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- Jack Scrivens - Handball
Jack Scrivens grew up as a baseball and basketball player in Southeast Portland, but reached his greatest fame as one of the top handball and squash players in the nation.
Scrivens graduated from Franklin High in 1952, having played baseball and basketball at the school. He played three seasons on the men’s basketball team at the University of Portland was voted the team’s most inspirational player for the seasons that ended in 1956 and ’57. At UP, he was asked to play for the Multnomah Athletic Club’s top team and soon had his membership fee waived because of his performance. As a member, he found his way into handball and played his way to a national title in the 40-and-over four-wall singles division in 1975 and ’76.
Scrivens attained significant success in squash, as well, teaming with John Dennis to win the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship in 1972 and ’73. The team won again in 1978 in the 40-and-over division.
Scrivens began teaching at Reed College in 1960 and remained at the school for 38 years, including 37 as coach of the squash team. He helped launch a squash league in Portland in the late ‘60s.
Scrivens coached the Reed College squash team to the Portland City League title in 1998, earning their own version of the name “Cardiac Kids” along the way due to their number of narrow wins.
The school named the squash courts at its athletic complex after him, and a scholarship is named after his as well.
Scrivens was inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.
- Dr. Ed Grossenbacher - Handball
Dr. Ed Grossenbacher made the All-State basketball team in 1956 as a standout player for Milwaukie High School. Grossenbacher went on to be an NAIA basketball All-American at Willamette in 1960 after breaking all of the school¹s scoring records (single game, season and career). He continued in basketball in masters competition, earning 10 world senior gold medals with the East Bank Saloon, plus an AAU national title and the Nike World Games championship. He also has won 26 U.S. handball masters titles, five world handball masters championships and numerous Northwest, Canadian and YMCA handball titles.
- Ryan Grossenbacher - Handball
Ryan Grossenbacher didn’t begin playing handball until he was 27. He thrives on competition. He currently goes against open division handball players ten years his junior, and beats them mentally and physically. He was featured in a 2003 issue of Sports Illustrated as the oldest competitor to win a USHA National Open Title.
In 2003 he was the USHA National Four-Wall Open Singles Champion. Ryan has been the Multnomah Athletic Club singles champion seven times. He has placed first at the Oregon State Handball singles competition seven years in a row. He is ranked 25th in the USHA Simple Green pro tour player rankings.
Grossenbacher was raised in Hillsboro, attending Glencoe High School. He went on to Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver B.C. on a basketball scholarship. He still lives in the Hillsboro area, and successfully ran a handball program in Hillsboro from 1997-2001.