SAN DIEGO -- Tommy Hynes of Wexford brought raw power and determination to the 45 singles final against Chris Watkins. Watkins had beaten Hynes the last time they met but Hynes' was on top of his game on Sunday, racing to the title. George Garcia Jr. showed up healthy on Sunday and ready to play two finals. Kevin Price had a rough night and didn't know if he could take the court after tough wins on Saturday. Garcia eased his way to the 35 title and Price wasn't able to take the court for the 40s. Mike McDonald earned the 50 title over Ryan Grossenbacher in a tiebreaker. Bobby Nicholas overcame a determined Marty Clemens and a sore left arm to win the 55s. Lloyd Garcia earned his 9th title in his quest for the Grand Master sweater over Dave Streibig in three games. Billy Wyrsch turned back Bob Lohmueller in yet another tiebreaker for the 65s. In the 70s, Greg Raya showed he's still the one to beat, taking Greg Stansbury in two games. Jim Smith won the battle of the dentists over Gary Rohrer in the 75s. Mike Driscoll moved into the 80s for his first win in that group, beating Jerry White in the final.
See the final results of the 2018 USHA National Masters Singles Draws on r2sports HERE.
David Chapman grew up as a junior handball phenom in California before attending school at Missouri State University, winning four open singles, three open doubles titles and All-America honors during his time there. Thanks to the generosity of contributor Kevan Del Grande, a David Chapman Memorial Scholarship has been established for collegiate players from California and/or Missouri or attend schools in either state.
Eligibility: Any full-time collegiate handball players who are either attending school in California or Missouri or grew up in either state and is an active handball player or playing in a college program. The intent is to reward students with good academic records that demonstrate financial need.
Award: $1,000 scholarship payable to students or paid direct to student's school. Winner will be announced by Dec. 15.
Application Deadline: October 15th of each year.
The Mardak Scholarships will be awarded in the Fall semester this year.
Eligibility: Mardak Scholarships will be awarded to full time college applicants who have taught handball through their community handball program anytime during 2018. The Mardak Scholarships are available to any students teaching handball, not just handball players. As an example, Kinesiology Majors (who will teach Physical Education) and are involved in teaching at one school. Requirement: Applicants must be USHA Certified Level I instructors.
Award: This year, six $2,000 scholarships are available through the Mardak Scholarship program.
How to apply: Please send an essay outlining current academic status and course work, handball experience and/or teaching handball experience. Please include unofficial transcripts and how the money would help further the applicant’s education.
Applications will be reviewed with the intent to reward students in good academic standing. Of course, good character and financial need are other considerations.
2018 Application Deadline: Sept. 10
Mardak Scholarships Awarded: Oct. 15, 2018
TUCSON -- Handball is often defined as a fraternity of players, a tight-knit population. When we lose someone, the effect ripples through the community, whether we played regular matches with that person, watched them at tournaments or were intertwined through the many tournaments and leagues across the country. When there's a loss, the community comes together. Players, fans and friends turned the Tucson Racquet Club into a three-day handball gala, remembering and honoring those who passed while the top players battled it out in the WPH R48Pro VII Stop #2.
Setting the table for Sunday’s action, Samzon Hernandez (Los Angeles) defeated Timbo Gonzalez (New York) 15-14, 15-9 in a thrilling Big Ball 4 Wall Singles final. It was a classic battle between the top-two big ball stars from opposite coasts. After trailing for much of the match, Hernandez caught Gonzalez at 13-13 and was able to take away the first game. In the second, Gonzalez never fully recovered from a 6-0 deficit and played catch-up the rest of the way until Hernandez sealed match point.
In the Women’s R48Pro final, Martina McMahon (Limerick, Ireland) won her first WPH event defeating Catriona Casey (Ballydesmond, Ireland), 14-16, 15-9, 15-3. With a commanding serve and showing amazing two-handed power and versatility, the Southpaw McMahon held game point in the first game at 14-11 only to see Casey claw back to win by two. Although she fell behind 6-1 in the second game, McMahon’s resolve didn’t waiver as she continued her brilliant play to outscore Casey 14-3 to force the tiebreaker. McMahon’s momentum continued to roll in the tiebreaker as she won handily by a 12-point margin.
“To beat [Casey] in 40X20 is something special.” McMahon said during the trophy presentation. “She shouldn’t have gotten that first game and she did, but that’s Catriona, she fights to the end. She went up 6-1 in the second. I usually I lose the head, but I’ve been trying working on that. I have the hands and just need to work on the thoughts in my head.” McMahon credited her brother, coach and mother for support and helping her reach the next level of mental toughness.
Immediately following that barn-burner was the highly anticipated R48Pro final between Robbie McCarthy (Westmeath, Ireland) and current two-time USHA champion Killian Carroll (Boston). McCarthy started the match with the hot hand and in control, leading 5-0 before Carroll could counter. But once Carroll got onto the scoreboard, he didn’t look back, showing off tremendous athleticism, out-hustling, out-shooting and outscoring McCarthy 30-5 to claim his second R48Pro final victory of the young season winning 15-9 and 15-1.
“Robbie doesn’t come to the pro tour very often, and he’s number one in Ireland right now. To show that I can, not just play American players, but play Irish players, too.” Said Carroll. “It’s a very important win for me.”
As a qualifier, McCarthy played a few extra matches leading up to the round of 16, and against Sean Lenning (Tucson) in the semifinal, he was looking up at match point at a 14-1 deficit. Showing intense grit and desire, McCarthy made the remarkable comeback, winning 5-15, 16-14 and 15-4 to reach the final.
To wrap up the Tucson Memorial, Braulio Ruiz and Timbo Gonzalez won the Men’s Big Ball Doubles, defeating Alfredo Morales and Esteban Erazo.
The Tucson Memorial completed an unbelievable weekend of handball. Congratulations to the WPH for hosting a tremendous event and bringing live handball to the airwaves at ESPN 3 and the WatchESPN App.
Watch the replay HERE (Click on the "Schdule & Replays" tab, choose "Replay," then choose "Handball" under the "All Sports" drop-down button. Check with your provider to see if you have access to WatchESPN).
See the final results on the tournament R2sports page HERE.
TUCSON -- Scott Cleveland and Kara Mack talk about the names added to the Memorial Trophy this year during the Saturday evening memorial service. Ben Manning (WPH Film Crew) and David Chapman (nine-time USHA National Four-Wall Singles Champion).
On the court, Robbie McCarthy rallied from a 14-1 deficit in the second after losing the first to Sean Lenning to advance to Sunday's final against Killian Carroll. Catriona Casey and Martina McMahon have been on a collision course to face each other on Sunday.
In the Big Ball, it's a showdown of outdoor stars from opposite coasts and disciplines. California's three-wall star Samzon Hernandez squares off against New York's Timbo Gonzalez. Follow the results and watch the acton from the Tucson Racquet Club, live.
See the draws, times and results on the tournament R2sports page HERE.
DES PLAINES, Ill. -- Ireland's Sean Kerr (moving into position) earned the 17 title two years ago at Lattof and stepped up to beat countrymate Taidhg O'Neill in a thrilling three-game final for the 19 championship on Saturday. Megan McCann won the three Girls 19 titles on offer, winning the big and small ball singles and the doubles with the Belisa Camacho of Tucson. Luis Bustos came up big in the doubles final, teaming with an under-the-weather Anthony Sullivan to beat singles finalists Kerr and O'Neill in two exciting games to close out the great week of play.
Final results of drop downs below and the Championship Draws are on the USHA National Junior r2sports site HERE.
2017 Juniors at Lattof
A: Camacho d. Lovie, 19, 11.
First Round: Chloe Roberts d. Emily Wichgers, 12, 2
Semifinals: Irene Hong d. Roberts, 12, 2; Sophia Della Croce d. Riley Frisbie, 6, 3.
Final: Della Croce d. Hong, 0, 11.
First Round: Frisbie d. Wichgers, 10, 6.
Final: Frisbie d. Roberts, 1, 12.
A Final: Gantly d. Peters, 9, 6.
Semifinals: Zoe Klicker d. Katie Klicker, 9, (9), 3; Izzi Klicker d. Caitlyn Gillespie, 12, 5.
Final: Z. Klicker d. I. Klicker, 16, (17), 8.
Cons. Final: K. Klicker d. Gillespie, 16, 19.
A Semifinals: Gaulton d.O’Keefe, 20, 6; Burgos d. Bustos, 12, (12), 4.
Final: Gaulton d. Burgos, 12, 9.
First Round: Noe Rios d. Danny Connolly, 0, 4; Rory Rakochey d. A. Sandoval, 12, 5; James Teuber d. Brandon Sanchez, 10, 10; Jon Gutierrez d. Sam Ure,
Quarterfinals: Rios d. Wetzel, inj. def; Devin Peters d. Rakochey, 5, 14; Patrick Cooke d. Tueber, 7, 6; Gutierrez d. E. Camacho, 3, (13), 3.
Semifinals: D. Peters d. N. Rios, 7, 6; P. Cooke d. Gutierrez, 2, 1.
Final: Peters d. Cooke, 7, (18), 1.
First Round: A. Sandoval d. D. Connolly, 0, 5; S. Ure d. B. Sanchez, 5, 14; Camacho d. Teuber, (10), 8, 6.
Semifinals: A. Sandoval d. S. Ure, 8, 6; Camacho d. Rakochey, 7, 3.
Final: Camacho d. Sandoval, (20), 8, 8.
A: O. Hallahan d. N. Roberts, 7, 3; J. Pimentel d. C. Peters, 15, 1.
Final: Pimentel d. O’Hallahan, 20, (19), 9.
First Round: Vince Ford d. James O’Donnell, 10, 8; Garret Rose d. Alex Silva, 20, 17.
Quarterfinals: Ford d. S. Richer, (17), 17, 5; Carlos Castillo d. Rose, 3, 6; Dom Hamilton d. Ben Buckles, 19, 12; Jon Silva d. Dom Fisicaro, 4, 5.
Semifinals: Ford d. Castillo, (9), 1, 0; J. Silva d. Hamilton, 19, (20), 7.
Final: Ford d. Silva, 13, (15), 8.
First Round: J. O’Donnell d. Rose, 11, 16; A. Silva d. Buckles, 16, 16.
Semifinals: Richer d. O’Donnell, 12, 2; A. Silva d. Fisicaro, 15, (15), 5.
Final: Richer d. A. Silva, 4, 10.
A Semifinals: Bersford d. Jason O’Donnell, 9, 7; O’Sullivan d. J. Lallier, 19, (13), 6.
Final: Bersford d. O’Sullivan, 3, 4.
First Round: Adam Perez d. Miguel Sandoval, 8, 9; Johnny Cooke d. Isaac Alberg, 16, 9.
Semifinals: A. Perez d. Qualley, 19, 3; J. Cooke d. Hayes, 15, 17.
Final: Perez d. Cooke, 8, 18.
Cons. Final: I. Alberg d. M. Sandoval, 9, 15.
A: A. Sanchez d. R. Asokan, 15, (20), 4.
First Round: Tom Miller d. Sean Coman, 1, 7; Declan Cunningham d. Nick Kerins, (18), 9, 7.
Final: Cunningham d. Miller, 13, 5.
Cons.: Kerins d. Coman, 3, 5.
A: J. Mule d. Dean, 3, 7.
First Round: Lucian Sullivan d. Emmett Kessler, 3, 1.
Semifinals: Aiden Valera d. Sullivan, 13, (20), 1; Kyle Tullo d. Jack Conneely, (16), 10, 9.
Final: Tullo d. Valera, inj.
Cons.: E. Kessler.
Big Ball Playoffs
First: Richer d. Peters, 19, (19), 3.
Third: Rakochey d. Teuber, 17, (17), 8
First: D. Sanchez d. J. Campos, 6, 14.
Third: A. Sanchez d. R. Asokan, 14, (11), 0.
Fifth: Sandoval d. Kerins, def.
First: Wells d. Dean, 4, 4.
Third: Lemus d. Valera, def.
Fifth: Jack Conneely d. Emmett Kessler.
The Handball Family around the world mourns the passing of David Chapman. Chapman, 42, passed away suddenly in his home, Tuesday, October 10.
David Chapman was the youngest player to win a USHA National Four-Wall Open Singles Title at the age of 17 in 1993 when he defeated Randy Morones in the final. He also won the doubles that year. Chapman was a nine-time USHA Four-wall National Singles Champion, won two World Singles titles, held multiple doubles titles and was the No. 1 ranked pro handball player for nearly 10 years. Whenever there’s discussion on who was the best four-wall handball player ever, Chapman’s name is at or near the top of the list. In September, Chapman reached the final of the one-wall small ball final at the 3WALLBALL Outdoor Championships in Las Vegas.
Chapman’s death is a shock to all and our deepest sympathy goes to his family.
Read David Fink's touching tribute to David Chapman [HERE].
1993 4-Wall Nationals Men's Pro Singles Chapman vs. Morones (End of game 1 & Game 2, interviews)
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!
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