2011 Alaska State Singles Racquetball Championships
The 2011 Alaska State Singles Racquetball Championships will take place April 6-9 (Wednesday – Saturday) at The Alaska Club – Midtown Out of town players MUST be able to play on THURSDAY NIGHT. Entry Fees: $50 members and $60 nonmembers for the first event; $15 for the second event; $25 for Juniors (18 yrs & under) for the first event. Juniors must play in a Junior division as their first event. All faxed entries must have credit card information or member number to be accepted. Fax entry to: (907) 561-2946. Players may enter in 1 skill level only and 2 events total. All players are required to be AARA Members and a $15 annual fee will be collected at the tournament desk for all nonmembers, Your membership will allow you to attend the AARA “End of Year” party Saturday night at Flori D’Italia Restaurant where along with GREAT FOOD & DRINK we will be inducting 2 individuals to the Alaska Racquetball “Hall of Fame”, present both Adult and Junior Sportsmanship awards, and give away a lot of door prizes.
We have 60 players competing in 11 different divisions at this year’s Alaska State singles tournament, Remember play starts WEDNESDAY NIGHT and the tournament will finish on Saturday the last match is at 4pm. Most folks are playing in 2 events so that is going to make for a lot of matches, Please show up ready to play 30 minutes prior to your scheduled playing time this will help things move along smoothly. To ensure you get your proper size sweatshirt be sure to get checked in as early as possible.
The Alaskan Racquetball season comes to an end with the 2011 Alaska State Singles Championships each year and it always seems to leave us wanting more, this year was no exception. Even though the total number of players was down at this year’s tournament the divisions were full of very competitive players who gave it their all vying for the coveted title “Alaska State Champion”. Michelle Roberts claimed her 7th Women’s Open title (Most by any Alaskan Woman) by defeating Robin Rodriguez while Jesse Keaveny was making a little history of his own becoming the first Alaskan Male to Win the Men’s “Open” title for the fourth consecutive year bringing his total to 5. In the last match of the season, Jesse Keaveny & Brandon Cuaresma went at it in the Men’s 25+ Final with both making some great shots and pushing each other HARD as they have so many times before with Jesse coming out on top 15-13, 15-12.
Women’s “Open” Singles
1st Place: Michelle Roberts
2nd Place: Robin Rodriguez
3rd Place: Lisa Hacker
Consolation: Theresa McSherry
Women’s “Open All-Age” Singles
1st Place: Robin Rodriguez
2nd Place: Lisa Hacker
3rd Place: Cecilia Hopper
Consolation: Danielle Smith
Jesse Keaveny gets ready to shoot as Tyler Scott looks on during the Men’s Open Final Match