Registration for the Worlds has been closed and preparations are under way to do the draws for hundreds of players with thousands of entries.
The tournament has brought back very well known faces from various countries.
Marcos Chavez will come back to the game to play in the open doubles and the 40 plus division while Canadian star Samantha England will comeback to her roots after being absent from the game for a while.
The Funchon brothers from Ireland and current Canadian residents will not participate this time, but Canadian Hall of Famers: Danny Bell and Merv Deckert will play at this great event.
Lisa Frasier, former World and National 4-wall champion, has been absent from the Pro tour in recent years, but is making a comeback to represent Canada once again.
The great Vic Di Luzio from Australia will be participating at the worlds to defend his world title.
Brenda Parez an Illinois resident with roots from New York will also be returning to the worlds looking to dethrone the current champion in the women divisions. She recently competed at the 1-wall nationals and is aiming to capture world honors.
Good luck to all competitors.
by George A. Diaz – Handball Commissioner
Melanie Garate did it again and this time with ease. She finished a stellar senior year with another individual championship. Having won the invitational early in the year and the city title a few years ago, she had momentum coming to this tournament.
She made her way to the finals by bye in the first round, she did quick work on Teresa Mok (Fiorello H. Laguardia) 21-3 in the second round, moved through Michelle Wu (Brooklyn Technical) 21-10 in the quarterfinals and defeated Michelle He (Brooklyn Technical) 21-13 in the semifinals.
In the finals, she encountered a very familiar face, teammate and twin sister Jessenia. She made her way through the finals by a bye in the first round, forfeit in the second round, she pulled the biggest upset of the tournament by edging the always dangerous Shkysi Cummings (Bayside) 21-20 and pulled a nice come back…..
Re-posted from USHA website
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Daskalakis and Bastidas Slam!
Danielle Daskalakis (at left) teamed with Sandy Ng to slam in the Women's Open, while Tyree Bastidas teamed with Billy O'Donnell to slam in the Men's Open. Tyree (making a stretched-out return in the doubles) turned back a great finals' performance from Cesar Sala, rallying from 9-7 in the breaker to win and then beat Timbo Gonzalez and Victor LoPierre in the doubles in two exciting games.
It was a hot Sunday with endurance playing a crucial role in all finals.
See the Draws on R2sports.com site HERE.
The Players Championship handball tournament keeps growing in popularity along with the prize money. Ever since Jared Vale took over this tournament, it has offered t-shirts and meal tickets for the players and more divisions for other players to compete “I love this tournament” said Andy Rousseau.
“I won my age-division and I still got money. Thank you Jared”
All players were happy to play as the money-prize was spread to almost every other division. I've never seen so many happy faces walking around the courts throughout the entire day' said George Vera, a handball follower.
The prize money was also increased by an anonymous contributor who always support the 1-wall game. In return more than three dozen players registered to compete in the men's open.
Congratulations to everyone behind this great tournament.
The tournament day started with a big rain early in the morning that pushed the games to be played later on. Most games resumed at 11:30am and continued until players started to complain about not being able to see the ball. All requests to postpone games for the following day were honored by the tournament desk.
There were a few surprises during the day and that included Mike Schneider's win over Tyree Bastidas in the semifinals, former PSAL player Sheikh Hossain's win over former PSAL champ Victor Lopierre in the open and Ryan Delevan's win over Eugene in the 19-and -under division.