Men’s 3.5-3.75 Competitive Ladder League – Results

SJPA completed the eight week men’s competitive ladder on May 15.  Sixteen men competed each week in three games each with rotating playing partners based on their previous week’s standings in the ladder.  The points awarded were based on points earned in each game played plus some bonus points for winning the game or achieving at least six points in a losing effort. Congratulations to all the men who competed in the ladder and enjoyed the competition.  A special thank you to the many various substitutes that filled in when the regular players were injured or out of town.  The ladder ended with a tie in total points for first place between Bob Wynne and Craig Wells. Chris Camplin was second and John Alexander placed third.

SJPA Mixed-Up Doubles Event includes Play with a Pro: June 21st

St. James Pickleball players of all skill levels had the opportunity to play with the St. James Club’s Pros, Kim Mihan and Adam Greene, Wednesday evening in the SJPA Mixed-Up Doubles Paddle Stacking Event. 

Thank you to Kim and Adam for volunteering their time for this Event!  Every player had the opportunity to play with the pros and got some great tips from them too!

It was great seeing players on the court with others they have never met, playing Pickleball, making new acquaintances and having a blast!

Thanks to Chris Camplin, Ron Walters, and Andrea Velez for volunteering their time and ensuring that the event ran smoothly!  And special thanks to DJ Chris for supplying the music! 

Check out the next SJPA Mixed-Up Doubles Event taking place on June 21st from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, where the Club’s Pros will, once again, join in the fun!  

Register for Mixed-Up Doubles – June 21st


The Brunswick County Tennis Association’s chapter of the National Junior Tennis and Learning League offers free tennis and educational programs to under-served kids in Brunswick County.  This year, they want to add an intro to Pickleball to their summer camp.

–June 22 and June 29
–July 13 and July 20
–Two hours long on each day for each location.
–Southport’s Parks and Rec Day Camp is held at Lowe White Memorial Park, 226 East Leonard Street, Southport: 9 – 11 am.
— Lockwood Folly Golf Club: 19 Clubhouse Drive SW, Supply, NC  (near Holden Beach) from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

15 paddles would be ideal. We need your old paddle that’s collecting dust! A bin was placed at the Rymer Courts by the ice machine for your paddle contributions (these paddles will not be returned.)
Volunteers are needed to assist with pickleball instruction on the dates given above. The camp averages around 12 kids per session. 
–There are typically around 30 kids, ages 5 to 12 participating.  

TEL: 910 477-1332

Here’s a photo of the kids that were in our program last summer.  The kids are very cute and most are eager to be outside running around.  

We hope you will consider volunteering to help teach the children Pickleball, the sport we all love to play!

2nd Annual Spring Fling Success – Pictures

The beautiful weather – absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Fantastic music provided by Cat-a-tonic’s. Dinners provided by the 2Bros and A&M Red Food Trucks – DELICIOUS and Chuck’s Ice Cream – ALWAYS A FAVORITE.

Of course, all who attended – made for a wonderful evening and VERY successful fundraising event. With great attendance, generous donations and a hefty 50/50 drawing, we raised $4309 for the Southport/Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship Food Pantry (SOIICF).

This year’s event took place on the lawn at Woodlands, and we heard good things about how nice it was to spread out, easy to venture around, say hello to friends and neighbors, and play a game or two.

The SJPA Board and Social Committee thank you for supporting our efforts to provide, not only a great social event for our membership, but more importantly help our local community with a substantial donation that is so very needed.

Once again, we would like to thank Carolyn for the excellent pictures:

Dinko de Mayo Social Play – Pictures

Dinco de Mayo was an absolutely wonderful evening of Pickleball, music, food, drink, friendship, and a lot of FUN!

Kathy Kunze and her team of volunteers spent a lot of time and effort to make this event perfect for all of the people that played. We thank them all!

DJ D’Jo provided excellent tunes and even had the ladies and some of the men dancing to the beat on the courts while playing.

Fun and friendship…..the heart of Pickleball in St James!

Once again, we would like to thank Carolyn for the excellent pictures:


The St. James Community is invited to a fundraiser for the Southport/Oak Island Interfaith Food Pantry (SOIFP) on Sunday, May 7th, from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Woodlands Park.

Wristband sales will take place at the following dates/times & locations:

  • Monday, May 1st, 10:00 am to noon – St James Community Center
  • Tuesday, May 2nd, 10:00 am to noon – St James Community Center
  • Wednesday, May 3rd, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Rymer Courts
  • Thursday, May 4th, 8:30 am to 10:30 am – Rymer Courts
  • Friday, May 5th, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Rymer Courts
  • Or contact Liz Wilson at

Find out more

April showers did not stop the pickleball fun at the second Mixed Up Doubles

The second Pickleball Mixed Up Doubles social event, held on April 19th, proved to be as much fun as the first!  With over 40 registered players, the camaraderie and fun with a sprinkle of challenge definitely brought everyone together for a great time! The May Mixed Up Doubles is planned for May 17th and promises to be even more fun with our pros attending!  Don’t miss this one!

View additional photos taken by photographer, Carolyn Gaziano

April 30th – Make-A-Wish Social Fundraiser – Cancelled Due To Rain

(This event will be rescheduled. Stay tuned for future announcements.)

Please join us on Sunday, April 30th, for this special fundraising social event open to all SJPA members. There are two sessions – 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm and 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Come and stack your paddles and join the fun!

Sign up for 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm event

Sign up for 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm event

Ladies’ 3.5 Competitive Ladder – Final Results

The Ladies’ 3.5 Competitive Ladder completed its 8-week spring season on April 17th with a round robin social play event. The ladies competed against each other and earned points for each match. There was lots of great Pickleball play by these ladies with some great rallies and fun games!

Congratulations to all the ladies who participated in our first SJPA Ladies 3.5 Ladder League.

A special congratulations goes to the top 3 players – 1st place – Pat Allred, 2nd place – Brenda Badis, and 3rd place – Alicia Mastropietro

View additional photos taken by photographer, Carolyn Gaziano

Bonfire Pictures

The SJPA Social Committee would like to thank all who came out for a fun beach bonfire evening last nite.   The weather and wind cooperated, and we were able to enjoy delicious s’mores, a few games, and fun company on our beautiful beach!   

A great evening off the courts sharing fun and conversations with our old and new pickleball friends! 

Southport Elementary Pickleball Volunteers (end of March) – THANK YOU

This volunteer group just wrapped up at the end of March. What a wonderful experience for the kids.

A great big thank you to all the Pickleball Volunteers who gave pickleball instruction to the children at Southport Elementary.  You were so giving of your time and patience! 

For those who weren’t at the school during the second week, you should know that the students cheered when they saw the pickleball nets up and realized they were going to get to play again. 

It was amazing to see how many hands went up when we asked who had played pickleball before and how many were going to play over Spring Break!  The children were truly grateful. You all need to be recognized for your hard work. I know there were some naps taken on days you volunteered!

-Alicia Mastropietro
-Joe Mastropietro
-Scott Hettinger
-Marilou Rubright
-Cheryl Giese
-Joe Giese
-Sheryl Hill
-Mary Heatherly
-Scott Nasiff
-Katy Nasiff
-Leslie Saralino
-Nancy Jorgensen
-Karen Fania
-Jim Fania
-Eileen Kopunek
-Kathy Kunze
-Sandy Schach
-Wendy Casterline

Extra thanks from Cindy Hettinger for your help and flexibility!