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2011 USA Racquetball Junior Olympic Championships

Double Donut will be partnering with KS Photography and Kirk Jones Photography to bring premium event coverage to the 2011 USA Racquetball Junior Olympic Championships this weekend at Sunset Athletic Club in Portland, OR. Check out the full details over at courtstock.com, or head directly over to the photo galleries!

June 23rd, 2011 by Geoff Thomsen

Photos – 2011 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships

Full article at http://www.flatchicken.com/2011/03/09/photos-2011-usa-racquetball-national-doubles-championships/ :

The 2011 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships went down February 9th – 13th in Tempe, AZ at the ASU Student Rec Center. Photo coverage includes on-court action of the Men’s and Women’s US Team Qualifiers, as well as Mixed Open.


Men’s US Team Qualifying

2011 USA Racquetball National Doubles

2011 USA Racquetball National Doubles

MF � Carson Huczek def. Crowther Vanderson � 7, (5), 10

MS1 � Carson Huczek def. Hawthorne Rojas � 13, 10

MS2 � Crowther Vanderson def. Allen Carson � 10, 8

MQ1 � Carson Huczek def. Herrera Scott � 4, 7

MQ2 � Hawthorne Rojas �def. Swain Tucker � 13, 2

MQ3 � Crowther Vanderson def. Royster Stark

MQ4 – Allen Carson def. Mannino Mueller – 10, (7), 5


Women’s US Team Qualifying

2011 USA Racquetball National Doubles

2011 USA Racquetball National Doubles

WF – Paraiso Ruiz def. Czuk Gudinas � 2, 1

WS1 – Paraiso Ruiz def. Key Key � 6, 3

WS2 – Czuk Gudinas def. Rajsich Russell-Waselenchuk � 6, (2), 9

WQ2 – Key Key def. Tisinger Walsh � 11, 10

WQ3 – Czuk Gudinas def. Alvarado Fenton � 14, 8

WQ4 – Rajsich Russell-Waselenchuk def. Bailey Bailey � 11, 7


Mixed Open

MXF � Carson Paraiso def. Ruiz Hawthorne � (11), 8, 9

MXS1 � Hawthorne Ruiz def. Key Orr � 5, (4), 4

MXS2 � Carson Paraiso def. Rajsich Royster � 6, 4

MXQ2 � Key Orr def. Crosser Tisinger � 6, 8

March 12th, 2011 by Geoff Thomsen

2009 Turkey Shoot Pro/Am Racquetball Photos

I finally got a chance to spend some time taking racquetball photos at the 2009 Sunset Athletic Club Turkey Shoot Pro-Am this past weekend! Felt good to be back in the “Double Donut Dog House” (check out the area behind the front wall window if you get a chance), and I ended up with ~1000 shots or so. This turned out to be a GREAT event with several of the top pros, and I look forward to seeing what Paul Maduell can put together for next year. Oregon would be the perfect spot for an IRT Tier 1, so I’ll definitely keep my fingers crossed. Best photo courts I’ve shot on (*slight* exception to the IRT portable court), bar none!!

Photo Gallery – 2009 Turkey Shoot Pro/Am




1 comment November 23rd, 2009 by Geoff Thomsen

Introducing the 2008 USA Racquetball National Junior Team

The USA Racquetball Junior Nationals just concluded and I just wanted to send along congratulations to everyone that played this weekend out in Concord, CA.  Based on results, the Junior National Team for 2008 will be:

Girls 18s
Sharon Jackson – Indiana – Singles and Doubles
Sheryl Lotts – Ohio – Singles
Shannon Inglesby – Oregon – Doubles

Girls 16s
Aubrey O’Brien – California – Singles and Doubles
Danielle Key – Arizona – Singles and Doubles

Girls 14s
Devon Pimentelli – California – Singles and Doubles
Courntney Chisholm – Massachusetts – Singles and Doubles

Girls 12s
Sabrina Viscuso – California – Singles and Doubles
Abbey Lavely – Ohio – Singles
Hollee Hungerford – Oregon – Doubles

Girls 10s
Erika Manilla – Colorado – Singles and Doubles
Mary Zeng – Michigan – Singles
Jordan Cooperrider – Florida – Doubles

Girls 8s
Kaitlyn Boyle – Oregon – Singles
Victoria Leon – California – Singles

Boys 18s
Jose Rojas – California – Singles and Doubles
Danny Lavely – Ohio – Singles
Jansen Allen – Texas – Doubles

Boys 16s
Taylor Knoth – Oregon – Singles
Brad Kirch – New York – Singles and Doubles
Nick Montalbano – New York – Doubles

Boys 14s
Marco Rojas – California – Singles and Doubles
Jose Diaz – California – Singles and Doubles

Boys 12s
Adam Manilla – Colorado – Singles
Sawyer Lloyd – California – Singles and Doubles
Bobby Sehrgosha – California – Doubles

Boys 10s
Jake Birnel – Washington – Singles and Doubles
Jordan Barth – Minnesota – Singles
Ryan Francis – New Hampshire – Doubles

Boys 8s
Sean Henry – Indiana – Singles
Christian Ulliman – Ohio – Singles

Look for this team to be out at the Student Recreation Complex on the campus of Arizona State University in December at the 20th IRF World Junior Racquetball Championships.

June 29th, 2008 by Adam Katz

Wrap up – 2008 Junior Nationals

It was an exciting weekend of play at the 2008 USA Racquetball Junior Olympic Racquetball Championships!  I was lucky enough to catch a few of the early round matches live on www.racquetballonline.tv , who were onsite broadcasting live racquetball video throughout the event.  If you’d like to see some racquetball photos, Leo Vasquez was onsite capture some of the action.  You can see the galleries on the USA Racquetball website.

Congrats to all new National Champions!! Jose Rojas won for the second straight year in Boys 18 and under, and Sharon Jackson won in the Girls 18 under.  The complete event results can be found on the R2Sports event results page.

By looking at the various media reports, I may have stumbled on the final state team standings.  When running a player report by state, it tells you how many points each player was awarded, and then how many for each state.  Congrats are in order for California, who has won the event for the third straight year.  Oregon and Ohio round out the top three.  Here is the complete list:

California: 838
Oregon: 710
Ohio: 375
Colorado: 257.5
Michigan: 222.5
Minnesota: 173
Maryland: 171
Florida: 164
New York: 161
Washington: 124
Wisconsin: 102
Arizona: 95
Louisiana: 93
New Hampshire: 84
Massachusetts: 78
Indiana: 76
Illinois: 72
Texas: 65.5
Missouri: 54
New Mexico: 46.5
Virginia: 46
North Dakota: 36
Alaska: 30
Nebraska: 28
South Dakota: 21
Alabama: 18
Montana: 11
Nevada: 8
Idaho: 4
Utah: 4
Hawaii: 3
Pennsylvania: 2

June 29th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

Racquetball Videos – 2008 National Singles Championships

Just as I logged in to www.racquetballonline.tv to catch some of the action for the 2008 USA Racquetball Junior Nationals, I noticed that Pablo and Angela have also been hard at work publishing some new content to the Video on Demand section of the site.  If you’ve got some free time, I’d HIGHLY recommend checking out some of the action from the the 2008 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships.  So far, they’ve got the Men’s Finals (Rocky Carson def. Jack Huczek), Men’s Semifinal 1 (Jack Huczek def. Mitch Williams), and Men’s Semifinal 2 (Rocky Carson def. Shane Vanderson).

June 25th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

Live Racquetball Video – 2008 USA Racquetball Junior Nationals

Play has started today at the 2008 USA Racquetball Junior Olympic Championships, and www.racquetballonline.tv is onsite to provide racquetball fans with live video coverage of the event. Registration on the site is free, and the quality of the stream is EXCELLENT!

June 25th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

2008 Junior Nationals Entries by State

The number of entries received for the 2008 USA Racquetball Junior Olympic Championships (Junior Nationals) has pretty much leveled off, and the final count is 211.  Through R2Sports, I went in and did a report for entries by state to see where in the U.S. the players are coming from.  With the event in California this year, it’s no surprise they have the highest number of entrants.  I believe CA won the "state title" last year over long time champion Oregon, so it should benefit them to have a strong team again.  Oregon and Ohio follow California, and surprisingly Washington State comes in ahead of Florida in Forth.  Should be a great event!!


California 44
Oregon 31
Ohio 17
Washington 14
Florida 11
Michigan 10
Arizona 10
Texas 8
Maryland 8
Colorado 8
Wisconsin 7
Minnesota 6
New York 5
New Hampshire 4
Virginia 3
Indiana 3
Utah 2
New Mexico 2
Montana 2
Massachusetts 2
Louisiana 2
Illinois 2
Alaska 2
South Dakota 1
Pennsylvania 1
North Dakota 1
Nevada 1
Nebraska 1
Missouri 1
Idaho 1
Hawaii 1
Alabama 1

June 23rd, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

2008 Junior Nationals Preview

Just wanted to send along my “unofficial Junior Nationals Preview” as the tourney begins this coming Wednesday, June 25, in Concord, CA.

The Girl’s 18s got some added intrigue this year when Oregon’s Shannon Inglesby decided to enter in her final year of junior eligibility, after a two year hiatus where she has been focusing on Softball. She and Indiana’s Sharon Jackson look to be the finalists this year, but you can never count out Ohio’s Sheryl Lotts who may pull an upset along the way. Inglesby and Jackson will also team in the doubles in an attempt to double qualify for the Junior National Team that will represent the US at the IRF Junior Worlds in December.

The Girl’s 16s features California’s Aubrey O’Brien, who looks to be the player to beat in this field. Aubrey will be looking to go one step further in December where she has been the beaten finalist in each of the last two Girl’s 14 and Under title matches at Junior Worlds. She’s hungry for another national title (or 3 as she’s playing doubles and mixed). Her doubles partner, Arizona’s Danielle Key, should also provide some strong competition in the singles, and you have to consider Ohio’s Lily Berry a contender here as well.

In the Girl’s 14s, this one is just too close to call as there are 3 young ladies that could very easily bring home the gold. Last year’s beaten finalist, California’s Devon Pimentelli, will certainly be a contender as will this year’s High School Nationals runner up, Courtney Chisholm from Massachusetts. The other player who will certainly be in the mix is last year’s 12 and Under National Champion, Kelani Bailey of Virginia. You can never count Kelani out of any match and her style of play can and will frustrate opponents into submission this coming week in California. Devon and Courtney will team up in the doubles and look to be the favorites in that division.

In the Girl’s 12s, again 3 young ladies should be battling for the title and once again, I can’t say that any one is more favored than the others in this one. California’s Sabrina Viscuso was the runner up last year, which should earn her the top seed this week, but Ohio’s Abbey Lavely and Oregon’s Hollee Hungerford are just as tough and ready to take the title in their last year in the 12s and thus the Espirit divisions. Sabrina and Hollee are the defending champions in the doubles and look to repeat as Abbey will be playing up with Kelani Bailey in the Girl’s 14 doubles.

In the Girl’s 10s, the favorite has to be Colorado’s Erika Manilla who was the runner up last year and will be looking to sweep the division in singles, doubles, and mixed. Judging from the beating she gave me a couple of weeks ago, I wouldn’t bet against her. Her doubles partner, Florida’s Jordan Cooperrider should provide stiff competition in the singles. These two battled for the 8 and Under title last year, with Erika getting the hard fought win.

As for the Girl’s 8s, I’m afraid I am not familiar with any of the players, so I won’t hazard a guess as to what might happen.

On the Boy’s side, the 18s features another potential match up of close friends, Jose Rojas and Ishmael Aldana both from California. Jose managed the 16s and 18s double last summer as he focused on singles, but Ishmael is in his last year of junior eligibility and is always a threat for the title. There are plenty of solid competitors among the 39 players currently listed in this division, but Jose and Ishmael always seem to be able to get to the finals at this tourney and I can’t say this year will be any different.

In the Boy’s 16s, Current High School National Champion, Oregon’s Taylor Knoth, looks to add the title that eluded him last year as the runner up to Jose Rojas in this division. Again, there are plenty of tough competitors fighting for this prize, so look for partner Jake Bredenbeck of Minnesota, Joseph Lee of Louisiana, and Dylan Reid of Oregon to have a say in the final outcome of this division. Joseph and Dylan will also team in the doubles and could very well face Taylor and Jake for the gold in that event.

In the Boy’s 14s, Current World Champion Marko Rojas of California has got to be a strong favorite to repeat, but you can never count out his doubles partner, Jose Diaz also from California. Other players who should be in the hunt include Louisiana’s Zach Wertz, Oregon’s Sam Reid and John Lindsay. Zach and Sam will also team in the doubles and could be a tough match for Marko and Jose if they should meet for the gold.

In the Boy’s 12s, Colorado’s Adam Manilla should emerge as the top seed based on last year’s results (the only returning semifinalist), but there are several players that have really stepped up their games this year and have to be given serious consideration. Among them are (in no particular order) Oregon’s Josh Lebow, New Hampshire’s Chris Francis, California’s Bobby Sehrgosha, Alabama’s Robert Hemphill, Florida’s Sean Cooperrider, and Colorado’s Zach Pellowski. Adam Manilla teamed with Sean Cooperrider to win the doubles last year and should be favorites again this year.

In the Boy’s 10s and the Boy’s 8s, once again I’m afraid that I’m not familiar enough with the players to make an educated guess but there should be plenty of tough competition in both divisions.

The action kicks off Wednesday morning from Concord and you can follow the draws at the following link:


Also, if you can’t get to Northern California for this one, you can watch the best matches online at the following link:


You can also bet that the US Adult Team Coach, Dave Ellis, will be providing commentary on many of the matches this week.

Once again, I want to wish each and every player good luck as they compete for the title of National Champion.

June 23rd, 2008 by Adam Katz

2008 USA Racquetball Junior Olympic Racquetball Championships – Event Info

2008 USA Racquetball Junior Olympic Racquetball Championships
June 25th-29th, 2008
Concord, CA (Big C Athletic Club) 

Total Participants: 198



Please feel free to leave additional info in the comments!

June 16th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

Photos: 2008 National Singles

The uploading of photos from the 2008 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships is underway!  I’ve got photos up from the Men’s final featuring Rocky Carson and Jack Huczek, as well as the Women’s Semifinal with Kristen Bellows and Rhonda Rajsich (get well, Rhonda!). I’ll keep adding photos over the next several days, and you can either periodically check back at www.doubledonut.com, subscribe to my feed, or follow my updates on Twitter to know when new photos have landed.

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The latest updates are in the 2008 National Singles Photo Gallery.

There were also a few other photographers in Houston taking photos.  Julian Gomez, from 801Creative in Salt Lake City, was helping me with USA Racquetball duties, and Adam (Aaron?) Clark, a local player from Houston, was sharpening his skills with his new camera.  I’ll be in contact with Julian to see if he intends to post anything online, and Adam has already added some photos to the Racquetball Group on Flickr.  As always, the photo situation on the courts at the Houston YMCA is VERY challenging, with low light, dots on the glass, and lights that cycle resulting in color shifts in all the photos (not to mention that racquetball is one of the hardest sports to shoot!).  Hats off to anyone who gets decent shots (of which Adam and Julian both accomplished!!).



If anyone else at the event has pictures you’d like to share, I’d HIGHLY recommend posting them to www.Flickr.com, and then adding them to the Racquetball Group on Flickr.  In fact, I’d recommend adding ANY racquetball photos to that group so the world can see!!

June 11th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

2008 National Singles – USA Racquetball Museum

If you attended the 2008 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships, you got a chance to partake in some AWESOME racquetball history that was on display in the USA Racquetball Museum. Lining the entry way to the tournament, was over 30 years of history in the form of old racquetball magazine publications, racquets, balls, US Team uniforms, and much, much more. HUGE thanks to Chuck Meredith in his hard work putting all of this together (not to mention driving it from Colorado Springs!)! You can click the pics for larger versions hosted directly on Flickr.























May 31st, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

Racquetball Photos – 2008 National Singles

Just getting underway chugging through the ~3,200 photos (hmm, am I slacking this year?) from the 2008 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships.  Rather than take forever to process all the shots and then post in a big batch, I’ve decided to post them as they come.  To kick things off, I’d like to introduce Ruben Gonzales and Thomas Fuhrmann in the Men’s US Team Qualifier, round of 32.

Racquetball Photo Gallery: 2008 National Singles

Racquetball Photo Gallery: M32 – Fuhrmann def. Gonzales (13, -7, 9)

Racquetball Photo: Thomas Fuhrmann dives for a shot at National Singles

Racquetball Photo: Thomas Fuhrmann hits under Ruben Gonzales

May 28th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

Racquetball Update

Racquetball Tournament in HOUSTON, TXJust wanted to congratulate everyone that went and competed in Houston this past week at the USA Racquetball National Singles Championships.  The US Team Qualifying Divisions were won by Cheryl Gudinas Holmes and Rocky Carson.  They have earned 1 year appointments to the US National Racquetball Team and should be in Ireland later on this summer representing the US at the IRF World Racquetball Championships.

Next up on the indoor circuit will be the Junior Nationals in Concord, CA June 25-29.  Once again, racquetballonline.tv will be there to stream the best matches live to everyone.

The tournament website is:


For those of you attending, you can enter online at this site.

As previously mentioned, I will not be there this year, but I will try to keep everyone updated as I receive word from several people that will be there this summer.

That’s all for now.

1 comment May 27th, 2008 by Adam Katz

2008 Racquetball National Singles Players’ Village

Matches really started going off today at the 2008 USA Racquetball National Singles Champs. The village is bustling with activity as people check-in for matches, look over the auction items, and visit the vendors to check out the newest swag.

Racquetball: 2008 National Singles

Racquetball: 2008 National Singles

Racquetball: 2008 National Singles

Racquetball: 2008 National Singles


Racquetball: 2008 National Singles

Racquetball: 2008 National Singles

Racquetball: 2008 National Singles

Racquetball: 2008 National Singles

Racquetball: 2008 National Singles

2 comments May 22nd, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

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