Colorado School Of Mines - Results from the 2010 National Collegiates

 
 
 
 
Wednesday Feb 24th at 7:30 we were all there – from various places, and hyped up for the tournament; not because of 7 cups of coffee but because it was the Nationals.  We had a thousand miles of America to  travel, gathering testosterone all the way.  Amazingly the first leg of the trip went incredibly well -  thanks to Club Pres Varner - and we had time to kill -- may I submit that this is not such a good thing for Physics and Engineering students.  The wheels were turning. 

Landed in Houston, checked in and to our dismay we were short one bed - because of a cheap assed coach.  Not to worry, college kids can deal with it--hell they are resilient.  Rumor has it that Sparks and O'Rourke were fighting for covers but what happens in Crowne Plaza-Downtown Houston, Room 506, Bed # 2, Friday night, at 3:17 AM stays in Crowne Plaza-Downtown Houston, Room 506, Bed # 2, Friday night, at 3:17 AM.  Jus sayin'.

 
Checked in at the Y and this old guy was about in tears.  The Houston Y was like the Downtown Denver Y on steroids.  Everything you loved and hated about the Y was there.  Stairs up the kazoo; little porticos, niches and stairways leading to the dreams and aspirations of sweat of the past.  Old crap that seemed prehistoric to some but not to Handball players - we started playing on cave walls way back when.  I was in heaven.  And so were the young players.  The Houston Y had a force, an ambiance about it that screamed Handball and a dedication to it.  It's old school, get to work athletics there and it’s not such a bad place to be.  Unfortunately the Y will be a memory within the year.....
 
Last year seeding was well done but scheduling was a nightmare for our team, because of several factors including my inattentiveness.  This year both the scheduling and the seeding were well done.  As an inexperienced coach, I'm still learning the ropes but my team felt that the seeding and bracketing were both fair. 
 
Coaches meeting was interesting.  After conducting normal business I brought up the ongoing rift amongst the WPH and the USHA and what it meant to Colorado Handball.  It was the elephant in the room and I had been thinking about it all night. At the meeting I expressed that this issue has become an Achilles heel and needs to be resolved.  I presented the fact that the continuing turmoil and non-resolution has created angst and division within the ranks of lifetime supporters of the USHA and Handball in general.  The response was civil but pointed.  Mike Dau presented, as always, a well-rounded, concise, historical representation of issues; Mike Steele offered the official viewpoint of the USHA (including non-negotiable items).  All the coaches subsequent to the meeting shared their thoughts in a thoughtful, poignant manner.  
 
The bottom line the USHA ran a Collegiate Tournament with a 50% participation rate.  It is shameful and sad that a sport, in such desperate need for numbers, is undergoing this upheaval.
 
Mines had a contingent of 7 women and 1 man.  errr sorry Freudian slip.  We actually had seven guys with the heart of a mouse and a lady with the heart of a lion.  Just kidding -the Mines team were determined and focused despite dealing with a mediocre coach (me).  But they scored big time because they had heart and determination. 
 
No Finalists on this team, B's round of 8; 2 Intermediate round of 16; A doubles match that in second round saw a lost to the 16th seed.  Lots of REFFING with our group.  Why?????  because we want to know Handball.  Lots of questions to the experts about reffing and lots of "well, it's a judgment call". The CSM team ended up placing 9th for the combined division and 5th in Division II Men’s - pretty damn good! Men’s team standings; Women’s team standings; Combined team standings Division I; Team standings Division II
 
Walking out of the Y you'd think that the CSM team was older than the Y.  Hobbled, bending over, mumbling about the fly shot that they should have taken; the team was reminiscing about coulda, shoulda, woulda.........
 
It was a tourney like no other; a changing of the season and the times.  The team didn't know the tension and the heartache of the difficult decisions made in tournaments in the past and it showed.  Rarely was there a display of frustration and a visceral confrontation of years past. 
 
Mines was one of the first to arrive and the last to leave the tournament.  It was not all Handball 24/7, the team tore up downtown Houston, snuck in some Frisbee Golf and did what engineering students do with extra time on their hands-things you don't want to know about.
 
All in all a great trip and very competitive Handball, and a memorable experience for all participants including the old guy.  Thanx to the USHA, CHA and Costigan youth for the opportunity to represent Colorado and the School of Mines.
 
Gene Schneider
 


  

1
Lake Forest College
1120
2
Pacific University
843
3
University of Texas - Austin
830
4
SUNY - Stony Brook
818
5
Texas A&M University
816
6
Minnesota State University - Mankato
730
7
Colorado School of Mines
599
8
Michigan State University
598
9
University of Illinois
534
10
Miami University
512
11
Southwestern University
307
12
University North Dakota
293
13
Western Washington University
281
14
Queens College
192
15
University of Washington
176
16
South Central College
168
17
Texas Lutheran University
154
18
Warren Wilson College
140
19
Sam Houston State
132
20
University of Texas - San Antonio
105
21
Lone Star College
0

 


 
  

Points
1
Minnesota State University - Mankato
995
2
SUNY - Stony Brook
930
3
Michigan State University
818
4
University of Illinois
774
5
Colorado School of Mines
727
6
Western Washington University
681
7
Southwestern University
649
8
University North Dakota
293
9
University of Texas - San Antonio
197
10
Texas Lutheran University
154
11
Warren Wilson College
140
12
Sam Houston State
132
13
Lone Star College
0

 


  

Points
1
Lake Forest College
2248
2
Pacific University
1499
3
Texas A&M University
1488
4
University of Texas - Austin
1406
5
SUNY - Stony Brook
1122
6
Minnesota State University - Mankato
995
7
Michigan State University
818
8
University of Illinois
774
9
Colorado School of Mines
727
10
Western Washington University
681
11
Southwestern University
649
12
Miami University
512
13
University North Dakota
293
14
University of Texas - San Antonio
197
15
Queens College
192
16
University of Alaska - Anchorage
182
17
University of Washington
176
18
South Central College
168
19
Texas Lutheran University
154
20
Warren Wilson College
140
21
Sam Houston State
132
22
Lone Star College
0

 


  

1
Lake Forest College
1128
2
Texas A&M University
672
3
Pacific University
656
4
University of Texas -Austin
576
5
Western Washington University
400
6
Southwestern University
342
7
SUNY - Stony Brook
304
8
Minnesota State University - Mankato
265
9
University of Illinois
240
10
Michigan State University
220
11
University of Alaska - Anchorage
182
12
Colorado School of Mines
128
13
University of Texas - San Antonio
92
14
Lone Star College
0