Paintball tourney to become annual event

In their first ever Houston Paintball Tournament, organizer Corey Morris says it went so well they're already looking forward to next year's — the second annual.

The first Paintball Tournament ever held in Houston was such a success organizers already have their eyes on next year

The first Paintball Tournament ever held in Houston was such a success organizers already have their eyes on next year

In their first ever Houston Paintball Tournament, organizer Corey Morris says it went so well they’re already looking forward to next year’s — the second annual.

Competitors from as far away as Terrace and Vancouver attended the tournament, with about 40 in total attending.

Morris, who has been involved in the sport for years, first decided to host a tournament in Houston about six months ago. All the day events and tournaments were down south, kilometres away, when the Northwest has its own thriving population of those who enjoy the sport.

“I figured it was time for a change,” Morris said.

The tournament featured both bushball as well as speedball, with a professional speedball regiment attending from Vancouver.

“That was pretty interesting,” Morris said.

Thanks to their sponsors, who include Northstar Performance, Sullivan Motor Products, and Decker Lake Paintball and RC Show, it was a sponsored show with up to $1,000 in prize money.

Reid Morten of Prince Rupert took first place in the tournament, followed by Lee Ewald from Smithers. In third was John Andringas from Houston, with Matthew McClinton from Prince Rupert rounding out the top four.

The day, complete with concession run by Phillis Jellett, was a success and he’s already looking forward to next year’s event.