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Newswire - July 27th 2002 - April 6th, 2003

Breaking News!!! April 6th, 2003 - The Lights at Van Cortlandt Park will be shut off at 12:00 Midnight. Van Cortlandt Park is located at 242nd Street and Broadway, Bronx, NY. ( 9 courts ) The lights in the past would be on until the next morning, which made it possible to play Handball 24hours a day. Because of some quality of life issues, the lights will now be shut off at 12:00 Midnight. More information will be coming soon on this issue. There is talk off a petition, and a letter campaign to get the NYC Parks Dept. and Police Dept. to change their minds.

Check out the article about Victor LoPierre published in the Queens Courier online. Victor is one of   Handball's young superstars. ( The Victory In Victor LoPierre Plans to Finish On High Note. ) by Mitch Abramson.

Ervin's Spring Warm-Ups Doubles "Big Blue Handball Tournament" - Saturday April 12th, 2003 - West 4th Street, The Village, NYC Time: Sign-up 10:00am - After 10:30am there will be a $5.00 Late Fee, Games to begin at 11:00am Sharp. Due to early darkness please be there on time. Entry Fee: $20.00 per player, $40.00 per team, Prize Money: 1st Place $500.00, 2nd place $150.00 (Note-According to the amount of entry fees, prize money will change). Rain date: Sunday April 13th. Tournament Coordinator - Ervin Irizzary 

Good Day One-Wall Athletes! March 20th, 2003 As stated on most of the handball web-sites in the New York Area,   Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY was suppose to shut off the lights at 12:00am midnight Eastern Standard Time, which was suppose to be in effect on December 28th of last year. However, due to the pressure of paddleball players and other community board members to the NYPD and Parks Department. It is safe to say that the parks will stay open...and the lights will stay lit until the next day; which means that you can play Handball, Racquetball, and Paddleball at all times. The Parks and Recreation Department however had not confirmed this as official yet. But keep posted and play with caution at Van Cortlandt Park until further notice if you decided to play!     Information provided by Jason Shuler

Results of the Men's & Women's Pro-Doubles and Masters Invitational Handicap Doubles - Sunday March 16th, 2003  (small ball)   PLAYING SITE: H.E.S. 718-241-3000 (9502 Seaview Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11236). The Women's Pro-Doubles winners were: 1st place Anna Calderon/Theresa McCourt, 2nd place Tracey Davis/Veronica Figueroa, 3rd place Barbara Jackson/Dori Ten, and 4th place Cynthia Johnson/Alethia Mendez. The winners of the Masters Invitational Handicap Doubles were: Dan Danilczyk/Joe Jacaruso defeating Paul Angel/Adam Blittner 25-20. The Men's Pro-Doubles winners were: Albert Apuzzi/Willie Polanco defeating Joe Kaplan/Cesar Sala 25-24. The dynamic duo of Albert Apuzzi and Willie Polanco are the team to beat in 2003. They are on a roll winning their 2nd tournament in a row, on January 5th they won the YMCA 1-Wall Doubles Championships. Full coverage of this event coming soon, full results, articles, drawsheets, and photos.

Exclusive sneak preview of "ACE Tour Handball" the organization that will revolutionize the sport of Big Blue Handball. Mission Statement: Our mission is to be the official governing body for Big Blue Handball. We seek to promote community relations among the minority communities in sports, recognition and athleticism. We provide opportunities through tournaments, sponsorship and rewards for successful and sportsman like play. We offer teaching and handball clinics for players through our junior development program and referee certification through referee training program. And in everything we do, we strive for honesty, fairness in play and integrity. Please read their promotional materials and check out the Ace Tour Handball website. Their website is still under construction...but check back every Sunday to see the site as it develops.

Breaking News!!! NYweb1.com is now SuperStarCards.com - Handball Trading Cards are back!!! March 13th, 2003 interview with the Frank Peifer. The new domain name will help to expand operations beyond Handball Cards. Frank is working on a series of "Olympic Hopeful" player cards to be released soon. Frank has been traveling across the country promoting the sport of One-Wall Handball, and he will be coming to NYC soon....A visit to California to play in this summer's Big Blue Venice Beach Tournament is also on his schedule. Check out the hottest website http://www.superstarcards.com for all your Handball, Basketball, Baseball, Extreme, Military, and other trading cards.

"Big Blue" The New York City Handball Documentary - Saturday March 15th, 2003 - 3:00pm, will have it's cable Broadcast Premier! The Metro Channel! Cablevision 60 and Time Warner 70 - have your popcorn ready. Coming Soon - Big Blue DVD with Extra Footage!

Introducing the New HandballCity.com 2003 Tournaments Calendar - Tournament coordinators: please send your one-wall Handball tournament information as soon as possible. It looks like it will be a very busy Handball season, and hopefully this will avoid conflicts. I will post your information ASAP. After your tournament is over you will be asked to send HandballCity.com detailed information and the full results of your event. (please include full names) We must give the players the credit they deserve. Thank you, Jimmy Russo-webmaster e-mail: jimmy@handballcity.com

USHA / New York State Junior Team Championships - April 22-24th, 2003 - Frank D. O'Connor Playground, 78th Street and Broadway, Elmhurst, Queens, NY. Hosted by: QUEENS JUNIOR HANDBALL CLUB, play will start at 9a.m Sharp! Entry Fee: $30 for first event, $5 for second. Entries must be received by April 12th (you can sign up at first Junior Pyramid, also at Elmhurst). Mail entry to: Mike Watson, 52-21 65th Pl., Maspeth, NY 11378. Fee must accompany entry form. SOUVENIR: Pair of USHA gloves to each entrant. USHA/QuJHO Membership. Format: Team must have captain, some form of association, and ID. Teams are 5-10 players, all must be 19-and-under. Rounds will consist of 3 singles and 2 doubles games. Rounds will be best 3 of 5 and the first team to win three moves on. Play will be: singles, doubles, singles, doubles, singles. Once the team captain submits the roster, there will be no changes to order of play. Team captain may pick up two orphans (Players without teams). Individuals: Entrants may enter separate singles event. No team affiliation required. Will count as Junior Pyramid with full points awarded. Please view/print application for more information and directions.   Coordinator: Michael F. Watson

West 4th Street - MASTER KILLER "B" PLUS DOUBLES Tournament - Sunday April 6th, 2003 - West 4th Street & 6th Avenue, NYC. Rain Date: Saturday, April 12, 2003 Coordinator: Eric Styles Santiago (Eddie from JHS 111/W.4th) Entry Fee: $30.00 per team, Total prizes to be determined on site, but one things certain, players will get the bulk of the money not my landlord. NOTES: Tournament will run smooth, with the help of the players, so lets be good to each other. Any current "A" Player that received his "A" Card just last year can play April 6th, 2003. RULES: 21 points, if tied at 20 you must win by two. 2 appeals per game, so use them wisely. Interfering with an opponent's shot will result in a point or a down. 3 timeouts. Take two will be utilized in extreme argumentative cases in which the refs are not in total agreement as to what happened. During match point play, if the ball hits the long line on the serve, it's a do over. If two players have a problem with a ref that ref will be removed. The head ref (the one with the paper and pen) can only over rule the line refs, if he had the same or better view of the play. If you can't for any reason play by these rules then don't show up.

2003 Men's & Women's Singles Championships - Sunday March 30th, 2003  (small ball)   PLAYING SITE: Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY. This is a USHA sanctioned event!!! Matches start 11:00am sharp!!! Entry deadline is Sunday March 23rd. Entry fees: $45 for open players, $35 for "B" players. Awards: Cash awards will depend on number of entries. View/print application TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Artie Fuchs 718-332-4251 or e-mail artief@ushandball.org

Handball Photo in this months (March 2003) VIBE magazine - Bobbito and Tony Shellman get busy on the Handball court. The photo is basically used as a background for some song reviews by Bobbito (plays the tracks) and Tony Shellman (states the facts). (Page 80) Any exposure for our great sport is good. But why not write Vibe magazine, and ask them to do an article about New York City Handball. Handball does not get more Hip-Hop. NYC Handball must break into the mainstream soon, and have its own identity. We have over 2,400 courts which take up prime New York City space, and still we are in Basketball's shadow. If New York City does become the host city for the summer 2012 Olympics....NYC One-Wall Handball should be the host sport. WRITE TO VIBE: Write to the Editors of Vibe! Enter a message and it may end up in their next issue.

Back by popular demand HandballCity.com presents the "Monsters of Handball"

Michael Watson's coverage of the one wall exposition at the 2002 Four Wall Junior Nationals.  Four Wall Junior players having a great time playing One-Wall Handball. Check out the play by play and results.

NEW - Ben Brettner's Corner - articles by one of Handball's most creative writers. Ben Brettner has had numerous articles published in the USHA Handball magazine, ushandball.org, Streetplay.com, and HandballCity.com websites. Ben is not only a writer, he is also a good Handball player. Ben Brettner and partner Glen Winokur took 2nd place in the "B" doubles at the NYC 2002 Big Blue Citywide Championships. Ben Brettner's Corner

Men's & Women's Pro-Doubles and Masters Invitational Handicap Doubles - Sunday March 16th, 2003  (small ball)   PLAYING SITE: H.E.S. 718-241-3000 (9502 Seaview Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11236). This is a USHA sanctioned event!!! Handicap doubles will begin at 7:30am sharp!!! Check in for pro events will begin at 11:30am sharp!!! Entry deadline is Sunday March 9th. Entry fees: Men's and women's Pro-doubles $30 per player per event. "B" players get a $10 discount. Invitational Doubles $20 per player. There will be a $10 per player late fee for entries not paid in full by Sunday March 9th. Awards: Cash awards for Pro events will depend on number of entries. For handicap doubles $400 in prize money (based upon 16 teams minimum) $250 first place, $150 second place. View/print application TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Artie Fuchs 718-332-4251 or e-mail artief@ushandball.org

Results - YMCA 1-Wall Doubles Championships - Sunday January 5th, 2003 - at the Y located at 1401 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY Quarterfinals: Pee Wee Castro/Tony Roberts d. Paulie Angel/Felix
Zilberbrand 25-12, Francisco Carbuccia/Al Torres d. Ervin Irizarry/Rookie
Wright 25-13, Albert Apuzzi/Willie Polanco d. Sal Catuadella/Mike
Grabowski 25-12, Cesar Sala/Robert Sostre d. Mike Schneider/Kareem
Wilkerson 25-5
Semifinals: Castro/Roberts d. Carbuccia/Torres 25-16, Apuzzi/Polanco d.
Sala/Sostre 25-19
Finals: Apuzzi/Polanco d. Castro/Roberts 25-17
Total of $1,000 in prize money was divided between the top four teams.
The 2002 Doubles was originally scheduled to be held in December but the
threat of a transit strike, and poor weather forecasts forced the event
to be rescheduled for January 5th 2003.            View the Articles

BREAKING NEWS--VAN CORTLANDT PARK, BRONX, NY--ATTENTION TO ALL VAN CORTLANDT HANDBALL, RACQUETBALL, AND PADDLEBALL PLAYERS....THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!  Do to last year's population of night time action in the one-wall sports, and the increasing concerns of the NYPD -such as smoking weed, drinking alcohol by minors, and violence from thugs from other parks who have no respect for the game. The New York City Parks and Recreation Department and the NYPD made a last-weekend decision to turn off the lights at Van Cortlandt Park at 12:00AM--Midnight effective immediately!!! This change has took effect last Saturday, December 28th, 2002. This will carry over to the entire 2003 season. Last Year, the lights at Van Cortlandt Park would stay on until 7:30AM.     information-provided by Jason Shuler

2002 1-Wall player Ranking (small ball) - 1. Satish Jagnandan (Bronx), 2. Joe Kaplan (Brooklyn), 3. Pee-Wee Castro (Brooklyn), 4. Robert Sostre (Manhattan), 5. Joe Durso (Brooklyn), 6. Kendell Lewis (Brooklyn), 7. Cesar Sala (Brooklyn), 8. Eddie Maisonet (Queens), 9. Willie Polanco (Brooklyn), 10. Albert Apuzzi (Brooklyn), 11. Tony Roberts (Brooklyn), 12. Dave Rojas (Manhattan), 13. Eddie Archival (Bronx), 14. Eric Klarman (Brooklyn), 15. Danny Vera (upstate NY), 16. Paul Williams (Brooklyn), 17. John "Rookie" Wright (Brooklyn)

Results of the 46th USHA National Four-Wall Juniors, Lattof YMCA, Des Plaines, IL., December 27th-30th, 2002               It was a great tournament with 130 competitors. The most outstanding play was by Sean Lenning, Sean won the men's 19-and-under singles and doubles, and took the one-wall exhibition over Victor LoPierre (a one-wall player from NYC).   Results of the other final matches:    9-and-under: Keith Kavanagh (Wicklow, Ireland) defeated Jason Buss (Hickory Hills), 11-and-under Marc Lumus (Chicago) d. Juan Ruiz (Tucson), 13-and-under: Nikolai Nahorniak (Des Plaines) d. Sam Kass (San Jose), 15-and-under: Robert McCarthy (Westmeath, Ireland) d. Carlos Lemus (Chicago), 17-and-under: Allan Garner (San Antonio) d. Brian Carroll (Meath, Ireland) 19-and-under Sean Lenning (Seattle) d. Noel McHugh (Galway, Ireland) 12, 5. Women's singles results: 13-and-under: Shauna Hilley (Wicklow, Ireland) d. Stephanie Makos (Park Ridge), 15-and-under: Aisling Reilly (Belfast, Ireland) d. Katie Sedgwick (Lake Forest), 19-and-under: Courtney Peixoto (Watsonville) d. Patricia Doyle (Wicklow, Ireland). Women's doubles round robin results: Patricia Doyle/Aisling Reilly (Ireland) d. Courtney Peixoto/Tina Apolinario (CA).  Results of the boy's and men's doubles: 13-and-under: Sam Kass/Evan Brown (CA/OR) d. Danny Lemus/Marc Lemus (IL), 15-and-under: Robert McCarthy/Jerome Willoughby (Ireland) d. Will Hutchinson/Ian Sutherland (NE/KS), 19-and-under: Sean Lenning/Ivan Ruiz (WA/CA) d. Ricardo Diaz/Aaron Recine (CA) 11, (5), 5. One-Wall Exhibition Results: men's 9-and-under final: Brant Bidegain d. Keith Kavanagh, 13-and-under: Sam Kass d. Evan Brown, 16-and-under: John Lau d. Ryan Bowler, 19-and-under Sean Lenning d. Victor LoPierre, 8, (14), 4. Girl's 13-and-under: Shauna Hilley d. Stephanie Makos.

YMCA 1-Wall Doubles Championships - Sunday January 5th, 2003 - at the Y located at 1401 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY This is a USHA sanctioned event. Starting time is 12:00 noon. Men's entry fees: $65 per open player, "B" players get a $25 discount. Women's entry fees: $40 per open player, "B" players get a $15 discount. Awards: cash prizes will depend on number of entries. Tournament Director: Artie Fuchs artief@ushandball.org (718)332-4251 Please view and print Application.

Results of the 2002 "Cross Island Doubles/Singles" 4-wall tournament - December 15th, 2002-Cross Island Y, Bellerose, NY  The winner of the Open Singles was Andy Rousseau (sp) of the CI YMCA defeating Wayne Barone Jr. of the NYAC. The winners of the 50 + Doubles were Michael Schneider and Richie Binder, they defeated Jack and Lou. The winner of the "C" singles was John Lau, he defeated Terror McCourt. (tourney had 20 player entries) information by Michael F. Watson

The 2002 "Cross Island Doubles" 4-wall Handball Tournament - December 13-15th, 2002 - Cross Island YMCA, 238th St. Hillside Ave., Bellerose, NY (Proceeds to benefit the Cross Island USHA Junior Handball Program) Doubles events: Open Men, Open Women, Men's B, C, Golden Masters (50+), Trophies for 1st place. Entry deadline is December 10th. All players should be prepared to play at 5:00 pm on Friday December 13th. For more information please call Michael F. Watson, coordinator (917)723-4492

Results of the 30th Annual Albany Open (4 wall) Tournament - November 22-24th, 2002 - Albany, NY                           New York City one-waller's dominated at this years Albany Open:  Kendell Lewis slammed, winning the open singles, and open doubles with partner Joe Kaplan. Kendell Lewis defeated Keefe Sheppeck from Boston, and in the doubles Lewis/Kaplan defeated Sheppeck/Andy Rousseau (NY). The women's open winner was Sydell Smith.                              John Lee won the "B" singles. John Lee and Victor LoPierre won the "B" doubles. Gian Florendo came in second in the 19 and under in his first tournament. For more info on this tournament go to the Albany Handball website. info by Michael F. Watson

ICHA (Inner City Handball Association) Awards Dinner - November 14th, 2002- Broadway Diner, NY, NY        The ICHA holds the awards dinner annually to reward ICHA members for their outstanding achievements. The following were honored with awards this year: Yuber "PeeWee" Castro received an award for his outstanding performance in this years USHA Nationals. PeeWee ranked 15th, defeated Paul Williams, Cesar Sala, Joe Durso, and Joe Kaplan, capturing his 1st National Championship. Tracey Davis received an award for her outstanding singles play. Tracey winning the USHA Nationals and NYC Mayor's Cup women's open singles for the 2nd straight year. Satish Jagnandan received an award for his achievement on and off the court. Satish not only this years Mayors Cup champion, but a great roll model for young kids. Satish played in one of the 1st ICHA tournaments in 1991 at 15 years old. At this time Satish Jagnandan and Kendell Lewis were always the ICHA top ranked players. Satish emerged after a 9 year leave from competition to win  this years NYC Mayor's Cup in the men's open singles division.  During this time away from competition Satish excelled in school, in which he received a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and Math, and a Masters degree in Administration Supervision. Robert Sostre received an award for his overall lifetime accomplishments. Robert was not only this years Big Blue Citywide singles champion, he also has won numerous tourneys in big blue and small ball Handball. Robert Sostre who was unable to attend the ceremony is also the current Paddleball champion. Alethia Mendez received an award for being an outstanding junior player. Alethia slammed in singles and doubles in this years Jr. Nationals and Mayors Cup. Victor LoPierre won an award for his overall performance as a Junior 16 and under in One wall Handball and Four wall Handball. Victor captured numerous titles at the USHA Junior Nationals, USHA Nationals, Junior Mayor's Cup, and Mayor's Cup. Ference Dominguez won an award for his outstanding performance as a Junior 19 and under, Ference slammed at this years USHA Jr. Nationals. Karen McConney won an award for a her decade of achievement. Karen's career is impressive; doubles champion in 1997, World doubles champion, and 2 National titles also. Tony Roberts received an award for winning 2 World doubles, and 3 National doubles over the last 10 years. Annie Huang, Kareem Wilkerson, and Michael Schneider also won awards for their volunteer work with the ICHA.  George Brandeburg won the Jack Lynch Award.  (((((View PHOTOS of ICHA Awards Dinner)))))  information by Paul Williams-ICHA President

Results - H.E.S. Men's & Women's Pro-Singles in conjunction with a Invitational Masters Handicap Doubles (90 plus mandatory combined) November 10th, 2002  9502 Seaview Avenue, Brooklyn NY                                              Handicap Doubles by Artie Fuchs artief@ushandball.org  The fifth annual Invitational Handicap Tournament was held at the H.E.S which is the backup facility of the USHA. The finals pitted Artie Fuchs/Mike Grabowski versus Ray Clark/Felix Zilberbrand. The score changed hands numerous times and the score was tied at 17-17, when Clark/ Zilberbrand went on a run with kill shots from Ray to take a commanding lead of 24-19, however, Fuchs/Grabowski wouldn't be denied  with a strong defense and Mike Grabowski deadly killers prevailed in a squeaker 25-24.  View HES 90 plus Drawsheet

Women's Singles by Albert Apuzzi albert@ushandball.org The field was, as always very competitive, with the spectators waiting until the very last point has been scored before they can be sure of the winner. In the semis, Dori Ten defeated Tracey Davis (2001 and 2002 USHA National Women's Singles Champion) 25-20 while Brenda Pares outsteadied Theresa McCourt 25-16. In the finals, Ten held a commanding 20-09 lead but Pares surged ahead to 24-20. Dori earned point after point, holding Brenda at match point twice, before finally wining the Championship with a thrilling 25-24 victory.  View HES Womens Drawsheet

Men's Singles by Albert Apuzzi albert@ushandball.org  Joe Kaplan earned his spot in the finals by defeating Albert Apuzzi 25-18 and Kendell Lewis 25-05 while Robert Sostre overcame Cesar Sala 25-15 and Willie Polanco 25-12. The finals was quite interesting until about 15 up before Kaplan started serving deep to Sostre's right hand and capitalizing on the returns. Joe showed that he's still competitive, despite his decrease in court time after becoming a "family man".   View HES Mens Drawsheet    Special thanks to the HES for the use of their facility and to Moshit Paskal the Activities Director for always making the handball players feel welcome.   ((((View Photos of the HES Tournament))))

Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg Photography Auction, 3 West 57th Street, New York, NY - October 25th & 26th, 2002 There was various photographs being auctioned, including one of Handball players. The photo is called "Handball Players Houston Street", New York, 1970, by LEON LEVINSTEIN, vintage gelatin, silver print 13 1/2" X 10 7/8" Estimate $3,000-4,000 (who said there is no money in Handball) There was a full page ad for this auction, including the Handball photo published in the October 24-31,02 issue of Time Out New York magazine on page 7.

Results of the 1st Annual Carmine Men's "B" Singles Big Blue Handball Tournament - Sunday October 27th, 2002, 3 Clarkson St, NYC There were 19 players who entered this tourney, which most of them play at the West 4th Street courts. The favorite to win the tournament was Pebbles. Some noteworthy games were as follows: James Gordon defeated Giovanni "Lil Rook" Martinez, Lou(from LI) d. Kenny, Darnell Sutton d. Pebbles, Lifeguard Eddie Crespo d. Margo, Orlando d. John, Jason Vazquez d. Darnell Sutton, Carlos d. Willy, semifinals was Carlos d. Jason Vazquez.
The Finals was Lifeguard Eddie Crespo over Carlos.                information provided by Dikki Kaushal

H.E.S. Men's & Women's Pro-Singles in conjunction with a Invitational Masters Handicap Doubles (90 plus mandatory combined) November 10th, 2002 HES 1-wall application (as a pdf file) PLAYING SITE: H.E.S. 718-241-3000 (9502 Seaview Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11236). TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Artie Fuchs 718-332-4251 or e-mail artief@ushandball.org

Results of Herman & Henry's "B" Doubles tournament - Sunday October 20th, 02 - Elmhurst Park, Queens, NY    Participants were Mario/Ivan, Henry Santiago/Sara Sookdeo, Herman Mendez/Jose, Jesus Ayala/James Russo, Oscar Dejesus/Dennis Bouderau, Darnell Sutton/Armando, Ernest Otero/Carlos Figueroa, Jaun Gomez/partner. The winners were Oscar DeJesus & Dennis Bouderau defeating Ernest Otero & Carlos Figueroa  25-14

Results of the second annual Invitational Masters Handicap Tournament - September 29th, 2002, held at the College of Staten Island. The finals,were between Ray Clark/Dan Danilczyk and Joe Heins/Hugo Camacho. Ray and Dan opened up a commanding lead of 18-11. Joe and Hugo were very terrific opponents making great gets, but, Ray's strong drive shots and Dan's serve and kill shots proved to much as they prevailed 25-15.

Preliminary Round
Ray Clark/Dan Danilczyk d. Dwayne Sampson/Howie Solow 25-5.
Jim LoNano/Rob Robertson d. Stu Kirzner/Frank Rivera 25-19.
Gil Hendler/Pete Stefano d. Norm Adler/Tim O'Sullivan 25-20.
Joe Amacio/Karl Diamond d. Jason DeAngelis/Perry Perez 25-21.
Anthony D'Auria/Joe Lomangino d. Vinnie Guglietta/J.Martini 25-20.
Hugo Camacho/Joe Heins d. Artie Fuchs/Ron Pescatore 25-23.
Harold Moshel/Al Weinstein d. Mike Firenza/Dennis Uffer 25-23.
Bob Caime/Felix Zilberbrand d. Jose DeJesus/Anthony Polichetti 25-22.
Max Forcht/Steve Rosenberg d. Bob Caime/ Felix Zilberbrand 25-14.

Max Forcht/Steve Rosenberg d. Harold Moshel/Al Weinstein 25-21.
Hugo Camacho/Joe Heins d. Anthony D'Auria/joe Lomangino 25-6.
Gil Hendler/Pete Stefano d. Joe Amacio/Karl Diamond 25-7.
Ray Clark/Dan Danilczyk d. Jim LoNano/Rob Robertson 25-19.

Ray Clark/Dan Danilczyk d. Gil Hendler/Pete Stefano 25-19.
Hugo Camacho/Joe Heins d. Max Forcht/Steve Rosenberg 25-24.

Ray Clark/Dan Danilczyk d. Hugo Camacho/Joe Heins 25-15                      Information by Albert Apuzzi

PONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS -Saturday October 19th, 2002 - Big Blue and Small Ball Open Singles Tournament.The doubles event for Big Blue & Small ball has been postponed until further notice. Big blue and small ball open singles tournament, entree fee $25 for small ball{deduct$5 bring your ball}entree fee $20 for big blue prizes for each event $400, $200, $100 it is now two game elimination!!!! location is 164th Street and River Ave.{better known as 164th & Jerome to Bronx residents} the courts are 3 blocks away from YANKEE STADIUM, right underneath the train station all you have to do is get to Yankee stadium and follow the train buy car or foot for 3 blocks, the courts are right next to the train. TO MAKE IT SIMPLE YANKEE STADIUM IS AT 161 STREET AND THE COURTS ARE AT 164 STREET please be there to sign up by 10:30 remember it gets dark early now these events are brought to you by the PONGSPORTS ASSOCIATION. WHO WILL ANSWER THE CALL TO ARMS?????             Tournament coordinator Isaias "Izzy" Rivera

PRO-AM Big Blue Handball Player Rankings: Top 25 as of October 7th, 2002
1. Jaime Rivera 346, 2. Eddie Crespo 280, 3. Shaheem Nelson 259, 4. Kenny Arteaga 198, 5. Joe Thompson 195,
6. John Necokov 118, 7. Pauly Yagual 115, 8. Milton Jones 113, 9. Jason Parks 101, 10. Wally (Philly) 91,
11. Angel Teron 86, 12. Sean Pearlman 79, 13. Chris Irons 63, 14. Dennis Beadreau 56, 15. Carlos Figueroa 54,
16. Phat Kat 38, 17. Christian 35, 18. James Renninger 32, 19. Darnell Sutton 32, 20. Jay Yagual 26, 21. Adam Gittlitz 23,
22. Raul Retian 11, 23. James Gordon 11, 24. Alex F. 11, 25. Mauricio 11
The top 25 rankings are from the last three tournament results. Jaime Rivera defeated Eddie Crespo Sept. 14th Invitational Finals 21-18, Urkel defeated Angel Teron in the Sept. 22nd "B" Pyramid Finals, Kenny Arteaga defeated Angel Teron in the Oct. 6th "B" Pyramid Finals. Jaime Rivera is the new number 1 ranked going into 2003, since Sept.14th 2002 Shaheem Nelson held the #1 spot for 46 weeks. Jaime Rivera is only the 4th player to hold the number 1 spot since its inception
in 1999. Others include Power Babbs, and Carlos Figueroa.            Information by Milton Jones

District Council 21 Handball Tournament - Saturday October 19th, 2002 - 3rd & Somerset St., Philadelphia, PA                  Rain date October 20th, Fee: Donations, Clothes, Milk, etc. Time: sign up 9am-11am Contact: Miguel (215)426-4585    Prizes: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place trophies, Two age groups 17 and under and 18 and over. Come out and support those who are in need. Sponsors: Centipede, Jimmy Fiorentinos, and Joe Ashdale. Local 252 - Another MDPHA Production .

"B" Doubles Handball Tournament - Sunday October 13th, 2002 at Elmhurst Park, Queens, NY

PONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS two singles events on the 12th of October as well as two doubles events on the 13th of October. For big blue and small ball, big blue open singles, small ball open singles entry fee is $25.00 per event {those who sign up for both get A PACKAGE DEAL for $40.00} prize money $400.00 first place $200.00 second place
there is no third place prizes (except for the Big Blue singles). Saturday October 12th sign up time is 10:30 so we can start at 11:00 doubles events on Sunday October 13th for big blue and small ball, open doubles big blue, open doubles small ball $500.00 first place $250.00 second place, there is no third place prize for any event!! entry fee is $25.00 per event{no package deals for doubles events} rain date is following weekend, location is 164th Street and River Ave.{better known as 164th & Jerome to Bronx residents} the courts are 3 blocks away from YANKEE STADIUM, right underneath the train station all you have to do is get to Yankee stadium and follow the train buy car or foot for 3 blocks,the courts are right next to the train. TO MAKE IT SIMPLE YANKEE STADIUM IS AT 161 STREET AND THE COURTS ARE AT 164 STREET please be there to sign up by 10:30 remember it gets dark early now these events are brought to you by the PONGSPORTS ASSOCIATION. WHO WILL ANSWER THE CALL TO ARMS?????  Tournament coordinator Isaias "Izzy" Rivera

Results of  the "B" Pyramid Singles Tournament - Sunday October 6th, 2002 at Liberty Park, Queens, NY                           The semi-final matches were Kenny Arteaga d. Wally from Philly and Angel Teron d. Jason Parks.                                         In the finals it was Kenny Arteaga defeating Angel Teron.

Eddie & Ervin’s Classic Peak Pyramid Handball Doubles Tournament-Saturday October 5th,2002-West 4th Street/6th Ave., NYC    The teams that competed in today's event were: John 'Rookie' Wright & Fred Lynch, Emmitt Fitzpatrick & Eddie Styles, Robert 'Iceman' Sostre & Ervin Irizarry, Dave Rojas & Herman Mendez, Yuber 'PeeWee' Castro & Eric Cruz, Cesar Sala & Roland Brown, Lifeguard Eddie Crespo & Oscar DeJesus, Ernest & Jose, Eddie & Jay Yagual, Cisco Aponte & Lefty Henry Santiago, Ritchie & Jose, Dennis Bouderau & Boyd, Big Ben Spade & Wally from Philly, John Neckov & Wildman Rick Montalvo, MigDog came down from Philly as well to support the tournament . The results are as follows - 1st round - Ernest/Jose d. Cesar Sala/Roland Brown 21-17, Dave Rojas/Herman Mendez d. Eddie/Jay Yagual 21-17, Cisco Aponte/Henry Santiago d. Oscar DeJesus/Eddie Crespo 21-10, Ritchie/Jose d. Bouderau/Boyd 21-17, PeeWee Castro/Eric Cruz d. Big Ben & Wally from Philly 21-15, Emmitt Fitzpatrick/Eddie styles d. John Neckov & Rick Montalvo 21-10. 2nd round action – Cesar Sala/Dennis bought back into the 1st round and faced Robert Sostre/Ervin Irizarry and DeJesus/Crespo also bought back in the first round to face John “Rookie” Wright/Fred Lynch. Sostre/Irizarry d. Sala/Dennis 21-11, Rookie/Lynch d. Dejesus/Crespo 21-8. Rojas/Mendez d. Aponte/Santiago 21-17, Sostre/Irizarry d. Ernest/Jose 21-10, Rookie/Lynch d. Ritchie/Jose 21-8, Fitzpatrick/Styles d. Castro/Cruz 21-12. In the SemiFinals Sostre/Irizarry d. Rojas/Mendez 21-7, and The GAME OF THE DAY was Fitzpatrick/Styles -vs- Rookie/Lynch. This game was intense from start to finish, back and forth exchanging great volleys, killer for killer, power shot for power shot, the game was tide up at 19–19 for about 15 to 20 minutes. Emmitt coaching his partner Eddie, telling him Fred has not killed the ball all day - until Fred hit a killer to get 2nd man out and eventually won the game 21-19, Fred raised his hands in victory. The Finals Match was a classic Robert Sostre & Ervin Irizarry -vs- John 'Rookie' Wright & Fred Lynch. Robert and Ervin jumped out to a 14-10 lead with two serves but Rookie & Fred willed themselves to gain the lead and momentum and never looked back defeating Robert & Ervin 25-15, in the Finals. Eddie & Ervin's Classic Peak Pyramid Handball Tournament Champion's are John 'Rookie' Wright & Fred Lynch who shared a prize of $250.00 for 1st - the runner's up were Robert 'Iceman' Sostre & Ervin Irizarry who shared a prize of $150.00 for 2nd.
Thanks goes out to - Bobby - Rob - Kenny - Shaheem - Tyrone - Jimmy Russo -Milton for especially taking some photos of the action Milton can you please give the photos to Jimmy Russo from Handballcity.com so that he may put them up on the site for all to enjoy. - Smitty thanks for the T-SHIRT- Tanya - MigDog who brought down his philly players - The Legendary Albert & Dori Apuzzi for stopping by to congratulate me on a nice tournament, Albert lends his skills in the movie that stars Vin Diesel and Dennis Hopper go check it out (Knockaround Guys). He's giving out handball pointers to the actor's, Thanks for your support Albert - And finally a special thanks to all my Handball Family for joining the tournament and making it a great turnout. Congrats to Rookie & Fred I'll get you next time (OH -OH YOU THOUGHT IT WAS OVER, IT NEVER WILL BE MY BROTHERS.
)                         Information by ERVIN IRIZARRY

Handball article in the October 2002 GQ magazine. The article is on page 85, it is in reference to the Movie Knockaround Guys which comes out in theaters October 11th, 2002. Knockaround Guys is about four sons of well-known Brooklyn based mobsters and their desperate fight to retrieve a bag of cash in a small Montana town ruled by a corrupt sheriff. As they unite to find the money, they come face to face with the bloodshed and betrayal that is their birthright. Movie is rated R, starring Dennis Hopper, John Malkovich, Vin Diesel, Seth Green. Handball is described as being a central theme early in the film. Parts of the film were shot at the Handball courts at Coney Island, in which Dennis Hopper and John Malkovich play Handball. One of Handball's legendary players Albert Apuzzi was the consultant for the shoot. Albert Apuzzi was responsible for teaching the actors some basic Handball moves and providing extras for background scenes.

Results of the 88th Street Mixed Doubles - Sunday September 29th, 2002                                                                              In the finals Emmitt Fitzpatrick and Tanya Brown defeated Peewee Castro and Brenda Pares 21-19. 1st place Fitzpatrick/Brown, 2nd place Castro/Pares, 3rd place Gladys Miranda & Colin, 4th place Veronica Figueroa & Justin.

The End of the Summer "B" Doubles Handball Tournament - Sept. 29th, 2002 - 4th St. & 4th Ave., Park Slope, Bklyn          The tournament was one of the last  "B" doubles of this season, in which many strong teams entered. The biggest upset was when Donnell and Armando beat Oscar DeJesus and Little Pauly Yagual to make it to the Finals. Oscar/Pauly were in total control of the game, they were winning by a large margin. Then Armando just caught on fire and scored about 7 straight points. The game became a neck and neck battle to the end, and Donnell/Armando beat DeJesus/Yagual 21-18 The final 2 teams were Donnell/Armando verses Steve and Jamie from (4th street and 4th ave.park). They had the home court advantage and it was another good game. This match showcased two very good "B" teams going at it. Both teams were very fast and very hungry which resulted in a lot of great volleys and a lot of great killer pick ups, or should I say dives.The final results were Donnell/Armando defeating Steve/Jamie 25-21. 1st place Donnell and Armando (Queens), 2nd place Steve and Jamie (4th
street & 4th ave.,Brooklyn) 3rd place Oscar DeJesus/Pauly Yagual (Bronx/Queens) Tourney Director was Danny Sanchez

Results of the 3rd Annual Handicap Doubles Tournament-Saturday September 28th 02, Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, NY         Tournament sponsored by The St. Albans Handball Assoc./R. Taylor Construction Co. There was a very nice turnout today, 16 teams qualified for the 3rd annual Handicap Tournament. In which points had to be given to certain teams . It was Double elimination, The very first round game was last year's Finals Match between the two brother's Jay & Pauly Yagual-vs-
Robert Sostre & Ervin Irizarry . Mind you last year Robert & Ervin had to spot them 13 points in a 25 game finals Match and Robert & Ervin won that Game (25-23).
This year this was the first Match of the day, Robert & Ervin had to spot them 7 points this time around. The game began with  Jay & Pauly jumping out to a 12-2 lead, then 17-6 lead until Robert & Ervin Clawed their way back to a 19-18 lead over
Jay & Pauly. But they were determined not to give up, and with a key killer from Jay, they got Rob & Ervin down to finally win the Match . That's how much better they got from last year . One of the upsets came in the second round when Gladys Miranda & Tyrone Snell were spotted 9 points by John "Rookie" Wright & Jiovani "Lil Rook" Martinez. The game started out with Rookie bringing his whole game to Gladys hoping she would eventually crack under his pressure, but to no avail Gladys hung in there and showed her true "A-Queen" player status. Proving why she's the top "A-Player" of all the ladies in Handball today. Tyrone played very good as well, she picked up most of Rookie's power shots and took it out on his son Little Rookie. Gladys and Tyrone won this Game 21-10. The Semifinals match was Emmitt Fitzpatrick & Big Ben Spade -vs- Oscar DeJesus & Lifeguard Eddie Crespo. Fitzpatrick/Spade d. DeJesus/Crespo 21-10. The other Semifinals match was Eric Cruz & Shaheem Nelson -vs- Robert Sostre & Ervin Irizarry. (Cruz/Nelson were spotted 4 points), This was a great game all the
way to the end. Sostre/Irizarry d. Cruz/Nelson 21-16 . The Finals never happened Big Ben was injured during the semifinals match, so Fitzpatrick/Big Ben would forfeit the match. The Champions of this Annual event for the second year in a row were Robert Sostre & Ervin Irizarry.

"B" Pyramid Singles Tournament - Sunday October 6th, 2002 at Liberty Park, Queens, NY - 11:00am

West 4th Open Doubles Handball Tournament - Saturday October 5th, 2002 - West 4th Street courts & 6th Ave, NYC    Rain date is Sunday October 6th, 10:00am sign up, after 10:30 late fee of $5, Games to begin at 11:00 sharp, entry fee is $40 per  team, prize money: 1st place $500, 2nd place $250, (according to the amount of entries will determine the prize money). The tournament coordinators are Ervin Irizarry and Eddie Styles.

Results - Elmhurst "B" Singles/Doubles - Sunday September 22nd, 2002 -  Elmhurst Park, Queens, NY                               The singles winners were: 1st place Jason Parks (Sunnyside), 2nd place Mario (Elmhurst), Parks d. Mario 21-16. The semis-finalists were Alex from LI and Raul Retian. The upset of the day was J. Parks over Kenny Arteaga. The singles had 30 entries and the doubles had 15 teams. The doubles winners were Reggie McKeiver/Dave Mateo from Elmhurst Over Wally and M&M from Philly 21-10. The semi-finalists were Raul Retian/Phat Kat and Jason Parks/Margo from Sunnyside.

OOHA2K2 Open Singles/"B"Doubles/"B"Pyramid - Sunday Sept. 22nd, 2002 - Lincoln Terrace Park, Brooklyn, NY        The Open singles winners were 1st place Eric Cruz, and 2nd place was Tyrone Snell. The "B" Pyramid singles winners were 1st place Urkel, and 2nd place Angel Teron (BX). The "B" doubles results were 1st place Oscar DeJesus/Eddie Crespo, 2nd place Pauly Yagual/Jay. The semis were DeJesus/Crespo d. Shaheem Nelson/Dwayne 21-20 and Yagual/Jay d. Golan/Milton Jones. They also completed the women's singles: 1st place TeeTee Simmons. The tournament coordinator was Tyrone Snell, more info and photos.

Results - Elmhurst Open Singles&Doubles-Saturday September 21st, 2002 - Elmhurst Park, Queens, NY                               The open singles winners were as follows 1st place Emmitt Fitzpatrick ($150), 2nd place Kenny Arteaga ($50). Fitzpatrick d. Arteaga 25-18. The semi-finals were Emmitt d. Wally from Philly and Kenny d. Chris Irons. Upsets or big games were Kenny over PeeWee Castro 25-11, Kenny over Cesar 25-5, Wally beat Chris from elmhurst and avoided an upset, and Cesar Sala defeated Victor LoPierre 25-23 and avoided an upset. Emmitt d. Eric Cruz 25-20 and Emmitt d. Izzy Rivera 25-19. 17 players participated in the singles. The Doubles winners are still to be decided they are playing for $200, the final game will be played at St Albans next Saturday Sept. 28th. The doubles final will be Eric Cruz/Kenny Arteaga vs. Cesar Sala/Victor LoPierre. Upsets and big games were Sala/LoPierre d. PeeWee Castro/Oscar DeJesus in the semis. In the other semi-final it was Cruz/Arteaga d. Reggie McKeiver/Marvin Jones. This doubles match was the best game of the day. There were 8 teams in the doubles. Participants received free food and drinks, tournament coordinator was Michael F Watson and Victor LoPierre.

Results - Chinese Handball Tournament, Open Singles - Saturday September 21st, 2002-Liberty Park, Queens, NY          The winners were: 1st place Shaheem Nelson, and 2nd place Tyrone Snell

The End of the Summer "B" Doubles Handball Tournament - Sept. 29th, 2002 - 4th St. & 4th Ave., Park Slope, Bklyn  Absolutely no "A" players allowed. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Ca$h prizes, sign up between 10 and 11am, Starts at 11:30. A special invitation goes out to the Bronx players who came and represented in the last "B" doubles tourny. The tournament coordinator is Danny Sanchez Email: cambino9900@yahoo.com

Results of the Park Slope "C" Singles Tournament - September 14th, 2002 - 4th St. & 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY                    The tournament had 32 entries and the winners were: 1st place Eddie (49park) he is really a "B" player, 2nd place Carlos(18Ave/86St.), 3rd place was Alex (49park). Marvin the "upset kid" made it to the 3rd round by defeating 2 stronger players. Tournament coordinator was Danny Sanchez.

"Big Blue" The NYC Handball Documentary will screen at the Guerrilla Film Festival, Saturday September 21st at 6PM, Tribeca Film Center, 375 Greenwich Street, NYC.

3rd Annual Handicap Doubles Tournament and Awards Ceremony-September 28th 02, Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, NY Tournament sponsored by The St. Albans Handball Assoc./R. Taylor Construction Co., This is a FREE tournament for S.A.H.A. members. Limited on-site registration. 1st place-$600, 2nd place-$300, 3rd place-$100 plus trophies. Check in time: 10am, Rain date is Sept. 29th, 10 points will be the maximum given any team. Contact Dwight at 917-371-0187

1st Annual Carmine Men's "B" Singles Big Blue Handball Tournament - Saturday October 26th, 2002, 3 Clarkson St, NYC Entry Fee: $5.00-Limited to 32 entries. Location: Carmine Recreation Center, 3 Clarkson St. & 7th Avenue South, Manhattan, NY. Starting time 10:00am - Rain date: Sun Oct. 27th. 1st prize: Whopping 32" huge trophy + $75, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th prize gets medals, The 1st place cash prize will vary from $10-75 depending on number of entrees. The tournament coordinator is Dikki (212) 290-6112 For Pre-registration application visit http://www.handballny.freeservers.com/

Chinese Handball Tournament, Open Singles - Saturday September 21st, 02 at Detective Keith Williams Park, 172nd & 173rd Street, Liberty Ave., Queens, NY prizes: 1st-$100, 2nd & 3rd $prizes and trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Fee's "B" players $5, "A" players $10.00. Starting time is 11:00. 

Results: "B" Singles Invitational tournament - Saturday Sept. 14th, 02 -Lincoln Terrace Park, Brooklyn, NY                         The winners were 1st place Jamie Rivera, 2nd place Eddie Crespo (lifeguard Ed), Rivera d. Crespo 21-18, upset of the day was lifeguard Eddie defeating Shaheem Nelson. OOHA2K2 Singles/Doubles Due to darkness will continue on Sunday Sept. 22nd. The men's age 50 and over singles was won by Pete "Handball Kid" Rivera.

Results: My Brother's Keeper - First Annual Handball Tournament - August 31st, 2002 - Camden, NJ - Northgate Park     1st place Wally and Danny aka M&M 2nd place Carlos and Ray, and 3rd place Ivan and Nune, all from Philly, PA. Sponsored by MDPHA (MigDog Promo Handball Assoc.)

PRO-AM Big Blue Handball Player Rankings: Top 25 as of September 1st, 2002                                                                  #1. Shaheem Nelson, 2. Pauly Yagual, 3. Eric Cruz, 4. Sean Pearlman, 5. Joe Thompson, 6. Eddie Crespo, 7. Carlos F., 8. John Neckov, 9. Christian, 10. Alex Molina, 11. Jose Olivencia, 12. Justin, 13. Jamel Gordon, 14. Milton Jones, 15. Paul Angel, 16. Phat Kat, 17. Danny F., 18. Ben Spade, 19. Jamie Rivera, 20. Carlos D., 21. Thomas W., 22. Mehdi Hasan, 23. Joel Yagual, 24. Kenny, 25. Danny Santos. information provided by OOHA/Milton Jones

The Elmhurst Handball Club & The Queens Junior Handball Organization present In association with the United States Handball Association: The NEW YORK CITY JUNIOR HANDBALL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS.                              Date: Saturday, October 5th Time: 10:00 am Sharp! Location: 78 Street Park Elmhurst, NY - Directly across from Elmhurst hospital. MORE INFORMATION

Men's & Women's Pro-Singles in conjunction with a Invitational Masters Handicap Doubles (90 plus mandatory combined) November 10th, 2002 HES 1-wall application (as a pdf file) PLAYING SITE: H.E.S. 718-241-3000 (9502 Seaview Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11236). TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Artie Fuchs 718-332-4251 or e-mail artief@ushandball.org

OOHA2K2 Singles - Saturday September 14th, 2002 - Lincoln Terrace Park, Brooklyn, NY                                                Open singles, "B" Pyramid singles, Women open singles, Junior and over 50 singles too.  Cash prizes, T-shirts, a major Handball event. Lincoln Terrace Park is located at (Eastern Pkwy between Buffalo & Rochester) Sponsored by Our Own Handball Association.

Elmhurst Open Doubles - Sunday September 8th, 2002 - Elmhurst, Queens, NY                                                                  Total of 16 teams, with cash prizes of $300 for 1st place and $100 for 2nd place. The 1st place winners were John "Rookie" Wright and Dave Rojas, 2nd place was Herman Mendez and Lefty Jose. Here is some of the other match ups, Rookie/Rojas defeated Ray Lopez/Willie Polanco, Mendez/Jose d. Henry Santiago/Eddie Styles, Lopez/Polanco d. Shaheem Nelson/Eric Cruz, Rookie/Rojas d. PeeWee Castro/Rob?, Santiago/Styles d. Billy "the kid" Hau/Reggie McKeiver, Rookie/Rojas d. Cesar Sala/Oscar DeJesus. Tournament coordinator was Michael F Watson.

Long Island "B" singles/Open singles-Saturday Sept. 7th/Sunday Sept. 8th, 2002-John J. Burns Park, Massapequa, NY          The Saturday "B" singles winners were: 1st place Roger, 2nd place Dennis, 3rd place Fernando. The Long Island Open singles featured Tyrone Snell defeating Mike Falces and Emmitt Fitzpatrick defeating Chris in the semi-finals. Both Tyrone and Emmitt have each won this tournament in the past. Tyrone was up in this game 16-5 and trying to upset Emmitt the strong favorite. Emmitt came back in this game. Tyrone was serving with point game!!! Tyrone went for a killer, Emmitt picked it up to regain serve. Fitzpatrick defeated Snell 21-20 and showed why he is ranked #2 in "Big Blue Handball".

Open Doubles - Saturday September 7th, 2002 - Liberty Park, Queens, NY                                                                         The Liberty Open doubles winners were: 1st place Tyrone Snell/Mario, 2nd place Herman Mendez/Bernice Torres, 3rd place Pauly Yagual/Oscar DeJesus. The finals score was 21-19.

Monroe Bagel & Deli Handball Tournament - August, 2002 -Smith Clove Park, Monroe, NY - Results!!!                             Singles "A" division, 1st place Pete "Handball kid" Rivera, 2nd George Vazquez, 3rd Victor Burgos. Doubles "A" division, 1st place Lenny Torres/Efran Padilla, 2nd George Vazquez/Victor Burgos, 3rd Johnny & Charlie Ramirez. Singles "B" division 1st place Steve Cannaro, 2nd Moses, 3rd Lenny Torres. Doubles "B" division 1st place Steve & Mike Cannaro, 2nd Pete Mases/Gino Zapata, 3rd Pete Aubach/Elvin Rodriguez.

52nd USHA National 3-Wall Results - August 31st-September 2nd, 2002 - Maumee, Ohio                                                The Open champions were: men's singles-Vince Munoz (CA), men's doubles -Vince Munoz/Eddie Chapa (CA), women's singles-Priscilla Shumate (IN), women's doubles-Priscilla Shumate/Lynn Alesi (IN/TX). Teen-age sensation Sean Lenning (WA) upset No. 2 seed Tommy Little (KS) to advance to the semis, the next day upset No. 3 seed Marcos Chavez (CA) to advance to the finals. In the finals Munoz defeated Lenning 7, 9. New York 1-wall Handball players who participated in the Ohio 3-wall event were Kendell Lewis (USHA ranked #24 in four-wall and BHA ranked #4 in one-wall), Tony Roberts, Raul Retian, Dave Rojas, Cesar Sala, Albert Apuzzi, Eric Klarman, Theresa McCourt, Anna Calderon, Sydell Smith, Melody Ruiz, Tracy Davis, Misha Zitser, David Sheldon, Jonathan Lee, and Phong Nguyen.

Men's "B" Pyramid Singles Tournament - August 31st, 2002, - Liberty Park, Jamaica, Queens, NY                                      The winner was Shaheem Nelson defeating newcomer Justin in the finals. Justin defeated Joe Thompson to reach the finals. The next "B" Pyramid singles tournament will be held on September 14th, at Lincoln Terrace, Brooklyn, NY. Shaheem will not be allowed to enter, he must play in the Open tournaments from now on.

Women's Open Doubles (Handicap) Tournament - August 31st, 2002 - Liberty Park, Jamaica, Queens, NY                       Tournament sponsored  by QBHA The winners were 1st place Gladys Miranda and Karen McConney, 2nd place Donna and Mimi Skipper, 3rd place Veronica Figueroa and Bernice Torres, 4th place Taraisha "TeeTee" Simmons and Dana.

My Brother's Keeper - First Annual Handball Tournament - August 31st, 2002 - Camden, NJ - Northgate Park - 10am - 10pm, Miguel (215)738-9486 Trophies 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place. Sponsored by MDPHA (MigDog Promo Handball Association) Fee $10 adults, $5 young adults. This is a fundraiser to help those who are addicted to drugs.

Elmhurst Handball Club Presents the Final 2002 Blue Ball Tournaments at Elmhurst
Pre-registrants will receive breakfast and lunch, Fees are per player for ALL events. Entry = $25 - Late: $10 – Discounts USHA/EHC $5 with pre-registration
Open Singles Saturday September 21st- rain date Sept. 22ndAwards-1st place $300 2nd $150 3rd & 4th money back
Open Doubles Sunday September 8th - rain date Sept. 29th Awards-1st place $400 2nd $200 3rd & 4th money back
“B” Doubles Sunday September 22th rain date Sept. 29nd Awards- 1st place $300 2nd $150 3rd & 4th money back
“B” Singles Sunday September 22nd– Rain Date Sept. 29th Award -1st place $250 2nd $100 3rd & 4th money back
Elmhurst Handball Club fee is $25 – Entitlements = Event discounts USHA Fee is $35 - Entitlements = Handball Magazine, Merchandize & Event discounts. Combo USHA/EHC is $50 - Entitlements = One Free Event, For new members only!
EHC reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal amounts Tournaments May be closed at 32 players/teams or 12:00
Sign up is 10:00 - 10:30 -- Start time is 11:00 Sharp USHA Rules will apply Refreshments for players will be provided
80% of intake will be applied to the prizes in this fashion 60/20 - Until prize amount is met – The 20% extra is used towards balls refreshments etc. Must play at least two rounds to qualify for cash prizes. Tournaments may be modified due to inclement weather or incomplete draws. Directions to Elmhurst By Train -- E,F,G,R or 7 to Roosevelt Ave 74th st Walk towards Elmhurst Hospital Park is directly across from it. By Car - Take BQE to Roosevelt Ave / Broadway exit (70th st) then go up
to 78th st.                  Michael F Watson

updated 8/27/02

"WELCOME TO BUCKSTER'S" 3RD Annual C & D Doubles Handball Tournament at Bronx Park East, Bronx, NY       The return of the crazy white boys (the champ's) Screwy Louie & Crazy George come and try to stop the crazy white boys that are trying for there 3rd championship in a row!!! DATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 31ST RAIN DATE; SEPT. 7TH
SIGN UP TIME. 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM ENTRY FEE: $15 PER PERSON Also, please note: all C & D players within NYC & Outside of NYC are welcomed to play. The first 25 team's get FREE T-SHIRTS
P.S. The tournament is open to all team's, if needed it will be a two day event, so come and get busy "if you dare"

Cisco's 3rd Classic "B" Doubles Tournament - Sunday August 25th, 2002 Castle Hill and 127th park, Bronx, NY.              Tournament was to take place on Saturday, August 24th - due to rain they played it on Sunday. Henry Tifa and Snuka were going for a 3peat, they were the winners of Cisco's 1st and 2nd Classic tournaments. Today the Bronx kings were upset by little Carlos and Ralphie in the 1st round. This tournament had some very strong teams which included some players from Philly. Bronx players Rob Ortiz/Angel Teron d. Oscar DeJesus/Lefty Jose to go to the semi's. The semi-finals were Rob Ortiz/Angel Teron d. Efrain/Wallman Artie and Ricky Montalvo/Pauly Yagual d. Izzy Rivera/Kenny Glover. The final was set Ortiz/Teron vs. Montalvo/Yagual. The experienced home team of Ortiz/Teron vs. the younger aggressive players from West 4th. The final game was very intense with many lead changes, but the visiting team prevailed today. Ricky Montalvo and Pauly Yagual took 1st place defeating Rob/Angel 25-22. The result of the 3rd place game was Rivera/Glover d. Efrain/Wallman. 1st place winners received $200/plus nice trophies, 2nd place $100/trophies, 3rd place trophies.

A/B Doubles Big Blue Tournament - Sunday August 25th, 2002  Elmhurst, Queens, NY                                                      Results: 1st place winners were Dave Rojas and Kenny Arteaga, they won cash prizes of $350. 2nd place winners were Lefty Henry Santiago and his partner Z, they won $100. Rojas/Arteaga d. Santiago/Z 21-17
The semi-finals were Rojas/Arteaga d. Tony Roberts/Juan Gomez 21-12 and Henry Santiago/partner Z d. Shawn/Ernest 21-10. Early round results: John "Rookie Wright/Ivan lost to Tony Roberts/Juan Gomez 21-18,  Billy Hau and Elvis lost in the first round, Reggie and Chris Rivas lost to Dave and Tony. Rookie had a first round scare when two 16 year olds almost beat him,  but Rook and Ivan pulled it out 21-19. The kids were Victor LoPierre and Allen Sanchez. The tournament ran smoothly, started at 12:00 and ended at 6pm. 13 teams, players also received food and drinks all day. "MAGICman" the voice of Streetplay.com's message board was also on location.  Tourney coordinator was Michael F. Watson.

updated 8/20/02

Junior Big Blue Championships - August 17, 2002 - at Lincoln Terrace, Queens, NY.   The results for the Junior Big Blue Championships are: Boys' Singles 19&Under - Final Score (21-18) 1st Place- Paul Yagual- Brooklyn  2nd Place- Shaheem Nelson- Queens  Semi-Finalist- Raymond Faloye- Brooklyn  Semi-Finalist- Jamel Gordon- Brooklyn  Girl's Singles 19& Under- Final Score  (21-2)  1st Place- Jennifer Rivera- Philadelphia, Pa   2nd Place- Annie Huang- Queens  Semi-Finalist- Crystal Pearson- Queens   Semi-Finalist- Daneisha Lloyd- Queens  Boy's Singles 16& Under- Final Score(21-3)  1st Place- Jamie Rivera- Brooklyn  2nd Place- Robert Mendez- Queens   Semi-Finalist- Ronald Flores- Queens  Semi-Finalist- Sammy Nguyen- Brooklyn   Girl's Singles 16& Under- Final Score (21-14)  1st Place- Jade Cruz- Queens  2nd Place- Na Liu- Brooklyn  Semi-Finalist- Megan Chorm- Brooklyn   Semi-Finalist- Jessia Lin- Queens  Boy's Singles 13 & Under- Final Score(21-19)  1st Place- Gabriel Camacho-Philadelphia, Pa  2nd Place- Reinald Goyco- Bronx  Semi-Finalist- Kevin Ward- Brooklyn  Semi-Finalist- Santos Cruz-Philadelphia,Pa  Boy's 19 & Under Doubles- Final Score (21-12)  1st Place- Paul Lorenzo/Carlin Rosa- Bronx  2nd Place-Victor Lopierre/Kareem Wilkerson-Queens/Brooklyn  Semi- Finalist- Nick Roman/Jason Rodriguez- Manhattan   Girl's 19& Under Doubles-Final Score(21-13)  1st Place-Tali Elfassy/Lina Teltelbaum-Queens  2nd Place- Daneisha Lloyd/Crystal Pearson- Queens   Semi-Finalist- Annie Huang/Kia Gelzer- Queens Semi-Finalist- Cassie Chan/Christina Chai- Queens  Boy's 16 & Under Doubles-Final Score(21-0)  1st Place- Gian Florendo/John Lau- Queens  2nd Place- Jamie Rivera/ Christopher Quesada-Brooklyn   Semi-Finalist- Robert Mendez/Benjamin Li- Queens  Semi-Finalist- Jonathan Iglesias/Ronald Flores- Queens  Girl's 16& Under Doubles- Final Score(21-16)   1st Place- Sidney Ko/ Na Liu- Brooklyn  2nd Place- Jade Cruz/ Mimi Galvez- Queens  Semi-Finalist- Sandra Lo/ Nana Tam- Brooklyn                 information provided by Karen McConney

updated 8/19/02

Article in today's NY POST newspaper on Handball - Monday August 19, 2002 - View the article online

Rookie's Big Blue Doubles Tournament of Champions - The event was held at the W4th St. handball courts in Greenwich Village. Due to rain 5 teams needed to come back on Sunday 08/18/02.
In the semis Pee Wee Castro and Ray Lopez dispensed of "Lefty" Henry Santiago and Eddie Styles (the reigning Citywide Big Blue Doubles Champions) 21-12 while Emmitt Fitzpatrick and Dave Rojas overcame a 7-13 deficit to defeat Ervin Irizarry and Robert Sostre 21-19. Dave and Emmitt came out strong and gained the championship with a 21-11 victory over Castro and Lopez. Fitzpatrick and Rojas split $500 while Castro and Lopez divided $150. Not bad for a day, correction 2 days, work.
2002 Rookie's Big Blue Doubles (08/17/02)     information and photos by Albert Apuzzi
Click on this link to view photos of the tournament: http://community.webshots.com/album/47438265JdUPEd

Rookie's Tournament of Champions Open doubles - August 17th, 2002 - West 4th Street courts, NYC                             There were other tournaments going on today in other parks, because of this there were only around 16 teams entered. The top doubles teams were Robert Sostre/Ervin Irizarry, Ray Lopez/PeeWee Castro, Lefty Henry Santiago/Eddie Styles, Emmitt Fitzpatrick/Dave Rojas, Billy (the Kid) Hau/Roland Brown, Rookie/Fred Lynch, etc. Here are highlights of 1st round action before the rain ended play. Sean Pearlman/Partner?? d. Ernest/Jose, Robert/Ervin d. Oscar DeJesus/Lifeguard Eddie Crespo 21-20, Billy/Roland d. Rookie/Fred 21-9. After a 2 hour rain delay, and some interesting ways to dry the courts play resumed. The 2nd round game of Robert/Ervin vs. Billy/Roland had the attention of fans. This was a great game with Robert/Ervin with a huge lead, and then a great comeback by Billy/Roland. This game was full of kills, dives, and strategy. Robert/Ervin pulled out the win defeating Billy/Roland 21-18. Then the rain started again and ended play for the day, tournament will continue on Sunday August 18th at 12:00. (((Congratulations to Roland Brown who is getting married on Sunday.)))

"B" Doubles Tournament at 106 Park - (106th Street & Atlantic Ave. Queens) August 11th, 2002                                         The winners of the tournament were 1st place - Jaime Rivera & Pauly Yagual, 2nd place - Anthony from Brooklyn/Pete from the Bronx, 3rd place Henry Tifa and Snuka. This tournament had a strict no "A" player policy, both Cesar Sala and Mike falces tried to enter and were denied. This tournament also marked the return of Chris to the Handball scene....the guy who used to dominate 106. If anyone would like to add info on this tourny or future tournaments please e-mail jimmy@handballcity.com

updated 8/12/02

Victor LoPierre - an outstanding young player making some noise in the Handball scene.Victor LoPierre is only 16 years old and plays in Elmhurst, Queens. This is the park across the street from Elmhurst hospital which has many strong players. Here are Victor's Handball accomplishments for this year so far. Victor won the men's C singles and the men's B doubles with partner Herman Mendez at the Mayor's Cup, won the 16 & under singles and the 19 & under doubles with partner Ference Dominguez,  (Ference also won the 19 & under singles) at the USHA one-wall Junior Nationals. Victor also won the men's C singles and men's B doubles with partner Juan Gomez at the 42nd  USHA One-Wall Handball Championships. Victor LoPierre is planning to work very hard to become an open player in all types of Handball, and wants to pursue a career in business/marketing in the future. 

Open Doubles Handball Tournament - Saturday August 10th, 2002 - West 4th Street, NYC                                                The tournament coordinators were Freddy and Raul. (Prize money 1st-$800, 2nd-$300) The winners of   "The Next Level" Open doubles Big Blue Handball Tournament were Herman Mendez and Buddy Gantt. Herman/Buddy d. Robert Sostre/Ervin Irizarry 21-14 in the Finals.  Herman/Buddy got to the finals by beating this years Citywide Big Blue Champs Eddie Styles & Lefty Henry 21-19. Robert/Ervin got to the finals by defeating Wally & Steven 21-19, Lifeguard Eddie & John A. 21-14 (Robert/Ervin were down 14-3 and made a great comeback), and the semi-final game was Robert/Ervin d. Ray Lopez & PeeWee Castro 21-14 in a battle to the end. The finals was a classic game Herman (who hits the ball hard) and Buddy (lots of experience) vs. Robert (the Iceman) and Ervin (consistency). Robert/Ervin jumped out to an early lead 10-4, but with the temperature in the 90's fatigue set in. Herman/Buddy came back to defeat them 21-14. The next Big Blue tournament at West 4th Street will be on Saturday August 17th, 2002, ROOKIE'S $1,000.00 Open Doubles TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS!

updated 8/10/02

Final Tournaments at Elmhurst
A/B Doubles Sunday August 25th $50 per team - 1st place $600 2nd $200 3rd $100 4th $50 Late fee $20 – USHA Member Discount $5
Open Singles Saturday September 7th $25 per player - 1st place $400 2nd $100 3rd 50 4th 25 Late fee $10 – USHA member discount $5
Tournaments May be closed at 32 players/teams or 12:00 Sign up is 10:00 - 10:45 Start time is 11:00 Sharp
USHA Rules will Apply Refreshments for players will be provided. 80% of net total will be applied to the prizes in this fashion
60/20/10/10 To Elmhurst By Train -- E,F,G,R or 7 to Roosevelt Ave 74th st Walk towards Elmhurst Hospital Park is directly across from it. By Car Take BQE to Roosevelt Ave / Broadway exit (70th st) then go up to 78th st
Michael F Watson

The United States Handball Association (USHA) One-Wall Nationals - August 1st-4th, 2002 Coney Island, NY                  Check out all the results here. More info coming soon!!!! Read the articles about the men's open singles and doubles.   The Open winners were - men's singles Pee Wee Castro, men's doubles Tony Roberts/PeeWee Castro, women's singles Tracy Davis, women's doubles Anna Calderon/Theresa McCourt, The "B" men's singles winner was John Lee, "B" men's doubles winners were Victor LoPierre/Juan Gomez.

updated 7/31/02

"B" Doubles Handball Tournament - Sunday July 28th, 2002 - 4th Street & 4th Avenue/Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY               Some "A" players were allowed to play, but it really did not  matter. The "B" players and junior "A's" shined in this tournament. The results were 1st place Rob Ortiz/Oscar De Jesus (Bronx), 2nd place Shaheem/Pauly (Queens/Brooklyn), 3rd place Wally/partner? (Philly). The biggest upset was the Philly boys defeating Snuka/Henry Tifa 21-20. Snuka and Henry had several chances to win, but could not do so. Snuka and Henry (Bronx) have taken 1st place in both of Cisco's Classic tournaments this year. Cisco's 5th place performance in the King of the Courts has motivated Bronx players to travel and represent in tourny's.

updated 7/28/02

The Bailey Park Open men's singles final - Sunday July 28th, 2002 Bailey Park, Bronx, NY                                                 The continuation of last weeks tournament which was not completed due to darkness. The final game started at 10:30 sharp. The match up was the same as last years final, Satish Jagnandan vs. Kendell Lewis. Kendell jumped out to an early lead, then Satish served and was back in the game. Kendell then scored several kills with his left hand and seemed to have total control of the game. Satish then had crushed a killer down the line, which the line ref. called out. Satish called time out after this questionable call and regained his composure. Satish then took over with his powerful serve and was able to defeat Kendell handily. The final score was Satish d. Kendell 25-13. Both players look ready for the USHA one-wall nationals which will be held at Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY on August 1st-4th, 2002.

The Saint Albans Handball Association held their annual King of the Courts Big Blue Men's Singles Championships on July 27th 2002 at Roy Wilkens Park in Queens. This Association added to the "pot" money that had been raised selling food and refreshments to the players and spectators. Dwight Woorley was glad because the tournament, which was delayed due to a brief rainshower, couldn't have started on time and been completed in one day had advanced registration not been required.
In the quarters Rookie played as if he had something to prove and defeated last year's "King" George Figueroa 21-6. Robert Sostre, this year's Citywide Champion, squeeked by Henry Prieto 21-20. An injured Ray Lopez edged out Cisco Aponte 21-20. Emmitt Fitzpatrick defeated the rising star Jamie Rivera 21-15. In the semis Rookie continued his mission and allowed Rob a meer 8 points. To the delight of many of the bettors, who took Ray and 5 points, Lopez jumped out to a 15-9 lead. Emmitt put Ray on "hold" and surged to a 20-15 lead but Ray eventually tied the score before falling just one point short of victory.
"Prince" Fitzpatrick, who has come in second in all 4 years that this competition has been held, looked as if he wanted to be King and rushed to a 5-0 lead. Rookie kicked it up a gear and advanced to 13-5 before Emmitt clawed his way back to 13 all. Just as things were getting interesting, Rookie scored a flurry of points that left him with a 21-13 advantage. At this point, Fitzpatrick hit Wright, with the return of serve, and the referee awarded Rookie with his 22nd point. Emmitt argued
the call and finally decide to quit and take second place for the 5th consecutive year.
Prize money and trophies were awarded to the first 8 places. Rookie received $1,500 for first place and Emmitt took home $500.
All matches, with the exception of the finals which were 25 points, were one 21 point game.

PRELIMINARY ROUND: Ben Spade d. Allan Walker, Raymond Faloye d. Adam
Gittlitz, Tyson Cherry d. Ed Maldonado, Dennis Bouderau d. Luis Castillo,
Cisco Aponte d. Sean Pearlman, Frank Libroia d. Marvin Jones, Giovanni
Vazquez d. Dikki Kaushal, Eddie Crespo d. Golan Bokobza, Carlos Figueroa
d. Artie ?
ROUND OF 32: George Figueroa d. Spade 3, Roland Brown d. Paulie Yagual 1,
John "Rookie" Wright d. Jose Olivencia 8, William Hau d. James Reinninger
6, Reggie McKeiver d. Faloye 6, Roberts Sostre d. John Necakov 18, Yuber
"PeeWee" Castro d. Cherry 14, Henry Prieto d. Shaheem Nelson 20, Tyrone
Snell d. BJ Fludd 7, Ray Lopez d. Joel Yagual 11, Bouderau d. Chris Irons
3, Aponte d. Joseph Thompson 19, Robert Price d. Libroia 18, Jamie Rivera
d. Vazquez 7, Crespo d. Tony Roberts 16, Emmitt Fitzpatrick d. Figueroa 5
ROUND OF 16: Figueroa d. Brown 15, Wright d. Hau 5, Sostre d. McKeiver
13, Prieto d. Castro 10, Lopez d. Snell 20,Aponte d. Bouderau 13, Rivera
d. Price 16, Fitzpatrick d. Crespo 9
QUARTERFINALS: Wright d. Figueroa 6, Sostre d. Prieto 20, Lopez d. Aponte
20, Fitzpatrick d. Rivera 15
SEMIFINALS: Wright d. Sostre 8, Fitzpatrick d. Lopez 20
Wright d. Fitzpatrick 21-13 (by default)                           information by Albert Apuzzi

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