Cavooris said he picked up the sport in 1960 when he was living near New York City and liked the challenge of mastering it.
"You have to play with your hands [instead of a racket]," said Cavooris. "And you know how most people are right-handed? Well, you have to use both hands in handball. That's what makes it a difficult sport to learn."
Though their bodies aren't as spry or as easily able to shrug off pain as they once were, Cavooris and Spencer still play handball regularly at Colonie Court Club.
"Usually, we have pains in our knees, our elbows and our shoulders because of the sport," said Cavooris. "But it keeps your heart healthy and keeps you moving."
"I notice that after I play for three hours and come home, I don't nap for 15 minutes anymore " I nap for two hours," said Spencer. "Once I get up, though, I have plenty of energy."
Repeating as national champions might be difficult for Cavooris and Spencer. With next year's tournament being in Texas, Cavooris said he won't make the trip, and Spencer said he has to wait and see how many teams will be competing in the 80+ age division.
"I would say yes, but only if there are three teams," said Spencer. "If there's not three teams, then I'd have to play against 75-year-olds, and I don't want to do that."
If they don't get the chance to defend their national title, Cavooris and Spencer said they're fine with the one they've got.
"We enjoyed it very much. It's a big honor," said Cavooris.""