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Awards Banquet Celebrates Spring 2015 Season

Awards Banquet Celebrates Spring 2015 Season

Posted on 24 August 2015 by David Del Vecchio

We had a lot of fun at the Awards Banquet for the Spring 2015 Season and it was great to see all the division winners get their trophies and medals. Special thanks to Song Jeho TTC in Koreatown for hosting the event.

Check out the photos and video from the event below and congratulations to all of the winners!

 Division 1

  • Champion: LATTA !st Team (LATTA) – Zihao (Justin) Huang, Koffee Lu, Kiet Law
  • Runner-Up: 3 Black Men (SPiN Standard) – Adam Bobrow, Jack McCarthy, Kevin Korb, Alex Figueroa, Gaurav Mutha

Division 2

  • Champion: KillaHurtz (LADWP) – Miguel Munoz, Anthony Law, Tom Nguyen, Xia Yi, Arman Ak
  • Runner-Up: The Invincibles (Jung TTC) – Charles Kim, Ronald Morgan, Warren Lee, Alex Marquez

Division 3

  • Champion: Taenergy (LATTA) – Tae Kim, Gloria Deng, Franz Zhao, Jong Hak “Hawk” Choi
  • Runner-Up: Song Je Ho (Song Jeho TTC) – Johnny Quach, Mike Jeon, Yong Ji, Yuna So, Peter Wu

Corporate Division

  • Champion: ZestFinance (Gilbert TTC) – Rohan D’Souza, Vinay Chandra, Van Morgan, Dan Xu, Ganlai Wang
  • Runner-Up: Borat (Sherman Oaks TTC) – Eran Eliyahoo, Magen Igal, Tomer Eliyahoo, Roni Levi, Daniel Bardavid

Youth Division

  • Champion: South Bay Falcons (South Bay Table Tennis) – Garrett Lee, Emmett Foster, Brian Min
  • Runner-Up: LATTA 1 (LATTA) – Gilbert Cai, Timothy Cai, Tiffany Cai


Highlights from the last awards banquet

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Teams needed for schools division

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Teams needed for schools division

Posted on 10 June 2015 by David Del Vecchio

It may be the summer, but fall will be here before you know it and we’ve already started recruiting teams for the first ever Schools Division, kicking off in the LATTF fall season. There’s still plenty of room for growth in the Youth Division as well.

If you know of any schools that might be interested in participating, please drop us a line.FlyerYouthThumbnail

Or if you’d like to sign-up a team, you can already register online.

Spread the word: Share this downloadable youth league flyer with any parents, kids, or schools that might be interested.

Ararat Youth Friendly

A bunch of youth players from area schools got together last month for a youth friendly at Ararat Table Tennis Center.

Teams from Le Lycee (West LA) and Glendale compete in friendly at Ararat Table Tennis Center.

Teams from Le Lycee (West LA) and Glendale compete in friendly at Ararat Table Tennis Center.

This was the fourth such friendly held in Southern California after earlier competitions at Ararat and LATTA last fall. Check out the video highlights below:

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LA premiere of Top Spin movie

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LA premiere of Top Spin movie

Posted on 16 April 2015 by David Del Vecchio

The LA screening of the Top Spin table tennis documentary will be happening on Sunday, April 26 as part of the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival.

The Top Spin table tennis movie follows US table tennis phenoms Ariel Hsing, Lily Zhang, and Michael Landers as they train and compete for a spot on the 2012 US Olympic team. It’s a rare behind-the-scenes feature length look at high-level table tennis in the US. You won’t want to miss it!

What: LA premiere of Top Spin table tennis movie (part of the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival)
When: Sunday, April 26 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main Street in Downtown LA)
Tickets: Buy online
More Info: Top Spin page at LAAPFF

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Adam and Alex of LATTF featured on LatiNation TV

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Adam and Alex of LATTF featured on LatiNation TV

Posted on 16 April 2015 by David Del Vecchio

Adam Bobrow and Alex Figueroa of LATTF taught LatiNation TV host Humberto Guida a little something about table tennis at USC’s Ping Pong Posse. Check it out:

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Awards Banquet Celebrates Spring 2014 Season

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Awards Banquet Celebrates Spring 2014 Season

Posted on 10 August 2014 by David Del Vecchio

We had a lot of fun at the Awards Banquet for the Spring 2014 Season and it was great to see all the division winners get their trophies and medals. Special thanks to Ararat Table Tennis in Glendale, CA for hosting the event.

Check out the photos from the event below and congratulations to all of the winners!

 

Division 1

  • Champion: LATTA !st Team (LATTA) – Zihao (Justin) Huang, Koffee Lu, Tuan Dai Le
  • Runner-Up: 3 Black Men (SPiN Standard) – Adam Bobrow, Subal Mehta, Kevin Li, Sandesh Awale

Division 2

  • Champion: The Invincibles (Gilbert TTC) – Charles Kim, Kee Lee, Warren Lee, James (Alex) Marquez, Han Choi
  • Runner-Up: Hitmen (Westside TTC) – Michael Baggott, Kenneth Seiple, Sasanka Budhavarapu, Josh Bornstein, Simone Cecchini

Division 3

  • Champion: MTAG Sr. (SGVBC 2) – Tim Chen, Aashish Thakker, Kelvin Lee, Joe Qiao, Ben Cheng
  • Runner-Up: Frozen Paddles (Gilbert TTC) – Kevin Li Te Sun, Xia Yi, Aman Ak, Ashay Burungale, Jimmy Liu

Division 4

  • Champion: Golden Ninjas (Anaheim Community Center) – Warren Hoo, Midori Pesyna, Steven Noh, Fred Liao, Minh Lu
  • Runner-Up: Walnut EFC (SGVBC 2) – Denwun Lin, Scott Hsu, Ling-Ling Lin, Peter Su

Corporate Division

  • Champion: Team Zest (Gilbert TTC) – Marick Sinay, Rohan D’Souza, Alexander Tamoykin, Ian Hall, Van Morgan
  • Runner-Up: Blackline Table Tennis 1 (USA Valley TTC) – James Kim, Russell Mullin, Tyler Weitz, Illya Lavrik

Youth Division

  • Champion: LATTA 1 (LATTA) – Derek Hong, Tiffany Cai, Timothy Cai
  • Runner-Up: LATTA 2 (LATTA) – David Lin, Ryan Lov, Matthew Leung, Wesley Yuen

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More League Play Please

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More League Play Please

Posted on 23 May 2013 by Alex Figueroa

We are halfway into the spring season, league excitement is building, and the match intensity is ratcheting up as team contests start to have division title implications.

In the first division, it’s looking like the Grace Lin TTC youngsters can hang with the big boys. While the two-time defending champions, LATTA !st team are in !st place, GLTTC is keeping things close and only sits one team contest back from the leaders.

photo122In the second division, the A pool is having an intense battle and it’s still too early to tell who will come out on top. Song Jeho’s Flip Side and the Bruins of Thousand Oaks are in the best position, but the Oaks and the Westside Hitmen are within striking distance and still have a shot at qualifying for the playoffs.

Things are not quite so close at the top of pool B, where Grace Lin’s team has gone undefeated so far and has already secured a playoff spot. But the fight to be the second playoff qualifier is heating up with Ararat A, Westside’s Johnny and the Rockets and SPiN Standard’s Killawatts all still in contention.

In Division 3, Orange Crush from Allen & Sons narrowly edged Gilbert TTC’s High Five! in their first meeting to move atop the leaderboard. Anticipation is high for the second time they faceoff at Allen and Sons TTC on June 9th as it will likely determine the division title.

It’s been a great debut of the 4th division, started with lots of enthusiasm and already several close 3-2 team contests have been played. Gilbert’s Team Zest seems to hold the edge going into the final stretch of the season. While the ALN eSMASHERS and Team Gilbert may not be able to best Team Zest, both still have a shot at second place.

Tons of emotion and competition to come. Keep track of the season standings here:
http://www.lattf.org/spring-2013-season/

 

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A Flip over Westside

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A Flip over Westside

Posted on 08 April 2013 by Alex Figueroa

A recent team contest in Division 2A featured defending Division 2 champion Flip Side hosting The Westside International at Song Jeho’s Club in Koreatown. The Westside International have been fixtures in LATTF competition since the league’s inception, but since the teams were in different divisions last season, for some of the players, this was their first time competing at Song Jeho Table Tennis Club.

“It’s a nice, clean facility, and it was exciting playing there,” said Mark Hezinger, of The Westside International.

Despite being the underdogs, Mark started fearlessly, taking the first match for his team 3-1 (with scores of 10, -7, 10, 6). This initial confidence boost for the visitors proved short-lived as Flip Side used their home court advantage to capture the remaining matches, winning the team contest by a final score of 4-1.

Mark Hezinger in action for The Westside International

Mark Hezinger in action for The Westside International

“In the first match, I was able to stick to my strategy and play to my strengths,” Hezinger mused after the team contest. “But in the doubles match they kept looping at the middle of the table, and the ball was so spinny … it tricked me.”

Mark and teammate Milan Obradovic eventually succumbed 0-3 in that match (by scores of 5, 10, and 6) to Flip Side’s pairing of John Eseo and Mike Tadiaman.

As great as it is to win, Mark pointed out that really, the most important part of participating in the league is was all the fun his team has had of visiting different clubs, meeting new people, and playing a variety of opponents. And in keeping with their team’s LATTF tradition, after their league match, the Westside players got together with their spouses and children and went out to dinner together at a local restaurant.

“It’s really nice having these experiences that bring people together and to be able to share quality time with your teammates and loved ones,” Mark reflected. After all, isn’t that really what the league is all about?

 Full results of the team contest: Flip Side vs. The Westside International (on 03/23/2013)

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LA Times Article about Gilbert Center

LA Times Article about Gilbert Center

Posted on 10 June 2011 by David Del Vecchio

Bella Livshin and Betty Stein at the Gilbert Center

Bella Livshin and Betty Stein at the Gilbert Center (photo by Mariah Tauger of the LA Times)

Here’s a great article from the June 10 LA Times about the Gilbert Center‘s table tennis program for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Bella Livshin, Mikhail Zaretsky, and Elie Zainabudinova are also featured prominently in the article.

An excellent program from the Gilbert Center and a great read!

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Article about Jane Bruckel (Orange Crush)

Posted on 19 May 2011 by David Del Vecchio

Check out this interesting article about Jane Bruckel and her various table tennis experiences (including LATTF) in the Spring 2011 issue of Spondylitis Plus magazine. Jane is the captain of the Orange Crush team (Sherman Oaks TTC) currently competing in Division 6.

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