Two Joplin City Council members square off in a ping pong match

JOPLIN, Mo. -   Melodee Colbert-Kean and Taylor Brown played a best of five table tennis match at the semi-annual ping pong competition inside Joplin's Memorial Hall.

  Janus Lazarus, the event's organizer, gathered the best table tennis talent from all over the Four States.

  There were five separate events with medals and cash prizes awarded to the winners.

  However one event pitted the two council members in a head to head match to see who had the better pong skills.

   The winner--Taylor Brown. Although he won, Brown says Colbert-Kean's valiant effort can be attributed to a particular defining character trait.

  "The wisdom of age on her side that allowed her to just know right where to put the ball," says Brown.

  "We have to keep our youth's minds stimulated because we don't want to crash their hopes. So it was important for him to win as a youth," says Colbert-Kean

  "I serve the community well and I hope that they all so happy with that and they have fun. And I'm very happy to see many people like to play sports, especially table tennis," says organizer Janus Lazarus.

  Lazarus says the next ping pong tournament will be this fall.


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