Handball player for life.

U.S. 4-wall junior national champions strike again – Tyree Bastidas, Luis Moreno, Allan Garner and James Komsthoeft– only players to win the USHA National Juniors Four-wall Championships two years in a row – junior one-wall King, Tyree Bastidas, gives new meaning to USHA ‘s motto “any ball, any wall” as he shows the world he can win any tournament with any wall, with any ball, on any court, anywhere.








Tyree(red shirt) killing the ball during the USHA 4-wall junior nationals 19-and-under doubles division  in Chicago.


According to the USHA website, Tyree Bastidas, Luis Moreno, Allan Garner and James Komsthoeft, are the only junior players to have won the 19-and-under Singles division two years in a row during the last twenty years. The 19-and-under division has always been considered the hardest division to win at the USHA National four-wall junior championships.

While T. Bastidas, L. Moreno, and A. Garner represent the 2000 new generation of junior players, James Komsthoeft represents the 1990 new generation of 4-wall players.

During the last decade, 2000-2009, two Irish players won the USHA National juniors four-wall championships. Similarly, the previous decade, 1990-1999, also saw two Irish players as winners of the USHA National four-wall junior championships.

Tyree Bastidas’ and Allan Garner’s winnings during their last two years of eligibility are the only ones recorded in the past 20 years to be “An American affair”, as Tyree and Allan faced American players in each championship match, in spite the fact that there were Irish players in each draw of each tournament.

Also, T. Bastidas, L. Moreno, Allan Garner and J. Komsthoeft are the only junior players to have won the USHA 4-wall junior nationals three years in a row, ending with their last year of junior eligibility.

New York one-wall player Tyree Bastidas will always be remembered as one of the most dominant forces in the junior ranks at the USHA National Four-Wall Juniors Championships. Unlike most junior players, he was courageous enough to challenge the Irish players on their own territory, and traveled overseas to play at the 2008 Irish Nationals. Tyree captured the 17-and-under Irish National title for the first and the last time, as he was never allowed to play in Ireland again due to the Irish Council’s rules and changes concerning the Irish Nationals.

After winning his last 4-wall junior nationals in 2009, New York player, Tyree Bastidas went on a tear nationwide, and became the only player to have slammed the USHA 1-, 3-, and 4-wall junior championship within 7 months, a milestone that is expected to stands for a long time.

He has the distinction of having played Irish players in the USHA 1-, 3-, and 4-wall junior championships and keeping the titles at home.

Most players who won the 19-and-under singles division failed to repeat as national champions.

The following list is a compilation of the national champions in the 19-and under singles division at the USHA 4-wall junior nationals for the past 20 years as per the USHA website:

2009 Tyree Bastidas

2008 Tyree Bastidas

2007 Luis Moreno

2006 Luis Moreno

2005 Robert McCarthy

2004 Allan Garner

2003 Allan Garner

2002 Sean Lenning

2001 Pat Finnegan

2000 Emmet Peixoto

1999 Bill Mehilos

1998 Paul Brady

1997 Kevin Pettus

1996 David Silveyra

1995 David Fink

1994 James Komsthoeft

1993 James Komsthoeft

1992 Ciaran Curran

1991 David Chapman

1990 Octavio Silveyra

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2010 USHA National four-wall junior championships pics by Paparazzi.com





Tyree during his semi-final match at Venice beach.

Photo courtesy of venicepaparazzi.com

From July 22nd to 25th, Venice Beach Recreation Center hosted the JUNIOR NATIONAL HANDBALL Championships. Venice Paparazzi stopped in on day 3 or 4 to capture some of this action. About the game: Handball is a competitive game in which either hand or either fist may be used to serve and return the ball. Four-wall handball may be played by two, three or four players. When played by two, it is called singles; when played by three, cutthroat; and when played by four, doubles. The object is to win each rally by serving or returning the ball so the opponent is unable to keep the ball in play. A rally is won when one player is unable to return the opponent's shot to the front wall before it touches the floor twice, or when a player returns the ball so that it hits the floor before striking the front wall. Points are scored only by the serving side when it serves an ace (unreturnable serve) or wins a rally. When the serving side loses one rally in singles or two rallies in doubles, it loses the serve. Losing the serve is called an "out." A match is won by the first side winning two games. The first two games of a match are played to 21 points. In the event each side wins a game, a tie-breaker is played to 11 points. For tournament results, history, rules of the sport and upcoming Southern California handball events, visithttp://www.handball.org. To register and compete in a Venice Handball Tournaments, contact Fred Ealey of Venice Recreation and Parks Center at 310-399-2775.



2010 USHA National Three-Wall Juniors Championships




 Handball News from your Handball Experts

July 27, 2010
Issue 339


Dear Handball Fan,

Here is your Midweek edition of Court Shorts. Enjoy!

Tyree Slams in Venice Beach


 VENICE, Calif. - Tyree Bastidas slammed the Boy's 19-Under Division, defeating Stephen Cooney for the singles title and pairing with Ricky Ortiz to win the doubles title over Cooney and Daniel Cordova, 21-9, 21-6.   Sandy Ng stopped fellow New Yorker Amy Li in the Girls 19-Under 1st place playoff, 21-6, 21-4.

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Tyree Bastidas - The youngest and the most dominant King in all handball versions in the U.S.


Picture to come



He was born in Brooklyn, Kings County-New York http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn , where most sports kings are born. He was born to Hispanics parents and considered by the handball experts as the most dominant teenager player in the USHA (United States Handball Association) history. www.usha.org

He took up handball seriously when he had just graduated from elementary school and ever since then he has established himself as the undisputed king of handball(1-, 3-, and 4-wall combined) across America.

He won his first national one-wall title in 2004 while playing in the Bronx. Tyree was not satisfied with his first national title, he didn’t want to be remembered as a New York 1-wall national champion like most New Yorkers. He decided to practice the 3-, and 4-wall versions, the handball versions played outside New York and dominated by the West and the Mid-West players. Soon, he started to win 3- and 4-wall nationals titles and expanded his kingdom across the continent. No junior player in the history of the game has ever dominated all handball versions the way Tyree did.

He has the combined record of two world handball championships and 37 national championships in the U.S., Canada and Ireland, the hotbed of the sport, from which he captured 30 USHA national junior titles in all three handball versions. He’s established milestones after milestones and a record that will be almost impossible to break.

During the summer of 2009, 18-year-old Tyree Bastidas played at the USHA Open, he reached the semi-final match where unfortunately he met the current champion and lost in a very close match. Most handball fans considered this match as the final match ahead of schedule. http://www.ushandball.org/content/view/702/1/

In spite of having the most active handball schedule all year round, Tyree will try for the last time to win the USHA Open championship before he turns 20. Handball fans wishing to watch "The Greatest Show on Earth" can go to the handball courts in Coney Island, the one-wall Mecca of handball in the world during the week of August 4-8. Handball fans could find more information at: http://www.ushandball.org/data/files/2010nat1wall.pdf


Blending the Past and the Present.




For The Record:


He is the only teenager who established himself as a one-wall player while his handball record was built around with more three-, and four-wall national titles. No other teenager in any handball version can claim the same.