Democrat Photo by Ted Waddell
John McDonough makes a return against Justin
Melchick during the championship final of the Ron
Francisco Memorial Table Tennis Tournament in
Liberty on Monday afternoon. Melchick beat
McDonough 2-1 in the best-of-three series.
Melchick Wins Competition
By Ted Waddell
LIBERTY March 24, 2000 -- This years edition of the Ron
Francisco Memorial Table Tennis Tournament at Liberty
High School pitted 32 students against each other in
single elimination play.
In the quarterfinals, which featured best-of-three sets,
John McDonough defeated Kyle Goldstein 2-1, Matt Stoddard
defeated Gerald Isseks 2-1, Ian Orr defeated Oliver Olsen
2-0 and Justin Melchick defeated Nick Hoffman 2-1.
In the Final Four, McDonough defeated
Stoddard 2-0, and Melchick emerged victorious over Orr
Monday afternoons final match attracted quite a
crowd of onlookers as McDonough faced Melchick to decide
the championship. About fifteen minutes after the
competitors stepped up to the table, it was all over as
Melchick defeated McDonough 2-1. Both finalists are
According to Shirley Weigand, table tennis tourney
coordinator and former AD at Liberty, the tournament is
named after the late Ron Francisco, a physical education
teacher and coach at Liberty Middle School, who passed
away in 1995.
He was a master of minor sports, recalled Weigand. In table tennis and badminton, hed
spot you ten points and still beat you. He was a great
guy, and the kids miss him.
Over the years, the table tennis tournament has
really taken off to the point where the kids are
practicing in the off-season, she added. Next
year, were going to extend it to an eighth-grade
tournament, and keep the high school format the way it
Both finalists took a rather off-handed view of the title
It feels great to win, said second-seed Melchick. Hard work and dedication will get you
McDonough entered the single elimination tourney seeded
fifth. I was underestimated, but I came through
strong. Im runner-up, so I cant