Kodiak Racquetball League at the Teen
Center wrapped up its
week-long annual Valentine's tournament over the weekend. The tournament
featured men and women, of all skill levels, from beginner to expert. Men and
women competed in three divisions and doubles.
KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
Among winners in
the tournament was Craig Johnson, who, along with partner Dave Sherwood won the
doubles bracket. Johnson gave tournament director Leo Kourmetis (Core-MET-iss)
all the credit for pulling off a successful, entertaining and fun tournament,
as he does every year.
-- (Johnson 1 40 sec. "Leo Kourmetis is the godfather ... tournaments for
Craig Walton won
the tournament's A division, Steve
Ruotsalainen (Root-suh-LAY-nen) took the B division, Dave Dan Dorman
came in first in the C division and Dave Sherwood and Craig Johnson captured
the doubles title. Interest in racquetball has spiked in Kodiak according to
Kourmetis. He said about 25 people competed, but that the tournament itself
seemed to spark interest in racquetball among those who turned up just to watch.
-- (Kourmetis 1 12
had a real good turnout ... wanted to be in it.")
said the tournament usually draws roughly the same group of players
but that he has recently seen an increased interest in the sport
also said there's a clinic with professional racquetball player Jeff
Sandys of Anchorage planned for this Friday and Saturday at the Teen
and that response to the clinic has been strong thus far.
-- (Kourmetis 2 25 sec. "We usually have almost ... pretty serious competition.")
he's gratified to see the rise in interest in the sport, and that racquetball
can be the right choice for anyone, from those in need of a little recreation,
a bit of exercise or people looking for serious competition.
-- (Kourmetis 3 49 sec. "I'm just happy to see that ... whatever you want to do.")
clinic next week comes at a fee of 10-dollars, and people can sign up for it at
the Teen Center. Kourmetis also said a table
tennis tournament for players of all levels will be held at the center beginning
March 2nd at 6 p.m., providing another opportunity for exercise and fun. Prospective
competitors can sign-up in advance of the tournament and practice this week at
the Teen Center or simply show up at the center
on the first day of the tournament. There is no fee for the table tennis
competition. Full results of the racquetball tournament can be found on our web
site at kmxt.org.
I'm Erik Wander.