It’s been a longstanding tradition for racquetball enthusiasts to head to East Bremerton on Columbus Day for the annual tournament and this year was no different.
The 19th JABA/Dojo Technologies Columbus Day Racquetball tournament showcased some very talented athletes in the sport.
In the Open Singles, Poulsbo’s Rocco Vega came out on top, followed by Nico DelaCruz, Ben Dennis, and Grace Hughes. Vega is ranked No. 8 in the state in the Open division. Hughes, of Bremerton, is currently ranked 14th in the country for women by the USA Racquetball listings. She is also ranked No. 1 in the state.
The A Singles top finisher was Brian Miller. Doug Whittle, Eric Nemeth, and John Bogen round out the top four.
In Women’s Singles, Charmaine Leicht was first followed by Lauren Leicht and Shannon Leicht.
In the 60+ Singles category, Larry Tuke was the top finisher with Paul Stensen and Ken Hall second and third, respectively. In C Singles, Larry Mizar had the top total combined points, followed by Lauren Leicht and Bill Kennish.
In doubles competition, James Zeitler and Yas Yoneda won the Open/A division, followed by Nilo DelaCruz and Brad Burdyshaw, Scott Hanson and Gary Jones in third, Tracey Sundquist and Don Kielley in fourth and Jerry Robison and Bruce Davis in fifth.
In the B/C division semifinals, Brian Miller and Steve Larson defeated Josh Farley and John Bogen while Mike Fleury and John Lewis beat Doug Whittle and Eric Nemeth in the other semifinal.
In the finals, Fleury and Lewis defeated Miller and Larson to claim the title. In the consolation finals, Larry Tuke and Paul Stensen beat JR Rask and Ken Hall.