2017 WPH Awards

Posted on Dec 28 2017 - 4:38am by DV

The WPH Wraps Up 2017 With Year-End Awards!

Tucson, AZ, WPH Press, 12/26/ 17- Thanks to the commitment of our coaches, donors, volunteers, players, and staff, the WPH enjoyed a wildly successful 2017, complete with incredible individual accomplishments, exciting rivalries, sensational junior clinics and programs led by outstanding coaches, and a number of host cities and tournament directors organizing exceptional events. The 2017 WPH handball season was dedicated to David Chapman, one of handball’s greatest champions, coaches, and friend to so many in our great game.

The WPH committee convened for the WPH year-ending awards and here are your winners:

·      JR WPH Collegiate Coach of the Year: Coach Mike Morgan (UWF)

·      JR WPH Junior Coach of the Year: Coach Richie “Drft” Fernandez (JR WPH Juarez)

·      WPH Volunteer of the Year: “Ms. Vee” Veronica Figueroa. Read about Ms. Vee honored here

·      WPH Men’s Player of the Year: Killian Carroll

·      WPH Women’s Player of the Year: Martina McMahon

·      Outdoor Cross Over Player of the Year: Timbo Gonzalez. Read more here

·      City that hosted the most WPH events: Pittsburgh, PA (4), Tucson, AZ (4)

·      WPH tournament director of the year: Mike Semplice (Pittsburgh, PA)

·      Most men’s WPH titles: Killian Carroll (5 R48 titles)

·      Most women’s WPH titles: Catriona Casey (2 WR48 titles), Martina McMahon (1 WR48 title, 1 Women’s WPH Outdoor title)

·      Largest JR WPH Clinic: 105 junior players at the JR WPH NYC Shootout. Read more here

·      JR WPH Program of the Year: JR WPH Juarez. Read more here

·      R48 Stop of the Year: Tucson Memorial. Read the full Tucson Memorial recap here

·      WPH Outdoor Stop of the Year: 3WallBall Championships. Read the full ’17 3WallBall recap here: here

·      WPH Match of the Year: Timbo Gonzalez vs Samzon Hernandez at the 3WallBall Championships. Watch here


·      Comeback of the Year: Dave Chapman at the 3WallBall Championships. Read about the late great Dave Chapman in his final event at the 3WallBall Championships here

·      WPH Men’s Rivalry of the Year: Hernandez vs. Gonzalez

·      WPH Women’s Rivalry of the Year: McMahon vs. Casey

To read about all of the JR WPH initiatives in 2017, check out the ‘17 JR WPH portfolio here

2018 will feature the final five events of the Race 4 Eight 7 season, the start of the Race 4 Eight season, the WPH Outdoor 7 season, featuring nine events in seven states, exciting JR WPH initiatives, and live broadcasts of the biggest events in the sport. Follow all things handball all on wphlive.tv,

Your Guide to Handball in 2018:

Handball’s 2018 Schedule: here

2018 R48 7 Schedule: here

Log onto wphlive.tv, Like the World Players of Handball on Facebook, or follow the WPH on Twitter @dfwph and @wphlive for all of the handball news from on and off the court! The World Players of Handball is a non-profit foundation aiming to grow the game of handball through innovation and inspiring the next generation of players through junior clinics with Certified WPH Coaches, junior tournaments and the Race 4 Eight and WPH Outdoor tours. 

David Fink

WPH Senior Writer