When asked about SLUH's racquetball program, an opposing coach once remarked: "SLUH never rebuilds, they just reload." After earning the state title last month, the Jr. Bills continued their strong tradition by winning an unprecedented seventh consecutive national championship.
"I am so proud of our players," says coach Dr. Joe Koestner. "The team's success hinged on coaches implementing a game plan and players who had the self-discipline to stick to that game plan."
Three hundred ninety-one athletes from 35 schools in 15 states vied for national honors at the 2017 USA Racquetball High School National Tournament, held March 1-5 at MAC West in St. Louis. After 1,270 matches concluded, 47 RacquetBills had again won the boys title. Following are some tournament highlights:
- Chris Schulze '17 was the third best player in the entire tournament and performed better than any SLUH player in the history of the program.
- Gold Division Medalists included Chris Schulze '17, Jacob Sullivan '17, Matt Hayes '19, Adam Hanson '18, James Storgion '18, Carlos Ayala '17, Steven Zak '18, Jack Miner '17 and Ian Modde '17.
SLUH's racquetball program continues to dominate the sport with 11 national titles.
Congratulations, Jr. Bills and coaches (Joe Koestner, Patrick Zarrick '77, Stephen Deves '11 and Jeff Rombach '98)!