Mixer night Thursday 3/6

This Thursday we are having our annual mixer doubles night. We will play all doubles in league and a variety of players will be put together. We will also have an open bar tab (until it runs out) to treat everyone for a great season. Schedule is:

1 vs 2 at 5pm

3 vs 4 at 6pm

5 vs 6 at 7pm

If you have any special requests for your captain, let them know. Have fun this week and get ready for the playoffs.

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Week 15, final week of regular season

The league this year is coming down to the wire. With only this Thursday remaining of the regular season, here are our current standings:

Current Standings (as of Week 14, 02/20/14)
Team – Name Wins Losses Points back
Team 3 – Serrone 49 35 -
Team 4 – Johnson 46 38 3
Team 6 – Herbig 43 41 6
Team 1 – Franklin 42 42 7
Team 2 – Coia 38 46 11
Team 5 – Pfannenstiel/Esser 34 50 15

Schedule this week:

5pm – Herbig vs Serrone
6pm – Franklin vs Johnson
7pm – Coia vs Esser

A couple of outcomes are possible this week:

  • Serrone goes 3-3, Johnson goes 6-0: First place tie for Serrone/Johnson
  • Serrone goes 4-2, Serrone wins league
  • Serrone goes 2-4, Johnson needs to go 5-1 for tie, 6-0 for outright win
  • Serrone goes 0-6, Johnson goes 3-3, there will be a THREE WAY TIE!

There are many other outcome possibilities, but you get the point. But either way we will have an exciting finish to the regular season. And this is the first year where we are going to include a team perpetual trophy of our annual champs. I would also like to include a picture of the winning team if possible.

The following Thursday we are going to have Mixer Night, then we will begin bracket play based on your regular season results. I will update the schedule and re-post to the website.

Good luck this week!

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Missouri State Doubles

From Lou:

Boys the MO State Doubles form is attached hereto.

Legends – if you are 70 or play like you are 70 there is a Legends Doubles this year.

Print out the entry and send it in or send Lary Bozzay an email and tell him what you want  to play in.  lmbozzay@juno.com

2014 StL Doubles_entry

Also if you need a partner tell me what you want to play in and I will see if I can find you a partner.

Hope you are all doing well and Have a good year!

Spaghetti Out

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Louis Dominick DeLuna

Louis Dominick DeLuna left this life for eternal life, Friday, December 20, 2013, after several years of diminishing health. Lou lived a full, energetic life, full of concern for all, but especially those he loved, and there are many.  Lou, a Combat Medic in WW2 with 8th Armored Tank Division, shared many stories of time served in Holland, England, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia.  He attended reunions, enjoying old and dear comrades, as he called them. The GI bill allowed him to graduate KU, where he was team captain and played first base when they won the Big 7 Baseball Title in 1949.  His love of athletics led him to Handball at the Downtown YMCA,OP Athletic Club and Sylvester Powell in Mission. He quickly made friends with young and old and encouraged all. He was mentor to many and friend to all.  He was an independent commercial realtor and enjoyed business friends.
He was born to Italian immigrants, Frank DeLuna and Carmela Misciascia DeLuna. He is survived by his sister, Molly DeLuna Scavuzzo, her daughter Sandra (and Jim) Harvey, their sons, Jimmy and Charlie. Molly’s son John (and Pam) Scavuzzo, their five children and their families.  Lou’s wife, Jenny Hansen DeLuna, son, Frank S. DeLuna and wife, Robin Mancuso DeLuna and children, Louie, Sam and Dean, of Doylestown, PA.  Daughter, Laura D. Nastasi and husband, Joseph A. Nastasi, their children Anthony, Louie, Frank and Anna Nastasi, of Lee’s Summit.  Daughter, Amy D. Huhmann and husband, Martin J. Huhmann, their children, Robert Louis and Adaline, of Smithville.  Many, many cousins, relatives, and friends, all of whom have been important in Lou’s life.

The family expresses deepest appreciation and wishes to thank all caregivers and doctors at VA, KUMed,
StLukesEast, Research Med, Lees Summit Med, and OP Regional.  The office and medical staff at John Knox Village PT more than kindly cared for Lou and he knew them by name.

We especially want to thank Lou’s and our family’s many, many friends who have offered up prayers and calls and visits, encouraging and easing him into a brighter hereafter.

On Saturday, Dec. 28th, a Celebration of Louis DeLuna’s life and memorial service will be held at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit at 115 SW 3rd St, 64081, 816-524-3700.  Visitation is at 5 p.m.  Prayer service is at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to the Missouri State Handball Team, to:

Attn: Tommy Burnett
Missouri State Handball
901 S. National
Springfield, Missouri 65804

Or edonate to Veterans Administration hospital
Home > VA Heartland Network: VISN 15 Donation Form

Or any veteran organization, i.e. Wounded Warrior Program, DAV, etc.

Any donations will be a lasting tribute and will not fade or wilt.

Jenny DeLuna

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Lou Deluna

From Lou:


Lou DeLuna the Don Corleone of Handball just passed away.  Thank you for all your prayers and getting him across the goal line.  His last serve was an ace.

As soon as I know the details of the services I will pass them along.

Very great man and handball advocate

God Bless one and all.

Spaghetti Out

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Back to work slackers!

League is back on this week. Let your captain know if you’re in. We’ve got two weeks in a row for league before we’re off for Christmas.

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Handballesta deadline

Deadline is today and the draws are tonight, last chance to get in the oldest handball tradition in the world.

December 6th – 8th, 2013

67th Annual Handballesta

Handball Tournament

Go to the Tournament website to enter and see all the divisions.

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Robert William Martin

1960 – 2013 | Obituary

Robert W. Martin, 53, of Leawood, Kansas passed away peacefully Monday, November 18, 2013, with his loving wife Bridget, by his side. Despite a devastating diagnosis of Huntington’s years ago, Bob continued to pursue his love of sports, being with family and friends, and helping his two daughters pursue their dreams. Bob was born June 8, 1960 as the youngest of six, to Frank and Leona Martin. The family lived in Westwood, KS where they attended St. Agnes Catholic Church and grade school. Bob began playing handball at the age of 13, and excelled at league play. As a student at Bishop Miege High School, he ran track and was an outstanding basketball player. He was offered a basketball scholarship to a local college, but chose to enroll at Lake Forest College in 1978 where he pursued his love of handball. As a freshman, Bob became the handball team’s top player and joined partner Fran Harvey, ’81, to win the United States Handball Association National Collegiate championship in doubles. Bob helped the Foresters win the team title his first year, as he did each of the following three years. He was voted Most Valuable Player and earned All- America honors as a sophomore by reaching the national finals in singles. He won the singles titles each of the next two years, and was named Captain and team MVP as a senior. At the time of his induction into the college’s athletic Hall of Fame, he was one of just four men’s handball players in the history of the program to earn All America honors in four different seasons. Bob also became the first president of “Brotherhood,” a men’s social organization on campus. After graduating from Lake Forest with a degree in economics, Bob worked for 10 years at IBM, where he earned the Eagle Award, the company’s highest sales recognition. He later worked for 11 years at Hitachi Data Systems, where he claimed seven district, three regional and two national Sales Representative of the Year honors. Bob and Bridget married in 1985, and have two beautiful daughters, Mallori and K.T. Throughout his adult life, Bob had a large circle of close friends, and regularly ran marathons, and played league handball. Even when it became impossible to do on his own, Bob participated in local fun runs, gambled at the local casinos and in Las Vegas, and visited old friends at Lake Forest. Bob is preceded in death by his father, Frank, his mother, Leona (Schwartz), and a sister Theresa. He leaves behind one brother, Frank Martin (Laurie); three sisters, Kathleen Martin of Overland Park; Mary Ellen Winn of Fairway; and Janice Gillihan (Pat) of Overland Park; 12 nieces and nephews, and two great- nephews. He is survived by his wife, Bridget, and their two daughters, Mallori and K.T. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 22nd, 10:00 a.m., at Church of the Nativity Catholic Church, 3800 W 119th sT, Leawood, KS, with burial following in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 21st, at McGilley State Line Chapel, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., where the Rosary will be prayed at 4:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to KU Endowment/Huntington’s Disease, c/o Carolyn Gray, Dept. of Neurology, KUMC, 3599 Rainbow, mail stop 2012, Kansas City, KS, 66160. Condolences may be left online at www.mcgilleystatelinechapel.com. Arrangements, McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO. M

Published in Kansas City Star on Nov. 20, 2013
Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=168101745#storylink=cpy

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Bear Bash pictures

Thanks to Tommy Little for providing pictures from The Missouri State Bear Bash and congrats to our local winners.

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Max Gaither Sr

From Tom Disidore,

We lost a legend yesterday morning, boys.  Max Sr. passed away peacefully at the age of 93 with his family by his side.

Services are at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Topeka, SW 13th Street and Boswell, next Tuesday. The viewing is at 10:00 AM followed by the funeral at 11:00 AM, then a luncheon at my sister Charlotte’s home, 1603 SW Plass.

May the Good Lord Bless the Gaither family

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