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|USHA National Junior Four-Wall Championships|
Four-Wall Juniors: Bidegain, Stoffel and Cooke Slam in Chicago!
DES PLAINES, Ill. - The USHA National Junior Four-Wall Championships finished up on Sunday with a flurry of great doubles matches, each of four championships going three games. Brant Bidegain (left in singles win over McElduff) slammed in the 19s, defeating Conor McElduff in singles and teaming with John Audet to beat Hector Facio and Alejandro Ibarra in the doubles. Tyler Stoffel did the same in the 17s, teaming with Pol Clarke to beat Anthony Collado and Jordan Taylor. Luis Bustos and Anthony Sullivan avenged their singles losses to Coleman McGrath in the 15 doubles over McGrath and Agustin Martin. Patrick Cooke teamed with cousin Conor Cooke to slam in the 13 doubles over Jon Gutierrez and Christian Gonzalez. Chloe Edgell beat her twin sister Ashley for the Girls 11 title.
Saturday night featured an awards party in the Adventure room where the coveted special awards were presented to Maggie Byrne (Newcomer), Anthony Collado (Sportsmanship and Patrick Clarke (Most Improved).
2012 National Juniors Results of Drop Downs
First Round: Patrick Sutherland (Mound City, KS) d. Hugo Cervantes (Riverbank, CA), 14, 15.
Round of 16: Brant Bidegain (San Diego) d. Tyler Fipps (Riverbank, CA), 1, 5; Christian Luna (Inglewood, CA) d. Julian Armendariz (St. Louis), 14, (16), 7; Alejandro Ibarra Jr. d. Angel Estrella (Tucson), 20, (14), 4; CJ Laffey (Park Ridge, IL) d. David Dart (Ceres, CA), 1, 12; Conor McElduff (Tyrone, Ire) d. Robt. Lee (Brooklyn), 1, 6; Hector Facio Jr. (Kansas City) d. Ivan Lugo (Tucson), 12, 8; Matthew Chu (Little Neck, NY) d. John Audet (Niagara Falls, Can), 8, def.; Loren Collado (Saratoga, CA) d. Patrick Sutherland, 5, 12.
Quarterfinals: Bidegain d. Luna, 3, 7; Laffey d. Ibarra, 11, 1; McElduff d. Facio, 15, (18), 1; L. Collado d. Chu, 4,19.
Semifinals: B. Bidegain d. Laffey, inj.; McElduff d. L. Collado, 18, 6.
Final: Bidegain d. McElduff, 15, 11.
19 A Semifinals: C. Luna d. Ibarra, def.; Chu d. Facio, def.
Final: Luna d. Chu, 12, 9.
19 B First Round: Hugo Cervantes d. Maleyna Moriel, 5, 16; J. Audet d. D. Dart,12, 11.
Quarterfinals: I. Lugo d. Cervantes, 12, 4; R. Lee d. Sutherland, (18), 16, 5; Audet d. Estrella, 15, 12; Armendariz d. Fipps, 16, 3.
Semifinals: Lee d. Lugo, def.; Audet d. Armendariz, def.
Final: Audet d. Lee, 6, 9.
19 C First Round: Dart d. Moriel, 1, 0; Fipps d. Sutherland, 4, 9.
Semifinals: Estrella d. Dart, 15, (20), 7; Fipps d. Cervantes, 9, 9.
Final: Estrella d. Fipps, (16), 4, 9.
By Kyle Kloss
First Round: Antonio Perez (Modesto) d. Max Roberts (Evanston, IL), 6 ,13; T. J. Byrne (Mayo, Ire) d. Steve Matiasek (Park Ridge, Ill), 5 ,4; Jordan Taylor (Vancouver, WA) d. Yuan Zhou (Calgary), 2, 5; Pol Clarke (Tyrone, Ire) d. Evon Selestow (Menomenee Falls, WI), 3, 4; Shane Walsh (Mayo, Ire.) d. Brittyn Bidegain (San Diego), 14, (20), 9; Garrett Hurst (Riverbank, CA), d. Joshua Lavin (Alberta, Can), 5, 1.
Quarterfinals: Anthony Collado (Saratoga, CA) d. Perez,(17), 13, 3; Byrne d. Taylor, 14, 17; Clarke d. Walsh, 3, 1; Tyler Stoffel (Mankato) d. Hurst, 2, 5.
Semifinals: A. Collado d. Byrne, 20, 14; Stoffel d. Clarke, (17), 18, 3.
Final: Stoffel d. Collado, 12, 7.
17 A Final: J. Taylor d. S. Walsh, 5, 20.
17 B First Round: Steve Matiasek d. Yuan Zhang.
Semifinals: B. Bidegain d. M. Roberts, 12, 14; S. Matiasek d. J. Lavin, 17, 5.
Final: Bidegain d. Matiasek, def.
17 C Semifinals: M. Roberts d. Zhang, 18, 12.
Final: Roberts d. Lavin.
Competition pays off for McGrath
At just 14, Coleman McGrath and Luis Bustos are already among the better players in their home clubs. Leading up to the event, Coleman found some stiff competition back home while Luis tapered his training before the trip. At Lattof, McGrath had two tough matches while Bustos coasted in the final. “He (Coleman) has been playing with the best guys back home,” said his Tom. Meanwhile, Coach Carl Rice said Bustos wasn’t ready for the determined McGrath.
Coleman credited his use of the court for his placement and control for his win. Photographer Keith Thode was most impressed with Coleman’s lefthanded pass to the right side of the court that had reverse spin on it. Coleman smiled when Keith told him that and nodded. “Yeah, that works good.”
While everything worked for Coleman in the singles, Bustos was asked what he’d do differently in the doubles. His answer: “Hit the ball.”
First Round: Kaelan Rae (Tucson) d. Patrick O’Donnell (Oak Forest, IL), 0, 0; Austin Biddle (Milwaukie, OR) d. Brendan Cooke (Orland Park, IL), 4, 2; Carlos Espinosa (Tucson) d. Jimmy Connolly (Niles, IL), 1, 0; Coleman McGrath (San Francisco) d. Alec Sweeney (Orland Park, IL), 2, 2; Agustin Martin (Salida, CA) d. Kevin Holt (Des Plaines), 1, 1; Pedro Murillo (Tucson) d. Martin Byrne (Mayo, Ire.), 9, 11; Anthony Sullivan (San Jose) d. Daniel Byrne-Szafoni (Oak Lawn, IL), 0, 0.
Quarterfinals: Luis Bustos (Modesto, CA) d. Rae, 15, 6; Biddle d.Espinosa, 13, (20), 2; McGrath d. Martin, 11, 19; Sullivan d. Murillo, 4, 0.
Semifinals: Bustos d. Biddle, 11, 5; McGrath d. Sullivan, 16, 20.
Final: McGrath d. Bustos, 17, 12.
15 A Semifinals: K. Rae d. C. Espinosa, 18, (11), 5; A. Martin d. P. Murillo, 14, 18
Final: Martin d. Rae, 18, (8), 2
First Round: Brendan Cooke d. Pat O’Donnell; Alec Sweeney d. Jim Connolly, 1, 3; M. Byrne d. D. Byrne/Szafoni, 0, 1.
Semifinals: B. Cooke d. K. Holt, 10, 11; M. Byrne d. A. Sweeney, 20, 11.
Final: M. Byrne d. B. Cooke, 11, 13.
15 C: Semifinals: K. Holt d. P. O’Donnell, def.; D. Byrne/Szafoni d. Jim Connolly, 11, 5.
Final: Holt d. Byrne/Szafoni, 2, 6.
“We’ve got a great setup at Silver Lake Country Club,” said James Cooke, father of Most-Improved Patrick Cooke, who dominated the 13-and-under field. “We can bring the kids in and just pay for the court time.”
Patrick put his court time to best use by playing with his friends and taking on the adults at the club whenever he could. In the final, Cooke handled Jon Gutierrez of Englewood (Denver suburb) with surprising ease considering Jon would have been another good choice for most improved, 1, 2.
Since last year, Patrick concentrated on working on his back-wall shot to bring his game up to championship caliber. In the final, he focused on one thing: serving to Jon’s left. “I just kept it over on the left,” Patrick said. The same focus Patrick had on his backwall game paid off on his serves, never letting Gutierrez unleash his offensive skills with his right hand.
Local Devin Peters won the A singles over another Lattof player Sam Ure. Esteban Camacho of Tucson took the B over Joe Coman of South Bend in a tiebreaker.
First Round: Patrick Cooke (Oak Forest, IL) d. Joshua Gonzalez (Des Plaines), 0, 0; Caleb Gonzalez (Mt. Prospect, IL) d. Dylan Estrada (Park Ridge, IL), 18, 18; Mark Biedke (Park Ridge, IL) d. Esteban Camacho (Tucson), 3, 2; Nicholas Roberts (Evanston) d. Danny Connolly (Niles, IL), 0, (20), 2; Devin Peters (Des Plaines) d. Charlie Vaughan (Des Plaines), 2, 0; Jon Gutierrez (Englewood, CO) d. Brian Cooke (Orland Park), 0,0; Sam Ure (Des Plaines) d. Joe Coman III (South Bend), (19), 15, 1; James Teuber (Glenview, IL) d. Eoghan Spellman (Orland Park, IL), 0, 0.
Quarterfinals: P. Cooke d. C. Gonzalez, 1, 1; Biedke d. N. Roberts, 7, 5; J. Gutierrez d. D. Peters, 4, 13; J. Teuber d. S. Ure, 8, 11.
Semifinals: P. Cooke d. Biedke, 4, 2; Gutierrez d. Teuber, 7, 7.
Final: P. Cooke d. Gutierrez, 1, 2.
13 A: Devin Peters d. Nicholas Roberts, 18, (10), 10; S. Ure d. Caleb Gonzalez, 8, 19.
Final: Peters d. Ure, 9, 0
First Round: J. Gonzalez d. D. Connolly, 13, 5; E. Camacho d. D. Estrada, 1, 3; Brian Cooke d. Charlie Vaughan, 8, 13; Jo Coman d. E. Spellman, 3, 6.
Semifinals: Camacho d. Gonzalez, 0, 2; J. Coman d. Brian Cooke, 2, 1.
Final: Camacho d. Coman, (18), 19, 2.
Boys’ 13 C: Semifinals: D. Estrada d. D. Connolly, 9, 2; C. Vaughan d. E. Spellman, def.
Final: D. Estrada d. C. Vaughan, 8, 14.
First Round: James O’Donnell (Melrose Park, IL) d. Barry Varley (Oak Forest, IL), 17, 4; Johnny Cooke (OakForest, IL) d. Adam Threlkeld (Arlingon Heights, IL), (12), 4, 3.
Quarterfinals: Ray Ure (Des Plaines, IL) d. O’Donnell, (20), 10, 7; Jose Maldonado (Tucson) d. Collin Peters (Des Plaines, IL), 5, 1; Christian Gonzalez (Lodi, CA) d. Patrick Ward (Evergreen Park, IL), 1, 8; Jorge Pimentel (Tucson) d. Johnny Cooke, 3, 10.
Semifinals: J. Maldonado d. R. Ure, 12, 11; Pimentel d. C. Gonzalez, 14, (20), 1.
Final: Pimentel d. Maldonado, 17, 12.
11 A: Christian Gutierrez d. Ray Ure, 1, (15), 4.
11 B: First Round: B. Varley d. A. Threlkeld, 5, (11), 7; Collin Peters d. Patrick Ward, 6, 8.
Semifinals: James O’ Donnell d. Johnny Cooke, 4, 5; C. Peters d. Varley, 10, 2.
Final: J. O’Donnell d. Collin Peters, 7, 16.
Boys’ 11-under C: Patrick Ward d. J. Cooke, (19), 11, 0.
19-and-under First Round: Brant Bidegain/John Audet (CA/CAN) d. Pat Sutherland/Hugo Cervantes (MO/CA), 1, 5; Loren Collado/Christian Luna (CA) d. Conor McElduff/Robt. Lee (Ire/NY), 20, (10), 7; Alejandro Ibarra/Hector Facio Jr. (CO/MO) d. Angel Estrella/Ivan Lugo, (AZ), 5, 16; CJ Laffey/Matt Chu (IL/NY), 6, 7.
Semifinals: Bidegain/Audet d. L. Collado/Luna, 16, 7; Facio/Ibarra d. Laffey/Chu, def.
Final: Bidegain/Audetd. Facio/Ibarra, (13), 5, 0.
17-and-under First Round: Antonio Perez/Garrett Hurst (CA) d. Steve Matiasek/Brittyn Bidegain (IL/CA), 5, 11; Anthony Collado/Jordan Taylor (CA/OR) d. Yuan Zhou/Josh Lavin (CAN), 10, 5; Steve Walsh/T.J. Byrne (Ire.) d. Max Roberts/A. Selestow, 3, 6.
Semifinals: Tyler Stoffel/Pol Clarke (MN/Ire) d. Perez/Hurst, 0, 3; A. Collado/Taylor d. Walsh/Byrne, (14), 10, 10.
Final: Stoffel/Clarke d. A. Collado/Taylor, (12), 16, 7.
First Round: Alec Sweeney/Brendan Cooke (IL), 10, 5; Carlos Espinosa/Pedro Murillo (AZ), 2 ,1; Agustin Martin/Coleman McGrath ( CA) d. Martin Byrne/Austin Biddle (Ire/OR), 3, 4.
Semifinals: Luis Bustos/Anthony Sullivan (CA) d. Sweeney/Cooke, 0, 0; Martin/McGrath d. Espinosa/Murillo, 11, 10.
Final: Bustos/Sullivan d. Martin/McGrath, (19), 10, 9.
The back wall worked for me and we had to keep spreading the court for coverage as we were too close.
First Round: Adam Threlkeld/Charlie Vaughan (IL) d. Barry Varley/Eoghan Spellman (IL/Ire), 14, (12), 9; Maggie Byrne/Emma Cooke (Ire/IL) d. Sam Ure/Dylan Estrada (IL), 3, 5; Ray Ure/Collin Peters (IL) d. Gavin Ward/Patrick Ward (IL), 2, 1; Jon Gutierrez/Christian Gonzalez (CO/IL) d. Conor Cooke/Johnny Cooke (IL), 3, 10.
Quarterfinals: Brian Cooke/Patrick Cooke (IL) d. Threlkeld/Vaughan, 2, 0; D. Peters/M.Biedke (IL) d. Byrne/Cooke, 12, 5; Ure/Peters d. James Teuber/Nicholas Roberts (IL), (9) 13, 0; Gutierrez/Gonzalez d. Jorge Pimentel/Jose Maldonado (AZ), 13, 15.
Semifinals: Cooke/Cooke d. Peters/Biedke, 14, 4; Gutierrez/Gonzalez d. Ure/Peters, 6, 5.
Final: Cooke/Cooke d. Gutierrez/Gonzalez, 17, (13), 3.
Girls 15-and-under Round Robin:
First Place: Maggie Byrne (Mayo, Ire) d. Chloe Roberts (Evanston, IL), 1, 5; Rugile Kasperivnaite (Des Plaines), 0, 0; Emma Cooke (Oak Forest, Ill), 0, def.
Second Place: Chloe Roberts d. Kasperivnaite, 2, 2; Cooke, def.
First Place: Chloe Edgell (New Braunfels, TX) d. Ashley Edgell (New Braunfels), 15, 8; Veronica Makowski (Mount Prospect, IL), 5, 2; Mia Kowalczuk (Prospect Hghts, IL), 2, 6; Maya Karp (Mount Prospect), 2, 4.
Second: Ashley Edgell d. Makowski, 20, 13; Kowalczuk, 4, 8; Karp, 10, 3.
Third: Makowski d. Kowalczuk, 8, 2; Karp, (20), 10, 1.
Fourth: Kowalczuk d. Karp, 14, 1.
Juniors 9-and-under Round Robin:
First: Jason O’Donnell (Melrose Park) d. Conor Cooke (Orland Park), 17, 17; Gavin Ward (Evergreen Park), 12, 16; Nathan Stoffel (Mankato), 9, 18; Aubrey Peters (Des Plaines), 1, 3.
Second: Cooke d. Ward, 2, (12), 0; Stoffel, 2, (2), 9; Peters, 4, 0.
Third: Ward d. Stoffel, 7, (4), 9; Peters, 0, 0.
Fourth: Stoffel d. Peters, 2, 0.
First Place: Brittyn Bidegain (San Diego) d. Maleyna Moriel (El Paso), 8,15.
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