Mark Ortega

USA Team Handball

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College: Kent State University/Malone College
Club: TSG Ober-Eschbach (GER)
Position: Center Back
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
180 
 
Career
Before 2003-2007: Miami Sharks - USA
2007: Nueva Montana - Spain
2008: Alta IF - Norway - 1st Division
2009: Pulheimer SC - Germany - Oberliga Mittelrhein (4th division)
2010:  TSG Ober-Eschbach - Germany - 4th Division
 
Mark Ortega was originally a star gymnast from the ages of 6-16 which culminated in a North Carolina State Championship. He started playing football his junior year of college and ended up playing wide receiver for Kent State University and Malone College. After college, Ortega moved to Florida where he earned his Real Estate License and picked up the game of handball from Christian Zaharia.  He was a member of the Miami Sharks for four years and, in 2004, he was selected for USA national team that played in Santiago, Chile. Ortega was a runner-up in the United States National Club Championship. In 2007, he made the leap to Europe to play for Nueva Montana in Spain. Ortega also The next season, Ortega played for Alta IF in Norway. The well-traveled playmaker then moved on to Pullheimer SC in Germany. In between seasons, he won a U.S. National Championship with LA Team Handball CluibCurrently, Ortega plays for TSG Ober Eschbach.  Ortega also says "I love my mom" and that another note in his bio will be "December of 2010 - We Beat Canada to Qualifiy for the Pan AmericanGames."