by Wanda Collins

The tradition continues, with junior racquetball players from Washington State competing with juniors from British Columbia in a two part series for individual and team honors. The first of the two contests was held in Bellingham this year. Twenty seven juniors played in an all day Saturday shootout, with abilities ranging from multi bounce players to accomplished high school competitors. The point scoring at the end of day showed a tie between the two teams with 32 points each. The second part of this challenge will be in Burnaby, B.C. on December 10th. We hope to see all of the Washington junior players there to claim the plaque again this year!

Results of the Girls Events:
Girls 8/10 had Grace Killans of B.C. placing first, Paige DeVries (WA) second, and Claire DeVries(WA) third.
Girls 12 and 14 were combined, with Washington’s Hollie Scott easily claiming 1st, and Grace Killans and Josephine Choi of B.C. second and third.
The big competition of the day was Girls 16/18, with six players in a round robin format. There were players from Kelowna joining the Vancouver area B.C. girls. Hollie Scott of Washington showed her abilities in fine style, taking first over all other comers. Sivan Dinur of B.C. was second, with Madeline Butler(WA) coming back to claim third.

In the Boys divisions, Washington showed its strength in both the younger and older divisions. In a five player round robin in Boys 10, Jett Guthrie of Washington claimed first, with Nick Birnel second, and Will Medlen third.
Boys 12’s was a draw of 8 players, with Nadav Dinur of B.C. taking first over Nick Birnel of WA. Cousins Ryan Holz and Tyler Burns vied for 3rd, with Burns winning the match.
Boys 14’s saw a continuing rivalry between Conner Culhane of B.C. and Jake Birnel of Washington. Culhane took first in this division over Birnel with scores of 15-7, 15-8. Nadav Dinur of B.C. claimed 3rd and Tyler Burns of WA won the Consolation round.
Boys 16 was a great draw of five players. Jake Birnel played hard to beat both Connor Culhane and Anthony Schonberger in tiebreakers and take first place.
Boys 18 was all British Columbia, with Anthony Schonberger taking first, and Sam Thompson coming in second place in the five man round robin.


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