For 2015-16 team results, standings and playoff results click Platform Tennis League 2015-16 teams.
Ashley Todd & Chris Kropp
The death of two passionate contributors made the 2015-16 season difficult for many in the Cincinnati platform tennis community. On September 23, 2015 Ashley Todd, wife of PT Leaguer and long time local PT participant Michael Todd, passed away. Ashley was active in Cincinnati PT as she helped organize the annual GCPTA Parent/Child tournaments. Chris Kropp, an extreme PT enthusiast and local contributor, died March 19, 2016. Chris was a GCPTA league participant for Camargo's teams. Chris also organized regular groups of informal play and was influential in exposing new players to the game. Chris was so enthusiastic about the game that he purchased one of Coldstream CC's courts and personally moved it to his farm in New Richmond. He soon moved to Northern Michigan (where he resided the past 10+ years) and took the court with him. I got to know Chris well when I first started playing PT. He introduced me to competitive play and we travelled to several tournaments together (Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Detroit). I knew Chris as an optimistic person who saw the good in people. Chris possessed infectious social energy and relentless enthusiasm for recreation and sport. He was always welcoming and his presence improved any gathering - a genuine gem of the hut. Chris will be missed by many. - Doug Jones
Success Outside of the League
The following are some notable local, regional and national accomplishments by Platform Tennis League players during the 2015-16 season:
Rob Bakker played national tournaments with a variety of partners following an injury to 2012-14 partner Flip Goodspeed. Bakker was ranked as high as #4 during the season before Goodspeed's injury. Highlights included finishing 5th in the Chicago Grand Prix event with Goodspeed, 10th in APTA Nationals with Jeff Morneau, 2nd in APTA Nationals Mixed with Heather Prop & 6th in the Philadelphia Grand Prix with Jeronie Barnes. Bakker also paired with Tyler Fraser to win his fourth Hertzel Cup.
Heather Prop finished the season ranked 5th nationally with partner Ania Kazakevich. Highlights included upsetting the #1 seeds in the quarterfinals of APTA Nationals, winning the Hinsdale APTA Event and reaching the semifinals of two APTA Grand Prix events - Midwesterns & Chicago Charities.
Doug Jones & Thaddeus Reed got ranked as high as #23 nationally during the year before ending the season at #33. Their top result was reaching the semifinal of the Indianapolis APTA event. Jones partnered with Tyler Fraser to reach the final of the Columbus Open and with Kyle Bates to win the Columbus "Mudhole" Summer Open. He made the semifinals of the Hertzel Cup with Evan Webeler. Reed reached the semifinals in the Columbus Open with Matt Allare and the semifinals of the Hertzel Cup with Ryan Floth.
Wil Lofgren partnered with his brother, Randy Lofgren, and reached the finals of the Hertzel Cup.
Eric Toth & Dan Mott won the MIdwesterns 90s event. They defeated Brad Pierce and his brother David Pierce in the final.
Pat Gilligan & Patrick Shiels won the GCPTA Men's Championship. Scott Boster & Patrick Herrel finished second.
Jack Weston played with David Boettcher and won the GCPTA's Flight 2 Championship.
Mary Zimmerman and Allison Thornton defeated Amy Lutz and Bizzy Driscoll in the final of the GCPTA Women's Championship. Zimmerman also finished 6th in the APTA Nationals Mixed Doubles with Tyler Fraser.