One week after the conclusion of the Race 4 Eight IV season, several dozen members of Tucson’s avid handball community watched the ESPN rebroadcast of the WPH’s Race 4 Eight IV Player’s Championship final between Tucson’s Sean Lenning and Southern California’s Mando Ortiz. The Race 4 Eight Match of the Year between Lenning and Ortiz was still creating enormous buzz one week later, as the Tucson Racquet Club’s clubhouse was standing room only to watch the Lenning/Ortiz final on the big screen.
“We are here at the Tucson Racquet Club watching Sean Lenning playing absolutely amazing handball,” barked Tucson’s Tom Daniels while doing his best Howard Cosell impersonation. “This is without a doubt the most exciting handball in recent memory.”
The Tucson handball community proudly celebrated its second WPH Player’s Champion in four Race 4 Eight seasons, as Moreno and Lenning book-ended titles in 2012 and 2015.
“The Tucson handball community takes a lot of pride in boasting the best players in the world, and when one of the Tucson pros wins a title, the entire community feels as though they have won a title,” stated WPH Executive Director David Vincent. “Sean worked really hard to make himself the Player’s Champion this season and his hard work paid off, as he hoisted the most prestigious title on the Race 4 Eight tour with a sensational victory over Mando Ortiz.”
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WPH Senior Writer