Racquetball Results 2009
The racquetball competition had a slim turnout this year but some new competitors helped bring a new energy (and publicity) to the field.
Gaston Finney (50-59), Ronald Maxemchuk (60-64), Delmer Bartlett (Baltimore), Darrell Dempster (80-84), Larry Block (open men's doubles, 65-69) and Claudette Braswell (70-74) were repeat gold medalists from last year. Mr. Dempster moved up to the 80-84 age group and defeated defending champion Carson Banks.
The event was missing some of our best players, including a few that participated in the National Senior Games. But Mr. Dempster brought along Navy pal Chip Seymour of Annapolis and he captured a gold in 65-69 and teamed with Mr. Dempster for a bronze in doubles.
Their pairing drew attention from the local Annapolis media. Mr. Dempster, 80, is one of MSO's biggest proponents. His first MSO was 2004 and he has competed in badminton, golf, swimming, javelin, hammer and weight tjrows and more. He captured a racquetball silver medal in doubles at the National Games with Dudley Bell.
One day, retired Capt. Dempster asked retired Capt. Seymour, 66, about playing racquetball at MSO. "He's 80 years old, what was I going to do, say no?" Mr. Seymour told the Annapolis Capital. "I never thought of considering it until I was ordered to by an 80-year-old."
They had a blast at MSO and now they will try to qualify for the 2011 National Games in Houston.
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