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Hood River, OR, WPH Press, 6/2/19- The 5th Annual Hood River Invitational was held on May 31st – June 1st at the Elks Lodge in Hood River, Oregon. More than 40 players from Oregon and Washington were invited to the popular event to celebrate the end of Oregon’s indoor handball season, begin the outdoor handball season and support a very worthy cause.
Players and fans rolled into Hood River on Friday afternoon for a variety of games, with some players opting for a round of golf at the beautiful Hood River and Indian Creek courses before heading to Oak Grove park for one-wall handball and a barbecue. The weather was beautiful and the handball games continued until dusk, at which point the players headed back to the Elks Lodge to begin a night on the town.
On Saturday morning, the four-wall main event began with 12 teams in the Division 1 bracket and eight teams in the Division 2 bracket. In Division 2, local players Jennifer Hinman and Ron Harder defeated Eugene ambassadors Randy Stender and Doug Woods in the final. Hinman showed that even after a great pro career, transitioning to motherhood, and recently undergoing a knee replacement, she still has the shots to win championships, dominating the one-game final by a score of 21-6.
Prior to the finals, a special exhibition match took place between four members of the Horizon Christian School handball team. All other matches were put on hold as the entire tournament stopped to watch this special event take place. 8th grader Caleb Yuan and senior Josh Aguilar defeated freshman Josh Rogers and 8th grader Jacy Johnston to win the two-game exhibition match, which included a number of great hustle plays, long rallies, and even a rollout kill shot by Josh Rogers.
Thank you to the Hood River Handball Association and the Stenberg family for hosting this wonderful event, and thank you to the many tournament sponsors and participants, and especially the World Players of Handball for making this tournament possible.
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