Monday, August 15, 2011

2011 State 3 Wall Results

MHA State Singles 3-Wall Handball Tournament Held at Belle Isle, Detroit, on August 13, 2011
  • Open – Pete Brown over Pete Dembeck
  • 50’s – Joe Ivy over Chris Monsour
  • 60’s – Ed Green over Jim Lowe
  • 70’s – Norm Young over Dave Dodds
  • B - Jeff Knake over Ted Gramattico

Report by Bob Plater

THANKS to Bill Cantwell, Dale Chimenti and John Schandevel for their great planning, preparing and making possible an amazing day of competition at Belle Isle. Food, drinks, picnic tables, port-a-johns and court reservations don't just happen magically. Bill, Dale and John have been doing this for many years, for which we, the MHA members, say "Thank You".

What a great event! What a line-up! How about these pairings: Karner/Dembeck, Dembeck/Oliver, Williams/Leonard, Williams/Brown, Brown/Dembeck. Any one of these matches, all of which were played, would have been a good final.

Dembeck was outstanding getting by Pat Oliver and Jim Karner. Likewise, Pete Brown was amazing getting by Bret Williams.

Dembeck and Brown, both, wanted to play the finals on Saturday, even though they were both exhausted after the semi’s. Dembeck, hopefully, said he would rather play Brown when he is tired, rather than give him a day to refresh. Pete Brown, trailing 14-20 in the first game against Pete Dembeck, got the serve, went in, and served out the game, several aces bending around the back corners of the walls. This seemed to lift his confidence for the second game, which was a great contest with Brown overpowering Dembeck for the title.

This was Pete Brown's 18th, 3-wall State Open Singles Championship. No one else is close to this achievement, nor is it likely that anyone will ever be able to duplicate it.

Joe Ivy won the 50's title over Chris Mansour in three games. Dan Costello and Barry Doan were semi-finalists, both fighting hard before bowing out.

Ed Green defeated three highly regarded players, all in one day, on his way to winning the championship in this division: Tom Michael, Rick Graham and Jim Lowe. Green and Lowe, having played matches seemingly all day, 10AM to 6PM, were exhausted in their 11-6 tie-breaker.

Norm Young wins again. Dave Dodds took second.

B - Jeff Knake over Ted Gramattico.

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