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Picon siblings garner golds in racquetball nationals
They will represent Team USA at Junior Worlds
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Manteca residents Andrea and Alejandro Picon show off their All-American certificates, as they earned spots on Junior Team USA. CALIFORNIA RACQUETBALL SCOOP/Courtesy photo

Manteca siblings Andrea Perez Picon and Alejandro Robles Picon are among the rising stars in racquetball.

They’ve been piling up the accolades throughout their young careers, most recently regaining spots on Junior Team USA for the International Racquetball Federation Junior World Championships in Tarija, Bolivia. Last year, in Guatemala, Alejandro placed second in the Junior Worlds while competing in the gold draw of the 10-under boys singles. Andrea was part of the third-place team in the 14-under girls doubles competition and also qualified for singles.

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Andrea and Alejandro Picon with their medals and coach Anwar Ali during the 2022 Junior World Racquetball Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala. CALIFORNIA RACQUETBALL SCOOP/Courtesy photo
For the upcoming Worlds, they’ll both get a shot to improve on their last appearance and in multiple formats. Andrea Picon is a triple qualifier — gold singles, doubles, mixed doubles — in the 14-under division after winning three golds in the USA Racquetball National Junior Festival and Championships held June 21-25 at Bay Club Pleasanton. Her brother, now in 12-under, rolled on his way to national titles in gold singles and doubles.

Andrea, a Sierra High student, was the No. 1 seed in the 14U gold singles draw and was dominant on her march to gold. Following a first-round bye, she waxed a player from Rocklin and another from Fremont before taking care of Aanshi Thakur of Tracy, 15-1, 15-13.

The two singles finalists linked up for doubles play and were unstoppable, sweeping all five of their matches while outscoring opponents, 150-18.

In mixed doubles, Picon paired with Stockton’s Nathan Rykhus. They went 5-0 and outpointed opponents, 150-9.

Alejandro Picon, who attends Stella Brockman Elementary, was also awarded the No. 1 seed for singles, routing opponents from Missouri and Texas en route to the final. He faced No. 2 Ayan Sharma of Pleasanton and won, 15-6, 15-5.

Picon and Sharma teamed up for doubles, sweeping all four of their opponents and outscoring them, 120-14.

The two siblings are longtime players who are trained by their mother, Rosa Picon. Andrea has been playing since she was 6, while Alejandro started competing at age 8.

Andrea and Alejandro don’t just compete with players in their respective age groups. In February, they took part in the USA Racquetball National Singles & Doubles Championships at Arizona State.

Andrea teamed with Jose Perez in the highly-competitive mixed open doubles, and they wound up winning their bracket. They beat Michiele Stapleton and Steve Strahler of Colorado Springs in the final, 15-9, 15-2.

Young Alejandro also made a splash. He entered the four-man ‘C’/’D’ men’s singles draw and was the No. 3 seed. He made it to the title round, coming from behind to defeat Jacob Pomi of Atascadero, 9-15, 15-9, 11-7.

Alejandro teamed with mom Rosa for the mixed ‘B’ doubles. They went 3-0, outscoring opponents, 90-26.

Andrea had already established herself in the upper levels of the sport. Last year, she participated in the USA Racquetball US Open at the University of Minnesota. Picon entered two brackets, getting a match in for the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour and winning the Women’s Elite Singles division.

The Picons will play in the IRF Junior World Championships in Nov. 10-18.