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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!!).

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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

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

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

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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

Photos – 2008 IRT Pro Nationals

Although Double Donut Studios did not attend the 2008 IRT Pro National Racquetball Championships, veteran racquetball photographer Mike Boatman was onsite. Besides being all all-around great guy and talented racquetball photographer, Mike is an accomplished national photographer based out of Memphis, TN. Here are a few “teasers” – head over to the galleries for the complete 145 photo set.

**** All photos Copyright 2008 Mike Boatman – www.MikeBoatman.com. ***** (please contact Mike Boatman directly for licensing inquiries)

1 comment May 11th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

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

Sunset Athletic Club Stadium Court Expansion – Grand Opening

Sunset Athletic Club, located in Portland, OR, hosted the grand opening of their stadium court expansion last night. To help kick things off, Shane Vanderson and Jason Thoerner were on hand for an exhibition match and “play the pro”. Also thanks to Mitch Williams for attending (and reffing), who made the trip despite being a little under the weather. We also got a special visit from some of the USA Racquetball staff, who are in town for this weekend’s USAR High School Nationals event.

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Paul Maduell, the club’s racquetball director, ensured fun was had by all with free give-aways and refreshments courtesy of Widmer Brothers Brewing Company.

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The new courts are SPECTACULAR, with tons of room for viewing matches, movable back walls to convert for squash, and my favorite – photos windows in both front walls! IMO, this will be THE premiere club in the Northwest for hosting big events (now all we need is some prize money for the IRT or WPRO!!).

If you’re ever in town, you’ll also want to take a look at the expansion’s featured artwork – Courtesy of Double Donut Studios! :) A few of featured photos were blown up to ~8′x8′ and mounted on the walls above the viewing area.

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Check out the gallery for all the pics ..

February 26th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

Photos – 2007 US OPEN

After chugging along, piece by piece, for the last two months – THE PHOTOS ARE READY!!

I’ve got the match galleries completed, and will now work on the “side” photos as time permits. I’ve got some cool shots of the venue, some back stage stuff, as well as some perspectives on the stadium court / players’ village. No guarantees about timelines – all I can say is that more stuff *may* be posted time permitting.

All of you who have been patiently waiting for “special” photos I promised during the event, I am now chugging back through email to make sure everyone gets what they need.

Without further ado, 2007 US OPEN GALLERIES

January 20th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

Photos – 2007 National Doubles

After a long, long, long wait .. the photos from the 2007 National Doubles Championships are FINALLY online. I had some major stuff hit my schedule recently, and unfortunately, updating double donut fell to the bottom of the list. Things are slowing coming around, and I should have more content on here shortly.

Up next: 2007 Portland Open Turkey Shoot Racquetball Championships
Up after that: 2007 US OPEN Racquetball Championships

For now: Gallery – 2007 National Doubles Racquetball Championships

December 11th, 2007 by Geoff Thomsen

2007 US OPEN – Rhonda Rajsich

Rhonda was ALL business during her round of 16 match:

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November 16th, 2007 by Geoff Thomsen

Photos – 2007 National Singles

I’ve been somewhat tardy in getting things posted this past month, so I won’t let my plans for future 2007 Singles posts delay me from getting the gallery link posted.

Double Donut Gallery – 2007 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships

Due to some time restrictions, I arrived in Houston on Friday night.  I started shooting the Casino Night, and then semifinal matches on Saturday (no quarterfinal pics this year!).

I plan to follow this post with some match re-caps, and also some behind-the-scenes type photos.

Enjoy!

June 15th, 2007 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

2004 US Open Flashback – True Legends

Marty Hogan and Ruben Gonzalez backstage during the 2004 US Open Racquetball Championships.  Marty would go on to beat Ruben in the Legend’s finals, after a tight game three come-back.

August 30th, 2006 by Geoff Thomsen

Pics – 2005 USA Racquetball National Singles

The pictures from the “2005 USA Racquetball National Singles – Return of the Dots” are now online.

2005 USA Racquetball National Singles Gallery

June 9th, 2005 by Geoff Thomsen

Photos: 2004 Choice Hotels US Open

2004 Choice Hotels US Open official website
2004 Choice Hotels US Open draw sheets
Double Donut 2004 US Open Photo Gallery

Match Post History: ALL MATCHES POSTED!

November 27th, 2004 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

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