Carey wins Walpole Classic
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Speeedball, which combines the skills, rules, conditioning, speed and excitement of basketball, hockey, team handball, lacrosse, and soccer, is an energetic activity that rarely gives participants a moment to catch their breath.
The game catapulted one of Carey’s well-known alums into his career. Al Trautwig, a 1974 graduate, was in Los Angeles covering the 1984 Olympic Games when his experience with Speeedball led him to a venue that others were unfamiliar with.
“I was sitting there in a room with all the great ABC broadcasters like Jim McKay, Howard Cosell, Keith Jackson, and we’re waiting to hear about which events we’ll be covering,” Trautwig said. “The great Roone Arledge asked the group about team handball, and I immediately volunteered to cover it. I told him that I played the game. It was all because of Bob. He gave me the confidence and knowledge to say that I could do this. He had, and still has, so much passion and enthusiasm. He was a smart, enthusiastic, and energetic teacher; the most important teacher I ever had. In fact, he’s the only teacher was has ever called me to ask me how I was doing. He’s connected all the generations of students and athletes.”
Walpole has also been a confidant to current Carey head coach Marc Hedquist. “Bob has been a good friend, and has always given me good advice,” Hedquist said. “He’s more than instrumental to this program. He’s always been very involved, and very well-liked by the Carey community. This honor was well-deserved.”