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.
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.
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.
October 11, 1995 |
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.
May 30, 1989 |
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.
July 16, 1991 |
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."