top finisher advancing to a single elimination playoff. We all knew our best opportunity was to advance was the U1900 division. But the others events are used as great opportunities to face players above our ratings to score an upset and gain a bump in our rankings. In the Open singles he faced the 2nd seeded player Hao Guo from California, rated 2562. A player we watched the day before at the Pure Pong in the Pearl coaching George Wang. Impressive skill as he "barked" out directions in Chinese in an intense 90 minute workout. On game day Mr. Gua was unaware of Klye's special anti rubber and he did not take the time to exam it prior to the start of the match. Thus Kyle came out of the gate with an early first game upset win. But with great skill comes great experience and the ability to adapt quickly. A quality we are all working on improving. Kyle exchanged good rallies and faced the pressure well. But Mr. Guo's forehand wide prove effective.
In a match just prior in the open singles Kyle faced Wucheng Tao, rated 1997 from Washington state. Kyle was eager to capitalize on the opportunity and scored a big win securing added rating points. Their rating spread is over 150 rating points and by Paul's calculations a 40 point ratings boost. Thus this is why I remind the Alaskans when entering tournaments to enter as many divisions as they are eligible for. If your goal is to get better then take the opportunity when offered. In tournaments like this even with 4-5 events there are sometimes only two or three changes out of 15 matches.
Paul Elliott has tournament experience in North Carolina and knew he too had limited changes as well. But facing the slightly lower level players proved to be his most challenging. Facing many strong 1500 and 1600 level players they too are eager to face us. And the pressure can be tough. But his primary objective to enjoy himself never wavered as his attitude held strong. He to knowing that this is just ONE tournament and other opportunities will come up again. Both he and Kyle mentioned they want to start looking ahead to 2014 and the North American Teams during Thanksgiving weekend on the east coast. A tournament where the format proves the best for advancement with plenty of matchups over the 3 day marathon!
Karl was Alaska's top finisher with a strong 2nd in the Under 1900 Singles in a field of 38 players. Edged out by 12 year old David Lin from Vancouver, BC Canada. A strong lefty with solid deceptive serves and a relentless offense attack. Upending Karl (11-1, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6) awarding David the $300 first place cash. An amount that likely will be quickly applied to his continued coaching. Karl took home $150 for his efforts as the runner up. Karl also finished tied for 3rd loosing to the eventual winner Travis Eiles in the 50 & over singles semi finals. A great effort coming back from an 0-2 deficient to tie it up and face off in a 5th game battle. But came up a bit exhausted at the end in his 20th match of the tournament in a nearly empty gym on the sole table at nearly 5PM. Travis was just too steady and Karl forced a bit too much at the end. In a better match than his finals that followed in a 3 game sweep against Phil Schock. On Saturdays prelim round robin in the under 2100 singles Karl upset Jay Crystal, rated 2088 from Oregon. A match that was oddly easier than expected likely as Jay's Yet was unable to fend off friend and rival Judy Lau from Seattle, Washington in a solid shutout 3-0. Karl faced 5 players in the 2 days which he had face before in past Pac Rim visits.
More to come later.
Entry & Info: http://www.portlandtabletennis.com /pacrim2013entry.htm
Fall Tournament and Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska Results
Great turnout of 33 entries in 10 divisions as plenty of new players attended the full day event. Attendees from Juneau, Eagle River, JBER Military base, Anchorage and the Mat Su Valley came to play on 12 tables at the AT&T Sports Pavilion new wood floor.
Video Highlights Open Singles & Doubles & A Single (Click HERE) Edited & recorded by: Taylor Hamilton
SAT. OCTOBER 19, 2013
Open Singles: 1. Rendy Tan, 2. Kyle Yan, 3. Karl Augestad 3. Yuriy Solovyov
Women's Singles: 1. Mary Nomani, 2. Gretchen Wehmhoff, 3. Young Sun Elliott, 4. Erin Sivitz, 5. Danette Weissler
A Singles: 1. Jimmy Gao, 2. Andrew Kim, 3. Paul Elliott, 3. Kyle Yan
B Singles: 1. Mark Weissler, 2. Cade Loving, 3. Mike Mann, 3. Sabastien Wetterlin
B/C Doubles: 1. Brant Bennett/Cade Loving, 2. Philip Pugay/Mark Weissler, 3. Justin Carrioaburu/Ben Kumor, 4. Derek Stone/Jake Stone
Open Doubles: 1. Chidi Nwokorie/Rendy Tan, 2.Karl Augestad/Kyle Yan, 3. Paul Elliott/Jimmy Gao, 4. Andrew Kim/Yuriy Soloyov
Juvenile Female Singles: 1. Melanie Chaffey, 2. Erin Sivitz
Juvenile Male Singles: 1. Jimmy Gao, 2, Derek Stone, 3. Elijah Kim, 4. Jake Stone
Junior Female Singles: 1. Heather Woodhouse
Junior Male Singles: 1. Nathan Klein, Jacob Thibobeau, Bryce Foster, 4.Dylan Bruce
ENTRY FORM HERE (download PDF file)
Continue to come out and PLAY 2-3 times a week in Anchorage: calendar for open play dates/times.
FAIRBANKS TO HOST Arctic Winter Games, March 15-22, 2014
Arctic Winter Games Contact info: Bill Cotton, email: email@example.com and (907)440-1392.
Tournament Director: Karl Augestad, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or (907)360-4276
Alaska Seniors Athletes Bring Home Medals
Seven Table Tennis competitors from Alaska competed in the four-day (October 7-10) Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. Over 160 players competed for the medals in the Table Tennis Event.
Jane Parrish and Carol Johnson of Fairbanks battled it out in the 65-69 Division with Jane taking the Silver Medal and Carol the Bronze Medal. Yoko Wilcox of Englewood, Co took the Gold. Jane and Carol teamed up to take the Gold Medal in the Women’s Doubles 65-69 Division. Johnson partnered with Bob Janes of Juneau to ease out the Bronze Medal in the 65-69 Mixed Doubles. Over Jane and Jamo Parrish who finished fourth.
Diann Darnall of Fairbanks took the Silver Medal in the Women’s Singles 60-64 Division. Yali Carpenter of Peoria, AZ took the Gold. In Women’s Doubles 60-64 Darnall partnered with Carpenter to take the Gold. In Mixed Doubles 60-64, Darnall partnered with Tim McLeod of Juneau to finish with a Bronze Medal. The Gold Medal went to Dennis Keppen of Sun City AZ and Yali Carpenter of Peoria, AZ. The team of Ray Mack of Rochester, NY and Carolyn Adams of Dunedin, Fl took the Silver.
Diann Darnall won six straight matches to make it to the finals in the Rated Singles 1400-1599. Darnall finished with the silver in a 3-2 game match with Allan Ferrenberg of Reno, NV.
Tim McLeod of Juneau took the Bronze Medal in the Rated Singles 1200-1399.
The Alaskans warmed up for the Huntsman Games by participating in the Nevada Senior Games Table Tennis Tournament. Jane Parrish took the Gold in Women’s Singles 65-69 Division. Jane teamed up with Carol Johnson to take the Gold in Women’s Doubles. Jane and Jamo Parrish took the Bronze in the Mixed Doubles 65-69 Division.
Diann Darnall took the Silver Medal in Women’s Singles 60-65 Division behind her doubles partner Yali Carpenter. Darnall and Carpenter took the Gold in Women’s Doubles. Darnall and Dave DeMay of Eagle River took the Gold Medal in the Mixed Doubles 55-59 Division.
Carol Johnson was delighted with her first Table Tennis Tournaments out-side of Alaska. She enjoyed meeting new friends, improving her skills, and inviting athletes to come to Fairbanks for the 2014 Alaska International Senior Games next August.
The Huntsman World Senior Games hosts over 10,000 athletes 50+ for a two-week period in October each year. Participants compete in 27 athletic events and come from Japan to Sweden and from Alaska to Australia, where peace among nations is fostered through friendly competition. For more information of the Huntsman World Senior Games go to www.seniorgames.net.
To find out more about the Alaska International Senior Games go to www.Alaskaisg.org.
Photo: L-R Back row: Tim McLeod, Dave DeMay, Bob Janes, Jamo Parrish
L-R front row: Diann Darnall, Jane Parrish, Carol Johnson
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)
Anchorage Park Foundation 1st Annual Ping Pong Tournament
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
The fight against Alzheimer’s with table tennis:
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.,
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