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Locals compete in Arizona Pickleball Championships


Last updated 4/3/2014 at Noon

From left, Bob Youngren, Jennifer (Youngren) Lucore, and Beverly Youngren display the medals they won (including gold in doubles for each of them) at the Grand Canyon State Games for pickleball in February.

FALLBROOK – The Grand Canyon State Games for pickleball were held in El Mirage, Ariz. in February. There were 400 competitors from not only Arizona, but California, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Tennessee, Minnesota, and other states plus Canadian provinces.

The local pickleball players from North San Diego County won total of 19 medals.

The following is list of local medal winners. For entire tournament results, log onto and click on Tournament Results.

MD 65+Dennis Dacey/David GibbsSilver

MD 70+Bob Youngren/Lynn CarlsonGold

WD 35+Jennifer Lucore/Alex HamnerGold

Adina Jones/Gigi LeMastersSilver

WD 50+Cathy Parkhurst/Rachael KroogGold

WD 55+Gail Dacey/Mona BurnettSilver

WD 65+Nancy Sass/Linda HoggattGold

WD 70+Beverly Youngren/Juanita Vincent Gold

WD 5.0 Skill Jennifer Lucore/Alex HamnerGold

Adina Jones/Gigi LeMastersSilver

MXD 19+Jennifer Lucore/Brian AshworthGold

Alex Hamner/Darin HurdmanSilver

MXD 35+Adina Jones/Justin RogersSilver

MXD 50+Ron Change/Rachael KroogSilver

Cathy Parkhurst/Pat McKennyBronze

MXD 60+Beverly Youngren/Bob HiggenbottomSilver

MXD 70+Bob Youngren/Juanita VincentGold

All are invited to come learn this fun sport at one of the many venues in San Diego County. For more information about this fast-growing sport, check out – the national organization or contact Beverly Youngren, USAPA San Diego County Ambassador, at


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