Teens come together for first 'Paddle Battle' in Palatine
On Friday Aug. 5, the popular Hamilton Park Pickleball Courts were reserved by the Palatine Park District from 5-10 p.m. for the first "Palatine Paddle Battle" pickleball tournament.
Twenty-six high school boys and girls -- mostly from Fremd and Palatine high schools -- competed in the tournament, officiated by certified referees, in front of approximately 30 of their high school peers surrounding the courts.
After a round robin in two separate brackets, each team earned a seed in a single-elimination tournament. After four hours of competing, a champion was crowned after Tommy Elter and Connor May defeated Shane Hebert and Derek Nicholson in the best of three games.
The tournament was coordinated by 28-year-old Palatine High School teacher Josh Ware with the help of Fremd teacher Brian Newby. As one of the top players in the area, Ware is on a mission to get his students and other local kids interested and involved in the sport he has come to love.