Men's Singles - IRT Pro
1st: Andres Acuna
2nd: Sam Murray
Men's Doubles - IRT Pro
1st: Jake Bredenbeck / Sam Bredenbeck
2nd: Sam Murray / Michael Leduc
3rd: Jordy Alonso / Andres Acuna
Men's Singles - B
1st: Owen Forsythe
2nd: David Jensen
Consolation: Corey Lebrasseur
Men's Singles - 25-35 A/B
1st: Gary Kierans
2nd: Jake Schaubach
Consolation: Josh Forsythe
Men's Singles - 55-65
1st: Mark McCoy
2nd: Ben Roy
Consolation: Tom Wesely
Men's Doubles - A
1st: Jake Wilkins / Ryan Sullivan
2nd: S Regenscheid / S Wankhade
Consolation: Nick Sloan / Jeff Jefferson
Mixed Doubles - Open
1st: Lee Meinerz / Vallana Perrault
2nd: Jon Hofer / Carrie Reitmeier
3rd: Lori Southwick / Terry Kisling
Mixed Doubles - A
1st: Stephanie Bankes / Mike Cherry
2nd: Cindy Hoops / David Burns
Consolation: Kelly Johnson / Tim Foy
Men's Singles - Open
1st: Darrin Prince
2nd: Michael Leduc
Men's Singles - A
1st: Ava Kaiser
2nd: Rob Heidbrink
Consolation: Kole Feist
Men's Singles - 45+
1st: Steven Foss
2nd: Jon Hofer
Consolation: Ted Rohlwing
Men's Singles - 45-55-65 A/B
1st: Ron Willett
2nd: Mike Kiedrowski
Consolation: David Jensen
Men's Doubles - 35-45
1st: Brian Pearson / Steven Koshiol
2nd: Andy Wiegand / Steven Foss
3rd: Bob Adam / Terry Kisling
Men's Doubles - B
1st: John Aldritt / Tim Foy
2nd: Matt Miller / Shawn Colbert
Consolation: Ron Denler / Mike Brytowski
1st: M Lieburn / T Zadnik-Klecker
2nd: Cindy Hoops / Stephanie Bankes
Consolation: A Pivovar / C Reitmeier
1st: Lucas Frost-Biskup
2nd: Andrew Sievert
Consolation: Alex Roberts
The 2021-2022 Minnesota racquetball season went out with a bang last weekend for the capstone Hall of Fame Tournament. Special thanks to Karen Bredenbeck, Jonn Olson, Vallana Perrault, Matt Miller, Jeff Anderson, Mark Anderson, Andy Wiegand, and Mike Brytowski for the spectacular effort in upscaling this event to an IRT Tier 3 tournament and all the behind the scenes effort in running a smooth tournament. Many, many thanks to all of our sponsors, without whom these events could not happen.
Congratulations and thank you to all players! Division results below.
The 2022 State Championships are in the books!
Congratulations to all players, and THANK YOU to all those who assisted in putting together this tournament!
Results posted below -
Junior Fundraiser Tournament - February 18-20, 2022 - The Club in St Cloud
Minnesota Hall of Fame Tournament - March 4-6, 2022 - Life Time Fridley - click here to see hotel block details
Click here to register for the 2022 Minnesota State Singles Championship tournament, and take the opportunity to earn your title (and bragging rights)!
The Champions to challenge (2019)
Men's Open: Lee Meinerz
Men's Elite: Steven Foss
Men's A: Ryan Neumann
Men's B: Gary Kierans
Men's C/D: Steve Hoffman
Men's 25-35 A: Andrew Greseth
Men's 35+ Open/Elite: Lee Meinerz
Men's 35-45 B: John Lom
Men's 45+ A: Christopher Hasenberg
Men's 55+ A: Grant Taylor
Men's 45-55: Terry Kisling
Women's Open: Vallana Perrault
Women's A: Meaghan Lieburn
Women's B: Diorelle Graham
Women's C: Diorelle Graham
Women's 45-55: Barb Hoffner
Junior Advanced: Joshua Tramm
Thank you to all of the athletes competing and volunteers assisting in making the 2021 Holiday Classic at the Club in St. Cloud a racquetball success! The promised holiday cheer was delivered! Congratulations to the medalists noted below.
Be sure to watch our home page and Facebook group for upcoming event registration!
2021 Holiday Classic Results
Congratulations and thank you to all the players, spectators, and volunteers for participating in the Minnesota State Doubles Championship competition this past weekend at Life Time Bloomington South! There was blood, sweat, and tears, and new champions have emerged!
Below is a summarized view of the last 3 years of doubles champions (age divs not shown). There is a new set of champions in all 2021 divs except Men's Open, where Jason Krantz and Jordan Barth held onto their 2019 title.
10 Minnesota ladies turned out for the Ladies Night Out tournament this weekend at Life Time 98th in Bloomington. For this event, ladies pay a discounted rate of only $10 per division (70% discount if 2 events are played!) and are automatically entered into a raffle for Life Time gift cards! Raffle winners were Lori Southwick ($75 gift card), Cindy Hoops ($50 gift card), and Meaghan Lieburn ($25 gift card).
All in all, it was an action-packed day-and-a-half of racquetball, lots of round robin divisions with players competing in up to 7 matches on Saturday! If you didn't get a chance to make it down, check out the Minnesota Racquetball Facebook group for live streams of some matches. See below for division results!
70 Minnesota players competed in the 25th US Open Racquetball Championships this past week. For comparison, the other states with the highest numbers of participation were Florida (83), Texas (61), and California (50). Way to represent, Minnesota! Next year we'll have to grab a Team Minnesota photo in the stadium court.
Final medal count: 10 gold, 12 silver, 5 bronze, and 13 semi-finals for Team Minnesota!
Congratulations on a great showing!
A major THANK YOU to all of the Minnesotans who graciously volunteered their time to help ensure a smoothly run tournament, it could not happen without you!
Be sure to channel all of this championship momentum into the next Minnesota tournament, the Ladies Night Out event October 22-23 at Life Time Fitness 98th St in Bloomington, Minnesota. This is a Friday night / Saturday event, giving you back at least some of your weekend. Ladies pay a discounted rate for all divisions, and the event is open to all participants.
Click here to register today, we love to see you play!
Special thanks to Nick Arntz of Remax Realty for sponsoring a fun radar gun shoot out to raise money for Minnesota junior racquetballers! MRA Season Kickoff tournament players could shoot 3 times for $5 to compete against those in their tournament division, with all proceeds going towards the junior fund. This shoot out event raised over $100 for the junior fund! Enjoy some video footage and the results of our amazing juniors.
Overall results posted below -
A message from the Minnesota Racquetball Association President, Jonn Olson:
On behalf of the entire Minnesota Racquetball Association, thank you to everyone who participated in the Kickoff Tourney this weekend. After so much time off, it was amazing to see everyone again and we all look forward to many more events this season.
For those who thought our numbers were low for this tourney, in comparison to other state's events we had 3.4% more players than those states including those that haven’t been locked down. I’d consider that very successful and encouraging for a great Minnesota comeback.
Thanks to Nick Arntz and his Remax team for the donations and effort. Because of them the MRA now has skill challenge competitions at each MRA event. At this kickoff tourney it was a radar speed challenge with dozens of players participating and it netted over $100 in donations for Minnesota Juniors! I wonder what the challenge will be at the next tournament in October. Thanks again Nick and Remax for an amazing addition and for bringing more fun to our events!
And once again these events would not be possible without our wonderful racquetball family that volunteers their time (and sometimes money) to pull these events together. It’s a long list and I apologize if I forget someone, but a big thank you to Vallana Perrault, Jeff Anderson, Matt Miller, Mike Brytowski, Mark Anderson, Meaghan Lieburn, Nick Artnz, Andy Wiegand, Broque Brew, and Mike Figgins, and to all those who jump in at a moment’s notice to carry out something that needs doing like Sri Viswanath and Allen Klecker picking up lunch when no one else could. Thanks to ALL of you for keeping our rball community strong and successful!!! And a quick shout out to the MRA Board for all the support!
Speaking of volunteers, I think it's important for everyone to know that the MRA has an incredible 42 volunteers that make up the board and committees!!! Our MN rball family is simply overwhelming!
The MRA will be posting information soon about the upcoming Ladies Night Out event October 22-23.
For those playing in the US Open, good luck and don’t let those medals leave Minnesota!
Minnesota junior racquetballer Ava Kaiser provides a reflection on her experience at the 2021 USA Racquetball Junior Championships, see below.
Kaiser recently accomplished a longtime goal of being ranked number 1 in Minnesota women's singles, article here.
Hello my name is Ava Kaiser and I competed in the Junior National Racquetball Championships in Des Moines, Iowa this past July. It was so exciting to be back playing racquetball at a National event. The environment was electric as everyone came together to play the sport they love. It was great to reconnect and see my friends after 2 years! I competed in my first year of 16U singles and doubles. The competition was tough, after all everyone wants to take home the gold. I was fortunate to win a gold medal with my doubles partner Kareena Mathew, as well as a silver medal in singles. This was the first year we had the pros playing alongside us. They are such great role models to look up to and aspire to become. It made the event even more special. Thank you to everyone who helped me prepare for this tournament as well as the MRA for their continued financial support.