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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

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

Racquetball Video – 2008 Junior Nationals Player Interviews

If you’d like a little background information on some of the "top contenders" for this weekend’s 2008 USA Racquetball Junior Olympic Championships, Racquetball Warehouse has some really good interviews / play clips for some of the local players.  Featured in the videos are Jose Rojas, Jose Diaz, and Aubrey O’Brien.

Just follow the link to Racquetball Warehouse’s Videos, and scroll to the bottom for the player interviews.  While you’re there, you might want to check out some of the other content featuring the top players of the IRT and WPRO, as well as instructional info and equipment reviews. Great stuff!!

1 comment June 24th, 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:

http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=2466

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

http://racquetballonline.tv/

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

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Please feel free to leave additional info in the comments!

June 16th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

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