City racquetball tourney showcases the local talent

GREG PRATZ/The Daily Sentinel
RANDY ROTTMAN, lEFT, HITS THE ball off the back wall Saturday during his match with Dan Longquist in the men’s Open class at the City Racquetball Tournament at the Grand Junction Athletic Club.



Live music and food is something that is expected at large sporting venues, but when it comes to smaller contests, it is an exception.

Saturday at the Grand Junction Athletic Club, that exception was the rule for participants in the City Racquetball Tournament.

Food and live music were served up, along with a good helping of competitive racquetball.

There were 10 skill levels in the tournament, ranging from Open class to C-class.

The winner of the men’s Open singles was Dan Longquist, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Longquist said he knew he had to stay focused or he would have lost to Randy Rottman.

The two practice often and said that familiarity makes it difficult to play each other.

“There’s no rabbits to pull out of the hat with him,” Rottman said.

The men’s Open doubles was won by Rottman and Greg Reicks.

The A singles winner for men was Ed Roffey and Shirley Parsons won on the women’s side.

Jeff Tack and Howard Garland won the men’s A doubles.

Classic Pro Racquetball Tour player Steve Wattz was in attendance. Wattz recently won the U.S. Open in singles as well as singles and doubles titles at two Master’s tournaments.

He was originally a professional skateboarder but because of an injury, he was unable to continue to ride his board. That was when a friend introduced him to racquetball.

“It’s a lifelong sport. I’m going to be 85, but I’m still going to play,” he added.

Wattz will be hosting clinics and helping players during his weeklong visit. He will travel to several different racquetball clubs throughout the Grand Valley area.


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