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Coach Tyson Celebration
Celebrating 52 Years of Teaching Handball at The University of Texas and 75 Years of Life!

Pete Tyson took the opportunity to combine two celebrations: his retirement from The University of Texas and his 75th birthday.  A handball instructor and coach at UT for 52 years, Tyson has spent much of this time hanging around the spectacular show court in Gregory Gym. The event, planned by wife Nancy, started with, of course, handball!  Players from across the country and UT handball alumni filled the courts with doubles play starting in the early afternoon.  Play was interrupted for a formal presentation of a plaque for Pete.

The plaque honoring the handball legend will be permanently mounted near the show court. Pete, a man of few words and fewer haircuts, humbly accepted the honors.

Eight Hall of Famers were in attendance, sharing stories and glories. The Hall of Famers included Fred Lewis, Stuffy Singer, Alvis Grant, Ron Emberg, Ken Davidoff, LeaAnn Martin, John Bike, Jr., and Pete. Many UT alum participated in the celebration by playing or stopping by to thank Pete. It was a wonderful culmination of an epic handball career.

~ Submitted by LeaAnn Martin

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USHA Women’s Classic & National Masters Singles Invitational

davis_edges_schmitt_for_classicPORTLAND - Tracy Davis outlasted Jennifer Schmitt in the final of the Women's Classic with an 11-8 win on Sunday.  That wasn't the only tiebreaker, as Glenn Carden edged David Steinberg in three for the 55 title and several women's playoffs went to the breaker as the women's format did exactly as it's intended -- end up in competitive brackets.

John Robles slammed in the 35 and 45 events and Mike Linnik repeated in the 50s.  Vance McInnis ended Craig Trull's run in the 60s and Greg Raya controlled the 65 final over Bruce Handelman.  Mike Griffin of Virginia won his first national title in the 70s and Charlie Wicker was on fire in the 75 final.  Lew Buckingham had one of those good days, as his wife Nancy described it in his win over Joe Lenhardt for the 80 title.  The Portland folks had lots to cheer about on Sunday with four players in the final but not one pulled through.

One of the best matches was Jean Kastner's 11-10 win over Kristin Steele on Sunday.  Prior to the event, no one wanted to offer who deserved a higher seed and Sunday's conclusion sure didn't clear things up.

chatten_and_vernEveryone enjoyed the Hawaiian dancers and the women's classic entrants were presented with leis at the Saturday Night Luau in Portland.  After the matches, the food was served and Chatten Hayes was presented with the Carl Porter Award by Vern Roberts for her contributions to the sport.  

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2012 USHA Hall of Fame Tournament
Abraham Montijo sets up to shoot in the deciding match of the Open Doubles.  Roberts and Natale edged Monitjo and Estrella. 
TUCSON - Finals action wrapped up the 2012 Hall of Fame Tournament on Sunday morning at the Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club.  Tucson's Dave Vincent wrapped up the Open Singles title defeating David Munoz of Phoenix, 21-2, 21-4.  

The open doubles final was extended to a tiebreaker.  Experience edged Youth as Vern Roberts and Steve Natale defeated Abraham Montijo and Angel Estrella 14-21, 21-10 and 11-3.

Pallares accepts the Marty Decatur Sportsmanship Award from Vern Roberts (left) and Charlie Wicker (right).

The rain held out for a beautiful Tucson afternoon at the Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner.   Guillermo Pallares was award the Marty Decatur Sportsmanship Award.

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Special thanks to tournament sponsors: Fred Banfield - Mintec, Inc., New Life Health Centers, Charlie & Joan Wicker, Al Cuevas, Khalsa Montessori,Art Padilla, Kam Nasser, Dennis Healy, Andy Onate, Doug Clark, John & Carol Ross, Tom Briggs

41st Annual NYAC / Burt Kossoff Invitational
Shanks wins in New York!

_m4f3868NEW YORK - The 41st Annual NYAC/Burt Kossoff Invitational wrapped up on Sunday at the New York Athletic Club.

Charly Shanks was impressive throughout the tournament. He defeated Allan Garner in the final on Sunday. Shanks had to go through Tyree Bastidas and David Fink before the tall task of facing Garner in the final.

In the women's open, Tracy Davis defeated Jennifer Hinman in the final (tiebreaker).

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