Catching up with Woody Clouse
The CPRT, Winning & Racquetball – A Way of Life
The “Party” is over, and the Stage is set …
The 2012 WOR Championships, presented by ROUNDABOUT Entertainment and Ektelon, and billed as “the Biggest Party in Racquetball”, has set the stage for the 3WallBall World Championships. As the third tournament in the 3WallBall Cup Championship Series, the WOR Championships hosted 250 players from nineteen states plus foreign challengers from Mexico and Bolivia. They gathered at Marina Park in Huntington Beach, CA with the largest contingent by far from California.
Greg Solis was the big winner on the men’s side with wins in the Pro Doubles and Mixed Pro, as well as a semi-final finish in the Pro Singles. Kevin Booth was also a double winner with wins in the Pro Doubles as Greg’s partner and the CPRT Doubles as the partner of Jesus Ustarroz. The other men’s winner was Rocky Carson iii, who won the Pro Singles without losing a game.
The big story of the tournament was the unsurpassed performance of Janel Tisinger. Can you say Triple? Pro Singles, Pro Doubles, and Mixed Pro. We’re guessing that Aimee Ruiz and Greg Solis are glad that they were her partners in the Pro Doubles and Mixed Pro, respectively.
In center stage now are the 3WallBall World Championships in Las Vegas on September 19-23, 2012. As the fourth, and final tournament of the 3WallBall Cup Championship Series, the big prize of $500 plus a suite in the Stratosphere Hotel will be determined here. Robert Sostre is still leading the men, but Greg’s fine performance brought him into striking distance and a similar performance at 3WallBall could carry him to the big prize. Janel’s dominating performance gave her the lead on the women’s side, the third women leader in three tournaments. Could it happen again?
A big thank you goes to tournament directors Geoff Osberg and Jesus Ustarroz for this great event, who were not deterred by heat, nor rain, nor dark of night. For more info about the 3WallBall World Championships, contact tournament director Steve Lerner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Current standings for the 3WallBall Cup can be found at http://www.3wallball.com/
Warm Up Tournament – Marina Park, HB California Booth and Usterroz come back to edge Peters and Lane
Outdoor racquetball is now officially in season and the CPRT was there for the annual WARM UPS before the big dance in July at Marina Park in Huntington Beach California. With 12 teams competing in the always tough pro doubles division, there were sure to be a few upsets. The number 1 seeded team of Mike Peters and Craig Lane made it through the top half of the draw unscathed, perhaps assisted by a forfeit from Son Nguyen and his partner, Robert “iceman” Sostre. Scheduled for the Sunday, Nguyen was unable to make it as a family emergency arose.
In the lower half of the draw, the quarterfinals saw the first upset when the red hot team of Gary Martin and Pete Gauchi were able to take down the number 2 seeded team of Gabe Medina and Mike Beltran, previous CPRT Finalists. They won it in two straight with Medina noting, “they were on fire and didn’t miss a thing.” When Gauchi/Martin took on the #3 seeds, Kevin Booth and Jesus Usterroz, they gave them all they could handle before falling in the tie-breaker.
So the final was set for Sunday with 2 former partners going at each other, Kevin Booth and Mike Peters. No animosity was seen on the court as Booth and Usterroz took the first game. But Peters and Lane roared back with a convincing 15-4 win in game two. Peters was summoning up his inner Lleyton Hewitt with roars of “C’mon!!!” after each winning shot. Lane was trying to keep Peters in check as they entered the tie-breaker, repeatedly reminding him to “settle down.”
Peters and Lane scored the first 4 points and Craig Lane lived up to his nickname of “Clubber”, destroying the first 4 balls he saw for winners. But Booth and Usterroz crept back to tie it at 4. Then Peters and Lane went up 7-4 and had the momentum. But that momentum was short lived as Usterroz took a tough overhead and hit a dink kill to get back in to serve. Murmurs in the crowd of “what would Jesus do?” were answered shortly as Booth and Usterroz would run it out to win 11-7, leaving Peters and Lane with thoughts of what might have been. The sight of Peters being consoled by his 19 year-old daughter Molly was hardly any consolation for the loss in the hard fought battle.
With Clubber teaming up with the Legendary Lefty, Cliff Swain for Nationals in a few weeks, Peters will have to look for a new partner if he hopes to put another CPRT Doubles title on his bucket list. Booth and Usterroz are likely to hook up for Nationals, and Robert Sostre, with whom Peters won the Vegas CPRT tourney in 2011 is playing with Son Nguyen. Last year at Nationals, Peters teamed with Restrung Magazine’s Freddy Ramizez to make it all the way to the finals, only to run into a blistering hot Lane and Swain combo. When asked who he might look for this year, Peters responded, “well, Kane’s not 40 yet and I think Dr. Bud might be a bit too old, so if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.”
3WallBall Goes West !!!
The 2012 3WallBall Cup Championship Series has reached the half-way point with the completion of the second tournament in the series, the WOR Warm-ups, presented by Ektelon.
Players from ten states gathered at Tropical Park in Miami. There’s a rumor going around that someone’s bucket list got a little shorter when locals Vic Leibofsky & Ismael Noa took out legends Cliff Swain and Marty Hogan in the Men’s Pro doubles.
Robert Sostre of New York was the big winner on the men’s side followed closely by Joe Young of Florida. Yoanis Garcia of Florida led the women with Diana Garza of Florida in second place.
The big prize of this four tournament series will be $500 plus a suite in the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas. A big thank you goes to tournament directors Mike Bernstein and Chris Young for this great event.
Next up in the series is the WOR Warm-Ups on June 9-10, 2012 at Marina Park in Huntington Beach, CA. For more info, contact tournament director Greg Solis, email@example.com .Current standings can be found at http://www.3wallball.com/
3 Wall Ball Championships Set for September 19-23, 2012
CPRT Hits the Mile High Pro Am!
Playing alongside the WPRO the CPRT showcased the top players in the state with National Champion and #1 ranked player Woody Clouse leading the way!
Woody Clouse Adds To His Titles
Woody Clouse added another CPRT title to his collection. This one was a hard fought victory. Jimmy Lowe started a tad slow by dropping the first two games. Woody's serves kept Jimmy off balance. Jimmy came back to win games 3 and 4 by his stellar retrieving skills. The crowd of over 50 spectators loved the banter by both players on and off the court. Jimmy is somewhat known for his colorful attitude and he certaintly didnt let down this time. Game 5 went to Clouse as he dug deep to finish off Lowe.
Finals Set at CPRT Championships Las Vegas
The first semifinal match of the day was Jimmy Lowe vs. Craig Lane. Lane came out firing on all cylinders and won the first game 9-1. The tides soon turned as Jimmy started shooting better and squeaked the second game out 9-8. Clubber was missing a few shots and Jimmy was there to chase them down as he won the next to game 9-5 and 9-3 to close out the match.
The second semifinal was Woody Clouse vs. George Bustos. This was Bustos' first ever CPRT semifinal and was a tad nervous as he missed a few shots in the first game and lost a quick one 9-4. Woody was clicking off points quickly and won the second game 9-2. George found his backhand splat and rolled off points in a hurry to win the fourth game 9-6. Woody's serves came alive in the fourth game and he was able to close out the match with a 9-4 win.
CPRT Championships into Semifinals In Las Vegas
Dale Valentine was the only top seed to be a casualty to George Bustos. George played tough to beat Dale in 3 straight games. Other top seeds advanced. Jimmy Lowe, the number 3 seed advanced past Rick "Soda Man" Koll in 3 straight. Number 2 seed, Craig Clubber Lane advanced past Ken Courtney. Lastly, #1 seed, Woody Clouse advanced past David Mendoza.
CPRT's Woody Clouse Fundraises for Colorado Jr. Racquetball Players
Woody Clouse continues to give back to the community with the Peerless Tire Opening Shots Shootout & Fundraiser for JR Team USA members Nick Riffle,Erika Manilla and Adam Manilla. A great time was had by all who attended. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated to the event.! If you want to give to the cause, sent it to CRA, PO Box 237, Larkspur, CO 80118 Cheers!!
CPRT Championships Set For March 1 - 4, 2012
The CPRT Championships will once again be held in Las Vegas, NV March 1-4, 2012. Plan now to attend this annual CPRT event
CPRT Hosts Annual Firefighter/Marines Toys for Tots Tournament in CaliforniaCPRT's Gerry Price will be hosting the annual Firefighter/Marines Toys for Tots Tournament in California on Saturday December 10, 2011. The tournament sold out over a month ago. This year's goal is to top last years donations of over a 1000 toys and $2200.00 dollars.
CPRT Supports Breast Cancer Awareness
The CPRT's Woody Clouse along with Tony Carson host a tournament and exhibition to raise money for breast cancer awareness.
2011 Safe Nest Toy Drive Racquetball Tournament A Big Success
2011 Christmas Toy Drive Set for Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 3
Clouse Dominates Again! 3 And Counting…..
The 2011 US OPEN attracted the largest and deepest draw of the year as many players had to win two matches just to qualify into the main draw! All of the top seeds, Woody Clouse, Jimmy Lowe, Mike Ray and Travis Aldinger were ready to take on the challenge from the hungry qualifiers who were looking to make a name for themselves.Read the rest of the story...
Clouse to Defend Title at US OPEN
Woody Clouse returns to Minneapolis to defend his CPRT title at the 2011 US OPEN as the top seed, opening play on Friday afternoon against a qualifier. Seeded second will be Jimmy Lowe followed by Mike Ray and Travis Aldinger. Fifth seed is Dale Valentine, then Brad McCunniff, Ted Pittinaro and Richard Eisenmann rounding out the top eight. A field of 28 players from four countries will battle for the eight qualifying spots in Friday's round of 16. Follow all the action beginning Wednesday on R2 Sports.
Sostre and Peters Win CPRT Doubles at 3 Wall Ball Championships
Robert Sostre & Mike Peters dominated the CPRT Doubles division at the 2011 3 Wallball World Championships cruising into the finals without dropping a game and then defeating Jesus Ustarroz and Kevin Booth in a great Saturday Night feature final 15-6, 12-15, 11-4. Sostre & Peters were the fourth seeds and after opening wins over Brough & Bronson then Moreno & Green they shocked the top seeds and defending champions Cliff Swain & Craig Lane 15-10, 15-13 in the top semi-final. Ustarroz & Booth came from the seventh seeded position with wins over Hallenbeck & Uhrich then Hansen & Leibofsky before their semi-final over Thomas Ale & Yelandi Rivero 5-15, 15-11, 11-3.
Swain and Lane Take Top Honors at WOR Championships
20 teams came together chasing the $2000 cash prize for this year’s WOR Championships. The draw was deep with plenty of former pro champions like Rick Sandello, Craig Clubber Lane, Mike Peters, Gabe Medina, Mike Beltran and Ravi Sohoni. When the dust settled Cliff Swain and Craig Clubber Lane came out on top. They beat Mike Peters and Freddy Ramirez to continue their undefeated streak outdoors and did so in convincing fashion by winning 15-7, 15-0.
3 Wall Ball Championships Set for September 22-25, 2011
The top pros came together with the directors of 3 Wall Ball and the Stratosphere at the CPRT Nationals in Las Vegas in support of the second annual 3 Wallball World Championships to be held Sept. 22-25, 2011 at the Stratosphere Las Vegas.
Clouse Dominates in the Final of the 2011 CPRT Nationals
Upsets Continue into the Finals at the 2011 CPRT Nationals
Friday Night Upsets at the 2011 CPRT Nationals
Quarter-finals Set for Friday Night at
Classic Professional Racquetball Tour (CPRT) Nationals
The Classic Professional Racquetball Tour (CPRT)
closes out the 2010-11 season with the CPRT Nationals
April 8 – 10 at the Las Vegas Athletic Club.
A CPRT draw of 16 will face off for the largest purse of the season and bonus ranking points in the season finale. Leading the lineup will be the top two ranked CPRT players; Woody Clouse of Highlands Ranch, CO and Cliff Swain of Boston, MA. Seeded third will be Hawaii’s Jimmy Lowe and rounding out the top four will be Californian Craig Lane. Louis Vogel, Gerry Price, Dale Valentine and Bobby Ferreira follow as the next four seeds. The draw will be loaded with some of the region’s top 40 and over players taking their best shot at the CPRT professionals. Play begins with round of 16 starting at Noon Friday followed by the quarterfinals Friday evening. Semi-final action continues at Noon Saturday morning with a 6:00pm Saturday CPRT final. Follow the action on classicproracquetball.com with results and updates posted nightly. Tournament info and results are also available on r2sports.com.
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