BEMIDJI – Northern Minnesotans traveled far and wide to the Gillett Wellness Center at Bemidji State for a pickleball tournament on Sunday.
Spread across Intermediate and Advanced Divisions, 23 teams competed for gold in the one-day tournament. Players came from Bemidji, Bagley, International Falls, Nevis, Park Rapids, Alexandria and Fargo. Ages spanned over five decades, with Bemidji State students and alums among the tournament’s competitors.
Larry Laudon and Koby Kuenzel beat Wyatt Harrom and Derek Thompson to win first place in the Advanced Division. Jessie Reed-Ellman and Marissa Kerry won the Intermediate Division, beating Linda and Phil McDonald.
The Gillett Wellness Center’s newly painted pickleball courts from the fall of 2022 provided eight spaces for concurrent games.
The Bemidji Pickleball Association was well represented in the local competition and has grown to over 100 members.
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