May 2015 IRT Newsletter – Part 2

May 2015 IRT Newsletter – Part 2

ProKennex TOC; Fresno: New Tier 1;
Rocky #1 in Portland; Monchik;  March 13, 2015

ProKennex TOC: Champions Will Rise

2015 toc logoThe ProKennex Tournament of Champions returns to Portland, Oregon May 14-17. Portland, located in the heart of the Northwest in a storied racquetball city. The thriving racquetball community enthusiastically and passionately supports its sport. One club stands above the rest in the middle of this epicenter: the Multnomah Athletic Club. “The Mac” as it’s known to Oregonians, will host the top-8 players in the world, the best amateur players in the region, juniors, and international athletes converge in a tournament that can be traced back to the invention of the sport.
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Fresno’s Summer Kick-off Closes IRT Season

Sierra Athletic ClubFresno, CA will join Lombard, IL and San Marcos, TX as the third former satellite location to transition to Tier 1 status, and now closes the men’s professional International Racquetball Tour 2014-2015 season with the Fresno IRT Summer Kickoff at the Sierra Athletic Club May 28-31, 2015. When asked why the change to tier 1, “My main reason is for the people of the club (they love watching the pros and the excitement of awesome play) and for the pros to have another Tier 1,” said Nancy Feramisco, Tournament Director.
Read More: Fresno IRT Summer Kickoff Pro/Am Preview

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kane post krowning moment#2-ranked Kane Waselenchuk defeated top ranked Rocky Carson 11-4, 11 to -1, 11-3 to win the Krowning Moment Pro Invitational Internacional title at the University of Texas–Pan American in Edinburg. With this win Kane swept both Texas Krowning Moment tournaments this season.

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Relive the Krowning Moment Pro Invitational Internacional by watching the Kane Waselenchuk vs. Marco Rojas quarterfinal match on the IRT’s YouTube Channel

rankings May 4 2015Despite a dominant performance by Kane Waselenchuk at the Krowning Moment Pro Invitational Internacional last weekend when he conceded zero games and less than 10 points per match, “The Champ” remains at #2 on the May 4, 2015 IRT rankings. Current world #1 Rocky Carson played solidly earlier in the week and delivered a mixed performance in the final (losing game two -1 to 11), yet improved upon his semifinal finish at the 2014 Ektelon Battle of the Ages in Stockton, CA last season to extend his 2-point advantage to 78 points over Waselenchuk.
Read More: May 2015 Rankings Update

Sudsy Monchik to be Inducted into USAR HOF

sudsyRetired professional racquetball player SudsyMonchik unfortunately will not be able to attend the 2015 Hall of Fame and Annual Awards Celebration on May 23 in Denver, CO. “I am very disappointed that I can’t make it to Colorado this year for the ceremony,”Monchik said. Doug Ganim will accept the honor on Monchik’s behalf and an acceptance video will be played during the ceremony.
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#9-ranked Charlie Pratt graced the cover of The Multnomah Athletic Club’s April edition ofThe Winged M magazine

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Are you

It is a known fact when you are doing too much too often while under too much stress, you may get burned out. Early warning signs of burnout include being short tempered, feeling extremely moody and emotional, crying easily, and feeling lethargic and depressed.
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Take a break from racquetball, and do something different.
Coach Fran Davis took a few days off to chill in Sedona, AZ where she climbed Cathedral Rock (picture).

Congrats to the 2015 USA Racquetball Annual Award Recipients!
usarPeggy Steding Female Age Group Award – Cindy Tilbury

Presidential Award – Dan Whitley
(MO Racquetball Association)
Bud Muehleisen Male Age
Group Award – Jimmy Lowe
Joe Sobek Outstanding Contribution Award – Cheryl Kirk
Male Athlete
of the Year –
Jake Bredenbeck
Female Athlete
of the Year – Rhonda Rajsich

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