2008 Hopes & Dreams Racquetball Tournament


Formerly known as the “Slay the Dragon” Tournament This tournament is to help raise money for Cancer Research in HOPE of finding a cure and to help fulfill DREAMS for those where research is too late.


Why money is needed for research:

• Cancer is Alaska’s number one killer
• 1 in 2 men will develop cancer during their lifetime
• 1 in 3 women will develop cancer during their lifetime
• 3 in 4 families will care for a family member with cancer


• The Dream Lives On grants dreams to Alaskan adults who have been diagnosed with a year or less to live.
• Making dreams come true helps these remarkable individuals in our community by offering a respite, a time for happiness, an opportunity to create lasting memories for those left behind.
• A dream cannot provide a cure for our recipients but it can dramatically impact the quality of their lives with the joy experienced in a dream come true.

It’s never too late to help a dream come true…

This is a very SPECIAL Tournament and we hope to raise plenty of funds for the cause, Entry Fees: $25 members and $30 non-members for the first event; $8 for second and or third event; $15 for Juniors (18 yrs & under) for the first event. Juniors must play in a Junior division as their first event. Players may enter in 1 skill level and 1 age level, up to three events (3rd Event MUST BE MIXED DOUBLES ONLY). Deadline to enter is Sunday, September 28 @ 6pm.

There will be a silent auction with plenty of GREAT Items during the tournament to help raise funds for cancer research, If you have an item you would like to donate Please contact Warren Bailey @ 727-9860.




Tournament Recap


Brandon Cuaresma & Robert Bailey shake hands after The Men’s Open Final


Brandon Cuaresma (4) served notice to the other Open players that he intends to be someone they will not be able to overlook this season, After fighting through an 11-9 tiebreaker win over Nick Hand one of the tough young guns in the first round, Brandon then had to go through the past 2 Alaska State Champions (2007 Matt Howell & 2008 Jesse Keaveny) and then take on last years runner-up Robert Bailey in the final. All these matches went to tiebreakers 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 with Brandon taking his first win since the 2007 Slaying the Dragon tournament in August 2007. To complete his Weekend Brandon also took 1st place in the Men’s Open Doubles with partner Jesse Keaveny as they defeated Robbie Gunther & Steven Stewart in yet another tiebreaker 11-6.

Women’s “Open” Singles

1st Place: Janice Vosika
2nd Place: Kelly Inama (Homer)
3rd Place: Pam Barnes
Consolation: Vicky Oberly


Women’s “B/C” Singles

1st Place: Jenny Philip
2nd Place: Gina Strawn
3rd Place: Carolyn Knowles
Consolation: Jackie Seiffert


Men’s “Open” Singles

1st Place: Brandon Cuaresma
2nd Place: Robert Bailey
3rd Place: Jesse Keaveny
Consolation: Nick Hand


Men’s “A” Singles

1st Place: Jed Kimber
2nd Place: Jim Weingartner
3rd Place: Larry Gazelica (Montana)
Consolation: John Collins


Men’s “B” Singles

1st Place: Dave Olson (Minnesota)
2nd Place: Jay Inama (Homer)
3rd Place: David Covert
Consolation: Jorge Mendevill


Men’s “C” Singles

1st Place: TJ Namen
2nd Place: John Strawn
3rd Place: Aaron Lee
Consolation: Peter Seiffert


Men’s “Open”35+ Singles

1st Place: Harold Patterson
2nd Place: Ron Broyles
3rd Place: John Collins
Consolation: Dan Reyes (Homer)


Men’s “Open”50+ Singles

1st Place: Warren Bailey
2nd Place: Charlie Pannone
3rd Place: Tom Boyle
Consolation: Dave Olson (Minnesota)


Men’s “Open/A” Doubles

1st Place: Brandon Cuaresma & Jesse Keaveny
2nd Place: Robbie Gunther & Steven Stewart
3rd Place: Jim Hage & Matt Howell (Fairbanks)
Consolation: Warren Bailey & Larry Gazelica


Men’s “B/C” Doubles (Round Robin)

1st Place: Bob Lohr & Gary Zipkin
2nd Place: Gary Eschbacher & Justin Eschbacher
3rd Place: Peter Seiffert & John Strawn
4th Place: Bob Capuzzo & Dave Covert
5th Place: Jenny Philip & Amanda Theil


Mixed “Open/A” Doubles

1st Place: Robin Rodriguez & Ellis Walthour
2nd Place: Becky Bailey & Robert Bailey
3rd Place: Michelle Poage & Brandon Cuaresma
Consolation: Janice Vosika & Jesse Keaveny


Juniors 16 & Under

1st Place: Miguel Martinez
2nd Place: Liam Oberly
3rd Place: Jasper Jackson
Consolation: Ray Eiley lll



Men’s Open Doubles Final – Brandon Cuaresma & Jesse Keaveny vs Robbie Gunther & Steven Stewart