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Potomac School Teams Top 20 High School Ranking

Potomac School Teams Top 20 High School Ranking

The Potomac School (McLean, Va) Boys and Girls Squash Teams traveled to Yale University on Feb 10-12, to play at the US High School National Squash Championships. There were over 50 teams entered in the most prestigious high school team tournament in the country, played over three days at Yale and the nearby Choate/Rosemary Hall School.

The Potomac School Boys and Girls Varsity Teams had a strong showing, finishing in the top 13 in the Girls division and the top 18 in the Boys division.

The teams included nationally ranked players Nick Echeverria, Alex Gross, James Beddow, Aaron Kur, Phinney McIntire, Tyler Smith, Charlie Drake, Brian Donovan, Tribbie Nassikas, Allison McDonough, Sara Nawaz, and Yasmin Atefi, Liz Teter, Heidi Fisher, Marissa Potter and Samee Gharogozloo.

Potomac School Squash Coach, Wendy Lawrence, said that the teams "had a great opportunity to play schools out of their Mid-Atlantic district such as Lawrenceville, [...Read More...]

Fitzgerald Award

Fitzgerald Award

During the January 2006 Fitzgerald and Lacy Cup matches between teams from Baltimore and Washington, NCSRA announced the recipient of the annual William G. Fitzgerald Junior Squash Ambassador Award for 2005. This year’s recipient is Peter Sopher, a 17 year-old 11th grader at St. Albans School.

Peter began playing Squash competitively at 10 years old. By the time he was 12, he was a mainstay at national Junior Squash tournaments, and has attained national rankings in each of the last 6 years. Last year, he was ranked #3 in the US among Boys Under 17 years old. Currently he is ranked #14 among Boys Under 19 years old.

Peter has also been an active competitor in the NCSRA adult leagues for about 5 years. During the summer of 2003, he led the Sports Club/LA’s championship B League team. This season, he has been playing #1 for the [...Read More...]

California Cruising

California Cruising

Local juniors, Joe Powden and Matt Tolf, traveled to California this summer (2005) to train with their former coach, Mark Allen and former world #2, Chris Walker. Allen now coaches at the Bay Club in San Francisco and is the US Girls National Team Coach. Walker coaches in Greenwich, CT.

The juniors trained with Allen and Walker during the week then played in the California Junior Open in San Francisco and the San Diego Junior Open.

Joe Powden won the California Junior Open U-15 division and was a finalist in the San Diego event.

National Girls’ Team Tryouts

An incredibly tough and talented 17-year-old from Seattle ran away with the national team trials at Results this weekend. Claire Rein-Weston, currently ranked #6, the only player who made the trip without coach or family, beat all three of her opponents, Christina Fast, from Rye, NY, #5, Marilla Hiltz, #4 from Brooklyn Heights, and Casey Reilly of Philadelphia.

The top three ranked players had already been placed on the team on the basis of their results in four national selection events - Lily Lorentzen, of Greenwich, CT, Lauren McCrery, Wilmington, DE, and Audrey Duboc, Greenwood Village, CO.

The challenge round in Washington was called to settle the selection of the last team member from among four equally-talented players.

Rein-Weston's composure proved decisive. She was unshakeable throughout, consistently battling back from huge deficits without the slightest evidence of anxiety. Down 2-7 in her first game against Reilly, she tied it [...Read More...]

USA Junior Girls Team Squash Tryouts

Washington D.C. will host the prestigious U.S. Junior Girls Squash Trials on March 25-27, 2005. To capitalize on this great event, Natalie Grainger, World No. 6 and Coach of the Junior Girls’ Team, is spearheading an entire weekend of world-class squash geared towards players of all levels.

Mark Allen, Natalie Grainger, Chris Walker (World No. 3), Patrick Chifunda, and Brian O’Hora are all donating their time and incredible skills to make this weekend a success. The proceeds raised from the weekend will go towards the $50,000 needed to send the U.S. Team to Belgium this summer to compete in the World Championships.

Friendly Junior Team Tournament

Friendly Junior Team Tournament

Strength at the top of the lineup and three players on loan from Sidwell were not enough for the Tigers to overcome a fired up squad of Bethesda Bulls.

Matches of note: After a slow start and some fine attacking play by her opponent #4 Graham Copeland (Bulls), Tiger Captain Camille Lanier used a combination of deep drives, delicate drops and slashing kills to recover from a first game loss to victory in four games.

#2 Alex Johnson (Tigers) aced his opponent Campbell Ross (Bulls) five straight times in game one with serves that snuck neatly into the back corners.

After dropping the first two games, Ross flipped a turbo switch and began picking up everything that Johnson hit. There were eight rallies with multiple hands out before Johnson scored the first point. Johnson pounded the ball viciously into the back corners, but Ross streaked to and fro and saved balls that appeared to be hopelessly out of reach. 25 rallies into the game, Johnson [...Read More...]

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...]

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