Beach Season Comes to a Close
third Jr Beach Season in the Arizona Region came
to a close on June 29th. This season marked a first for the
Collegiate Women's Tournament, the Father/Daughter Tournament
and the USA Beach HP Tournament. 420 players participated in
at least one tournament throughout the season - an all time
high for the Arizona Region. Watch for more college action
and a Mother/Son Tournament next year
USA Beach presence.
Arizona Region will send the following teams to the USA Beach
HP Camp in El Segundo, CA on July 18-20. Congratulations to
12's - Lexi Anderson and Abby Hornacek
14's - Megan Dudzinski and Melissa New
14's - David Potocki and Bobby Schwarzkopf
16's - Betsi Metter and Kelsey Brown
16's - Jeff Dumbrell and
18's - Ashley Kelty and Michelle Hein
The Jr Beach Director
and the AZ Region cannot say thank you enough to the kids,
the parents, the chauffeurs, the staff at Victory Lanes and
actually, the weather for their cooperation in making this
program so successful. You are the reason this works, each
and every one of you.
a recap of each week of the Jr Beach Season click on the article
Daughter Tourney HUGE Success
Hector & Heather
Gradillas, Amanda & Jeff Beal
Doug & Ariel
McDaneld, Michele & Norm Anderson
Jeff & Abby
Hornacek, Lexi & Norm Anderson
Jeff & Haley
VanRaaphorst, Sydney & Evan Butler
The Region's Junior Beach
program spawned another winner on Father's Day as the first annual
Father Daughter tournament brought out 60 teams of Dads and Daughters
into the 110 plus heat for a spirited doubles tournament June
Dad's played in the age group of their daughters
and using reverse coed rules, the field played pool play and
those that finished in the top two of their pool went onto a
single elimination bracket.
In the 12's division,
Norm Anderson and daughter Lexi defeated Abby Hornacek and dad
In the 14's division,
Jeff and Haley VanRaaphorst defeated Sydney and Evan Butler 15-13
in the final.
In the 16's division, Norm Anderson took his
second gold with daughter Michele, defeating Ariel and Doug McDaneld
21-9 in the final.
In the 18's division, Jeff and Amanda Beal
topped Hector and Heather Gradillas 21-16 to take the gold.
Several mother's in attendance said they will
be ready for next years Mother/Son tournament on Mother's Day,
2007. Stay tuned!
Raises Funds for Brain Tumor Research
Buckhout, Northwest Valley News/Peoria Today, June 30, 2006
HS junior Jenn Robinson is determined to be a difference maker,
whether it's on the volleyball court where she's hoping to
make the Eagles varsity volleyball team this season, or in
tryouts for the volleyball program are still more than a month
away, it's clear that Robinson has already made her mark in
a more important pursuit, raising funds for Students Supporting
Brain Tumor Research.
tournament play at Victory Lanes Sports Complex last week,
June 19, 20 and 22, all the proceeds went to suppport S.S.B.T.R.
Between Mike and Kim Krueger donating the use of the courts
each night, the entry fees to compete in the tournament and
donations from players and parents, more than $2000 was raised
for the charity.
the great thing about this group (S.S.B.T.R.). Even though
I'm just a teen, you realize that you can make a difference," Robinson
Glendale resident said she first began to learn about the issue
of brain tumors when she heard about a valley high school volleyball
player that lost her life following a brain tumor (Ashley Anderson
of Desert Mountain HS and AZ Desert Sky VBC).
didn't know her, but it kind of hit home that it could just
as easily happen to me." she said. "You start reading
about it and I found out that every year more than 200,000
people in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor
and it's the second leading cancer killer of teenagers other
to her efforts last week, Robinson, as a member of the student
council at Ironwood was one of 4000 students that participated
in the 4th annual S.S.B.T.R. Walk-A-Thon. The event raised
more than $171,000, which was distributed to the Barrow Neurological
Center, Phoenix Children's Hospital, the Brain Tumor Society,
and TGen (Translational Genomics Research Institute).
been a member of the sand volleyball league at Victory Lanes
(AZ Region Jr Beach Program) each of the past three years,
Robinson went to (Eric) Hodgson hoping there was a way the
league could raise some funds for the cause. With the Krugers'
support the event was a success in Robinson's opinion.
with registering players and taking donations last week, Robinson
said she made it a point to wander around the facility and
talk to whomever was willing to listen. "Beyond raising
money, it's about raising awareness," she said. "Not
a lot of people are comfortable when you start telling them
the statistics, but if even one out of 10 are willing to listen
to what kind of problem this is I feel like I've done something."
information about S.S.B.T.R. go to http://www.ssbtr.org/homepage.shtml
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