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Tanglewood gunning for title

On Wednesday, Lake Ashton (Lake Wales) played at Tanglewood in the final match of the South Central Florida Pickleball League regular season. Tanglewood came out on top by a score of 49-18 to finish an undefeated season in the five team league.

Each team is comprised of four pairs ranked from A to D. Each team then plays a round robin series with more points being awarded for games against the most evenly matched teams.

Tanglewood's D team was anchored by Tom Stadler, who played with three partners during the day. Against Lake Ashton's top team, Stadler and Dave Werry put up a strong fight, losing two games to one. Partnered with Betty Schleis, Stadler won a match, then finished the day winning the final two matches while paired with Walt Snyder.

Debi Yandell and Dennis Rowland, Tanglewood's C team, won their first three matches of the day and came on very strong in the final competition winning by scores of 11-8 and 11-5 over their Lake Ashton counterparts.

In order to allow most of the Tanglewood subs a chance to play, team captain Wayne Buck utilized a variety of pairings. At the B level, Tracy Vernest and Gloria Soltes teamed up in the first match, playing well before ultimately losing. The regular B team members, Randy Crawfis and Gary Sewell, took to the courts for the remaining matches, winning two then losing a hard fought final 11-8, 9-11, 8-11.

Once again, subs played the first set in the A category with Sandi March and Ellen Nesbitt battling it out. Mike March and Buck took over and won the next two sets handily. In the final round, they lost 11-13 in game one then finished strong with 11-3 and 11-0 victories in games two and three, respectively.

The win puts Tanglewood on top of the league standings with an impressive 4 - 0 record. They earned 176 points this season. Riverbend - Labelle (150 points), Highlands Ridge (117 points), Del Webb - Orlando (104 points) teams ended the season with identical 2-2 records. Lake Ashton took 113 points but ended the season winless, having lost two of its outings by one point, 34-33.

The final shootout will bring all five teams to Tanglewood on Monday for a round robin series that will pit all of the similar level teams against one another. Highlands Ridge won the shootout in 2013 but Tanglewood is hungry for a victory this year. Play will start shortly after 10 a.m. on the Tanglewood courts.