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Bringing Ping Pong Back

Jake Tinkham, Crown Staff

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Marian was in a drought, nine years without a ping pong club. That all ended when seniors Derek O’Neil, Payson Wilde, and Sean Keisling approached Mr. Widzisz with the idea of restarting the club. The group  wanted to reach out to all of Marian and have a way where they can play with and against their classmates.

Nine years ago Marian’s ping pong club ended with the retirement of freshman counselor and club advisor Mr. Caliendo. According to Mr. Rakers, back when the club was active they had 3 or 4 tables and a storage area for when the tables were not in use.

Fast forward to Mr. Widzisz, Derek, Payson, and Sean trying to restart the ping pong club.  According to Mr. Widzisz, Mckenzie Lindquist was holding small ping pong get together at her house.  Payson Wilde and Mckenzie Lindquist generously donated two tables and some gear to get started. Kolton Rominski is considered the best player in the early stages of the restarted club.    Mr. Widzisz said that Kolton has only been beaten a few times, but was quick to add that club president Derek O’Neil is quickly proving himself a worthy opponent.  “I have yet to beat Kolton, but I have come very close” said Mr. Widzisz.

The best teacher that is playing ping pong, according to Mr. Widzisz, is himself.  However, he did say that “not many teachers have stopped by to try to prove me wrong.” Mr. Liggett is a frequent guest to the club, but ping pong is still trying to gain traction with most teachers.  Mr. Widzisz did say that a member of the faculty is an “accomplished ping pong player”,Mr. Rakers. Even though he has been asked several times, Mr. Rakers has not yet stopped by the club to “show off his skills.” When asked  about his prowess on ping pong. He said “I would consider myself a very good player, but it has been a long time since I last played and I want to get some practice in before I start playing with students.”  He also said that he is not avoiding them, however, timing is difficult as he has bus and parking lot duty after school and he said he meets with teachers during that time as well.  

The ping pong club is trying to plan a big tournament to take place some time in the near future, but to have a tournament they need more tables. So, they are actively looking for more tables and gear so they can have more students join the club. Mr. Rakers did say “If I get some practice in, I will be playing in the tournament.” If you want to join ping pong club or want to donate any ping pong equipment stop by after school in Mr. Widzisz’s room

 

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