Upcoming registration deadlines…
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|10/30/2016||Sweet Lou's Halloween Bash|
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|11/05/2016||WCRC Shootout (Berkeley)|
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|11/05/2016||2016 Sierra Slugfest Shootout|
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|11/11/2016||CNRA State Doubles Championships|
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|11/19/2016||Dale and Todd’s WTF Outdoor Doubles Shootout|
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|12/08/2016||2016 NMRA Doubles Only|
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|01/07/2017||209 Open, A Double Elimination Racquetball|
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|01/13/2017||Women's Senior Masters Racquetball Championships|
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|01/26/2017||West Coast Open|
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|02/08/2017||USAR National Doubles|
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The CNRA Announces the 2016 Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship Award Recipient
(Oct 24, 2016) The CNRA is proud to announce that Luis Avila has been awarded the Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship for 2016. The $750 scholarship is awarded to any California or Nevada resident, college student, who has demonstrated their desire to expand racquetball while pursuing their education. The award is paid directly to the recipients’ school. Luis is attending El Camino College majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Good luck both on and off the court. Congratulations from the entire CNRA Board of Directors!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR CALIFORNIA/NEVADA USOPEN PLAYERS!
Fifty plus players from California and Nevada made the trip to Minnesota to complete in the biggest racquetball tournament of the year. Many returned with medals, http://www.r2sports.com/website/event-results.asp?TID=17305, and all renewed old friendships and experienced competition above and beyond. A special congratulations to Jose and Marco Rojas for their FANTASTIC win in the Pro Doubles and to all the medal winners and participants!
Seeking CNRA President's Awards Nominations
(Jul 27, 2016) The CNRA has in past years awarded Presidential Awards in a number of categories. The nominees came from the board and were then voted on by the board. We are changing the process so that our members can be more involved. We are asking you to submit nominations and then the vote will be put out to our CNRA membership. We are looking for nominations for successes and/or recognition during the year of 2015. You do not need to nominate someone in every category just the ones you might choose. When submitting your nomination you must identify the category and also submit a maximum 5 sentence justification.
Here are the categories:
- Female Athlete
- Male Athlete
- Junior Male Athlete
- Junior Female Athlete
- Collegiate Male Player
- Collegiate Female Player
- Racquetball Director
- Newest Rising Star
Your nominations and justifications are due back to Terry Rogers, CNRA President/Acting Secretary. (firstname.lastname@example.org), on or before August 5, 2016.
Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship Award
(Jul 21, 2016) The CNRA is pleased to announce the return of the JACK HUGHES EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD! Any California or Nevada resident, college student, who has demonstrated their desire to expand racquetball, may apply for this scholarship.
The window to apply is July 21, 2016 through August 23, 2016. The Jack Hughes Scholarship will be awarded in mid September. The Scholarship will be paid directly to the recipients' college.
For a complete Scholarship packet, please contact Terry Rogers, CNRA President, at your earliest opportunity, to give yourself enough time to complete the application. The CNRA Scholarship Committee will review the information and announce the winner.
Return the completed package via email or mail to:
CNRA c/o Terry Rogers, President
8317 Divernon Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89149
Racquetball Program Initiatives for CNRA Members
California/Nevada Racquetball Players,
We are excited to announce several new programs for racquetball players here in California & Nevada that we hope each of you will take advantage of, as well as your club. Growing racquetball in local clubs and providing players with opportunities to meet and connect with other racquetball players is one of our main goals for the rest of 2016. Working with USA Racquetball and the new Programming Manager, Nick Irvine, we are now ready to help local players grow the game. Below are 3 programs you can take advantage of:
CLUB CHALLENGE LADDERS – Club Challenge Ladders are now available FREE OF CHARGE! Challenge ladders are a way for players of a club to compete against each other in organized competition which will track your matches and create a ranking system for your club. Want to know who is the best at your club? Create a challenge ladder TODAY!
SANCTIONED LEAGUES – Do you have a current league or want to start a new one? Sanction your next racquetball league with USA Racquetball and players will earn “National Ranking Points” as well as the ability to follow the league online through R2Sports. The cost to sanction a league is ONLY $25! Players who are already members of USA Racquetball play FREE OF CHARGE and those not yet a member are required to pay a $5 USA Racquetball League Fee to play. The league will carry an insurance policy to protect you and your event as well as the ability to track and run the league online. Take you league to the next level and SANCTION YOUR’S TODAY!
CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM – Are you teaching racquetball in your club? Do you want to learn how to teach racquetball? USA Racquetball offers an Instructor Certification Program to help people learn how to teach racquetball. This is a great option for anyone teaching juniors, offering FREE introductory lessons in their club or someone looking to teach private lessons. Go to, Materials/2016_USA_Instructor_Flyer.pdf, to view the USA Instructor Flyer for more information about the different levels available and how you can become certified to teach. *****BONUS!!!!! THE CNRA WILL REIMBURSE THE LEVEL #1 CERTIFICATION COURSE FEE FOR THE FIRST 10 PEOPLE, THRU DECEMBER 2016, INTERESTED IN BECOMING LEVEL #1 CERTIFIED. YOU MUST CONTACT NICK IRVINE TO REGISTER.
If you or anyone you know is interested in the above programs, please contact USA Racquetball Programming Manager, Nick Irvine (email@example.com) or call 209-817-9984 for more information.
California Juniors Win 59 Medals, including 13 Gold, in the recent National Junior Olympics!
The 43rd 2016 National Junior Olympic Championships presented by PENN and Wilson was held June 22-26, 2016 in Fridley, Minnesota. California was represented by 40 of our best male and female junior athletes. The event serves as the qualification for the United States Junior National Team. In the fall the U.S. Junior National Team will travel to Mexico for the International Racquetball Federation's Junior World Championships. The CNRA supported our junior athletes financially by donating $4000.00 to help defray travel and event expenses. The CNRA would like to thank all of the coaches and parents for their selfless love and dedication to these exceptional junior athletes. Congratulations to all of the players and a special shout out to all our medal winners and USA Junior Team members!!!!!
Junior Team Members and Gold Medal Winners
Nikita Chauhan – 14 Singles, 14 Doubles, 16 Singles - Bronze
Ricardo Diaz – 16 Doubles
Dane Elkins - 16 Doubles, 12 Singles Bronze
Heather Mahoney – 14 Singles Silver, 12 Singles and Doubles Gold
Ingrid Robledo – 16 Singles, 16 Doubles
Antonia Rojas – 14 Singles, 14 Doubles
Mauro Rojas – 18 Doubles, National HS Champion
Other Medal Winners were
Jess Rojas – 16 Singles (white) - Gold
Sahil Thakur – 14 Singles (gold) - Bronze
Vedant Chauhan – 14 Singles (blue) - Gold and 12 Doubles - Gold
Ivan Hernandez – 14 Singles (blue) - Silver
Julius Ellis – 14 Singles (red) - Silver
Krish Thakur – 12 Singles (gold) - Gold
Vedant Chauhan – 12 Singles (gold) - Silver
Nikhil Prasad – 12 Singles (gold) – Bronze, 10 Singles (gold) - Gold, 10 Doubles Gold
Ethan Tu – 12 Singles (white) - Silver, 12 Mixed - Bronze
Angel Eden Galvan – 10 Singles (blue) Gold
Bobby Singh – 10 Singles (whit) - Gold
Haiden Rivera – 10 Singles (white) - Silver
Eshan Ali – 8 MB – Gold and 8 Friendship Gold
David Rojas – 6 MB – Bronze
Miles Rivera – 14 Friendship – Silver
Cody Thomas – 14 Friendship – Bronze
Akhhill Durai Nath – 12 Friendship – Silver and 2 bounce – Gold
Julian Singh – 16 Doubles – Silver
Cody Elkins – 12 Doubles – Bronze
Advait Kartik – 10 Doubles – Bronze
Sonya Shetty – 10 Singles – Bronze, 10 Doubles – Silver, 12 Mixed - Bronze
Jordan Ellis – 8 MB – Bronze
Alondra Canchola – 12 Friendship and 2 bounce – Gold
Arya Cyril – 12 Friendship – Silver, and 2 bounce - Bronze
Esha Cyril – 12 Friendship – Bronze an 2 bounce - Silver
Complete results can be found at, http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=14389
Once again congratulations to ALL our California junior players!!!!!!
CA Juniors Raise $$$$ for the CNRA Junior Fund at the WOR Championships
A very special thanks goes out to the WOR Championship tournament directors in Huntington Beach- Geoff Osberg, Jesus Justarroz and Hank Marcus director of WOR and all of the outdoor players and fans who supported CNRA Junior Racquetball. This is our second successful year of this fundraiser at the WOR Championships!
The fundraiser was a fun "half split" raffle with the winner getting half of the proceeds. The junior fundraisers who worked tirelessly for hours were Jared Anwar, Jasmine Carson, Brooke Breklynn Dane Elkins, Cody Elkins, Madison Elkins (and a small assist from their parents Elkins and Carsons). Ivan and Miguel Hernandez were the lucky winners!!
Thanks to everyone for their incredible support of our CNRA Junior racquetball program.
Twenty-eight Players from CA and NV (CNRA) Attended the 2016 National Singles Championships
Recently 28 players from CA and NV traveled to Denver, CO to compete in the USA National Singles Championships. The competition was fierce and new friendships were made and old ones renewed. California pros Rocky Carson and Jose Diaz qualified for the USA National Team. For complete results visit, http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=14388. Congratulations to all the competitors!
CNRA Announces Penn as the Official Ball of the CNRA
The CNRA is pleased to announce the signing of a new ball contract with HEAD Penn Racquet Sports. This will designate Penn as the official ball of the CNRA. We look forward to a great relationship. Most tournaments will begin using the Penn ball in June. Thanks to HEAD Penn for this terrific opportunity.
CNRA Junior Fundraiser
Thanks to a special assist from Hall of Fame player and Tournament Director Coach Debbie Tisinger Moore, Brian Dixon and several outgoing California juniors, the Southern California group collaborated on a fundraiser raffle extraordinaire for the CNRA junior fund where the winner receives half of the proceeds collected.
Pictured is Nevada Resident and winner Amir Shahin who won $62.50 as part of the $125.00 collected. The juniors who set up the program were CNRA Jr Board Members Jared Anwar and Dane Elkins co-president of the Palisades Charter High School Racquetball team and Cody and Madison Elkins who made the incredible sales roll-out. Thanks for the incredible support of Junior Racquetball.
The CNRA Endorses the RYDF
Please take a few minutes to view the Reaching Your Dream Foundation (RYDF) website, http://reachingyourdreamfoundation.org, and in particular check out the Ambassador Program with a chance to win a 7-Day Vacation in Mexico! Your recurring donation can make a difference as we all try to support the sport we love. Check out this video, https://youtu.be/zdgfgdpqDcU, by Carla Munoz as a testament to how the RYDF has helped her in her journey.
Juniors Traveling to USA Racquetball National Junior Olympics
Thirty plus juniors from California/Nevada will be traveling to Minnesota June 22-26 to compete in the USA Racquetball National Junior Olympics. Over two hundred junior racquetball enthusiasts from across the country will be looking to capture those gold, silver, and bronze medals. With the help of the CNRA Board of Directors and it’s members, Mike Lippitt/RYDF, the R2 tournament donations, and various fundraising activities, players and their families will receive some level of financial support from the CNRA. This support will be delivered directly to those entered before the tournament deadline!
To enter and/or view the tournament information go to http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=14389.
Play well, have fun, and display great sportsmanship as you make new friends and strive to bring home a medal.
From the CNRA Board of Directors
2016 National Intercollegiate Racquetball Championship
The Intercollegiate Racquetball Championship was recently held at Arizona State. Eleven California collegiate players traveled to AZ to compete. A special congrats to champions: Marco Rojas, Bobby Horn, Jose Diaz, Carla Munoz, and Jazmin Trevino and congrats to all to participants!
- Luis Avila
- Paul Correa
- Jose Diaz
- David Horn
- Andrew Meyer
- Carla Munoz
- Lindsey Raven
- Marco Rojas
- Jazmin Trevino
- Luke Vaughn
- Geraldine Villa
2016 CNRA SoCal Junior State Racquetball Championships
Twenty-six juniors recently took over the courts at the World Gym in Chula Vista, CA for a day of fast and furious competition. Several SoCal CNRA Junior State Champions were crowned. A special thanks to Tournament Director Jackie Paraiso for hosting this event for the juniors. Everyone had a great time. For complete results visit, http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=16884.
Growing the sport: Collegiate Racquetball
The Western Collegiate Racquetball Conference (WCRC) is looking for individuals and businesses who would like to invest in the collegiate program. Sponsorship opportunities include conference competition and helping the school program.Investments in the conference program:
- Tournament Food (Breakfast items and a healthy lunch)
- Tournament T-Shirts
- Awards for 1st and 2nd place in 6 divisions
- Club sanctioning fee each quarter/semester
- Club advertising to promote the program with flyers
- Starter kits for new players who join the club (5-10 per school per quarter/semester)
- Coaching compensation for time to coach the team
- School Van rental for events
- Entry into events covered for the players
2016 USA Racquetball High School Championships
This event was recently held at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, OR. 314 high school athletes from 8 states converged to play this Olympic format tournament and crown the high school champions for 2016. The CNRA had 7 representatives attending from both northern and southern California. Mauro (Daniel) Rojas Qualified for the U.S. Junior National Team
CONGRATULATIONS to all our players!!!!!
Jared Anwar - 3rd place #1 consolation doubles
Nikita Chauhan - lost in the semis #1 consolation Mixed Doubles
Dane Elkins - 3rd place # consolation doubles; lost in 1/4s #1 Gold singles; 3rd place #1 Gold mixed
Jared Lee - lost in the semis #1 consolation Mixed Doubles; 3rd place #1 Red singles
Atossa Rejaei - 3rd place #1 Gold mixed; 2nd place #1 Red singles
Ingrid Robledo - 3rd place #1 Gold singles
Mauro (Daniel) Rojas - 1st place #1 Gold singles
For a complete listing of the the draws and results visit http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=14385.
2016 CNRA NorCal Junior State Championships
The In-Shape Sport: West Lane, Stockton, CA played host to the CNRA NorCal Junior State Championships January 23, 2016. Forty seven junior racquetball players participated in this great event and 15 new champions were crowned. Again John Ellis and his staff did an outstanding job with this event for the kids. For complete results go to, http://www.r2sports.com/website/event-results.asp?TID=16820. Congratulations to all the players and keep on shooting!
2015 CNRA State Doubles Championships
The 2015 CNRA State Doubles Championships were held November 13-15, 2015 in Stockton, CA at the In-Shape Sport: West Lane. All divisions were round robin or pool play and as always Tournament Director John Ellis and his staff did a fantastic job with this event. All of the results can be found at http://www.r2sports.com/website/event-results.asp?TID=15426. Congratulations to all the winners!
World Junior Racquetball Championships
(Nov 20, 2015) California was well represented on Team USA as they competed in the World Junior Racquetball Championships November 8th thru the 14th in the Dominican Republic. There were a total of 27 players on Team USA and 8 were from California. The CNRA Board elected to send monetary support and a Thank You to each player with each player receiving $200.
Team USA won a total of 3 Gold medals in the Championships divisions. One of those three was California’s Heather Mahoney in the Girls 10 and under singles. Below are the results of the California players in order of oldest to youngest…
|Daniel Rojas||18 and under (Bronze); 16 and under (round of 16)|
|Antonio Rojas||14 and under (round of 16); 12 and under (round of 8)|
|Nikita Chauhan||14 and under (round of 16)|
|Julian Singh||14 and under Doubles (Bronze)|
|James D’Ambrogia||14 and under Doubles (round of 8); 14 and under (Bronze - Red Division)|
|Tommy Andraos||14 and under Doubles (round of 8); 14 and under (Silver-Red Division)|
|Vedant Chauhan||10 and under (Silver-12 and under Blue Division); 10 and under Doubles (Bronze)|
|Heather Mahoney||10 and under (GOLD); 12 and under Doubles (Bronze)|
Congratulations to ALL!!!
The CNRA Announces the Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship Award Recipients for 2015
(Sep 18, 2015) Any California or Nevada resident, college student, who has demonstrated their desire to expand racquetball was encouraged to apply for this award. The applicants’ packets were reviewed by the CNRA Scholarship Committee and it is with great pride and pleasure the CNRA is able to award three $500 scholarships to be paid directly to the recipients’ school. This years awardees are Jose Diaz, Stockton, CA, majoring in Sport Medicine at the University of the Pacific, Luis Avila, Wilmington, CA, freshman at El Camino College, and Amir Jabbari, San Ramon, CA, majoring in Computer Engineering at San Jose State University. We look forward to great things from these young men both on and off the courts. Congratulations from the entire CNRA Board of Directors!
CNRA Juniors Fundraising Campaign Begins
Thanks to WOR, the many generous WOR participants who donated, and the California Nevada Racquetball Association, three junior participants at the recent WOR champs raised $162 for the junior program.
Jasmine Carson, Cody Elkins, and Madison Elkins had a successful 50/50 raffle. Rudy Lara won and generously donated $$$ back and used the proceeds to buy himself a new racquetball bag!
Madison, Jasmine, and Cody pictured below with Rudy were also each awarded $10 for their incredible fundraising efforts as the hard working fundraisers!
Congratulations to our National Junior Olympic Participants and Champions
This past week Stockton, CA played host to the USAR National Junior Olympics and once again did an outstanding job. Matches were played at In Shape Westlane and In Shape Quail Lakes. Nick Irvine, John Ellis, Tim Pasisz (The Sport Development Director for Visit Stockton), and the 209 crew went above and beyond including one of the ‘Best banquet (party) I have been to!’
The temperature averaged around 105 degrees most of the week, but the players managed through. It was challenging with most players playing multiple divisions with multiple matches via the Olympic style.
There were almost 200 players representing 26 states aged 6 – 19 competing in the Olympic format draws over 5 days. There were 65 players from California/Nevada!!!!!! Texas had the second most number of players with 36. It was the largest draw a Junior Olympics has seen in many years. We would like to say CONGRATS to ALL the participants and their families and friends for making this event a memorable experience. Many champions were crowned and the complete results can be found at: http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=13214
The USA World Cup Team) 18s, 16s, and 14s) and Esprit Team (12s and 10s) were also named. They will be traveling to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to compete in the Junior World Championships in November. The World Cup Team will also be invited to the Junior Training Camp at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in August.
Junior World Cup Team – California representation
Mauro (Daniel) Rojas – 2nd in 18 and 16 singles
Antonio (Tato) Rojas – 2nd in 14 singles
Julian Singh – 1st in 14 doubles (partner Mitchell Turner of OR)
Luis Avila – qualified by placing 2nd at the National High School Championships
Esprit Team – California representation
Antonia (Tato) Rojas – 1st in 12 singles
James D’Ambrogia and Tommy Andraos – 1st in 12 doubles
Vedant Chauhan – 1st in 10 singles and doubles (partner Josh Shea/NY)
Heather Mahoney – 1st in 10 singles; 1st in 12 singles; 1st in 12 doubles (partner Julia Stein/PA)
Estefania Perez – 2nd in 12 singles
Sarai Santana-Arechiga – 1st in 10 doubles (partner Sage Hartman/MN)
The CNRA is beginning several fundraising activities to help these young athletes and their families travel to the Dominican Republic in November and we can also use your support. Average expense per player, can be $3,000+. If you would like to make a donation to the Junior Program just click on the Donations button on the left side of the homepage or contact Terry Rogers, CNRA President, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
NorCal Junior Champs Results
|Girls Multibounce 8 and under||Ava Naworski||Sonya Shetty|
|Girls MB Lower Playoff||Aanshi Thakur||Jordan Ellis|
|Girls 10 U 2 Bounce||Sonya Shetty||Sarai Santana|
|Girls 10 U||Heather Mahoney||Alondra Canchola|
|Girls 10 U Lower Playoff||Sarai Santana||Grace Herberger|
|Girls 12/14||Nikita Chauhan||Estefania Perez|
|Boys 8 U Multi||Angel Galvan||Noah Brians|
|Boys 8U||Bobby Singh||Angel Galvan|
|Boys 10 U 2 Bounce||Ethan Tu||Jason Rigney|
|Boys 10 U||Vedant Chauhan||Nikhil Prasad|
|Boys 10 U Lower Playoff||Heather Mahoney||Daniel Woodbury|
|Boys 12 U||James D’Ambrogia||Vedant Chauhan|
|Boys 12 U Lower Playoff||Nikhil Prasad||Aidan Tu|
|Boys 12 U Lower Playoff 2||Estafania Perez||Julius Ellis|
|Boys 14 U||Antonio Rojas||Tommy Andraos|
|Boys 14 U Lower Playoff||Aidan Tu||Bryan Barbera|
|Boys 16 U||Ricky Diaz||Zephan Huang|
|Boys 16 U Lower Playoff||Jared Lee||Nikhil Singh|
|Boys 18 and under||Mauro Rojas||Dima Wert|
|Boys 18 Lower Playoff||Trevor John||Ben Jenkel|
2015 California-Nevada State Junior Racquetball Championships (Southern California)
(Cody Elkins and Dane Elkins, Feb 27 2015) The Southern California Junior State Championships were held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Oakridge Athletic Club with four courts. The tournament kicked off at 8:00 a.m. with 23 players battling for the co-state title designation.
The tournament hosted a range of divisions from the exciting 6 and under multi-bounce to the faster paced 10 and under 2-bounce format. And the event also featured a competitive 18 and under singles divisions plus a combined doubles junior division.
Along with intense match play, the hospitality of the entire tournament extended to all players and their supporters.
As to making all of this happen, the participants in the tournament would like to thank Debbie Tisinger Moore and Randy Lam for orchestrating the entire event along with Brian Dixon- head of the CNRA junior committee. The event raises money to send California juniors to other major Junior events and is our biggest fundraiser!
"A special congratulations goes out to Dane "Bryan" Elkins who won the boys 18's playing left handed (he broke his right playing wrist just 5 weeks before) and taking second in the boys 16's after winning his group and beating USA team member Tommy Andraos in a close battle in the prelims. However, Tommy showed why he made the USA junior team in 2013 with a thrilling victory in the finals 11-1 against a tired Dane." (quote from Cody Elkins)
So who were crowned Junior state Co-champions: Here is the list of all of the talented winners:
|Boy's multi-bounce 6 singles||Kaleb Furman|
|Boy's multi-bounce 8 singles||Advait Kartik|
|Boy's double-bounce singles 10||Derek Parillo|
|Boy's 10's singles||Cody Elkins|
|Boy's 12 singles||Iain Dunn|
|Boy's 14 singles||Ivan Hernandez|
|Boy's 16 singles||Tommy Andraos|
|Boy's18 singles||Bryan "Dane the Lefty" Elkins|
|Junior All Doubles||Joshua Cohen/Ivan Hernandez|
|Girl's multi-bounce singles 6 and 8's and girls double bounce||Rylee Carrillo|
|Girl's 12 singles||Camilla Gomez|
|Girl's 18 singles||Atossa Rejaie|
It is an honor playing this great state championships event and we wish everyone much future success at Jr. Olympics where California last year captured the title for most points helped in part from our competition in state!
In the boys 6 and under multibounce, Kaleb Furman got first place. In boys 8 and under singles multi-bounce and Advait Kartik got first place. In boys/girls singles multi-bounce 6-8 and under, Advait Kartik captured first place.
2015 National Doubles Championships - California and Nevada Players Perform Well
(Feb 27 2015) 70 California and 7 Nevada players participated in the USAR 48th National Doubles Championships hosted by Arizona State University February 11-15, 2015. The competition was friendly but fierce and a number of our CA/NV players returned home with medals and bragging rights. Congratulations to all the players for a great tournament! Complete results can be found at the tournament website.
Next up the LPRT/CNRA State Singles Championships and National Singles Championships Qualifier, March 20-22, 2015 at Los Caballeros in Fountain Valley, CA
California/Nevada Ladies Shine in Minneapolis
(Jan 27 2015) Five California/Nevada ladies braved the cold and traveled to Minneapolis to complete in the 26th Annual Women’s Senior Masters Racquetball Championships January 16-18. The temperatures inside were warm and cozy and the competition was fierce but friendly and the ladies came away with a number of awards!
|Cindy Tilbury||1st 55+ singles and 2nd 45+ doubles|
|Terry Rogers||1st 65+ singles|
|Marquita Molina||2nd 70+ singles|
|Nidia Funes and Merijean Kelley||1st 65+ doubles|
The Fall Racquetball News Tidbits - November 2014
In this issue:
- ‘Go Pro’ - LPRT and IRT
- The Famous US OPEN
- and more…
Read it all on the News & Tidbits page
2014 CNRA State Doubles Championships
(Nov 21, 2013) Prime Time Athletic Club played host to the CNRA State Doubles Championships and what a great weekend it was. PTAC was the perfect venue to host this event with 7 courts, gracious locker rooms, a great room for registration and displays, a sports lounge, and a staff that did an outstanding job of welcoming and servicing all the players. Hospitality was abundant and the awards were very special. A great time was had by all! The results are posted below and can also be viewed at the tournament webpage. A special thanks to all the players, fans, and volunteers who helped to make this a great event.
|Men's Open||Gil Cepeda||James Swift|
|Tom Lonardo||Jimmy Oliver|
|Men's A||Cesar Vazquez||Joel Machuca|
|Benjamin Perez||Kareem McKinnon|
|Men's B||Jim Rapoport||Charlie Lothridge|
|Rob Barbara||Bill McCormick|
|Comb. Age 75+||Gil Cepeda||Bill George|
|Tom Lonardo||Randy Long|
|Wms Elite||Carla Francis||Kimberly Randolph|
|Sandra Ramos-Mowry||Natalie Russell|
|Wms A||Ester Lozano|
|Wms C||Patty Perez|
|Mx O/E||Sandra Ramos-Mowry||Kimberly Randolph|
|Randy Long||Freddy Flores|
|Mx A||Alyse Cori||Maureen Higa|
|Bill Griffin||John Rafkin|
|Mx B/C||Kimberly Randolph||Patti Perez|
|Ranulfo Alverz||Jeff Morris|
|Men's 55||Jim Rapoport||Bill George|
|Rob Barbara||Harry Vernon|
|Men's 65||Price Thomas||Tim Scott|
|Jerry Kilroy||Jerry Miller|
Prime Time Athletic Club is playing host to the
CALIFORNIA/NEVADA STATE DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
November 15 & 16, 2014
Lower entry fees, fewer divisions, and finish in one day (depending on divisions played)! All divisions will be round robin or pool play and will be played per the below schedule
|SATURDAY||Men's and Women's Open, Elite, A, B, C, combined age 75+|
|SUNDAY||Men's and Women's 45+, 55+, 65+
Mixed Open/Elite, Mixed A. Mixed B/C, Mixed combined age 75+
To keep the cost down you may choose to order a quality tournament shirt for an additional $10. Shirts must be ordered by October 30th! Early entry discount $5 if entered by October 15th. You must be a California or Nevada resident to participate. USAR/CNRA membership required. Hospitality and Awards!!!!Ball - Ektelon Classic Black
Tournament Directors: CNRA Board of Directors
Questions contact Jack Hughes, email@example.com, or 702-413-7269
Don’t miss out on State bragging rights as the new State Doubles Champions!!!!!!
CNRA Juniors to Worlds
(Sep 15, 2014) The Junior World Championships are coming up quickly in October. They are being held in Cali, Colombia. We are proud to have 8 players from California qualifying for Team USA and planning to go to Cali. To qualify, players must have finished in the top two singles or the top doubles team at Junior Nationals.
It is not a cheap trip to Colombia, and we are looking to help out our California players on their expenses. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for this.
Check out this video by some of the players attending:
To for more information and to donate go to: www.GoFundMe.Com/CNRA-Jr-Worlds
Every little bit helps…
Please share this with your Racquetball friends.
The summertime Racquetball News Tidbits - August 2014
In this issue:
- Juniors, Juniors, and more CNRA Juniors..
- Story of my wife
- new Gear for the new season
- and more…
Read it all on the News & Tidbits page
CNRA Announces the Jack Hughes Scholarship Recipient for 2014
(Aug 30, 2014) Congratulations to Geraldine Villa as the recipient of the 2014 Jack Hughes Scholarship Award. Geraldine will be attending Sacramento State in the fall and plans to be part of the Sac State racquetball program. She is excited to start growing as a racquetball player once again and begin competing in college, state, and national tournaments while working to expand racquetball throughout the Sac State campus.
Congratulations Geraldine and best of luck!
WOR Championships, Huntington Beach CA. Junior Team members, past and present are working hard to build up support for the push to send the US Junior Team to Cali Columbia in October (right around the corner)!! Thanks to the generous support of the players and spectators, our kids raised over $400!!! Butch Fish was the winner of the 50/50 raffle pot and donated back to the Junior fundraising efforts.
Thank you for hustling to drum up raffle participants! Team members- Dan Elkins (with and assist from brother Cody!) Sawyer Lloyd, Erika & Adam Manilla (CO) guided by Jasmine Trevino and Devon Pimentelli
Look for us again at shoot-outs and tournaments over the upcoming months and be sure to show your support for our Junior players either by using the Paypal donate button on the front page or the GoFundMe campaign.
We have 8 CA/NV players trying to earn enough to go to the Junior Worlds where we have performed very well thanks to your continued support. See our USA Team on the Juniors page!
- You can support the juniors by donating through the GoFundMe website
Congratulations to the U.S. Junior National Team Members
(Jun 30, 2014) The 2014 Wilson U.S. National Junior Olympic Championships concluded with USA Racquetball naming the 2014-15 U.S. Junior National and Esprit Teams. We are proud to congratulate 4 of our CA/NV players on their being named to the National Team and to the 4 CA/NV players Esprit Team.
|U.S. Junior National Team Members|
|Wayne Antone IV - Junction City, OR||Boys 16 Singles Runner-Up|
|Jordan Barth - Cold Spring, MN||Boy's 16 Doubles Champion and 14 Singles Champion|
|Justus Benson - Sun Prarie, WI||Boy's 16 Doubles Champion|
|Kaitlyn Boyle - Beaverton, OR||Girl's 14 Singles and Doubles Champion|
|Jordan Cooperrider - Palm Harbor, FL||Girl's 16 Singles and Doubles Champion|
|Ricardo Diaz -Stockton, CA||Boy's 14 Doubles Champion|
|Dane Elkins - Los Angeles, CA||Boy's 14 Doubles Champion|
|Danielle Falvey - Sussex, WI||Girl's 18 Doubles Champion|
|Hollee Hungerford - Milwaukie, OR||Girl's 18 Doubles Champion and Singles Runner-Up|
|Briana Jacquet - Golden, CO||Girl's 14 Doubles Champion and Singles Runner-Up|
|Connor Laffey - Salem, OR||Boy's 18 Singles Runner-Up|
|Sawyer Lloyd - Petaluma, CA||Boy's 18 Doubles Champion|
|Adam Manilla - Centennial, CO||Boy's 18 Singles and Doubles Champion|
|Erika Manilla - Centennial, CO||Girl's 16 Doubles Champion and Singles Runner-Up|
|Akul Ramayani - Poughkeepsie, NY||Boy's 14 Singles Runner-Up|
|Mauro Rojas - Stockton, CA||Boy's 16 Singles Champion|
|Hollie Scott - Lynden, WA||Girl's 18 Singles Champion|
|U.S. National Esprit Team Members|
|Nick Birnel - Bellingham, WA||Boy's 12 Doubles Champion|
|Hannah Carver - Spokane, WA||Girl's 12 Singles Runner-Up|
|Nikita Chauhan - San Ramon, CA||Girl's 12 Singles Champion|
|Timmy Hansen - Wellington, FL||Boy's 10 Doubles Champion and Singles Runner-Up|
|Heather Mahoney - Penngrove, CA||Girl's 10 Singles and Doubles Champion|
|Rei McCormick - Urbandale, IA||Girl's 12 Doubles Champion|
|Akul Ramayani - Poughkeepsie, NY||Boy's 12 Singles Champion|
|Antonio Rojas - Stockton, CA||Boy's 12 Doubles Champion and Singles Runner-Up|
|Josh Shea - Cortland Manor, NY||Boy's 10 Doubles Champion|
|Julia Stein - Murrysville, PA||Girl's 10 Doubles Champion and Singles Runner-Up|
|Krish Thakur - Tracy, CA||Boy's 10 Singles Champion|
|Graciana Wargo - Clearwater, FL||Girl's Doubles Champion|
Petitions Will Be Accepted For The Board Of Directors
(Jun 19, 2014) The CNRA Board of Directors will name four (4) Directors at the Annual Meeting to be held September 15, 2014. Members in good standing not nominated by the Election Committee, but wishing to be considered for the Official Ballot must gather a petition containing 100 valid signatures including the member’s legibly printed name. The signatures must be CNRA members in good standing indicating their support for said petitioner. Petitions must be submitted to the Nomination Committee, by mail, postmarked no later than July 20, 2014.
Please use this PDF file for your petition gathering: 2014-OFFICIAL_BALLOT_PETITION_FORM.pdf
Mail petitions to the CNRA Chairperson:
8317 Divernon Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89149
or Scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Lack of legible information will be cause for invalidation of that supporter.
Racquetball News Tidbits - June 2014
In this issue:
- National Singles Recap
- Junior at National Singles heading into Junior Olympics
- National Team
- and more…
Read it all by downloading the June 2014 News & Tidbits
Support CNRA JRs to Jr Nationals in Denver
(June 5, 2014) Hi Racquetballers,
The Junior National Racquetball Championships will be held in Denver June 25-29. The California Nevada Racquetball Association always tries to support Juniors attending this event. This year we are trying to add a little more support and looking to the Racquetball community to assist. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for this…
We have set a goal of $6,000 which could assist with travel and lodging expense.. With Juniors it can be expensive as usually at least one parent will also be going and sometimes the whole family.
If we reach out goal, we may be able to look at doing 1 or 2 special requests for players who may not be able to go otherwise…
Any little bit helps and please feel free to share this with your Racquetball friends via email (just forward this along) or social media (Share link on Face book etc..)
Thanks for the support…
CNRA Junior Director
2014 USAR 47th National Singles Racquetball Championships
(May 31, 2014) The 2014 USAR National Singles Championships are in the books and once again ran smoothly thanks in large part to the volunteers, headed by our own Peggine Tellez, that stepped up to do the work behind the scenes. We had a chance to celebrate several annual award winners at the Hall of Fame celebration. Jose Rojas took home the Male Athlete of the Year award while Debbie Tisinger-Moore, for the sixth time, was awarded the Peggy Steding Female Age Group award. The legendary Brian Hawkes of Lake Forest, CA was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an outstanding outdoor player. The CNRA congratulates all of our annual award winners on their accomplishments! Of the 292 registered players 160 were from California and Nevada!!!!! Please join us in congratulating our medal winners listed below Also please let us apologize in advance it we have missed anyone as we have done our best to list everyone correctly. You can view the results of the entire tournament at, http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=11901
|GOLD MEDAL WINNERS||Div|
|Charles Dryer||70A and 70B|
|Donarea Dunwoody||WD and 50C|
|Dane Elkins||B14 and B18|
|Roy San Miguel||60B|
|SILVER MEDAL WINNERS||Div|
|Marcos Rojas||US Team Qual|
|Janel Tisinger||USTeam Qual|
|BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS||Div|
Serving on the Board of California/Nevada Racquetball Association / CNRA
(May 14, 2014) Our mission is to perpetuate, improve, promote and expand the sport of racquetball in California and Nevada.
Our Election Committee is accepting applications for candidates who will be actively involved in the Mission of the CNRA by serving as a Board of Director. This job is your opening to use your leadership skills to have an impact on the opportunities and challenges our sport faces. Please submit your Board Candidate Application & Statement of Interest to email@example.com mail to CNRA 8317 Divernon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89149, Fax 702/ 413-7269 not later than 5:00pm, Friday June 6th, 2014.
The nominating committee will review submissions and then put together a slate of candidates. Candidates will be notified on or before June 19, 2014 of their acceptance. Should you not be included on that slate of candidates you will be notified and afforded the opportunity to petition the board to be added to the slate. The petition forms will be provided with instructions and will be due back to the nominating committee by July 20, 2014.
Voting for the Candidates will take place August 2 – September 2, 2014. Results will be announced early September 2014.
CNRA Board of Director Criteria
As you prepare your written Statement of Interest, please keep the criteria noted below in mind so that the Election Committee can best assess our candidates. This is similar to a racquetball resume with examples of your experience matching up to the criteria we are seeking.
The Board is looking for members who will support the Mission of our association and strengthen our organization’s governance.
- Leadership skills in program development to promote growth in the recreational player, junior, High School & Collegiate areas are highly desirable.
- Committee participation is a substantial portion of this Board’s activities pertaining to Membership development, Communications, Media Utilization, Fundraising, Achievements & Acknowledgments, Event Collaborations & Board Governance.
- Participation in monthly conference meetings and bi-annually hosted Association is expected.
- Applicant must be willing to be highly visible advocates for racquetball in word and deed and be prepared to identify potential conflicts of interest.
- Must maintain a current USAR membership, and be a resident of California or Nevada.
Appplication Form: 2014_CNRA_BoD_Application.pdf
Helping California/Nevada Juniors attend the Nationals in Denver
(May 14, 2014) The Junior National Racquetball Championships will be held in Denver June 25-29th.. The California Nevada Racquetball Association (CNRA) board annually looks to assist with California/Nevada Juniors attending the Nationals. Usually enough to offset entry fees. This year we would like to see if we can assist a little more and are looking to the Racquetball community to help out.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up for this purpose. A goal of $6,000 has been set and I hope if we can get the information out there we can reach this goal. Attaining this goal, may allow us to do 1 or 2 special needs assistance as well as the group as a whole..
The Link is: http://www.gofundme.com/cnrajuniors
Feel free to share this with your Racquetball friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc….
Thank you for any support towards this goal…
Junior Director - CNRA
2012/13 President's Award
(Apr 29, 2014) CNRA is pleased to honor the following members for the accomplishments in 2012/2013. Please join us at the awards ceremony on Saturday evening, May 3rd at the IRT Tier 1 Pro-Stop Ektelon 209 Battle of the Ages/ CNRA State Singles.
|Collegiate Female Athlete||LINDSAY RAVEN|
|Collegiate Male Athlete||ERIC AASERUDE|
|Female Athlete||AUBREY KIRCH|
|Junior Female Athlete||HEATHER MAHONEY|
|Junior Male Athlete||SAWYER LLOYD|
|Male Athlete||JOSE DIAZ|
|Newest Rising Athlete||DANIEL (MAURO) ROJAS|
|Racquetball Director||STEVE COOK|
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
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