July 7, 1994 |
The really great thing about team handball is that few people understand the sport but most enjoy watching it anyway. Denny Fercho used to be one of those people. He and his brother were watching on television in 1984, when the Olympics were in Los Angeles. Cool game, they thought. Let's try it. So they did--right there in the family room of their Camarillo home. Mom and Dad weren't around, of course.
November 2, 1988 |
Sandra de la Riva was standing on the White House lawn with the other members of the U.S. Olympic team last week. It was the standard-issue government reception for distinguished heads of state, returning astronauts and high-profile athletes and came with a short speech by the President of the United States. When Ronald Reagan read the part about Olympians being heroes, de la Riva got the good-time feeling she had not felt since the Seoul Olympics ended a month earlier.
August 17, 1985 |
Meg Gallagher and Rhonda Weyer played basketball together for four years at Cal State Fullerton, where they not only developed into good players, but became good friends. Though their collegiate careers have ended, they still are teammates, working together on their passing, shooting, dribbling and fast breaks. But the sport they are playing isn't basketball. It's team handball, which was introduced to the United States several years ago, and gained exposure last year during the Olympics.
July 10, 1990 |
It is one of Europe's favorite team games. In most countries, it is second in popularity only to soccer. European boys and girls play this contact sport daily in the schools. Yet, in the United States, team handball is virtually nonexistent. In a way, that is good news for Fullerton College softball Coach Lisa Bassi. Team handball's obscurity here has helped Bassi, 28, make the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival West team--despite having virtually no experience playing the sport.
July 19, 1991 |
The man with an Olympian amount of tattoos on his arms was waving them in an effort to attract the attention of the East goalkeeper, who was a reserve with little team handball experience. No luck. He yelled in a thick accent. No response. Suddenly, a bolt of inspiration zapped Sandor Rivnyak, the U.S. Olympic Festival coach of goalkeepers. "Duuuuude," bellowed Rivnyak, an emigrant from Hungary, where he says that team handball is second in popularity only to soccer.
June 30, 1996 |
The students have gone home and the fragile April sun has dropped behind a jagged, snowcapped horizon on the Blackfeet Reservation in northern Montana. Jonson and Kyle Running Crane, cousins, wander into the high school gym and climb into the upper deck to get a better look at three men playing catch with a ball the size of a large cantaloupe. Six-year-old Kyle tugs at a piece of green gum. No, he says, he has never seen this game. Seven-year-old Jonson nods his head in agreement.
July 28, 1992 |
Iceland's goalie in team handball is named Bergsveinn Bergsveinnson.
May 25, 1996
I can't believe that my sports section today [May 16] had pictures and comments about synchronized swimming and team handball. When is The Times going to write a story on the competitive spirit of some ballroom dancer? Hey folks, just because the IOC wants to add entertainment events to bring in the non-sports crowd doesn't mean you have to cover it. Synchronized swimming (solo is my favorite) looks likes some kids goofing around at the local YMCA pool. Team handball has the excitement of a basketball layup line.
May 4, 1990 |
Magnus Andersson scored six points as world champion Sweden defeated the United States 25-20 today in the opening match of the Japan Cup team handball tournament. Sweden led 15-8 in the first half, but the United States rallied in the second half with 12 points to Sweden's 10. Matt Ryan scored four points for the United States. In the women's competition, South Korea trounced Japan 30-19.