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The 2nd annual Wolfpack Classic was held March 18-20 on the beautiful campus of NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Their racquetball facility is a tournament director's dream with 18 courts, 4 of which are glass back wall with bleacher viewing. All the other courts have balcony viewing and they are all in excellent shape. This is the largest racquetball facility on the east coast, and we hope it will become an important part of the tournament scene in NC. The tournament was not quite as large as last year, but with 133 participants there was stiff competition in all divisions. The University allowed extended hours this year, and that made for a better tournament experience for everyone. Even with a full schedule on Saturday the tournament ran on time all weekend. And with 18 courts, there's never any early morning/late evening matches. Play was finished by 9pm Friday and Saturday night, and started at 10am Saturday andGO PACK 9am Sunday. This not only makes it easier on the players, but also the tournament staff who spend so many hours at the event. Rumor has it that the National Masters Racquetball Association is looking at holding their international event in 2012 here if all the logistics can be worked out. That would be a great boon to NC and the University, putting it on the national map along with Arizona State University, which hosts many national events each year, including the USAR National Doubles Championships, and the USAR National Collegiate Championships. Wouldn't it be great to have one of these events make it's way here?

The Wolfpack Classic is organized by the NCSU Racquetball Club under the guidance of their coach, Ed "the mad hatter" Remen. The team uses this event to raise money to attend national events, allowing NC to have representatives at the National Collegiate Championships. Along with the help of a couple of "old timers" on the racquetball tournament scene, the students gained valuable experience in organizing a large event, and learning just what it takes to keep an event of this size running smooth and on time. Keeping 18 courts straight can be very challenging but the NC State students stepped up to the challenge and ran an event that is sure to be even better next year. So let's all give them our support next year and make this the largest tournament in NC and beyond. For completed draw sheets and photos by Jeff West and Mike Augustine click the links below.


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