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Handball: Teach the Teacher Clinic at ASU

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The USHA, through the FIRST ACE Development Program, aspires to train new handball instructors to teach the game in schools, rec centers and clubs across the nation.  Through the efforts of Arizona State University Handball Coach Dan Willeford, a Handball: Teach the Teacher Clinic was held at the ASU Rec Center on Saturday, October 7.  Coach Willeford organized and conducted the clinic which certified eight new instructors, five of whom are on the ASU Handball Team and working to be part of the Mardak Endowment Program. 

The teaching clinic began with a "Handball Jeopardy" Q&A session in the classroom, reviewed lesson plans by LeaAnn Martin and Pete Tyson, discussed teaching strategies, and provided demonstrative drills on the court.

The goal is to have the certified instructors venture to Metro Phoenix high schools to promote handball and teach the game to new players.  Many of the instructors are alumni at the schools, and as members of the college handball team at ASU, they're testimony that students can play the game and compete at the collegiate level after high school.  The FIRST ACE Development Program will provide handball equipment for all the new instructors who will teach at their respective schools.  

This effort at Arizona State (and at other universities around the country), is part of the Mardak Community Challenge, where communities awarded funding will be tasked to find local funding to match the Mardak awards.  The Mardak funds will pay college students to teach handball and mentor younger students. 

Thank you to Coach Willeford, Sun Devil Handball and the new instructors for their efforts to Grow the Perfect Game! 

Do you want to host a Handball: Teach the Teacher Clinic in your area, or do you want more information about the Mardak Community Challenge?  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A Closer Look: Randy Morones

The following feature appears in the May 2017 Handball Magazine.
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Morones' lesson: 'Take the right road'

Imprisoned since 2003, former pro shares advice
 

Former pro player Randy Morones with wife Sofia.

By Marc Penick
Many of you may recall the shock of hearing about former pro player Randy Morones being sentenced to 20 years to life for the hit-and-run killing of a young man in Los Angeles in 2003. We spoke to Morones, now 46, by telephone from Avenal State Prison in central California.

The Morones family has some very gifted handball players. Who is the best player in the Morones family?
Well, my uncle Bob was the best three- wall player. In four-wall, when I was young and coming up, my dad Dave would beat me at singles. After I got a little older and started playing on the pro tour, Dad stopped playing singles with me and we played doubles together. Honestly I think Dave was the better player until I got a little older, and then I became the better player.
 
I’ve seen a picture showing you as a young boy with a large group of players and Tony Huante at Tucson Athletic Club. Did you train with Tony a lot when you were young?
I liked going with Tony’s group because there were young guys my age to hang out and play handball with. I wasn’t one of Tony’s kids in the sense that he coached me and taught me the game. But I did like to join them and go to tournaments when I was little.
 
What other people helped you in your handball career?
I spent most of my early career in a court by myself practicing left hand against right hand. When I turned 12, I started playing tournaments and progressed from there.
 
You were a top-ranked pro in your day. What was it like for you to compete with the best players?
I loved playing handball with my friends, with my family and with the other open and pro players. I loved singles and doubles. It was exciting to work my way up in the sport. I played all the time.
 
You are battling a tough case of valley fever that hit you last fall. You underwent back surgery to remove a tumor. Your wife Sofia told me you are fighting this illness with everything you have.
Yes, I have been in pain for several months while the doctors tried to figure out the cause and then started treating it. I have constant back pain and some nerve damage in my legs. I am hoping and praying for recovery.
 
How is life at Avenal? What do you do with your time?
Since moving to Avenal, I have not played much handball. At Chowchilla, there was a nice concrete one-wall court. The guys would challenge me, and I had fun showing them how the game is played. There aren’t any decent courts at Avenal, so I haven’t been playing. Mostly I spend time in classes, working to meet the requirements for release.
 
Do you have many friends there?
We are social, of course. But I mostly stay busy talking with Sofia and attending my classes.
 
Randy, what happened in your life that caused you to end up in prison?
I was messing up ... bad. It’s on me and I am paying for it. I’m sorry it happened. I have been down for over 13 years. I learned that you have to do the time and not let the time do you. I want to start life over again when I get out. I would not go down the same path again.
 
Dave told me there is hope you may be released in five years or so.
I am hoping to go to the parole board in five years. We are hoping and praying for release by 2023.
 
What will you do if released?
Go home to Fresno and live with my wife Sofia. She is a great woman and she loves me. I also want to see my family and friends when I’m back outside.
 
You have two sons, Randy and R.J. Are you in touch with them?
I have communicated with Randy Jr. R.J. kind of does his own thing and we have lost touch. I don’t blame him. He is a young man now. I love them both and I am proud of them.
 
Many handball players remember you and still care about you. What do you want them to know?
To all my friends and competitors: I miss — really miss — going to tournaments like the nationals and competing. You know, handball players are like family. I will hopefully be out there with you all again one day.
 
Would you possibly start playing again if you are released?
I would love to start playing again if I am able. Is there anything else you would like the readers to know? To all you young players: You have choices in your life. Make the right decisions. Never take your life and the gifts you have for granted. Take the right road, and you will be happier in your life.
 
Read the interview of Randy along with father Dave and uncle Bob on the next page. 





RANDY MORONES’ USHA TITLES
1982: 13-under, junior nationals, Tucson
1983: 15-under, junior nationals, Burlingame, Calif.
1987: 23-under, four-wall nationals, Baltimore
1988: 19-under, junior nationals, Burlingame, Calif.
1988: Open doubles runner-up (Haynes), four-wall, Berkeley
1990: Open doubles runner-up (Haynes), four-wall, Atlanta
1993: Pro singles runner-up, four-wall nationals, Baltimore
DAVE MORONES’ USHA TITLES
1985: 35+ singles, Masters Singles, Las Vegas
1986: 35+ singles, four-wall nationals, Houston
1987: 35+ singles, four-wall nationals, Baltimore
1987: 35+ singles, Masters Singles, Charlotte
1989: 40+ singles, four-wall nationals,  Palatine, Ill.
1990: 40+ singles, four-wall nationals,  Atlanta
1990: 40+ doubles (Lou Marquez), four-wall nationals, Atlanta
2002: 50+ doubles (Ken Eng), four-wall nationals, Las Vegas
2002: 50+ doubles (Ken Eng), Masters Doubles, San Diego
2005: 55+ doubles (Tim Ryan), four-wall nationals, Houston
Left: Dave and Randy Morones on August ‘87 Handball cover.
Tight Morones clan weathers storm
By Marc Penick
     The Morones family has experienced the joy of being consistent winners in handball. Like many of us, they have experienced downfalls and trials in life as well, particularly Randy’s imprisonment.
     If you attended or read about the Bob Harris Open this February in Las Vegas, you may have noticed the return of Dave and Bob to tournament play.
     Bob is a longtime open-level singles and doubles player in Southern California. Yet he is arguably not the best handball player in the Morones family.
     Bob’s older brother, Dave, and Dave’s son, Randy, had extraordinary careers from the 1970s through the ’90s. Randy was a pro tour regular. Dave won many open singles and doubles events around the West and 10 national age-group titles as well.
     Dave and Bob grew up in Pico Rivera, Calif., in a family of four boys and four girls. Most of the family still lives in Southern California, and they stay connected. Their father Martin died in 2016 and their mother Betty in 2015. Randy is Dave’s second son.

Let’s talk about your families today.
Bob: I’m married to my wife Lynn. Her sister worked at the Hacienda Heights club and introduced us. We have one son, Gary, 23. He excels in soccer and martial arts. He manages a bakery called 85 Degrees.
Dave: My wife Virginia and I have three children: Vince, Randy and Antonette. I have another son, David Jr. We have nine grandchildren: Randy, R.J., Alexis, Ryan, Jacob, Anissa, David III, Elena and Melikie.  
Randy: My wife Sofia and I were married in May 2015. Her brother Robert introduced us. We started by talking on the prison phone a little at a time. Sofia is my best friend, and she helps me stay positive while I am in here. I have two sons, Randy, 26, and R.J., 18.    

So you guys started outdoors, hitting the big ball at Smith Park in Pico Rivera?
Dave: Yes, my dad would take us to Smith Park to play three-wall. We would pick up tennis balls and shave them to use as handballs. We learned our skills playing local guys, plus guys who were released from the local jail. My dad would arrange games for us at the park. Later I met John Chavez, a fireman from Pico Rivera. He invited me to play indoors at the station. I was reluctant at first because I only knew about handball at the park.  
Bob: I was the youngest of eight kids. I started at 8 years old. We would all go to Smith Park, where we played three-wall big-ball. We played every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. It was a way of life for us. Dave was the best player.
Randy: I started playing handball as a young boy when my dad would take me to the Longhorn Club. I practiced on my own for years. When I was 14, I started competing in open tournaments. I played open singles and open doubles with my dad.

Bob Morones (right) with wife Lynn, son Gary and Maggie the dog on a sunny day last winter.

In the mid-’70s, Dave became a force in SoCal handball. From their club, he and Bob challenged the other handball hotbeds in Los Angeles.
Bob: When my brother Dave became a top player, we joined Longhorn Club in La Habra. It was a single-court club. We had two open teams, and we would challenge Long Beach Athletic Club. They had Matt Kelly, Stuffy Singer, Skip McDowell and other great players. I have played doubles with many great partners, including Poncho Monreal, Jack Hulick and my brother Dave.
Dave: Los Angeles had a lot of great players. I got to play Stuffy Singer, Paul Haber, Naty Alvarado, Jim Vandenbos and many other great players. I realized playing against such talent, you can’t win all the time, but I’d try to play my best every match.  

Name some favorite tournament wins.
Bob: Poncho and I won the open tournament at Hacienda Athletic Club two years in a row. The first year we beat Doug Glatt and Larry Morefield. The next year we beat Dave and Randy in the final. Those were good wins!
Dave: Every tournament win is a great experience. One time I played Paul Haber. He was so good at ceiling balls! After losing the first game, I was determined to cut off every shot so he couldn’t set up on his ceiling balls. It worked. I used to play Richard Lopez (Valenzuela) a lot as he was coming up. I remember one tournament in Whittier, Richard and I were playing in the final for prize money. He won the first game and joked about me being an old man. I won the next two games and told him, “You had the money, Richard. Next time don’t get me mad.” Richard is my good friend. I introduced him to his wife Donna. When I got older I started playing in age-group singles and doubles at the USHA nationals. I won 10 national titles from 1985 to 2005.   
Randy: One year my dad and I won the open doubles in Fresno. Then we had to play each other in the singles final! I made the national pro singles final in 1993 and played David Chapman, but David won. In 1990, Dennis Haynes and I played Doug Glatt and Rod Prince in the national open doubles final. They won 11-10 … we were so close! I’m sorry to hear about Dennis’ passing this year. He was a very good player.

Name some Morones family handball rivals out there over your careers.  
Bob: Naty Alvarado was the greatest rival in our time … for everyone. He was the best player. There were so many other good players we competed with — Don Chamberlin, David Chapman, Doug Glatt, Jack Hulick, Matt Kelly, Skip McDowell, Lew Morales, Jim Vandenbos. L.A. is a great place to play handball.

Who was your favorite doubles partner?
Bob: Jack Hulick, Dave Morones and Poncho Monreal. Jack was the best two-handed player around. Poncho was an exceptional player. My brother Dave is so tenacious! I am more of a finesse player.
Dave: Randy, Bob, Lou Marquez, Red Gastulem. I also played doubles with David Chapman when he was young.
Randy: My dad Dave was by far my favorite partner. We always knew where each other was and who would take the shot.  

Name your favorite pro players.
Bob: Paul Haber was so good, so consistent, and he had a lot of heart. But Naty Alvarado … he was something else.
Dave: Randy was my favorite pro! I had a chance to play many of them in my day. Naty Alvarado was the best in my time.
Randy: Early in my pro career my toughest matches came from Tati Silveyra and John Bike. Later David Chapman came up, and he became the best for many years.

What are your favorite hobbies when not playing handball?  
Bob: My wife Lynn and I like to visit the local casinos. We also like to hang out with our son Gary. I am still working. I have a truck and operate a delivery service.     
Dave: I ride bicycles with my brother Martin. I talk to Randy all the time on the phone. We also enjoy camping with our grandkids. I retired a few years back.

Dave, you had a battle with colon cancer not long ago. How are you doing?
Dave: I was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. The doctors performed surgery to remove a section of my colon. It was kind of rough for a while. I lost weight and stopped playing. Now I’m feeling better and coming back to the courts again. Bob and I just played a doubles event in Las Vegas this year. (They won the 60-plus doubles.)
 

Dave Morones and wife Virginia relax on the sofa with six of their nine grandchildren.

     Southern California is richer because of the Moroneses’ influence on the game over the decades. They are richer because of their
family loyalty and pride in what they do.  
     If you see Dave, Bob — or eventually Randy — out on the courts, take some time to observe their game styles … unique, aggressive and with a lot of heart.
 
 
A Closer Look by Marc Penick (pdf) HERE.
 
 
 
 
From the Author: 
 
I am happy to hear that our interview with Randy Morones has caught the members’ attention.  Sadly, Randy is back in the hospital fighting the Valley Fever infection which has reappeared in his back.  His wife Sofia and I spoke over the weekend.  Because Randy is an inmate and is hospitalized currently, those who might want to reach out to him may do so by contacting Sofia Morones at her email address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

She sees Randy regularly and she will get him all the messages she receives.  It is a good thing for our players who care about Randy to reach out to him.  He could use a little extra some love right now during a tough time in his life. 

Thank you USHA for printing this interview.  My thanks to all of you who take the time to reach out to Randy as well.
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Chatten: Bold Hair, Same Smile

Chatten Hayes, 2012 Carl Porter Award recipient and Über-Volunteer hostess is rocking a new look this week. And David loves it (and her)!  She had major surgery in early September, and doctors found ovarian cancer. She began chemo earlier this week. The surgeon expresses the discovery like this: “We threw a brick through a plate-glass window and got all the big pieces swept up, and now we are doing some “mop-up” chemo to take care of any remaining cells.” Her cancer is the type most responsive to treatment and it didn’t spread beyond her abdomen.

Chatten wants her handball family to know she feels wonderful about “Doc G’s” sense of humor and skill and the care she’s received. She and David are so grateful for the enormous support shown by friends, family, neighbors, players, colleagues and even the mailman and regulars at the coffee bar.

Chatten has this to say:

“I am grateful for my lifetime of excellent health. This was my first time in a hospital, let alone having any surgery. We joke a lot over here, go big or go home!

(Right-to-left).
Chatten Hayes with hairstylist Eian and husband David Steinberg.

As for my hair, well, I think we all know how I feel about my HAIR. It’s basically the only vanity I indulge in – I will never be on the best dressed list or drive a hot car. But … my hair. When I was told I’d lose it, I decided immediately to shave my head. And we made a party out of it. My friend Eian Petry has been keeping my locks gorgeous for more than 22 years. He opened his salon last Monday (which was also his 60th birthday) to do it.  We laughed so hard my hair flew off!!!

I will continue to sport this look (while spending next to nothing for hair care – sorry, Eian) for a few months, and don’t be surprised if the Pacific Boxer team shows up in Springfield next February with a few baldies! It was discussed at a team meeting a couple of weeks ago. Solidarity, baby!

In that spirit, I will donate $50 to ovarian cancer research for every player who is shaved while playing a tournament – text or email a photo to me (503-880-4314 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the who/whats/whens.

And the First Donor is: Sean Lenning – I’m a fan of you and your hairline! You are going to have a great WPH R48Pro season! So I count $50 in the kitty already. Oh, and maybe I should include David? Ok, $100.

I need to add that we are being very selective about where our information is coming from. David and I are limiting ourselves to information and anecdotes provided to us specifically about MY cancer from MY team. It’s enough to take in what’s right in front of us. We are asking everyone to curb kindly impulses to provide more for us to digest. We appreciate your understanding.

Lastly, I remind all you gals to PAY ATTENTION. You can find more information about the subtle and somewhat mysterious symptoms here: http://ovarian.org/about-ovarian-cancer/what-are-the-signs-a-symptoms

My dear friends, I love you muchly and I loved Handball from the moment David introduced me. Thank you from the bottom of my hair-er-HEART, for decades of loving me back, and I’ll see you soon.” -- Chatten

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Glove Rule Update

By Tom Sove, Game Committee Chair

Rules are intended to ensure fair play and safety. The current glove rule, Rule 2.3.B Style   states:  The usual hitting surfaces of the glove must be light in color and made of a soft material or leather. The fingers may not be webbed, connected or removed.  Any gloves which provide an unfair advantage are not allowed, and must be replaced at the referee’s direction. At the recent January, 2017 board meeting the USHA passed a change to the glove rule, adding the phrase “with wetness easily detected by visual inspection” to the end of the first sentence.

As we all know, the only reason we wear gloves is to keep the ball dry to prevent the ball from sliding during the rally. Obviously, a ball that slides can create an unfair advantage for one player and a disadvantage for the other. This wording is intended to augment the already existing wording that the glove material must be light in color. The USHA believes that fairness demands that a referee may be able to ascertain when a glove is wet enough to affect play before it happens. Hence the wording incorporated includes “light in color” and “wetness detected by visual inspection”.  Without a quick visual inspection (at times, from about 20 feet away), if a referee can only determine wet gloves by rubbing a ball on the glove it is too late to prevent slides, which can certainly create an unnecessary delay in a match. Repeatedly needing to do this creates additional problems.

Recent trends in glove manufacturing have resulted in the introduction of some gloves that do not meet this criteria. They are neither light in color nor readily show wetness by visual inspection. We purposefully did not delineate either glove brands or glove material in the hope that these same providers/manufacturers will still pursue viable gloves that meet the parameters of the rule, and thereby offer more options to our players. In fact, the USHA was actively pursuing a new glove using a synthetic material. However, we were unconvinced the material would meet our own criteria and we halted our efforts.

This issue was brought to us by the WPH. Their valuable input underscored the need to amend the rule. According to David Fink, referees were having problems detecting wet gloves in their pro tournaments, resulting in unfortunate slides affecting outcomes of matches. Not only were officials having problems, even some players weren’t sure if their gloves were wet. Our final version of the rule change was shared with the WPH, and they enthusiastically endorsed and embraced it.  Dave Vincent writes: “I support the article, wording and direction you are taking here.”

The application of the rule is simple. The referee may enforce the removal of an offending glove at any time during a match.

*This article will be published in the next issue of HANDBALL MAGAZINE.

 

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67th USHA National Three-Wall Championships

MAUMEE, Ohio --  There's a new rivalry brewing in Women's Three-Wall!  Defending champ Hilary Rushe and challenger Ashley Moler thrilled the Labor Day crowd on hand as well as the throng of online viewers to one of the most exciting Women's Open finals in recent years.  While Rushe successfully defended her crown by edging Moler 16-21, 21-1, 11-10.  You can still watch this and other matches from Toledo on the U.S. Handball YouTube Channel HERE.
     Hoping to unseat the defending champ, Moler forced the action in game one, delivering punishing power shots and pushing serves "out-the-door" for aces to reach a 20-12 lead.  With confidence running high, Moler appeared to have the first game in hand, but Rushe battled back with a four-point run before missing a near-kill only inches from the crack.  That late run set the tone for the second game, and Rushe answered Moler's challenge with purpose and force behind her shots. 
     Moler took note, "[Rushe] definitely started hitting the ball harder and playing more aggressively in that second game."  While Moler didn't let up, Rushe made sure the match would go to a third set.  In the tiebreaker, the two played to a stalemate as each had an opportunity for match point at 10-10.  Moler dove at a potential championship point, just missing a rekill.  With both players playing to their limit and with bloodied knees, Moler couldn't return Rushe's deep serve to the left and conceded match point.  As the two players completed a post-match hug and congratulations, it was obvious the crowd appreciated the effort and wanted more.  This possible "rivalry" stays between the court lines, as the two opponents paired to win the Women's Doubles to complete Rushe's Three-Wall Nationals slam. 
Men's Open Three-Wall Big Ball Doubles.
     Labor Day ushered the conclusion of the Three-Wall Nationals with a number of doubles finals.  In Men's Open Three-Wall Big Ball Doubles,  Braulio Ruiz and Carlos Lemus struggled early to keep pace with New York's Chris Miranda and Allan Sanchez but ultimately won the title, 14-21, 21-2, 11-6.  Sanchez and Miranda both dominated front court play, building an early lead and capitalizing on their opponent's mistakes.  While Ruiz and Lemus were frustrated early-on, they settled in nicely to start the second game building a big 16-1 lead as Ruiz caught fire-ending rallies with kills.  Forcing most of their serves deep and off the walls, Ruiz and Lemus continued to keep their opponents deep and from making plays in the front court.  The second game success carried over into the tiebreaker, although Sanchez and Miranda made adjustments in the tiebreaker, they only managed six points after falling behind early. 
     In Men's Open Three-Wall Small Ball Doubles, Marcos Chavez and Sean Lenning earned another title by holding off a second-game surge from Tyree and Jurell Bastidas to win 21-9, 21-19. The pair showed why they're the best doubles team in three-wall, as Chavez jumped all over their opponent's shots with rekills while Lenning unleashed his lethal service game.  The Bastidas brothers pressed hard in the second to force a tiebreaker as they maintained a lead at 19-17 before running into a spot of bad luck.  Tyree's first serve went into the floor followed by a Chavez shot that went just beyond Jurell's reach.  A Chavez kill would tie the score at 19 before the champions would win match point, drawing a celebratory shout and a ball-toss by Chavez.  The win sealed a slam for both:  Lenning in the Men's Open, Chavez in the Masters and Open Doubles. 
Chris Miranda steps into a shot in the Men's Wallball Doubles final.

     In Men's Open Wallball Doubles, Chris Miranda and Allan Sanchez played mistake-free handball, showing the three-wall crowd the fast-paced close action of Wallball doubles.  Playing against the Bastidas brothers, who had just finished the Three-Wall final moments before, Miranda and Sanchez didn't show any mercy en route to a two-game 21-6, 21-6 win.   
  Watch the streaming video of the matches on the United States Handball Association's Facebook Page HERE.
  See results and draws HERE.
 
 

Sean Lenning chases down a deep return in the Men's Open Singles Final.
MAUMEE, Ohio --  Championship Sunday brought warm temps and clear skies, making the ideal conditions for all players competing on the courts at the Lucas County Rec Center.  Three-Wall Great Vic Herskowitz now has company on the all-time list as Sean Lenning won his 9th Three-Wall Singles crown defeating Tyree Bastidas, 21-4, 21-6.  While Bastidas showed tremendous athleticism that entertained crowds all week, he didn't have an answer to his opponent's devastating service game.  Lenning continuously uncorked a lethal low driving serve to the right that seemed almost nonreturnable.  The strong serve and uncanny court sense allowed Lenning to run away with big leads in each game, and a right-handed kill in the right corner sealed his ninth title.  Watch the complete match on the United States Handball Association's Facebook Page HERE.
     In Women's Open singles action, Hillary Rushe punched her ticket to the final and a chance to defend her title with a two-game win over Kristen Hughes of Texas, 21-5, 21-7.  A confident Ashley Moler delivered timely serves and passes in stopping nine-time champion Megan Dorneker in the semifinals.  Using the simple formula of driving her opponent deep and fly-killing returns, Moler stayed in control, winning 21-11, 21-8 to earn a rematch against Rushe.  "I've been playing a lot in Tucson, and it's definitely helped my game." Moler said post-match.   Watch the Facebook Live stream of the Women's Open Singles final and more tomorrow (Monday) at 9 a.m. (Eastern). 
  See today's results, tomorrow's match-ups and draws HERE.

Jurell Bastidas punches a ball to the ceiling against Sean Lenning in the semifinals.
MAUMEE, Ohio -- For the fourth consecutive year, Sean Lenning and Tyree Bastidas will face each other in the Men's Open Singles final.  Both players appeared to be pacing themselves in the matches leading up to their annual showdown, but in the semifinals, each player turned up the intensity.  
     The day's first semifinal, Lenning put together an amazing "serve-and-shoot" clinic stopping Jurell Bastidas in two games, 21-5, 21-2.  In the second semifinal, Tyree Bastidas held Dane Szatskowski at bay by turning in two impressive 21-14, 21-15 games.  "He played great, plus he just so fast." said Szatkowski post-match.  Tomorrow's final match will be filmed by Buckeye Cable Sports Network.  Also watch for live stream option on Facebook at Noon (Eastern).  
     In Women's Open Singles semifinals action, defending champion Hillary Rushe will face off against Kristen Hughes and Megan Dorneker will match-up against Ashley Moler.  
     Congrats to the following age-division National titles winners from Saturday:  
     Masters (40-plus):  Kendall Lewis
     Masters B (40-plus): Junior Bermudez
     Golden B (50-plus):  Tim Thompson
     Veteran Golden (55-plus):  Matthew Osburn
     Super Masters (60-plus):  Marc Penick
     Diamond Masters (70-plus):  Rick Graham
     Veteran Diamond Masters (75-plus):  Norm Young
     See today's results, tomorrow's match-ups and draws HERE.

Dane Szatkowski shoots against Braulio Ruiz in the Men's Open Quarterfinals.  
MAUMEE, Ohio -- Tiebreakers ruled the outcome of many matches on the second day of play at the 67th USHA National Three-Wall Championships.  In Men's Open singles, many fans cleared the stands thinking Dane Szatkowski's run would end in the quarterfinals to Braulio Ruiz.  Losing 11-21 and down 17-13 in the second, the match appeared to be wrapping, but impossible situations are exactly where Szatkowski thrives.  Fighting off match point, Szatkowski took the second game, 21-20.  In the tiebreaker, Szatkowski's serve started heating up, but Ruiz delivered a flat rollout to even the score at 5-5 to force a Szatkowski time out.  When play resumed, Szatkowski completed a 6-2 run, only yielding a side out and two points before acing match point.  Szatkowski will meet Tyree Bastidas in Saturday's semifinal. 
     In the other half of the draw, Marco Lemus and Jurell Bastidas delivered the next thriller.  After a big 21-6 game one victory, it seemed Bastidas would walk into the semis.  But Lemus battled back in the second, holding off match point and finishing a 21-20 win to earn a third game.  The tiebreaker was the same tense affair, with both players trading rallies and each having the chance to move onto the semifinals.  Bastidas' experience proved to be the deciding factor as he scored the final point.  Bastidas will face Sean Lenning in the other semifinal. 
     See results 
HERE.
 

Ricardo Palma shoots against Dan Valera in the Men's A Singles.
 
MAUMEE, Ohio -- The 67th USHA National Three-Wall Championships kicked off under some cloud cover on a cool Thursday at the Lucas County Rec Center.  While most first-day first round contests can be mismatches,there were a few exciting 11-10 tiebreaker finishes.  In Men's Open Singles action, Oregon's Cody Townsend, making his first Three-Wall Nationals appearance, held off match point from Toledo's Tyler Stevens to regain the serve and score the decisive point to earn the victory. 
     In other first round action, Braulio Ruiz bounced Anthony Collado in two games, 21-10, 21-3.  Dane Szatkowski's experience was on display against Canadian junior phenom Ivan Burgos as the Chicago native ran away with a 21-1, 21-11 victory.  Marco Lemus stopped Matthew Chu, 21-14, 21-6 , while Jurell Bastidas moved past Ryan Bowler, 21-9, 21-9.  Finally Oregon's Dalton Beall battled with Juan Canales of El Paso in a close first game before winning 21-18.  Beall settled in during the second game and closed out the match with a convincing 21-9 win.  Beall will face defending champion Sean Lenning in tomorrow's quarterfinal at Noon on Friday.  See tomorrow's match-ups, results and draw HERE.
 
The Labor Day Holiday Weekend marks the end of summer as days become shorter (and cooler) in the coming months.  We love to celebrate this weekend with Toledo Handball crew and over 200 players signed up to battle on the courts for five days. 
    Don't forget to check out the "Things-to-do in Toledo" HERE.
 
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2017 USHA Hall of Fame and Women's Classic

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tracy Davis and David Fink come up big at Hall of Fame & Women's Classic.  The former Women's Classic champ Davis took back the Classic title over defending champ Jennifer Schmitt in two games.  On the Men's side, Fink repeated his win over Sean Lenning in singles and teamed with Braulio Ruiz to take the doubles over Lenning and Dylan Key.

Davis made a statement in the first game, utilizing her power serve with relentless precision that kept the experienced Schmitt on her heals.  While Schmitt adjusted to the speed, she couldn't mount a comeback bid losing 21-8.  In the second, Davis once again built a big leads of 13-4 and 17-8 and appeared to be on the way to victory.  But Schmitt adjusted, hitting defensive shots which forced Davis to the back of the court and neutralized her power.  Schmitt kept chipping away at her deficit and nearly tied the score before Davis earned the side out leading 18-17.  At that point, Schmitt burned her final timeout to regroup and make a final push for a tiebreaker. 

When play resumed, Davis regained her early match form to get out of her scoring slump and score match point on a drive along the wall to the deep left which wasn't returned. 

This year's Men's Open final was a rematch from 2016; however, it didn't have the same drama as last year's contest.  In less than 30 minutes, David Fink successfully defended his Hall of Fame title, making quick work of Sean Lenning who was hampered by a left shoulder injury suffered last month.  While one-armed Lenning's heroics worked in earlier rounds, Fink refused to rally with his opponent, aggressively killing the ball and ending rallies with every opportunity. 

In the doubles final, Fink and partner Braulio Ruiz kept their foots on the gas pedal, relentlessly forcing shots to Lenning's left and serving to Lenning's partner, Dylan Key.  The young Key made several big plays and held his own with the top pros on the same court but ultimately couldn't withstand the firepower of Fink and Ruiz, falling in two games, 21-14, 21-8. 

Video replays of the Women's Classic and Men's Open finals are available on the United States Handball Association's Facebook (no audio).  

See draws and results HERE

Women's Classic Drop-Down Divisions:

5th Place Playoff (from Quarterfinals)

Semifinals:  Amy Gross d. Kena Byrd-Jackson, 12, 15; Donna Mosely d. Terry Bowman, 16, 13.

5th Place final:  Gross d. Mosely, 5, 16.

7th Pace final:  Bowman d. Byrd-Jackson, (11), 20, 7.

A Singles (9th Place Playoff from Round of 16)

Quarterfinals:  Dimas, BYE; Sojourner d. Camacho, 14, 15; Della Croce d. Smith, (16), 12, 9; Valdillez d. Norenberg, 13, 1.

Semifinals:  Dimas d. Sojourner, 6, 3; Valdillez d. Della Croce, 16, 18.

Final:  Dimas d. Valdillez, 4, 4.

B Singles Consolation (from A)

Semifinals:  Camacho, BYE; Smith d. Norenberg, 1, 9.

Final:  Camacho d. Smith, 12, 14.

As if playing two matches on Saturday weren't enough, WPH's David Fink led a youth handball clinic for juniors and collegiate students at the TRC once play was finished.  A number of kids attended to learn basic fundamentals and winning strategies to improve their games. Photo courtesy of WPH. 

Players, families and fans gathered at the Hall of Fame for the annual Celebration Banquet.  People in attendance enjoyed dinner and had a chance to tour the Hall of Fame Museum.  Nathaniel Frank was given the Marty Decatur Sportsmanship Award. 

See times, draws and each day's result HERE

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE TREMENDOUS SUPPORT RECEIVED BY OUR TOURNAMENT SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS: 

Fred Banfield
Charlie Wicker
Vince San Angelo
Fred Lewis
Ron Kroll
Alex Jacome
Paul Flasch
Richard Stevens
Matt Goode
Steve Hamrick
Joe Wright
Jack Herbst
Dan Wetmore
John & Carol Ross
John Stalder
Brian Wessel
Steve Sheldon
Doug Clark
Andy Onate
Carl Porter
Leo Carillo
Don Whatron
Ken Hartnett
Ron Deriana
Kam Nasser


 




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Ode to Toledo Handball © by Peter Peart (09/05/17)

 

Just before the days of summer may start to wane

Along comes the tradition of this venerable campaign

Set in a place with hospitality supreme

To Toledo, these warriors start to stream

 

It is our beloved game that they come to play

A grueling version, the 3-wall way

But before one point is played or scored

People gather to remember beyond the game that is adored

 

The outdoor elements and sometimes shadowy light

Adds to the atmosphere and utter delight

Before it is all said and done

These games to be played are only half the fun

 

Food and libations help to recount or embellish a memory

Families, friends revel in camaraderie

Perhaps a fierce rivalry will be renewed

Or new ones to begin in respect and gratitude

 

For each and every player, a single focus abound

By the end of the journey, he or she hopes to wear a crown

Into the hollowed trenches, the heated battle begins

The first two games to 21 wins

 

And should those two games not be enough

One more game, to eleven, rough and tough

From the rafters the arching ball rebounds

Often reaching beyond the natural end line a retriever pounds

 

Back and forth in this manner they go

These are some of the rhythms of this ebb and flow

Confining the action between the walls and the lines

The victor, in measured steps and dexterity combines

 

Whether ending a rally with the vaunted kill

Each point is contested with determination and will

To survive and move on is the mantra and daily goal

Remaining aloft, continue the fight in the winners fold

 

And should your efforts fall short of the desired top tier

Along the way, there is always encouragement, support and cheer

Perhaps in defeat, you shrug and gather your gear

Whispering deep inside, “I’ll rebound, there is always next year”

 

So who are these pursuers of this the perfect game

It would be Herculean in task to give you every name

So in fairness to all participants and warriors alike

This [space] is lovingly for you, Tom, Dick, Harry and Mike

 

When we think of these championships and the allure

There are legacies and dynasties that endure

The generations of men and women return each year to play

For the enjoyment of the game and to perhaps light the way

 

Many brothers team and this is great to see

Like Dane and Adam Szatkowski

Along with the brothers Anderson, Eric and Lee

Let’s not forget Bastidas’, Jurrell and Tyree

 

Munson, David and Mike, like playing brothers trust

Similarly with Lemus siblings, Marco and Carlos

To be sure there are also brothers who do not pair

But it does not mean that well, they do not fair

 

Zimet, Dan and Adam come to mind

Let’s not leave Dave and Larry Dohman behind

And to parent and child who also join the fray

Carrying on the traditions of our game, valiantly display

 

When we describe the accomplishment among the ranks

Let us applaud the double, double of The Franks

Son Nathaniel, slamming the Bs

And dad Alan, mastering with complimentary partners of last names Zs

 

Of course, there are also dozens more to laud

Beginning with impressive debut of Chris Persaud

And in the category among the merry

The successful pairing of Eisenbooth and Berry

 

By reputation, some participants are expected to win

As with Marcos Chavez and Sean Lenning

As they continue to dominate over the field

Year after year, even when pressed, they never yield

 

These championships, like so many are a grind

The toll they take are often visible on body and rattles the mind

We reach deep to find salve and solace, seeking to recover

Perhaps in time for next year, a solution to discover

 

*******

 

 

 

 

 

 

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65th USHA National Collegiate Championships

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Sunday's matches wrapped up a tremendous 65th USHA Collegiate National Championships at Arizona State.  The ASU Sun Devil Handball Club was recognized as the USHA Organization of the Year on Saturday night, and they delivered an exceptional event.  University of Florida's Michael Morgan was honored with the USHA Coach of the Year award.  Lake Forest's Ricardo Palma and Juan Canales were awarded the John C. Sabo Scholarships. 

After the banquet, collegiate players and coaches enjoyed an after party with pool, table tennis and cyber bowling in Sparky's Den at the Student Union. 

In Sunday's finals, Trinity College Dublin's Ciara Mahon dominated all opponents during the week to win her first Women's Open Singles title defeating Limerick's Niamh Dunne, 21-15, 21-9..  The win denied University of Limerick's chances to sweep the singles.  Mahon jumped to big leads in both games and cruised to the title despite a late-game surge from Dunne in the first game.   

In the Men's Open final, University of Limerick's Colin Crehan found a higher gear whenever challenged by Leo Canales of Lake Forest winning 21-10, 21-11. Canales fell behind in both games but pushed back by executing some tough serves and timely passes to keep the score relatively close.  During one of Canales' streaks, a late timeout in the second game spelled Crehan who came back in to close out the remaining points needed for championship point.  

Men's Open Finalists: Champion Colin Crehan (Limerick) with finalist Leo Canales (LFC).

Missouri State University returned to the top of college handball Saturday by winning the combined team open title.  Minnesota State-Mankato finished second.  

University of Limerick won the Men's Open team title, edging out Lake Forest.  In the Women's Open team standings, Missouri State topped University of Texas.  

Pacific University won the Combined A team title over University of West Florida. 

Stony Brook University won the Men's A team title.  University of West Florida finished second.  

Pacific University won the Women's A team title.  Angelo State finished runner-up. 

Michigan State University won the Men's B team title while Pacific finished second. 

Click on the links below to see team scores. 

Combined Team Scores

Men's Team Scores

Women's Team Scores

Men's Brackets

 

Men's Open 

Men's Open 9-16

MA1

MA2

MA3 

MB1

MB2 

MB3

MC1

MC2

MC3

MC4

Open Doubles

A Doubles

B Doubles

 

Women's Brackets

Women's Open

Women's Open 9-16

WA1

WA2

WB1

WB2

WC1

Women's Open Doubles

Women's A Doubles

Women's B Doubles

 

Men's Preliminary Matches

 

M 1-16

M 17-32

M 33-48

M 49-64

M 65-80

M 81-96

M 97-112

M 113-128

M 129-144

M 145-160

M 145-176 P

Women's Preliminary Matches

 

W 1-16

W 17-32

W 33-48

W 49-64

W 65-80

W 81-96

W 65-96 P

Thursday Matches 

M Open / A1

M A1 / A2

M A2 / A3

M A3 / B1

M B1 / B2

M B2 / B3

M B3 / C1

M C1 / C2

M C2 / C3

M C3 / C4

M C3 / C4 X

 

W Open / A1

W A1 / A2

W A2 / B1

W B1 / B2

W B2 / C1

W B2 / C1 X

 

 

Sorted by Start Times

Sorted by Division

Sorted by School and Name 


Entry and Eligibility

Deadlines

  • February 22 (2 pm)-play may begin
  • February 26-(12 pm)-play ends
  • March 3-Articles due

Seeding

  • A Step-by-step Guide to Collegiate Tournament Seeding HERE.
  • On-line forms: WOMEN, MEN
  • Please take a look at the Skill Levels Document before completing the online or mail back forms. We hope to not just a ranking of players on your team but a sense of their skills and how they compare to other players on your team. When combined with last years results we will create our first draft.
  • Challenges policy-First round challenges do not require any written reason. A written reason for challenges in the second round will require a written reason.
  • Returning player seeding policy-Players will be seeded above where they finished in the previous years unless they zero-pointed in the previous year. Requests to a seed below where they finished must be in writing and include the reason for the request.

2016 National Collegiate Results HERE.

Division names


The new naming conventions will be broken into Open, A, B, and C Divisions for the men and women draws. Each Division will contain a number of brackets based upon the number of players in a division.

Men

  • Open Division – Open Bracket
  • A Division – A1, A2, A3 Brackets
  • B Division – B1, B2, B3, Brackets
  • C Division – C1, C2, C3 Brackets


Women

  • Open Division– Open Bracket
  • A Division – A1, A2 Brackets
  • B Division – B1, B2 Brackets
  • C Division - C Bracket


To categorize teams for Open, A, or B team titles, you would take the AVERAGE of the players’ seeds. For the 2015 men’s draw, to find the three Divisions you would divide the total number of entrants by 3, e.g. 162 entrants / 3 = 54.

  • Open Division up to 54
  • A Division 55 – 108
  • B Division 109 - 162


To qualify for a team title, a school would still need to have a minimum of three players in a gender. Points would be calculated exactly how they were in 2015. The schools would have been divided as follows in the Men’s 2015 tournament using this method.

Points

Point Distribution

Format

  • Wall chart-Draws will be posted on the wall in a diamond shape to reflect where players move to as the players either win or lose in the first two rounds.
  • Women's Divisions (template)
  • Men's Divisions (template)

Maps

Meals

  • Location: Lunches will be in the "Large Classroom" which is on the second floor.  Go up the stairs near court 1.  The Large Classroom is straight in front of you across the hall.
  • Times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Noon-2:15 p.m.

Banquet

  • Location: Green Gym (located on the first floor between courts 3 & 4).
  • Time: Saturday, (Feb. 25) 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Coaches meetings

    • Location: Sun Devil Fitness Complex-Well Devil Suite (first floor)
    • Times: Wednesday (1:00 pm), Saturday (3:30 or 4:00 pm)
    • Agendas: Wednesday-(meet and greet/tournament information), Saturday- (awards, articles, election, governance)

Awards

    • All Tournament: (semi and finalist Open division both genders)
    • All American: Top-4 (or more in case of tie) American players in top 16 Singles or finalists of Open Doubles
    • Sportsmanship: (both genders)
    • Most Improved Player: (both genders based on 2016 finish/2017 finish)
University of Arizona's Lucas Neff against Michael Mathis from University of West Florida in Friday's quarterfinal action in the Men's A3 action.  Neff won 21-18, 21-5 to advance to the quarterfinals.
 


FRIDAY

It was a topsy-turvy Friday in from the Men's Open to the Men's C3 division as upsets happened across the board.  While top-seeded Colin Crehan (Limerick) was not one of the casualties, others were knocked out in the first round and quarterfinals.  Luis Bustos (Minnesota State-Mankato) upended third seed Anthony Collado (Lake Forest) in the first round with an 11-6 tiebreaker victory.  In the same half of the bracket, Leo Canales (Lake Forest) stopped second seed Tyler Stoffel (Minnesota State-Mankato) in two games, 21-10, 21-18.  Canales faces Sam Esser (Missouri State) in the semifinals on Saturday.  

Esser produced the match of the day earlier, fighting off match point and scoring three-straight points to defeat Seamus Conneely (Limerick) 19-21, 21-8, 11-10.  Click on the draws below to see Friday's results.  

The atmosphere remained electric with teammates cheers and applause ringing through the rec center while players battled on the courts.  Thanks to Red Bull Energy Drinks and Jimmy John's Sandwiches for supplying products and samples for the tournament.  Red Bull has a connection with handball by sponsoring the Annual Red Bull Slaps each summer in New York City (also see Red Bull's The History of Handball in 77 Seconds).  The National Collegiates will continue through this weekend with singles and doubles finals wrapping up on Sunday.

Admission to watch is free!  The Sun Devil Fitness Complex is located at:  400 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85287.

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