Bear’s Den Classic a squash smash

By Karen McColl

Thirty-four players from around the province and 15 players from Revelstoke participated in the third Annual Bear’s Den Classic squash tournament this past weekend at the Revelstoke Racquet Den. All players were guaranteed three games, and also took part in dinner catered by Great White North restaurant, music at the Last Drop, door prizes, and on-tap beer served at the Racquet Den.

According to Kevin Dorrius, President of the Revelstoke Racquet Den, a registered non-profit society, the tournament was a resounding success. “We had 49 participants, up from 30 and 31 participants in our previous two Tournaments. Most importantly however, not one player left the tournament without saying how much fun they had over the weekend. I had several out-of-towners ask about next year’s tournament dates to make sure they had it penciled into their calendars.”

Dorrius was grateful both for the overall community support, as well as the hard work of volunteers. “I was very happy with the community support. Much of what we needed to run the tournament was donated by our sponsors (and) I can’t help but give a great deal of credit to all of our club’s volunteers, who worked really hard leading up to the event and even harder throughout the weekend.”

This year’s sponsors were:  Revelstoke Pharmasave, Manta World Sport, Great White North Bar and Grill, Community Futures Revelstoke, BDO Dunwoody, Investors Group, Mt Begbie Brewing Co. Legends and Heroes, Powder Springs Inn, The Last Drop Pub, and the City of Revelstoke.

The Racquet Den currently has about 60 members and is located downtown on Mackenzie Avenue below Mica Heli Ski.  Members have 24-hour key-access and are able to book courts online, and participate in ladder play and Thursday-night league.  For more information, interested players of all abilities are encouraged to contact Kevin Dorrius at (250)837-5345(daytime) or (250)837-3699(evenings). Tou can also e-mail him at or go to

Tournament Results:

Mens A

1st — Iain Butler, Vernon

2nd — Kelvin Chileshe, Fort McMurray

3rd — Peter McClarren, Golden

Mens B/C

1st — George Frietag, Cranbrook

2nd — Kelvin Ludbrock, Vernon

3rd — Angus Woodman, Revelstoke

Cons Winner — Richard Bruneau, Vernon

Mens D/Novice

1st — Cory Schneider, Revelstoke

2nd — Mike Piva, Trail

3rd — Arne Lazzarotto, Red Deer (formerly from Revelstoke)

Womens’s B/C

1st — Deb Grotterod, Venon

2nd — Supha Phonchaingkwang, Vernon

3rd — Kimberly Hyatt, Nelson

Women’s D/Novice

1st — Megan Butler, Vernon

2nd — Robyn Kelly, Vernon

3rd — Amanda Wright, Revelstoke

Junior Division

1st — Kurt Lillemo, Vernon

2nd — Gordon Mason, Revelstoke

3rd — Gavin Mason, Revelstoke

Karen McColl is a public relations consultant in Revelstoke. She can be reached at 250-837-7898