Squashers do well in St. Paul

The Sunset Country Squash Club had five players travel to St. Paul last weekend to participate in the Commodore Squash Club’s annual tournament, with two players reaching the finals in their respective divisions.
In 3.0 singles action, local Jan Vassbotn blanked Evan Bakker 3-0 and then beat Ben Ransom 3-1, both of Minneapolis, en route to the final.
In the final, Vassbotn fell 3-1 to Nader El Sayed, also of Minneapolis, in a closely-contested match.
As well, local Bob Tkachuk defeated Paul Adams (Mpls.) 3-0, Will Marrell (Virginia) 3-1, and Pat O’Shea (Mpls.) 3-1 on his way to the 4.0-4.5 final.
Tkachuk then was defeated 3-2 by Mitch Anderson (Mpls.) in a “see-saw” battle.
Fort Frances junior Chad Faragher lost his first match 3-1 to Adam Preston (Mpls.), then was defeated 3-1 by Kevin Scanlon (Mpls.) in the 4.0 consolation side.
In the 5.0-5.5 singles division, Toby Munro lost 3-0 to Dan Pepper twice, then rebounded with a 3-1 win over Dan Ferris for third place.
Colin Drombolis, the top local player in 5.0-5.5 division, had two very difficult 3-2 wins over Kanwal Kumar (Mpls.) and Tony Lusiba (Mpls.) to reach the semi-finals.
His run to the final then ended with a 3-0 loss to Jay Del Carmen, the top player in Minneapolis.
Local players also pursued the doubles court, teaming up to take on the Minneapolis-St. Paul teams. Our play was termed innovative and raw as we do not have doubles courts (the court is nearly twice the size of international single courts).
Vassbotn and Eric Brady (T. Bay) teamed up to win the 3.0 consolation final 3-0 despite both being first-timers. In 4.0-4.5 doubles, Tkachuk/Munro lost in the semi finals 3-0 to be eliminated.
Also is 4.0-4.5 doubles, Faragher/Doug Cole (T. Bay) lost 3-0 in the quarter-finals.
In the top doubles division (5.0-5.5), Drombolis/Darrell Cole (T. Bay) lost their semi-final match to Fairman/Lonnquist (Mpls.)
Next up for local squashers is the annual “Rookie Roundup” ladies’ tournament this Saturday (Nov. 18). Sign up at the squash courts.
Local players then will travel to Thunder Bay on Dec. 8-10 for a tournament.