NPR rec center holds March Madness Pickleball Tournament

NEW PORT RICHEY — Never heard of pickleball?

No problem, says Lee Boerckle.

“Think of a ping-pong game, but you’re standing on the table,” said Boerckel, a Hudson-area resident who organized last weekend’s March Madness Pickleball Tournament at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center.

A racket sport invented in the mid-1960s, pickleball is played by two or four people in a surface roughly the size of a badminton court with a net that is about the same height as the one used in tennis.

The winning score in pickleball is 11.

Players and teams from as far as Tampa, Brooksville and Spring Hill traveled to compete here.

Marlene Miller and Doris Taylor, both of Tampa, represented the Northdale Owls Pickleball team,

Mike Giansante and Boerckel were among local players.

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