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2006 USA Racquetball Junior Nationals – Finals

June 26th, 2006 by Adam Katz

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will have a wrap up out at some point today or tomorrow, but I had to leave early yesterday in order to catch my flight out of Chicago.I did watch Chris Coy and Zach Apperson beat Mike Keddie and Rick Sledzick in the Boy’s 18 Doubles Final. I told Chris after that match that I had never seen him lose a match and so I was grateful that he kept that streak alive. He was just happy to have earned a spot on the US Junior Team.

I also saw Ishmael and Jose win the Boy’s 16 Doubles…they looked awesome…and then had to turn around and play each other for the Singles Gold. What great kids both of them are…and when Jose was awarded Male athlete of the year at the banquet, he even thanked Ishmael in his speech!

On the Team Colorado front, Elizabeth Vargas earned a spot on the Espirit Team at Junior Worlds, thanks to a win with Ohio’s Abbey Lavely in the Girl’s 10 doubles final. They beat Viscuso and O’Brien in a tiebreaker after falling behind 5-0 in that breaker…I am extremely impressed with her focus and perseverance.

I had to leave in the middle of the Girl’s 8 Single bounce final, but I do know that Erika Manilla won the title over Abbey’s little sister, Christina Lavely. Don’t know the scores, but I do know that they both played very well in the first game.

Adam Manilla finished his sweep of the 10s Divisions with a gold in the Boy’s Singles. Again, wasn’t there, but I do know he lost the first, won the second and dominated the tiebreaker.

As soon as I have some time to sort through what else happened, I will report. Pictures will probably take another week to get out as I am heading back out of town this evening for the remainder of the week.

Related posts:

  1. 2006 USA Racquetball Junior Nationals – Saturday
  2. 2007 Junior Nationals – The Finals
  3. 2008 Junior Nationals Preview
  4. 2006/2007 US Junior National Racquetball Team
  5. 2006 USA Racquetball Junior Nationals – Friday

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