Tyree Bastidas is unquestionably the world's best junior player at the moment. His complete dominance of the one-, three-, and four-wall handball versions have set him apart from the rest. No junior player in handball history can come close enough to match his records and handball abilities with the small and the big ball in all handball codes combined.
USHA News Headlines
2007 USHA National One-Wall Big Ball Juniors Championships
From left: Team Pazmino/Sanchez(finalists) and Team Mantilla/Bastidas(champions).
By Gary Cruz
Queens, New York - In doubles action, John Mantilla added a 19-and-under big-ball doubles title to his 19-and-under small-ball doubles victory in June. He partnered with Bastidas, and they faced the formidable Manny Sanchez/Pazmino in the final.
Bastidas/Mantilla lost a tight Game 1, falling 21-19, but they rebounded to win the second game 21-14 and the tiebreaker 11-9.
With the cooperation of clear skies, a supportive staff that included Ron Flores, Melody Ruiz, Tony Roberts and MAHA and a lot of energetic players, every event except one was completed in one day. Watson noted that "The weather held up pretty good" all summer and there had been few postponements due to weather.
USHA News Headlines
2007 USHA National Juniors Four-Wall Championships
From left: L. Cordova(finalist) and T. Bastidas(champion)
Photo courtesy of Keith Thode
Bastidas closes the circle with 4-wall crown.
By Matt Krueger
Tucson, Arizona - Young talent Tyree Bastidas felt a sense of urgency toward his budding handball career. He's the first to remind everyone, in spite of the success he has enjoyed in one-and three-wall, that he has not tasted victory at the December four-wall juniors.
Wanting to be what he calls"a complete handball player," Bastidas sought to capture the elusive four wall title in the town of handball's headquarters. His focus gave him the edge as he outlasted Luis Cordova in capturing the boys 17-and-under singles title in three games 17-21,21-4,11-5
Bastidas is a young player who possesses deceptive speed, quick hands and exceptional control. This combination has giving him an impressive cachet across the handball spectrum. One hundred and twenty players showed up to play.
"The entire match, both of them maintained an extremely high level of handball," referee Gary Cruz said.
The two finalists turned back Ireland's best in the semifinals. Cordova ousted Stephen Cooney in two games 21-5,21-10, and Bastidas defeated Diarmaid Nash 21-19,18-21,11-5.
First round: Niall Malone (Clare. Ireland)d. Hector Arredondo (Phoenix) 2, 0: Cesar Garcia(Phoenix), def.: Jacob Leeson (Manitou Springs, Colo.) d. Alex Sanchez (Phoneix) 5, 2: Jose Estrella (Tucson) d Pablo Moreno (Phoenic) 0, 0: Hank Stender (Eugene, Ore.) d. Elias Valdez ( Phoenix) 3, 2: Derk Alcantar ( Hayward, Calif.) d. Adan Medina ( El Paso, Texas ) 10, 7.
Round of 16: Tyree Bastidas( Brooklyn, N.Y.) d. Malone 10, 19: Oscar Olivas(Tucson) d. Ryan Sutherland( Mound City, Kan.) 1, 9. Ricky Ortiz (Norwalk, Calif.) d. Garcia (12), 10, 0: Diarmaid Nash ( Scarriff, Ireland) d. Leeson 6, 1: Luis Cordova( Juarez, Mexico) d. Estrella 16, 5: Adrian Ortiz ( Norwald, Calif.) d. Luis Ramirez( Tucson) 5, 3: Dustin Van Brunt (Austin, Texas) d. Stender 3,2: Stephen Cooney( Ballaghaderreen, Ireland) d. Alcantar 11, 3.
Quarters: Bastidas d.Olivas 16, 5: Nash d. R. Ortiz 1, 3: Cordova d. A. Ortiz 9, 5: Cooney d. Van Brunt 10, 17.
Semis: Bastidas d. Nash 19, (18), 5: Cordova d. Cooney 5, 10.
Final: Bastidas d. Cordova (17), 4, 5.
Tyree Bastidas, New York and Shane Hedigan, Liscarroll, Cork with Irish Handball President Tom Walsh
IRISH NATIONALS FINALS 2008 RESULTS
B13 Padraig Quish(Limerick) dft Colin Crehan (Clare) 14-21,21- 3, 11-7 B15 Padraig O’Carroll (Limerick) dft Eoghan Hennessy (Kilkenny) 21-16, 21-17
B17 Tyree Bastidas (USA) dft Shane Hedigan (Cork) 21-19, 21-13
B19Padraig McGlinchey (Tyrone) dft Nicholas Anthony (Kilkenny)19-21, 21-9, 11-9
G13 Martin McMahon (Limerick) dft Ciara Mahon (Kilkenny) 21-7, 21-6
G15 Cathriona Casey (Cork)dft Amy Corrigan (Mayo) 21-17, 13-21 11-7
G17 Leona Doolin (Roscommon) dft Shauna Hilley 21-4, 21-18
GMB Martin McEntee (Monaghan) dft Jimmy Neary (Kilkenny) 21-10, 21-19
Mas B Stephen Clake(Tyrone) dft JJ Farragher(Galway) 21-6, 21-6
GMA Kevin Geraghy (Matyo) W/O Tom O’Brien (Limerick)
MAS Ducksy Walsh (Kilkenny) dft Tom Sheridan (Meath) 21-19, 16-21, 11- 5
Mens C Patrick Clerkin (Cavan) dft Paul Hedderman(Limerick) 21-7, 21-20
Mens B Ruairi Kelly (Tyrone) dft Chris Doolin (Roscommon) 21-9, 21-7
Mens A Vinnie Moran (Mayo) dft Darragh Daly(Tyrone) 21-12, 21-8
Ladies B Patricia Doyle(Wicklow) dft Hilary Rush (Roscommon) 21-6, 21-7
Ladies Open Aisling Reilly (Antrim) dft Fiona Shannon (Antrim) 21-17, 21-12
Tony Healy (Cork) dft Eoin Kennedy (Dublin) 21-17, 21-10
USHA News Headlines
2008 USHA National Four-Wall Championships
From left: A. Montijo(finalist) and T. Bastidas(champion)
Versatile Bastidas earns 19-and-under.
By Matt Krueger
Kansas city, Kansas - Tyree Bastidas continued adding junior titles to his handball resume with an impressive 21-19, 21-18 win over Abraham Montijo in the 19-and-under.
Furthering his quest to become a "complete handball player" excelling in all forms of the game, Bastidas turned up his play to edge the ever-improving Montijo.
Bastidas quickly found he had to earn every point against Montijo, who was able to retrieve many passes and dig up several kill attempts. The same can be said for Bastidas, who possesses great court speed and quick hands.
Montijo knew Bastidas wouldn't leave the door open for many points. "I knew I had to kill the ball," Montijo said."He's not going to make any hands errors, and he is going to get a hand on everything.The small margin of error was insurmountable, and Bastidas closed rallies more often, getting game and match points.
In the semifinals, Montijo defeated Jonathan Camacho ( NY ), and Bastidas held off 17-year-old Shane Hedigan ( IRE ) 11-9..
The finalists put on a great show, and both also competed in the Open singles. As each player only gets better each year, we can look forward to exceptional handball.