The 2013 State Squash Championships, which were held at the Nordic Training Center in Soldotna on Friday and Saturday, saw a multitude of Kenai and Soldotna residents compete.
Ten 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 family’s bid to sweep the men’s titles was spoiled by Sharif Aboelna.
Other players tasting victory were Anchorage’s Jorge Correa Sr. in the Open division, Jorge Correa Jr. in Intermediate and Sharif Aboelnaga in Men’s Novice.
Taking runner-up honors were Eagle River’s Brendan Costello in Open and Anchorage’s Max Correa in Men’s Novice.
Tyson Alger from Portland (Ore.) in the Open division, John A. from Palmer in Men’s Intermediate, and Melissa Jensen from Palmer in Women’s 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 three-day period, and an exhibition match was played by Mark Alger, former U.S. Open Squash Champion and Nate Beck, former Princeton College squash team captain.