Richter, Tabisola win at Kauai Senior Pickleball Games

The Maui News

Todd Richter of Pukalani and Byron Tabisola of Kahului each picked up wins at the Hawaii State Games Senior Pickleball Tournament, held Sept. 28-30 in Kalaheo, Kauai.

Richter and teammate Kevin Teves of the Big Island won the 60-64 age group in men’s doubles. They defeated Dean Fujikawa and Philip Baclayon 10-12, 11-6, 11-9 in the final.

Richter also placed third in mixed doubles. He and partner Patti Koyama of Oahu lost to eventual champions Veronica Wilkie and Ron Olen 11-2, 11-4 in the loser’s bracket final — Richter and Koyama had defeated Wilkie and Olen in the quarterfinals.

Tabisola and Mark Howard of Kauai won the 50-54 men’s doubles title as the only pair in the division. They competed against 55-59 players.

Tabisola also teamed with Janet Nathanson of Kauai to claim the bronze in 50-54 mixed doubles. They went 2-4 in round-robin play.

Both Richter and Tabisola qualified for the National Senior Games in Albuquerque, N.M., next summer.

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