2003 USHA National
USHA National Juniors, Sportsmen of Stanislaus, Modesto,
Modesto, CALIF. - Allan Garner pulled off the upset of
the tournament, defeating Sean Lenning in the final of the 19-and-under
singles. “It feels good,” was all Allan could say
after his big win, but the thrill didn’t get to set in
too long. Allan and his brother Aaron were back on the court
playing doubles against Sean and Luis Moreno shortly after.
Sean got a bit of revenge in the doubles semifinal but
came up short in the final against Noel McHugh and Johnny
Willoughby. Irish players dominated the 17 and 15 events
with Robbie McCarthy taking the 17 and Richie Hogan the
Hogan slammed with Joey Petersen in the 15 doubles.
Tom Linnik slammed in the 13 singles and doubles with
Ryan Sutherland as his partner.
Brant Bidegain won the 11 singles while Pat Sutherland
won the 9-and-under singles.
Courtney Peixoto ended her junior career with a win in
the 19-and-under singles over Maria Daly of Ireland. Daly
got her title in the doubles with Aisling Reilly over Peixoto
and Tina Apolonario.
The Sportsmen of Stanislaus has a rich handball history
and added to it this weekend with one of the best junior
events ever. Host Tom Sove and the SOS Handball Club took
very good care of the youngsters once they arrived in Modesto.
First Round: Marcos Pena (Phoenix) d. Mike
Perkins (Hinsdale, Ill.), (19), 13, 7; Arturo Herrera
(Anchorage) d. Nico Patron (Stockton), 2, 9; Luis Diaz
(San Jose) d. Colin Clement (Seattle), 20, 15; Johnny
Willoughby (Wicklow) d. Marcello Campa (Phoenix), 14,
6; Manuel Diaz (Phoenix) d. Seamus Lavan (Waterford),
4, 1; Edgar Medina (Phoenix) d. Billy Walsh (Waterford,
Ire.), 7, 0; Ivan Ruiz (Los Angeles) d. Donnacha Maguire
(Meath, Ire.), 10, 9; Michael Browne (Waterford, Ire.)
d. Armando Nevarez (Phoenix), 7, 6; Richard Quiroz (Phoenix)
d. Joe Manola (La Grange, Ill), 5, 1. Round of 16: Sean
Lenning (Shoreline, WA) d. Pena, 8, 8; L. Diaz d. A.
Herrera, 13, 13; J. Willoughby d. Ray Cota (Commerce,
12, 5; Ricardo Diaz (San Jose) d. M. Diaz, 7, 2; Allan
Garner (San Antonio) d. Medina, 1, 4; I Ruiz d. Antonio
Fuentes (Phoenix), (11), 17, 5; M. Browne d. Rene Ortiz
(Norwalk), 7, 7; Noel McHugh (Galway, Ire.) d. R. Quiroz,
Quarterfinals: Lenning d. L. Diaz, 9, 7; R. Diaz d. J. Willoughby, 9,
9; A. Garner d. I. Ruiz, 7, 5; McHugh d. M. Browne, 11, 3.
Semifinals: Lenning d. Diaz, 16, 7; Garner d. McHugh, 15, 15.
Final: Garner d. Lenning, 16, 7.
Cons.: Antonio Fuentes d. Manuel Diaz, (8), 19, 3.
First Round: Jason O’Brien/David Hickey
(Ire.) d. Armando Nevarez/Richard Quiroz (AZ), (11),
8, 9; Arturo Herrera/Alfredo Herrera (AK) d. Joe Manola/Donnacha
Maguire (IL/Ire.), 5, 10; Danny Alvarez/Will Hutchinson
(NE) d. Michael Brennock/Darren Hamilton (Ire.), 3, 19;
Rene Ortiz/Ivan Ruiz (CA) d. Ian Sutherland/Jerome Willoughby
(KS/Ire.), (14), 14, 5; Patrick Hogan/Bryer Bidegain
(Ire/CA) d. Michael Browne/Seamus Lavan (Ire.), 19, (11),
3; Edgar Medina/Marcos Pena (AZ) d. Brian Connolly/Mike
Perkins (IL), 18, 13; Patrick Hurney/John Kindregan (Ire.)
d. Manuel Diaz/Edson Raymundo (AZ), 19, 12; Jake Kaiser/Mike
Mehilos (IL) d. Steve Ripplinger/Thomas Salinas (Can/AZ),
19, 5; Steve Buchanan/Ivan Buchanan (CA) d. Israel Campa/Jonathan
Carrillo (AZ), 3, 11.
Round of 16: Sean Lenning/Luis Moreno (WA/AZ)
d. O’Brien/Hickey, 0, 17; Herrera/Herrera d. Alvarez/Hutchinson,
18, 19; Ortiz/Ruiz d. Antonio Fuentes/Marcello Campa
(AZ), (20), 15, 10; Allan Garner/Aaron Garner (TX) d.
Hogan/Bidegain, 9, 8; Ricardo Diaz/Ray Cota (CA) d. Medina/Pena,
10, 7; Brian Carroll/Robt. McCarthy (Ire.) d. Hurney/Kindregan,
9, 5; Luis Diaz/Colin Clement (CA/WA) d. Kaiser/Mehilos,
7, 13; Noel McHugh/John Willoughby (Ire) d. Buchanan/Buchanan,
Quarterfinals: Lenning/Moreno d. Herrera, inj.
def.; Garner/Garner d. Ortiz/Ruiz, 12, 3; Carroll/McCarthy
d. Diaz/Cota, 16, (18), 4; McHugh/Willoughby d. L. Diaz/Clement,
Semifinals: Lenning/Moreno d. Garner/Garner, 14,
12; McHugh/Willoughby d. Carroll/McCarthy, 16, 6.
Final: McHugh/Willoughby d. Lenning/Moreno, 15,
First Round: Edson Raymundo (Phoenix) d. Darren
Hamilton (Waterford, Ire.), 7, 5; Mike Mehilos (Addison,
Ill.) d. Israel Campa (Phoenix, AZ), 4 (20), 1; Will
Hutchinson (Lincoln, NE) d. David Hickey (Waterford,
Ire.), 13, 9; Alfredo Herrera (Anchorage) d. Thomas Salinas
(Phoenix), 4, 0; Jonathan Carrillo (Phoenix) d. Michael
Brennock (Waterford, Ire.), 9, 3; Jake Kaiser (Des Plaines,
Ill.) d. Jason O’Brien (Waterford, Ire.), 16, (18),
10; Ian Sutherland (Mound City, KS) d. John Kindregan
(Waterford, Ire.), 11, 15; Patrick Hurney (Waterford,
Ire.) d. Steve Ripplinger (Calgary, Can.), 7, 4; Steve
Buchanan (Benicia, CA) d. Brian Connolly (Lemont, Ill.),
14, 5. Round of 16: Brian Carroll (Meath, Ire.) d. Raymundo,
2, 4; Alvarez d. Mehilos, (17), 20, 3; Aaron Garner (San
Antonio) d. Hutchinson, 2, 9; Herrera d. Jerome Willoughby
(Wicklow, Ire.), 15, 19; Bryer Bidegain (Jamul, CA) d.
J. Carrillo, 12, 5; Patrick Hogan (Kilkenny, Ire.) d.
Kaiser, 1, 6; P. Hurney d. I. Sutherland, 1, 8; Robert
McCarthy (Westmeath, Ire.) d. Buchanan, 0, 2.
Quarterfinals: Carroll d. Alvarez, 10, 2; Aaron Garner d. Alfredo Herrera,
5, 8; Bryer Bidegain d. P. Hogan, 7, (15), 7; R. McCarthy d. P. Hurney, 0,
Semifinals: Carroll d. Aaron Garner, (17), 10, 5; McCarthy d. Bryer
Bidegain, 5, (20), 4.
Final: McCarthy d. Carroll, 18, 17.
Cons.: Edson Raymundo d. Ian Sutherland, (15), 14, 8.
First Round: Ramiro Leon (San Jose) d. James Phelan
(Waterford, Ire.), 10, 10; Daniel Perez (Tucson) d. David
Walsh (Waterford, Ire.), 19, 15; John Walsh (Waterford,
Ire.) d. Riley Kloss (Mt. Prospect), 2, 1; Luis Moreno
(Tucson) d. Clinton Spinelli (Merced, CA), 2, 1; Adam
Roberts (Tucson) d. Andris Jurevics (Lombard, IL), 4,
5; David Power (Waterford, Ire.) d. Rogelio Luna (Hayward,
CA), 6-6, inj. def.
Round of 16: Richie Hogan (Kilkenny, Ire.) d.
Leon, 3, 9; Evan Brown (Eugene, Ore.) default; Armando
Ortiz (Norwalk) d. Dex Gittens (Calgary, Alberta), 7,
7; Nikolai Nahorniak (Des Plaines, IL) d. Perez, 1, 12;
Joey Petersen (Des Moines) d. J. Walsh, 11, 7; Moreno
d. Conor Casey (Portland), 6, 10; Sam Kass (San Jose)
d. Roberts, 7, 12; Suhn Lee (Glenview, IL) d. Power,
Quarterfinals: Hogan d. Brown, 2, 8; Ortiz d.
Nahorniak, 9, 7; Moreno d. Petersen, 16, 10; Lee d. Kass,
Semifinals: R. Hogan d. Ortiz, (8), 11, 2; Moreno
d. Lee, (20), 7, 9.
Final: Hogan d. Moreno, 15, 17.
Cons.: Daniel Perez d. Ramiro Leon, 20, 9.
First Round: Suhn Lee/Nikolai Nahorniak (IL) d.
Dex Gittens/Daniel Perez (Can/AZ), 13, 14; Evan Brown/Conor
Casey (Ore.) d. James Phelan/David Power (Ire.), (11),
17, 5; Sam Kass/Ramiro Leon (CA) d. David Walsh/John
Walsh (Ire.), (19), 15, 4; Joey Petersen/Richie Hogan
(IA/Ire.) d. Andris Jurevics/Riley Kloss (IL), 0, 0.
Semifinals: Brown/Casey d. Lee/Nahorniak, 16,
20; Petersen/Hogan d. Kass/Leon, 11, 13.
Final: Petersen/Hogan d. Brown/Casey, 3, 9.
First Round: Derek Alcantar (Hayward) d. Tommy
Torres (Commerce), 15, 10; Luis Ramirez (Tucson) d. JJ
Sotomayor (Watsonville), 14, 6; Bob Schooler (Campbell,
CA) d. Matt Mussar (Des Plaines), 4, 5.
Quarterfinals: Thomas Linnik (San Jose) d. Alcantar,
10, 15; Ramirez d. Adrian Ortiz (Norwalk), 8, 11; Ricky
Ortiz (Norwalk) d. Armando Diaz (San Jose), 0, 3; Schooler
d. Ryan Sutherland (Mound City, KS), 4, 13.
Semifinals: Linnik d. Ramirez, 16, 5; Schooler d. Ricky
Ortiz, 7, 7.
Final: Linnik d. Schooler, 2, 10.
Cons.: Derek Alcantar d. J.J. Sotomayor, (12), 14, 5.
First Round: Luis Ramirez/Tommy Torres (AZ/CA) d. EricMatiasek/Bob
Schooler (IL/CA), 8, 15; JJ Sotomayor/Derrick Alcantar
(CA) d. Adrian Ortiz/Ricky Ortiz (CA), 1, 2; Keith Kavanaugh/Brant
Bidegain (Ire/CA) d. Scott Robinson/Loren Collado (CA),
5, 1. Semifinals: Thomas Linnik/Ryan Sutherland (CA/KS)
d. Ramirez/Torres, 17, 6; Sotomayor/Alcantar d. Kavanaugh/Bidegain,
4, 18. Final: Linnik/Sutherland d. Sotomayor/Alcantar,
First Round: Lindsey Sotomayor (Watsonville) d.
Zach Nass (Overland Park, KS), 10, 6; Eric Matiasek (Park
Ridge, IL) d. Scott Robinson (Santa Clara, CA), 8, 9;
Brant Bidegain (Jamul, CA) d. Loren Collado (Santa Clara),
Semifinals: Keith Kavanagh (Ire.) d. L. Sotomayor,
(16), 10, 0; Brant Bidegain d. Matiasek, 10, 9.
Final: Bidegain d. Kavanagh, 6, 7.
Cons.: Zach Nass d. Scott Robinson, 3, 2.
Coed 9-and-under Round Robin:
First Place: Patrick Sutherland (Mound City, KS) d. Brittyn Bidegain
(Jamul, CA), 5, 0; Christy Ortiz (Norwalk, CA), 0, 2; Anthony Collado (Santa
Clara, CA), 4, 4.
Second: Brittyn Bidegain (Jamul, CA) d. Anthony Collado (Santa Clara,
CA), 1, (15), 0; Ortiz, 4, 2.
Third: Collado d. Ortiz, 0, 1.
Women’s 19-and-under singles Round Robin:
First: Courtney Peixoto (Watsonville) d. Maria
Daly (Kerry, Ire.), 14, 16; Katie Sedgwick (Lake Forest,
IL), 12, 8; Tina Apolonario (Watsonville), 4, 16.
Second: Maria Daly (Kerry, Ire.) d. Tina Apolonario
(Watsonville), 0, 1; Sedgwick, 2, 2.
Third: Sedgwick d. Apolonario, 10, 1.
Women’s Doubles Round Robin:
First: Aisling Reilly/Maria Daly (Ire.) d. Courtney
Peixoto/Tina Apolinario (CA), 1, 12; Sotomayor/Diaz,
2, 1. Sedgwick/Lawlor, 4, 5; Ulbert/Makos, 7, 0.
Second: Courtney Peixoto/Tina Apolinario (CA)
d. Lindsey Sotomayor/Crystal Diaz (CA), 13, (18), 5;
Aimee Ulbert/Stephanie Makos (IL), 19, 14; Katie Sedwick/Karen
Lawlor (IL/Ire), 19, 8;
Third: Katie Sedgwick/Karen Lawlor (IL/Ire) d.
Aimee Ulbert/Stephanie Makos (IL), (11), 2, 10; Sotomayor/Diaz,
First Round: Stephanie Makos (Park Ridge, IL)
d. Crystal Diaz (San Jose), 3, 5; Aimee Ulbert (Des Plaines,
IL) d. Christina Barberini (San Francisco), 1, 1.
Semifinals: Karen Lawlor (Kerry, Ire) d. Makos,
12, 6; Aisling Reilly (Belfast, Ire.) d. Ulbert, 10,
Final: Reilly d. Lawlor, 10, 6.
Cons.: Ulbert d. Diaz, 0, 2.
USHA National Four-Wall Juniors - Sunday Results
Modesto, CALIF. - Up-and-coming pro hopefuls Sean
Lenning and Allan Garner, both 18 years old, will square
off for the 19-and-under National Junior title on Monday.
Lenning overpowered Ricardo Diaz and Garner did the same
to Noel McHugh in the semifinals. It will be an all-Irish
final in the 17-and-under as 16-year-old Robbie McCarthy
will meet 17-year-old Brian Carroll for the title. The
15-and-under lived up to the hype in the semis when Richie
Hogan and Luis Moreno rallied from first-game losses to
advance to the title game on Monday. With all four 17 and
19 finalists still competing in doubles, it was decided
to play the singles finals prior to the doubles semifinals
on Monday. Action will commence at 9 a.m. The highlights
of the banquet were the new awards for graduating 19-year-olds
who have competed in four national junior events. Recipients
were Ray Cota, Ricardo Diaz, Courtney Peixoto, Noel McHugh,
John Willoughby and Ivan Ruis. The Vince Gabriele Sportsmanship
Award went to Suhn Lee. The Newcomer award went to Bob
Schooler and the Most Improved went to Luis Moreno.
USHA National Four-Wall Juniors - Saturday Results
Modesto, CALIF. - In what may be the most
talented junior event ever, advanced to the semis. Everyone
in Modesto agrees there has never been a group with as
much potential as the top 8 in this year’s 15-and-under
singles. Time will only tell but these young men are certainly
the brighter stars for the future of the sport. Advancing
to the semifinals were Richie Hogan, Adrian Ortiz, Luis
Moreno and Suhn Lee. Of course, the last match of the evening
was the most exciting as Ivan Ruiz and Rene Ortiz rallied
from a 10-5 deficit to defeat Antonio Fuentes and Marcello
USHA National Four-Wall Juniors - Friday's Results
Modesto, CALIF. - The annual holiday highlight
for Junior handball players got underway on Friday night
as preliminary play got underway in the 15, 17 and 19-under
events. Action continues through Monday with over 30
players from Ireland competing, along with U.S. phenom,
Sean Lenning. In the closest match of the day, Jake Kaiser
of Des Plaines, Ill., survived an 11-10 tiebreaker in
his opener against Waterford, Ireland’s Jason O’Brien.
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