Handball Announcements, News & Messages

3-Wall Jr. Nationals

On July 14, 15 and 16, 2022 the SCHA Hosted the 3-Wall Jr. Nationals at Smith Park in San Gabriel. This is the first time since 2019 that the event was held due to Covid-19 restrictions. Over the past 2-1/2 years, several of the youth-oriented programs have been shut down, which resulted in the tournament being a dual mainly between Arizona and Southern California players.

The finals in nearly every age group where great matches, highlighted by the boys 19 and under small ball singles, the boys 15 and under small ball and big ball singles, and the boys 13 and under small ball singles.

Coach Patrick Saito was honored as the 2019 Coach of the Year, and he finally received his award. George Mitchel was honored as the first recipient of the “Vince Munoz Sportsmanship Award” for his competitive spirit and class on the court.

Mark Zamora served as the grill master for the event, cooking everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to chicken, steak and fresh yellow fin tuna.

The Passing of Jorge Guevara Jr.

Below is a mesage from The Los Angeles Athletic Club. As details become available they will be circulated.

Celebration of Bill William H. Brainerd's Life

Miramar National Cemetery - June 10, 2022

10:00 am (Service starts promptly at 10:30 am) 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 92122

Pilot Honorary Flight Oceanside Pier - 1:00 pm (End of the Pier to honor Bill in a fly-by Arrive by 12:45 pm at the end of the pier)

Reception - 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

A friendly gathering of family and friends to Celebrate Bill's life. Come with a smile and a good story to tell. Bill's favorites will be served!! 5134 Via Malaguena, Oceanside, CA 92057 Enter through the north gate to the backyard

Bill was a handball player and member of San Diego Tennis and Racquet Clu.

2022 Smith Park Handball Tournament

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, a handball tournament and fundraiser was hosted by the Southern California Handball Association (SCHA) at Smith Park in San Gabriel, California. The SCHA is hosting the USHA Jr. National 3-Wall Tournament in July. All proceeds will be used to provide the players with handball gear and hospitality for the four-day event.

16 Teams competed in a double elimination, drop down format tournament, with each team guaranteed at least two games. Teams that lost in the first round dropped down and competed in a lower division. All players received tournament shirts and a great bbq lunch prepared by chef Mark Zamora.

Winners of the "C" Division were Luis Medina and Joe Ramirez

"B" Division Champions were David Ruiz and David Ruiz Jr.

"A" Division Champions were Marc Pennick and Louis Gaytan

"Open" Division Champions were Dylan Hernandez and Eli Barajas

Champions won pullover sweaters with tournament logos.

Luis Medina and Joe Ramirez

David Ruiz Jr., Andy Gastelum (Sponsor), and David Ruiz

Marc Pennick and Louis Gaytan

Dylan Hernandez and Eli Barajas

2019 Wafe Risner and WPH Qualifier

WPH Qualifier Results

Adam Burnhard d. Braulio Ruiz

A Singles Results

Briant Mendiola d. Fausto Castro

110+ Results

Mario Rueda/Paul Godina d. Tom Martinez/Jimmy Ramirez

130+ Results

Les Halberg/Curtis Irwin d. John Libby Jr/John Libby Sr

LAFD Singles

D bracket Playoff

Turkey Burner Results

Los Cab, Fountain Valley, CA

The wet and cold weather could not cool down 63 players who gathered for the annual Turkey Burner. There were four divisions of play and each division was divided into round robin pools of four teams with each team playing one game to 21 points. The winner of one pool played the winner of the other pool for the championship of that division.

In the Mild division it was Marco Alatorre and Anthony Hernandez over Juan and Carlos Batiz. The Warm division was won by Boak Ferris and Bob Morones over Les Halberg and Curtis Irwin. Ferris and Morones qualified by winning a tiebreaker versus Pete Trejo and Parish Clarke. A red hot Roy Harvey and Chis Yokoyama defeated Mark Zamora Sr and Al Alvarez in the Hot divsion. The Caliente division featured Armando Ortiz Sr and Armando Ortiz Jr versus Dylan Hernandez and Daniel Badillo. Hernandez and Badillo reached the final with a tiebreaker win over Victor Perez and Sergio Guzman. Armondo Jr said the the only thing better than winning is winning with your dad and your dad scoring the final point.





Legends Results

The Legends tournament at the Martinez Handball Club was won by Tom Martinez and Carlos Chavez against Jimmy Rameriz and Sergio Gusman in two very close games. Martinez did an excellent job keeping out of Carlos's way. Jimmy and Sergio make an excellent team. Jimmy has the flykill outdoor game and Sergio straight flattens out any back wall. Carlos used ceiling shots to keep them back till he had a chance to shoot or pass. There was plenty of delicious food, music, football games on tv, pool fun, and handbal stories. Special thanks go to Rosie Martinez for her homemade chilly, banana bread, potatoe salad, and hospitality, Tavo Martinez for his homemade chili con carne,and Mark Zamora who made fresh fish tacos on Sunday.

Tom Gilbert Birthday Round Robin Results

September 14, 2019
Los Cab

Four years after his death, friends gather to remember Tom Gilbert with a day of handball and a toast on or near his birthday. This year we celebrated on Saturday, September 14. Play was three morning divisions and three afternoon divisions of a four game round robin with each player changing partners for each game with winner determined by most games won or points scored. In the morning group the three division winners were: Jerry Jarrett, Marco Coromac/Javier Arellano (tie) and Roy Harvey. In the afternoon group the three division winners were: Dennis Haber, Fausto Castro and Marcus Hough. All division winners were determined by total points with less than five points separating first, second and third place. Thanks to sponsors Los Caballeros, Mark Shelgren and players and friends donations we are able to make a sizable donation to the USHA Wafe Risner Fund.

9am Group 1

Jerry Jarrett and Lou Rojo

9am Group 2

Johnny Cameron and Roy Harvey

9am Group 3

Marco Coromac and Javier Arellano

11am Group 1

George, Isabella and Paul Rodelo, Marcus and Winnona Hough

11am Group 2

Fausto Castro and Tony Castanon

11am Group 3

Dennis Haber and Wayne Baker

2019 LAFD 911 Memorial Handball Tournament Results

On Saturday, September 7, 2019, LAFD Handball hosted the annual 911 Memorial Handball Tournament at Venice Beach. 64 players competed in a modified round-robin tournament with awards presented to finalists and champions in each division.

SCHA 19 HOF Inductees

John Libby Jr

Chris Watkins

Ron Moormeister

2019 So. Cal. 3 Wall State Championship

...in memory of Jr. Vasquez

was a huge success this past weekend. We had 35 kids this year, which was really perfect. Sometimes we have so many that its hard to give them substantial playing time. This year we were able to have them play singles in three divisions, A, B,and C. Again all kids recieved tournament shirts , USHA official headbands, free food, and a pair of Owen handball gloves.

The Open final was incredible. Vic Perez and John Wayne Cortez defeated Marcos Chavez and brother Carlos Chavez in a 11/ 10 tie breaker. Both teams had opportunities to win game. At 10, 7 John Wayne had a perfect setup floating in the air 7 ft. from front wall with no one near him and he floored it. The Chaves brother came in and got to 10,10. With one man down Marcos tried a difficult fly kill to win, only to also floor the ball. The final rally was ended with a kill by Vic to win the game. Congratulations to Vic and John Wayne for there first win at this great tournament. Marcos has won 4 times. Armondo Ortiz, and Eddie Silverya also have 4 wins each.

There was plenty of good food and a great family atmosphere. We had some big ball players come down and try little ball. Our tournament presents an opportunity for some cross play. A good time was had by all.

The donators were Tom Martinez, Mark Zamora, Mark Shelgren, Marc Penick, Tom Serrato, Tom Koop of Owen Gloves, Bo Kinnelly, Jim Mendoza, Larry Borunda, The Chicken Koop restaurant, Stephanie, Hathaway, Ben Lee, Harold Silva, Terry O'Reilly, Jimmy Ramirez, Chris Watkins, Roy Harvey, Greg Stansbury, and Tavo Martinez. I apologize is i missed anyone.


SoCal Champions at USHA Four Wall Nationals

The Southern California Handball Association thanks all local players that participated in the 69th USHA Nationals held at Los Cab. It’s the players that made the tournament a success and once again Southern California had more competitors than any region in the United States as well as Ireland and Canada. A shout out goes to Stephanie Hathaway who made the 35/50women’s division a real event! Thanks to the large group of volunteers that kept the tournament moving forward. We also wish to congratulate the following SCHA players who earned National titles @ Los Cab.

When you see these champions at your courts, be sure and congratulate their accomplishments. Southern California (including Las Vegas) produced 20 National championships. This proves that Southern California continues to be the strongest region of handball players in the US. The SCHA thanks all players for continuing to compete and volunteer in local and National handball events!

2019 SCHA Spring Doubles

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, 25 Teams competed in the 2019 SCHA Doubles Tournament at Los Caballeros Sports Village. This event was a fund raiser for the upcoming 3-Wall Jr. National Championships, being held in July. SCHA is hosting, and all proceeds will be used to provide hospitality and SWAG for the Juniors. SCHA was supported by sponsors: Owen Gloves, Far West Meats, Los Cab, West Coast Handball, LAFD Handball and LAAC, who were acknowledged on the tournament shirt.

Jerry Jarrett/Greg Stansbury

Les Halberg/Curtis Irwin

Greg Demos/James Money

Eli Barajas/Mark Zamora Jr

Marcos Chavez/Carlos Chavez

Wafe Risner/WPH Pre Qualifier-LAAC

2018 Turkey Burner-Los Cab

SCHA Mission

After several meetings the SCHA has set out the following plan for 2017;

  1. Increase membership. See below on how to join and who is currently a member.
  2. Improving communications with membership and club contacts
  3. Hosting one day socials
  4. Providing structure to Hall of Fame nominations
  5. Engaging more people and support to event hosts
  6. Increasing support for junior programs and events
  7. Avoiding tournament date conflicts (visit SCHA Tournament Page)

Player Development

Please help us get youth handball programs at your club, Boys and Girls Club, Park and Recreation or Police Athletic League.

Contact Gary Cruz 949-633-2422 if:

Pro Rankings (courtesy of WPH)

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