November 30, 2008
Sports Article 3308
Scott Wittbrodt & Andrew Price Claim Turkey Paddleball Title at Family Y
Price (Age 17) Is Youngest Winner in 40 Year Tournament History
November 30, 2008
By: O. J. Cunningham
Andrew Price and Scott Wittbrodt were the 2008 winners of the 40th Annual Turkey Shoot-Out held at the Bay Area Family YMCA in Bay City.
The Bay Area Family Y stuffed 10 players into four courts for the 40th annual Turkey Tournament Shoot-out on Saturday.
Partners were drawn at random with the winning team taking home two turkeys. Bay City's Scott Wittbrodt teamed with Saginaw's Andrew Price to claim the top prize.
Andrew Price became the youngest Turkey Tourney Shootout champion in 40 years at the ripe old age of 17.
Price-Wittbrodt out-scored Bay City's Randy Wackerle and Scott Carmona 21-19, 21-17 in a close final match. Wackerle and Carmona won the event in 1988 and were trying to become the first team to ever repeat as champions. They had to settle for 2nd place and a pumpkin pie.
The consolation champs, Greg Keenan and Jim Price, walked away with a prize of gravy and stuffing in a tie-breaker win over Earl Pratt and Paul Chritz.
Mike Wisniewski and Mike Kuhn finished in 4th place.
In attendance, but not playing were former two-time champion Joe Siniff (open heart surgery 3 weeks ago) and two-time champ Joe Todd (rheumatoid arthritis.)
NO TEAM HAS EVER REPEATED AS CHAMPIONS
RANDY WACKERLE HAS 11 TITLES W/ 11 DIFFERENT PARTNERS
MARK PIECHOWIAK (Deceased) HAS SIX TITLES
BOB ESTABROOK, TOM HAERTEL, AND MIKE WISNIEWSKI HAVE 3 TITLES
BOB ESTABROOK HAD 15 YEARS BETWEEN TITLES
46 DIFFERENT MEN (NO WOMEN) HAVE WON TURKEY TITLES
OLDEST CHAMPION IS HARRY NEAL (AGE 69 in 1976)
YOUNGEST CHAMPION IS ANDREW PRICE (AGE 17 in 2008)
EIGHT CHAMPIONS HAVE PASSED AWAY
O.J. CUNNINGHAM (NOT DEAD) HAS NEVER WON A TURKEY TOURNEY
IN 1974 LIVE TURKEYS WERE GIVEN FOR FIRST PLACE TROPHIES
(Left) Randy Wackerle and Scott Carmona finished second at the 2008 Bay Area Family YMCA 40th Annual Turkey Shoot-Out. (Right) The consolation champs were Greg Keenan and Jim Price.
(MyBayCity Photo Courtesy of Scott Carmona)
PREVIOUS TURKEY PADDLEBALL CHAMPIONS
1969 HERB BEAN - TOM KAEKEL
1970 DICK ANDREWS - BOB ESTABROOK
1971 MARK CORMIER - BOB ESTABROOK
1972 LARRY CLEMENS - TOM KAEKEL
1973 GARY ADLEMAN - TOM HAERTEL
1974 JIM SUCHODOLSKI - TOM HAERTEL
1975 CHARLIE PIKE - TOM HAERTEL
1976 HARRY NEAL - RANDY WACKERLE
1977 BILL HERRERA - RANDY WACKERLE
1978 BUCK WATSON - RANDY WACKERLE
1979 TIM TACEY - RANDY WACKERLE
1980 BOB GOODWIN - MARK PIECHOWIAK
1981 BILL HERRERA - JOE TODD
1982 MARK VANWAGNER - RANDY WACKERLE
1983 GARY LUCZAK - RANDY WACKERLE
1984 MARK VANWAGNER - JOE TODD
1985 BRUCE CLARK - RANDY WACKERLE
1986 SANDY DEGREIF - BOB ESTABROOK
1987 MIKE RIVARD - MIKE WISNIEWSKI
1988 SCOTT CARMONA - RANDY WACKERLE
1989 JOE SINIFF - BOB GROYA
1990 TED BOX - DAVE MATHEWSON
1991 ED ANDRUS - BOB GROYA
1992 JOE SINIFF - MARK PIECHOWIAK
1993 RALPH TREPKOWSKI - DAVE PRYZBYLSKI
1994 JOE SINIFF JR - MARK PIECHOWIAK
1995 JOE SINIFF JR - KEN STRAUB
1996 TOM BESON - MIKE WISNIEWSKI
1997 DENNIS KEYES - MARK PIECHOWIAK
1998 PAT O'SHEA - MARK PIECHOWIAK
1999 BOB PRYZBYLSKI - RANDY WACKERLE
2000 FRANK CZABALA - MARK PIECHOWIAK
2001 AL ZAWILINSKI - RANDY WACKERLE
2002 RICH RAHALL - RANDY WACKERLE
2003 JOHN LOWMAN - RON MALECKI
2004 ERIC WILLIAMS - MIKE WISNIEWSKI
2005 GREG KEENAN - JEFF KALINOWSKI
2006 GREG KEENAN - RICH RAHALL
2007 JOHN LOWMAN - AL ZAWILINSKI
2008 ANDREW PRICE - SCOTT WITTBRODT
Sports Article 3308
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On November 30, 2008
at 11:09 PM
The story of the recent paddle ball tourney at the Family Y was very interesting. The historical aspects are quite remarkable to me. In the thirty-some years of this tournament, one-third of the titles have been won by one person--Randy Wackerle ! What an amazing feat !!! Just wonder if there are any comparable feats in Bay City sports history. I'd be interested in what your research might turn up, possibly as a future story. Bill Cannon
O. J. Cunningham
O. J. Cunningham is the Publisher of MyBayCity.com. Cunningham previously published Sports Page & Bay City Enterprise. He is the President/CEO of OJ Advertising, Inc.
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