National Capital Squash is pleased to announce the sixth annual junior awards and recognize the achievements of juniors who have excelled in US Squash sanctioned tournament and high school match play during the 2015-2016 season.
All awards were based on objective standards and we plan to continue presenting these awards on an annual basis for future seasons.
Each award winner was presented with a nice trophy at a reception and ceremony sponsored by Squash on Fire.
Congratulations to all the award winners for a fine season!
Rookie of the Year
Christopher Kang -- Boys Under 13
Most Improved Players
Julien D. Berman -- Boys Under 13
Cameron Darnell -- Boys Under 15
William Chen -- Boys Under 17
At the Saturday night party in conjunction with the 2015 Howe Cup, the Women’s Committee of US Squash presented two annual awards, both to National Capital Squash women.
Congratulations to AJ Copeland who won the prestigious Achievement Award, and to Mona Butterfield – whose passion and dedication to squash are demonstrated in her
organizing the National Capital Squash C and D level DC teams despite the fact she herself can no longer play -- for the Sportsmanship Award.
Here is the US Squash write up on the awards:
The revered Saturday night party took place at the Boston Aquarium where the Feron’s Wedgwood Sportsmanship Trophy and Women’s Achievement Bowl were presented to surprise winners, Mona Butterfield and AJ Copeland respectively. Both Butterfield and Copeland are active in National Capital Squash. Despite continued knee problems which now keep Mona away from actual competition, Mona can [...Read More...]
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By any standard, NCS juniors have improved tremendously as a group in the last few years, both in number of national class players and in national ranking.
Three juniors qualified for the US SQUASH National Championship, open only to the top 32 players in each age-gender division.
Four juniors qualified for the US SQUASH Silver National Championship (open to the best 32 who are ranked no better than US #33).
Fifteen played in the US SQUASH Bronze National Championship (open to players ranked no better than US #65).
A total of twenty NCS players played in one of the national championships, eliminating the duplicates.
There was some overlap in 2010 as a few played in more than one event, which due to a rule change greatly discouraged such play in 2011.
Twenty-seven unique players participated in [...Read More...]
NCS was well represented at the US SQUASH Masters Squash Championship, which was held at Harvard University earlier this month. Here are some of the highlights.
Jahangir Naseem lost a close five game match to the eventual winner of the 40+ division, but played well the rest of the way and took 6th place. Ross Campbell made consol semis, losing in five games to the consol winner in 45+. Page Lansdale made plate finals, losing a close five game match in 50+. Andrew Strasfogel made the consolation finals in 65+, losing a close 4 game match featuring two tiebreakers. In 70+ Steve Weber played Jerry Welch in the 3rd place match, with Jerry winning in five games. In 75+, Charles Gunn won the consolation finals (5th place) and Robert Pirie reached the consolation semis.
Among NCS women, Leslie Connolly took 3rd in 35+, Deborah Phippard reached the consolation finals in 45+, AJ Copeland advanced to the consolation semis in 50+ and Carole Grunberg made the [...Read More...]
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Six NCS Juniors, a Record, Qualify for Harvard Frank Millet Junior Championship Tournament at Harvard University
Congratulations to Cameron Bahadori, Jacqueline Barnes, Geoffrey Keating, Kira Keating, Camille Lanier and Theo Mendez, who qualified to play in the US SQUASH Junior Championship Tournament (Frank Millet at Harvard) November 12-14.
The JCTs are the most difficult tournaments in the nation, and the JCT series of four tournaments is open only to the top 32 nationally-ranked players who apply in each age group. It is a high honor to qualify for this tournament and this is the largest number of NCS Juniors ever to qualify for a JCT. It was especially difficult to gain entry in this JCT as it broke US SQUASH records for applicants.
Kira Keating dropped just one game in four matches to qualify for the GU15 finals, where she lost a close four game match to the #1 ranked player in the nation. Prior to this tournament Kira had not [...Read More...]
Congratulations to the Capitol Hill Classic and Trifecta 1 Tournament Winners!
These NCS juniors won, made the finals or finished 3rd in the two NCS area junior tournaments earlier this month.
Capitol Hill Classic Bronze:
BU15 -- Remy Freire, Winner; John Quamme, Finalist
BU17 – Theo Mendez, Winner; Evan Brown, Finalist
GU13 -- Elizabeth L. Gidley, Winner; Joy Stewart, Finalist (first tournament for both!)
GU19 – Rachel Brown, Winner; Katya Lienard, Finalist
Trifecta 1 Silver:
BU11 -- Nilay Neelaveni, Winner; Samuel Jinich, Finalist
BU15 – Remy Freire, Finalist
BU19 – Hunter Mathews, Winner; Greg Berson, Finalist; Sam Patterson, 3rd Place
GU13 – Taylor Nides, 3rd Place
GU19 – Rachel Brown, Winner
Jahangir Naseem, Director of Squash at the Tenley, Regency and WorldGate Sport & Health Clubs, has created a new high school squash league called the National Capital High School League, for schools that use Sport and Health Clubs' squash courts at Tenley, Worldgate and Regency as well as other high schools that have their own squash facilities or use those of other clubs. There are five teams: Madeira High School, National Cathedral School, Thomas Jefferson High School, Wilson High School and Wakefield High School.
If your child attends one of the schools and would like to participate in the league, please contact Jahangir at firstname.lastname@example.org. And visit his website jaysquash.com
February 11-13, 2011
Softball at the University Club of Washington, DC
Register: The 62nd Annual Woodruff-Nee Softball Squash Tournament, 2011
Hardball at the Metropolitan Club of Washington.
Stay tuned for the hardball registration form!