The Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy offers private lessons, group lessons, camps, coaching clinics, tournaments, badminton open gym, and a pro shop. Shannon Pohl is also available for demonstrations and speeches. For more information about the Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy, sponsorship opportunities, or to book her for an event, please contact Shannon.

Shannon is competing in an International Grand Prix tournament today!

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 3.35.19 PMHi everyone! I’m playing in the round of 16 of the K & D Graphics Grand Prix today in California against Joy Lai of Australia (who beat Peru in the round of 32).

My match is the 7th match scheduled on court 1 today, which means it will likely be between 4-5 pm California time (6-7 pm Chicago time). Of course what time it is exactly depends on how close the matches are before me. My match is on court 1, following the match of Beiwen Zhang vs Anoma Phongasavithas. If you are in Southern California, come on out and watch some matches!

SPBA, if you’d like to follow along live online, go to tournamentsoftware.com and click on LiveScore 2014 K & D Graphics Grand Prix (on the right side of the page).

It’s going to be tough but I’ll fight my hardest out there!

Enter the Parent/Child Tournament today!

logoJoin us on December 6th, 2014 for a super fun day of family badminton! Events will be held in Men’s Doubles (Father/Son), Women’s Doubles (Mother/Daughter), and Mixed Doubles (Father/Daughter or Mother/Son).

DSC_0189smallThis is designed to be a fun and social event with a bit of competitiveness too. Parents of
badminton players… this is your chance to join in on all the fun and spend some time with your children! All ages and levels are welcome (no prior experience required). This event is open to anyone and their parent/guardian. Let’s have a fun day out on the courts!

More details and entry form available here!

 

77 SPBA Players Have earned Junior National Rankings!

See the full USA Badminton Jr. National Rankings here and click on “Latest Rankings”.

BS U19
72-Isaak Lu

BD U19
42-Isaak Lu

GS U19
15-Kiley Walsh
20-Julia Siebert
20-Jessica Hirsh
28-Madison Fortman
31-Katherine Ortell
31-Mady Berns
31-Yixuan Wang
31-Gerri Soren
31-Naomi Ecanow
31-Rachel Gross
45-Samantha Merkin
45-Allison Behling
45-Olenka Kalinowski
45-Jenny Martin
45-Julia Zazove
52-Juana Camacho
52-Emily Mrstik
55-Bridget Dungan
55-Megan Griffin
55-Abby Rosenbaum
55-Nicki Flynn
55-Heather Shin
55-Samantha Glazer
55-Noreen Caporusso
55-Brinda Dollu
55-Elizabeth Onishenko

GD U19
22-Madison Fortman
22-Mady Berns
27-Kiley Walsh
27-Noreen Caporusso
27-Jessica Hirsh
27-Gerri Soren
27-Rachel Gross
27-Brinda Dollu
33-Yixuan Wang
33-Elizabeth Onishenko
38-Katherine Ortell
38-Naomi Ecanow
40-Emily Mrstik
40-Bridget Dungan
43-Megan Griffin
45-Allison Behling
45-Jenny Martin
45-Heather Shin
45-Nicki Flynn
50-Julia Zazove
50-Olenka Kalinowski
50-Juana Camacho
50-Samantha Merkin
50-Abby Rosenbaum
50-Samantha Glazer
50-Julia Siebert

XD U19
44-Kiley Walsh
48-Brinda Dollu
65-Elizabeth Onishenko
65-Isaak Lu
65-Emily Mrstik
65-Julia Siebert
65-Jessica Hirsh
65-Madison Fortman
65-Katherine Ortell
65-Mady Berns
65-Yixuan Wang
65-Gerri Soren
65-Naomi Ecanow
65-Rachel Gross
65-Samantha Merkin
65-Allison Behling
65-Olenka Kalinowski
65-Jenny Martin
65-Julia Zazove
65-Juana Camacho
65-Bridget Dungan
65-Megan Griffin
65-Abby Rosenbaum
65-Nicki Flynn
65-Heather Shin
65-Samantha Glazer
65-Noreen Caporusso

BSU17
75-Edmond Shao

BDU17
68-Edmond Shao

GSU17
44-Danna Gallegos
48-Allison MacDonald
49-Gabrielle Ecanow
49-Emma Wagner
54-Katie Jarosz
56-Ashley Richardson
58-Maya Trinka
65-Sneha Poondru
65-Teodora Vukosavljevic
69-Damin Paik
69-Jordan Zatz
69-Niveda Tennety
74-Anastasia Stanley
74-Claire Pontello
74-Lillian Hermes
74-Emma Bloomfield
74-Sydney Merkin
74-Madeleine Chow
74-Vivien Liu
74-Evanna Gu
74-Sarah Litwin

GDU17
35-Katie Jarosz
41-Allison MacDonald
41-Gabrielle Ecanow
49-Emma Wagner
52-Sydney Merkin
52-Sarah Litwin
55-Ashley Richardson
55-Maya Trinka
62-Niveda Tennety
64-Damin Paik
64-Anastasia Stanley
71-Danna Gallegos
71-Sneha Poondru
71-Jordan Zatz
71-Claire Pontello
71-Lillian Hermes
71-Emma Bloomfield
71-Madeleine Chow
71-Vivien Liu
71-Evanna Gu
71-Teodora Vukosavljevic

XDU17
93-Edmond Shao
93-Katie Jarosz
93-Allison MacDonald
93-Gabrielle Ecanow
93-Emma Wagner
93-Sydney Merkin
93-Sarah Litwin
93-Ashley Richardson
93-Maya Trinka
93-Niveda Tennety
93-Damin Paik
93-Anastasia Stanley
93-Danna Gallegos
93-Sneha Poondru
93-Jordan Zatz
93-Claire Pontello
93-Lillian Hermes
93-Emma Bloomfield
93-Madeleine Chow
93-Vivien Liu
93-Evanna Gu
93-Teodora Vukosavljevic


BS U15

63-James Sugrue
75-Haoyang Yu
104-Amrith Ravikumar
104-Alexandre Clavel

BD U15
76-James Sugrue
83-Haoyang Yu
103-Amrith Ravikumar
103-Alexandre Clavel

GS U15
57-Vanshika Ramesh
63-Katherine Zeng
81-Roshini Merneedi
85-Julie Zhu
89-Pallavi Panchpor
89-Thivya Sivarajah
89-Riya Gyanmote
89-Michelle Cai
89-Annie Xu

GD U15
52-Vanshinka Ramesh
65-Katherine Zeng
65-Michelle Cai
82-Riya Gyanmote
82-Roshini Merneedi
82-Julie Zhu
82-Pallavi Panchpor
82-Thivya Sivarajah
82-Annie Xu

XD U15
112-Haoyang Yu
112-Roshini Merneedi
136-Amrith Ravikumar
136-Pallavi Panchpor
136-James Sugrue
136-Vanshika Ramesh
136-Thivya Sivarajah
136-Katherine Zeng
136-Julie Zhu
136-Alexandre Clavel
136-Riya Gyanmote
136-Michelle Cai
136-Annie Xu

BSU13
50-Anthony Luo

BDU13
47-Anthony Luo

GSU13
42-Alexandra Sugrue
43-Alicia Zeng
43-Megan Wei
43-Joie You
52-Kathleen Jin
64-Emily Liu
64-Estelle Park
64-Ashley Ziegler
64-Clare Hu
64-Rebecca Shi

GDU13
42-Alexandra Sugrue
42-Megan Wei
42-Joie You
51-Alicia Zeng
51-Kathleen Jin
59-Emily Liu
59-Estelle Park
59-Ashley ZIegler
59-Claire Hu
59-Rebecca Shi

XDU13
65-Alexandra Sugrue
93-Megan Wei
93-Rebecca Shi
93. Anthony Luo
93-Emily Liu
93-Alicia Zeng
93-Estelle Park
93-Joie You
93-Kathleen Jin
93-Ashley Ziegler
93-Clare Hu

BSU11
61-Sivank Yagnamurthy
61-Joey Zhu

BDU11
65-Sivank Yagnamurthy
65-Joey Zhu

GSU11
25-Anna Cai
25-Elisabeth Clavel
36-Sharanya Rao

GDU11
29-Anna Cai
29-Elisabeth Clavel
29-Sharanya Rao

XDU11
75-Sivank Yagnamurthy
75-Joey Zhu
75-Anna Cai
75-Elisabeth Clavel
75-Sharanya Rao

Shannon coached Team USA at the Jr. Pan American Championships

logopanamguate2014Shannon was one of the coaches for Team USA at the Pan American Junior Badminton Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala from July 21-29th.  20140726 Guatemala -317

The Under 19 Junior National US Team won all of it’s team matches to take the Team Gold Medal. They beat Brazil in the final 3-1. This was the first Gold Medal in the Team event since 2010, which was also the last time Shannon had the pleasure of being part of the coaching staff.

20140722 Guatemala -237alogo_panamIndividual events were held in girls singles, girls doubles, boys singles, boys doubles, and mixed doubles in 20140726 Guatemala -268all age groups from Under 11 up through Under 19. In the individual events the total medals won by the United States players included 22 Gold, 19 Silver and 26 Bronze in the 25 events. Congratulations to all the players, coaches, managers, parents, and clubs on this incredible performance!dsc_0362

Not only did American players have fun on the court, but players and their families also had got to learn about Guatemalan culture, trying the local Guatemalan cuisine, touring nearby Antigua, visiting local artisan markets, and watching the dancers, musicians and soldiers in the Opening Ceremony.

dsc_0220Many of you are probably wondering how to qualify for this impressive team!  Here’s how . . . Earlier this year, the top ranked players in the country in all age groups competed in the Junior Internationaldsc_0174 Trials (JIT) in California for an opportunity to qualify for the US junior team. At the JIT, players are competing  to be one of the four singles spots, four mixed spots, and two doubles spots per event to qualify for the Jr. Pan American Championships.  JIT and the Jr. Pan American dsc_0248Championships are events that are held annually.  Only players with dsc_0005very high Junior National Rankings are qualified to try-out in the JIT.  There were no players from the Midwest Region who qualified for the Pan Am Junior Championships this year, but with more Midwesterners entering the Junior National Rankings, we hope to see SPBA players at Jr. Nationals, JIT and the Pan Am Junior Championships in the future!

See tons of photos from this exciting event here!

North Shore Open
Photos & Results

nsodsc_0091This year’s North Shore Open was held June 13-15th. This is the premier tournament at the SPBA.

Both adults and juniors of all levels participated and events were held in A-B-C-D dropflight format in dsc_0099women’s singles, women’s doubles, men’s singles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Awards were given to finalists of all flights, and a special North Shore Open towel was given to all participants!

Check out results and see the photos here!

2014 IHSA State Championships

I’m so proud of all my 12 past and present students who qualified for the State Championships! What a wonderful weekend we had!

dsc_000212 State Qualifiers:
Emma Menich, Gerri Soren, Jessica Hirsh, Jessica Schwartz, Jiayi Huang, Julia Siebert, Kiley Walsh, Madison Fortman, Mady Berns, Nicki Flynn, Olenka Kalinowski, Rachel Andersen

dsc_04196 Sectional Champions:
Gerri Soren, Jessica Hirsh, Jessica Schwartz, Kiley Walsh, Olenka Kalinowski, Rachel Andersen

6 State Medals for 4 Players:
Jessica Hirsh: 3rd in State Doubles
Madison Fortman & Mady Berns: 4th in State Doubles, State Team Runner-Up
Jessica Schwartz: State Team Runner-Up

 

Congratulations to My Advanced State Championship Target Class:dsc_0411

Jessica Hirsh- Conference Runner-Up (singles), Sectional Champion (doubles), 3rd in State (doubles). All your success is a result of all your dedication and hard work. Next year, let’s win it all!

Gerri Soren- #1 Singles Conference Champion, Sectional Champion (singles), Top 12 in state (singles).  Sky is the limit next year!

Brinda Dollu- Conference Champion (doubles). You worked so hard this year and made incredible improvements to your game and your rise up the line-up at Fremd proved it.  Next year: State Bound!

dsc_0052Jessica Schwartz- Conference Runner-Up (singles & doubles), State Qualifier (singles), Top 16 in state (singles), State Team Runner-Up. And we still have another year to go!  Next year: Podium!dsc_0367

Madison Fortman- Sectional Runner-Up (doubles), 4th in State (doubles), State Team Runner-up. Last year we said, next year: Podium and boy were we right! Congratulations on a great season and best of luck in college!

Mady Berns- Sectional Runner-Up (doubles), 4th in State (doubles), State Team Runner-up. You did it!  On the podium twice! Very well deserved and best of luck in college!
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Kiley Walsh- 27-0 record at #1 doubles, Conference Runner-up (singles), Sectional Champion singles, Top 12 in State. After Noreen’s injury and having to switch to singles last minute, you still took state top seeded Gomez to 20 all. What a wonderful career. Good luck in college and with your golf!

Noreen Caporusso- 27-0 record at #1 doubles your senior year after recovering from your ACL injury last year.  You should be very proud of yourself and your tremendous high school career. You bounced back before and you will again.  You are one of the most determined and talented players I’ve ever coached and I know you have a very bright future in golfdsc_0322 in college!

All that running training was worth it! Next year, we’re not stopping until State! I’m so proud of ALL of you!

dsc_0174-1Congrats to my
private lesson students:

Olenka Kalinowski & Rachel Anderson- Sectional Champions, Top 24 in state (doubles). You guys are so dedicated and you will undoubtably do well in your future! Congratulations on a great senior year and all the best to you next year in college!

Marion Lewis- Despite injury set-backs, you were able to put it all out there on the line, play well and give it your very best shot your senior year.  It’s been a pleasure to coach you and all the best of luck at Princeton!dsc_0013small

 

Well Done Golder College Prep: It’s been a joy to coach Chicago’s only badminton team for the second year in a row.  We are making big improvements in our level and I know next year we will be even stronger! Congratulations and keep up the hard work!

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To My 8 Deerfield Senior Varsity Players: Allison Sutton, Allison Manella, Allison Behling, Nicki Flynn, Julia Zazove, Abby Rosenbaum, Samantha Merkin, & Lauren Spungen-
It’s been such a pleasure coaching you all these past 4-5 years.  Your enthusiasm, dedication, and work ethic inspired your entire team and lead you to many successes and titles at the conference, sectional, and state level these past 4 years. IMG_3732-1

Not only that, but the SPBA wouldn’t be where it is today without you and all the positive word of mouth you spread to your friends, teammates, relatives, and the national badminton community. This helped grow the club and lead to me being named USA Badminton Developmental Coach of the Year and a finalist for the United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year.  I am thankful to all of you for helping me pursue my passion for badminton as a career.

Best of luck to all my graduating seniors in the future! I’ll miss you!

See more photos from the IHSA Season, Sectionals & State here!

 

Congratulations to the
63 SPBA players earning
Jr. National Rankings

See the full USA Badminton Jr. National Rankings here and click on “Latest Rankings”.

Current Jr. National Rankings of SPBA Players:

BSU19
81-Issac Lu

BDU19
45-Isaac Lu

GSU19
20-Kiley Walsh
23-Jessica Hirsh
23-Julia Siebert
27-Madison Fortman
30-Katherine Ortell
30-Mady Berns
30-Yixuan Wang
30-Gerri Soren
30-Naomi Ecanow
30-Rachel Gross
46- Samantha Merkin
46-Allison Behling
46-Olenka Kalinowski
46-Jenny Marten
46-Julia Zazove
54-Abby Rosenbaum
54-Juana Camacho
54-Nicki Flynn
54-Emily Mrstik
54-Heather Shin
54-Samantha Glazer
54-Bridget Dungan
54-Noreen Caporusso
54-Brinda Dollu
54-Elizabeth Onishchenko

GDU19
23-Madison Fortman
23-Mady Berns
27-Kiley Walsh
27-Noreen Caporusso
27-Jessica Hirsh
27-Gerri Soren
27-Brinda Dollu
27-Rachel Gross
33-Elizabeth Onishchenko
33-Yixuan Wang
40-Katherine Ortell
40-Naomi Ecanow
43-Allison Behling
43-Nicki Flynn
43-Jenny Marten
43-Heather Shin
48-Samantha Merkin
48-Abby Rosenbaum
48-Samantha Glazer
48-Juana Camacho
48-Emily Mrstik
48-Bridget Dungan
48-Julia Siebert
48-Olenka Kalinowski
48-Julia Zazove

XDU19
48-Kiley Walsh
51-Brinda Dollu
75-Isaac Lu
75-Emily Mrstik
75-Elizabeth Onishchenko
75-Jessica Hirsh
75-Julia Siebert
75-Katherine Ortell
75-Mady Berns
75-Yixuan Wang
75-Naomi Ecanow
75-Abby Rosenbaum
75-Madison Fortman
75-Rachel Gross
75-Samantha Merkin
75-Allison Behling
75-Juana Camacho
75-Olenka Kalinowski
75-Nicki Flynn
75-Jenny Marten
75-Julia Zazove
75-Heather Shin
75-Samantha Glazer
75-Bridget Dungan
75-Noreen Caporusso
75-Elizabeth Onishchenko

BSU17
79-Edmond Shao

BDU17
68-Edmond Shao

GSU17
41-Danna Gallegos
45-Allison MacDonald
48-Gabrielle Ecanow
61-Teodora Vukosavljevic
61-Sneha Poondru
61-Katie Jarosz
67-Syndey Merkin
67-Madeleine Chow
67-Vivien Liu
67-Evanna Gu
67-Sarah Litwin

GDU17
44-Katie Jarosz
46-Allison MacDonald
46-Gabrielle Ecanow
54-Sydney Merkin
54-Sarah Litwin
66-Danna Gallegos
66-Sneha Poondru
66-Madeleine Chow
66-Vivien Liu
66-Evanna Gu
66-Teodora Vukosavljevic

XDU17
103-Edmond Shao
103-Katie Jarosz
103-Danna Gallegos
103-Allison MacDonald
103-Gabrielle Ecanow
103-Teodora Vukosavljevic
103-Sneha Poondru
103-Sydney Merkin
103-Madeleien Chow
103-Vivien Liu
103-Evanna Gu
103-Sarah Litwin

BSU15
57-James Sugrue
101-Alexandre Clavel

BDU15
64-James Sugrue
98-Alexandre Clavel

GSU15
53-Esther Shi
56-Vanshika Ramesh
63-Katherine Zeng
74-Roshini Merneedi
77-Kaitlyn Lu
77-Riya Gyanmote
77-Michelle Cai
77-Pallavi Panchpor
77-Julie Zhu

GDU15
46-Vanshika Ramesh
47-Esther Shi
54-Kaitlyn Lu
61-Michelle Cai
61-Katherine Zeng
73-Roshini Merneedi
73-Riya Gyanmote
73-Pallavi Panchpor
73-Julie Zhu

XDU15
84-Esther Shi
132-James Sugrue
132-Kaitlyn Lu
132-Alexandre Clavel
132-Vanshika Ramesh
132-Katherine Zeng
132-Riya Gyanmote
132-Michelle Cai
132-Pallavi Panchpor
132-Roshini Merneedi
132-Julie Zhu

GSU13
33-Alexandra Sugrue
36-Megan Wei
36-Joie You
36-Alicia Zeng
41-Jyotsna Harikrishna
42-Kathleen Jin
52-Ashley Ziegler
52-Clare Hu
52-Estelle Park
52-Rebecca Shi

GDU13
35-Alexandra Sugrue
35-Jyotsna Harikrishna
35-Megan Wei
35-Joie You
40-Alicia Zeng
40-Kathleen Jin
50-Ashley Ziegler
50-Clare Hu
50-Estelle Park
50-Rebecca Shi

XDU13
56-Alexandra Sugrue
92-Megan Wei
92-Rebecca Shi
92-Alicia Zeng
92-Joie You
92-Jyotsna Harikrishna
92-Kathleeen JIn
92-Ashley Ziegler
92-Clare Hu
92-Estelle Park

GSU11
24-Anna Cai
24-Elisabeth Clavel
36-Sharanya Rao

GDU11
33-Anna Cai
33-Elisabeth Clavel
33-Sharanya Rao

XDU11
72-Anna Cai
72-Elisabeth Clavel
72-Sharanya Rao