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New York City THC Takes Home the Hardware at Inaugural CPT Scott Pace Memorial Tournament

March 12, 2014, 11:41 a.m. (ET)

New York City THC Takes Home the Hardware at Inaugural CPT Scott Pace Memorial Tournament

By Craig Rot

WEST POINT, NY—The West Point invitational tournament, which celebrates its thirty-eighth year, has been newly renamed the CPT Scott Pace Memorial Tournament, and began with a touching opening ceremony celebrating the life and sacrifice of former West Point Team Handball Captain Scott Pace, an Army Aviator killed in action in Afghanistan on 5 June 2012.

A most heartfelt thank you.

On the court, the tournament played out as hoped, with club teams traveling from Quebec, Montreal, New York City, D.C., North Carolina and Chicago to take on West Points Gold and Black on their own home courts. Over the course of three days, games were fierce, exciting, and hard fought, as is expected, and in the end, it was Sherbrooke and West Point Black emerging from Group A, and New York City and Chicago from Group B.

A play-in game accounting for the last-minute cancellation of the Levis from the north, found the D.C. Silence, a.k.a the U.S. National Deaf Team, battling to break Black’s grip from one of the semi-final slots, but the cadets grasp was too strong, and moved on with a semi-final game securely in hand.

The semis proved to be rather one-sided affairs, with Chicago emerging from one semi with an impressive 26-18 victory over Sherbrooke, and New York City putting together their best play of the tournament to stifle the raw athleticism of a young West Point Black squad that went on to win the bronze medal.

The final saw New York City winning another championship with a definitive 26-19 win over Chicago. Kristo Kolk and Ryan Homsy, NYC teammates, won MVP and MVG honors respectively.

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