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By Drew Truitt
Sports Editor 

Pickleball is Not a Pickle, But it is a Ball to Play!


Last updated 4/16/2019 at 7:23pm

Drew Truitt

What is Pickleball?

"It was started in 1965, in Bainbridge (Island), WA," Ambassador Helene "Pookie" DeCocq states emphatically. "It's just getting to (Florida and) the Midwest. There's tournaments all over."

Carol Yarbrough adds, "We started with like four people."

Another lady Pickleball organizer and player Deborah Waldrip chimes in, "And it just started growing. It's one of the fastest growing sports."

From those first four players the group soon doubled to eight, and then 16 women. Although not mandatory, games are usually played as doubles so you might want to seek out a partner be...

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