February 2023 Oracle

January Fritters and Fun, brought “ Dingles ” to ORPS Tennis. 32 people participated, and fritters, mimosas, and coffee followed. 8 people received their $6 entry back, through a drawing. Steve Simpson won the 50/50 and received $70.50.

A second match was equally exciting with Brian and Doreen Goltz(on the left) out maneuvering Debbie and John Jensen. There are 12 mixed doubles teams that will play each Sunday.

The January Mixer was on January 21. Thanks to Jill Trelawny and Greg Bach for hosting this great event. The theme was The Spanish Armada and their delicious food was reflective of that.

February Tennis Highlight “ Sparky ” Brian Farrell grew up in San Francisco. He started playing tennis at the age of 8 with his uncle. He served in the Marine Corps, and then became a Firefighter. He was promoted to Captain, and later had to retire after a bad knee injury.

The Internal Leagues have started. Mixed Doubles started on Jan. 8.

Sparky has been at ORPS since 1986. His first visit was on a trip home from Mexico. He and his wife Chris, saw a sign on the freeway and stopped for 1 night. They came back the next year, and every year since. Sparky and Chris spend their summers up in the Redwoods. They have 30 acres there and they built their own home. Sparky ’ s other passion is woodworking. In 1992 Sparky started teaching tennis at ORPS. He has helped many of us improve our game. He watches closely to find details that can be corrected. He ’ s especially excited this year to see the increase in new players, and their enthusiasm. He also enjoys stringing tennis rackets, which he started doing in 1970, and still does. His drop in novice clinic is every Wednesday at 10 on court B.

Mary Holmes and Steve Simpson (on the right) over- powered Robin Polson and Russell Anderson in the opener. (Mixed Doubles continued in next column).

The CanAm is just around the corner.

Last year was the first year tennis participated in this event. The event had the best participation of anything we had ever done as a tennis community. The sportsmanship, patriotism, camaraderie, and volunteerism was truly outstanding. We look forward to more fun in February 2023 .

Thank you Sparky, for all the years of teaching and dedication to helping us improve our tennis game.

Tennis Communications Cindy Stoneback




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