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Women Players at the ICHA Awards Ceremony
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Several women players attending the ICHA Awards Ceremony
photo by Albert Apuzzi


Paul Williams and Satish Jagnandan
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Paul Williams and Satish Jagnandan.
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ICHA Award Dinner Honors Top Players
Nov 14, 2002

The ICHA held it's 8th annual year awards ceremony recognizing top players and a number of key contributors to the sport of one-wall handball.

According to ICHA president Paul Williams "We honored a larger number of people this year because of the growth of the sport and the growth of the ICHA. It was a positive statement about how things are going." Williams pointed to the large number of players who participated in the major citywide events and commented, "We're hoping to continue this trend, by increasing the number of sites where we have the Juniors Mayor's Cup and the Junior NYC Big Blue competitions. We'll also look to expand the number of handball clinics that we hold."

ICHA award recipients clearly represented some of the sports best players. They included:

Yuber "PeeWee" Castro for his outstanding performance in this years USHA Nationals. PeeWee who had been ranked 15th, defeated Paul Williams, Cesar Sala, Joe Durso, and Joe Kaplan, capturing his 1st National Championship.

Tracy Davis for her outstanding singles play. Tracy won the USHA Nationals and NYC Mayor's Cup women's open singles for the 2nd straight year.

Juniors

Alethia Mendez received an award for being an outstanding junior player. Alethia a rising competitor in the small ball game slammed the singles and doubles in this years Jr. Nationals and the 19 and under Mayors Cup.

Victor LoPierre won an award for his overall performance as a Junior 16 and under on both One-wall Handball and Four-wall Handball. Victor captured titles at the USHA Junior Nationals 16 and under and the USHA Nationals 19 and under doubles competitions. Victor has taken just about every East Coast 4Four-wall C division title as well.

Ference Dominguez won an award for his outstanding performance as a Junior 19 and under. Ference slammed at this years USHA Jr. Nationals. Although focusing on 4-wall he came back to win one-wall in this past season, which is his last as a Junior.

Decade of Achievement


Paul Williams and Tony Roberts
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Tony Roberts was recognized for career achievements
photo by Albert Apuzzi

Several players were recognized both for their accomplishments in the past year as well as their overall lifetime achievements.

Robert Sostre was recognized for his victory as the Big Blue Citywide singles champion. Over the years Robert has won numerous tourneys in several sports including big blue and small ball. Robert is also the current Paddleball champion.

Satish Jagnandan received an award for his achievement both on and off the court. Satish played in one of the 1st ICHA tournaments back in 1991 when he was only 15 years old. At this time Satish Jagnandan and Kendell Lewis were always the ICHA top ranked players. Satish emerged after an absence of a number of years from major competition to dominate the competition in this years NYC Mayor's Cup in the men's open singles division.

In addition, Williams noted "Satish is a tremendous role model for young kids." During this time away from competition Satish excelled in school receiving a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and Math, and a Masters degree in Administration Supervision.

Karen McConney won an award for a her decade of achievement which included the doubles championship in 1997, World doubles champion, and two National singles titles.

Tony Roberts received an award for his decade of achievement including winning 2 World doubles, and 3 National doubles.

Contributors

Annie Huang, Kareem Wilkerson, and Michael Schneider won awards for their volunteer work with the ICHA.

George Brandeburg won the Jack Lynch Award.

Thanks to Albert Apuzzi for photos, Jimmy Russo and Paul Williams for information about the event.


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