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Pickleball League in North Platte gaining popularity

Games are played at Memorial Park three days a week
Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 4:42 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America and it’s gaining popularity as well here in North Platte.

On Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Saturday’s, a group that is seemingly growing by the week shows up at Memorial Park to play games of Pickleball against one another. All levels of experience are welcome to join and informal lessons are given to players as they play from those who have been playing the longest.

The sport also serves as an alternative for those who once played tennis, but were looking for a sport that is less physically demanding, like Ed Baron.

“It’s an easy sport to pickup, I love tennis but there’s a point where a lot of tennis players can’t play tennis,” said Baron, who has played Pickleball going back three years.

While there is a sense of competition, a lot of the players love being there to meet new people and spend time outdoors.

“My favorite day to play is Sunday afternoon. We play at a very aggressive level, it’s a hard workout, but it’s just nice to be outside and the comradery in pickleball is a lot of fun,” said Brent Montgomery.

Karin Lange, one of the league organizers, said anyone looking to play just needs to show up and be ready to play.

“We have extra paddles, we bring our own nets, so they just need to wear comfortable clothes and we’ll take it from there.”

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