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Just wanted to send congratulations out to Kara Mazur, University of Alabama, and Tony Carson, Colorado State University – Pueblo, for their victories last weekend in the #1 Gold Division at Intercollegiates. Those wins have earned each a 1 year appointment to the US National Team.

Still awaiting word if Kara will now go on to New Orleans and the Chemtech WPRO World Championships presented by Ektelon April 17-20. This one will be a great event as Rhonda Rajsich and Cheryl Gudinas Holmes fight it out for the coveted year end #1 ranking. You can enter online for this one at:

http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=3645

The IRT is currently in Tijuana, Mexico, and 3 Herrera’s have made the main draw. Last week’s beaten finalist from the Men’s #1 Gold, Anthony Herrrera, has rebounded nicely to qualify into the main draw where he plays Rocky Carson.

There are some great matches slated for this tournament this weekend, so check out the results at:

http://www.irt-tour.com

This all leads up to the Big One…The Motorola IRT Pro Nationals presented by Verizon Wireless. All I can say is, get to Chicago if you can. Rocky Carson and Jack Huczek will be bringing all they have to win the year end #1 ranking. The brand new Lucite Court will make its debut and ESPN360 will be there, as well as ESPN Classic. You can check out the website at:

http://www.irt-pronationals.com

entry forms are available at that site. I didn’t see an online entry there, but you can download the form. If I can find the online entry, I will send that along.

April 4th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

Collegiate Racquetball Scholarships Available!

USA Racquetball has posted scholarship information for 2008-2009 collegiate players. Graduating high school seniors as well as current undergrads are eligible to apply by the June 15th deadline.  The application requires information about grades, awards / certifications / accomplishments in racquetball, academic references, and optionally financial need.  This looks like an EXCELLENT opportunity for any racquetball player attending college next year!! From www.usaracquetball.com:

Graduating high school seniors and college undergraduates can apply for competitive USAR scholarships each year (by the deadline of June 15). Funding for the program is underwritten by USAR members, the National Masters Racquetball Association and the Women’s Senior Masters Racquetball Association through tax deductible donations to the scholarship fund. Since the program’s inception a total of 71 awards – totaling $37,250.00 — have been awarded to aspiring collegiate athletes. Applicants must be current USAR members at the time of applying for consideration of an award. All applications received by the deadline are reviewed by the scholarship committee, which is comprised of current members of the USAR Board of Directors. Annual awards are disbursed in the Fall of the application year. You may download the application online or contact the USAR for more information.

2008-2009 Scholarship Application

USA Racquetball Intercollegiate Site (site down?)

How to start a Collegiate Racquetball Team (site down?)

Does anyone have additional information about current collegiate racquetball programs?  I know there are several universities in the U.S. that feature competitive racquetball programs, but I have no idea if any of them also offer athletic scholarships for racquetball players.  Please leave any info in the comments!

update:

2008 USA Racquetball Intercollegiate College Participants

Arizona State University Tempe, AZ – 12
Baldwin Wallace College Berea, OH - 11
Belview University - Omaha, NE – 3
Brigham Young University - Provo, UT – 12
Bryant University Smithfield Rhode Island – 12
California Un. Sacremento Sacremento CA – 3
Clarkson University, Potsdam NY – 8
Colorado State University, Pueblo, CO – 6
Hesket Center Wichita State Wichita Kansas – 1
Iowa State Un. Ames IA – 8
Missouri State University, Springfield MO – 4
Ohio State University Columbus Ohio – 7
Oregon State Univ. Corvallis OR – 12
Penn State Un University Park Pennsylvania – 11
Renesselaer Polytecnic Institute Troy NY – 7
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale IL – 3
Springfield College – Springfield, MA – 6
St John’s University Queens New York – 1
SUNY Binghamton Binghamton NY – 2
Texas A&m University College Station TX – 8
University of California, Berkley, CA – 4
Umass Lowell Lowell Massachusetts – 6
University of Florida Gainsville FL – 5
University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM – 14
University of Wisconsin Madison WI – 3
University of Oskosh, Green Bay, WI – 1
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO – 7
University of Missouri – Columbia Columbia MO – 10
University of Texas Austin TX – 10
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Al Tuscaloosa AL – 10
University Of Colorado Boulder CO – 5
University Of Denver Denver Colorado – 6
University Of Houston Houston TX – 3
University of Illinois, Champaign, IL – 6
University Of Kansas Lawrence Kansas – 1
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR – 8
University Of Utah Salt Lake City Utah – 3
University Of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Milwaukee Wisconsin – 3
US Air Force Academy Colorado Springs Colorado – 5
US Military Academy West Point New York – 12
Utah State Un Logan UT – 12
Utah Valley State College Orem UT – 5

March 23rd, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

University of Alabama – National Racquetball Champions

The University of Alabama became the next school to earn the title of National Racquetball Champions this weekend in Tempe, AZ at the 2007 USA Racquetball National Intercollegiate Championships.  Alabama and Men’s Team Champions Colorado State University have had a successful history at this event, but the women at Arizona State University proved to be the upset team of the weekend capturing their first Team Title.

On the individual finisher front, Ben Croft earned his third consecutive title, while Kim Irons “came out of no where” on the women’s side to claim her spot on the USA National Team.

Overall Team Champions – University of Alabama
Overall Men’s Team Champions – Colorado State University
Overall Women’s Team Champions – Arizona State University

Men’s National Champion / USA Team – Ben Croft
Women’s National Champion / USA Team – Kim Irons

From www.usaracquetball.com :

University of Alabama repeated its 2005 performance by winning the overall team championships at the US National Collegiate Championships.  Perhaps the most surprising result was the victory by Arizona State University in the the women’s team championship. Although the number 1 player from Arizona lost early in the tournament the well balanced team placed in all the other 5 womens divisions.

As expected Colorado State university won the men’s team championship anchored by Ben Croft (#1) and Mitch Williams (#2).

Once again coach Tim Miller showed that small Division II schools can do well by not only winning the Division II title but also placing third in the overall team title.

Ben Croft maintained his place on the US Team by easily winning the men’s number 1 championship and Kimberly Irons survived a tough battle against Jesi Fuller to win the womens #1 title.

April 2nd, 2007 by Geoff Thomsen

More Details of Oregon State’s National Championship

I know, and have watched Dan Cramer play numerous times.  This story doesn’t surprise me one bit. 

From John Ferguson, former President of Oregon’s Junior Racquetball Association:

There is a great story from Dan Cramer’s semi-final match against Shane Karmelin of the University of Alabama (who was the favorite).  As it turns out the winner of this match earned enough points to win the overall team title for his team.  At 10-10 in the tie-breaker and Dan serving, there was a fierce rally and Shane skipped the ball.  Or at least that is what the referee called.  A lengthy discussion took place.  Finally, Dan, who had not participated in the debate, stepped in and offered to replay the point.  Another fantastic rally, and Dan hit a great kill shot to win the game, match and, it turned out, the National Championships for his team.  Great stuff!!!  Dan, you are really something special.

3 comments April 2nd, 2006 by Geoff Thomsen

Beavers Win Overall Title!

The Oregon State University Beavers pulled off an upset this weekend by winning the overall team title at the 2006 34TH USA Racquetball National Intercollegiate Championships in Tempe, AZ.

More info when’s it’s available ..

From www.usaracquetball.com:

Oregon State pulled off one of the most astonishing upsets in collegiate racquetball history by defeating the highly favored Alabama team by only 15 points , capturing the overall national team title for Division I schools.

Baldwin Wallace from Ohio captured the Division II national title. Ben Croft and Adrienne Fisher defended their national championships and once again qualified for the US national team. 

April 2nd, 2006 by Geoff Thomsen

2006 Intercollegiates Underway!

Arizona State University is hosting the 2006 34TH USA Racquetball National Intercollegiate Championships this weekend in Tempe, AZ.

GO BEAVERS! ;)

Draws
Info on www.usaracquetball.com

March 31st, 2006 by Geoff Thomsen

Update!

OK, long enough with no updates!

IRT: Kane Waselenchuk maintains his healthy lead in the IRT point standings with a win over Huczek in both New York and Virginia, but has been on a brief hiatus missing the San Diego and Boston pro stops. Jack Huczek takes advantage of Kane’s absence with a win in Boston over Shane Vanderson. Cliff Swain proves the 2004 US Open was no fluke by working through a tough draw in San Diego which included a win over Vanderson in the finals.

IRT Top Three: Waselenchuk, Huczek, Swain
IRT Events: April – Pro Nationals, Chicago; May – Players Championships, Dallas

LPRA: Christie Van Hees storms back from her injury at the US Open with wins in Stockton and Nashville to establish her LPRA ranking of #1. Rhonda Rajsich takes a win in Miami over LPRA Tour up-and-comer Angela Grisar.

LPRA Top Three: Van Hees, Gudinas, RajsichLPRA Events: May – Wilson Pro Nationals

COLLEGIATES: University of Alabama (2nd Mens, 1st Women’s, 1st Team) and Brigham Young University (3rd Men’s, 2nd Men’s, 2nd Team) are the bigger winners at the 2005 USA Racquetball Intercollegiates. I went to Oregon State back in the day (4th Men’s, 4th Women’s, 4th Team), so they get a plug too =)

HIGH SCHOOL: Congrats to Oregon Teams Catlin Gable, Beaverton High, and Sprague High for taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in final standings at the 2005 USA Racquetball High Schools. Complete team results are here.

April 14th, 2005 by Geoff Thomsen

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