The Norman Transcript

Local news

July 27, 2013

Globetrotting handball player calls Norman home half the time

NORMAN — Splitting her childhood and adolescence between a father in Norman and a mother in Toulouse, France, hasn’t bothered 16-year-old Heloise Walters so far — she’s used to it. Plus, living in France introduced her to a passion she probably wouldn’t have found in Norman: team handball.

Walters grew up attending school in France. On her breaks she traveled to Norman to visit her dad, a life-long Norman resident. Her dual citizenship allows her to live the best of both worlds, as far as handball goes.

In France, where handball is highly competitive and popular, she gets to practice and compete at handball clubs. In the U.S., where the sport is hardly known or played, she easily jumped onto the national junior team, which she helped take third place at the Partille Cup, the largest international youth handball tournament, in Sweden earlier this month.

Walters began playing handball about five or six years ago. She immediately fell in love with the action-packed sport, and at the Partille Cup she was delighted to socialize with people from all over the world who share her passion.

“You get to see how they live and how they put handball in their lives,” Walters said. “We all have this one common theme, that we love playing handball, and that just made it a really fun experience.”

Handball could be described as a mix between soccer and basketball — players pass a ball to each other and try to throw it into the other team’s goal, which resembles a small soccer goal. The game is fast-paced, high-scoring and involves a lot of physical contact as players try to defend their goals.

Handball as it’s played now has remained popular in northern Europe since the early 1900s, and over time it’s spread across the globe and become a well-watched Olympic sport. However, Americans are still generally unfamiliar with the sport, and that’s something handball fans are trying to change.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • City manager calls Moore strong while addressing Chamber

    MOORE — Moore’s City Manager Steve Eddy could have quoted Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Eddy, with help from Mayor Glenn Lewis, reported on Tuesday on the State of the City to the Moore Chamber of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • walmart City leaders say ‘yes’ to Wal-Mart supercenter postponement

    Despite complaints that a postponement request was in the eleventh hour, a zoning change in east Norman was put on hold Tuesday night. The proposal to rezone property at Cedar Lane Road between 24th Avenue Southeast and Highway 77 ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Solar cars 7 Solar cars use Norman area during pit stop

    Flat, low to the ground with reflective panels and bright colors, these moving vehicles look more like cartoon spaceships than solar race cars. But these funny looking cars represent exactly what the American Solar Challenge (ASC) ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Motorcyclist injured in collision

    A motorcyclist was injured in a collision Tuesday night in Norman....

    July 23, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Monday: · 1:37 a.m. stolen vehicle, 2100 block of West Brooks Street · 6:27 a.m. larceny report, 200 block of Driftwood Drive · 8:58 a.m. harassment or threats report, 1200 ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Linda Marquez, 36, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, driving a motor vehicle under the influence of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Leaving the scene of an accident

    A Norman woman was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury over the weekend in Moore. Linda Marquez, 36, also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Norman firefighter performs Heimlich maneuver on Moore man after he chokes on food

    What started out as a normal night out for a Moore couple ended with them being thankful a firefighter was in the right place at the right time....

    July 22, 2014

  • 18-year-old killed; 72-year-old man, young boy injured

    Those involved in the wreck Friday near 136th Avenue and South Sooner Road were identified Monday by Oklahoma City police. Logan Rosado-Santoni, 18, was pronounced dead on the scene after the 4:30 p.m. multi-vehicle wreck. Two others were ...

    July 22, 2014

  • New AP program to begin in Norman

    NORMAN — Norman Public Schools Board of Education learned about Advanced Placement Capstone at a regular board meeting Monday....

    July 22, 2014