The annual Maverick Open handball tournament will begin at 2pm on Friday, February 7th. Matches are scheduled until 10pm on Friday. Play begins again on Saturday at 8am.
Open division quarter-final matches will be broadcast (Saturday @ 11am and noon) on MNSU’s campus cable channel. The video broadcast will be co-hosted by Al Travis, who is KTOE’s afternoon drive host of “Al in the Afternoon”. Listen to Al’s show on Wednesday at 4pm to hear a preview of this weekend’s tournament.
The tournament features collegiate players from across the U. S. Players from the upper-midwest will join collegiate teams from University of Illinois, Missouri State, Hamline, and University of Minnesota to battle the Mavericks. The Mavericks are the defending men’s national collegiate champions and were runner up in the women’s collegiate division in 2019. There will be state, national and world champions playing in this tournament, including the current #2 ranked women on the professional handball tour, Maverick Ciana Ni Churraoin.
If you have never seen handball before, or are a long-time supporter, come and watch the action on campus this weekend! Handball was ranked the #1 sport by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness for cardio endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and balance.
The Mavericks are preparing for the 2020 United States Handball Association’s National Collegiate Tournament on February 19-23 atthe University of Texas.
Championship matches for each division will be held on Sunday, February 9th from 8am to noon.
The tournament is FREE to watch and is held in MNSU’s Pennington Hall. Parking is free on campus after 4pm on Friday.
Remember to bring a towel and padlock. Parking is free anywhere on campus after 4pm on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. If you have questions, contact Mike Wells @ 507-420-6230. We are on a TIGHT schedule, so arrive early and be ready for your match!! See you this weekend and GO MAVS!!
Don’t forget that Friday is PURPLE OUT! Wear your purple colors.
The USHA is proud to award 10 Mardak Scholarships to collegiate handball players who are teaching handball at their respective schools or in their community.
Applicants must be Certified USHA Instructors and be teaching (or have taught) handball through their community program through the year. Mardak Scholarships are made possible thorough the Keith Mardak Handball Endowment made to the USHA. These worthy scholarship recipients will be featured with brief bios in the next issue of the Handball Magazine.
Congrats to all of the Mardak Scholarship recipients/handball teachers who are helping grow our sport!
Those Mavericks that didn’t have final exams on Monday, traveled to Milwaukee this past weekend for the Milwaukee Classic tournament. The Milwaukee Classic was held in conjunction with the USHA’s annual Women’s Classic. This is one of the largest tournaments the Mavericks travel to each year. Five of the top six men’s pros were in attendance including Killian Carroll who came to Mankato in October to put on a clinic for the Maverick players.
The pro men’s division did not disappoint with many exciting matches. In the final, top ranked Carroll defeated #3 ranked pro, Sean Lenning, to win the title.
On the women’s side, number one seed and #2 ranked pro, Ciana Ni Churraoin ran through her side of the bracket to meet Ireland’s Megan McCann. Ciana defeated Megan 21-12, 21-8. It was the first time these two ladies had faced each other in tournament play.
There were a lot of collegiate women players in the Women’s Classic bracket, so these matches were important for seeding in the USHA’s national collegiate tournament in February. Players from University of Illinois, Missouri State, University of Texas, and others battled on the courts. Maverick Alexis Anderson made the final of the Bronze division losing to Hannah Levy of the University of Illinois.
On the men’s side, Maverick Justin Klein lost in the finals of the C division to Cameron Lowe a talented junior player from Lambertville, MI by a score of 21-8, 21-14.
The Mavericks will be on winter break until returning to classes on January 13th and traveling to the Illinois state tournament January 17-19 in Chicago.
Thirty-four Minnesota State Mankato students were introduced to handball last Thursday night. Friends of Maverick handball players came to the courts to try their hands at short court.
A few of the players enjoyed the clinic so much they registered for the Introduction to Handball class (HP180) right on the spot.
There are still a few openings in the Human Performance handball offerings. The course meets Mondays/Wednesday for 50 minutes. There are sections at 2, 3, 4, and 5pm. The Handball Club practices from 6-9pm following the Introduction to Handball courses.
Maddie Kennedy shows some of the Bring a Friend to Handball Night participants how to play 2-bounce.
Maverick newcomers had a great weekend at the University of Minnesota’s Gopher Classic handball tournament held at the world’s best handball facility. Mavericks current players and alumni made up a third of the tournament participants.
Second semester player, Tanner Hadler captured the men’s C title in his first ever tournament! Due to a lack of women’s entries, the Mavericks entered our B women participants into the men’s C division. Newcomers Alexis Anderson and Kaitlyn Vomhof both defeated first year men players from the University of MN. Paige Kennedy also defeated a U of M player. It was a great showing for the next generation of Maverick women!
Junior Michael Gaulton won the open consolation, and coach Stoffel won the A title.
The Mavericks travel to the Milwaukee Classic on December 6-8.
The Mavericks enjoyed some great hospitality from the Illini at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). This was the Mavericks first ever trip to their tournament, but will be a regular stop in the future. There were players from the University of Illinois, Lake Forest College, Illinois State, and Ohio State. Several Mavericks made championship matches.
Senior Maddie Kennedy finished second in the women’s open division losing Carly Munson 21-9, 21-2.
Junior Michael Gaulton lost to Dave Munson of Chicago in the men’s open final 21-15, 21-16.
Senior Matt Johnson lost in the men’s A consolation final to Tommy Mogavero 21-4, 21-5.
Sophomore Justin Klein lost to Lake Forest’s Nick Roberts 21-7, 21-16 in the men’s B consolation final.