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So much has been written about the 3-Wall National Championships held annually in Toledo, OH and yet there is always more to see and say about this unique event. Something about the blazing sun, concrete courts, surrounding bleachers, benches and swaths of grass that creates this idyllic setting for families, old friends, acquaintances and rivals to congregate on that unofficial last weekend of summer that spans Labor Day. Throw in a beer truck, endless grilled meats and you have the makings of what some would call, paradise. Oh yes, let’s not forget our beloved game that has been called “perfect.” […]
2015 Eastern Regional 3-Wall Tournament (August 22-23) Centennial Park, Ellicott City, MD Open Singles First round: Ray Persaud Sr. d. Nathaniel Frank (20), 14, 9; Sam Worchesky d. Steve Arias 18, (11), 6. Quarters: Billy O’Donnell d. Ray Persaud Sr. 1, 2; Josh Ho d. Chris Persaud 13, 3; Lee Anderson d. Mark Ozgar 13, 3; Dan Zimet d. Sam Worchesky 3, 3. Semis: O’Donnell d. Ho 1, 5; Zimet d. Anderson (6), 16, 0. Final: O’Donnell d. Zimet (8), 11, 7. Consolation Nathaniel Frank d. Ray Persaud Sr. 10, 9. 50+ Singles Stephen Bossung d. Bill Tebbenhoff 10, 17. […]
Handballers – I wanted to thank everyone who came out to play on the 7th of the Feb at this years Maryland 4-wall tournament. We were able to create several brackets based on player interest in both singles and doubles. Congrats to our victors. Lee Anderson was able to defend in the Open Singles, holding off a very determined Dave Bardwell, who dominated game one. Lee took a sizable lead in the second only to see it evaporate over clutch play by Bardwell and some uncharacteristic loose play by Anderson. Lee was able to stave off match point before taking […]
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Every Tuesday and Saturday from April to October, Dan Zimet and Alan Frank meet up with buddies to play handball at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.
The games are friendly competitions among a brotherhood of 25 to 30 men ages 40 to 80, but they’re more than that to most of the players.
Zimet, a psychologist, and Frank, a lawyer, have a combined 42 national handball titles, and part of their success is attributable to how they push and test themselves in the Howard County park….
Two weeks after the Maryland event, many of these same participants from the Maryland tournament found themselves headed for competition at the 63rd USHA National 3-Wall Championships-Maumee, Ohio (generally referred to as Toledo), against the best who decided to make the journey. This annual end of summer season tournament is steeped in tradition and ritual going back over 3 decades at this same location. And even though many of us only play in Toledo once a year, there is a familiarity that makes it a home away from home. Each of the few years since I have been attending, I look […]
If playing handball serves to enrich our lives, then the 3-wall game played outdoors throughout the warmer months and culminating with the national championships held in Toledo, Ohio, adds to the treasure trove that handball provides. Before we arrive in Toledo in late August, a talented pool of 3-wallers gather and play at Centennial Park in Columbia, MD. Throughout the summer, on any given day, the courts are always occupied with players hailing from near and far (as much as 2-3 hours drive away). The familiar and distinct sounds of the game impart the pleasures of play and competition. It […]