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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 4, 1994 | JEFF WONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Racquetball is the kind of fast-paced, high-octane sport that sometimes seems a blur to its spectators. There are the 180-m.p.h. serves that crack against the walls like bullets fired from a gun. Then there are the players, crashing into walls and each other while flailing at the speeding ball. Lose concentration for a split-second and that point, and perhaps the match, is lost. Tony Jelso lost that focus not only for a second but for several months.
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August 4, 1994 | JEFF WONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Racquetball is the kind of fast-paced, high-octane sport that sometimes seems a blur to its spectators. There are the 180-m.p.h. serves that crack against the walls like bullets fired from a gun. Then there are the players, crashing into walls and each other while flailing at the speeding ball. Lose concentration for a split-second and that point, and perhaps the match, is lost. Tony Jelso lost that focus not only for a second but for several months.
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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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July 19, 1998
Brian Hawkes of Laguna Hills advanced to today's semifinals of the men's open singles division at the National Outdoor Racquetball Championships at Golden West College. Hawkes, who was the national outdoor men's champion for all but one year between 1981-95, defeated Rick Sandello of Orange in Saturday's quarterfinals. In an earlier round, Hawkes beat Huntington Beach's Gary Martin. Hawkes will meet Stockton's John Ellis in one semifinal.
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June 5, 1993
Ken Lynch, Matt Unger and Craig Hewitt, all starters on a Cal State Northridge volleyball team that finished second in the nation, were among 44 players selected to compete at the U.S. Olympic Festival, July 23-Aug. 1 in San Antonio, Tex. Lynch, an outside hitter, was placed on the West team, which Northridge assistant Jeff Campbell will help coach. Unger, a setter, is on the East team and Hewitt, a middle blocker, is on the South squad.
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March 16, 1996
Four of the world's best professional racquetball singles players--including four-time world champion Cliff Swain--will compete Thursday in a $1,000 winners-take-all doubles match at Pierpont Racquet Club in Ventura. Swain, the current world title holder, will team with 10th-ranked Tony Jelso of Ventura against sixth-ranked John Ellis of Seal Beach and 11th-ranked Adam Karp of Santa Ana in the 6:30 p.m. match.
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July 8, 1994 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Randy Wolf, masterful in two City championship games at Dodger Stadium, showed Thursday night he has Busch Stadium conquered, too. He pitched four hitless innings, striking out five and allowing only one baserunner in his Olympic Festival debut. Unfortunately for the West team, Wolf didn't pitch until the sixth inning. By that time, the North already had all the runs it needed to post a 4-2 victory. Wolf, from El Camino Real High, issued one walk, and a disputed one at that.
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July 3, 1993 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Asked where he stands among the best racquetball players in the country--amateur and pro--Tony Jelso figures he's no better than 20th. But Jelso dares to say the rankings will dramatically change. With a few swift and powerful swings of his stringed instrument, Jelso said, he will advance 19 positions. Jelso, of Ventura, currently ranks eighth on the American Amateur Racquetball Assn.'s list, with a chance to climb higher at the upcoming Olympic Festival in San Antonio, Tex. Call him confident.
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