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

Erik Knak and Ray Henson

My partner, Erik Knak, and I had a very good day on the courts at PebbleCreek's recent pickleball tournament.  We met some great friendly competition.  The first team we played in the tournament played us very well and won third place.  They beat us the first game and really made us work hard in games two and three.  The score of games two and three were, 11-9, 11-9.  The match really could have gone either way.  We were all already exhausted and we had just played three games.  We had 11 more games to go!

We were fortunate to make it to the gold metal match and this is where it really became interesting.  We had beat this team 11-2, 11-3 in match play.  We started off the metal match at 9-0.  It looked like it was going to be a formality.  It was not.  They called a timeout and decided to play very soft.  It was a very good strategy.  We barely beat them in the first game of the match by just a couple points, though.  They beat us the next two games rather easily.  We had won earlier in the day, so we were tied at that point.  We would have to play one more game to 15 and we were all tired!  My partner and I decided to keep our same strategy and were fortunate to win 15-10.

I would say that the best part of the day, though, was that Erik and I have met four new friends.  Pickleball is like that.  Everyone competes very hard, but we all become friends at the end of the day.  We all had a beer together and most of us exchanged phone numbers.  We can't wait to get back out on the court together again!

BTW-I need to get a pair of those cool pickleball shorts!

PebbleCreek Tournament Winners, 3.5 level, 50 to 59, 2023

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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

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Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

That looks like a dangerous crew Ray, a group you would not want to meet in a dark alley. One would be in a real "pickle". Jeff

Feb 15, 2023 04:42 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

A real pickle indeed, Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI.  I love it!  🤣 

Feb 15, 2023 04:44 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Umm, I am not sure you should go with the shorts that Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker picked out for you but you should definitely step up your pickleball shorts game, haha.

Feb 16, 2023 04:19 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful! That sounds like a lot of fun - especially getting to know each other better afterwards.

Feb 16, 2023 05:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Ray... your enthusiasm for pickleball totally shines through with each post you write about one of your tournaments.

Feb 16, 2023 05:26 AM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Congrats is in order.  Pickleball is becoming a huge thing here in East TN as well.  While I probably will not even try to play both of my sons have picked it up and think it is super fun.  Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous day!

Feb 16, 2023 06:25 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

Ray, Those big smiles show how much fun you had at the tournament. I like reading about your enthusiasm for the game!

Feb 16, 2023 06:43 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Good morning, Brian England.  The vote count continues, 3 No to 1 yes.  Yours is an interesting caveat.  I need to up my style, but just not too much.  😃  In other words, my black and gray staples could use some updating.  

Feb 16, 2023 07:10 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It is kind of funny, Kat Palmiotti.  At the beginning of most matches, the other team usually thinks I am a bit crazy, but by the end of the match, they usually are laughing right along with me.  This last match, even my partner told me I had to get serious and focus.  Ha!  That is just not my style! 

Feb 16, 2023 07:16 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Good morning, Nina Hollander, Broker.  It has really been a fun journey that I hope continues for a long time.  My body sometimes has other ideas and would rather be on a cruise ship somewhere.  The perfect cruise would include pickleball, though! 

Feb 16, 2023 07:19 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Pickleball has turned into a sport that all ages enjoy, Norma J. Elkins.  it is good to hear that your boys enjoy the sport.   

Feb 16, 2023 07:21 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400.  My partner called me last night and said he wants to come out again and play in a small city near me called Wickenburg, so I am sure the saga will continue.  Win, loose or draw, I am sure I will have something to say about it.  Oh, I almost forgot.  We have our club championships coming up too! 

Feb 16, 2023 07:24 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 think I saw your win on Facebook, congratulations!   You would look good in those shorts!

Feb 16, 2023 08:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Ray.

I hope you are having an outstanding week.

Feb 16, 2023 08:30 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Pickleball is becoming a very popular sport here in Sacramento.  5 years ago, I wouldn't have even known what it was.

Feb 16, 2023 05:09 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

You just made the voting closer, Joan Cox.  It is now 3 to 2 against.  I wonder whether we will get a definitive  outcome.  And thank you.  We did have a fun day!

Feb 17, 2023 08:41 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Roy Kelley .  It has been a good week.  We are visiting family and our grandson!  I hope you are having a great week too!

Feb 17, 2023 08:42 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I think it was about 5 years ago that my dad talked me into playing this strange game, Myrl Jeffcoat.  It turned out to be a lot of fun and I am amazed at how quickly the game has grown! 

Feb 17, 2023 08:44 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Keep it up Ray and you may just become a Pickleball Ambassador. Congrats on taking the tournament!

Feb 21, 2023 06:07 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

That would be fun, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I have a couple of friends that are ambassadors and they do it well.  It looks like they really enjoy it.

Feb 21, 2023 09:10 PM