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       Twenty-one Members of The Louisiana Racquetball Association packed their sports bags and headed to the Ektelon USRA 33rd National Singles Championships held at the Downtown YMCA in Houston, TX from May 24 - 29.   Although the LRA members attending Nationals were down form last year's event,  we were still able to show all others who attended just how great we enjoy this sport not only as players but also as team supporters.
       This year only five of our members were able to advanced to the medal rounds.  Amongst them Pattie Schof from Kenner, LA came home with two medals, a silver in Women's 45+ A/B losing in the finals to Cookie Wachtel from Massillon, OH 15-9, 11-15, 11-1 and a bronze in Women's 50+ A/B by defeating Cynthia Hugh from Hartford, CT 15-5, 15-10.  Bonnie Koehne from Lake Charles, LA defeated Katie Brewer from Pocola, OK 15-10, 8-15, 11-4 to capture the bronze medal in Women's D.   Of the remaining three who advanced to the medal rounds, only Bob Baudry from Baton Rouge, LA was able come home with a silver medal.  He was defeated in the finals by Grant Morrill of Middletown, PA 15-10, 8-15, 11-8.   Larry Sharpe of Lake Charles, LA playing Men's 40+ A/B and Jerry Buchannon of Fort Polk, LA playing in 25/30+ C/D  were both defeated in their respective medal matches.  Jerry was also able to advanced to the Quarterfinals of Men's C Division.
    Other Top Finishers who were able to advance to the Quarterfinals were John Davis in Men's 30+, Elliot Mistich in Men's B, Al Schof in Men's 25+ A/B, and Anthony P Zeringue in Men's 35+ C/D.  We also like to recognized Billy Ray formally of Mississippi Racquetball Association(MRA) now stationed in Clovis, NM for winning a silver in Men's 25/30+ C/D and Chris Baker from Jackson, MS who advanced to the Quarterfinals in Men's 30+ A/B.
    LRA was also recognized at the USRA Nationals Dinner Banquet by being one of six state racquetball associations to be awarded a grant for our Junior's Program from the Oregon Racquetball Association. Congratulations to our juniors and Junior Program Coordinator John Davis, former Coordinator Debbie Spica and to all the parents who has graciously denoted their time and hard work to make this possible.

    Listed Below are the other LRA Memebers that participated:

               Kip Atwell (Baton Rouge, LA)                       William Harris(Fort Polk, LA)
               Charles Lee(Baton Rouge, LA)                      Felix Marrero(Thibodaux, LA)
               Terrance Priece(New Orleans,LA)                 Beth Rist(Lake Charles, LA)
               Warrem Reuther(New Orleans, LA)              Clarence Simmions(Harvey, LA)
               Wayne Skinner(Harvey, LA)                           Earl Teabout(Destrahan, LA)
                Al Whiteman(New Orleans,LA)