The Washington Junior Racquetball Association sends a big thank you to all the players who participated and donated to the cause during the Seattle Open at the Washington Athletic Club February 18-20. Numbers are still being tallied, but we expect to show a donation to the Juniors of over $2,500.00.  These monies are used to pay for entry fees for junior players throughout the year, as well as travel expenses, equipment and junior lesson programs. Washington will see the juniors at State Singles in full force in April, and we hope to send a large contingency to Junior Nationals in Portland, Oregon at the end of June.

The tournament also displayed the amazing talents of the IRT Pro Tour with nineteen players vying for prize money including Rocky Carson, Chris Crowther  Ben Croft, Chaarlie Pratt, and Taylor Knoth. One of the great matches in this division was the barn burner between Pratt and Knoth, with a five game match that was exciting from the first to the last point.  Rocky Carson and fellow pro Chris Crowther met in the finals, with Carson winning the match in three straight.The Pros were generous with their time for the junior players who got autographs and pictures throughout the weekend with a special look at their play in a court level windowed area.

Congratulations to double gold winners Vince Kiteley (Men’s Open Doubles & Mixed Open Doubles) and Brian Dunbar (Men’s Elite Singles and Mixed A Doubles).To see all results go to R2 sports.

Thanks go out to sponsors:  The Women’s Center, Max Technologies, Awards by Wilson, Crosby Restoration, Inc., and Ektelon. And a big thanks to our cash sponsors, including Jeff Homme and one very generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

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