Effingham Area Players Bring Home Gold In Pickleball


Published on March 27 2024 8:41 am
Last Updated on March 27 2024 8:43 am

Shortly after students left Eastern Illinois University for spring break, area pickleball players descended on Charleston to compete in the Midwest Pickleball Championship.

The three-day tournament was held indoors on 16 pickleball courts. Players could compete in various events including women's, men's and mixed doubles as well as being sorted by skill level. There were age brackets for some events as well.

On Friday night there was an exhibition match which included KaSandra Geherke, the No. 1 female player in Missouri, Caleb Fall (top 10 player in Missouri), James Tapley (Evansville, Ind.and a local player Quinn Hussey from the lgendary Eastern Illinois badminton family.

Players competed on March 16, 17 and 18 and included players from Effingham, Teutopolis, Wheeler, Dieterich, Dundas and Altamont.

Area players winning medals included Tyler Semple, Jim Santangelo, Rece Kinney, Brandon Blake, Kyler Blake, Mike Mumm, Susie Mumm, Jeff Dasenbrock, David Wall, Chad Ely, Bryce Weber, Kylie Moore, Hanna (Esker) Meece, Michael Buscher, Todd Carman, Michael Brummer, Trevor Lee, Belinda Uptmor, Patsy Conley, Michelle May, Kyle Lindsay, Lisa Fritscher, Anne Marie Brummer, Patsy Mahaffey, Carla Koerner, Teri Phillips and Elaine Probst.