Some things never change

May 16, 2011, 2:47 a.m. (ET)
Three of handballs traditionally dominate clubs took home gold medal honors in each of the divisions at the 2011 BURRDA SPORT National Championships. 
 
New York City Team Handball (NYC THC) took home gold in Men's Elite, defeating Chicago Inter, after their women's team fell in the final against - you guessed it - Chicago Inter. In the first of the three finals, New York Athletic Club (NYAC) beat Georgia Handball Club in the Men's Open category.
 
NYC THC, Chicago Inter, and NYAC are three of the most storied clubs in USA Team Handball. NYAC is now a 10 time champion and the Chicago Inter women have won three of the past four years. While it is certainly a given that these three clubs take home the ultimate hardware every year, you can definitely expect these three teams to be in the upper echelon of times.
 
NYC THC was anticipating a heated battle with long-time rivals Chicago Inter. Inter had just come off a thrilling one goal victory over West Point and were eager to make it a  double for Chicago Inter after the women took home the championship in the previous match.
 
Chicago was dancing around in the warmup and generally excited to be there and had the look of a team that could upset NYC THC who came into the tournament as one of the clear cut favorites...Well, the warmup was about as it got for Chicago Inter. NYC THC came out strong in the early going, cementing the game's result before halftime.
 
It was simply too much Djole Radovanovic and Sayed Shalaby. The duo scored at will, combining for almost half of the team's goals. In total, nine players got on the board for NYC THC in their 33:13 victory. Radovanovic was named Tournament MVP while NYC goalkeeper Ivan Ignjatovic.took home the award of Most Valuable Goalie.
 
Chicago Inter's women had not truly been tested in the tournament coming into the final versus NYC THC, although they did receive a bit of a scare from a plucky CalHeat Smurfs team. NYC THC, however, was a different animal with the New Yorkers able to match Inter in the trences. 
 
NYC THC controlled the game in the early going and even lead 11:9 at the half despite star player and Tournament MVP Annika Schmid being relatively shut down by a determined Inter defense. The second half was a cat-and-mouse affair with the sides trading narrow leads. Darling supplied the goal scoring for Inter early on but Jolanta Kunickaite had a brilliant game, aiding in the team's victory.
 
Inter's Gabriela Stillwel twice gave Chicago the lead in the last four minutes, including the winning score in the final minute of player. NYC THC ended up with nine seconds to force the contest into overtime but they couldn't get the opportunity they wanted and Inter held out for the 20:19 victory. Inter goalkeeper Jacque Messel was named Most Valuable Goalie of the tournament. 
 
NYAC is a team that certainly has a veteran-feel to it with the exceptions of Divine Jackson and Tommy Harper, yet they keep on ticking behind the goalkeeper prowess of Danny Caparelli (Most Valuable Goalie) and big Bobby Dunn. Dunn is quickly becoming an ageless wonder as he was voted as the Tournament MVP for the Men's Open division by his peers.
 
They didn't clinch their 10th championship without any competition as the new kids on the block, Georgia Handball Club, proved that its run to the finals was no fluke. Georgia was able to hold up against NYAC, a squad laden with Oympians for much of the contest but NYAC's execution was simply too sharp in the end and they earned the Men's Open Championship 29:22.
 
RESULTS
Montana - Salt Lake HC I 8:19  (5th Place - Women)
Texas A&M - Raiders 18:17  (7th Place - Men's Open)
Salt Lake HC I - Carolina 18:19  (9th Place - Men's Elite)
Denver - CalHeat 18:28 (5th - Men's Elite)
NYC THC II - Minnesota 16:28 (5th - Men's Open)
Miami - LA THC I 24:40 (7th - Men's Elite)
Carolina - NYAC/Dynamo 20:27 (3rd - Women)
CalHeat - Boston 22:14 (5th - Women)
LA THC II - Seattle HC 16:22 (3rd - Men's Open)
Georgia HC - NYAC (1st - Men's Open)
West Point - Boston HC 30:32 (3rd - Men's Elite)
Chicago Inter - NYC THC 20:19 (1st - Women)
Chicago Inter - NYC THC 33:13 (1st - Men's Elite)