New! Videos uploaded...TUCSON, Ariz. -- Abe Montijo, coach and mentor for the Fred Lewis Foundation, showed the young ones how it's done on Sunday. Montijo upset Braulio Ruiz to take the Open singles and team with Ruiz to win the doubles over two of his proteges, Pedro Murillo and Carlos Espinoza.
Video has been posted for a number of matches, including the Open final. Click here: https://bracketace.com/wp/video/?tid=144
Ashley Moler beat Beth Blackstone for the Women's title and then fell just a bit short in the A singles final against Ivan Lugo. Vinnie Natale emerged undefeated in the 40 singles as did Andy Wills and Jim Westerman in the 50 doubles.
It was a great weekend in the Old Pueblo with players enjoying the Saturday Evening Banquet at the Hall of Fame where Kelly Albers was presented the Marty Decatur Sportsmanship Award. Next year, the Hall of Fame will celebrate its 25th anniversary and is looking to add the Masters singles and Women's Classic to the weekend's activity.
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SAN DIEGO -- Tommy Hynes of Wexford brought raw power and determination to the 45 singles final against Chris Watkins. Watkins had beaten Hynes the last time they met but Hynes' was on top of his game on Sunday, racing to the title. George Garcia Jr. showed up healthy on Sunday and ready to play two finals. Kevin Price had a rough night and didn't know if he could take the court after tough wins on Saturday. Garcia eased his way to the 35 title and Price wasn't able to take the court for the 40s. Mike McDonald earned the 50 title over Ryan Grossenbacher in a tiebreaker. Bobby Nicholas overcame a determined Marty Clemens and a sore left arm to win the 55s. Lloyd Garcia earned his 9th title in his quest for the Grand Master sweater over Dave Streibig in three games. Billy Wyrsch turned back Bob Lohmueller in yet another tiebreaker for the 65s. In the 70s, Greg Raya showed he's still the one to beat, taking Greg Stansbury in two games. Jim Smith won the battle of the dentists over Gary Rohrer in the 75s. Mike Driscoll moved into the 80s for his first win in that group, beating Jerry White in the final.
See the final results of the 2018 USHA National Masters Singles Draws on r2sports HERE.
AUSTIN, Texas -- A determined Suzanne Koehler (hitting) beat Jennifer Schmitt in the final of the Women's Classic. Koehler said she was looking forward to the rematch on the same court from two years ago. Everyone got lots of play in the triple drop down.
The Men's Open semis featured current vs. former Collegiate stars with Adam Bernhard facing Max Langmack and Memo Pallares versus Sam Esser. The elders won again as Esser admitted: "We've been coming here for four years and trying to beat those guys." Bernhard held on to his title but not without a tussle. Pallares took the first game and garnered 9 in the tiebreaker.
Follow the results at the tournament's R2sports site HERE.
The Mardak Scholarships will be awarded in the Fall semester this year.
Eligibility: Mardak Scholarships will be awarded to full time college applicants who have taught handball through their community handball program anytime during 2018. The Mardak Scholarships are available to any students teaching handball, not just handball players. As an example, Kinesiology Majors are involved in teaching at one school. Applicants must be USHA Certified Level I instructors.
Applications will be reviewed with the intent to reward students in good academic standing. Of course, good character and financial need are other considerations.
2018 Application Deadline: Sept. 10
Mardak Scholarships Awarded: Oct. 15, 2018
HOUSTON -- Dan Zimet was one for two on Sunday, dropping this 40 final to Joe Harris and George Garcia Jr. while paired with his brother after winning the 45s with Andy Schad.
The Munsons stopped powerhouses Mattioni and Piexoto in two games to defend their 35 title. The teamwork for Mike and Dave was a big factor in the win over the first-time partners. George Garcia Jr. and Joe Harris are the team to beat in the 40s after beating the Zimet brothers (Adam and Dan). Andy Schad and Dan Zimet edged cousins Chris and Mike McDonald in the 45s. Mike Wells and John Stoffel beat Jeff Wall and Brett Cooper for the 50s. William Cervantes and Mark Zamora edged Marty Clemens and Dave McElwain in the 55s. Lloyd Garcia earned his 10th Masters Title and Grand Master sweater when he and Gary Scogin beat Tom Fitzwater and Mike Linnik in the 60s. Bob Lohmueller got hot in the 65s, teaming with Vance McInnis to beat Greg Sizemore and Chuck Reeve. Jay Capell got hot in the first game of the 70s over Dave Hinkleman and Bob Bardwell and then had to hang on to win the second with Alan Sherrill. Gary Rohrer and Ron Cole were on top of their game in winning the 75s over Don Civerolo and Jim Smith. And the new 80s pairing of Mike Driscoll and Jerry White turned back Lew Buckingham and Ben Marguglio for the title.
Killian Carroll roared back from a large second-game deficit to win the WPH pro title over Sean Lenning in an overtime finish, 15-1, 16-14. Carroll wanted this win after falling to Lennning’s dramatic comeback in the most recent stop in Las Vegas.
DES PLAINES, Ill. -- Ireland's Sean Kerr (moving into position) earned the 17 title two years ago at Lattof and stepped up to beat countrymate Taidhg O'Neill in a thrilling three-game final for the 19 championship on Saturday. Megan McCann won the three Girls 19 titles on offer, winning the big and small ball singles and the doubles with the Belisa Camacho of Tucson. Luis Bustos came up big in the doubles final, teaming with an under-the-weather Anthony Sullivan to beat singles finalists Kerr and O'Neill in two exciting games to close out the great week of play.
Final results of drop downs below and the Championship Draws are on the USHA National Junior r2sports site HERE.
2017 Juniors at Lattof
A: Camacho d. Lovie, 19, 11.
First Round: Chloe Roberts d. Emily Wichgers, 12, 2
Semifinals: Irene Hong d. Roberts, 12, 2; Sophia Della Croce d. Riley Frisbie, 6, 3.
Final: Della Croce d. Hong, 0, 11.
First Round: Frisbie d. Wichgers, 10, 6.
Final: Frisbie d. Roberts, 1, 12.
A Final: Gantly d. Peters, 9, 6.
Semifinals: Zoe Klicker d. Katie Klicker, 9, (9), 3; Izzi Klicker d. Caitlyn Gillespie, 12, 5.
Final: Z. Klicker d. I. Klicker, 16, (17), 8.
Cons. Final: K. Klicker d. Gillespie, 16, 19.
A Semifinals: Gaulton d.O’Keefe, 20, 6; Burgos d. Bustos, 12, (12), 4.
Final: Gaulton d. Burgos, 12, 9.
First Round: Noe Rios d. Danny Connolly, 0, 4; Rory Rakochey d. A. Sandoval, 12, 5; James Teuber d. Brandon Sanchez, 10, 10; Jon Gutierrez d. Sam Ure,
Quarterfinals: Rios d. Wetzel, inj. def; Devin Peters d. Rakochey, 5, 14; Patrick Cooke d. Tueber, 7, 6; Gutierrez d. E. Camacho, 3, (13), 3.
Semifinals: D. Peters d. N. Rios, 7, 6; P. Cooke d. Gutierrez, 2, 1.
Final: Peters d. Cooke, 7, (18), 1.
First Round: A. Sandoval d. D. Connolly, 0, 5; S. Ure d. B. Sanchez, 5, 14; Camacho d. Teuber, (10), 8, 6.
Semifinals: A. Sandoval d. S. Ure, 8, 6; Camacho d. Rakochey, 7, 3.
Final: Camacho d. Sandoval, (20), 8, 8.
A: O. Hallahan d. N. Roberts, 7, 3; J. Pimentel d. C. Peters, 15, 1.
Final: Pimentel d. O’Hallahan, 20, (19), 9.
First Round: Vince Ford d. James O’Donnell, 10, 8; Garret Rose d. Alex Silva, 20, 17.
Quarterfinals: Ford d. S. Richer, (17), 17, 5; Carlos Castillo d. Rose, 3, 6; Dom Hamilton d. Ben Buckles, 19, 12; Jon Silva d. Dom Fisicaro, 4, 5.
Semifinals: Ford d. Castillo, (9), 1, 0; J. Silva d. Hamilton, 19, (20), 7.
Final: Ford d. Silva, 13, (15), 8.
First Round: J. O’Donnell d. Rose, 11, 16; A. Silva d. Buckles, 16, 16.
Semifinals: Richer d. O’Donnell, 12, 2; A. Silva d. Fisicaro, 15, (15), 5.
Final: Richer d. A. Silva, 4, 10.
A Semifinals: Bersford d. Jason O’Donnell, 9, 7; O’Sullivan d. J. Lallier, 19, (13), 6.
Final: Bersford d. O’Sullivan, 3, 4.
First Round: Adam Perez d. Miguel Sandoval, 8, 9; Johnny Cooke d. Isaac Alberg, 16, 9.
Semifinals: A. Perez d. Qualley, 19, 3; J. Cooke d. Hayes, 15, 17.
Final: Perez d. Cooke, 8, 18.
Cons. Final: I. Alberg d. M. Sandoval, 9, 15.
A: A. Sanchez d. R. Asokan, 15, (20), 4.
First Round: Tom Miller d. Sean Coman, 1, 7; Declan Cunningham d. Nick Kerins, (18), 9, 7.
Final: Cunningham d. Miller, 13, 5.
Cons.: Kerins d. Coman, 3, 5.
A: J. Mule d. Dean, 3, 7.
First Round: Lucian Sullivan d. Emmett Kessler, 3, 1.
Semifinals: Aiden Valera d. Sullivan, 13, (20), 1; Kyle Tullo d. Jack Conneely, (16), 10, 9.
Final: Tullo d. Valera, inj.
Cons.: E. Kessler.
Big Ball Playoffs
First: Richer d. Peters, 19, (19), 3.
Third: Rakochey d. Teuber, 17, (17), 8
First: D. Sanchez d. J. Campos, 6, 14.
Third: A. Sanchez d. R. Asokan, 14, (11), 0.
Fifth: Sandoval d. Kerins, def.
First: Wells d. Dean, 4, 4.
Third: Lemus d. Valera, def.
Fifth: Jack Conneely d. Emmett Kessler.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- For the first time in modern USHA Collegiate Championships history, a team title was decided on the final day pending the results of the Men's Open Singles final. Juan Canales (Lake Forest) and Sam Esser (Missouri State) held the fate of the Men's Team title in their hands with the result of their singles final. The pair displayed the weekend's best handball and pure class through three games. Splitting the first two games 21-16, Esser held a 3-0 lead in the tiebreaker but couldn't pull away. Canales kept coming and ultimately took the lead; however, Esser didn't go quietly, forcing long rallies before falling 11-8 in front of a packed house. With the win (and some help in another division), Lake Forest edged Missouri State for the Men's title. That result didn't effect the Combined Team title, which Missouri State clinched on Saturday.
In the Men's Doubles final, Esser and Max Langmack had too much firepower as they cruised to victory, defeating Canales and Ricardo Palmas, 21-8, 21-5.
Dublin City's Fiona Tully slammed the Women's Open events, defeating DCU teammate Meadhbh Ni Dhalaigh in the singles final, 21-8, 21-7. The Open finalists teamed together to defeat Missouri State's Taylor Rumping and Christina Pecaut in the Women's Open Doubles final, 21-7, 21-2.
|USHA President LeaAnn Martin with USHA Coach of the Year Tommy Burnett.|
At the Collegiate Championship Banquet on Saturday, Tommy Burnett was honored with the USHA Coach of the Year Award. USHA President LeaAnn Martin presented the award to Burnett who thanked his family, fellow coaches, volunteers and the handball players who helped make his program a success.
The USHA also awarded John C. Sabo Sr. Scholarships to Julie Huestis of Pacific University and Chandler Straw of Lake Forest.
|Martin with Sabo Scholarship recipients Chandler Straw and Julie Huestis with USHA's Matt Krueger.|
This is the first National Collegiates hosted on the courts since they were dedicated as the Dr. Thomas Burnett Handball Courts back in November. The refinished courts named for the Hall of Fame coach looked pristine as they were refinished and ready for the tournament.
The USHA Collegiate National Championships offer a unique format where each player is guaranteed three matches. The first two matches determine final division placement (Open, A, B, etc.). The third match (and beyond if player advances) determine points scored for their team. See the updated draws and results below. Team results will be posted once scores are confirmed.
Please Note: Draws updated Feb. 25 (12:30 p.m. Central)
Men's Singles (Friday Matches/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)
Rules, Eligibility and Code of Conduct
- Monday, February 19 - Starting Times and Draws Posted
- February 21 (12 pm) - Play may begin
- February 25-(12 pm) - Play ends
- March 5 - All American Bios and Championship Articles due
The new naming conventions will be broken into Open, A, B, and C Divisions for the men and women draws. Each Division will contain a number of brackets based upon the number of players in a division.
- Open Division – Open Bracket
- A Division – A1, A2, A3 Brackets
- B Division – B1, B2, B3, Brackets
- C Division – C1, C2, C3 Brackets
- Open Division– Open Bracket
- A Division – A1, A2 Brackets
- B Division – B1, B2 Brackets
- C Division - C Bracket
To categorize teams for Open, A, or B team titles, you would take the AVERAGE of the players’ seeds. For the 2017 men’s draw, to find the three Divisions you would divide the total number of entrants by 3, e.g. 162 entrants / 3 = 54.
- Open Division up to 54
- A Division 55 – 108
- B Division 109 - 162
To qualify for a team title, a school would still need to have a minimum of three players in a gender. Points would be calculated exactly how they were in 2017. The schools would have been divided as follows in the Men’s 2017 tournament using this method.
- Wall chart-Draws will be posted on the wall in a diamond shape to reflect where players move to as the players either win or lose in the first two rounds.
- Women's Divisions (template)
- Men's Divisions (template)
- Times- Thursday (TBD), Friday (TBD), Saturday (TBD)
- Welcome Meeting - Room 248 (Above Lobby) 11 a.m.
- Times - TBD
- Agendas - TBD
- All Tournament -(semi and finalist Open division both genders)
- All American-top 4 (or more in case of tie) American players in top 16 Singles or finalists of Open Doubles
- Sportsmanship (both genders)
- Most Improved Player (both genders based on 2017 finish/2018 finish)
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