Junior Provincial Team – Junior Nationals

The SRA would like to congratulate Tanner Prentice, Cassie Prentice, Danielle Drury, Jared Gudereit, Graham Frattinger, and Ian Frattinger on making the Saskatchewan Junior Provincial Team which will represent our province at the Canadian Junior Racquetball Championships April 21-26, 2014 in Grand Prairie, AB.

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Team Sask (from back left to front right): Sean Prentice (Asst. Coach), Graham Frattinger, Danielle Drury, Tanner Prentice, Loren Prentice (Head Coach), Ian Frattinger, Jared Gudereit, Cassie Prentice.

The team will be lead by Head Coach Loren Prentice, who has led our Junior Provincial Team to several national championships in the past. He will be aided by Assistant Coach Sean Prentice. Keep up with Team Saskatchewan’s results online at the Tournament Website. GO SASKATCHEWAN!!!

Spring Splat Results

The first annual Spring Splat recreational tournament wrapped up Saturday. The “inexperience only” event attracted 16 new players to racquetball and was a huge success for first-time tournament organizers Alison Johnston and Chris Exner.

Congratulations to the winners of the Men’s and Women’s divisions Marwin Britto and Kirsten Cavanaug, and thank you to all the participants, organizers, volunteers, and sponsors of the event. We at the SRA are extremely happy to have an event like this put on and hope that it will be bigger and better next season.

For full results, check the tournament website.

Loose Moose / Spring Splat

The “Loose Moose” tournament being held this weekend in Moose Jaw, SK, will be the last tournament on the SRA calendar in March, with only the Spring Splat tournament in April and the provincial championships in May remaining. The small but passionate racquetball community, affectionately referred to as “The Jaw”, will play host to a field of 35 players, including Canadian National Team members Tim Landeryou and Christine Richardson, Junior National Team member Danielle Drury, and Junior Provincial Team member Graham Frattinger.

To keep up with the action over the weekend, check out the Tournament Website on R2sports.com.

Also, if you have any friends in Saskatoon interested in giving racquetball a try, the sole Novice-only tournament on the SRA calendar for this season, the Spring Splat, is slated for April 12th. With an extremely cheap entry fee of only $20, players will be treated to 3 matches, a souvenir t-shirt, and door prizes! This is a perfect opportunity to come out and try the game or introduce it to friends who haven’t yet had the pleasure. For information, check the tournament website or contact Alison Johnston.

Saskatoon Classic Results / Provincial Championships

The Saskatoon Classic event wrapped up Saturday evening, with second-seeded Lee Connell (Saskatoon) upsetting first seed Nathaniel Husulak (Saskatoon) in a hard-fought tiebreaker. After dropping the first game by the narrowest of margins 15-17, Connell regrouped to take the second 15-9, and then fought off an early lead by Nathaniel in the tiebreaker, tying the game late, and utilizing great shot-making and garnering a couple of fortunate bounces down the stretch to finally seal the deal. Congratulations to Lee on the win, and both players for providing an excellent and entertaining final. Check out the tournament page for full results from the event.

In other news, registration is now open for both the Junior and Senior Provincial Championships. These will be the last 2 events to determine the Junior and Senior Provincial Teams that Saskatchewan sends to their respective National Championships later this season. The Senior Provincials will also have age and skill divisions for those not wishing to compete for a spot on the Open Provincial Team. Click the links below, or on the Schedule page, for information and registration for the two events:

Junior Provincial Championships

Senior Provincial Championships

Officials Development Opportunity

SK Sport will be offering multi-sport training for officials on Saturday March 22, 2014 in Saskatoon. The 2 sessions are both free of charge to registered officials. For more information or to register, check out the Information Package.

Congratulations to new Officials!

Following the Tech A/B Officiating Clinic this past weekend in Saskatoon, we had 6 new officials certified at the Tech B level! The SRA would like to congratulate : Danielle Drury, Tim Frattinger, Ian Frattinger, Graham Frattinger, Tanner Prentice, and Cassie Prentice on their new officiating certification and encourage them to further pursue officiating in racquetball. If you or your community would like to run an Officiating Clinic or are interested in pursuing further certification, please contact the SRA to organize one.

Tech A/B Officiating Clinic

For those of you who play regularly in racquetball tournaments, Racquetball Saskatchewan recommends you taking your Tech A/B level in officiating.

Tech A consists of reading the manual which can be found here:
http://www.racquetball.ca/articles.asp?zoneID=298&articleID=915

Tech B consists of writing a multiple choice, open book test. Tim Landeryou will be administering this test on Saturday February 22nd, at 1pm at the YMCA. If you have not taken this test, we recommend you doing so. Please sign up by replying to this email, or to Alison at a.johnston3@live.com

 

 

Saskatoon Junior Open

The Saskatoon Junior Open wrapped up this past weekend at the YMCA in Saskatoon. Macrorie’s Tanner Prentice finished atop the field of 13 competitors to bring home the crown. Graham Frattinger of Martinsville finished 2nd and Danielle Drury of Saskatoon finished 3rd.

A brief rundown of the results is available HERE, or check out the Tournament Website for full results.

Racquetball Canada National Team Selection Event

Racquetball Canada’s first National Team Selection Event of the season is being held this coming weekend, November 29 – December 1, in Winnipeg, MB. Saskatchewan has 7 athletes competing: Tim Landeryou, Christine Richardson, Nathaniel Husulak, Lee Connell, Chris Exner, Josh Keil, and Tanner Prentice. Follow the results on the Tournament Website, as well as Tim Landeryou’s Blog, and Racquetball Canada’s Website, which will contain writeups of most of the National Team action.

The results from this tournament will be combined with the 2013 National Championships and the second National Team Selection Event to determine the team representing Canada at the Pan American Championships in April, as well as the second National Team Selection Event and the 2014 National Championships to determine the team representing Canada at the 2014 World Racquetball Championships.

UPDATE: The Saskatchewan contingent unfortunately finished without a medal at the first selection event of the season, but did have 4 athletes make the quarter finals. Full results can be found on the Tournament Website.

Racquetball in TSN Top 10!!!

Racquetball has made another (extremely brief) leap into the mainstream media! Check out the following clip outlining TSN’s Top 10 of moments many who have watched enough racquetball will be extremely familiar with.

TSN’s Top 10 “Shatter Moments”

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