Mission Squash Smashes the Lifetime Texas Open

This past weekend we had 13 of our scholars attend the Lifetime Texas Open Tournament here in Houston. We are proud to say that 4 out of our 13 scholars were involved in the finals for 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 divisions!

Rodrigo Chon-Him, who moved just under two years ago from El Salvador, reached his first finals in the 4.5 division and won the division without dropping a single game, showing that he is one of Houston’s strongest athletes.

Nicole Smith, after being away at Westminster boarding school, made her return to competition here in Houston and won the 3.5 division. Nicole commented on her win, stating, “I hate the intensity of Coach Santi’s training, but love the results!”

Miranda Medina continues to show great promise and won her first tournament as she took the 3.0 division title home. Lastly, Nathan Martinez fought hard, but in the end lost to a talented young player from the Houston area in the finals of the 4.0 division.

We would like to make an honorable mention to Joaquin Martinez and Faustino Martinez, our fantastic brothers who secured the 3rd and 4th places in the 3.0 division. Also, congratulations to Tyler Hernandez, Karina Smoot, Joe Rojas, and Gabriela Corvera for doing an outstanding job on their first tournament back to competition.

Mission Squash also looks to the future as 7th graders Krish Bhakta, Ira Nunez, and Mariana Forero were exposed to the competitive side of the sport this season. We hoped that they will grow into team leaders to continue Mission Squash’s history of success.

We could not be more proud of each of our scholars who participated this past weekend and thank the Lifetime Squash team for organizing a safe, fun, and challenging event. We look forward to participating in more upcoming tournaments, including the College Showcase! It is our hope that our scholars who desire to will continue their play on a college campus soon.


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