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Missoula, MT, WPH Press, 1/20/20-

The 2020 R48 IX Montana Red Death marks the 61st event in the history of the Race 4 Eight tour, with the tour spanning 16 states in the R48’s first eight+ seasons. The 2020 R48 IX Montana Red Death will feature R48 #1, current world champion, and two-time defending Red Death champion Killian Carroll (IRE) seeking his first title of the 2019/20 R48 IX season. Carroll will have to contend with R48 Elite 8 stars “Flying Cordovas,” the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s Marcos Chavez and Vic Perez, Ireland’s newly minted R48 Elite 8 star Martin Mulkerrins, David Fink (AZ), and Emmett Peixoto (CA).


Eight qualifiers will battle on Friday morning to join the R48 Red Death Elite 8, including R48 #10 and 2019 Tucson Memorial semifinalist Leo Canales, Jr. (TX), R48 #12 Jonathan Iglesias (CO), R48 #13 Shorty Ruiz (AZ), R48 #17 and tournament co-host Abraham Montijo (AZ), R48 #22 Adam Bernhard (TX), and R48 #25 Loren Collado (CA).

In it’s first year as an official R48 stop in 2018, the Montana Red Death was voted “R48 Newcomer of the Year” by the R48 pros and was a serious contender for R48 stop of the year. Complete with endless hospitality, enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans, a beautiful facility and exciting junior handball clinics, the Montana Red Death promises to kickoff off 2020 in style.

Check out all of the important 2020 R48 IX Montana Red Death tournament information below:


2020 R48 IX Stop #4 Montana Red Death
  • Date: January 24-26, 2020
  • Site: Peak Racquet Center, 4990 Buckhouse Ln., Missoula, MT 59804
  • Tournament director: WPH + Sean Sandau and Paul Polzin
  • Tournament sponsor: JR WPH
  • Pro Events: R48 Qualifier and R48 Men’s pro singles
  • List of R48 Montana R48 Men’s pro champions: Carroll (2018, 2019)
  • Defending Montana Red Death R48 champion: Carroll
  • Number of ranked R48 pros entered (Elite 8 + Qualifier): 16
  • Current or former R48 #1’s entered: 4 (Carroll, Fink)

For more info on the 2020 Montana Red Death, including starting times and to follow the brackets go HERE

Men’s Elite Eight Invites and their Seeds:


To Watch the games, go to Patreon.com/wphlive to find the posted schedule.

The draws for the Red Death/WPH Pro Stop in Missoula, Montana, are being worked on right now. When they are completed, you will find a multitude of brackets and divisions with some of the best talent from around the country.
The pro draw will feature the top eight pros, minus #2 ranked pro Sean Lenning.
By having Lenning decline a potential invite by the WPH, the road was paved for Emmett Peixoto to stay in the elite eight; edging Juan Leo Canales Jr into the 9-spot; assuring a number one seed in the qualifier.
For the full WPH Preview of Montana, GO HERE>

So, how do you view the broadcast?
WPH will post a link to the games right here on Patreon.com/wphlive to WPH Pledge Supporters no later than Friday afternoon. You will not have to log in to view, no usernames, just get into Patreon, look for the post and click the link to view. The WPH LIVE broadcast begins after 1pm Friday (official broadcast begins Saturday morning; however, WPH will turn on cameras to archive the Rd of 16 while setting up on Friday).
Are you an All-Access Pass WPH Member? If so, you can email us after noon on Friday for your direct link to watch: info@wphlive.tv.
More to come!

2020 Montana Red Death R48 IX Stop #4 Press Release HERE

2020 Montana Red Death Broadcast Schedule on WPH Patreon: Saturday, January 26, 10 am-7 pm MST, Sunday, January 27, 10 am-1:30 pm PST. Become a WPH Patreon HERE

Handball Terminology + Instruction and R48 Rules HERE

Race 4 Eight Pro Player Bios HERE

Full Race 4 Eight IX Preview HERE

WPH Power Rankings HERE

DF’s R48 Fun Facts and Trends HERE

Race 4 Eight History of Champions and Finalists HERE

WPH RACE 4 EIGHT: The World Players of Handball’s 2019/20 Race 4 Eight IX Powered by ESPN features R48 stops in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Oregon, Montana, Louisiana, Texas, New York, Texas, California, and Utah, all culminating with The Player’s Championship in Utah in May of 2020. 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.tv or World Players of Handball Development Director David Fink at david.fink@wphlive.tv. For more information on the World Players of Handball, please visit wphlive.tv

David Fink

WPH Senior Writer

WPH Youth and Donor Development Director

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