Local squash players find success at championships

The 2013 State Squash Championships, which were held at the Nordic Training Center on Friday and Saturday, saw a multitude of Kenai and Soldotna residents compete.

10 of the 21 players were from Soldotna and Kenai, and Carolyn Schoenrock of Soldotna won the Women’s Novice division, while Gregg Motonago finished runner-up in the Intermediate division and Bobbie Behrens placed second in the Womens Novice.

The Correa familys bid to sweep the mens titles was spoiled by Sharif Aboelna.

Other players tasting victory were Anchorages Jorge Correa Sr. in the Open division, Jorge Correa Jr. in Intermediate and Sharif Aboelnaga in Mens Novice.

Taking runner-up honors were Eagle Rivers Brendan Costello in Open and Anchorages Max Correa in Mens Novice.

Tyson Alger from Portland (Ore.) in the Open division, John A. from Palmer in Mens Intermediate, and Melissa Jensen from Palmer in Womens Novice placed in the consolation matches.

Other players included Mark Reed, Charles Hsieh, Roger Hoebelheimrich, John Bramante, Richard Kelso, Mike Penland, Cameron Jensen, Gary Schoenrock, Charles Kerron, Josh Schmitt and Steven Toney.

Twenty nine matches were played over the 3-day period, and an exhibition match was played by Mark Alger, former US Open Squash Champion and Nate Beck, former Princeton College squash team captain.

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