SLUH won the boys team trophy for first place at the Winter Rollout. The Winter Rollout is an annual tournament that consists of teaching opportunities, matches against new players, and the chance to see the greatest racquetball players face off head-to-head. The Jr. Bills have won a total of 14 team wins out of the 16 years the tournament has been running.
Senior Nick Patritti placed first in the second division, defeating sophomore Andrew Porterfield in the finals.
In the fifth division, junior Eli Saadi beat Parkway West’s Nio Hulen in the finals 5-11, 11-3, 11-4.
Finally, to wrap up the tournament, sophomore teammates Peter LaBarge and Kyle Zoellner faced off for the sixth division championship. LaBarge won 11-7, 11-8.
The Jr. Bills had Thankgiving break off until the Friday after Thanksgiving, where some members participated in the Top Turkey Tournament, an annual tournament put on by SLUH.
The tournament is a round robin format on nine courts. Each court has an adult player, one of whom was Chris Schulze, ’17. Then, the high schoolers play each adult. The student with the most points scored wins the trophy for the students, and the adult with the least amount of points scored on him is the winner.
Senior James Storgion finished seven points behind Kirkwood’s John Dowell.
On Tuesday, the varsity 1 and JV1-1 teams took on Lindbergh. Both SLUH teams came out on top.
No. 1 seed James Storgion took on one of his major competitors, Lukas Bell. The two fought for each point. The first game went to Bell, 15-7. Storgion took time to breathe and listen to advice between games, then won the second game 15-5. Both players were tired going into the tie-breaker which Bell ended up winning 11-8.
No. 2 seed junior Matt Hayes beat Eric Swenson 15-3, 15-1.
No. 3 seed senior Adam Hanson beat Lindbergh’s Julian Polizzi to continue his undefeated streak, 15-1, 15-8.
No. 4 seed senior Steven Zak took an easy win against Jacob Dairaghi, 15-3, 15-1.
No. 5 seed senior Nick Patritti beat Alex Briegleb. Patritti won the first game 15-1, but in his second game, already being up 14-5, he allowed Briegleb to get 14 before closing the match out, 15-14.
“The match was intense,” said Hayes. “Patritti kept playing hard until the match was over, and he ended up getting the win.”
Junior Ryan Lieser forfeited his match against Gus Ortwerth for the second loss of the meet.
The doubles team of sophomores Nick Schulze and Andrew Porterfield beat teammates Will Theodore and Quinn Jones 15-7, 15-5.
The team will be taking on the SLUH varsity 2 team on Tuesday Dec. 5. The varsity 1 and 2 players will also be playing in the Top Seed Tournament this weekend against all the other top seeds in St. Louis.