Pickleball tourney takes a whack at PTSD

Scott Clayson (left) and Christine Barksdale mix it up during the mixed doubles championship game.

By Nancy Browne
Staff Writer

A major tournament on Brigham City’s pickleball courts June 22-24, went from mere competition for the sake of the sport, to heartfelt caring for the sake of people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Net proceeds of $25,000 from the event, organized by pickleball champion Jeff Donovan, went to two local nonprofits: and, which provide services for PTSD sufferers and their families.
Some 183 players participated during the sunny, three-day event, now in its second year, including 16 pickleball professionals, along with a staff of 25 volunteers. It featured men’s and women’s doubles, as well as mixed doubles.
There also was a professional event Saturday that featured some of the biggest names in pickleball, including Scott Moore, the No. 1 ranked player (aged 50 and older) in the world; local star and USA Open gold medalist, Larry Moon, along with female players Christine McGrath, a U.S. Open and national champion; national champion Bonnie Williams; and seven-time national champion Alex Hamner.


BE United team plays up to
competition to take silver at Summer Games

The 16U BE United soccer team coached by Pedro Legua, Marcos Legua and Alex Korth, held their own against older competitors at the Utah Summer Games, and took home silver in the 19U division. The BE United squad played in 19U since there were no other teams their age in the games. They made it to the championship game, where they suffered their only loss of the tournament. Team members are: (front) Braydon Brailsford, Cameron Thompson, head coach Pedro Legua, Anthony Esparza, Leo Garcia, (second row) Ethan Atwood, Josh Duncan, Jaxon Rountree, (third row) Lleyton Steele, Kodey Younger, Tony Haro, Tanner Halladay, Trennen Terry, (back row) assistant coach Marco Legua, Daniel Neilson, assistant coach Alex Korth, Janson Port, Bryce Shimazaki, and Dathan Ranjel.


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