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My Championship Team Summer 2011 Update

September 30th, 2011 Comments off

Rocky Carson wins the Outdoor National Championships in Huntington Beach, CA making it 8 in a row, after taking off 3 weeks from a grueling 2010/2011 professional indoor season where he was in 10 out of 12 finals. After winning the Outdoor Nationals his training regiment was like no other as he was not only getting ready for the pro season, but also he will be representing the USA at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, MX in mid-October.

Paola Longoria wins the Mexican National Championships in singles and doubles and earned a spot on the Mexican National Team and she will be representing her country at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, MX in mid-October.  After winning the National Championships Paola received one of the greatest honors anyone could ever receive…she was selected to light the Pan American Torch to start the torch traveling throughout Mexico before ending up in Guadalajara for the Pan American Games.

Taylor Knoth finishes #22 on the IRT ranking his first year playing part-time on the professional tour while going to school. He was also invited by the Korean Government, all expenses paid,  along with Jose Rojas to play in a Korean Tournament…an opportunity of a lifetime.

My Junior Championship Team shined at the Jr. National Championships in Portland, OR earning a spot on the Jr. National Racquetball Team to represent the USA at the Jr. World Championships in the Dominican Republic…I am so PROUD of them:

Brad Schopieray Jr. Nationals Boys 18 & U Singles 4th/Doubles 2nd
Spencer Shoemaker Jr. Nationals Boys 14 & U Singles 1st/Doubles 1st
Wayne Toyne Jr. Nationals Boys 12 & U Singles 3rd/Doubles 1st
Jessica Munoz Jr. Nationals Girls 18 & U Singles 3rd/Doubles 1st
Jr. Worlds Girls 18 & U Doubles 3rd
Lexi York Jr. Nationals Girls 14 & U Singles 2nd/Doubles 1st
Jordan Cooperrider Jr. Nationals Girls 12 & U Singles 1st/Doubles 1st
Jr. Worlds Girls 12 & U Singles 1st/Doubles 2nd
Espirit Female Athlete of the Year 2011
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Sharon Jackson

February 23rd, 2011 Comments off

Sharon Jackson  Junior National Champion 2009, National Intercollegiate Champion 2010,  #25 WPRO Professional Player

“Gearing up for the National Intercollegiate Championships April 2011 in Tempe, AZ”

Sharon has not played many events after qualifying for the pro division at the US Open 2010 due to a heavy load in college, but the tournaments she plays in locally she plays in the Men’s Open division and usually can hold her own if not beat all the local open players.

She is currently training to win the National Intercollegiate Championships and defend her title she took home in 2010 as a freshman.  Right now she is working on conditioning and drills. She does the stair master for 30 minutes on speed 7, then runs 2 miles, and lastly does some fast feet at the end. As far as drilling she is like Paola working on the fundamentals like set up and shoot and then serves and returns. If time permits she will go to the MD WPRO Pro Stop in March and Pro Nationals in New Orleans in May.

Sharon, like Taylor, juggles playing racquetball with being a FULL-TIME student at the University of Alabama and that is why she does not go to every pro-stop, even though her dream one day is to be the #1 Professional Player.  School is definitely a challenge for her this year as she is taking 17 hours. Her current GPA is 3.694, but last semester she had a 4.0 and was on the President’s List. You can see she takes school and playing racquetball seriously….a VERY dedicated and hard working individual.

Sharon why did you choose Fran Davis as your coach? ” Fran Davis is one of the most successful coaches of all time. Everyone she coaches is very elite and gifted in the sport of racquetball and typically have won numerous national and world titles.  She’s very selective in her student’s and I’m honored to be one of them.”

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Taylor Knoth: 2010 World Junior Champion

November 28th, 2010 Comments off

Taylor finally took home the covenanted title of World Junior Champion, Boy’s 18 & U, on November 20th, 2010 at the IRF World Junior Championships in Los Angeles, CA, a title that has alluded him for 3 years. The event had over 300 of the best junior racquetball players from across the world gathered to compete for individual and team medals. The event kicked-off with an opening ceremony that represented 17 countries. Taylor led the way as the
Junior Team USA successfully defended their Boy’s and Girl’s World Cup and the Overall World Cup team competition successfully. Team USA has won the overall team title in 2009 and 2008.

I am so impressed with Taylor’s progress as he has accomplished so much over the last 6 months because we have been working hard on developing his game:

  • April 2010 at National Intercollegiates in Springfield, MO he took 2nd as a freshman.
  • April 2010 at Regionals in Portland, OR he beat Jimmy Loew for the title for the first time EVER.
  • May 2010 at the Adult National Singles in Houston, TX he makes it to the quarter-finals in the U.S. Qualifier losing to Jack Huczek.
  • June 2010 becomes Jr. National Champion, Boy’s 18 & U, in Minneapolis, MN and earns a spot on the USA Jr. National Team and is name Jr. Boy’s Athlete of the Year .
  • October 2010 qualifies for the Pro Division and takes Ben Croft, #3 IRT Professional, to 5 games before losing in the tie-breaker.

Taylor has won every age group at Jr. Nationals and is now blossoming into one of the up and coming professional players in the world ranked # 37 on the IRT website. I couldn’t be happier for him as I have been coaching him since he was 7, now 19 years old, and it’s been a pleasure working with him as well as his family as they are ALL such a class act.

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