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March 26, 2008 > Table tennis club holds Tri-City Kids Challenge

Table tennis club holds Tri-City Kids Challenge

Submitted By Shashin Shodhan
Photos By Shashin Shodhan

Many kids from Fremont schools took part in the first Tri-City Kids Challenge on Sunday, March 16, at the Fremont Table Tennis Club. Every kid that took part got a trophy and a certificate. The first event was the 5th-8th grade competition, which was dominated by Michael Xu, a student at Cesar Chavez Middle School in Union City.

The biggest turnout came from the 3rd-4th graders, as many good matches were played with family and friends packing the Fremont Table Tennis Club to its full capacity. The kids were split up into two round robin groups with the top two finishers in each group advancing to the semi-finals. Akhil Ravoori of Ardenwood Elementay, a member of the junior training program at the Fremont Table Tennis Club, went through his first six matches and lost only one game (to Aaditya Divekar), which advanced Ravoori to the semi-finals. In the other round robin group, Gregory Huynh of Warm Springs Elementary narrowly beat out Nitin Sampath of Ardenwood for first place in their group.

In one semi-final, Ravoori battled Sampath with Ravoori winning the battle of Ardenwood in a five game match. Also in a semi-final round, Huynh escaped with a 3-2 win over Divekar of Addison Elementary School in Palo Alto. Divekar makes the trip to Fremont every weekend and is a regular in the junior program. The finals between Ravooril and Huynh treated family and friends to some great points with a convincing 3-0 win, making Ravooril the first Tri-City Kids Challenge winner in the 3rd-4th grade competition.

In the Kindergarten-2nd grade competition kids did not play each other, but counted how many forehands could be hit consecutively without missing instead. Each player went through nine rounds and the top two rallies were averaged. Anil Tolwani, a very talented 2nd grader from Ardenwood Elementary, dominated the competition and is a name to look out for in the future. Second and third place went to the Gomes School duo of Rishi Chillara and Sylvester Jung. Fourth place was won by James Leitch School's Timothy Yung who, at the age of five, can hit over 50 forehands in a row without missing.

For more information about the junior program or table tennis for all ages, visit or contact Head Coach at the Fremont Table Tennis Club Shashin Shodhan at (510) 366-5234. You may also reach Shodhan via email at

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