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Stricker Strikes Again !
Kristin Heines, Lifestyles Editor

On Friday, March 5, 2004, twenty-some West Geauga High School students gathered in the east gym for the second annual table tennis tournament, which was started by our own nationally-ranked table tennis guru, senior Eric Leventhal.

“I thought the tournament was a success,” said Eric. “There were around twenty people, which gave us six groups for the preliminaries.” The first round of the tournament was set up in a ‘round robin’ style. Eric seeded the players based on their previous experience and/or performance in last year’s championship. They were then put into groups of three or four based on their seeds; from there, each member played every other person in his/her group. The winners then moved onto the semi-final round. The final round pitted the semi-finalists from last year, junior Robbie Goehrke, against the reigning champion from last year, sophomore Tony Stricker.

It turns out Tony had worked really hard to improve his skills before the tournament; he had been training with Eric at a tennis club in Willoughby. When asked what his previous experience had been, Tony said, “I had always played ping-pong in the basement with my family, but then I wanted to take my game to the next level. I started playing with Eric at the Lake/Geauga Table Tennis Club.”

Tony added, “Winning the tournament was cool, but the coolest part was seeing all the students come and have some fun, just chilling and playing ping pong. ”

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