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TEAM TEXAS GOES TO COLORADO

The 2014 Texas Junior Racquetball Team loaded up and headed to Highlands Ranch, Colorado for the 2014 USA Racquetball 41st Wilson National Junior Olympic Racquetball Championships. The event was held June 25-29, 2014 at the beautiful Highlands Ranch Recreation Center which is located just south of the Denver Metro area.
Once again, Sandy Long was instrumental in the planning, fundraising and coaching Junior Team Texas as she has done for the last several years. TXRA membership rebates from USA Racquetball, along with the Ektelon State Ball Agreement and donations from supporters made it possible to send 30 young Texas players to the Junior Nationals. We would like to also thank Splathead for sponsoring the Team Shirts!
Our Juniors program continues to grow as we are seeing more and more junior players involved in the sport that is seeing more growth and development. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, coaches, assistant coaches, sponsors, and donors who supported the Junior Team and continue to help. We must also thank the kids who love racquetball and did a fantastic job in Colorado with their performance and their sportsmanship.

Active Link: Final Finishers and Results

2014 Texas Junior Racquetball Team

Ace Akins, Ashton Akins, Cayden Akins, Bailey Beguerisse, Russell Chavez II, Brittany Click, Hayden Farmer, Hudson Farmer, Micah Farmer, Ariaan-thor Ghatate, Aj Hepting, Lukas Le, David Marsden, David Mendoza, Jourdan Nix, Cameron Pavloski, Nicholas Pavloski, Diego Perez, Karina Quintanilla, Davin Reyes, Aamir Shaikh, Shane Stephen, Shaun Stephen, Shaylynn Stephen, Daniela Torres, Aidan Weller, Ian Weller, Karsten Weller, Jerry Yang, Brady Yelverton.

UPDATE: Next year the Junior Nationals will be June 24-28, 2015 in Stockton, California. If you would like to help support the Junior Team please contact Coach Sandy Long at longsk59@gmail.com


2014 Texas Junior Racquetball Team Fundraising


The TXRA led by Coach Sandy Long is proud to help send 31 young junior racquetball players to the 2014 USAR Junior National Championships, June 25-29, 2014. The event will be held in Highlands Ranch, CO and we are still actively seeking fundraising for expenses related to the Junior Nationals. We have already raised $7,100 towards the hotel expense for the juniors but still need another $2,400. You can help with any tax deductible amount and earmark 100% of your donation for the Junior Nationals. We cannot process credit cards, only checks at this time.


All Juniors (up to age 18) are encouraged to sign-up for the Texas Junior Racquetball Team. You can print a Junior Team Application or you can send an e-mail to Eddie Pavloski (Elpavloski@yahoo.com) to have one sent to you. Membership to the team is FREE, but does have rules/guidelines that are part of the junior player and parent(s) Code of Conduct.

Click here to download a printable PDF copy and send to Eddie Pavloski (Elpavloski@yahoo.com)

The benefit for signing up for the Texas Junior Team, is your child will benefit from the fundraisers held throughout the year.  The goal is to provide each junior player the opportunity to play in the Junior National Racquetball Tournament for FREE.  Other benefits are that you will be notified in advance of all team practices, junior tournaments, and any other opportunities for the kids to play racquetball in Texas.

Will Craig defeats Kane at US Open in Pro Am Doubles

Congratulations to Will Craig (San Antonio, TX) who teamed up with top professional player Polo Gutierrez  (Juarez, Chihuahua, MEX) to win the 2011 St. Jude Pro Am Sponsor Doubles championship Wednesday evening at the US OPEN Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, MN. The duo defeated Bob Fulton (Flower Mound, TX) and Kane Waselenchuk (Austin, TX) 15-14 in the finals of the 32-team bracket. The event raised $9,750 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

The US Open was a fitting success for Will Craig, a recent graduate of TXRA Juniors, who will soon be headed to Cochabamba, Bolivia.  Will is going to serve a two-year mission in the Central and Southern portion of Bolivia and a small part of Northern Argentina.  He will spend 3 weeks in a stateside mission training center learning the language and then he will go to Peru for another 6 weeks to continue learning the language and assimilate into the culture.  Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America. 

Juniors win OPEN TITLES!

Texas Juniors (racquetball players under the age of 18) Chase Robison (Fort Worth; 17-years-old) & Tyler Kendrick (Arlington; 16-years-old) swept BOTH OPEN Divisions at the September Triple Crown Championships at The Mav in Arlington, TX. 

  Chase & Tyler won the OPEN DOUBLES Division competing against 5 other high-quality doubles teams. They out-pointed the veteran team of Kevin Sendry & Richard Eisemann for a narrow overall victory in a 6-team pool.

  Chase won his pool in the OPEN SINGLES Division then defeated Howard Walker in the Semis & Mike Grisz for the FINALS VICTORY!

  Congratulations to two of our older TXRA Elite Juniors! Both of them have won multiple medals at the Junior National Olympic Racquetball Championships in the past. They will be competing again this year when the Junior Nationals are held in Fullerton, CA at The Meridian June 20-24, 2012. 

If you would like to receive updated information regarding Juniors in Texas contact:  Eddie Pavloski (Elpavloski@yahoo.com)

Match the Medals to Texas Elite Juniors




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Texas Elite Juniors won more medals, scored more team points and had more Lone Star Juniors competing than ever at this year's 2011 Junior National Olympic Championships!

GOLD MEDALS
Brady Yelverton, Garland - Boy's Singles 12 and Under Blue
Erik Smith, Houston - Boy's Singles 18 and Under White
Luis Torres, Helotes - Boy's Singles 14 and Under White
Raul Quintanilla, El Paso - Boy's Singles 16 and Under Red
  
SILVER MEDALS
Brady Yelverton, Garland - Boys Doubles 12 and Under Consolation
Brian Barberis, McKinney - Boy's Singles 10 and Under Blue
Brian Barberis, McKinney - Boys Doubles 10 and Under
Cayden Akins, Keller - Boys Doubles 10 and Under
Jaxon Hall, Corpus Christi - Boy's Singles 8 and Under Multibounce
Jon Lanford, Wichita Falls - Boys Doubles 18 and Under Consolation
Luis Torres, Helotes - Boys Doubles 14 and Under Consolation
Russell Chavez II, Converse - Boy's Singles 14 and Under White
Tyler Kendrick, Arlington - Junior Mixed Doubles 16 and Under
William Craig, San Antonio - Boys Doubles 18 and Under Consolation
  
BRONZE MEDALS
Brady Yelverton, Garland - Junior Mixed Doubles 12 and Under
Cayden Akins, Keller - Boy's Singles 10 and Under Blue
Daniela Torres, San Antonio - Junior Mixed Doubles 12 and Under
Ethan Wadsworth, Joshua -Junior Mixed Doubles 18 and Under
Gabriel Evans, San Antonio - Boy's Singles 14 and Under Red
Gabriel Evans, San Antonio - Boys Doubles 14 and Under Consolation
Nicholas Pavloski, Kingwood - Boy's Singles 14 and Under White
Nicholas Pavloski, Kingwood - Boys Doubles 14 and Under Consolation
 
SIX more Texans finished in FOURTH PLACE just one slot away from 6 more medals.

FOURTH PLACE
Daniela Torres, San Antonio - Girl's Singles 12 and Under Gold
Erik Smith, Houston - Boys Doubles 18 and Under Consolation
Gabriel Evans, San Antonio - Boy's Singles 16 and Under White
Jaxon Hall, Corpus Christi - Boy's Singles 8 and Under
Raul Quintanilla, El Paso - Boys Doubles 16 and Under
Tyler Kendrick, Arlington - Boys Doubles 16 and Under

TEAM TEXAS highest medal count ever.

EVERY TEXAS JNIOR can compete with us in 2012 at Junior Nationals. Want more information? Do you have questions?

If you would like to receive updated information regarding Juniors in Texas contact:  Eddie Pavloski (Elpavloski@yahoo.com)​

Team Texas Having Fun at Junior Nationals