Tracy player wins junior division at handball tourney
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Raul Jassco of San Jose (left) and Jaime Fabian of Stockton compete in the over-40 masters division of the Tracy WPH Handball Tournament on Sunday, July 28, at West High School. Fabian captured the title with a 15-14 win in a tiebreaker game. Sam Matthews/Tracy Press
Raul Jassco of San Jose (left) and Jaime Fabian of Stockton compete in the over-40 masters division of the Tracy WPH Handball Tournament on Sunday, July 28, at West High School. Fabian captured the title with a 15-14 win in a tiebreaker game. Sam Matthews/Tracy Press
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About 100 handball players from up and down the West Coast converged on Tracy on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, to take part in the World Players of Handball Series.

The tournament, held on the West High School handball courts, included competitors from professionals to junior players.

Daniel Villareal of Tracy captured first place in the under-15 juniors.

The winner of the men’s professional division was Samzon Hernandez of Los Angeles, who entered the tournament ranked No. 1. Tanisha Groom of Orange County won the women’s pro competition.

The Tracy tournament was the second in a four-tournament series called the WPH Cup Series. The first leg of the series was played at Venice Beach in Southern California. The third will be in Surf City near Los Angeles in August and the finals, in Las Vegas in September.

The Tracy-based professional player Angel Hernandez, no relation to Samzon Hernandez, said the turnout equaled or exceeded what tournament sponsors had expected. The facilities at West High were praised.

“This was the first tournament in Northern California, and it really put Tracy on the handball map,” he said.

A number of players traveled from Southern California, a hotbed of handball action, and others were from as far away as Portland, Ore., and Seattle, he reported.



Contact Sam Matthews at 830-4234 or shm@tracypress.com.

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