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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Napa Valley Racquetball

Napa Valley College racquetball instructor and AmPRO certified teaching professional Richard Bruns and several former NVC racquetball students performed well in the annual Park Point Vintage Doubles tournament in Santa Rosa over the weekend.

The Vintage doubles tournament has Napa roots. Tournament directors Barry Lynes and Vinnie Caramagno of Marin County started the event in Sonoma County in the mid-’90s and were looking for a host facility for the second annual offering. Bruns was club pro at the former La Cancha Health Center and arranged for the facility to host the event.

Dawn Kerrigan of Novato and Carol Palombino of Petaluma took home second place in the women’s doubles division. They won three of their four matches, losing to the Marin County team of Karen Schmidt and Kelly Hernandez. Both had commuted to Napa Valley College in past years to take racquetball classes.

Jason Santos of Novato, an open player on the tournament circuit and a former NVC student who teamed up with Santa Rosa’s John Els, took a first place in the men’s under-30 division. They won two of their matches in two games of 15 points while their final match ended up with a split on the first two games. Santos and Els won the 11-point tiebreak for the championship.

Bruns teamed with Novato’s Barry Lynes for a win in the 60-plus division. The combo won three of their four matches in two games each while the finals match against Pepe Berasain of Reno and Bruce Metras of San Rafael was forced into a tiebreak. Lynes and Bruns won the championship in the final 11-point game.

Former student and multi-tournament winner Kent Barthman participated in the 40 years plus and 50 years plus divisions, winning several matches but not enough to place in either.

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