Congratulations to all of our new ISRA State Doubles Champions who were crowned on an unseasonably warm winter weekend at the end of January! In the Men’s Open, Keith Minor and Eugene Coyle defeated Fernando Rivera and Jorge Ortiz to take the crown, while in the Women’s Open, Ellen Somberg and Liz Molitor defeated Cari Mory and Laurel Harper. In the Mixed Open Doubles, Kristin Coulter and Miguel Riollano prevailed over Jorge Ortiz and Laurel Harper (all of whom had a busy Sunday afternoon!). Tournament Director Laurel Davis and the ISRA Team hosted 125 players at Glass Court with no worries about snow, sleet, or blizzards — the action on the courts was hot all weekend long. National Doubles is coming up on Valentine’s Day weekend in Tempe, AZ, with a large Illinois contingent already registered to compete in the sunny desert!
Remember, this is the time of year for ISRA members to nominate players for the 2015 Male and Female Players of the Year, 2015 Most Improved Player, and the 2016 ISRA Distinguished Service Award. You can find the forms under the Awards tab on this website and copy the information to print off or email for Player of the Year or Distinguished Service Award – or you can grab a form at any of the upcoming sanctioned events and nominate deserving individuals (deadline Sunday, February 7, 10:00 pm). If you would like to receive a nomination form via email, please contact Marla Cusano at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, with all nominations, the more information received, the better.
We have some great events coming up, with the ISRA State Singles Championships scheduled for the last weekend in February. Also at State Singles we will be presenting the Annual ISRA Awards and recognizing Bob Troyer, Jack Newman, and Dave Milazzo by inducting them into the ISRA Racquetball Hall of Fame. Be sure to be at Glass Court on Saturday night, February 27th, to see who are named ISRA Players of the Year and to congratulate these three individuals who have given so much to our sport!
In March, we will be hosting an IRT Professional Tour Stop at The Glass Court as the 31st Annual Shamrock Shootout brings the top professional players in the country to Illinois, March 10-13, including Kane Waselenchuk, Rocky Carson, Jose Rojas and the rest of the IRT Pros! All amateur player entries include access to watch all professional matches as well – and there will be a junior clinic on Sunday morning run by the IRT. Last year this was one of the most popular events with over two dozen junior players receiving tips from their favorite players! If you would like more information on how you can be a part of this and sign up as a sponsor for the event, please contact Geoff Peters at email@example.com or (773) 251-4413.
Junior Team Illinois (JTI), a USAR/ISRA-sanctioned activity for beginning, intermediate, and advanced players ages 6-19, is also underway! It’s not too late to get your kids and their friends involved. JTI learns and practices on Sundays (except tournament weekends and holidays). For details, contact Cheryl Kirk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you on the courts,
Your ISRA Board of Directors