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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

Twitter Digest – 2008-04-26

  • Jack Huczek and Jason Mannino both advance to the semis, where they play each other tomorrow at 330PM EST (live on http://www.espn360.com)! #
  • Rocky Carson advances to the Semi’s after a win over Chris Crowther. Looks like no upsets in the quarters! #
  • Saturday 4/26 430PM EST on http://www.espn360.com IRT Pro Nationals Racquetball LIVE Semifinal – Jason Mannino(3) vs. Jack Huczek(2) #
  • Saturday 4/26 600PM EST on http://www.espn360.com IRT Pro Nationals Racquetball LIVE Semifinal – Rocky Carson(1) vs. Alvaro Beltran(4) #
  • Pictures from the 2008 NW Regionals are processed, and will be online VERY soon! #
  • Huge thanks to the REDBULL girls for handing out FREE Redbull at the 2008 NW Regional Racquetball Champs. Your backpacks were SWEEET! #

April 26th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

Photos – 2007 Northwest Regionals

As luck would have it, I had a few free hours to spare the weekend of 2007 regional qualifiers for USA Racquetball. On Saturday evening of the 2007 Northwest Regional Racquetball Championships, I was able to catch one of the Men’s Open semis, as well as both of the semis for the Men’s Open Doubles.

Doubledonut Gallery – http://www.doubledonut.com/v/2007_nw_regional/

MS1 – Stark def. Pratt (6, (4), 8) – This was a GREAT match between veteran Jeff Stark, and up-and-comer Charlie Pratt. Stark finished second at National Doubles in 2006, and is a member of the USA Racquetball National Team. Pratt is veteran of the Junior tour, and is a long time USA Racquetball Junior Team member. He has started to make his presence felt on the pro tour, where he had a nice win over top ranked IRT player, Jason Thoerner.

MDS1 – Westwood Rutledge def. Baida Solomon (14, 9) – These guys are all long time players in Oregon; Westwood known for winning the Men’s Open singles division in Oregon for the past three years running.

MDS2 – Pratt Knoth def. Darling Rasmussen ((7), 12, 10) – Charlie Pratt teams up with junior champion Taylor Knoth against long time veterans Dan Darling (3rd 2006 National Doubles Men’s Open), and Kelley Rasmussen. Rasmussen would injure his knee part way through game two, which forced Darling to cover the entire court for the rest of the match. While this sounded like an instant victory for Knoth and Pratt, they had to fight hard to *barely* take the tie-breaker.

June 14th, 2007 by Geoff Thomsen

Photos – 2006 NW Regionals

I’ve finally processed and posted the shots I took during the 2006 NW Regional Racquetball Championships.

PHOTO GALLERY
FINAL DRAWS

Matches covered:

Menís A – Steve Mitchner vs. Jeff Clark
Menís Open – Jason Samora vs. John Martin
Menís Open – Jeff Stark vs. Dan Darling
Menís Open Doubles – Westwood / Rutledge vs. Baida / Rudd
Menís Open Doubles – Samora / Poppino vs. Hardy / Wilson


Jeff Stark clears the forehand lane over a kill shot by Dan Darling

7 comments May 2nd, 2006 by Geoff Thomsen

2006 NW Regional Racquetball Championships

I had a few hours to spare the weekend of the 2006 Northwest Regional Racquetball Championships, and was able to cover five great matches. I’m chugging through the thousand or so pictures, and will get some galleries online as soon as I can.

FINAL DRAWS

Matches covered:

Men’s A – Steve Mitchner vs. Jeff Clark
Men’s Open – Jason Samora vs. John Martin
Men’s Open – Jeff Stark vs. Dan Darling
Men’s Open Doubles – Westwood / Rutledge vs. Baida / Rudd
Men’s Open Doubles – Samora / Poppino vs. Hardy / Wilson


Brad Hardy jumps over a kill by Jason Samora
during the 2006 NW Regional Racquetball Championships

April 26th, 2006 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

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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