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Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012 11:48 pm | Updated: 11:36 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Table tennis players representing Alaska made strong showing at the Nevada Senior Games and the Huntsman World Senior Games earlier this month.

There were 135 table tennis players in the Nevada Senior Games on Oct. 5-6 and the Alaska contingent, led by three gold medals from Diann Darnall, came through with a nice medals collection.

Darnall earned goal in women’s singles, women’s doubles with Jane Parrish of Fairbanks and mixed doubles with Bob Janes of Juneau.

Parrish captured a silver medal in women’s singles 65-69 age group. Dave DeMay of Eagle River took bronze in the men’s singles 55-59 division. Janes also earned a bronze medal in the men’s singles 65-69 age group and men’s doubles with Andy Hutzel of Eagle River. Hutzel captured a silver medal with Joanne Tressler of Ohio in age 60-65 mixed doubles.

The 26th Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, is the largest state senior games in the United States with more than 10,000 registered athletes and 27 different events.

The event focuses on peace, health and friendship and provide sports competition to athletes age 50 and older, who have come from all 50 states and 27 different countries.

“Participating in the Nevada Senior Games and the Huntsman World Senior Games is a great opportunity to improve our skill, enjoy friendships and invite athletes to come to Alaska to participate in the Alaska International Senior Games,” Darnall said in an email to the News-Miner. “For many seniors a trip to Alaska is on their ‘bucket list’ so having an opportunity to compete in their favorite sport and see Alaska is very enticing.”

Ten Alaskans competed in table tennis with more than 200 athletes which from Oct. 8-11. 

In women’s singles, Parrish earned a silver medal in the 65-69 age division and Darnall captured a silver medal in the 60-65 age group.  

Parrish and Darnall teamed up to win the gold medal, defeating Elin Posner and Kathleen Ahern of New York. 

In age 60-65 mxed doubles, Darnall added another gold medal to his list of accomplishments as she teamed with Janes to defeat Phyllis Hughes of Champlain, Ill., and Charles Lovell of Barbados.

Janes and Andy Hutzel earned a bronze medal in the 60-65 men’s doubles event.

Todd Woodhouse, of Eagle River, and Karl Augestad, of Anchorage, finished fourth in the 50-54 age group men’s doubles competition. Augestad also claimed a bronze medal in the men’s 50-54 singles.

Dave DeMay teamed up with Richard Chang of Vancover, British Columbia, to earn a bronze medal, defeating Rick Robertson of Fairbanks and Sanjoy Bhattacharya of St. George, Utah.

Robertson earned a bronze medal in the 1,200-1,399 rating category, winning 3-0 against Ruth Hue. Hutzel performed the best of the Alaskans in the rating categories by nabbing silver medals in the 1,600-1,799 and the 1,800-1,999 divisions.

For more information about playing table tennis with the Fairbanks Interior Table Tennis Club, go to ww.fitt-club.net/

For more information on the Alaska International Senior Games go to www.Alaskaisg.org

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