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Photos – 2008 NW Regionals

I was able to spend a few hours last weekend at the 2008 USA Racquetball NW Regional Championships at Cascade Athletic Club in Gresham, OR. This was a huge event, featuring over 250 participants from around the Pacific Northwest. The only regional qualifier larger in size was the 2008 IRT Pro Nationals with 305 entrants, which was also a regional qualifier for the Chicago area. There were well over 50 people in just the men’s pro division, and MANY people who flew in from around the US to participate – which, in my opinion, really goes to show just how big the event in Oregon was.

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Rocky Carson made a guest appearance on Saturday of the event, to do a pro clinic followed by a few “play the pro” matches. The crowd seemed to be very impressed that the current #1 pro in the world was there to share some racquetball insight.

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Be sure to check the galleries for shots of the following players: Jimmy Lowe, Chad Westwood, Taylor Knoth, Dan Darling, Dave Azuma, Grant Stalley, David Laforest, Joey Lakowske, Jeremy White

April 27th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

Jimmy Lowe

If you’ve been to National Singles or the US OPEN racquetball championships over the past few years, you’ve probably seen a huge crowd skipping the “main court” to see another incredible athlete in action – Jimmy Lowe.

Jimmy plays a game of racquetball unmatched by any player, hitting crazy around-the-world and high-Z’s during rallies.  For most players, hitting these shots end up as perfect setups for opponents – but not for Jimmy.  He can repeatedly hit them will an uncanny ability to make each and every one die in the crack in the back corner.  And just when you think you’ve dug one out, Jimmy is waiting at the front wall for any easy dink put-away.

Don’t let all of the tom-foolery distract you though – Lowe can also hit backhand splat kills like a machine, and cover the court with amazing quickness.

In the Northwest, we are lucky to find Jimmy Lowe as a regular entrant into many of our draws.  He is so tough to beat, that fans are constantly cheering for his opponent in hopes to see Lowe finally lose (which has happened only a handful of times in the many years).

Here is a summary of Jimmy Lowe’s accomplishments at the national level:

5 - Time Men’s 35+ National Singles Champion (1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007)
4 – Time Men’s 40+ National Singles Champion (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007)
3 – Time Men’s 35+ US OPEN Champion (2003, 2005, 2006)
3 – Time Men’s 40+ US OPEN Champion (2003, 2005, 2006)
1 – Time Men’s 25+ National Singles Champion (1992)
1 – Time Men’s 30+ National Singles Champion (1993)

4 – Time Mixed 40+ National Doubles Champion (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
2 – Time Men’s 40+ National Doubles Champion (2005, 2006)
2 – Time Mixed 35+ National Doubles Champion (2001, 2002)

2 – Time National Bud Muehleisen Male Age Group Award Winner (2005, 2006)
***Presented at the awards banquet during National Singles to the Male Age Group Athlete of the Year

2 – Time Regional Men’s Open Singles Champion, NW Regionals (2005, 2007)
***records only available 2005-2007 for NW Regionals

If you ever see Jimmy in action, one thing that you might take notice of, is his racquet.  If you get a chance to see one with some “older” strings, you will find one *small* area right in the sweet spot of the racquet where he makes contact with the ball.  This picture from the 2007 National Singles Championships shows a newer set of strings, but you can still see the worn Wilson logo in the middle.  I’ve seen some of his racquets where all the strings in the sweet spot are only hanging on by a thread, while elsewhere on the racquet they look as new as the day they were put on.

Jimmy Lowe on his way to winning the Men’s Open division at the 2005 Northwest Regional Racquetball Championshiphs (below):

3 comments June 16th, 2007 by Geoff Thomsen

2005 Holiday Open – Beaverton, OR

Found a few free hours to head to Griffith Park YMCA in Beaverton, OR to check out the action at the 2005 Holiday Open. Number 5 seed (#5?!) Jeff Stark settled all seeding disputes after first taking out number 1 seed Jimmy Lowe in the semi’s, and then number 2 seed Dan Darling in the finals.

Just to add a little flair to the tie-breaker, Jeff hit this pretty “jumping-behind-the-back-pinch-rollout” at 10-6 to win the match.

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Also included are misc. shots from some other matches going on around the time of the Men’s Open Finals.

Complete Tournament Results / Draws
Oregon Racquetball Home

Double Donut 2005 Holiday Open Gallery

4 comments December 12th, 2005 by Geoff Thomsen

2005 NW Regionals

Congratulations to Jimmy Lowe for winning the Men’s Open Draw at the 2005 NW Regionals! (unfortunatley, I was only able to see two matches all weekend, so you’ll have to follow the links to see the complete draws for the rest of the winners).

2005 NW Regionals Photo Gallery
2005 NW Regionals Draws
Official Event Website

April 20th, 2005 by Geoff Thomsen

ORA Tour Stop – Sunset Turkey Shoot

The Turkey Shoot at Sunset Athletic Club is this weekend. I plan on shooting some matches on Saturday and Sunday, and the Men’s Open draw is looking pretty impressive.

This turned out to be a GREAT event with 23 top players in the Men’s Open division. The pictures from this event were all taken with a 15mm fisheye wide-angle lens, which allows the capture of a full person from as little as 6“ away. You will also notice the “fisheye distortion“ of the lens which makes a cool effect (IMO).

Turkey Shoot Draws
Oregon Racquetball Website
Turkey Shoot Photo Gallerey (all galleries published!)

Look for pictures of: Jimmy Lowe, Jason Samora, Dan Sheppick, Chad Westwood, Brad Hardy, Jamie Sumner, John Martin, Ryan Lindell, Dan Cramer, JP Olson, Tim Hebenton, Paul Reed, Tina Fortin, Artie Johnson

November 9th, 2004 by Geoff Thomsen

Pics – 2004 NW Regionals

Just finished updating the Gallery with pictures from the 16′s, quarters, and semi’s from the 2004 NW Regional Racquetball Championships.

Tourney info

Look for pics of: Chad Westwood, Jason Samora, Jimmy Lowe, Jamie Sumner, Chris Barton, Dan Shelton, Dan Sheppick, Brian Pointlen, Scott Hamon

October 9th, 2004 by Geoff Thomsen

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