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ATHLETICS
Handballers Prepare for
open singles division. Members of this
group have played at the pro level.
World Tournament
Craig Trull played in the men’s 55 and
singles group. Trull lost in the second
round in a tie-breaker to a player from
Colorado.
M
ore than 400 handball players an injury his partner sustained during the
competed in the 2009 59th USHA match.
World handball tournament update
national four-wall championships at the Jennifer Hinman played women’s open
The handball community in Portland,
Los Caballeros Club in Fountain Valley, singles, which is the toughest women’s
led by dozens of MAC players and
Calif., June 6-14. Eight MAC handball event. In the second round, she lost to a
supporters, is preparing to host the
veterans competed. woman from Minnesota who eventually
Waterford Crystal 2009 World Handball
Jay Maxwell, one of the chief organizers won the division.
Championships Sunday, Oct. 4 through
of the world tournament being held at Charles Dean, new to the national level
Sunday, Oct. 11. The event is the culmina-
MAC in October, attended nationals to of play, participated in two varied divisions,
tion of all the hard work started in 2005 by
garner support, both financially and other- men’s singles A division and men’s 40-plus
a small core of individuals.
wise. In addition to promoting the world masters B. He lost in the As and played to
The nearly two dozen committee and
tournament, he won his first national title the semis in the masters division, losing to
subcommittee members and chairs are
by taking the 70-plus B singles division. the champions of that division.
ironing out last-minute details to make
Ed Grossenbacher, winner of many Bill Flowers, a veteran of these tourna-
this tournament noteworthy. Planning is
national titles, was not as fortunate. He ments, was coming off of knee surgery.
for 800 handball players and another 600
made it to the finals in both the singles and He made it to the quarters in the men’s
family members and friends.
doubles men’s 70-plus. 65-plus singles before losing; and to the
Although in the past the club has hosted
David Steinberg played in two doubles second round of men’s 65-plus doubles.
segments of championships, this is the first
divisions. He lost in the 45-plus semis He lost with Maxwell in a close match.
time MAC has been the site of a complete
finishing with nine in the tie-breaker; and Ryan Grossenbacher, one of MAC’s
world championship.
withdrew in the 55-plus semifinal, due to best handball players, also ran into trouble
Fifteen countries are expected to be
in the men’s doubles 35-plus and the men’s
50 | The Wınged M | SEPTEMBER 2009
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