Maryland State Handball Tournament 2015 – Round Up

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 the game 21-20 to extend the match.  Anderson cruised in the tie-breaker, using his devastating drive serve to score quickly.  The brother team of Adam and Dan Zimet won the Open Doubles, also in a tie-breaker, over Dave Bardwell and CJ Raymond.  The 60/B singles was extremely competitive and had some of the most compelling matches of the day – including a tremendous 3-game win by Williams Vargas in the final over Peter Peart.  Having lost the first and the score even late in the second game, Vargas came up with some clutch shots to sneak out the second game and then take the  tie-breaker.  Both players continue to improve rapidly, showing that Handball is a game where growth can come at any age and in many ways.  The 60+ doubles was won by Humphreys and Compton, whose combined talents proved too steady for an otherwise solid field of contenders.  The durability award went to Dave Bardwell, who was on the courts for nearly 7 straight hours over four very challenging matches in Open singles and doubles.  By the time his day was over he had played 11 consecutive games.

A particular thank-you goes out to those who made this event possible.  Nan, who has come to every event with  Peter Peart to cheer on his love and devotion to the game, ran the tournament desk throughout the day.  Her generosity allowed the tournament to run smoothly and very much supported an enjoyable day for all.  Bob Maguire conducted all duties associated with the commissioner role (shirts, food, etc) and Alan Frank stepped in to create the draws.  Josh Ho continues to provide a critical role over the internet through our much improved website, allowing seamless communication with players and organization of the entries.  As always, thanks to all the players who stepped in to referee matches.  This role is tiresome and under-appreciated but necessary in these competitive matches.  Thanks to those of your who volunteer and willingly take the card.

Our next events will take place over the summer on the 3-wall courts, including the No-Frills Doubles and Eastern Regionals.  We await news on the Virginia 3-wall courts!  The rumor on the street is that these courts are built to tournament specs and may be playable this summer!