FT. WORTH, Texas -- In what has become the perennial tune-up for collegiate handball in the Southwest and neighboring regions, players from the University of Texas, Texas A&M and Missouri State joined top players from the region to go for the bottom board at the 71st Annual George Lee Invitational.
Ten days before they compete as teammates at the Collegiate Nationals in Tempe, Arizona, Sunday’s open singles final pitted Missouri State’s Sam Esser against fellow bear Max Langmack. Looking to improve on his second place finish from the year before Esser outlasted Langmack his teammate to win in two games, 21-5, 21-15. See the match here (https://youtu.be/dNj4SfsG8Ug) Esser later teamed up with Langmack to slam, edging out Dallas locals Jon Flynt and Jeff Wall in open doubles.
Missouri State’s prowess continued throughout the lower brackets with Jeremy Young winning the A-singles, Garrett Bacon taking the B-singles, and Ross Colyer defeating teammate Mike Noel in the C-singles.
The collegiate women couldn’t overtake their veteran counterparts, as Teresa Bowman defeated Kayla Jones in 2 games to take the Women’s final. Other finals included Mike Sherburne defeating Jerry Garcia in 50+ singles, Frank Swehosky over Karl Stundins in the 60+ singles, and Roger Knudson outlasting Jimmy “Tag” Coolidge in the 70+ singles.
See the 71st George Lee Invitational brackets here: https://www.bracketace.com/cgi-bin/brackets.pl?tid=108
The George Lee Invitational is also known for its technological displays. This year on display was the new video scoreboard powered by the Ace Referee app. If you have a ChromeCast and a couple of Android or iOS devices, you can try it for yourself and at your next tournament!
Jeff Wall, Southwest Region USHA Board Member, contributed to this report.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The U of M Fall Classic & WPH R48Pro Stop #2 wrapped up on Sunday morning at the University of Minnesota's Recreation and Wellness Center. In the R48Pro final, Mando Ortiz and David Fink dazzled the crowd with an intense three-game match which Ortiz won 15-4, 8-15, 15-9. Ortiz came out shooting in the tiebreaker, streaking to a 10-4 lead only to see Fink storm back to make the score close and the outcome in doubt. Ortiz ultimately pulled away for the win. The final capped an incredible weekend for Fink, making his first R48Pro final.
Marcos Chavez and Naty Alvarado Jr. once again met in the SR48Pro final. While Alvarado jumped out to an early lead in the first game, through resilient play, Chavez came back to win 15-13 and 15-11.
See the WPH write-up with updated rankings HERE.
See draws and results of the U of M Fall Classic HERE.
If you didn't get to see any of the weekend's action, the R48Pro replay is available at WatchESPN.com or on the Watch ESPN App (Available on iPhone and Android phones).
Image courtesy of WPH.
Once again, Bob and Sue Delaney are offering collegiate scholarships for youth handball players from Arizona and/or Illinois.
Eligibility: Any full-time collegiate handball players who are either attending school in Arizona or Illinois 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, and demonstrate financial need.
Application Deadline: April 15th of each year.
2015: Matthew Chu (Lake Forest College) Bennette Valdillez (Arizona State)
2016: Josue Hernandez (Arizona State)
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- It was a furious pace on and off the courts on Sunday as the cameras caught the action inside and out. In the men's singles final, Robbie McCarthy held off Armando Ortiz for the biggest check of the weekend. In the photo, Lupita Bike, Bruce FaBrizio and Naty Alvarado congratulate the finalists. "Just look at this audience," FaBrizio said. It's all shapes, sizes and ages, just like the balls we're using here at Los Caballeros. See the results from the Festival of handball at the SGUSO r2sports site HERE.
There were some periods of light rain for most of the morning but it eventually caused the end to play outdoors in the afternoon. The three-wall big ball moved inside where the players proved that they were equally adept at four-wall to the delight of the fans.
This year, the Simple Green U.S. Open carried two WPH Live streams; one on ESPN3 and the other on www.race4eight.com where outdoor and indoor handball could be viewed at the same time! Replay now available on WatchESPN and the WatchESPN App.
Kena Byrd-Jackson of Tucson won the Girl's 15/17-Under crown over Marisol Maldonado, 21-1, 21-8.
19 A Semifinals: Carlos Espinoza d. Rory Rakochey, (19), 11, 5; Austin Biddle d. Pedro Murrillo, 9, 12.
Final: Biddle d. Espinoza, 14, (11) 4.
19 B First Round: Bryan Pacheco bye; Christian Solis d. Julian Aviles Figueiredo; Greg Cameron d. Julian Rivera, (10), 18, 1; Danny Romero d. Jimmy Connolly, 3, 1.
Semifinals: Pacheco d. Solis, 18, 10; Romero d. G. Cameron, 6, 9.
Final: Pacheco d. Romero, 7, 7.
19 Cons. Semifinals: J.A. Figueuerida bye; Rivera d. Connolly, 9, 17.
Final: Rivera d. Figueuerida, 7, (12), 4.
17 A Quarterfinals: Esteban Camacho d. Ben Flynn, 7, 10; Jake Cervantes d. Jake Moore, def.; Adam Clark d. Sam Ure, 8, 8; Sam Richer d. Noe Rios, 12, 11.
Semifinals: Camacho d. Cervantes, 11, (12), 2; Clark d. Richer, 13, (18), 6.
Final: Clark d. Camacho, (11), 8, 8.
17 B: First Round: Carlos Castillo d. Alejandro Sandoval, 14, 10; Sam Brekke d. Danny Connolly, 0, 1.
Quarterfinals: Aron Cameron d. Angel Mariscal, (17), 10, 3; Nicholas Roberts d. John Silva, 20, 17; Vince Fork d. Castillo, 20, (13), 6; Ruaric Cusack d. Brekke, 14, 5.
Semifinals: Roberts d. Cameron, 7, 13; Cusack d. Ford, 4, 8.
Final: Roberts d. Cusack, (14), 14, 10.
17 Cons. First Round: Castillo d. Mariscal, 2, (20), 0; Sandoval d. Brekke, 13, 10; Silva d. D. Connolly, 2, 2.
Semifinals: Castillo d. A. Cameron, 2, 5; Sandoval d. Silva, def.
Final: Castillo d. Sandoval, 19, 4.
Final: Chouinard d. Peters, 14, 9.
15 B Quarterfinals: Jamie Moylan bye; Josh Webster d. Diego Hernandez; Isaac Rios d. Johnny Cooke, 16, 2; Jessie Davis d. John Franks, 6, (5), 5.
Semifinals: Moylan d. Webster, 9, 3; Davis d. Rios, 10, 7.
Final: Davis d. Moylan, (15), 18, 8.
15 Cons. Semifinals: Webster d. Hernandez, 2, 2; Franks d. Cooke, 11, 11.
Final: Franks d. Webster, 7, (14), 5.
13 B Semifinals: Abraham Sanchez d. Jensen Payton, 2, 8; Young Tang d. Colton Stout, 0, 3.
Final: Tang d. Sanchez, 13, 17.
13 Cons.: Payton d. Stout, 3, 6.
11 Small Ball B: Vincent Stodola d. Alexis Cruz, 1, 0; Andres Araiza d. Antonio Rivera, 0, 2; Rene Sosa d. Gabriel Orozco, 7, 15; Angel Araiza d. Robt. Martin, 2, 0.
Semifinals: Rivera d. Stodola, 9, 0; Angel Araiza d. Sosa, 11, 3.
Final: Araiza d. Rivera, 5, 17.
11 Small Ball Cons. Semifinals: Andres Araiza d. Alexis Cruz; 6, 8; G. Orozco d. Robt. Martin, 3, 4.
Final: Orozco d. Arazia, 16, 8.
11 Big Ball A: Angel Araiza d. Antonio Rivera, 8, (18), 9.
11 Big Ball B Semifinals: Rene Sosa d. Andres Araiza, 11, 2; Gabriel Orozco d. Alexis Cruz, 8, 9.
Final: Sosa d. Orozco, 0, 13.
11 Big Ball Cons.: Andres Araiza d. Cruz, 13, 11.
Girls 15/17 B First Round: Irena Hong d. Cassie Hanselman, 11, 3.
Semifinals: R. Halabi d. I. Hong, 5, (18), 10; A. Pena d. A. Hernandez, 9, 19.
Girls 15/17 B Final: R. Halabi d. A. Pena, 13, 0.
Girls 15/17 Cons.: Hanselman d. A. Hernandez, 1, 15.
In the Boy’s 19-Under singles, last year’s runner-up and number one seed Anthony Sullivan advanced over Calgary’s Rory Rackochey in quarterfinal action.
In the photo: Oison Hallahan (Co. Waterford, IRE) winds up for a shot against Johnny Cooke (Oak Forest, IL) in 15-Under action.
TUCSON -- Juniors arrived in the Old Pueblo to kick off the 61st National Junior Four-Wall Championships at the Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club. Players jumped on the court as Big Ball singles competition began in the early afternoon and lasted until the early evening. All small ball divisions begin tomorrow with play starting at 9 a.m.
Timbo Gonzalez (swinging) and Sam Sanford (far left) defeated Carlos Pena and Hector Velez for the Men's 1-Wall Big Ball Doubles title.
Photo by WPH
In other action, Juan Santos defeated Boxer Rosales to win the Men's 3-Wall Big Ball Singles and then teamed with Alfredo Morales to win the 3-Wall Big Ball Doubles, defeating Timbo Gonzalez and Shorty Ruiz. The slam vaulted Santos to the top of the WPH Outdoor Player’s Cup V standings, giving the Southern California star his fourth Player's Cup in five years.
Read the WPH full report and event wrap-up HERE.
See the draws and results HERE. Watch the weekend's action replayed at WatchESPN.com or use the WatchESPN App! Choose the replay tab and scroll to HANDBALL to see the match replay. (Access may depend on your cable or internet provider).
Without question, the doubles game that was played after the singles final was spectacular. The crowd loved the action with all the exciting kills, thrilling gets and re-kills which brought most of them out of their seats cheering. At the end, the crowd showed their appreciation for the awesome doubles exhibition. This year marked improved attendance, and the WAC plans to host a bigger and better event next year.
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