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Parkway West racquetball teams to have picnic for encourage others to learn about the sport

By: Warren Mayes

Parkway West is about to get ready for another season of racquetball.

The team goes by Parkway West but in reality, students from all the Parkway schools are eligible to play and they combine to field the team.

It has been a successful program.

Parkway West was the 2017 USA Racquetball National High School overall high school championship.

The Parkway girls varsity team will be defending its state and national championship title this year against a tough field of local teams including Cor Jesu and Lindbergh.

The Parkway boys varsity squad is looking to better their second-place state finish and third-place in the national tournament with a strong team of returning players.

The combined results along with the strength of the mixed doubles teams allowed Parkway West to bring the overall national championship to Missouri for the first time since 2003.

In addition, coach Mike Williams was named the 2016 US Olympic Committee and USA Racquetball Developmental Coach of the Year.

Williams again will coach the boys teams. Tim Duffie will coach the girls team again this season.

The matches will be played at Vetta Sports Concord.

The Parkway boys and girls team has just started with practices for the upcoming season.

The athletes are going to kickoff the start of the season with a picnic Sunday (Sept. 17) at Vlasis Park in Ballwin. It will begin at 1 p.m. and last until 4 p.m.

Any middle and high school students in the Parkway School District who are interested playing racquetball, are welcome at the picnic and see what the teams are all about.

For more information, visit www.westracquetball.org.

The 2017-18 season begins with the Missouri High School Racquetball Association (MOHSRA) Winter Rollout Tournament that will be held Nov. 17-18.

At the high school level, racquetball is a club sport. Like all club sports, the school recognizes the sport but does not sponsor it.

MOHSRA is sanctioned by the USA Racquetball (USAR). MOHSRA fees include USAR membership for your player


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