JTI News

Junior Team Illinois (JTI)

Spare Pins Bowling Bash
The 2019 Spare Pins Bowling Bash was a great success with many of the regular racquetball players becoming weekend bowlers to help raise money for JTI. It was a fun eent with food, games, and prizes for thw whole family. Participants had the chance to prove their alternative quick skills with “Minute to Win It” games between the frames. Chaos and comedy all at once and fun for all! We raised a significant amount to be used to support the Junior Team!

This event was made possible by a host of sponsors and donors who are dedicated to making an impact on youth and the sport of racquetball. BIG THANKS to all for their support of the event. We had many supporters who really stepped up to help: A Complete Door Service (O’Dea Family), KWM Gutterman, Glass Court (Joe De Armas/Dan Jaskier), Tony Cosmano and Lori Good for providing great food and baked treats, and Little Debbie Snack Cakes (Janet and Joe Eminger). Claudia Torres, Luz Lopez, and all of the parent volunteers and families are on hand for every fundraising initiative, large and small. To each and every player or friend who donated to the campaign, you all are so appreciated! We will be hosting this event again next year, so be on the lookout for more information and details.

TJ Ferro Scholarship Award
Freddy Conforti is the 2019 recipient of the TJ Ferro Scholarship Award. We are very proud of his focus and efforts both on and off the court. Freddy brought a couple of his friends to JTI practices this past season. JT and Matthew are fine additions to JTI!

2019 National Junior Olympic Championships in Portland, Oregon
Axel Lopez and his dad Jesus made the trip out west so that Axel could compete at the national level. The ISRA was pleased to support Axel as he embarked on his journey to championship status! Axel worked very hard to prepare to represent Illinois at the event, and his performance did not disappoint! He earned a Gold medal in Boys 12- Red Division and a 4th place Pewter medal in Boys 12- Doubles with partner Joshua Tramm of Minnesota.

In Singles, Axel lost to the eventual winner of the Boys 12- Gold division and dropped to the Red division where he won three matches (two in tiebreakers) to win a gold medal in the Red division. Axel and Josh played respectably in the six-team round robin where the first three places were populated almost exclusively with boys who have qualified for the US Junior Team in the past.

Congratulations, Axel, on a job well done!

For more JTI coverage, see page 11 of the most recent issue of ISRA Courtside featured on this website’s home page.

The 2019/20 Racquetball Season is beginning. See the attached flyer (docx) for details.