Juniors

Squash Boast: U.S. Junior Open Champions and Finalists

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Two For the Ages

by Bill Buckingham Not only does seventy-four-year-old Jay Nelson clearly recall winning his first championship in any sport—the 1954 little league title in Saugus, MA, as a second baseman and pitcher—he also remembers many of the sixteen players he struck out hurling a perfect game at the age of twelve. While thirteen-year-old Marina Stefanoni’s recollection […]

Sydney Soloway (left), founder of SquashCares, has two more events on tap for her nonprofit

Caring With Squash

By Nell Schwed Freshman at Dana Hall School, squash player and founder of her own nonprofit, Sydney Soloway uses the sport she loves to help children in need through SquashCares. Soloway’s squash career started early—in the fifth grade—but she wasn’t serious about it until joining the TOG Squash Academy, two years later. Squash provided a […]

Timmy Brownell (L) stretches for the drop against France's Auguste Dussourd in the BU19 final. Brownell grabbed the win 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 5-11, 11-9 for his first U19 title (Image: Dale Walker)

2014 U.S. Junior Open

By Nell Schwed The U.S. Junior Open, hosted at Yale University in New Haven, CT, has grown into the largest individual junior tournament in the world. With nearly one-thousand entrants, representing thirty-five countries—the United States led the way in number of entrants; Canada and Egypt were a close second and third—across four venues, totaling forty-two […]

(L) Olivia Fiechter and Derek Hsue received the DeRoy Sportsmanship Award during the 2014 U.S. Junior Championships. The DeRoy is presented to a male and female senior who demonstrate exemplary behavior on and off court while competing at a high level. Having squared-off in the finals of the 2013 U.S. Junior Open and 2014 U.S. Junior Championship (Opposite, top), Sabrina Sobhy (right) and Reeham Sedky travel to Namibia with the common goal of representing the U.S. and the prospect of facing each other once more. Unseeded Mason Ripka (Opposite, middle L) shocked the Junior Men’s National Team Playoff in April when he stormed through the fourteen-player draw, booking his ticket to Namibia. Sixteen-year-old Timmy Brownell (Opposite, middle R) played up an age division this season making him eligible for April’s playoff. The Belmont Hill junior reached the playoff semis to become the youngest player to represent the U.S. this summer. Max Reed (Opposite, bottom L) upset the one and four seeds on his run to the final. Derek Hsue’s (Opposite, bottom R) outstanding junior career comes to an end in Namibia as he leads the U.S. into the Boy’s Team Championship

Junior National Team Prepares for Namibia

By Chris McClintick Last summer, Poland hosted its first-ever World Junior Squash Championships, which included the United States Junior Women’s team matching its best finish of second place. This summer, another nation will host its first World Junior Championships—Namibia. Six boys and five girls will travel to the south-African nation’s capital, Windhoek, August 10-21, to represent […]

U.S. High School Team Squash Championships Greenwich Academy

Squash Boasts Ten Teams Crowned at U.S. High School Championships

The Avon Old Farms Winged Beavers and Greenwich Academy Gators won the 2014 U.S. High School Team Squash division one boy’s and girl’s championships respectively, at the largest squash tournament in the world, involving 151 schools and 1,403 players, representing sixteen states. After being forced to cancel the event due to Storm Nemo in 2013, Drexel University, […]

U.S. Middle School Team Squash Championships

Haverford and Greenwich Academy Take Seventh Annual U.S. Middle School Team Championships

By Molly Davidson The seventh annual U.S. Middle School Team Squash Championships took place at Yale University’s Brady Squash Center January 31-February 2. Haverford took home the Boys’ Division I title and Greenwich Academy, once again, dominated the Girls’ Division I competition, taking the title for the third straight year. This year’s tournament saw a 33% increase in participation as 358 boys […]

By the Numbers U.S. Junior Open Edition

By The Numbers January 2014: US Junior Open Edition

Diego Elias

Elias and Sobhy Rise to the Top

By Jay Prince He picked up a squash racquet at the age of six after first playing tennis for a few years. He became hooked to the point of being determined to master his forehand and backhand. In no time, he began adding a top-spin backhand drop shot to his arsenal that so easily developed […]