by Melody Ruiz
New teams on the scene made this tournament refreshing. Nineteen teams participated in the handicapped event, two of which were from the Bronx (Pedro Garcia/Armando Duchesne & Carlos Lopez/George Negroje), and who demonstrated strong command of the game and excellent team chemistry. Five junior teams put on a good show for spectators and definitely will be growing strong in the sport (Soon Liu/Chris Conte, Dennis Machuca/Johnny Fernandez, Jay/Paulie, Kareem Wilkerson/Hugo Delgado, and Mike Schnieder/Victor Lopierre.
One junior team which really stood out and who all players should keep an eye on was Mike and Victor, who took turns killing the ball with ease during their first match.
New teams included Tyrone Snell/Henry Santiago, Dave Rojas/Herman Mendez, Francisco Carbuccia/Lefty Willie Polanco, Marvin Jones/Ben, Chris Ramos/Dave Vega who all put on great performances, captivating spectators with their new combinations and style of playing the game.
Semi-finals pitted Tony Robert/Pee Wee Castro against Francisco/Willie. Although the odds were definitely against the underdog team of Francisco/Willie, they easily dominated against the favorites who fell short and did not possess their usual pizzazz. Game ended 25-9. Dave/Herman were a change of pace for small ball, giving it their all, but they just couldn’t close it out against veterans Joe Kaplan and Cesar Sala. Game ended 25-19.
Finals pitted Francisco/Willie against Joe/Cesar. Once again the underdogs tried to show their stuff and kept it close, until Joe and Cesar turned it up and took the victory, ending the game at 25-18, proving that true experience can make the difference.
Special thanks to Chris McFadden for allowing us use of McFadden's Paddle Sport Club. The USHA One-Wall Committee and Albert Apuzzi Sr. for their donations. In addition, ICHA President Paul Williams kicked in trophies for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners and Tony Roberts who donated the $50 he was paid to run the tournament by the One Wall Committee towards the prizes. Lastly, OOHA President Tyrone Snell who will be providing an OOHA magazine covering the event. Thank you to all who helped support the tournament and referred games: Pedro Garcia, Armando Duchense, Carl Obert, Victor Lopierre, Dwayne Sampson and Jason Morgan all who had the toughest games to referee. Everyone has our sincere appreciation for helping and participating. As to when we will be holding our next tournament, hopefully soon.
- Tony & Melody.
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- Francisco Carbuccia/Willie Polanco d. Pee Wee Castro/Tony Roberts 25-09 (winners received a 5 point spot)
- Joe Kaplan/Cesar Sala d. Herman Mendez/Dave Rojas 25-19 (winners gave a 5 point spot)
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