Junior & Collegiate Racquetball News

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This year’s Junior Nationals was held in East LansIng Michigan at the Michigan Athletic Club.  The MAC is an awesome 9 court facility that offers racquetball, squash, basketball, beach volleyball, outdoor racquetball, and a recreational pool with waterslides.  Additional matches were held at Michigan State University ’s 9 court Intramural Building facility.  This year brought 185 participants from 32 states.  

Florida brought a talented group of 8 Juniors ranging from ages 7 to 18, and the Florida Junior Team Coach Kim Roy.  The Boys competing were:  18- Dan Lerow and Michael White;  16- Tim Lerow;  14- Sean Cooperrider;  12- Connor Feagle; and 10- Evan Wargo.  The Girls competing were:  10- Jordan Cooperrider;  and 8- Graciana Wargo.  

Our Juniors competed strongly against the usual powerhouse states of Oregon , Ohio , California , and the home state of Michigan .  When the 5 day tournament was over, the Florida Junior Team came home with 11 medals, equaling last year’s count but doing it with 3 fewer participants.  

There were 2 national champions from Florida .  Jordan Cooperrider was on the National Champion doubles team that won Girl’s Doubles 10- and Graciana Wargo became a National Champion by winning the Girl’s Singles Multi-Bounce 8- division.  In addition, Jordan and Graciana qualified for the 2009 USA Junior Esprit Team.   (See detailed results and team photo here)

A special thanks to Kim Roy, all the participating parents, and to the FRA for their support.

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