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YMCA Singles Championship
Due in part, to limited court time during the winter months, the matches consisted of just one 25 point game. There is little rest between matches which all need to be played in one-day. The format is known for providing an exciting day of handball for both the players and spectators. The YMCA collected guest fees and donated the court time.
With $1,000 in prize money ($50 for the quarters, $100 for the semis $200 for second and $400 for the champion) the action started right away with Rebaza jumping to a 14-2 lead over Apuzzi and falling just one point short of the upset. In the quarters Castro trailed 17-4 before beating Sala 25-24, Sostre earned a 25-19 victory over Jagnandan in a match which argueably was the best of the day, Durso's "high game" proved to be responsible for his 25-18 advancement over the power hitting Lewis and Kaplan trounced Apuzzi 25-7.
In the semis, Pee Wee got as close as 16-19 before Rob closed out the match while Kaplan had little trouble with Durso who scored just 12.
In the finals, Robert Sostre played Joe Kaplan, the score changed hands numerous times and was tied 16-16 until Sostre made a tremendous run with left hand cross court shots and put aways to take the lead 24-16. Kaplan then served a few aces and killer shots and closed the gap to 24-23. However, Sostre was not to be denied and prevailed 25-23.
Thanks to Mike Trowbridge for sponsoring one of the players, hopefully others will follow his fine example, Artie Fuchs tournament director and Sheila Hawkins Health and Wellness Director of the Flatbush YMCA.
- Sostre d. Castro 25-16,
- Kaplan d. Durso 25-12.
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