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Simple Green 2015 US Open of Handball

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. --  The Simple Green 2015 US Open of Handball and 25th Naty Alvarado Classic featured the game's best in a festival of handball in one=wall, three-wall and four-wall on Sunday.  In a first, players were allowed to enter more than one pro event.  The brackets were filled with star power but slams were hard to come by, even for Paul Brady.  The only Open slam came in the Women's one-wall with Sandy Ng taking two titles on Sunday.   

After Brady (taking one off the back wall in the final), rallied to defeat Luis Moreno in the singles final, he ran into a buzz saw in Armando Ortiz in the doubles.  Brady and Emmett Peixoto looked unbeatable en route to the final but that was before Ortiz caught fire and Vic Perez' stellar right-side play proved too much for the singles stars.  

Samzon Hernandez (setting to blast one outdoors), overcame fatigue to take the three-wall singles over Victor Duran. 

Timbo Gonzalez beat Tywan Cook for the one-wall singles but also came up just short in the three-wall doubles with Braulio Ruiz in the final against Gilbert Rosales and Manuel Arreola. 

The Festival featured great play in all versions and all age groups.

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2015 Milwaukee Handball Classic

WEST ALLIS, Wisc. -- "Luis Moreno OWNS the Milwaukee Classic," declared tournament director Charlie Keller.  Nobody could get the best of Moreno at the Wisconsin Athletic Club as he slammed for the second year in a row, defeating Sean Lenning (16), 4, 6, in singles and winning the doubles with Emmett Peixoto, 12, 17, over Lenning and Nik Nahorniak.

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Sheila Maroshick Inducted to Hall of Fame

By Dan Flickstein

On November 22, 2015 Sheila Maroshick, brilliant one-wall singles star from 1949-1964, was officially inducted into the USHA Hall of Fame in Brooklyn at Chadwick’s Restaurant at 89thStreet and Third Avenue, not far from where she lives with her sister, Eileen.  Eileen was the celebration’s gracious hostess.

Sheila kicked off the festivities with a beautiful prayer she had written many years ago for an assembly program she directed at the junior high school where she taught.  That long ago special program welcomed guest speaker Eleanor Roosevelt, who praised Sheila for her elegant words.  After the prayer Sheila spoke briefly of her handball glory days and of her gratitude for being accepted to the National Hall of Fame.

During the evening attention was called to Sheila’s latest book, The Inquisitive Children, from which all proceeds will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation.

City Councilman Vincent Gentile presented Sheila with on official citation for her Hall of Fame career, indicating her contribution to the City of New York as an athlete.

Top (clockwise): Dan Flickstein with host Eileen Maroshick and Hall of Fame Inductee Sheila Maroshick. Maroshick blasts a shot in the Inaugural USHA One-Wall Nationals. Flickstein presents Maroshick with her Handball Hall of Fame jacket.
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