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Keating, Gross Win Fitzgerald Award

Keating, Gross Win Fitzgerald Award

The Fitzgerald grant award provides impressive juniors with funds to continue their chosen sport of squash.

Bryan Keating received $125 for squash lessons as this years' most promising player. Bryan has only been playing squash for a few months but shows dedication well beyond his experience.

On receipt of the award, Bryan’s comment was, "I am looking forward to using these lessons to strengthen my backhand and work on my rails. I would also like to work on playing more shots to the back of the court. My goal is to keep improving so that I am the strongest squash player I can be."

Congratulations to Bryan, watch out for this young man with loads of potential.

Meanwhile, Jake Gross was honored at the '04 Fitzgerald Cup for his recent National level achievements and as one of the local grown top [...Read More...]

2002 Virginia Junior Championships

Episcopal High School played host to another exciting national tour event over the weekend of Jan. 18-20, 2002 with eight draws. The most hotly contested final was the Boys Under 17 (BU17) won by Patrick Harris of The Potomac School over his teammate Jake Gross, 3-1 (7-9, 9-7, 9-3, 9-1).

Boys Under 19
Championship: Nick Adams def. Ryan Larson, 3-0 (9-5, 9-3, 9-4)
3rd place: Jack Zimmermann def. Tray Brown, 3-1 (6-9, 10-9, 9-0, 9-0)
consolation: John Reisner def. Hugh Antrim, 3-1 (6-9, 9-5, 9-7, 9-4)

Boys Under 17
Championship: Patrick Harris def. Jake Gross, 3-1 (7-9, 9-7, 9-3, 9-1)
3rd place: Will Rienhoff def. Pat Kruse, 3-0 (9-1, 9-4, 9-5)
consolation: Wade Mynatt def. John Oelschlager, 3-0 (9-7, 10-9, 9-2)

Boys Under 15
Championship: David Canner def. Peter Sopher, 3-0 (9-6, 9-3, 9-2)
3rd place: Phillip Sopher def. John Devor, 3-0 (9-1, 9-2, 9-6)
consolation: Justin [...Read More...]

2001 Virginia Junior Championships

The five new international courts at Episcopal High School were inaugurated over the weekend of Jan. 19-21, 2001 with the Virginia Junior Championships. A total of 110 players participated in seven draws.

The most hotly contested final was in the Boys Under 17 (BU17) draw, where Baltimore's Jacob Himmelrich and McLean's Bob Montgomery steamrolled through the first four rounds without either of them dropping a game.

Listed at #27 and #29 in the national initial season rankings, they battled through five tough games before an overflow crowd that included a sizable contingent from Baltimore who had come to support Himmelrich. He eventually got the win, 9-10, 9-3, 9-4, 9-10, 9-3. Ryan Maher of St. Louis took third place over Patrick Kruse, and the consolation draw went to Arlington's Nicholas Adams, the winner over Patrick Harris of Washington.

The only other final to go more than three games was in the Boys Under 13 draw, where twin brothers [...Read More...]

Rankings for Local Players — Jan. 2001

Juniors from the D.C. area have been getting a lot of tournament play and moving steadily up in the national rankings. Peter and Philip Sopher of Washington have been the most active, appearing in 10 tournaments since the start of the year, and are now ranked 11th and 21st, respectively, among boys under 13 (BU-13). The initial 2001 rankings, posted to the USSRA website in January, had them listed at 24th and 54th.

In its latest rankings for juniors, posted April 16th, the USSRA listed the following National Capital area juniors.

Girls Under 17
Christine Montgomery, McLean, VA -- 26
Helen Snodgrass, Washington, DC -- 41
Nicole White, Potomac, MD -- 44
Margaret Sopher, Washington, DC -- 50

Girls Under 15
Christine Montgomery, McLean, VA -- 12
Andrea Wood, Washington, DC -- 32

Boys Under 19
Gifford Sommerkamp, Bethesda, MD -- 26
Scott Hackman, McLean, VA -- 30
[...Read More...]

NCS Juniors at 2001 Nationals

Nine Washington area juniors saw action at the U.S. Junior Closed Championships played on March 9-11, 2001 in Princeton. Among them, they won a total of four matches in the main draws, and eight in the consolations, including a couple wins against higher-ranked opponents.

None of the local players had more success than Peter Sopher of Washington, who reached the round of 16 in the main draw for boys under 13 (BU13), then advanced to the quarterfinals in the consolation draw. He was knocked out of the main draw by 3rd-ranked Trevor McGuinness of Merion Station, PA, but not without a fight, winning the 3rd game 9-5.

In the consolation quarters, Peter lost to 9th-ranked James Clark of Greenwich, CT. His brother Philip ran into 2nd-ranked Travis Judson of Greenwich in the opening round, losing in three, but then Philip picked up a 5-game win in the consolation draw against a player ranked seven notches ahead of him at no. 31, Brian O'Toole of Short Hills, [...Read More...]

Bulldog Squash Clinics and D League

Hunt Richardson's Bulldog Squash is underway four days a week and will run until the end of February on the new courts at the Sports Club/LA. It includes such talented players as Maret's Gifford Summerkamp (ranked 39 nationally in the boys under 17) and St. Alban's Scott Hackman (# 20) as well as Peter and Phillip Sopher, who have made a promising start in the under 13 category. Hunt's Bulldogs will play matches at the Naval Academy and against George Washington University.

Wendy Lawrence and Mark Allen are running weekend clinics at Potomac School, where both Bob Montgomery (# 36 in the under 17s) and Christine Montgomery (#15 in the under 15 girls) are standouts. There are now 30 players in the Potomac School clinic and a waiting list that may lead to a third session starting after Christmas.

In D league play, now underway, the Chevy Chase Club is fielding a team of juniors that includes Andrea Wood (#18 in the under 13s). The team, coached by Doug [...Read More...]

Record Numbers of Washington Area Juniors Turning to Squash

by Barry D. Wood

As in traditional squash centers Philadelphia and Boston, DC juniors squash is centered in private schools, where parents are aware that Ivy League coaches actively seek talented juniors. The Potomac School and Madeira School in McLean, and Alexandria's Episcopal High School have long established squash programs.

In the District, Sidwell Friends has a team and programs are being established at National Cathedral School (NCS) and St. Albans. In Montgomery County, Holton Arms is considering squash.

Hunt Richardson, head squash professional at The Sports Club/LA and organizer of the Bulldog Squash program for NCS and St. Alban's, says, “because of the tidal wave of juniors squash, it's only a matter of time before the independent school league recognizes squash as a legitimate school sport.”

Sanctioned team sport or not, the juniors squash season is in full swing, running from mid-November to the end of [...Read More...]

David Canner Takes 2nd at 2000 Nationals

National Capital Squash junior David Canner set a record for local juniors at the national championships in Hartford, CT, taking an unprecedented second place in the Boys Under 13 draw.

In a tournament virtually devoid of upsets, David faced the #2 seed, Drew Blacker, of Summit, NJ, in the semifinals. Blacker had also coasted through the first three rounds without dropping a game.

David won the first game, 9-3, but then dropped the next two, 5-9 and 4-9. He evened the match with a 9-2 win in game four, but looked to be on the brink of elimination in game five when he fell behind 7-2. It turned out to be a gut check that he was ready to answer, storming back to take eight of the next nine points for a 10-8 win and a berth in the finals.

There he ran into the #1 seed, Joseph Raho, of Rye, NJ, ranked 2nd in the country. (Top-ranked Andrew Zimmerman, of Brooklyn, NY, became ineligible for the BU-13 draw when he passed his 13th birthday before [...Read More...]

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