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.
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.
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
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
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.
Handball News from your Handball Experts
July 27, 2010
Dear Handball Fan,
Here is your Midweek edition of Court Shorts. Enjoy!
Tyree Slams in
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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He was born in Brooklyn,
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
He has the combined record of two world handball championships and 37 national championships in the
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