15 take part in first Revelstoke Junior Squash Open

Xavier Roepcke wins Flight 1, Revelstoke's Ryan Howe wins flight 2 at first Revelstoke Junior Squash Open.

Julia Dorrius strikes the ball during her straight-set win over Bryce Turner during the Revelstoke Junior Squash Open last weekend.

Julia Dorrius strikes the ball during her straight-set win over Bryce Turner during the Revelstoke Junior Squash Open last weekend.

Xavier Roepcke took first place in the first ever Revelstoke Junior Squash Open last weekend at the Racquet Den.

15 youth aged 10 to 15 took part in the weekend event. They were divided into two groups, with the older players in Flight 1 and the younger in Flight 2. Boys and girls competed against eachother.

Roepcke, from Penticton, won flight one, defeating Revelstoke’s Conner McCabe in the final. Ryan Howe, 10, the youngest player in the tournament, won Flight 2, beating Austin Desmazes in the final.

Other strong Revelstoke performances include Julia Dorrius, who finished third in Flight 1, and her 12-year-old sister, who finished fifth in Flight 1, despite playing against boys up to three years older — including one she beat 3-0.

Organizer Kevin Dorrius said it was a great weekend, and they will look to build on it for next year’s event.

The Revelstoke junior squash team is now getting ready for the BC Junior Open in Vancouver from October 16–18. It’s one of two major tournaments on the BC Junior circuit, and Dorrius expects the Revelstoke team to produce some strong results.

The Racquet Den will be hosting the annual Bear’s Den Classic tournament from October 23-25.