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August 4, 1993 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is difficult to picture Tony Jelso as a quitter--a guy who would walk off the court in the middle of a national racquetball tournament saying he'd had it. In the wake of his dominating gold-medal performance in the U.S. Olympic Festival last week, it seems unimaginable that Jelso would ever be eager to pack his bags and slip out the back door. Jelso, 23, of Ventura, was running Chris Cole of Flint, Mich.
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August 5, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Dane Elkins , a 14-year-old student from Palisades High, won three national and junior sports championships in racquetball this summer. In four years, he has won 10 championships. And he has a 3.97 grade-point average at Palisades. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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SPORTS
August 5, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Dane Elkins , a 14-year-old student from Palisades High, won three national and junior sports championships in racquetball this summer. In four years, he has won 10 championships. And he has a 3.97 grade-point average at Palisades. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
NEWS
July 12, 2005
In "Dive Deep for This Ab Workout" [July 5]: Fishing for abalone need not end with racquetball tough steaks. I learned this years ago after getting my limit of green abalone off Anacapa Island. The secret is to slice the steaks thin, then hammer them with a mallet until they are like lace. Batter the steaks lightly and flash fry them. They're so tender you can cut them with a spoon. Phil Griffith-Jones Dove Canyon
SPORTS
June 29, 1987
Leo Gurnoe of Encinitas rallied to defeat Bill Sparks of San Diego, 13-15, 15-10, 11-8, to win the men's open division of the Coors Light/Marty Hogan racquetball tournament Sunday at the Escondido Athletic Club. The three-year-old tournament featured amateur players in 14 divisions for men and women. Gurnoe is eligible to play for $500 in a regional tournament at Las Vegas in September, facing players from California and Nevada who won similar qualifying tournaments.
SPORTS
May 29, 1990
Tim Doyle and Michelle Gilman defended their Open division titles with easy victories Monday at the American Amateur Racquetball Assn. national singles championships at Houston. Doyle, 21, of Columbus, Ohio, defeated Egan Inoue, 24, of Honolulu, in 40 minutes, 15-6, 15-5. Fourteen of Doyle's serves were aces. Gilman, 19, of Ontario, Ore., had little difficulty with 1988 champion Toni Bevelock, 24, of Santa Ana, 15-6, 15-5.
SPORTS
June 23, 1985
The top four seeded players in the boys' 18-year-old division Saturday advanced past the first round of the U.S. National Juniors Racquetball Tournament at the Newport Beach Sporting House. No. 1-seeded Mike Lowe defeated Shannon Howarth, 15-2, 15-5; No. 2-seeded Mike Griffith defeated Howard Millard, 15-7, 15-7; No. 3-seeded Chris Cole defeated Dominic Carrasco, 15-7, 15-7; and No. 4-seeded Jeff Conine defeated Matt Light, 15-6, 15-4.
SPORTS
October 11, 1995 | IRENE GARCIA
Racquetball's popularity has had ups and downs in the last decade and lately the sport has been on the rise, especially among recreational players. The game's popularity peaked in the early 1980s and plummeted around 1990, according to Jim Hiser, associate executive director of the American Amateur Racquetball Assn. Now racquetball is almost as big as it was during its boom. "It leveled off around 1992 and there's been a gradual increase every year since that," Hiser said.
SPORTS
May 30, 1989 | Special to The Times
Tim Doyle and his sister Cindy both played in the finals of the open division of the American Amateur Racquet Assn. national singles championships here Monday, with Tim winning and Cindy losing. It was the first time in the 21-year history of the tournament that siblings had advanced to the open finals. There were more than 1,200 competitors at this year's six-day tournament. Tim Doyle, 20, of Columbus, Ohio, upset defending champion and top-seeded Andy Roberts, 23, of Memphis, Tenn.
SPORTS
July 16, 1991 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Sell studies exercise physiology at Cal State Fullerton, and he understands how the body is--and isn't--supposed to bend. So when Sell dived for a ball at the U.S. national age-group racquetball championships two months ago, he knew his right hand was in for some serious hurting. "My (ring) finger was sticking out this way," Sell said, bending the finger as far as he could to the right. "Then my palm began to turn purple."
HEALTH
April 11, 2005 | Roy M. Wallack
Racquetball, whose popularity waned during the last decade, is enjoying a bit of a resurgence as fitness enthusiasts look for an intense, all-body workout that keeps them crouched, reaching and running. It doesn't hurt that a vigorous game can burn off 800 calories in an hour. The fast-paced sport has become even faster with the advent of high-tech racquets -- virtual cannons made with carbon materials and innovative string patterns.
SPORTS
July 28, 2002 | From staff reports
Janel Tisinger of Simi Valley has qualified for the 2002-03 U.S. Junior National Racquetball team following the U.S. Racquetball Assn. Junior Olympic Championships in June in Chicago. Tisinger finished second in the girls' 18-under singles competition in Chicago. She teamed with Jesi Fuller of Albuquerque to win the girls' doubles competition. The junior national team will compete at the International Racquetball Federation Junior World Championship in December in Orlando, Fla.
SPORTS
December 23, 1999
The United States took first place in both the boys' and girls' divisions and won the overall team title at the Pro Kennex 11th International Racquetball Federation's World Junior Championships at the Los Caballeros Sports Village in Fountain Valley on Wednesday. Mexico finished second and Canada took third in both the boys' and girls' divisions. Josh Tucker of Joplin, Mo., defeated Shane Vanderson of Dublin, Ohio, in the boys' 18-and-under singles final, 15-13, 11-15, 11-7.
SPORTS
July 26, 1999 | MELANIE NEFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brian Hawkes of Laguna Hills defended his singles' title and won his 16th crown in the open division of the National Outdoor Racquetball Championships, Sunday at Golden West College. Hawkes, 35, had to rally, but swept Orange's Greg Solis, 15-7, 15-13 for the championship. It was Hawkes' 26th national title overall, including 10 in doubles. "This feels great," Hawkes said. "Greg really played a great match. He came with his A-game today.
SPORTS
December 22, 1998
Santa Monica's Rocky Carson, who attends Saddleback College, and Josh Tucker from Joplin, Mo., advanced Monday to the boys' 18 finals of the International Racquetball Federation Junior Worlds tournament at the Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club in Fountain Valley. In other semifinals, Shane Vanderson of Dublin, Ohio, and Erwin Bernal of Mexico advanced to the boys' 16 final and Lisa Kerr of British Columbia and Brooke Crawford of Klamath Falls, Ore., advanced to the girls' 18 final.
SPORTS
July 14, 1998 | LINDA WHITMORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brian Hawkes' ambition is to be the once and future king. Hawkes, a 34-year-old middle school teacher from Laguna Hills, was the national outdoor men's racquetball champion for all but one year between 1981-95--he lost in the quarterfinals in 1985. This week, more than 200 players will compete in the National Outdoor Racquetball Championships at Golden West College.
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March 8, 1992 | JOE BIGHAM, ASSOCIATED PRESS
At 90, Larry Ash only works part time as an agricultural chemist. After all, he needs his afternoons free for the gym. He plays racquetball at least five times a week, usually at midafternoon when the courts are quietest. "It's amazing, the fact that he never misses, that he shows up every day to play," said Joanne Wood, assistant manager at Sierra Fitness Center. "He's just basically getting in there and keeping the joints moving rather than sitting and letting them stagnate.
SPORTS
July 1, 1988 | BILL WALKER, Times Staff Writer
When the end came, Jim Turner couldn't kick. Not that he was unable, but 16 years is a millennium in professional football. Turner packed his cleated high tops and departed, prepared for an afterlife of-- racquetball? Indeed, throughout a pro football career that ended in 1979, he played this low-profile sport to maintain flexibility and keep his legs in shape for his primary occupation: booting field goals and extra points in the old-fashioned, straight-ahead style.
BUSINESS
January 6, 1998 | Dow Jones
Sports Club Co. said Monday that it acquired Racquetball World health and fitness clubs in Fullerton, Santa Ana, Fountain Valley and Canoga Park for $17 million. Los Angeles-based Sports Club, which operates 14 upscale health and fitness clubs under the Sports Club and Spectrum names, said $10 million of the purchase price was funded by an affiliate of Millennium LP. Millennium acquired property underlying two of the clubs, which it will lease to the company for $1 million per year.
SPORTS
August 24, 1996 | DAN ARRITT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Excuse Bill Sell if he doesn't know how to react. After so many close calls and near misses, success can sometimes leave an athlete emotionless. Especially when you're the best in the world, and nobody seems to know it. Five days after winning his first International Racquetball Federation world title with doubles partner, Adam Karp, Sell limped around his Huntington Beach condominium and tried to understand his dull state of mind. "I don't know what it is," Sell said.
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