World-class elite athletes descend on Sioux Falls
Lewis Drug Pro/Am attracting top-ranked racquetball players
In his hometown of Sucre, Bolivia, Conrrado Moscoso’s picture is on billboards.
He’s one of the most recognizable athletes in the country, and among the world’s top-ranked racquetball players.
But when he’s in Sioux Falls this week, he will have a degree of anonymity he doesn’t enjoy at home.
“He is literally the Tiger Woods of Bolivia,” said Mark Gibbs, tournament director for the Lewis Drug Pro-Am, the Sioux Falls-based competition that owns the distinction of the sports longest-running professional tournament. “It’s insane the amount of attention he gets.”
Held in Sioux Falls, the Lewis Drug Pro-Am is in its 44th year. It’s part of the International Racquetball Tour and has grown to host the best of the best the sport has to offer. This year, it features 18 of the 20 top IRT players in the world.
The players include number-one ranked Daniel De La Rosa, originally from Mexico and now residing in Texas, as well as number-two ranked Jake Bredenbeck, who hails from the Minneapolis area.
Kane Waselenchuk will be among the competitors as well. While he’s ranked 20th, he’s arguably the greatest player in the history of the game. At 42, Waselenchuk is returning to competition after a long absence caused by an Achilles tear.