Support the sport
ALBUQUERQUE -- Joe Harris (setting for a backwall shot) and George Garcia Jr. overcame a first-game deficit to defeat Andy Schad and Dan Zimet in the youngest division offered. Jim Karner won his first doubles and Rick Leonard got his first Masters title over defending champs John Stoffel and Mike Wells. William Cervantes earned his 10th and Grand Masters over a tired Lloyd Garcia and Dan Passolt. Garcia and Passolt had beaten Greg Sizemore and Phil Kirk in a tiebreaker earlier in the 60s. Sizemore rebounded to win the 65s with Bob Lohmueller over Glenn Carden and Gary Eisenbooth. Merv Deckert and Ed Campbell took the 70s over Rob Nichols and Greg Stansbury. Ron Cole also earned his Grand Master sweater with the 75s title, teaming Gary Rohrer. And, Ed Grossenbacher teamed with Norm Young to win his 56th Masters title and tie Max Lasskow for the winningest Masters players of all time.
See the 2019 National Masters Doubles Draws & Results HERE.
The first Mardak Scholarships were awarded to six collegiate handball players who are teaching handball at their universities. (Clockwise from top left: Jasmine Richardson (University of Texas-Austin), David Frances (Arizona State University), Brooke Edwards (University of Texas-Austin), Esteban Camacho (Arizona State University), Jarod Jenson (Utah State University), Adrian Anderson (Minnesota State University, Mankato).
TUCSON -- We strive to grow Handball and offer it to the next generation. The Mardak Scholarships and Community Challenge utilizes our growing ranks of collegiate handball players along with mentor programs to introduce more players to the game. The Community Challenge has matched funds to pay collegiate handball players to teach the game in their communities, and we’re proud to announce the first recipients of the Mardak Scholarships.
Mardak Scholarships are awarded to full-time college applicants who have taught handball through their community handball programs. All applicants are required to be USHA Certified Level 1 Instructors.
Six student-instructors received $2,000 scholarships though the Mardak Scholarship program: Jasmine Richardson and Brooke Edwards from Austin’s Lift up Kids program. David Frances and Esteban Camacho from Arizona State’s Homework & Handball program. Adrian Anderson through the Maverick Handball Club and Minnesota State, Mankato, and Jarod Jenson through the handball program at Utah State University.
It's a truly exciting time to see growth in the sport throughout communities across the country!
2019 Missouri State University Combined Team Champions
MINNEAPOLIS -- The 67th USHA National Collegiate Handball Championships concluded with a flourish on Sunday at the University of Minnesota. With a mere five points separating Missouri State and Minnesota State, Mankato on Sat. night, the Combined Team Title could not be decided until the completion of Sunday's matches. After the dust settled, Missouri Sate secured their 14th Combined Team title...by two points! (See Team Scores Below).
Galen Riordan (University College Dublin) stormed back to win the Men's Open Singles in an exciting tiebreaker over Tyler Stoffel (Minnesota State University, Mankato), 18-21, 21-8, 11-3. Three years ago, Riordan held match point against Stoffel in the quarterfinals, leading 20-14 only to watch his lead dissolve before falling 11-0 in the tiebreaker. That memory along with the first game setback lit a fire under Riordan, who started the second and third games by building big leads, forcing Stoffel to play catch-up.
Cianna Ni Churraoin controlled the action through two games in the final against Fiona Tully.
In Women's Open action, Ciana Ni Churraoin (Minnesota State University, Mankato) returned to the site of her last title and defeated defending collegiate champion Fiona Tully (Dublin City University), 21-5, 21-16. The final capped a triumphant return for Ni Churraoin after an injury kept her off the courts for the past two years. She capped off the event by slamming the Open division, winning the doubles title over Tully and Meadhbh Ni Dhalaig, 21-15, 12-21, 11-5.
In the Men's Open Doubles, Adam and David Walsh (Cork Institute of Technology) held off a rally from Kevin Diggins and Niall Joyce (Dublin City College) to dominate in the tiebreaker for their first doubles title, 21-19, 15-21, 11-2.
On Saturday night at the awards banquet, Open semifinalists and finalists were recognized with All-Tournament honors and top-finishing U.S. players were presented All-American Awards.
The USHA recognized the 2018 Coach of the Year David Steinberg. He was presented the award by his Pacific University players.
Arizona State University's Esteban Camacho and Missouri State's Christina Pecaut were awarded the 2019 John C. Sabo Sr. Memorial Scholarships. Camacho is a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering while Pecaut is a junior Accounting major.
Also recognized were the first Collegiate "Spirit of Handball Awards," presented to four players (two men, two women) who best exhibit the Spirit of Handball during the event. They are nominated by their peers and coaches. The Spirit of Handball refers to the respect, fairness, self‐discipline and camaraderie required in our sport.
|USHA President LeaAnn Martin and USHA Board Member Ben Van Arsdale (far right) presents the Spirit of Handball Awards to Kena Byrd-Jackson (University of Arizona), Laura Blankenship (Missouri State), Logan Call (Texas A&M) and Jianneng Wu (Stony Brook University).
Martin presents Sabo Scholarships to Christina Pecaut and Esteban Camacho with USHA's Matt Krueger
Final Team Scores
Men's Singles (Final Bracket Results)
Women's Singles (Friday Matches/Results)
Men's Singles (First Matches)
Men's Singles (Thursday Matches/Results)
Women's Singles (First Matches)
Women's Singles (Thursday Matches/Results)
MINNEAPOLIS -- The 67th USHA National Collegiate Handball Championships continued late into Friday with doubles competition and first rounds of the elimination draws. Top players in the Open divisions thrilled fans and teammates through two rounds of play to determine Saturday's semifinal matches. Top seed Galen Riordan (University College Dublin) topped Kevin Diggins (Dublin City University) in two games 21-11, 21-9 while Tyler Stoffel (Minnesota State, Mankato) stopped Diarmuid Mulkerrins (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology), 21-10, 21-10.
The matches of the day belonged to the other Open quarterfinalists. Coleman McGrath (UC-Santa Barbara) shook off a first-game setback to deny Michael Gaulton (Minnesota State, Mankato), 19-21, 21-15, 11-8. David Walsh (Cork Institute of Technology) was cruising in the quarterfinals with a huge 21-3 win over Niall Joyce (Dublin City University). Joyce halted Walsh's momentum and turned the match into a brawling back-and-forth affair eventually pulling out a dramatic 21-19 win to for a deciding tiebreaker. Neither opponent could gain any sizable lead as they played to a tense 10-10 stalemate, until Walsh finally secured the winning point to advance 11-10.
Walsh plays Stoffel while Riordan faces McGrath to determine the Men's Open final.
In today's Women's Open action, defending champ Fiona Tully (Dublin City University) will tussle with teammate Meadhbh Ni Dhalaig in the first semifinal, while 2017 champ Ciana Ni Churraoin (Minnesota State, Mankato) will battle Sinead Meagher (Limerick Institute of Technology) for a spot in Sunday's final.
The Collegiates are an amazing spectacle, featuring teams from various universities and attracting a diverse crowd of players from all over the world, ranging from Open to Novice level. Viewing is free to the public.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Keith Mardak with his wife Mary Vanderberg.|
$1 Million for Scholarships and Challenges to Communities
Tucson, AZ, May 1, 2017: When Keith Mardak of Milwaukee decided he wanted to help college kids and handball, he decided to do it in a big way. The $1,000,000 gift is the largest in the USHA’s history and is designed to be in place for posterity. There are two pieces to the Endowment, one will fund college students to teach handball and the other piece will fund scholarships for those students who teach. Keith’s generosity to the communities where handball is taught will need to be matched from within the community.
The Mardak Scholarships and Mardak Community Challenges will start in the Spring of 2018 with at least 10 scholarships and five community grants awarded. “It’s going to be great to be a collegiate handball player,” said USHA Executive Director Vern Roberts.
“It’s been exciting to reach out into the communities to find the matching funds. Everyone likes the idea and is stepping up to grow the game with more coaching and mentoring by young people for younger people. We’ve seen similar startups with Homework and Handball in Tempe and Lift Up Kids in Austin, and there are other successful programs. We’ll be off and running in the Spring of 2018 with these and a few more communities we’re working on,” Roberts added. “Handball needs more teachers, more players and this is a great place to start.”
Mardak, who has been one of the USHA’s most generous donors, is looking forward to getting the program(s) off the ground and “seeing the positive results,” Mardak said.
Keith and his wife Mary Vanderberg have supported numerous organizations in a big way, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Milwaukee, the VanderCook College of Music, the Milwaukee Ballet and the Phoenix Society, along with numerous other high school and college scholarships. A part owner of the Wisconsin Athletic Clubs, including Milwaukee’s No. 1 handball club, Mardak has played handball since the late 1960s. Though he hasn’t been able to play for awhile due to injury, but like every handball player, hopes to make a comeback after his new shoulder heals, he noted: “Greg (Misiewicz) and I had a good run.” Keith had a lot of fun playing handball and now he’s looking to share that with other youngsters for a lifetime.
To maintain the endowment, 4% of the fund’s value on Dec. 31 will be spent on the two programs in the following year. The spending will be split between the Mardak Scholarships and the Mardak Community Challenge. With the local communities involved the Challenge, we’re hoping for a huge impact in the growth of handball in those areas.