More locals fare well in annual Rangely racquetball tourney

Bob Sanders, left, of Payton, Colo., and Rangely resident Andrea Gianinetti, right, get a “mug shot” taken of the second-place trophies they won in the C/D doubles division of the 23rd Rangely Racquetball Tournament, held March 4-6. One-third of this year’s 29 tournament participants were local, and several of them were mothers brought into the sport by Gianinetti, who began learning from resident expert Shirley Parsons three years ago.

RANGELY I When Rangely resident Andrea Gianinetti began playing racquetball three years ago, she wasn’t doing it for herself. Her then-6-year-old son, Zeek, was interested in the game, and she had agreed to hit the ball around with him on the Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan (WRBM) Recreation Center courts.

23rd annual Rangely Racquetball Tournament is March 4-6

RANGELY I In the space of a 20-by-40-by-20-foot racquetball court, a single player can do drills. He or she can improve skills and anticipate hypothetical moves.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for help with tournament

Dear Editor: This past weekend, the 22nd annual Rangely Racquetball Tournament was held at the Western Rio Blanco Recreation Center. I would like to thank Camilla, Kirsten, Jessica and the rest of the WRBM staff for helping me put on this event.

Rangely Racquetball Tourney draws largest local crowd in event history

Pat Franz, left, and Tywayne DeCuir, both of Rangely, compete for first place in the Men’s A Division during last weekend’s Rangely Racquetball Tournament.

RANGELY I The highest local participation the Rangely Racquetball Tournament has ever seen highlighted last weekend’s event at the Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan (WRBM) Recreation Center.

Rangely racquetball…

Last year’s Rangely Racquetball Tournament had family members, from left,  Aiaga Roffey (first in Women’s A division), daughter Adena Duncan (first in Women’s D division) and husband Ed Roffey (second in Men’s Open division) taking home handmade, one-of-a-kind tournament souvenirs made by Rangely potter Elizabeth Robinson Wiley. While sign-up closed on Monday, the tournament will be held Friday through Sunday at the Rangely Recreation Center.

Racquetball tourney results released

Aiaga Roffey of Grand Junction won the Women’s A division and Rangely’s Shirley Parsons finished second.

RANGELY I The 21st Rangely Racquetball Tournament was held this past weekend with players coming from as far away as Denver, Hotchkiss, Grand Junction and Vernal, Utah.

Rangely Racquetball Tournament winners

Men’s Open division finalists were Grand Junction’s Ed Roffey, first place, and Rangely’s Pat Franz, second place.

RANGELY I The 20th Rangely Racquetball Tournament was held March 2-4, directed by Shirley Parsons. Numbers were up from last year with 33 participants from as far as Riverton, Wyo., and Lakewood, Colo.