League Playoffs May 2013

Pure Pong’s first group of Wednesday Night League players battled  it out with paddles in hand and gumption in heart last night, to determine which team would be deemed champion after six weeks of exciting competition and good spirited trash talk. The color coordinated teams’ scores were relatively comparable heading into the finals, though there could only be one winning team from each of the two divisions. With prizes from sponsors including other Pearl District hot sports for socializing and fab food like Pink Rose and Justa Pasta, stakes were high. In the end, the blue team took first in Division I, and in Division II, the black team’s skill and perseverance proved to be indestructible.

Division I winners- Blue Team:

  • Weiss, Jake
  •  Dogra, Raj
  • Smith, Bryna
  • Beck, Jenny
  • Lackie, Frank

Division II winners- Black Team:

  • Whisler, Casey
  • Iovan, Laurentiu
  • Harmon, Sally
  • Stephenson, Trevor
  • Wetherbee, Erin

Owner and Ping Pong enthusiast, Duane Smith, took to the microphone for the awards ceremony following the victories. Having been the star of his own show in Vegas before starting West Coast Event Productions 33 years ago, and most recently Pure Pong, Smith was in his element in front of the crowd. Everyone was jolly despite some of their losses. It is undetermined if this is because a Ping Pong players’ spirit can never be broken, or if the drinks from Pink Rose  and Bridgeport Brewery, food from Silver Dollar and J Mo’s Sandwich Shack food cart just hit the spot. Regardless, a great time was had by all. A few curious spectators joined in the fun from off the street, and one of the players even brought their own mascot (see the furry cheerleader below). In all, the first round of Wednesday Night League was a great success. Pure Pong thanks the nearly 50 players that participated, and especially Tim Titrud and Alan Zimmerman for their passion for the sport, and helping ensure this event came together each week.

The next League will begin Wednesday, June 12th at Pure Pong. Come in to sign up at at 6:30 p.m. and watch for more details on the Tournaments & League and Calendar page coming shortly, or feel free to drop us a line with further inquires! Everyone is welcome, and we hope to see some familiar faces from the Spring League for a rematch!