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Coverage of the Big Blue Championship
Doubles Winners Show Why They're Champions
Buddy Gantt, the oldest player in the final's competition and Emmitt Fitzpatrick another longtime champ split $800 in prize money by taking the Men's Doubles. Buddy, a handball legend is considered to be one of the greatest one-wall players ever to play the game. He is recognized as probably the best pink ball player (the ball that preceded Big Blue) ever to grace the game.
At this time, Emmitt is the more prominent player, yet although Buddy is 50 years old, he showed that he was still a force to reckon with. He and Emmitt convincingly defeated their competitors Robert Sostre and Ervin Irizarry 21-8. Buddy's final shot, which ended the tournament was impossible to retrieve and brought a gasp from the crowd. Spectators appreciated the fact that the handball legend won the first Big Blue championship of the millennium.
Tanya Brown and Gladys Miranda defeated Karen McConney and Adrianne Floyd 21-14 to win the Women's Open Doubles. This was an interesting match as Karen and Gladys have been considered the two top Big Blue players. Gladys had won the Queen of the Courts tournament in 98 and 99, Karen in 97. Karen and her partner Adrianne had been playing together for three years and were the National One-Wall champs in small ball.
Karen had just trounced Gladys 21-1 in a singles match. Spectators mentioned that in the doubles event, Gladys played intensely, probably determined to make up for the embarrassing loss. It worked out well for Gladys and her partner Tanya as they got to split the $800 doubles purse.
Women's B Doubles
Sara Sookdeo and Mari Rivera defeated Evette Amador and Norma Brewer 21-12
Men's B Doubles
Johnny Mendoza and Artie Silver defeated George Bukobza and Gian Carlo 21-18 in the tightest match of the finals.
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