Sport finds niche at Howelsen

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— The first time Wes Post came to the Steamboat Doubles Volleyball tournament at Howelsen, he was wearing diapers.

"I can remember coming to the tournament when my youngest son Wes was still playing in his playpen," Bill Post said.

However, that wasn't the case last weekend when father and son joined forces to play in the Steamboat Brewery and Tavern's Doubles Volleyball Tournament. The event has been running for more than 20 years, but exactly how long it has been around is in question.

"They told us it's been running for 20 years, but I can remember coming to it back in the 1970s," Bill said.

Wes, who is now 19, and dad Bill won just one match last weekend in the open division. But that wasn't important to the elder Post, who has won his fair share of matches in the 28 years he has been coming to the Steamboat event.

The 52-year-old attorney from Vail said he has now played in the tournament for portions of four different decades. He started playing in the 1970s, and continued through the 1980s and 1990s. His matches with Wes last weekend helped him reach the goal of playing in the year 2000.

"He just loves to play the game," Post's oldest son, Ryan, said. "There is no doubt he will be back next year. He is a 52-year-old guy in the body of a 28-year-old."

Ryan and his partner, Dane Hansen, also played in the tournament. That duo won the men's open division on Sunday night.

"I was joking with tournament director Rich Day on Friday night," Ryan said. "I wanted to keep my seed, but I didn't want to have to play my father and brother in the first round either."

Ryan said the tournament isn't really a family get-together, but most of the family likes to come to Steamboat to play at the tournament every summer.

Post has won the open division the last three years. And he is sure he will be back again next season.

"It's just a lot of fun," Ryan said. "If it's July, then I'm looking forward to playing in Steamboat."

Ryan, a group coordinator for the Marriott Hotel chain, said he plays volleyball most weekends and at least once during the week. He looks forward to mountain tournaments the most since he gets to escape the Front Range area.

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