Pickleball is popular in Cranberry Township

Organization has more than 400 members

May 10, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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CRANBERRY TWP — A little more than a year after they were officially dedicated, the township's pickleball courts at Graham Park are buzzing with activity.

And that activity will ramp up even more, as the courts host the second-largest pickleball tournament in the region taking place through Memorial Day.

The eight pickleball courts were part of an athletic complex constructed as the Cranberry Township Community Chest's 2017 Project of the Year. It also includes two tennis courts, two basketball courts, four horseshoe pits and three boccie ball courts. There's also a multisport practice area, restrooms and a community garden.

Since the creation of the courts, the Cranberry Township Pickleball Association has grown exponentially. According to Bruce Mazzoni, an avid pickleball player and township supervisor, more than 400 members make the association the largest in the state.

Read more about the sport's success in Wednesday's Cranberry Eagle.

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J.W.  Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr. is the bureau chief of the Cranberry Eagle. Johnson is a native of Bellaire, Ohio, and graduated from Bellaire High School in 2004. He is a 2009 graduate of Ohio University in Athens with a bachelor of specialized studies degree in English and journalism. While there, he served as a reporter and editor at The Post, the university’s student-run, independent newspaper. In 2009, he was hired as a reporter for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register in Wheeling, W.Va. Over the course of eight years, he also served as Marshall County bureau chief, city editor and news editor. He also won two first place West Virginia Press Association Awards for his reporting and design work. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Carnegie.