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|05/01/2014||Ektelon 209 Battle of the Ages (Stockton)|
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|05/09/2014||Swing Into Vegas|
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|05/16/2014||NorCal Doubles Championships (Redding)|
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|05/21/2014||USAR National Singles Championships|
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|06/25/2014||Junior Olympic Championships|
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California Juniors Make Big Impression at 2014 High School Championship In Oregon!
(Mar 20, 2014) (written by participants Dane Elkins, Llewyn St. John, Fausto Santana Jr. and Attosa Rejaie)
California had the biggest representation in years competing for the ultimate national title of high school racquetball champion of the United States. 338 participants came to this standing room only, national championship event which was so large and grand in scale that 3 separate clubs 15 miles away were needed to coordinate the event--the largest junior racquetball event in the country. Every year, the annual USA Racquetball High School Championships which has run for almost 3 decades switches between Missouri and Oregon since both states have sanctioned high school programs where high school students can get PE credit to play racquetball and many choose to participate in this exhilarating high school sport. Racquetball as many of you know is a USA sanctioned Olympic sport and hopefully one day it will make the Olympics and if this event is any indication, a lot of top junior talent is ready to shine when that magical day happens.
Team California may not have a formal high school program like many other states but we had a small, but powerful contingent of top ranked national players and placed strongly. The California team consisted of freshman Attosa Rejaei, Dane Elkins, Llewyn St John, Fausto Santana Jr. and sophomore Daniel Mauro Rojas who led the California with a brilliant, 3 set tiebreaker match for the ages and a resounding victory over Oregon’s own Lil' Wayne Antoine in the gold #1 singles. The High School Championships is played in a format quite similar to a high school tennis league match where the number 1 seeded players play against each other and the number 2 seeds play etc. Everyone from California competed in the top #1 division and in one case in the second highest division against some of the most talented teens in America (and the matches were typically fierce battles but we all demonstrated great sportsmanship even in defeat). After Daniel Rojas first place finish (he is the cousin of Markie and Jose Rojas), the next highest California singles finishers were close friends Fausto Santana Jr., the 2013 USAR Ektelon National Single Champ (junior division) and Dane Elkins, the 10-time world outdoor champion and winner of the 2013 16 year old Junior Olympic Red division. Dane Elkins and Fausto Santana tied for 12th place in the top #1 Gold division (and finished tied for 3rd in the Blue #1 division). Next on deck for Team California was Palisadean resident Llewyn St. John who finished strongly with a 3rd place finish in the challenging boys #2 singles white division. Dane Elkins and Llewyn St. John who had previously have teamed up to win the state’s junior doubles finished their first championships here as the 25th best doubles team in the country in the gold #1 division. Attosa Rejaei, the multiple WOR outdoor world Junior Champ and second place gold mixed doubles finalist with Dane Elkins at Jr. Olympics also turned on the heat with an admirable performance and shot making ability. Attosa Rejaie played her usual power game finishing 8th place in country in girls #1 blue singles competition while Attosa Rejaei and partner Dane Elkins were 17th place in singles in the gold divisions in mixed doubles (and finished 3rd in consolation).
Palisades High School is the home of Attosa, Dane and Llewyn and the school was in 12th place for all high schools nationally as of Saturday but the final position hasn’t been posted at this time. Our close knit California team all had some great matches, made many new friends, created bonds with old friends that we will cherish forever and we were treated to incredible food, hospitality and USA National High School Outfits. No one rolls out racquetball better than the USAR and we are proud to have represented Team California at the High School Championships. And next year we hope to have an even better turnout from Team California. Next up for major junior competition is the Jr. Olympics in June where California should dominate.
CNRA Makes Donation to the Military Racquetball Federation (MRF)
(Feb 10, 2014) The CNRA Board of Directors recently voted to make a monetary donation to the MRF and their Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics (RRCs).
The MRF is dedicated to promoting racquetball programs and events for our service members here and abroad including support of events for our troops in warzones. Additionally the MRF is committed to assisting Wounded Warriors with their rehabilitation using a new MRF program called Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics (RRCs). This program's focus is the use of racquetball as rehabilitation for both the physical and mental challenges suffered from combat.
To learn more about the MRF visit, http://www.militaryracquetball.com.
Racquetball News Tidbits - February 2014
In this issue:
- Tourney recaps
- Racquets w/ Funny Names
- What is a Court Grabber?
- and more…
Read it all by downloading the February 2014 News & Tidbits
2014 California/Nevada State Junior Championships
(Dane Elkins; Feb 1, 2014) This month on January 25, 2014 The California-Nevada State Junior Racquetball Championships were held individually in Northern California and Southern California (because of travel) and several talented and extremely deserving co-champs were crowned at each event. The entire results can be viewed below:
56 juniors aged 5-18 including 21 in Southern California and 35 juniors in Northern California played in this famous and historic event that featured friendship, sportsmanship, fair play, self referring and some great completion.
Several world or national junior champions and USA team members competed (and some even lost-a tribute to the talent level) showing why California continues to be the dominant force in our sport.
The Northern California event was hosted by the talented director trio of John Ellis, Jodi Nance and Steve Cook at the In Shape Club in Stockton, California.
Simultaneously, the Southern California's tournament was run by the dynamic director duo of Debbie Tisinger Moore and Randy Lam at the 360 club in Reseda, California.
Both tournaments featured many hard fought battles and some close tiebreaker matches along with a plentiful abundance of great food and even an Ektelon demo with great prizes that I ran in S-cal for the younger kids. For me, the event was particularly noteworthy because my father competed in this same event 35 years ago and I know how special it was to him!
The competition level at states generally rivals that at USA Junior Olympics and its a special event which everyone who participated in can say they will always cherish. Like our tournament shirts cleverly listed, everyone of us was proud to be a part of something special which was playing for "Team California."
And winning in your home state is something every winner below is honored to accomplish. It was a great honor for me to compete in-let alone win at this fun filled, historic event with such great competition! I can't wait to play in the tournament next year and see my closest friends again-the juniors of Team California and good luck to everyone at nationals!
2014 Northern California/Nevada Junior Championships
2014 Southern California/Nevada Junior Championships
Racquetball News Tidbits - November 2013
In this issue:
- Tourney recaps
- The Infamous “Stockton Sandwich”
- Green Tea may be the key to longevity
- and more…
Read it all by downloading the November 2013 News & Tidbits
California at Jr Worlds
(Nov 13, 2013) California was well represented at the Jr Worlds recently held in Bolivia…
Sawyer Lloyd and partner Adam Manilla from Colorado won a Bronze medal in the 18 and under doubles
Esprit Cup (10’s and 12’s)
Sebastian Fernandez and Julian Singh finished 2nd in 12 and under doubles
Sebastian finished third in Gold singles (12 and under)
Julian Singh finished 5th in Red singles(12 and under)
Tommy Andraos finished third in Boys 10 and under Red division
Also in attendance from California as a coach and trainer was Jody Nance. A few players from California qualified for Team USA, but were not able to attend:
Daniel Rojas – Boys 14 and under
Antonio Rojas – Boys 10 and under and 12 and under
Heather Mahoney – Girls 10 and under Doubles
CNRA Announces the Jack Hughes Scholarship Recipients for 2013
(Sep 11, 2013) Congratulations to Sawyer Lloyd (Petaluma) and Jose Diaz (Stockton) as recipients of the 2013 Jack Hughes Scholarship Award. Sawyer is attending UC Davis and Jose San Joaquin Delta College. Both young men are avid racquetball players and have proven themselves as worthy recipients of those award through their dedication to the sport both on and off the court.
CNRA Announces 2013 Election Results
(Sep 11, 2013) Congratulations to re-elected CNRA Board of Directors, Jack Hughes, Margaret Pederson, George Tellez, and a special welcome to Tony Alfaro as he joins the board for the first time. Mike Deitz was also re-appointed to the board. Thanks to all who voted in this general election and your support of the CNRA.
California Juniors at the Junior National Championships in Des Moines , Iowa – 2013
(Jul 13, 2013) There were 20 California Juniors in attendance at the Junior Nationals held June 26-30th in Des Moines, Iowa. In the competition of the states, California finished first. Of the 20 players, there were only two girls – Nikita Chauhan and Heather Mahoney…Of the 20 players there were 4 from SoCal and 16 from NorCal. Clubsport Pleasanton, had seven players in attendance, tied with the most from one club with the host club (Oakmoor). All California players earned at least one medal. There were no Juniors from Nevada.
Below is a list in alphabetical order of players, where they are from and finish (up to 4th place)…An “*” is by a player that finished in semis or higher in a Gold division. A “+” is next to each player qualifying for the Esprit or World Cup team competing in Bolivia this October(World Cup is 18s, 16s and 14s – Esprit is 12s and 10s).
|*+ Tommy Andraos (Laguna Nigel)||10 and under doubles – Gold
10 and under singles – Bronze
12 and under singles – 1st in Red division
|*Luis Avila (Wilmington)||16 and under Doubles – 4th Place
16 and under singles – 3rd Blue division
|*Nikita Chauhan(San Ramon)||12 and under doubles – Silver
12 and under singles – 1st Red division
|*Vedant Chauhan (San Ramon)||10 and under Doubles – Silver
8 and under singles – Gold
10 and under singles – 3rd in Blue division
|*James D’Ambrogia (Petaluma)||10 and under Doubles – Silver
10 and under Singles – 1st in Blue division
10 and under Mixed Doubles - Gold
|Dane Elkins (Los Angeles)||14 and under Singles – 2nd Blue division
16 and under Singles – 1st Red division
|*+Sebastian Fernandez(San Diego)||12 and under Doubles – Gold
12 and under Singles – Gold
|Amir Jabbari(San Ramon)||18 and under Singles – 2nd in Red division|
|Ben Jenkel (Petaluma)||16 and under Singles – 2nd in Red division|
|*Jared Lee (Danville)||14 and under Doubles – 4th place
14 and under Singles – 3rd place Blue division
|*+Sawyer Lloyd(Petaluma)||18 and under Doubles - Gold|
|*+Heather Mahoney (Penngrove/Petaluma)||8 and under Singles- Gold
10 and under Doubles – Gold
10 and under Mixed - Gold
|*Logan Nance (Lodi/Stockton)||18 and under Doubles – 4th place
18 and under Singles – 4th in Red division
|Shaanth Nanguneri(Livermore)||10 and under Doubles – 1st Consolation
10 and under Singles – 4th in Blue division
|*Walker Plath (Stockton)||18 and under Doubles – 4th place
18 and under Singles – 3rd in Blue division
|*+Antonio Rojas (Stockton)||10 and under Singles – Silver
12 and under Singles - Silver
|*+Mauro (Daniel) Rojas (Stockton)||14 and under Doubles – Silver
14 and under Singles – Silver
16 and under Singles - Bronze
|*+Julian Singh(Pleasanton)||12 and under Doubles – Gold
12 and under Singles - Bronze
|*Nikhil Singh(Pleasanton)||14 and under Doubles – 4th place
14 and under Singles – 1st Blue division
|*Dima Wert (Petaluma)||16 and under Doubles – 4th place
18 and under Singles – 4th in Blue division
2013 Ektelon National Singles - CA/NV Perspective
(Jun 6, 2013) The 2013 Ektelon National Singles Championships are in the books and ran smoothly thanks in large part to the volunteers that stepped up to do the work behind the scenes. We had a chance to celebrate the admission of Debbie Tisinger-Moore to the USA Racquetball Hall of Fame; her accomplishments are amazing when they read the tally. Hardly a dry eye in the house when her daughter, the accomplished Janel Tisinger, struggled to keep her composure while introducing her mom. Debbie also came away with the Peggy Steding award for the 4th time. Marko Rojas earned the Male Athlete of the Year. We had 198 players from CA & 6 from NV. Our US Team Members are Marko Rojas & David “Bobby” Horn & Janel Tisinger which means we have a little fundraising to do to support our US Team players from CA/NV. Join me in congratulating our medal winners2013 Ektelon National Singles - Men's
|Marko Rojas||Dave “Bobby” Horn|
|Alon Doitch||Maurice McKoy||Brandon Robbins||Karl Meisenheimer|
|Haz Novoa||Rocky Carson||Diwakar Pellakuru||Joel Adler|
|Julio Palencia||Justin Ivers||Blake Conlin||Mauricio Villacres|
|Jason Chacon||Ara Messerlian||Hurbaldo Hernandez||John Ivers|
|Brian Laney||Skylar Stewart||Alon Doitch||Manuel Concepcion|
|Skylar Stewart||Nathan Crane||Tod Mack||Tim Hennesey|
|Luis Pesqueira||Trevor Jones||Mark Duboise||Kevin Barlia|
|Mike Orr||Vincent Ruelas||Scott Case||Roby Partovich|
|Haz Novoa||Thomas Wright||Max Lopez||Frank Martinez|
|Tom Hoover||Edward Garcia||Rick Betts||Ruben Eliana|
|Greg Beistle||David Tedeschi||Bruce Greenburg||Joel Franklin|
|Sterling Altobell||Roberto Sanchez||Gary Woolery||Dave Shelbourne|
|Rick Betts||Aiman Matta||Mickey Bellah||Mario Najera|
|Ramon Quezada||Mike Plattner||Hank Estrada||Robert Varkonyi|
|Robert Chavez||Kevin McAllister||Carl Gustafson|
|William Baker||John Guerrero||Jim Underwood|
|Vance Lerner||Larry Gee||Michael Kurty|
|Michael Kurty||Roger Lone||William Baker|
|Gary Jones||Thomas Wright|
|Janel Tisinger||Mae Chin-Varon|
|Rebecca Wilkinson||Kristine Varon||Tracy Shearer|
|Cindy Herceg||Debbie Tisinger-Moore||Ariella Elorriaga|
|Aubrey Kirsch||Janet Schaffer||Hailey Miller|
|Rebecca Wilkinson||Marquita Molina||Heejin Koo|
|Cindy Herceg||Cindy Tilbury|
|Margie Der||Jean Hellstrom|
|Robert Varkonyi/Chong Boley|
|Justin Ivers/partner||Luis/Sebastian Fernandez||Georges/Sam Barreras||Greg Vezey/Wil Reynolds|
|Enrique Loaiza/Mike Plattner||Andrew Blasquez/partner||Tony Gamblin/Ted Takagi|
|Darren Breese/Ron Garcia||Robert Siebert/partner||Ed Goldbaum/ Will Farrow|
|Len Sonnenberg/Michael Kurty||Ruben Eliana/partner|
|William Baker/Dave Shelbourne|
|Hank Estrada/Jamey Williams|
|Vicky Birkmann/partner||Brad Quartucy/Maria Vasquez|
|Rebecca Nielsen||Kristine Varon||Heejin Koo|
|Nicolai Miramontes||Luis Avila||Walter Plath|
|Sarai Santana||Atossa Rejaei|
California & Nevada Join Forces
We have an announcement about our merger with Nevada Racquetball in order assist in the revitalization of racquetball in Nevada. Our alliance between California and Nevada is recognized by USAR and will be known as California Nevada Racquetball Association - CNRA. We will endeavor to build racquetball programs and competitions while harnessing the talents some of the more active people in racquetball in both states. It is our goal to bring more racquetball opportunities for our players. Juniors, collegiate, leagues and one-day shoot outs will be a focus. It is our pleasure to have 3 Nevadan's on our board and a few more in the advisory board. Join us in welcoming our neighbors to the east to our working relationship.
You will notice a change to the website as we migrate all of our pages to the CNRA site, however if you do use the existing - californiaracquetball.org, you will automatically be pointed to www.CaliforniaNevadaRacquetball.org site. Over the course of the next few weeks you will see the titles & tabs shift to align with our new identity. Be patient, we are but lowly volunteers!! Our fearless Web Master is working hard to make the changes.
We also want to welcome Tod Mak of Aliso Viejo CA & Mike Dietz of Reno NV to the CNRA Board of Directors. They are taking the place of two of our departing Directors, Michael Leyva & Del Villanueva. We want to thank both Michael and Del for their service to the CSRA Board. Del will continue on providing his experience as he transitions to the CNRA Advisory Board.
Be sure to visit the CNRA website and we look forward to serving you.
Peggine Tellez, President CNRA
Club Profile: Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club
Fountain Valley, CA
Most clubs brag about their square footage, Los Cab can brag about acreage - 13 acres, to be exact! It is the largest fitness and sports center in Fountain Valley and even has rental condos on the premise. For the folks who love to swing a racket, you'll find 23 day-and-night outdoor tennis courts, 14 indoor racquetball courts, 3 outdoor racquetball courts and 2 squash courts. The fitness center includes multiple facets for strength and cardio training, free weights, a Pilates and Yoga classes and more. There are 8 aquatic facilities including a 50-meter Olympic-sized pool, and training and wading pools and 3 Jacuzzis. Classes are provided for all sports in group or individual sessions, and there are 45 group fitness and cycling classes a week including Zumba and Body Pump.
Additionally, this enormous facility includes a hair salon, nail salon, catering and banquet facilities and physical therapy. For more information about Los Caballeros, please visit http://www.loscab.com.
Club Profile: Oakridge Athletic Club
Oakridge Athletic club (OAC) has been the premier private fitness facility in Ventura County since 1979. The 50,000 sq ft facility include 4 racquetball courts, 4 tennis courts, jr. Olympic outdoor pool, 2 group exercise studios, a cycling studio, a designated stretch area, a group training area with TRX and kettle bells, a lux locker rooms including sauna and whirlpool, a kids club with specialized kids fitness classes, and tons of the most cutting edge cardio, free weights, and selectorized equipment.
Few clubs have been able to successfully roll and adapt with the steady and dramatic fitness industry waves like OAC. The key to OAC's longevity has been its ability to continually add innovative new fitness programming while maintaining their traditional routes as racquet club. In the last few years OAC has been a trend setter in the industry being one of the first to add group classes like Corebar, RIPPED and TRX. They were also one of the first clubs to implement a kids fitness program to combat the ever growing children's obesity issues. At the same time OAC has remained committed to the more traditional Club programming like Tennis and Racquetball and has seen tremendous growth in both. The OAC racquetball program has become known as an incredible spot to learn the game as well as the home of several of the best players in the area. Future Hall of Famer, Debbie Tisinger-Moore oversees a program that is marked by year-round, competitive leagues and tournaments for all levels and a place where you can always find a challenging game.
Once just known as Oakridge Athletic Club and now using the more modern acronym OAC, whatever you want to call it, it's truly a Club that embraces it roots while constantly evolving. A rare combination indeed.
Set to Compete
Set to compete at the IRF Junior World event in Canoga Park, CA the week of Nov. 12. If you are able to, please go to the USRA.org website and click on the mosaic of junior players to help defray the costs for the kids as the compete in and international event. World Cup (14, 16, 18) and Esprit (10, 12) I count that California has 9 players:
|Boys 18||Jose Diaz and Markie Rojas|
|Girls 16||Rebecca Nielson|
|Boys 16||Sawyer Lloyd|
|Boys 14||Mauro Rojas|
|Boys 12||Sebastian Fernandez and Julian Singh|
|Girls 12||Victoria Leon|
|Boys 10||Antonio Rojas|
GEM Award - Terry Rogers
(Sep 25, 2012) Terry Rogers has gone the extra mile (GEM) giving of herself to help others in a variety of communities across the United States. Her volunteer efforts have aided Wounded Warriors recover from the physical and mental wounds of battle and there are testimonials that bring tears to your eyes, how the program she is intimately involved with have helped these soldiers so much. Numbers of these Wounded Warriors Testament says the program “Saved my Life,” “Gave me a reason to stop feeling sorry for myself,” “gave me a reason to drive myself in rehabilitation,” and or “the competition has helped me to laugh again, sometimes at myself and to toughen me mentally.”
When I first heard these testaments I wondered what program did this for single, double and triple amputees and those suffering from military post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And what came to mind was not anywhere near what the program was; but, it made perfect sense when I thought about it and how sports and competition helped to shape a person. As I think about friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and even myself I can see this clearly.
The program is Racquet Rehabilitation Program (RRP) within the U.S. Military Racquetball Federation (MRF). The MRF is a nonprofit organization that helps veterans across the country with their rehabilitation. The MRF has been in existence for 5 years and the Racquet Rehabilitation Program has been in existence for 3 years. In those 3 years the program has involved over 800 wounded servicemen through the program and have raised $25,000 + thru fundraising, donations, and a few small grants.
USAR: Program Manager Announcement
(July 19, 2012) USA Racquetball Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Jim Hiser has accepted the position of Program Manager. Some of Jim’s duties will include, but not be limited to: managing the membership and support services, review of existing membership programs/policies, development of new membership programs/policies and continuing his key role at all national events. Jim will also serve as the manager of the USA Racquetball administrative offices until the Executive Director position is filled.
The USAR Board of Directors would like to thank Jim for his role at Executive Director for the past ten years and we are extremely pleased that he has accepted this new position and will continue in an important capacity with USA Racquetball.
USA Racquetball Board of Directors
2012 WOR Championships Recap
(July 17, 2012) The WOR Championships is in its 39th year and is the longest running outdoor championship tournament. Outdoor players from all across the country competed for coveted championship plates in nearly 30 divisions including amateur and professional singles and doubles. Top honors in the Men's Pro singles would go to Rocky Carson who captured his 9th consecutive championship. The Men's Pro doubles championship was won by Greg Solis and Kevin Booth. The biggest story of the tournament was Janel Tisinger, who won the Women's Pro singles, the Women's Pro doubles (with partner Aimee Ruiz) and the Mixed Pro doubles (with partner Greg Solis). No other male or female player has ever won three WOR Championships at the highest level at the same event. A special acknowledgement to these Champions – all but Aimee are California homegrown!! There was also a special Hall of Fame Ceremony for Brian Hawkes considered the greatest outdoor racquetball player in history and was the sole inductee in the Hall of Fame class of 2012. Hawkes was the most dominate Outdoor player in the history of the sport having won major National or World singles titles spanning three decades. Hawkes started playing racquetball in 1976 won 20 World or National Pro Singles Titles, dominating Outdoor racquetball as no one has ever done before. Hawkes won the National Pro Outdoor singles title an unprecedented 16 consecutive times from 1981 to 1996.
Congrats to Bill George and Rick Bernstein for the Sheffield Award for 2012! Greg Lewerenz said “Incredibly This pair... my friends... is the heart, soul and backbone of World Outdoor Racquetball! WOR does not function without the hard work, dedication and selfless giving of time from these two guys”. Bill has been a board of Director for CSRA for the last 3 years serving as the Outdoor liaison. Bill is the “go to” guy behind the scenes, making things happen. Of course he will always give credit to his wife, Michelle, who has generously given up her “Bill” time! Congratulations Bill!!!
CA Jr’s Dominate at WOR Champs
Ben Jenkel won the boys 14’s beating Dane Elkins in a close finals. Dane Elkins, five time WOR junior champ won boys 12’s singles championships avenging his loss earlier in the day to his junior doubles partner Ben Jenkel in the finals. Dane and Ben took 3rd together in Gold doubles at Junior Olympics recently. Jaden Elkins 3-time WOR junior champion won the boys 10’s defeating CA state junior champion Tommy Andraos (and Jaden’s CA state junior doubles partner) in the finals. In the boys 8’s Jaden Montano beat Jake Kettering. Attosa Rejaei won the girls 14’s and girls 12 titles while Natalie Martinez took second girls 12. Jasmine Carson who is Rocky Carson’s daughter took first in girls 8’s
Debbie Tisinger-Moore Lands in Cat-like Fashion
(July 16, 2012) Debbie Tisinger-Moore lands on her feet in catlike fashion!!! She has secured a new second racquetball home. Part time at the 360 Club (formally Mid Valley) the management wants the energy and excitement of racquetball back in their facility. And - they think Debbie is the person to do it. “SOOOOOOO - look out people, exciting events coming your way.”
The 360 club has 5 racquetball courts and a promise of one more soon. They will convert two more if racquetball becomes the passion at 360. “I've got the PASSION. Do you?”
Debbie will remain part time at the Oakridge Athletic Club, but is excited to "preach the Gospel of Racquetball" in two clubs. Hurray for racquetball and Debbie!!!.
Club Profile: Twin Arbors Athletic Club (Lodi)
Twin Arbors is owned and operated by the Spare time Corporation. There are clubs in Sacramento, Elk Grove, Gold River and Folsom. Dennis Kaufman is the general manager and an avid racquetball player. Steve Cook is the racquetball director and club pro. Twin Arbors has been at this address for over thirty years. Currently there are six courts. At one time, Twin Arbors had 13 courts, 3 of which were glass back with stadium seating.
Twin Arbors is host to two CSRA sanctioned tournaments a year. The “Stuck in Lodi Open” in February for over twenty-five years and the “Summer Sizzler Open” in August for over seventeen years. Steve has been involved in running these tournaments for the past fifteen plus years.
Throughout the year, Twin Arbors has leagues and a challenge ladder running on a regular basis along with a junior’s class. Bronc Hughes and John Winings assist with the junior class and give free monthly clinics to newcomers to the game. Steve and John are AmPro certified instructors and both give private and group lessons. John Ellis does frequent exhibitions and clinics as well where he will critique your game and show you drills where you can gain knowledge of your game.
Steve Cook has served on the CSRA Board and has been an associate to the board for over ten years. Going to one of his tournaments is like coming home, there is so much warmth there. Everyone is so friendly, so don’t miss his tournaments. Hat’s off to you Steve and your crew at Twin Arbors for keeping the sport active. Thank you for all of your hard work.
National Junior Olympic Racquetball Championships Recap
(July 6, 2012) Congratulations to ALL the California juniors who recently participated in the National Junior Olympic Racquetball Championships held at the Meridian Club in Fullerton, CA, June 21-24, 2012. Our Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal winners are listed below:
|Jose Diaz||18 singles|
|Sebastian Fernandez||12 singles|
|Krish Thakur||8 singles|
|Nikhil Prasad||8 multi bounce|
|Nikhil Prasad||6 multi bounce|
|Jose Diaz/Marco Rojas||18 doubles|
|Sawyer Lloyd/Manilla (CO)||16 doubles|
|Julian Singh/Sebastian Fernandez||12 doubles|
|Antonia Rojas/Birnel (WA)||10 doubles|
|Rebecca Nielson||16 singles|
|Victoria Leon/Boyle (OR)||12 doubles|
|Devon Pimentelli/Manilla (CO)||18 mixed doubles|
|Ingrid Robledo/Sebastian Fernandez||12 mixed doubles|
|Marco Rojas||18 singles|
|Daniel Rojas||14 singles|
|Antonio Rojas||10 singles|
|Vedant Chauhan||8 multi bounce|
|Daniel Rojas/J. Birnel (WA)||14 doubles|
|James D'ambrogial/Pamos (NO)||10 doubles|
|Victoria Leon||12 singles|
|Heather Mahoney||8 singles|
|Estefania Perez||10 singles|
|Devon Pimentelli/Chisholm (MA)||18 doubles|
|Rebecca Neilson/Hungerford (OR)||16 doubles|
|Ingrid Robledo/Nikita Chauhan||12 doubles|
|Jose Diaz/Simmons (AZ)||18 mixed doubles|
|Rebecca Nielson/Laffey (OR)||16 mixed doubles|
|Atossa Rejael/Dane Elkins||12 mixed doubles|
|Heather Mahoney/James D'iambrogia||10 mixed doubles|
|Sawyer Llyod||16 singles|
|Julian Singh||12 singles|
|Benjamin Jenkel/Dane Elkins||12 doubles|
|Devon Pimentelli||18 singles|
|Ingrid Robledo||12 singles|
|Nikita Chauhan||10 singles|
|Sawyer Lloyd/Simmons (MD)||16 mixed doubles|
|Estefania Perez/Hartman (MN)||10 mixed doubles|
Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship Award
(Jun 21, 2012) We are pleased to announce the return of the Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship. Any California resident, college student, who has demonstrated their desire to expand racquetball may apply.
The window to apply is June 15th through July 31st. The Jack Hughes Scholarship will be awarded at the State Doubles tournament to be held September 7 - 9 at Supreme Courts in Sunnyvale. The scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient’s college.
For a complete scholarship packet, please contact Terry Rogers at your earliest opportunity email@example.com to give yourself enough time to complete the application. The information will need to be reviewed by the CSRA Scholarship Committee in order to be considered.
Return the completed package to: CSRA - 560 Fathom Dr, San Mateo, CA 94404
Fundraiser for Nor Cal Junior Team Members
(Jun 23, 2012) Thanks to those who participated and supported the recent Junior Fundraiser held at Club Sport Fremont. The one day shoot out raised $1700 for those Nor Cal Juniors who make the USA Junior Team and will compete in the Junior Worlds later this year.
A special thanks to Mike Lippitt for the vision to initiate this shootout and to Rod Guadalupe and Marcus Dunyon for getting the beautiful Club Sport Fremont to open their doors for our tournament. Also thanks to Bronc Hughes for providing shirts in record time and to Marcus for the financial support. Members of the CSRA BoDs provided the tournament set up and desk support. There were a number of great raffle items and the ticket sales soared with the help of Kyle and Vivian Kringle and Julius Ellis.
Go Nor Cal Juniors!
2012 Ektelon USAR National Singles Championships Recap
(Jun 9, 2012) Congratulations to the many California players who placed in the National Singles:
|Event||Gold Medalist||Silver Medalist||Bronze Medalist|
|WD||Adina Manole||Sarah Duchi|
|W40||Christie Noller||Mary Schoumaker|
|W45||Debbie Tisinger-Moore||Laura Fention|
|W50||Debbie Tisinger-Moore||Jody Nance|
|W50A||Sue Fast||Carolyn Hollis|
|W70||Marquita Molina||Nida Funes|
|MA||Enrique Loaiza||Jake Richter|
|MC||Robert Rivas||Craig Canoy||Howard Favichia|
|14 Under||Miquel Rodriquez||Sebastian Fernandez|
|18 Under||Sebastian Fernandez||Luis Avila|
|M30/35/40C||Craig Canoy||Jason Chacon||Daniel Poznanter|
|M40B||Terry Beal||Miki Braun|
|M45A||Steve Ivers||Kevin Barlia|
|M45C||Howard Favichia||Mauricio Villacres||Kelly Tucker|
|M50||Bart Landsman||Robert Siebert||Bobby Friedman|
|M50/55C||Max Lopex||Robert Chavez|
|M55A||Dave Mark||Rick Betts||Dean Ritter|
|M55B||Roy San Miguel||Steve Levine|
|M60C||Ruben Eliana||Alan Fradkin|
|M65B||Greg Kearney||Dennis Breckner|
|M85||Hank Schone||Bill Gencarella|
(June 8, 2012) Special pricing was offered at the Ektelon National Singles for Lifetime Memberships - $1000 ($750 for 65 and over). And it looks like another short term special will be offered during the Jr Olympics June 21 - 24, to be held at the Meridian Sports Club in Fullerton. Contact USAR for more information.
Congratulations and Thank You to our Newest USAR Lifetime Members from California: Marquita Molina, Leonard Sonnenberg, Tim Herman, Roby Partovich, Bruce Greenberg, David Horton, Luis Guerrero, Fredrick Roe. You will no longer have the pleasure of renewing your USAR membership!!
Congrats to our National Singles Medalists from California and to all those who participated and represented our fine state. Go to the results page for a complete listing of all the divisions. http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=8987
Volunteers for the National Singles – a Huge Thank You!!!!
USAR Board of Director Appointment went to Peggine Tellez, President of CSRA. This is a tremendous opportunity for California to be heard and recognized as one of the largest membership states in the country. Your input on topics and concerns is very important. Feel free to contact Peggine at Peggine.Tellez@gmail.com for USAR related issues.
The Hall of Fame Awards reception was held during the 2012 Ektelon National Singles in Fullerton with Steve Serot and Bob Shay attending to receive their Hall of Fame inductions. Michelle Gould was unable to attend due to family matters and will have her official ceremony next year. Several other annual awards were given which included the Joe Sobek award presented to Usher Barnhoff for his contributions to the National ranking systems and the John Halverson – Fair Play award presented to Army Cadet Catherine Ball. And then the streak - Female Age Athlete – Debbie Tisinger-Moore, Male Age Athlete – Jerry Holly, Female Athlete – Rhonda Rasjich, Male Athlete - Rock Carson, USAR Presidential Award – Peggine Tellez. Are we sensing a California trend?!!!! A near clean sweep – Congratulations to all.
The John LoMonaco Memorial Grant was awarded to Jessica Amezcua of Portland Oregon. Let’s hear from her – “I had such an amazing experience at Nationals. I was truly overwhelmed by the sheer number of workers and volunteers who worked together to create this fabulous event. I’ve read about the pros in magazines and on the internet, but it was so much fun to actually see them play! And the glass court on top of the parking lot is just incredible.
I loved having the chance to meet (and play against!) fellow racquetball enthusiasts from all over the world! I was especially touched by the many people who let me know that they had been friends with John LoMonaco and how happy they were that I was able to be there. What a wonderful way to honor someone who loved racquetball! I am truly, grateful for this wonderful opportunity. One of these years, I’ll find a way to go back!”
Dear Members of the California State Racquetball Association(May 30, 2012) The Westside Family YMCA is in the process of constructing a new facility on a high school campus in West Los Angeles. Currently, we do not have the funds to build racquetball courts in the new facility. The board of the California State Racquetball Association graciously offered to send a request on our behalf in the hope that you will support our 130 YMCA players in their fundraising effort.
Please join our Westside Family YMCA racquetball and handball players and help us reach our $250,000 goal to include courts in the new facility. For more information, or to make a gift, please visit the capital campaign website at www.YMCAWestLA.org or send an email to KerryToolan@ymcala.org. Please respond with your pledge or donation by Friday, June 1, 2012 to ensure your generosity will be counted toward the court fundraising effort.Thank you,
Westside Family YMCA
11311 La Grange Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025
KerryToolan@ymcala.org - www.YMCAWestLA.org
CSRA Annual Presidents’ Awards(Apr 26, 2012) Each year the California State Racquetball Association Board of Directors awards several Presidents’ awards in a variety of categories. The BoDs nominates candidates and then votes to determine the winners. The awards are generally presented at the State Singles, however this year, the awards were made at several locations. All the presentations have been made and it time to reveal the awardees to the entire membership. Congratulations to all the recipients.
Male Athlete – Jose Rojas
Junior Female Athlete – Devon Pimintelli
Junior Male Athlete – Jose Diaz
Collegiate Female Athlete – Sue Sublaban
Collegiate Male Athlete – Larry Pack
Newest Rising Star – David Horn
Coach – Jody Nance
Volunteer – Brett Elkins
Contributor – Dave Ralstin
Racquetball Director – Gene Pare
2012 Junior State Championships
(April 18, 2012) For many years the California Junior Racquetball championships has been played in either Northern or Southern California (mostly Northern) and in May. Due to the size of the state, when held in one part of the state, few players from the other part would attend and visa versa. The CSRA (California State Racquetball Association) Junior Committee decided this year to try something different. The tournament was divided into a Southern Championship and a Northern Championship played on the same day. Also, the tournament date was moved to January to avoid conflicts with other sports and school schedules. The result was two events with participation that more than doubled the previous years numbers. Winners are deemed co-champions and a playoff may take place at some point. For all new members to USAR, the CSRA paid the first years dues. We feel overall that this was a successful change and can see participation being even greater next year, helping to create a positive platform for the junior players and hopefully inspiring others to have Junior events…Below is a review of the events and some personal feedback from a couple players.
On Saturday January 21st, the California State Junior Racquetball Championships took place in Northern and Southern California simultaneously.
In Northern California the tournament was played at Clubsport in Pleasanton and directed by Elaine Dexter along with her regular crew. In Southern California it was in held at the Spectrum Club, Canoga Park and was directed by Debbie Tisinger Moore and Randy Lam. The tournaments were filled with fun, many friends were made, and the tournaments pulled the junior racquetball community closer together.
The singles winners in Northern California included Brandon Fung, Sahil Thakur, Antonio Rojas, Daniel Rojas, Estefanie Perez, Nikhil Prasad, Kyle Duchscherer, Krish Thakur, and Jared Lee, and in doubles were Antonio Rojas, Julian Singh, Dina Gafarov and Luke Sewall.
In Southern California, the singles winners included Victoria Leon, Heejin Koo, Kristine Varon, Tommy Andraeos, Sebastian Fernandez, Luis Fernandez, Miguel Rodriguez, and Owen Ocampo. In doubles, the winners were Tommy Andraeos, Jaden Elkins, Sebastian Fernandez, Jacob Toussaint, Dane Elkins, Llewyn St. John, Nathanel Inbar, and Kristine Varon.
Southern California player review by Dane Elkins – The tournament was a great experience I had a lot of fun making new friends that also shared similar interests like playing racquetball. I connected with my friends better, including my doubles partner and all of my competitors. The best part of the tournament was knowing that we were competing against people who were just like us and we had a great time
Northern California player review by Ben Jenkel – The experience at tournaments is always fun, but once you move up an age group it’s a whole different experience. I moved up to 14 and under for doubles this year and met a lot of people. My partner, James D’Ambrogia, packs a punch but he’s only 9. When he would walk on the court our opponents would look pretty confused! We made good friends during the tournament. If you’re lucky you will find an opponent who you are equal with. My partner and I got second in doubles, and I’m happy about that. During singles I played in 12 and unders and there were some new people who I never played before. I placed fourth in singles so I’m happy. I made a lot of new friends that I am almost even with, so we had some pretty good games. I owe most of my good playing to my coach, Brian Dixon. He helped with what serves I should use and what shots are good for the game. He’s a great coach overall. Contributors to article – Brett Elkins, Brian Dixon, Elaine Dexter, Roger Lee, Randy Lam, Dane Elkins, Jaden Elkins, and Ben Jenkel
Winter Splat is BACK!
The Modesto Court Room (MCR) is excited to announce our upcoming Pro Winter Splat Tier 4 IRT Event January 27th-29th, 2012. This will be an IRT Satellite event featuring a Pro division. MCR offers 7 Racquetball Court for the Tournament.
Modesto Court Room is a full service Racquetball and Health Club servicing the Stanislaus County for almost 34 years. MCR takes great pride in the professional yet fun reputation it has in the community and is committed to offer a family friendly, non-intimidating atmosphere that specializes in fitness for all ages.
For additional information contact Denise Draper at 209-577-1060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Racquetball Day @ Stockton, California
Article & Photo by Haoning Michelle Yang
(Nov 17, 2011) Almost every racquetball player knows John Ellis for his great racquetball skills and sincere passion and efforts in promoting racquetball in the community. Besides hosting monthly (if not weekly) racquetball events and tournaments across the valley and into the Bay Area of California, John has begun hosting FREE one day women’s racquetball clinics to help players obtain competitive skills and motivate more women to participate in racquetball events.
John hosted his first free one day women’s racquetball clinic on February 26, 2011, and it was a blast with more than 38 women participating in various drills followed by some fun doubles amoungst themselves and a few male players who volunteered at this event. Considering the experience of this first event, John enhanced the program plan and hosted another one day free clinic for women on July 23, 2011. During this July event, 26 women from 14 different cities in California attended with 13 Elite/Open male players along with Jody Nance (Women’s Open player) assisting John with coaching and mixed doubles play. Most of these 13 male players had volunteered during the February women’s clinic event. The list includes: Kevin Kringle, Steve Turner, Dave Gonzales, Jose Rojas, Dave Perry, Bobby Horn, Jesse Serna, John Parks, Adam Rowley, John Winings, Bill George and Dave Ellis. During these past two events, free lunch was provided to all the participants and volunteers. Pat Ellis, Carolina Diaz and Michelle Stone have been a great help with lunch preparation and free drinks.
As an enthusiastic female player, I have been very grateful of John’s free women’s clinics and have learned a lot from the drills and exercises. In addition, the networking and doubles matches that I was able to take part in during the event are invaluable to my racquetball passion. I know John has been going through some physical challenges and series of medical treatments over the past months. The pain and stress has not stopped his passion and kindness of continuing to invest in the racquetball community.
John has scheduled a third free women’s clinic for Sunday, November 27, 2011, with free lunch again to all the participants. I hope his sincere efforts and generous offers will touch the players and encourage more women to come play and compete in California sanctioned events.
A good racquetball player normally possesses good technical skills with decent sportsmanship. A great racquetball player demonstrates both outstanding technical skills and the genuine passion and care for the others in the racquetball community. John Ellis together with his parents Dave and Pat Ellis belong in this rare elite category, and for that I would definitely follow their leadership and join them in making our racquetball community a better place for everyone including myself.
For tournament information:
September 9th—11th • Spectrum Club • Canoga Park, CA[Tournament Website]
Spectrum Canoga Park was the recent site of the 2011 Ektelon CSRA State Doubles Championships. Debbie Tisinger-Moore and Randy Lam handled the tournament desk along with help from Janel Tisinger and Jack Hughes. The players swarmed the charity auction to benefit the CSRA general fund and the MRF Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic. Terry Rogers and Merijean Kelley were skillful at guiding the silent auction process. Several manufacturers contributed bags and racquets and such which were in demand.
Pool Play and Round Robin formats insured that there was no shortage of matches to play.
You may view the winners and finalist & photos on the tournament website.
Randy Lam has posted Event Photos to his shutterfly account.
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