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