The 2016 Alaska State Squash Tournament was held in Soldotna this year. Thank you to Central Peninsula Hospital and the Behavior Health Department for contributing to a successful event. New LED lights were installed and chairs were donated.
This year we were fortunate enough to have a sponsor. Prism Designs is a company that manufactures high-performance kites (Prism Kites). The company donated several different models of their kites as prizes in each tournament division. Mark Reed, the owner and CEO, happens to be a squash player who travels from Seattle each year to show the Alaskans how squash is played in the lower 48. Mark has taken the trophy 3 years running.
There was a lot of squash played throughout the weekend and everyone played well. Players joined us from Palmer, Anchorage, Eagle River and Seattle. Thank you to all who participated and helped to pull off a great event.
Winner - Mark Reed
Runner up - Leaf Robinson
Winner - John Bramante
Runner up - Brendan Costello
Winner - BJ Stone
Runner up - Ryan Gale
Winner - Ivan Hodes
Runner up - Jackie Thurbee
Here is a photo of Leaf (left) wearing some big hair to look like Danny Romman (right) who is a ringer for current world number 10 Tarek Momen from Egypt. Tarek is often referred to as T-Mo. Danny is D-Ro.
D-Mo (Danny) had to withdraw with a shoulder injury. BJ Stone took Danny's spot in the lineup and played in the intermediate division. As you can see, BJ (green shirt) is wearing the big hair in honor of D-Ro.
Here is a photo of many of the players. Notice the Prism decal on the tin.
Players posing with the Prism Kites that were given out as prizes.
The 2017 State Tournament will be held in Palmer at the Moosewood Squash Court. I suspect several Alaskans are already training to bring the trophy back to Alaska. Big Thanks again to our sponsor and friend Mark Reed from Prism Designs. Please visit his website at: