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NorCal wins First Cal Cup 13-7
On January 9, 56 of the top California handball players converged on the South End Rowing Club in San Francisco to play for the 1st California Cup competition. Current and former National champions and other top handball players from northern and southern California competed in singles and doubles competition in Open, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, and 70+ divisions along with two 17 and under singles matches. The South End Rowing Club (located at Fisherman&amp;rsquo;s Wharf) hosted the event and provided outstanding hospitality all day long.
Competition was intense and after the first 10 of 20 matches, the score was tied at 5 matches each. Southern California went ahead 6-5 when they won both junior singles events. However, Northern California came back strong by winning most of the doubles matches and all three tie-breakers in the afternoon. The final tally had Northern California winning 13-7 matches. One of the many highlights of the day was Emmett Peixoto&amp;rsquo;s three game victory over Marcos Chavez. The 1st California Cup bragging rights stay with Northern California until 2012 when Southern California will host the event.
by Tom Fitzwater
- Open Singles-NORCAL Emmett Peixoto over Marcos Chavez, 16, (6), 4
- Open Doubles-NORCAL Anton Wilson/Ali Abdulla Jr over Carlos Chavez/Armando Ortiz, 11, 8
- 35+ Singles-NORCAL Norm Dunne over Chris Watkins, 10, 12
- 35+ Doubles-NORCAL Shane Goyt/Ali Abdulla Jr over Greg Ramirez/Chris Watkins, (7), 15 4
- 40+ Singles-NORCAL Mike McDonald over Marcus Hough, 20, (5), 4
- 40+ Doubles-NORCAL Lennart DeLaTorre/Mike McDonald over Paul Rodelo/Manny Resendez, 11, 3
- 45+ Singles-SOCAL Mark Zamora over Tom McGrath, 10, 11
- 45+ Doubles-NORCAL Rich Dunne/Mike Dunne over Mark Zamora/Tom Martinez, 2, 7
- 50+ Singles-NORCAL Gary Stedman over Joe Castro, 7, (17), 5
- 50+ Doubles-NORCAL Mike Linnik/Francis Breining over Tom Martinez/Dan Jones, 14,14
- 55+ Singles-NORCAL Ron Strausbaugh over Greg Sizemore, 19, 18
- 55+ Doubles-SOCAL Jim Vandenbos/Mark Shelgren over Tom Fitzwater/Brian Nelson, 17, 15
- 60+ Singles-NORCAL Roberto Chavez over Mike Stanley, 3, 5
- 60+ Doubles-NORCAL Alan Sherrill/Jay Capell over Rob Nichols/Steve Sand, 15, 5
- 65+ Singles-SOCAL Steve Housman over Vic Aissa, 4, 1
- 65+ Doubles-SOCAL John Nottingham/Noel Olshan over Jim Smith/Dave Miller 11, (13), 7
- 70+ Singles-SOCAL John Nottingham over Kevan DelGrande, 4, 16
- 70+ Doubles-NORCAL Mike Dunne Sr/Felipe Resendo over Billy Doles/Mike Miller, 11, 9
- 17 and Under Singles-(#1) SOCAL Brant Bidegain over Julio Garcia, 18, 4
- 17 and Under Singles-(#2) SOCAL Christian Luna over Loren Collado, 10 19
Submitted by Roberto Chavez
It was a cold, windy and rainy day on December 12, 2009. I arrived at the Central YMCA at 9 a.m., and the first person I saw was Ms. Gabby. Her smiling eyes opened wide with joy as I approached. That’s how the entire day went. For those of you who did not read the Handball Times, the Central YMCA sponsored the 1st Annual Junior/Senior Doubles Tournament.
We had 32 players, making for 16 teams. Every division: A, B, and C had a dropdown and everyone played two rounds. As the Tournament Director, I anxiously waited for the players to arrive and as I walked down the hall to the courts I had a sigh of relief. There were five players talking among themselves, two playing on court one, another four in court two and so on in all the courts. These players are members of Team San Jose. Can you imagine that these kids are playing one hour before the tournament begins? At that moment I could see these kids are all connected to one another by playing The Perfect Game.
Of course, we had cancellations and no shows. It’s not who do you call, but who’s on the floor and do you have your gear and want to play? Thanks to fathers, who too have been bitten by the handball bug and an overflow of juniors wanting to play, along with Y members, the tournament was ready to begin.
It may have been blowing and storming outside, but inside the YMCA Handball Courts there was nothing but handball action in all divisions. Those of you who know me, know how I can get excited and intense about handball. Let me tell you the energy was bouncing off the walls and the playing levels of these kids just exploded. I could see that the Youth Handball Program at the Y was paying off. You had to be here to feel the energy and see the level of play. I get excited thinking and telling about what happened.
In the C Division, Michael Rodriguez and his partner, 9-year-old Briant Mendiola, lost in thefinal to Bob Kass and Able Lozano. Mr. Raul Muniz, a school principal, and his Monroe Middle School partner Adrian Jimenez won the C drop down over Ron and Frankie Strasbaugh, who celebrated his birthday with us.
In the B final, Alfonso Rosas and William Rodriguez from Peter Burnett Middle School defeated Angel Juarez and George Mendiola from Lincoln High School. In the B drop down, Rene Collado and Dennis Macias from Lincoln High School defeated Muaricio Jimenez and Isreal Ramirez from Downtown College Prep.
In the A final, Miguel Negrete and Julio Garcia from Willow Glen High School defeated Muaricio Lopez and Loren Collado from Saint Frances in a tiebreaker. In the A drop down, Mike Linnik and Daniel Perez from Andrew Hill High School defeated Tom Fitzwater and Issac Garcia from Downtown College Prep in another tiebreaker, 11-10.
Since the inception of the Youth Handball Program at the YMCA, there has been an explosion of ball players from all parts of the city. This event showed that adult role models who play The Perfect Game can motivate and draw the best out of kids. Thanks for making this a special day. All played beyond their expectations. It was competitive and full of positive energy. And that’s how the entire day went!
To help promote handball, The Toledo Handball Club decided to offer less money to the finalists of all singles brackets at this year’s George A. Miller Tournament. The tournament would then match their winnings with a donation to the USHA’S First ACE program in their names.
Below is a list of players who contributed:
Tyler Stevens, Jim Karner, Ryan Bowler, Joe Delsardo, James Reed, Bruce Frankenfield, Bob Lohmueller, Norm Young, Phil Kirk, Jim Corrigan, Matt Paul, Simon Hanover, Jay Chamberlain, Marty Clemens, Bob Bardeau, Ed Donnelly
U.S. Handball offers a tremendous Thank You to the generous players of the George A. Miller Memorial Tournament and the Toledo Handball Club!
The First ACE Development Program is a proactive program that introduces Handball: The Perfect Game to more schools, youth centers and clubs.
Michigan State Handball Coach Carl Valentino has advised that this weekend they are hosting a holiday fun doubles tournament at the Michigan Athletic Club, Dec 12th from 9am to 1pm.
Participants will get an MSU Handball T-Shirt with any extra money going to the MSU handball team to help finance their trip to Houston Texas in Feb of 2010 at the National Colligiate tournament.
If you want to play or simply make a contribution to the team, Carl can be reached at 517-881-4122 or Chandball1@yahoo.com
The Los Angeles City Fire Department has a deep and rich history in handball. That tradition continues today with Commissioner Roy Harvey at the helm. Roy organized the 2009 Fall singles tournament.
There were 108 players competing in 7 divisions. Matches in each divisions were played over a two month time span and the semi finals in the two largest divisions (B and C) and the finals in all divisions were played on Saturday, December 5 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Jesse Pasos over Joe Castro in the Golden Masters.
Gary Maga over Dave Ramsey in the Masters
Frank Lima over Jeff Ambarian in the A
Eric Mattson over Gary Maga in the B
Eric Mattillo over Marcues Toledo in the C
Darien Laier over Casey Glenn in the D
Jose Veliz over Trevor Insley
Carl Hayden High School (Phoenix) is hosting a Handball Invitational Tournament Saturday, December 5th. Food and Drinks will be provided for all participants.
Entry into invitational event is FREE, and participation is open to all students in the Phoenix Union and Washington High School Districts only.
Questions? Contact Success4Kids’ Rachel Fleming at 602-943-2727 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Carl Hayden Handball Coach, Homar Delgado at email@example.com.
Forty players from San Jose, Modesto, Sacramento, Santa Ana and Hawthorne gathered at the SOS club in Modesto for a day of competition. The play was spirited with fair and competitive play in all levels.
Two premire youth programs made this tournament a reality. The San Jose program that was first started by Sol Aber and now headed up by Roberto Chavez matched up with a new program from Modesto coached by Carl Rice.
The 11 and under division was a round robin and in the final match both Augustine Martin and Luis Bustos were undeafeted. Unfortunately after losing game one 21-12, Bustos was unable to continue forfeiting to Martin.
Willie Rodriquez, the sole entry in the 13 and under division from San Jose, came in first place besting second place Kyler Aqueche in a match that went tie-breaker.
Anthony Collado breezed to a victory holding all of his opponents under 10 points.
The 17 and under division was the deepest division with 15 players signed up. In the upper bracket local favorite David Dart upset number one seed Issac Garcia from San Jose and in the lower bracket Julio Garcia, also from San Jose, bested newcomer Christain Luna from Hawthorne, CA. In the finals it was all Julio Garcia.
Five player round robins are grueling in the best of environments but with all matches completed in one day there was extra effort needed. On top of that one player, Isidro Garcia, due to a work committment, could not start until later forcing him to play all of his four matches in 4 hours. He not only did it in 3 hours he was able to place second overall. Coming in first was Vince Gonzales, from Santa Ana, CA, without a loss. He was challenged by local standout Jimmy Myers.
Considerable thanks to all of the parents and coaches and to Tom Sove, Gary Cruz and the workhorse of the event, Everett Leon-Guerrero. Fred Godbout’s generous donation helped to make the event happen for the SOS players.
- 11 and under-First Place: Augustine Martin (SOS), Second Place: Luis Bustos (SOS)
- 13 and under-First Place: Willie Rodriquez (SJY), Second Place: Kyler Aqueche (SOS)
- 15 and under-First Place: Anthony Collado (SJY), Second Place: George Mendiola (SJY)
- 17 and under-First Place: Julio Garcia (SJY), Second Place: David Dart (SOS)
- 19 and under-First Place: Vince Gonzales (SA), Second Place: Isadore Garcia (SJY)