Rusch Park Fall Classic Pickleball Tournament

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

Many of my friends from Runnin for Rhett and I had the opportunity to play in the Rusch Park Fall Classic Pickleball Tournament this weekend.  It was a blast and our friend and pickleball mentor, Brian, started one of the days off right with an incredible coffee bar.  Brian gave us a definite edge!  More about Brian later.

Our Personal Barista Brian Guzman

The competitions was very stiff and we had some great matches.  My partners in mixed doubles and men's doubles played fantastic and helped carry our teams to second place finishes in our 3.0 division. 

Randy Seevers and Ray Henson     Debi Seifert and Ray Henson

My partner in men's doubles and my good friend, Tami, won first place.  All in all, it is not bad to lose to such wonderful friends.  They beat us four straight games and played very well.

Silver and Gold winners Fall Classic 3.0 mixed doubles

It was a really good day and great preparation for Randy and I.  We will be competing December 8th at  Margaritaville, aka pickleball Nationals in Indian Wells. 

Now, back to Brian.  He is a really great runner and pickleball player.  He brought pickleball to our running group about two years ago.  He has created quite a pickleball following here in Elk Grove.  He has been a great ambassador to the sport and coach and mentor to us.  I can't believe the patience he has shown to us as we learned the game.  Some people say great players don't make great coaches.  Brian proves that your can be great at both. 

If you are interested in some of our training or joining us for some pickleball take a look at our Runnin for Rhett Meetup.  We play at Oasis Park.

If you are looking to play pickleball in the Sacramento area, give me a call or email me and I will share a few fun places to play. 

If you are a pickleball player looking to buy a home or sell your home in the Sacramento/Elk Grove area, I would be happy to help.  We might even be able to get a few games in. 😃

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             eXp Realty of California, Inc

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

Past Client Testimonials   

3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758

RayRHenson@gmail.com

916-698-8415

 

 

Comments (26)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty  Pickle ball is a very popular game right now. So many people are playing and it is coed which makes it more FUN . 

Nov 14, 2021 05:25 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Raymond - good for you.  This is another of your positive posts sharing fun times as well as a good dose of gratitude.  I think that is a good recipe for everyday life.  Nicely done.  

Nov 15, 2021 03:08 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a fun time for you and your friends and winning silver medals makes it just a bit more fun for you!

Nov 15, 2021 03:56 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Never played it, but have watched a game or two while showing some condos during a tournament. The smiles on the players faces made our clients smile too!

Nov 15, 2021 04:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ray... it's clear you are a pickleball aficianado at this point in time. And it sounds like a good time was had by all in this tournament.

Nov 15, 2021 06:00 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ray, I saw your wins on FB, and you are really into this pickleball tourneys!   Keeps you moving though.   Congrats.

Nov 15, 2021 07:11 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Good morning, Bob Crane.  It was a lot of fun and we made a lot of new friends.

Howdy, Bob "RealMan" Timm.  It has similarities to tennis and badminton.  People that seem to do well in the sport have been tennis players, racquetball players and/or ping pong players.  I imagine badminton players would be good too, but I do not know any that play pickleball.  It is fun and it is for all levels of players.

Nov 15, 2021 08:54 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Thank you, Ron and Alexandra Seigel.  It will certainly be a busy one.  I have some catching up to do after our eXp conference and our pickleball tournament.  

 

Hi, Kathy Streib!  There are a lot of smiles, aren't there.  You would be surprised, even in the depth of our competition against each other, there are still a lot of smiles and laughter.  I am lucky to be a part of the Runnin for Rhett group.

Nov 15, 2021 08:57 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Good morning, Endre Barath, Jr. I could go for a few days like yours right now.  I may have overindulged in pickleball the last few days.  My body is sore!

 

George Souto, my dad tried to get me to play for years.  I told him that I would not chase some silly little plastic ball all over the court.  It turns out that I do.  Funny how life is.  It is a really fun game suitable for a large audience of different types of players.  You should try it.

Nov 15, 2021 09:02 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Good morning, Hannah Williams.  It is a fun coed sport.  My wife and I play all of the time.  She just prefers a different partner than me.  It seems as though that I might be a little intense.  😇  Maybe!

 

Hi Michael Jacobs.  Thank you very much.  It is easy to be positive with these friends.  They have all taught me a lot about it, even though they all know that I am a work in progress.  Have a great week!

Nov 15, 2021 09:06 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I never thought I would have a chance to medal in any tournament.  The competition is so tough.  I will get you out on the pickleball court one of these days, Brian England.  You will not be happy about it because all of your time will go to pickleball afterwards. 🤣

 

Good morning, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400.  It does bring a lot of smiles to people's faces.  I bet you brought some smiles to your clients faces when you helped them buy one of those condos!

Nov 15, 2021 09:19 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Nina Hollander, Broker, it was a blast and a very competitive tournament.

 

Thank you, Joan Cox.  I appreciate that you follow me here and Facebook.  I think we follow each other on Twitter too.  Now, we just need to meet for lunch one of these days.  We just will not talk Raiders or Broncos.  What an ugly day for them yesterday.  OUCH!

Nov 15, 2021 09:23 AM
Joan Cox

That sounds like a plan, and yep, no talk of football, B A D  day yesterday for sure! 

Nov 15, 2021 10:43 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We now have pickleball courts in Kentlands, our home community. However, I have never played.

Nov 15, 2021 09:56 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

With the recent popularity of pickleball, Roy Kelley, the courts are spreading everywhere.  Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.  Have a wonderful week!

Nov 15, 2021 10:05 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Nice call to action. Pickleball is now a sport with the Huntsman World Senior Games. You all might want to consider participating Raymond and possibly win a gold medal!

Nov 15, 2021 06:49 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

It sounds like a fun tournament and I am interested, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I will run it by my two partners.  Gold medals will be out of our future for some time.  Our success at the 3.0 level means we have to move up to 3.5 at the end of the year.  It gets tougher and tougher, but the new challenges will be fun.  Thank you for the tip!

Nov 16, 2021 05:56 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ray, sure seems like you are moving up the ranks quickly though, with all your wins! 

Nov 16, 2021 09:59 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Hi Joan Cox!  I have a very long way to go, but I seem to be headed in the right direction.  Thank you!

Nov 16, 2021 01:00 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Raymond.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding day.

Nov 18, 2021 08:17 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Good morning to you, Roy Kelley.  I hope you are doing well and have a great weekend!

Nov 18, 2021 08:42 AM