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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1991
Bronze medalists look
to '91-92 season
When the Carolina Team Handball Club ventured to Oklahoma City,
Okla., late last April for a berth in the U.S. Team Handball Federation
National Championships, it needed one thing: momentum.
Carolina was coming off a poor showing in the February Carolina Cup,
and head coach John Silva was looking for his team to regroup before it
faced the toughest competition of the year.
Carolina passed the test. Not only did the club make it into the medal
round, but Carolina defeated Ohio State 1 7-16 in the third-place game to
claim the bronze medal. The finish constituted the highest ever in the
national tournament for the club, which has been in existence for only
three years. -
Capturing the bronze medal was especially nice because of the road
blocks Carolina faced at the tournament, Silva said. "We took one team
and no subs. We played the whole national tournament without substi
"It was close to final exams, and academics take priority over partici
pating, so some team members stayed behind to study," he said. "Also, one
of our starters, Holger Mueller, hurt his knee and was unable to attend."
But Carolina played through the adversity. The guys were more
disciplined and polished than they had been all year," Silva said. They
had a professional attitude in their approach."
Silva noted the three aspects of Carolina's play that led to the third
place finish. One asset was goalie Tim Amraer, who was new to the team.
"He had never played a team handball game before Nationals, but he
played so outstanding that I and several other coaches put his name on the
ballot for most valuable goalie. He was excellent."
Silva said Ammer had the perfect goalie mentality. "Tim knows that
team handball is a high-scoring game," Silva said. "When he's scored
upon, it didn't affect him. Tim came up big."
The second big story of the tournament was the team defense. "We
played excellent defense," Silva said. "It was the best we'd played all year.
In particular, Paul Warzocha had a great nationals. He was great individu
ally on defense In the bronze medal game, he shut down Ohio State's star
back court player (Dave Luck) with man-to-man defense."
Finally, a team cannot win without scoring, and Silva said Carolina's
balanced scoring was the third key to the tournament. "It was the most
balanced scoring we have ever had," he said. "At one point in the
tournament, Alex Boyer, our circle runner, was our top scorer. That's
pretty unusual because we have never depended on the circle runner to do
much scoring before."
Silva now will be looking to harness the momentum Carolina gained
from the National Tournament and improve on it for the 1991-92 season.
Five of the club's top seven players return this fall, but Boyer and high
scoring back court player Steve Penn graduate in December.
"That leaves (junior) Carlos Alvarez, (junior) Tim Ammer, and myself
as the only players with any real experience for the spring," said Silva, who
plays on the team as member of the UNC faculty. "It will be a total
rebuilding year, so I've got to start working new guys in."
Silva won't only have to work new faces into the lineup; he'll have to
teach the game of team handball as well. "Nationally, teams have players
who ha ve been play ing three or four years," he said. "But we train guys from
scratch and throw them into national competition. It's a credit to our kids
that they pick the sport up quickly and have good training habits."
This is a good year for anyone interested in team handball to join the
club. "It's a great opportunity to leam a sport and play at the national
level," Silva said.
Carolina's first competition this season will be at a home tournament
in October, the date not yet decided. Later in the semester, Carolina will
travel to West Point for a fall tournament.
"This is going to be an interesting year," Silva said. "We have big roles
to fill, but we also have the opportunity to do well nationally again."
Club Football Begins Season
The UNC Club Football team began its season last
weekend by hosting Appalachian State. The remaining
schedule for the Tar Heels follows: Sept. 21, at UNC-W;
Sept. 29, at the Pack Club; Oct. 13, at Duke; Oct. 20, at the
Pack Club; Oct. 27, home versus UNC-W; Nov. 10, at
Appalachian State; and Nov. 17, home versus the Pack Club.
A first round playoff game is scheduled for Nov. 23 or 24.
It happens sometimes. People just explode.
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Part one of a two part series on the homosexual subculture of
drag balls and voguinq as seen in the movie 'Paris is Burning' and
around the Chapel Hill-Durham area. The movie premiered last
Friday at the Varsity to a sold-out crowd.
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'Hard Times' and jazz at the Carborro ArtsCenter
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