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CONGRATULATIONS to Connor, Jordan & Wayne – they took home the Bronze Medal at the 2014 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS!

October 31st, 2014 Comments off

Congratulations TEAM USA!
18 Countries
188 Competitors
USA – World Cup 3rd Place – Team Bronze

My three athletes, Connor Laffey, Jordan Cooperrider and Wayne Antone arrived at the 2014 IRF XXVI World Junior Racquetball Championships, October 19-25, 2014 in Cali, Colombia and helped Team USA capture 3rd place overall in the team competition…a BRONZE MEDAL.

Junior National Champions Connor Laffey, Jordan Cooperrider and Wayne Antone with Coach Fran Davis.

Junior National Champions Connor Laffey, Jordan Cooperrider and Wayne Antone with Coach Fran Davis.

The IRF World Junior Championship event is held every year. The event featured countries from around the world such as USA, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Columbia, etc. They played in a preliminary round robin format tournament for 3 days to determine the seeding’s for the main draw, which was held on the last 4 days of the week-long event. At the end of the week an individual World Junior Champion was crowned in women’s and men’s singles and doubles. What makes it even more exciting is that there is a team competition so a World Junior Championship country is determined as well.

Connor took 9th place over all in the individual competition in Boy’s 18.
Jordan took 3rd place over all in the individual singles/doubles in Girl’s 16.
Wayne took 5th place over all in the individual singles Boy’s 16.

I am so PROUD of ALL of them as they accomplished what they set out to accomplish which was they all made the 2014 USA National Racquetball Team and represented their country at the 2014 World Junior Championships. As a bonus, Connor and Wayne won a Bronze Medal and Jordan won 3 Bronze Medals. NO DOUBT they will all be back next year to bring home the GOLD!

Connor, Jordan, and Wayne are all home safe and sound and back in school catching up on schoolwork. They will start to train hard again in the coming weeks.

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US Open Championship Update 2014

October 15th, 2014 Comments off

CONGRATULATIONS to my “Championship Team” Paola Longoria for winning her 5th US Open title and Rocky Carson for making it into the finals of pro doubles.

2014 US Open Champion Paola Longoria  after making history winning the title for the 5th time with Coach Fran Davis.

2014 US Open Champion Paola Longoria after making history winning the title for the 5th time with Coach Fran Davis.

The 2014 United Healthcare US Open Championships held in Minneapolis, MN was an amazing event.  It was held at the Life Time Fitness Center, inside the Target Center, and there were 700+ participants, 17 countries and $62,000.00 in prize money. The 19th annual event was the biggest and most widely viewed event in racquetball history.

All http://www.irtnetwork.com/ subscribers can see Paola and Rocky’s matches in the archives as well as the finals of the Men’s and Women’s Pro Singles and Doubles finals will be aired on the Tennis Channel Thanksgiving weekend so make sure you check the days and times. 

Paola Longoria defended her title from 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and is now the 5th time 2014 United Healthcare US Open Champion. She won the event in fashion against her rival Marie Jose Vargas in 3 straight games. She played amazingly well throughout the week with her aggressive style of play and her consistency, as she did not drop a game on the way to being crowned the 2014 US Open Champion.

Paola also is the 2014 United Healthcare US Open Champion in Women’s Pro Doubles as she partnered with Veronica Sotomeyer, from Ecuador, to beat Rhonda Rajsich and Marie Jose Vargas in the finals in a tie-breaker.

Paola continues to build her portfolio of being the LPRT’s #1 ranked professional player in the world with winning 150 consecutive pro matches and winning her 37th consecutive pro event.

 

Rocky Carson and Alvaro Beltran pose with Coach Fran Davis after their epic Doubles finals match.

Rocky Carson and Alvaro Beltran pose with Coach Fran Davis after their epic Doubles finals match.

Rocky Carson made it to the semi-finals of the 2014 United Healthcare US Open, but fell short to his rival, Alvaro Beltran, in a 5th game tie-breaker. Rocky fought hard and played well, but unfortunately Alvaro came back stronger in the 5th game against Rocky.

Rocky made it to the finals of the 2014 United Healthcare US Open Men’s Pro Doubles as he partnered with Alvaro Beltran, from Mexico but Kane Waselenchuk and Ben Croft  beat them in the finals in a tie-breaker.

 

Taylor Knoth, graduated from OSU in Corvalis, OR a year ago and is now in a special engineering program and hasn’t been playing much. Taylor was able to qualify into the main draw of the 2014 United Healthcare US Open by beating Andy Hawthorne, ranked # 21, in 4 games and then played in the round of 64 against Jose Diaz, ranked #12. Taylor took the 1st game, but couldn’t stop Jose and lost the next 3.

 

ALL their hard work paid big dividends as they used the Racquetball Sports Triangle that I advocate in my book, Championship Racquetball. ALL year long they never missed a beat working on their racquetball skills, their mental skills and their conditioning/nutritional skills. They knew all three sides of the triangle needed to work together in order for them to reach their championship level game and they did. 

Everyone wants to hold a US Open title from the pro division all the way down to the amateur divisions, which is what makes it so competitive and exciting.

 

I had so many of my students and our campers attend this event ….CONGRATS to all of them:

2014 US Open Champion Tammarrian Rogers 2x Medalist

2014 US Open Champion Tammarrian Rogers 2x Medalist

Tammarrian Rogers 1st in the Women’s 40+

Tammarian Rogers/Glen Garrison 3rd in the Mixed 40+

Tammarian Rogers/Richelle Kulju 3rd in the Women’s Doubles 40+

Sam Hojat  3rd in Men’s Elite

Harlan Faircloth 1st in Centurion A’s

Bob Jackson 3rd in Centurion A’s

Holly Scott 4th in Women’s Elite

Heather Hojat, Dragana Bulatovic, Cheryl Jones, Ly Abbott, Page Kern, and Susan Spinella
 

I had to wear so many hats such as coach, run the HEAD Penn booth, meet for the USAR-IP Certification Program, commentate on the IRT Network, sell our “Championship Products”…book, video and camps and and and.

It is an event you DO NOT want to miss next year so plan for it and you will not be sorry you attended the BEST EVENT of the year.

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Going to Jr. World Championships 2014

 

My “Junior Championship Racquetball Team” lead by Connor Laffey, Wayne Antone and Jordan Cooperrider are heading to the Jr. World Championships in Cali, Columbia this week October 18-25, 2014. Good Luck and stay focused. Bring home the hardware.

***It will be streamed live on the International Federation Racquetball website.

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September Update 2014

October 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Paola Longoria wins Grand Slam in Huixquilucan, Mexico

Rocky Carson wins 3 Wall Ball Championships in Las Vegas, NV & in 2 finals of the IRT Pro Stops in San Marcos, TX and Garden City, KS

My Junior Championship Team training for the Junior World Championships and the 2014/2015 season

My “Adult Championship Racquetball Team” is working hard this summer in preparation for their Pro 2014/2015 seasons:

Paola Longoria continues to roll and is still undefeated since May 2011.

Paola Longoria after winning LPRT Grand Slam in Huixquilucan, MX September 19-21, 2014

Paola Longoria after winning LPRT Grand Slam in Huixquilucan, MX September 19-21, 2014

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) hosted a 2nd Grand Slam event at the Abiertos Mexicano de Raquetas in Huixquilucan Mexico. Paola won the Women’s Singles Professional Divisions.

Paola cruised through the singles draw to reach the tournament final where she matched up against Maria Jose Vargas. After taking the 1st game, Paola had a mental lapse in game 2 with Maria taking the 2nd game. Paola easily won the 3rd game, and not without a fight from Maria, Paola won the 4th game to capture the tournament title.

Paola’s consecutive match winning streak on the LPRT now sits at 145 matches, while her consecutive professional tournament-winning streak is pushed to 36. The win is Paola’s 52nd career tournament title on the LPRT.

Rocky Carson had a busy September with 3 tournaments in a row.

Rocky Carson is WOR KING for 10th straight year.

Rocky Carson is WOR KING for 10th straight year.

Starting with the Stratosphere 3 Wall Championships in Las Vegas, NV, September 12-15, Rocky won BOTH Men’s Professional Singles and Doubles (teaming with Alvaro Beltran) events. In the singles finals he went to a tiebreaker with Daniel Delarosa and in the doubles finals he and Alvi also went to a tiebreaker. Both well deserved wins.

 The following two weekends he began the IRT professional 2014-2015 season with finishing in the finals of both the San Marcos, TX, September 18-21, and Garden City, KS, September 25-28 tournaments. He lost both tournaments in the finals to Kane, going four games in TX and three games in KS.

BOTH Paola and Rocky are headed to Minneapolis, MN for the US Open Championships, October 8-12, and this year they are both going to play in the professional singles and doubles (new event) divisions. They are both trying to capture the convened titles for both pro singles and doubles. Check them out on www.IRTNetwork.com who will be streaming live from the event. Also the finals of singles and doubles will be aired on Tennis Channel next month….dates/times TBA.

My “Junior Championship Racquetball Team,” Jordan Cooperrider, Connor Laffey and Wayne Antone are all getting ready and also fundraising for the Junior World Championships in Cali, Columbia this month.

Juniors Training Camp in Seattle September 27th, 2014 with Mitch Williams.

Juniors Training Camp in Seattle September 27th, 2014 with Mitch Williams.

A few weeks ago Jordan, Wayne, and Mitchell Turner all came to train with me in Seattle, WA to get ready for the 2014/2015 season. A special guest, Mitch Williams, sparred with the kids (Wayne even took a game off Mitch) as he just moved up to the Seattle area for a job. The whole Washington racquetball community and I are thrilled to have such a legend living in our town. Thanks Mitch for coming out to hang with my kids…they LOVED it.

 Watch out for the NEWEST MEMBER of my championship team, Mitchell Turner. He is training harder than ever and I am looking forward to helping him develop into a National Champion.

 

“The will to win, means nothing without the will to prepare.” Unknown Author

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