Eight hours. Four best-of-five matches.
That’s what competitors were in for at the annual Boxing Day Classic squash tournament at the Memorial Sports Centre on Saturday.
After the dust settled, Jason Kabel emerged as the victor, blanking Anniss Seid 3-0 in the final.
On the consolation side, Cole Derksen downed Steve Boileau 3-1 in the final.
Kabel’s road to the championship went through Bryson Skirten and Mark Faragher (both 3-0 sweeps).
He then dispatched Steve Krag 3-1 in a quick-paced showdown.
Seid, meanwhile, blanked Mike Brady 3-0, then eked out a narrow 3-2 victory over Toby Munro.
Seid reached the final by overcoming his coach, Bob Tkachuk, by that same 3-2 margin.
As for the consolation finalists, Derksen fell 3-0 to Krag but bounced back with 3-1 wins over Robert Stevens and Jason Kellar.
Boileau lost 3-1 to Dave York, but topped a pair of Bradys—Ryan and Mike—by identical 3-1 scores to meet Derksen.
The tournament once again had a full draw, including local players, former juniors who played in university or in other cities, and current juniors.
In other squash news, the Memorial Sports Centre is hosting the playoffs for the under-19 berth on the Northwest regional team for the Ontario Winter Games slated March 4-7 in Sudbury.
The regional qualifier runs today and tomorrow.