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Local pickleballers top podium

Two local pickleball players climbed to the top of the podium in a major competition in California.

On the Fourth of July, Riley McHugh from Sisters and Georgie Scott, an Eagle Crest resident, fought their way through seven matches at the Newport Beach Open to win the 75-79 age group Mixed Doubles, 4.0-4.5 combined skill level. The win gives them a "golden ticket" ensuring an invitation to the national tournament in Mesa, AZ , Nov. 10-19, 2024.

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Riley McHugh and Georgie Scott traveled to Southern California and came away with gold in the Newport Beach Open pickleball tournament.

On the previous day, July 3, McHugh competed in Men's Doubles 74-79 with Michael Mineni of Bend, making the cut to four teams in the finals. Losing in two close matches they placed third, bringing home the bronze medal.

The Newport Open featured 1,800 competitors - 1,600 amateur and 200 professional.

McHugh plays locally with Sisters Country Pickleball Club and Pineview tennis and Pickleball Club.


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