By Harry Derderian
NASHUA, N.H. — While many of us were watching the likes of mega medal winners Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt in Rio ‘16, journalist Tom Vartabedian was in a battle for a medal in the New Hampshire State senior singles’ tourney.
Despite being inactive since February due to treatment for cancer, Vartabedian won his first two singles matches and then lost in the finals to national champion Mitch Milewski of Nashua, earning a silver medal.
In so doing, as a finalist, he earned a berth in the national finals in Alabama.
“ I think I’ll pass on that (Alabama)…”, the long time New Hampshire senior racquetball standout stated with a tired smile.
“Finishing second to the national champ is satisfying …Mitch is an outstanding competitor…,” he added.