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National Juniors Chairman Don Quinlan and the Lattof Y Welcomes Junior Handballers to this year's Junior 4-Wall Nationals!
jr4wallDec. 26-30, 2015
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Sheila Maroshick Inducted to Hall of Fame
Top (clockwise): Dan Flickstein with host Eileen Maroshick and Hall of Fame Inductee Sheila MaroshickMaroshick blasts a shot in the Inaugural USHA One-Wall Nationals.  Flickstein presents Maroshick with her Handball Hall of Fame jacket.


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 89th Street 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.

Simple Green 2015 US Open of Handball
sun_web_v1p1755FOUNTAIN 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.
sun_web_v1p2219Samzon 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.
sgusotimeswph The Festival featured great play in all versions and all age groups.

2015 National 3-Wall Handball Championships
It was all Sean Lenning in the Open Divisions at this year's Three-Wall Nationals.  

MAUMEE, Ohio -- Sean Lenning was nothing short of dominant winning his seventh Three-Wall National Open Singles title over Tyree Bastidas, 21-10, 21-0.  On Monday, Lenning and Marcos Chavez completed the slam by defeating Nikolai Nahorniak and Tyree Bastidas in the doubles final, 21-6, 21-7.  The reigning Four-Wall doubles champions didn't let their opponents into the match behind Lenning's devastating serves and the cagey play of Chavez.  

Watch the replay of the Men's Open Doubles Final Game 1 and Game 2 (courtesy of Keith Thode).

Megan Dorneker shoots for a right corner kill in Monday's Three-Wall Women's Open final.  

In Women's Open action, Megan Dorneker won her ninth Three-Wall National Open Singles title over Hillary Rushe, 21-7, 21-7.  The win moves Dorneker into first place for all-time  Three-Wall Women's Open Singles titles, breaking Rosemary Bellini's 24-year-old record.

In other finals action, Dan Zimet served his way to the Masters (40-plus) Singles title over Bear Meiring, 21-7, 21-12. Zimet teamed with Alan Frank to take the 45-plus Doubles title. 

Josh Ho brought the Seniors (35-plus) Singles crown back to Maryland with a 21-15, 21-6 over Kendell Lewis.   

Three-Wall newcomer Jared Vale won the 40B Singles with an impressive 21-3, 21-5 victory over Eric Neff.

Besides Lenning and Zimet, Isidro Garcia slammed in the As, Peter Service in the 55s, and Mike Driscoll earned the 75 slam.  Doubles slammers included Shane Conneely and Alan Frank.

See the updated results and match-ups HERE.

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Opinion: Seriously...Tag Team Doubles?
One of the many highlights of the 2015 World Handball Championships in Calgary were the outstanding performances of Women's & Men's Singles champions Aisling Reilly and Paul Brady.

    There are good precedents, and then, there are bad precedents.   Paul Brady’s unprecedented fifth consecutive World Title will stand for a very long time, and he may be the only person to ever challenge it.  That is, if he changes his mind and decides to come back for a sixth in 2018.  That win and Aisling Reilly’s repeat in Women’s Four-Wall should have been the biggest news from the championships.  But the Herculean effort of the hosts and the play of Brady and Reilly aren’t the first things on most folks’ minds when they ask “what happened?”

According to World Handball Council Policy, “The Host Committee is responsible for all aspects of organizing and running the Championships within the parameters established by this policy."  Thus, different countries have used different balls, formats, age and skill level eligibilities, and even slightly different rules.

There are some precedents that shouldn’t be repeated.

•    In Canada (2015), the Wall Ball events were played with optional eyeguards.  Also, some players took advantage of the opportunity to compete in four events in one-wall or four-wall since the R2 software can’t handle the limitation of two in one- and two in four-wall.  As a result, it became a scheduling nightmare.  
•    In Ireland (2012), the court time was so overrun that the scheduling was days off what international attendees had been told they needed to be available to play.  Some players never got to play their intended event.  Some players stayed through the first round and then left, leaving their partner without a partner.  The Host committee allowed players to pick up a new partner or two after winning a round or two with someone else.

Hopefully, good ones are repeated and bad ones are not.  This year’s decision by the World Handball Council President to overrule the Host was bad on two counts.  The decision reversed the Host’s ruling to not allow a player substitution after a round had been played (won).  This one can’t be repeated unless the World Council wants to run and administer any future World Championship.   

The situation was a little murkier than that but not much…Paul Brady and Michael Finnegan were the Irish representatives in Men’s Open Doubles and won their first round of play.  Brady defeated Charlie Shanks in the quarterfinal round of singles and wasn’t up to playing the quarterfinal round of doubles.  The Hosts were told there was a precedent to allow a substitution.  After getting more feedback during the course of the match as word spread, the Hosts decided to allow the match to finish and inform the players of the match being played under protest.  After more deliberation, the Hosts posted the match on R2 as a default early the next morning.  As the day wore on and the semifinal doubles match was about to be played, the Hosts were overruled and Shanks/Finnegan stepped onto the court. 

No present or former World Handball Council member contacted was aware of a Host being overruled at any other championship.  If handball is to be taken seriously, “tag-team doubles,” especially at the highest level in the World Championships, this precedent cannot be repeated.  And, if the World Handball Council wants someone to run its tournament, it will let them run the best tournament they can put together in return for the sanctioning fee paid to the Council.


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