Professional Handball Comes to Portland! December 28-30, 2018

Posted on Dec 10 2018 - 4:00pm by DV

World Players of Handball’s Race4Eight Professional Handball Tour heads to the MAC in Portland! December 28-30, 2018

Portland, OR, WPH Press, 11/27/18- The World Players of Handball’s Race 4 Eight Tour Powered by ESPN is thrilled to host the 2018 Race 4 Eight 8 Portland Stop #3 from December 28-30, 2018. The 2018 Portland Race 4 Eight 8 Stop #3 will be held at the famed Multnomah Athletic Club, located at 1849 SW Salmon Street, Portland, OR, 97205.

The 2018 Portland R48 marks the 51st event in the history of the Race 4 Eight tour, with the tour spanning 16 states in its first eight seasons. The 2018 Portland R48 features the top R48 Men’s pros in the world competing at one of the world’s most spectacular and storied athletic clubs. The 2018 Portland R48 will be held in conjunction with the 63rd Annual USHA National Junior 4-Wall Championships, featuring the best under-20 handball players in the world.

The 2018 Tucson Memorial R48 Men’s Pro will feature the top eight players on the R48 tour, highlighted by co-R48 #1’s Killian Carroll (IRE) and Sean Lenning (WA). Carroll has won 9 of his last 13 R48 starts, while Sean Lenning captured the second stop of the 2018/18 R48 8 season at November’s R48 8 Tucson Memorial, overcoming Carroll in the final. Joining Carroll and Lenning in the 2018 R48 Portland draw will be October’s R48 8 Stop #1 Atlanta champion and current R48 #3 Luis Cordova, Jr. (MEX), Daniel Cordova (TX), David Fink (AZ), Emmett Peixoto (CA), Vic Perez (CA), and Mando Ortiz (CA). 24 additional players will complete the 32-player draw aiming to dethrone the Elite 8, with top stars from California, Arizona, Oregon, Texas, Minnesota, New York, Kansas, Mexico, Canada, and Ireland making their way to Portland in search of R48 ranking points and the R48 Portland title.

The R48 pros will be holding junior handball clinics, autograph sessions, and a number of interactive activities with the junior players competing in the USHA National Junior 4-Wall Championships, giving the rising stars an opportunity to watch and learn from the best in the sport.

“The WPH held the 2016 Race 4 Eight Player’s Championship at the MAC in Portland and it was an sensational event,” stated WPH Executive Director David Vincent. “In our eight years and 51 Race 4 Eight events, I don’t think we’ve ever seen larger or more enthusiastic galleries than we saw at the MAC in 2016. The players feed off of that energy, and we saw some amazing handball as a result. With the USHA National Junior 4-Wall Championships being held in conjunction with the 2018 R48 Portland, expect even larger galleries and more electricity in the MAC!”

For more information and to track results – 2018 Portland R48, go HERE>

To watch the action from Portland live on the WatchESPN App starting on Saturday, December 29 and Sunday December 30, starting at 10 am PST, go HERE>

WPH R48 Power Rankings: HERE>

R48 Fun Facts and Trends: HERE>

Race 4 Eight History of Champions and Finalists: HERE>

The Broadcast Schedule is posted below.  Please share with your handball lists.

WPH RACE 4 EIGHT: The World Players of Handball’s 2018/19 Race 4 Eight 8 Powered by ESPN features R48 stops in Georgia, Arizona, Oregon, Montana, Louisiana, Texas, and California, all culminating with The Player’s Championship in Utah in May of 2019. Similar to NASCAR’s Nextel Cup and the FedEx PGA Playoffs, players earn points in the Race 4 Eight’s regular season stops to qualify for the season-ending Player’s Championship and bonus prizes.

For more information on the WPH Race 4 Eight, please contact World Players of Handball Executive Director David Vincent at dave.vincent@wphlive.tvor World Players of Handball Development Director David Fink at For more information on the World Players of Handball, please visit

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