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Jr. Olympic Racquetball Championships

July 16, 2009, 11:46 a.m. (ET)

The 2009 USA Racquetball Junior Olympic Racquetball Championships recognized top achievers at the Awards Ceremony on June 28 with a beautiful set-up around the swimming pool at the Michigan Athletic Club. Don Schopieray began the night by recognizing all of the finalists in all divisions. The All-American juniors were awarded a certificate for their accomplishment while receiving a thunderous round of applause.

U.S. Junior Team Head Coach Kelley Beane and U.S. Junior Esprit Coach Jen Meyer were given the honor of presenting the top awards recognizing outstanding performance and accomplishments for 2009. The winners selected were nominated by their fellow players.

Male Junior Athlete of the Year
 Jose Rojas

Female Junior Athlete of the Year
Danielle Key

 Junior Sportsman of the Year
John-Craig Chisholm

Junior Sportswoman of the Year
Sheryl Lotts

Male Esprit Athlete of the Year
Ryan Francis

Female Esprit Athlete of the Year
Erika Manilla


All American Junior Winners

Mercedes Arias, Kelani Bailey, Jordan Barth, Justus Benson, Lily Berry, Jake Birnel, Nick Birnel, Kaitlyn Boyle, Krystle Boyle, Sam Bredenbeck, John-Craig Chisholm, Cameron Clolinger, Jordan Cooperrider, Jose Diaz, Ryan Francis, Kaylea Henderson, Sean Henry, Joshua Hungerford, Danielle Key, Bradley Kirch, Taylor Knoth, Abbey Lavely, Danny Lavely, Joseph Lee, Amanda Lindsay, John Lindsay, Sheryl Lotts, Adam Manilla, Erika Manilla, Megan Mathes, Jesse Mendoza, Nick Montalbano, Jessica Munoz, Aubrey O'Brien, Devon Pimentelli, Dylan Reid, Sam Reid, Nicholas Riffel, Antonio Rojas, Jose Rojas, Marco Rojas, Jose Serrano, Spencer Shoemaker, Kaitlyn Simmons, Samantha Simmons, Bethany Smith, Julia Stein, Kyle Ulliman, Graciana Wargo, Zachary Wertz, Deryk Wray, Brady Yelverton, Lexi York, David Zeng, Mary Zeng.



All American Award Winners

Super Sunday featured No.1 Jose Rojas as he defeated No.3 Taylor Knoth in the finals of the Boy's 18-under singles division, 15-11, 15-11. Rojas was simply red hot all week. There's no better way to describe the current U.S. Team members play as he defeated Knoth to win his second boy's singles 18 & under title. ('08)

The Girl's 18-under singles division had No.1 Sheryl Lotts versus No.2 Danielle Key as Lotts would win a nail-biting tie-breaker, 15-10, 13-15, 11-7 for the win.

Also, No.2 Marco Rojas took out No.4 Jose Diaz in a thrilling tie-breaker--15-8, 8-15, 11-8 to win gold in the Boy's 16-under singles division.
Sheryl Lotts and Aubrey O'brien
The Girl's 16-under singles saw No.1 Aubrey O'Brien defend her title as she defeated No.2 Devon Pimentelli, 15-11, 15-10 in the finals to win the gold medal.

The Boy's 14-under singles had No. 1 Zachary Wertz and No. 3 Sam Reid battle it out with Wertz winning 15-9, 15-10 in the finals.

The Girl's 14-under singles were also played as No.1 Kelani Bailey defeated No.3 Samantha Simmons, 15-8, 14-15, 11-4.

The Junior Olympics is a U.S. Junior National Team Qualifier which means one-year appointments were awarded to the top finishers in 18 & under gold singles, 16 & under gold singles, 14 & under gold singles in boy's and girl's divisions and also the winners of the boy's and girl's doubles. The USA Junior Team has been announced and will be competing at the 2009 IRF 21st Junior World Racquetball Championships, in December, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

To find out more info about junior racquetball, visit the Junior Team web site:

Final state standings:

1. Oregon
2. California
3. Ohio
4. Wisconsin
5. Colorado
6. Minnesota
7. Maryland
8. Michigan
9. Louisiana
10. New York