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Anoka-Hennepin Community Education hosts first State Individual Middle School Table Tennis Tournament at Roosevelt Middle School, Apr. 14

Students compete in State Table Tennis Tournament at Roosevelt Middle School Anoka-Hennepin Community Education hosted the inaugural State Individual Middle School Table Tennis Tournament at Roosevelt Middle School last Sunday, Apr. 14. Over 30 students from across the state competed in a round robin tournament.

District middle schools began offering co-ed recreational table tennis leagues as an after-school activity in 2017-18 school year. Table tennis gives students the chance to learn and play ping pong, as well as compete against other leagues across the district. Anoka-Hennepin Community Education was able to acquire 18 ping pong tables (three for each middle school) using Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) funds in a creative effort to provide students in our schools with more recreational opportunities for health and wellness.

“The top two placing students in each group advanced into a championship round for the state title,” explained Roosevelt Middle School Community Schools Coordinator. “Students from Anoka-Hennepin Schools middle schools advanced to a consolation bracket and placed there.” The table tennis instructor for the school district, Joe Podvin, holds multiple state table tennis championship titles in Minnesota.
 

Middle School State Table Tennis ChampionsAnoka-Hennepin students placed in the tournament

First place: Aarthi Loganathan (Maple Grove Middle School)

Second place: Shridula Arun (Lake Middle School - Woodbury)

Third place: Anaya Gokarn (Wayzata Middle School)

 

Middle School State Table Tennis Championship consolation awards

First place: Shae Wyszynski (Oak View Middle School)

Second place: Jack Peroz (Oak View Middle School)

Third place: Zaki Ibrahim (Coon Rapids Middle School)