This article originally appeared in the Tuscaloosa News on July 7, 2002.
Robert Hemphill, 6, of Fosters placed fourth in the U.S. Junior Olympic Racquetball Championships in Chicago.The tournament was held June 26-30 at the Athletic Club of Bloomingdale. The field included more than 270 players ranging in age from 6 to 18.
Hemphill, who played in four matches, earned a pewter medal. He competed in the 6-and-under age group in the multi-bounce division. In the match to decide third place, Hemphill lost to Logan Nance from Stockton, Calif., by scores of 11-10, 1-11, 11-7.
Hemphill was the youngest of four players from Alabama who participated in the tournament. The other three are from Birmingham.