Bruce Shafer, a National Guard helicopter instructor pilot based at the Niagara Falls Air Force Base, recently won the 1989 Worldwide Armed Forces Masters (40 and over) Interservice Racquetball Championship at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois.
The chief warrant officer, who lives in Clarence, lost just one game in the round-robin competition that included the top two players from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines. To qualify for the tourney, Shafer won the All Army Racquetball Championship at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana in April.
At last weekend's National Amateur Racquetball Championships in Houston, Shafer lost to eventual 40-and-over champion Johnny Northern in the quarterfinals after leading the Minnesotan, 15-5, 10-2. The final score was 5-15, 15-10, 11-6.
Bobby Banck of Williamsville coached the United States team in the recent World Team Cup tennis matches won by West Germany in Dusseldorf, West Germany. Players on the U.S. team included Tim Mayotte, Rick Leach, Jim Pugh and Aaron Krickstein, whom Banck is now coaching on the pro tour. Banck and Krickstein currently are in Paris for the French Open. Banck, 25, is a former pro player who won five national amateur titles in singles and doubles as a junior.
Jay Udwadia, 13, from St. Gregory's School in Williamsville, finished third among 64 youngsters in an Eastern sectional tennis tournament at Glenhead, L.I. Udwadia won his quarterfinal match over Ian Enverga of Bethpage, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, then lost to Eric Gordon of Syosset, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, in a semifinal.