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59th USHA National One-Wall Championships

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- "You'll have to go back to the archives," Victor Lopierre said before the start of the Open doubles final.  "If Allan (Sanchez) I win, you can print the picture of our 19-and-under doubles win side-by-side with this."  We'll have to go back to the archives after their exciting 11-9 win over Cesare Sala and Pee Wee Castro on Sunday that concluded a great week of weather and handball along the Coney Island board walk. 

Robert Sostre and Pete Pellegrini emerged undefeated in the Seniors doubles and Armando Duchesne partnered with George Alicea-Ruiz to take the Supers and earn George his first national title.

From Saturday: Timbo Gonzalez held off a determined challenge by defending champ Tyree Bastidas to lay claim to both the small and big ball titles in 2019.  It's just the second time it's been done in the same year, both by Timbo. Tyree rallied to win the second game from a 17-20 deficit to force a tiebreaker but Timbo took control of the center court and the match for the win. 

Joe Kaplan beat Milton Jones for the Masters title.  Arnold Lee won the A, Jose Tuffino took the C and Jerry Yee won the 65 singles, while eligible for the 70s.

Visit the R2Sports for final results HERE.

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2019 Junior National One-Wall Championships (Co-Sponsored by ICHA)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The 2019 USHA Junior One-Wall Nationals co-hosted by the ICHA was a huge success!  Tournament Directors Jared Vale and Cesar Sala hosted 100 eager participants.

There were 11 divisions and Matches began at 8:15 am and concluded at 5:30pm. The 19-Under Singles was won by Henry Santana (Brooklyn) over David Kim (Brooklyn) 21-10.  Henry has been runner up for several years and this was his last year to participate. He was thrilled to finally secure a Junior national title.

Sisters Shnae and Shkysi Cummings

The talk of the tournament were the Cummings Sisters.  Both sisters slammed!!! Shkysi (Sha-Kie) stepped up and winning BOTH the boys 19 and under open doubles with Syed Hasan and the 19 Under girls singles with her sister Shnae. Shnae also won the girls 19 and under singles. In 3 matches - ONLY 1 point was scored against her. Complete results are be available at the r2sports tournament page HERE.

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2019 USHA National Junior 3-Wall Championships

VENICE BEACH, Calif. -- The throng of weekend beachgoers made for a crowded final day of the 2019 USHA National Junior 3-Wall Championships held at the Venice Beach Rec Center.  Thousands of tourists walking along the boardwalk stopped by the courts and were amazed at the athleticism and talent the youngsters exhibited--especially those playing in championship finals.    

Mauricio Molina (shown swinging) out of Palmdale, CA was relatively unknown playing in his first National Juniors, but he made sure everyone will know who he is with an amazing tournament.  Molina came back from a game one route by Jesus Mendez to win the Boys 19-Under Big Ball singles, 9-21, 21-7, 11-5.  

Molina's relentless pursuit of every ball eventually wore Mendez down, affording him better court positioning and more kill opportunities.  

Mendez (with partner Eddie "Torito" Rocha) exacted some revenge in the Boys 19-Under Big Ball final, defeating Molina and Anthony Cubias in two games, 21-14, 21-6.  

In other Big Ball finals, David Sanchez defeated George Mitchell in the 17-Under final, 21-10, 21-8.  Earlier in the day, Mitchell clinched the 17-Under Small Ball title by defeating Fermin Victoria to go undefeated in round robin play. 

Eddie Rocha won the Boys 15-Under Big Ball singles, holding off a late charge from Bryan Trejo, 21-5, 21-15. 

In the Junior 11-Under Small Ball final, Ethan Noriega looked strong defeating Marco Barrera in two games, 21-4, 21-5.  Barrera came back strong in the 11-Under Big Ball division, but he ultimately fell just short in the final to Andres Estrella, 21-14, 15-21, 11-9.

"X" marked the spot for the junior player who made the biggest impression on everyone at this year's Junior Three-Wall Nationals.  Xavier Flores exhibited smooth and fluid strokes in every one of his matches.  Big or small ball didn't make a difference to the young star who won titles in the 13-Under Small and Big Ball singles and the 13-Under Big Ball doubles with partner JJ Arellano.  Look for Flores to be a force in the juniors for years to come.   

A special "thank you" goes out to all the Southern California Handball Association board and volunteers for rolling out the red carpet for the junior players in Venice Beach.  Also, thank you to Owen Gloves for awarding gloves to every finalist in all divisions.  Thank you to the USHA's Ardito Fund and the Presidents Club who supported travel for players making the trip into Los Angeles.  A BIG "thank you" to the parents and coaches who chipped in to make this an exceptional tournament.  All junior players showed tremendous sportsmanship and exhibited the best behavior on one of handball's biggest stages!  

See the final results on the r2sports site HERE.


VENICE BEACH, Calif. -- A new 19-Under Champion was crowned on Saturday at the 2019 USHA National Junior 3-Wall Championships as Jon Gutierrez defeated Luis Mendez, 18-21, 21-13, 11-7.  Gutierrez won his first trip to a National Junior 3-Wall Singles final in his last year of junior eligibility. 

Mendez open the championship final with a strong serve and shoot game, but Gutierrez kept cool and kept pace even though he relinquished the first game.  In the second game, Gutierrez turned up his serve and managed to keep Mendez in the deep court and away from kill opportunities.  In the tiebreaker, Mendez tried to steal back the momentum with a high z-serve that produced a few crucial points.  Gutierrez responded with an array of passes down the walls, the final shot being a deep drive to the left corner that Mendez couldn't return.  A happy and relieved Gutierrez pointed upwards before shaking hands with his doubles partner.  

The tough early morning singles final didn't sap the energy for Mendez and Gutierrez.  They paired to win the doubles final with a two-game win over the newly formed team of David Sanchez III and Osby Perez, 21-12, 21-6.  Their win in the doubles final helped Gutierrez complete the slam.        

The Boys 17-Under singles will be determined on Sunday morning, but the 17-Under Doubles wrapped up on Saturday afternoon with four of Southern California's best players.  George Mitchell and Anthony Sanchez edged their teammates Yong-Lik Tang and Fermin Victoria, 21-12, 17-21, 11-10.

Bryan Trejo defeated Anthony Sanchez in the Boys 15-Under championship final, 21-19, 21-13.  

Xavier Flores looked impressive defeating Ayden Brule, 21-17, 21-4 for the Boys 13-Under crown.  Flores is playing in the 13-Under Big Ball Singles and Doubles final on Sunday.  

In the tournament's youngest division, Ethan Noriega out of Whittier, CA took down Marco Barrera in two games, 21-4, 21-5 

See Saturday's draws and results HERE.


 

VENICE BEACH, Calif. -- The first title of the 2019 USHA National Junior 3-Wall Championships was decided on Friday afternoon.  JJ Arellano and Freddy Reyes, Jr. met in the Boy's 13-Under A final as the sun began to set over the Pacific Ocean.  Arellano started strong with a 21-16 win, but Reyes quickly turned the match's momentum, scoring in bunches with a three-wall z-serve.  Down 20-15 and looking at a possible tiebreaker, Arellano chipped away at the lead, eventually scoring match point with a deep shot to the left corner.  

In Boy's 19-Under action, Jonathan Gutierrez scored the first big upset, upending defending champion Jesus Mendez in the semifinals, 21-8, 21-13.  Gutierrez made a point to keep his shots along with wall, driving his opponent back and off the court when making any returns.  

Mendez acknowledged, "Playing small ball, [Gutierrez] had way more experience than me."   

Gutierrez meets doubles partner Luis Mendez in tomorrow's 19-Under final.  Mendez stopped David Sanchez in two games, 21-17, 21-8.

Once again, the Southern California Handball Association made sure every junior player had an abundance of hospitality on the second day.  See Friday's draws and results HERE.


VENICE BEACH, Calif. -- The 2019 USHA National Junior 3-Wall Championships kicked off on Thursday with small ball singles and doubles action.  While 11-10 tiebreakers are usually reserved for later rounds, the 11-Under division produced the tournament's first.  Ethan Noriega (Whittier, CA) and Andres Estrella (Los Angeles), the division's No. 4 and No. 5 seeds battled for three games before Noriega scored the final point, causing the stands of supporters to erupt with applause (final score:  21-20, 9-21, 11-10). 

All other top seeds advanced to survive another day of handball at the beach in their respective divisions.   

The Southern California Handball Association made sure every junior player had an abundance of new handball gear for this year's juniors.  Players were given a hat and three shirts as part of their tournament swag bag. 

Junior handballers get to play three-wall just a few steps off the World Famous Venice Beach Boardwalk next to Muscle Beach.  The unique drop-down format gives players the best experience (a guaranteed three-match minimum). 

See Thursday's draws and results HERE.

 

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2019 USHA National Masters Doubles

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.

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69th USHA National Four-Wall Championships

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Catriona Casey wasn't fazed after a lopsided loss (4-21) to start the Women's Open Singles final against Ciana Ni Churraoin.  Casey calmly regrouped and place a proverbial tourniquet on Ni Churraoin's offensive game plan for the rest of the match to win, 4-21, 21-8, 11-0.  Casey neutralizing her opponent's power and athleticism by placing her shots deep 

where Churraoin couldn't easily execute flykills or set-ups off the back wall.  When presented the opportunity to kill, Casey found the bottom board more times than not en route to her dominating the remainder of the match. 

Over past two Nationals (Worlds and Three-Wall), it appeared Sean Lenning and Marcos Chavez's doubles dominance had come to an end.  The longtime doubles duo soon found themselves in familiar territory: The Winner's Circle. Lenning and Chavez regained their National Doubles crown with authority over Daniel and Luis Cordova, 21-11, 21-11.  The combination of Lenning's backwall kills with Chavez covering the front court proved devastating to the Cordova brothers.  The win establishes Lenning and Chavez as one of the best doubles teams in handball history. 

In the Men’s Big Ball Open Singles, Gabino Valezquez won his second singles title with an impressive two-game win over Brian Medina, 21-11, 21-11. 

The 69th USHA National Four-Wall Championships were truly special given the historic marks set, and they celebrated along with the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies of Vince Munoz and David Chapman.  Watch the Hall of Fame induction ceremony HERE.

See the final results at the 69th USHA Nationals R2sports site HERE

The USHA and WPH have teamed up again to broadcast LIVE handball from the Nationals.  Watch the replay by clicking on each day's link. 

Friday, June 28 - Direct Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hmBPKwzZEI

Saturday, June 29 - Direct Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK65fWNW2D4 

Sunday, June 30 - Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DqRgurihOk  

 


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. --  After three attempts, Paul "Gunner" Brady joined Naty "El Gato" Alvarado at the top of the leader board for USHA National Four-Wall Singles titles (11) and also became the oldest USHA singles champion at 39.  In the historic final, Brady conjured up one of his most dominant performances defeating Martin Mulkerrins, 21-11, 21-7.  Watch the final match point HERE.

Not 24 hours earlier, Mulkerrins looked unbeatable on his way to defeating Killian Carroll in the semifinal.  But on this day, Brady wouldn't be denied another chance at history. 

Mulkerrins shot out to a small lead as the gallery settled into their seats only to see Brady settle into the match and take a lead he would not relinquish.  The second game started, and Brady soon held an 11-4 advantage.  Mulkerrins would make one final push, putting together an array of kills that wowed the capacity crowd and gave hope to those hoping for more handball.  Brady however, had other plans and viewers noticed more velocity and effort into each shot.  As Mulkerrins would set up for a kill, Brady would almost glide to the correct spot with anticipation for a rekill. 

With match point in the balance, a Mulkerrins return landed short of the front wall, and Brady let out an exuberant yell.  Always a gentleman, Mulkerrins gave his opponent a congratulatory embrace, and afterwards the new champion fell to his knees to take in the moment while the gallery applauded.  The win capped an incredible week and a journey that took slightly longer than first expected.  

In the Women's Open division, Catriona Casey returns to the final where she'll face Ciana Ni Churraoin.  Casey stopped Danielle Daskalakis 21-8, 21-5, while Ni Churraoin defeated Fiona Tulley, 21-8, 21-2.

In Men's Open Doubles, Daniel and Luis Cordova advanced to the final to play Sean Lenning and Marcos Chavez.  

See more of Saturday’s results at the tournament's R2sports site HERE

If you can't make to Los Cab to experience the Four-Wall Nationals, you can watch LIVE action on your streaming device.  The USHA and WPH have teamed up again to broadcast LIVE handball from the Nationals.  Below are the links and schedule to watch the stream each day. 

Friday, June 28 - Direct Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hmBPKwzZEI

Saturday, June 29 - Direct Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK65fWNW2D4 

Sunday, June 30 - Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DqRgurihOk  

10:00 AM              WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL (Catrionia Casey vs. Ciana Ni Churraoin)

11:00 AM              MEN’S DOUBLES FINAL (Sean Lenning / Marcos Chavez vs. Luis Cordova / Daniel Cordova)

1:00 PM                WOMEN’S DOUBLES FINAL (Catriona Casey / Tracy Davis vs. Fiona Tully / Ciana Ni Churraoin)


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. --  There will be a new Open Singles champion first the first time since 2016. Martin Mulkerrins will face Paul Brady in a rematch of the 2013 Nationals Final (played in Des Moines, Iowa).  

Saturday’s first semifinal match of the 69th USHA National Four-Wall Championships was a rematch of the 2018 Worlds final, but this time Mulkerrins defeated Killian Carroll, 21-13, 21-19. 

The first game played out with Mulkerrins controlling the action, playing virtually mistake-free and relaxed.  In the second, a motivated Carroll pressed the issue against his opponent, knowing he needed to force a third game to advance to his fourth consecutive final. 

But Mulkerrins didn’t let up, coming back and holding off one last Carroll push to win the second game by a slim two-point margin. 

Even with the lead, Mulkerrins knew Carroll was capable of turning the match’s tide. 

“When we played in Minnesota, I had a lead, only to see him come back and take control of the match.” he said. 

In the second semifinal, Paul Brady looked as dominant as ever, giving David Fink little chance for any scoring opportunities to mount a comeback.  Brady’s offensive arsenal kept Fink playing in the backcourt for the majority of the match, neutralizing the lefty’s exceptional front-court game. 

In Women’s Open action, Danielle Daskalakis pulled out an exciting win over Tracy Davis, 21-16, 6-21, 11-10.  Davis had the match’s momentum and matchpoint twice before Daskalakis fought back, finishing her comeback with a left-handed tomahawk kill for the victory.  She’ll face Catriona Casey in tomorrow’s first semifinal. 

See more of Friday’s results at the tournament's R2sports site HERE

If you can't make to Los Cab to experience the Four-Wall Nationals, you can watch LIVE action on your streaming device.  The USHA and WPH have teamed up again to broadcast LIVE handball from the Nationals.  Below are the links and schedule to watch the stream each day. 

Friday, June 28 - Direct Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hmBPKwzZEI

Saturday, June 29 - Direct Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK65fWNW2D4 

Sunday, June 30 - Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DqRgurihOk  


 


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Players moved deeper into their respective draws and matches were even more competitive on the second day of play at the Nationals.  

In Men's Open Singles action, Killian Carroll rolled into the semis with a two-game win over Vic Perez, 21-14, 21-8, and Martin Mulkerrins stopped Daniel Cordova 21-14, 21-7 for the right to face Carroll in tomorrow's first semifinal.  That match is a replay of the 2018 World Championship final.  

In another Worlds rematch, Paul Brady closed out an impressive victory over Luis Cordova Jr. after a narrow first-game win, 21-19, 21-8.  

To secure the final semifinal spot, David Fink played close to a perfect match against Sean Lenning.  Even though Lenning was returning many of Fink's low driving shots and serves, he could never establish a rhythm through two games.  Fink cruised to victory with 21-4, 21-6. 

The day wrapped with a very special Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Nationals Banquet.  A huge crowd packed the banquet room at Los Cab to witness the inductions of Vince Munoz and David Chapman, two of the most dominant players in the past 25 years.  

Paul Durso made the induction speech and introduced Vince Munoz.  Munoz thanked his family, his coach Tony Huante, and all the handball players who helped train and motivate him to be better.  He also was thankful to be inducted with David Chapman. 

In moving speeches by David Fink and Chapman's younger brother, John Chapman, we celebrated the career of David Chapman.  Both speakers touched on Chapman's ever-present intense competitive drive along with his compassion and friendship off the court.  

A moment of silence was observed for Hall of Fame Contributor Alvis Grant. 

Ron Cole and William Cervantes were honored at the banquet for attaining Grand Masters status (10 or more National Age Division titles).   

Draws and results are now available at the tournament's R2sports site HERE

If you can't make to Los Cab to experience the Four-Wall Nationals, you can watch LIVE action on your streaming device.  The USHA and WPH have teamed up again to broadcast LIVE handball from the Nationals.  Below are the links and schedule to watch the stream each day. 

Friday, June 28 - Direct Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hmBPKwzZEI

Saturday, June 29 - Direct Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK65fWNW2D4 

Sunday, June 30 - Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DqRgurihOk  

 


 

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- The "June Gloom" clouds gave way to sunshine on Wednesday in Southern California as matches began for the 69th USHA National Four-Wall Championships.   While most first-day matches produce lopsided scores, many of this year's first rounds went to three games.  While the tiebreaker matches were exciting for fans, Wednesday's results set the table for some epic match-ups in the quarterfinals on Thursday. 

In the Open Singles, Stephen Cooney pulled out a 21-20 win in the first game only to see Jeff Streibig battle back to take the second, 21-17.   Cooney would edge Streibig in the tiebreaker 11-7.  Both Niall O'Connor and Sam Esser produced nearly identical scores with O'Connor winning, 21-20, 18-21, 11-8.  

The evening ended with a round of 16 match between Vic Perez and Emmett Peixoto.  Perez began the match delivering low-driving serves that hopped in either direction, putting Peixoto on the defensive to start each rally.  The result was a 21-10 victory.  Peixoto adjusted in the second, using his athleticism and power to keep pace with Perez.  On the brink of a tiebreaker, Perez zipped a ball in for a right-front corner kill to earn the side out.  Back in the service box, Perez tied the score 20-20 and was in control of the action with match point on the line.  Peixoto spanned the length of the court three times-diving twice-to chase down each ball for a retrieve until his final attempt fell short.  A relieved Perez shook hands with Peixoto who wished him the best in the next round.

Defending champion Killian Carroll will face Vic Perez in the first quarterfinal of the day.  In the opposite side of the draw, Paul Brady faces Luis Cordova Jr.  

The Southern California Handball Association proudly hosts the USHA National Four-Wall Championships at Los Caballeros Sports Village, marking the 69th anniversary of the annual tournament.

This is also the 100th anniversary of handball national championships in the United States.  In 1919, Bill "Murder Ball" Ranft slammed, winning singles and doubles titles at the first AAU National Handball Championships hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. 

Draws and start times are now available at the tournament's R2sports site HERE.

If you can't make to Los Cab to experience the Four-Wall Nationals, you can watch LIVE action on your streaming device.  The USHA and WPH have teamed up again to broadcast LIVE handball from the Nationals.  Below are the links and schedule to watch the stream each day. 

Direct Link for Friday:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hmBPKwzZEI

11:00 AM              MEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS (UPPER BRACKET TBD)

12:00 PM              MEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS (LOWER BRACKET TBD)

2:00 PM                 WOMEN’S SINGLES RD OF 8 (LOWER BRACKET TBD)

3:00 PM                 WOMEN’S SINGLES RD OF 8 (UPPER BRACKET TBD)

4:00 PM                 MEN’S DOUBLES RD OF 8 – LENNING/CHAVEZ VS RUIZ/MONTIJO OR ANDERSON/ANDERSON

5:00 PM                 MEN’S DOUBLES RD OF 8 – COONEY/O’CONNOR VS ESSER/LANGMACK

6:00 PM                 MEN’S DOUBLES RD OF 8 – CORDOVA/CORDOVA VS PEREZ/CORTEZ OR TBD

7:00 PM                 MEN’S DOUBLES RD OF 8 – CARROLL/MULKERRINS VS TORRES/COLLADO OR TBD

 

Saturday, June 29th - Direct Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK65fWNW2D4 

10:00 AM              WOMEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS (UPPER BRACKET TBD)

11:00 AM              WOMEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS (LOWER BRACKET TBD)

12:00 PM              MEN’S SINGLES FINALS (TBD)

2:00 PM                 MEN’S SINGLES BIG BALL SEMIFINALS – MEDINA VS BECERRA

4:00 PM                 MEN’S DOUBLES SEMIFINALS (UPPER BRACKET TBD)

5:00 PM                 MEN’S DOUBLES SEMIFINALS (LOWER BRACKET TBD)

6:00 PM                 WOMEN’S DOUBLES (2ND ROUND TBD)

 

Sunday, June 30th, 2019 - Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DqRgurihOk  

10:00 AM              WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL (TBD)

11:00 AM              MEN’S DOUBLES FINAL (TBD)

1:00 PM                WOMEN’S DOUBLES FINAL (TBD)

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2018 Mardak Scholarships Awarded

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! 

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12th USHA Wallball Nationals

BROOKLYN -- All eyes were on No. 1 seed and defending champion Timothy Gonzalez at this years USHA Wallball National Championships.  Once again, Gonzalez showed he can deliver results under pressure as well as thrive on it.  Not quite ready to relinquish his crown as NYC's best wallballer, Gonzalez defeated Kadeem Bush convincingly in the final 25-9.  After collecting his gold USHA medallion, he completed the slam with partner Carlos Pena, defeating Carlin Rosa and Allan Sanchez to capture the Men's Pro Doubles title.  

Gonzalez was only a week removed from an injury default in the Castle Hill Gladiator event while younger players were beginning to step up their games.  With 35 players in the Pro Singles and 16 doubles teams in Doubles, Gonzalez's stamina would be tested through 5 rounds of singles and 4 rounds of doubles.  If the scores were an indicator of his dominance, Gonzalez faced little resistance besides a quarterfinal battle against Cory Vadala (25-21).  That match proved to be the wake-up call Gonzalez needed as he held his semifinal and final opponents to single digits. 

In Women's Pro action, Jenny Qu nabbed her second National title (2017) by drubbing Melanie Garate, 25-9.  Qu stopped Garate's sibling Jessenia in the semis, 25-18.

Ruby Lloyd and Biridiana Garcia have put together an impressive streak successfully defending their doubles title with a 25-20 win over Jenny Qu and Danielle Daskalakis.  

In the Masters Singles, Brooklyn's ageless George Figueroa defeated Cesar Sala 25-24 in one of the tournament's most exciting finals.   

The lone division to finish on Saturday was the Golden Masters (50+) Singles, where No. 5 Seed Ronald Beard of Dix Hills ran the table with a 25-7 win over Jason Samuels in the final.

See the final results and draws at the R2sports tournament site HERE.
Photos courtesy of Castle Hill Handball Club Gladiator Event.


BROOKLYN -- Singles and Doubles matches played from morning to dusk Saturday at Coney Island's West 5th & Surf Ave Courts. 

The lone division to finish was the Golden Masters (50+) Singles, where No. 5 Seed Ronald Beard of Dix Hills ran the table with a 25-7 win over Jason Samuels in the final.

View results and draws at the R2sports tournament site HERE. 


 

BROOKLYN -- Start Times and Draws are now LIVE on the 12th USHA Wallball National Championships R2sports site. Matches will be starting on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. (with a couple going off at 7:55 a.m. to beat the heat!).

PLEASE NOTE:  These are tentative draws and times any they MAY change up until the start of the respective division. Please check back and review your times on the morning of the event.

Special 2019 Wallball Nationals Dri-Fit T-Shirts will be given away to all participants.  We have enough for every player registered, but sizes are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Be sure to check-in EARLY to get yours!

The 12th USHA Wallball Nationals carry a theme for 2019:  Helping Others by Giving Back. 

A FREE Juniors Clinic will be offered on Saturday.  The NYPD, NYFD  and NYCD will be present with recruitment and outreach tables.  Local media, NY1 has confirmed coverage for the event! 

MAJORITY OF MATCHES WILL BEGIN SATURDAY (9/22) MORNING @ 8:30 a.m. (with a couple going off at 7:55 a.m. to beat the heat!).

View tentative draws and start times at the R2sports tournament site HERE.

 

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Mardak Endowment is USHA’s Largest

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.

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