80 athletes try out for national team at Cal Lu

Jan. 26, 2009, 12 a.m. (ET)
Eighty athletes were put to the test at Cal Lutheran University Saturday at what was USA Team Handball's largest national team tryout so far.

"Everybody had a great time," said Brian Finley, West Regional Director. "There were some good athletes there, no question."

Participants ranged from former men's footballers to experienced female court players to youngsters trying out for the youth national team.

Volunteers from local clubs and surrounding handball community helped the event operate smoothly; thanks are in order for Team Handball Santa Clarita's Chris Musso, LA Team Handball's Michael Hinson, David Gascon, Goran Neric and students from Cal Lu among many others.

"The tryouts were great. It really couldn't have run any better," said Finley.

After the tryouts concluded, the Referee Clinic saw 10 participants master the details of team handball officiating on Jan. 25. Many students of the clinic are on their way to becoming referees.

The tryouts and clinics capped off a week filled with sharing handball knowledge. Before the tryouts, Finley and Regional Coach Marko Brezic visited the Boys & Girls Club of San Pedro to work with the kids and practice.