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July Update 2014

July 23rd, 2014 Comments off
Racquetball star Paola Longoria is the Mexican National Champion.

Racquetball star Paola Longoria is the Mexican National Champion.

Paola Longoria wins the Mexican National Championships

Rocky Carson wins the World Outdoor Racquetball Championships 

My “Adult Championship Racquetball Team” still working hard this summer brought home 3 Championship Titles between them:

Paola Longoria won the Mexican National

Championships in BOTH Women’s Singles and Doubles and took home 2 Gold Medals.

With several national championships and a world championship already under her belt, Paola added to her impressive 2014 year with the win in the Women’s Singles and Doubles Divisions at the Mexican National Racquetball Championships in Zacatecas, MX July 3-6, 2014. The win adds to Paola’s impressive National titles, making her the most decorated indoor player ever in Mexico.

Last month Paola defeated the best players in the world at the International Racquetball Federation’s (IRF) World Racquetball Championships in Canada. Paola’s gold medals were her 5th Indoor World Championships medals of her career.

 Rocky Carson won the World Outdoor Racquetball (WOR) Championships in Men’s Singles and took home the Gold.

Rocky Carson wins 2014 WOR Championship in Huntington Beach, California.

Rocky Carson wins 2014 WOR Championship in Huntington Beach, California.

With a pair of national championships and a world championship already under his belt, Rocky added to his impressive 2014 year with the win in the Men’s Singles Division at the World Outdoor Racquetball Championships in Huntington Beach, CA July 10-13. The win is Rocky’s 10th WOR title, making him the most decorated outdoor player ever.

Last month Rocky defeated the best players in the world on the indoor courts at the Internationals Racquetball Federation’s (IRF) World Racquetball Championships in Canada. Rocky’s gold medal was his 9th Indoor World Championships medal of his career. In May, Rocky won USA Racquetball’s National Championship in Men’s Singles at an event in Fullerton, CA. In February, Rocky brought home USA’s Doubles National Champion in Tempe, AZ.

 

My “Junior Championship Racquetball Team” are getting ready to go to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO July 29-August 2nd to train with the Junior National Racquetball Team. They all earned a one year appointment to the team at the Junior National Racquetball Championships held in Denver, CO June 25-29 . Jordan Cooperrider, Connor Laffey and Wayne Antone are getting ready for the Junior World Championships in Cali, Columbia in October.

Good luck and stay focused.

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June Update 2014 – Special Junior National Recap!

July 1st, 2014 Comments off
Fran Davis and Rocky Carson. Men's Singles World Champion 2014

Fran Davis and Rocky Carson. Men’s Singles World Champion 2014

Connor Laffey, Jordan Cooperrider and Wayne Antone win 6 Medals at the Junior National Championships.

Diana McNab, Sports Psychologist, coaches my team at the Junior National Championships.

My “Junior Championship Racquetball Team” brought home 6 medals from the National Junior National Racquetball Championships in Denver, CO June 25-29, 2014:

Connor Laffey took home 2 Silver Medals in the Boy’s 18 & U Singles & Doubles

Jordan Cooperrider took home 2 Gold Medals in the Girl’s 16 & U Singles & Doubles

Wayne Antone took home 2 Silver Medals in the Boy’s 16 & U Singles & Boy’s 18 & U Doubles

All of the matches they played in were very exciting.

Connor beat Sam Breckenback in the semi-finals to advance to the finals before falling to Adam Manilla in an exciting finals match. Connor had Adam on the ropes in the first game, but just couldn’t close it out. It is evident Connor’s game is developing and improving year after year.

Jordan beat Erika Manilla in an exciting tiebreaker in the finals and showed just why she is a 3X Junior National Champion and a 2X Junior World Champion.

Connor Laffey, Jordan Cooperrider and Wayne Antone win 6 Medals at the Junior National Championships. Plus Diana McNab is now the Head Sports Psychologist for the Paralympics and will be going to Rio with the USA.

Connor Laffey, Jordan Cooperrider and Wayne Antone win 6 Medals at the Junior National Championships. Plus Diana McNab is now the Head Sports Psychologist for the Paralympics and will be going to Rio with the USA.

Wayne beat Jake Birnell in a very exciting semifinal match after getting blown out in the first game. We regrouped and he began to relax and was able to play his game and he won the 2nd game to force a tiebreaker. Wayne took a 4-0 lead in the tiebreaker and never looked back as he won 11-7.  With this victory he advanced to the finals against Mauro Daniel Rojas and put him on the 2014 Junior National Team, which is something we have been working towards since I began to coach him in 2012.

This event was a U.S. Junior National Team Qualifier and has a one-year appointment to the Junior National Racquetball Team and Connor, Jordan and Wayne ALL earned a spot on the team and will be going to Cali, Columbia to the Junior World Championships in October 2014.

This is Connor’s 2nd year on the team, Jordan’s 3rd time on the team and Wayne earned his FIRST EVER U.S. Junior National Team appointment…. so VERY proud of all of them.  Connor  was awarded a very special honor and was named USAR 2014 Junior Male Athlete of the Year.

 My players are going to the United States Olympic Training Center (USOTC), July 29-August 2, 2014, for a Junior Team Training Camp and they will be coming to Seattle, WA in August to train with me in preparation for the Junior World Championships in Cali, Columbia October 2014. All will train really hard this summer/fall to try and bring home a medal from the Junior World Championships.

 Having Diana McNab conduct a seminar for my players the night before the event and having her there courtside during the finals was an incredible experience for my team and the results speak for themselves. Diana is now the Head Sports Psychologist for the Paralympics and will be going to Rio with the USA.

Connor Laffey, Jordan Cooperrider, Coach Fran Davis, Wayne Antone and Mitchell Turner.

Connor Laffey, Jordan Cooperrider,
Coach Fran Davis,
Wayne Antone and Mitchell Turner.

A shout out to Mitchell Turner, my newest member of my Junior Championship Team, who played in the Boy’s 14 & U division made it to the quarter finals with this year being ONLY his 2nd Junior Nationals. Keep up the hard work  it WILL PAY OFF.

 My “Adult Championship Racquetball Team” led by Rocky Carson, #2 Pro in the World, and Paola Longoria, #1 Pro in the World, will getting ready for some July events: 

Rocky Carson is preparing for the World Racquetball Championships in Huntington Beach, CA, July 10-13, 2014. 

Paola Longoria is preparing for the Mexican National Championships next week.

Good Luck and stay focused!

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