On Wednesday, Lake Ashton (Lake Wales) played at Tanglewood in the final match of the South Central Florida Pickleball League regular season. Tanglewood came out on top by a score of 49-18 to finish an undefeated season in the five team league.
Each team is comprised of four pairs ranked from A to D. Each team then plays a round robin series with more points being awarded for games against the most evenly matched teams.
Tanglewood's D team was anchored by Tom Stadler, who played with three partners during the day. Against Lake Ashton's top team, Stadler and Dave Werry put up a strong fight, losing two games to one. Partnered with Betty Schleis, Stadler won a match, then finished the day winning the final two matches while paired with Walt Snyder.
Debi Yandell and Dennis Rowland, Tanglewood's C team, won their first three matches of the day and came on very strong in the final competition winning by scores of 11-8 and 11-5 over their Lake Ashton counterparts.
In order to allow most of the Tanglewood subs a chance to play, team captain Wayne Buck utilized a variety of pairings. At the B level, Tracy Vernest and Gloria Soltes teamed up in the first match, playing well before ultimately losing. The regular B team members, Randy Crawfis and Gary Sewell, took to the courts for the remaining matches, winning two then losing a hard fought final 11-8, 9-11, 8-11.
Once again, subs played the first set in the A category with Sandi March and Ellen Nesbitt battling it out. Mike March and Buck took over and won the next two sets handily. In the final round, they lost 11-13 in game one then finished strong with 11-3 and 11-0 victories in games two and three, respectively.
The win puts Tanglewood on top of the league standings with an impressive 4 - 0 record. They earned 176 points this season. Riverbend - Labelle (150 points), Highlands Ridge (117 points), Del Webb - Orlando (104 points) teams ended the season with identical 2-2 records. Lake Ashton took 113 points but ended the season winless, having lost two of its outings by one point, 34-33.
The final shootout will bring all five teams to Tanglewood on Monday for a round robin series that will pit all of the similar level teams against one another. Highlands Ridge won the shootout in 2013 but Tanglewood is hungry for a victory this year. Play will start shortly after 10 a.m. on the Tanglewood courts.