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2019 Alaska State Singles

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2019 Alaska Alaska State Singles
April 10-13, 2019
(Wednesday-Saturday)

 

This tournament takes place Wednesday through Saturday out of town players MUST be available to play no later than Thursday,  Matches will take place between 5-9pm Weekdays and 9am-5pm Saturday at The Alaska Club East.

At the conclusion of the tournament, we invite all players and guests to attend our “Season Ending Party” to be held at La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant 312 E 4th Ave Saturday evening where we will crown our Tournament Champions, along with a couple Special Awards. There will also be PLENTY of Door Prizes.

Deadline for entry is Saturday, April 6 at 6PM (Please sign up early if possible) Price for this Special Event is $40 for 1st Division and $15 for the second, Junior players Still Play for FREE!!.

All players are required to be AARA Members and a $25 annual fee will be collected at the tournament desk for all non-members.

Tournament participants may purchase tickets for their Guest to attend the “Year End Party” at the tournament desk for an additional fee.

 

Tournament Drawsheets

(Current through all Final matches)

** Women’s Open ** Men’s Open ** Men’s Elite ** Men’s A ** Men’s B/C **

** Men’s 40 & Below ** Men’s 45+ ** Junior’s **

 

 

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2019 Alaska Open

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2019 Alaska Open Singles Tournament
February 21-24, 2019

The next Anchorage tournament will be the 2019 Alaska Open Singles Shootout February 21-24 at The Alaska Club – East. This is a Singles ONLY tournament to help prepare everyone for the Alaska State Singles tournament which will take place April 10-13th, All Singles divisions will be offered both SKILL LEVEL & Age Events along with Junior divisions. Players may compete in 1 Skill Level and 1 Age Event for a total of 2 events. Entry Deadline is Sunday, February 17th. All tournament participants are required to be current AARA members.

 

Tournament Drawsheets

(Current through all Final matches)

** Men’s Open/Elite ** Men’s A ** Men’s B/C **

** Men’s All Age ** Juniors **

 

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Tournament Recap:

The 2019 Alaska Open had the lowest number of entries of the 2018/19 Alaska racquetball season with only 23, Are we having too many tournaments (6)? are the tournaments scheduled to close together (Monthly Now)? We need to hear your thoughts on these issues so that we can make adjustments if necessary. We would really like to make this tournament an event that would attract some outside talent willing to travel to Anchorage, Scheduling of this tournament during the “Fur Rendezvous Festival” gives folks a chance to take in some Special Alaskan events and participate in the tournament all on the same Weekend. What about making it a MONEY  Tournament? How much $$ would it take to attract players from say Washington or Oregon? Just some thoughts, Let us know how you feel in the comments below or contact one of the AARA Board members.

Final Standings:

Men’s Open
1st Place: Jason Samora
2nd Place: Kelly King
3rd Place: Fidencio Rodriguez
Consolation: Wayne Oxford

Men’s A
1st Place: Dan Gummo
2nd Place: Paul Ly
3rd Place: Mike Monterusso
Consolation: Nick Hultberg

Men’s B/C
1st Place: Jared Hansen
2nd Place: Angelina Anderson
3rd Place: Michelle LeKites
Consolation: Theresa McSherry

Men’s All Age
1st Place: Jason Samora
2nd Place: Tom Hood
3rd Place: Fidencio Rodriguez
Consolation: Jimmy Stewart

Juniors
1st Place: Isaac Forsyth (20)
2nd Place: Jack Hood (81)
3rd Place: Leiv Hood

Once again a BIG Thank You to the AARA Board members Jackie Seiffert, Michelle LeKites, and Gina Strawn who keep the tournament desk running, and Sharon Keaveny for posting and updating the Drawsheets and picking up Lunch, and Jesse Keaveny for doing the match schedule.

 

 

 

 

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2019 US National Doubles

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2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
Arizona State University Sun Devil Fitness Center – Tempe, AZ

 

Once again Alaska is going to be Well Represented at the 2019 US National Doubles Racquetball Championships being held in Tempe, Arizona on the campus of Arizona State University February 6-10, 2019

This year 14 Alaskans are making the trip South to compete at this tournament, Listed below along with the names of each player is a link to the draw sheet for each division they will be participating in making it easy to follow their progress.

Good Luck to everyone!!

 

Alaskan entrants include:
Larry Carmichael – Anchorage 
Men’s Doubles – 60+ C / D
Men’s Doubles – C
Kelly King – Anchorage
 Men’s Doubles – A
Men’s Doubles – Centurion+ A
Kenny King – Anchorage 
Men’s Doubles – A
Cathy Law – Anchorage 
Mixed Doubles – 50+ A
Mixed Doubles – A
Women’s Doubles – 50+ A
Joe Law – Anchorage 
Mixed Doubles – 50+ A
Mixed Doubles – A
Mixed Doubles – Centurion+ A
Michelle Lekites – Eagle River
Mixed Doubles – 55+ B
Mixed Doubles – Centurion+ C / D
Women’s Doubles – Centurion+ B
Paul Ly – Anchorage 
Men’s Doubles – B
Mixed Doubles – 25+ B
Mixed Doubles – B
Terri Marceron – Anchorage
Mixed Doubles – Centurion+ A
Women’s Doubles – 50+ A
Women’s Doubles – Centurion+ B
Theresa McSherry – Anchorage
Mixed Doubles – 25+ B
Mixed Doubles – B
Scott Pillans – Kodiak 
Men’s Doubles – B
Men’s Doubles – Centurion+ B
Mixed Doubles – 55+ B
Brad Potter – Anchorage
Men’s Doubles – C
Mixed Doubles – C
Mixed Doubles – Centurion+ C / D
Jeff Sandys – Anchorage
Men’s Doubles – 60+ A
Men’s Doubles – A
Men’s Doubles – Centurion+ A
Jacqueline Seiffert – Anchorage
Mixed Doubles – C
Women’s Doubles – C
Gina Strawn – Anchorage 
Mixed Doubles – B
Women’s Doubles – C.

Tournament Update
2019 US National Doubles – Alaskan Medalist:

Larry Carmichael & John Esposito (AZ)
1st place M60 C/D

Larry Carmichael & Brad Potter
3rd Place MC

Cathy Law & Joe Law
3rd Place Mixed A

Cathy Law & Terri Marceron
1st Place W 50/60 A

Terri Marceron & Joe Law
3rd Place Mixed Centurion A

Michelle Lynn LeKites & Scott Pillans
3rd Place Mixed 55 B

Michelle Lynn LeKites & Brad Potter
3rd Place Mixed Centurion C/D

Michelle Lynn LeKites & Terri Marceron
1st Place W-Centurion B

Theresa McSherry & Paul Ly
1st Place Mixed 25B

Jackie Seiffert & Brad Potter
3rd Place Mixed C

Jackie Seiffert & Gina Phillips-Strawn
1st Place WB/C

Gina Phillips-Strawn & Jason Seagul (AZ)
2nd Place Mixed B

Congratulations to all of the Medal Winners we are all very PROUD of you along with all the others who represented Alaska at this prestigious National Tournament. If I missed anyone Please let me know.

 

 

 

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2019 Alaska State Doubles

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The 2019 Alaska State Doubles sponsored by Scotts Plumbing and Heating (Thank You Scott Pillians) will take place at the Alaska Club East January 9-13, 2019 (Wednesday through Sunday) Wednesday will be used to alleviate the number of back to back matches on Saturday and also not be forced to roll over to Sunday.

Divisions will be offered to Women, Men, and Juniors of all SKILL Levels from Novice to Open along with Age events, Mixed Doubles will also be offered, Players are allowed to enter 1 Skill, 1 Age & 1 Mixed division for a total of 3 (The 3rd Event MUST be Mixed Doubles) if competing in three events PLEASE no time conflicts. Entry Fees: Entry Fee includes souvenir t-shirt (Printing by Josh Wood – Alaska Spiritwear), Awards for 1st – 3rd place finishers (Laser Engraved Tumblers – Also made by Josh Wood), and a catered Lunch on Saturday afternoon. Entry Fees are $40 for the 1st event and $10 each for 2nd and 3rd events Juniors 18 & Under play for FREE.

Entry deadline: Sunday, January 6th at 6 pm, A team will not be entered unless entries are received from both team members.

All tournament participants will be required to pay a $20 AARA annual membership fee.

Anyone in need of a partner in any division PLEASE Contact me ASAP and I’ll try to team you up with someone.

You may list one time conflict and we will do our best to accommodate. If we cannot schedule around your conflict, you will be notified prior to draw completion. If you DO-NOT list a conflict on your application, NO CHANGES will be made after the draw has been posted THANK YOU for your understanding.

 

Tournament Draw Sheets

(Updated – Saturday 8pm)

This Year 48 players will compete in 6 different divisions, The tournament will start on Thursday and end Saturday. As always we can use a little HELP with refereeing the 5:30 matches to get things started on time.

** Men’s Open ** Men’s Elite/A ** Men’s B/C ** Men’s All Age **

** Mixed Doubles ** Juniors **

 

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Tournament Recap:

With Alaska State titles up for grabs this tournament attracted players from other parts of Alaska to include Fairbanks, Kodiak, and Juneau, along with the 2018 Pacific Northwest Regionals Men’s Open Runner Up Jason Samora from Coos Bay, Oregon. Jason was teamed up with Jesse Keaveny who was making his first tournament
appearance since his injury, Jeese was quoted as saying:

“9 months ago I was laying on the court with a torn Achilles’ tendon,
wondering if I would be able to walk normal again, to come back and be able to win the Alaska state Open doubles with Jason Samora was awesome.
I know it was mainly him but I’m thankful just to be on the court at this level again”

Along with the Open title Jason & Jesse also took the win in the All Age division, In the Men’s B/C Terri Marceron & Cathy Law took the win never losing a game, We had 10 Juniors who were placed into a 5 team blind draw – round robin with the Brother & Sister team of Addy & Jace taking the crown.

Thank You to Scott’s Heating & Plumbing (Scott Pillians) & Alaska Spiritwear (Josh Wood) for your continued support & sponsorship of the Alaska State Doubles tournament your generosity allows us to make this event something to remember. Thank You to the AARA Board Members who give their time to make these tournaments
run smoothly, and Thank You all for participating in this year’s tournament, Next up: The Alaska Open February 21-24.

Final Standings:

Men’s Open
1st Place: Jason Samora (Coos Bay, OR) & Jesse Keaveny
2nd Place: Robert Bailey & Kelly King
3rd Place: Tom Hood & Fedencio Rodriguez
Consolation: Matt Helsel & Lam Nguyen (Juneau)

Men’s Elite (Round Robin)
1st Place: Mike Butteri (Fairbanks) & Dave Dershin (Fairbanks)
2nd Place: Nick Hultberg & Ryan Thibault
3rd Place: Martin Contreras & Kenny King

Men’s B/C
1st Place: Terri Marceron & Cathy Law
2nd Place: Dave Moore & Jonathan Springer
3rd Place: Pago Afualos & Shane Paulsen
Consolation: Cody Bailey & Gabe Strawn

Men’s All Age
1st Place: Jason Samora (Coos Bay, OR) & Jesse Keaveny
2nd Place: Matt Helsel & Lam Nguyen (Juneau)
3rd Place: Robert Bailey & Tom Hood
Consolation: Jeff Sandys & Scott Pillians (Kodiak)

Mixed Open
1st Place: Angelina Anderson & Kelly King
2nd Place: Nikki & Brandon Cuaresma
3rd Place: Cathy Law & Jimmy Stewart
Consolation: Sarah Boice & Jason Samora (Coos Bay, OR)

Juniors (5 Team Blind Draw – Round Robin)
1st Place: Addy & Jace
2nd Place: Jack H & Gabriel L
3rd Place: Isaac F & Leiv H
4th Place: Cooper S & Josiah L
5th Place: Lucas K & Daniel L