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Jr. National Championship Update 2015

July 13th, 2015

“Jordan Cooperrider, Wayne Antone and Mitchell Turner ALL win GOLD at the Junior National Championships and make the USA Jr. National Team”

 “Rocky Carson wins 11th WOR Championships ”

“Paola Longoria carries the Mexican Flag at Opening Ceremonies at the Pan American Games”

 

Group photo of all my champions. I am so proud of them.

Group photo of all my champions. I am so proud of them.

My “Junior Championship Racquetball Team” led by Wayne, Jordan and Mitchell, went to the Junior National Championships in Stockton, CA on a mission to make the team and they did just that…. all are now members of the USA Junior National Racquetball Team. They all walked away with a one-year appointment to the USA Junior National Team. They will be going to the United States Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in August to train for the Junior World Championships in the Dominican Republic in November.

 

Wayne AntoneWayne had a tough 2 game loss to Jordan Barth in the Boy’s 16 & U singles semi-finals, therefore did not qualify for the USA Junior National Team in singles, as he had to make it to the finals. Several hours later he had to come back and play in the Boy’s 16 & U doubles semi-finals to advance him into the finals, in order for a chance to qualify for the USA Junior National Team.  Wayne now had to win the Boy’s 16 & U doubles in order to qualify for the team. So after the match I had to talk to Wayne and remind him to erase his mistakes from his mind, and visualize the shot he knew he should have hit against Jordan—see it in his mind with the correction made.

I was so PROUD of Wayne, as he not only bounced back big in the semi-finals that day, but

Some happy moments after the games.

Some happy moments after the games.

the next day he had to come back and play Jordan and his partner in the doubles finals. Well, Wayne and his partner, Kevin, won in 2 games, took home the GOLD, and therefore qualified for the USA Junior National Team. His dream came true ONLY because of his hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence.

Jordan Cooperrider – Jordan had a tough loss to Erika Manilla in the Girl’s 16 & U singles finals. Jordan lost the match in 2 games so she was not able to defend her National Title from the last 2 years. She was VERY disappointed to say the least. The next day Jordan had to come back and play in the Girl’s 16 & U and 18 & U doubles finals with Erika. So

after the match I had to talk to Jordan and remind her to erase her mistakes from her mind, and visualize the shot she knew she should have hit against Erika—see it in her mind with the correction made.

Coach Fran with chats with student Evan Wargo after tie-breaker win.  Wayne Antone is interviewed after qualifying for the USA Junior National Team.

Coach Fran with chats with student Evan Wargo after tie-breaker win.
Wayne Antone is interviewed after qualifying for the USA Junior National Team.

I was so PROUD of Jordan, as she had to bounce back in the doubles finals to play her best, which she did and earned 2 GOLD’s. Jordan qualified for the USA Junior National Team in BOTH singles and doubles. Jordan is already learning from the loss, the sign of a true champion.

Mitchell Turner – Mitchell had a tough loss to Antonio Rojas in the Boy’s 14 & U singles semi-finals. Mitchell lost the match in 2 games, therefore did not qualify for the USA Junior National Team in singles, as he had to make it to the finals. Several hours later he had to come back and play in the Boy’s 14 & U doubles finals, in order to qualify for the USA Junior National Team. So after the match I had to talk to Mitchell and remind him to erase his mistakes from his mind, and visualize the shot he knew he should have hit against Antonio—see it in his mind with the correction made.

I was so PROUD of Mitchell, as he had to bounce back in the finals that same day. Well, Mitchell and his partner, Julian, won the GOLD in 3 tough games and therefore qualified for the USA Junior National Team in doubles. Mitchell is a force to be reckoned with and has a burning desire to be the BEST as he plays with so much heart.

“Wayne, Jordan and Mitchell I am VERY PROUD of your accomplishments, but our job is not done. We are going to the Junior World Championships to bring home a World Title.” 

Rocky Carson wins his 11th WOR Championship Title.

Rocky Carson wins his 11th WOR Championship Title.

 

My “Adult Championship Racquetball Team” led by Rocky and Paola, finished the 2014-

2015 season ranked  #2 on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) and #1 on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT).  But they are both having a busy summer, no rest for the wicked.

 

Rocky Carson just won his 11th WOR Championship Title by beating Charlie Pratt in the semi-finals and Brandon Davis in the finals. An extraordinary event as always held in Marina Park in Huntington Beach, CA July 9-12. The WOR Championships is the biggest of all the Outdoor Racquetball events as well as having the most players, and the top pro’s from WOR, IRT, LPRT AND THE CPRT. 

Paola Longoria was honored by carrying the flag for her country, Mexico, at the Opening Ceremonies of the Pan American Championships in Toronto, Canada.

Paola Longoria was honored by carrying the flag for her country, Mexico, at the Opening Ceremonies of the Pan American Championships in Toronto, Canada.

Paola Longoria was honored by carrying the flag for her country, Mexico, at the Opening Ceremonies of the Pan American Championships in Toronto, Canada, which was held Last Friday July 10th, 2015. The racquetball event begins July 19-July 26th and she will be going back to defend her 3 Gold Medals won in Guadalajara, MX 2011. 

Rocky, Paola and I will be heading to Toronto for this very prestigious

United States Olympic Committee (USOC) International event run by the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) to hopefully bring home the Gold’s from the Pan American Games Championships in Toronto, Canada.

 

 

***All USAR/IRF events are streamed on Livestream.com.

 

Enjoy your journey to your “championship game” like my “championship teams.”

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