Pinch. Splat. Rollout. |
All three of those terms are familiar with the hundreds of active Quad-Cities racquetball players, 27 of whom participated in last weekend's RIFAC Rollout Racquetball Tournament, the Q-C's first racquetball tournament since 2007.
The event was hosted at the Rock Island Fitness & Activity Center and sponsored by Gearbox Racquetball. Classified with "A" and "B" divisions, players had the opportunity to burn off plenty of calories during the 10-hour double elimination event. It wasn't difficult to find enough players to fill the brackets for the first local tournament in five years.
"Racquetball is alive and well in the Quad-Cities," said RIFAC racquetball coordinator Daniel Baker. "We have more than 25 courts and about 300 racquetball players in the bi-state region."
"This tournament wasn't easy. These guys made me work hard. All of them played great and it took a lot of hard work to beat them," said Bettendorf's Dylan Shoemaker, who placed first in the "A" Division. "I know all of these players are grateful for tournaments coming back to the Quad-Cities. I haven't played in a local tournament in almost seven years. They've been sorely missed and I can't wait to play in more."
RIFAC plans to begin hosting two annual tournaments, with a singles in the spring and a
one-day doubles event in the fall. They also host two racquetball leagues per year. The
RIFAC facility features three racquetball courts.
Visit http://www.QCracquetball.com for more information on racquetball in the Quad-Cities area.
How they fared
Bettendorf’s Dylan Shoemaker hoisted the first-place trophy in the “A” division of the RIFAC Rollout Racquetball Tournament. Rock Island’s Chris Regar won the championship in the “B”. Both players were awarded with trophies, championship T-shirts and a free racquet restringing.
Shoemaker, the No. 1 seed and Bettendorf High School senior, narrowly defeated Muscatine’s Sieg Hoppe in two games 15-13, 15-12, to earn his first local tournament victory. Shoemaker, who participates in racquetball tournaments in Des Moines twice a
year and practices at the Eldridge Fitness & Recreation Center, says he looks forward to
continuing his racquetball play next year with the Iowa State Racquetball Club.
This was the first racquetball tournament Reger had participated in. He was able to
recover from a calf cramp to defeat Rock Island native Michael Ziegler 15-10, 15-2.
Reger had to dig his way out of a rut after finding himself down 8-1 in game 1. He wore
Ziegler down to take the second game of the best-of-3 series.
Third place in the “A” division went to Davenport’s Scott Dye. Eleven-year-old Lucas
Shoemaker took third in the “B” division.