The seventh annual 3 Wallball World Championships had another record setting year in Las Vegas September 21-25 at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino. With nearly 700 participants and over 1000 matches the event added new courts and new divisions to set a new standard for Outdoor tournaments in racquetball, handball and paddleball. With the growth of 1 wall play, a new four court section was added to the 1 wall ESPN court. Combined with the twelve 3 wall courts, the venue had non-stop activity from early morning to late into the night. ESPN3 was again the broadcast partner with matches from all 3 sports broadcast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Off the court, the story was certainly the weather with the most comfortable temperatures in the history of the event all week but also a couple tough days with strong wind gusts. The winds never slowed down play but created havoc for the sponsors, vendors, and spectator tents.
On the court, the event began with special events for both organizations that benefit from the generosity of the event and its players. The Boy Scouts kid’s clinic was a great success with pro racquetball, handball and paddleball players working with a large group of kids on the courts and Military Racquetball Federation Pro-Am was once again “sold out”. Winning the Pro-Am was Jared Campos who was paired with California Pro Scott Davis but the real winners were the Wounded Warriors that benefit from the MRF’s Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics.
As always there was great competition and a share of upsets through the range of pro and amateur divisions. On the pro side, the big winner was Robert Sostre who teamed with 3 different partners to win 3 divisions; David Horn in Pro Doubles, Gabriel Medina in CPRT Doubles, and Freddy Ramirez in 1 Wall Pro Doubles. Janel Tisinger took both women’s divisions winning Pro Singles and teaming with Aimee Ruiz in the Pro Doubles. Ruiz also earned a second title in 1 Wall Pro Mixed Doubles with Joe Young. The Men’s Pro Singles was won by Rocky Carson and while Michelle Key and Daniel De La Rosa took the honors as a couple in the Mixed Pro Singles.
On the amateur side, some of the multi-division winners included Roy Hernandez who took home 3 titles with wins in the Men’s Open Singles, Mixed Open Doubles with Carrie Hoeft, and Men’s 1 Wall Open Doubles with Alejandro Barcelo. Among the 2 event winners were Richard Miller and Ben Goldenberg who teamed in Men’s Open Doubles and 75+ Combined Doubles plus Steven Harper who won both Military, Police & Fire divisions partnering with Carl Diaz for the Doubles after winning the Singles. On the women’s side, Luanne Bryant earned Women’s A Singles and Doubles titles with Heather Hojat while Kris Kaskawal won a 3 wall Doubles with Tracy Untalan (40+) and a 1 wall Doubles with Celeste Pafford (Open). Junior Divisions were won by Isaac Hernandez (14 & Under) and Zachary Rodgers (12 & Under). The champions of the up/down Wheelchair division were Bryan and Jason Dornon.
The event also was the finale of the season long 3 Wallball Gold Cup which crowned men’s and women’s champions for both pros and amateurs; Janel Tisinger (Women’s Pro), Rick Koll (Men’s Pro), Rocio Yepiz (Women’s Amateur), and Roy Hernandez (Men’s Amateur).
On behalf of the owners and staff of the 3 Wallball World Championships, we would like to recognize the sponsors who made the event possible including presenting sponsor Pro Kennex, Ahern, Netcentric Enterprise Solutions (NES), Soda Man Vending, Anthony’s Glass & Mirror, Melissa’s, Liquid Nitro, Gearbox and Head/Penn plus, of course, our host the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino and our broadcast partner ESPN. Please support these partners when you have the opportunity, as without them the event would not have been possible. Also all of the bodies that join together in cooperation to put on this great event; World Outdoor Racquetball, World Players of Handball, National Paddleball Association, International Racquetball Tour, Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour, USA Racquetball, and Military Racquetball Federation.
Thank you to the players and fans for coming to Las Vegas and making the 2016 3 Wallball World Championships presented by Pro Kennex the great success that it was!
Please put September 20 – 24, 2017 on your calendar now for the eighth annual 3 Wallball World Championships; see you again in Las Vegas!