We’ve seen juniors at several events so far this year: Tyler Stewart, Jaden Miller, and Christopher Chow competed in the 12 and under division at the Wilson Hope Tournament at the Bellingham Athletic Club. Christopher Chow and Ogdon Waggoner competed at the MOPS Shootout at the Everett YMCA.
Then, at the Fall Classic in Bellingham Washington, there was a great Junior turnout featuring Tyler Burns, Michael Miller, Christopher Chow, and Brenna Guthrie.
It was great to see them on the court and we hope to have a large junior participation at the January Winter Shootout at the Bellingham Athletic Club, so keep an eye out for that event!
Junior Racquetball Players Hollie Scott and Jake Birnel represented not just the state of Washington, but also the United States at the Junior World Racquetball Championships in the Dominican Republic in November.
Hollie qualified with partner Lexie York of Oregon to play in the Girls 18 and under Gold Division, earning a 2nd place seed. They lost in the quarter finals to a tough team from Mexico, in a heartbreaking 11-10 tiebreaker match.
Jake teamed up with Sam Bredenbach at the USA Junior Nationals to take 1st place and move on to the World Championships, playing qualifying rounds and earning a 2nd place seed in the final round of 8 teams. He and his partner fought through to the finals, losing a tough match to Mexico to claim 2nd place at Worlds.
Both Hollie and Jake had a great experience and both will attempt to qualify once again at Junior Nationals next year so that they can compete at Junior Worlds in 2016. Both hope to earn a berth in both singles and doubles and continue to practice and improve their games.
Congrats to both of you!
Jake Birnel is now attending the University of Washington, and hopes to start a competitive team of players to compete with other colleges. If you know a student at at the University of Washington who would like to participate, send us an email or comment on this post and we’ll get them in touch with Jake!