Despite a snowfall of over twenty inches and sub-zero temperatures, 193 juniors from fifteen states and Canada traveled to Groton, Massachusetts, to participate in this past weekend’s Massachusetts Junior Championships. Boys and girls competed across all age divisions—U19, U17, U15, U13, and U11—at the gold tournament hosted by the Groton School.
Gold tournaments feature the highest level of junior competition below Junior Championship Tour events. Draws at these tournaments are restricted to the top thirty-two ranked entrants.
BU19 top seed Timmy Brownell captured his third gold tournament win of the season with a three-game victory over two seed James Watson, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10. Brownell easily advanced through the draw this weekend, topping each of his opponents in three games.
After dropping the first game of the GU19 final, top seed Kira Keating came back to win the division, beating six seed Jillian Davey in four games, 7-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-5. Davey had an impressive tournament, topping three seed Samantha Chai in a marathon five-game quarterfinal, 11-4, 13-15, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8, and upsetting two seed Devin Mullaney in the semis in four games, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8.
Five seed Jack Bell took home the BU17 title, defeating three seed Alex Patricolo in a four-game final, 11-8, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9.
Top seed Anne Blasberg won the GU17 final, topping three seed Caroline Neave in four games, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6. Neave advanced to the final after ousting two seed Carly Rizzuto in a three-game semifinal, 11-9, 11-7, 11-3.
Two seed A.J. Solecki beat unseeded Tiber Worth in a tight four-game final to win the BU15 title, 11-8, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8. Worth upset one seed David Rubin in the quarters in a close four games on his way to the final, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4.
One seed Marina Stefanoni picked up her fourth gold tournament win of the season with a four-game victory over two seed Caroline Spahr in the GU15 final, 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4.
BU13 two seed Kedar Nagaraj defeated eight seed William Aube in three games to win the division, 13-11, 11-5, 11-5. Nagaraj advanced to the final after defeating William’s twin brother, Andrew Aube, in a long five-game semifinal, 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6. William Aube upset one seed Conner Stoltz in four games in the quarterfinals, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9, and then topped four seed Douglas Conigliaro in a four-game semifinal, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-9.
Top seed McKenna Stoltz earned her first gold tournament win of the season with a four game victory over seventh seeded Harbour Woodward, 5-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-7. Woodward advanced to the final after upsetting both McKenna’s twin sister, two seed Molly Stoltz, in a three-game quarterfinal, 11-2, 11-2, 11-5, and three seed Christina Leonard in four in the semis, 5-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-7.
Christopher Baldini won the BU11 nine-player round robin with Liam Flynn coming in second.
Willow Woodward took first in the GU11 five-player round robin winning all four of her matches. Lucie Stefanoni came in second place with three wins.
For full tournament draws and results, visit the Massachusetts Junior Championships tournament page, found on the US Squash website.
The next junior gold is the Graham Company Gold hosted by the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from January 10-12. Visit the tournament page for information and updates.
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