CALIFORNIA SHUFFLEBOARD ASSOCIATION (CSA) SOBOBA CLASSIC TEAM TOURNAMENT.
CSA District 7 (Hemet, CA) hosted the annual CSA Soboba Classic Team Tournament. The tournament was held at four venues in Hemet. The tournament was held March 26th thru 29th, 2019 and consisted of 14 teams each with 16 to 18 shufflers. The tournament was a round robin style in which each team played all the other teams during the tournament. The teams were divided based on the 2018 win percentage into two divisions the blue and the red. After an intense week of play the Calizona Compadres (photo of team & guests attached) consisting of players from Arizona and California, won first place in the blue division with a winning percentage of .606. The Compadres team was captained by Dale Monday. Members of the team (first row, left to right) Robert Brooks, Sheila Monday, Edie Linthorne, Gale Balcaen, Gigi Briggs, Jane Piccinonno, Marolyn Davidson & Sid Barone. Second row, left to right: Moe Balcaen, Kenny Phipps, Dean Haske, Dale Monday, Mike Walker, Mike Mitzel, Gord Pollock, Jay Davidson (California State President), Bruce Keifer & Bob Linthorne.
The compadres edged out the Kokopelli team from Arizona, Captained by Sylvia Smith & Ruth Hugen, by one game.
In the red division the Roadrunners, Captained by Gene and Shirley Eager, won first place with a percentage of .596. The Roadrunners were from CSA District 5 Palm Dessert. The second place team was the California Terminators, captained by Carol Anderson. The terminators are from D7 Hemet. Their winning percentage was .529.
At the conclusion of the tournament a banquet was held at the Soboba Casino’s Event Center. The food was delicious and the band was very good. A big thanks goes out to the District 7 Tournament Board, headed by Suzzane Shapiro, for a great tournament and banquet.