Part 2: David Chapman and Tyree Bastidas – the most talented teenagers in USHA history – face the facts – giving honor when it’s due – rush to succeed – who is who? - beyond the shadow of doubt – Read about their accomplishments on the road to their first USHA National Open Singles Title Coronation.
Above: Tyree Bastidas putting the finishing touch in the Mens' Open championship match which elevated him to the highest status as the greatest junior handball player in 2010.
Photo courtesy of Keith Thode
Above: Teen Tyree's reign of terror around the globe came to an end in New York when his last opponent fell victim to his wide arsenal of shots from both hands. It was Tyree's last 1-wall national tournament, where he played in the men's open division as a teenager.
Handball legend Howard Eisenberg, the short line referee, eye-witnessed the history making of the most successful junior handball player ever.
Photo courtesy of Keith Thode
Tyree Bastidas started playing small ball at 13 and has been the best story in American handball, and the best
Nobody ever took an official poll, but for almost his entire junior handball career, Tyree Bastidas has been the most popular junior player across
The following article “Face the Facts” is the most accurate detailed handball journey of each player as they go on in their handball journey since they started playing as kids until they captured their first USHA Open Singles Crown. Here, one can find answers as to who is the best junior player? Who is the most versatile player? Who is the most talented junior player? Who made more merits to earn the title of “The greatest junior handball player”? Who took the less-traveled road to become the greatest junior player? These and other questions can be answered after reading the “Face the Facts” article.
Congratulations to David Chapman and Tyree Bastidas for reaching their pinnacles of their junior handball career when they captured their first USHA National Open Singles crown in 1993 and 2010 respectively.
Face The Facts: The greatest junior handball players in the USHA.
D. Chapman is originally a four-wall player from
T. Bastidas is a one-wall player from
D. Chapman’s parents played handball.
T. Bastidas’ parents didn’t play handball.
D. Chapman started playing 4-wall since he was 6-years old.
T. Bastidas started playing one-wall small ball since he was 13-years old.
D. Chapman won his first junior USHA National title in 1985 when he was 10-years old.
T. Bastidas won his first USHA National juniors title in 2004 when he was 13-years old.
D. Chapman took four years to win his first USHA National juniors title.
T. Bastidas took three months to win his first USHA National juniors title.
D. Chapman is the first junior to win all his singles divisions USHA age brackets (11, 13, 15, 17, 19).
T. Bastidas is the first junior to win and slam his USHA age brackets (13*, 15, 17, 19) *this bracket did not offered a doubles division
D. Chapman won his USHA National juniors titles in 4-wall only.
T. Bastidas won his USHA National juniors titles in 1-, 3, and 4-wall versions.
D. Chapman won all his USHA National juniors titles in six years (1985-1991)
T. Bastidas won all his USHA National juniors titles in six years (2004-2010)
D. Chapman won a total of 5 USHA National juniors titles.
T. Bastidas won a total of 31 USHA National juniors titles.
D. Chapman’s total National juniors titles outside the
T. Bastidas’ total National junior titles outside the
D. Chapman is not a USHA record holder.
T. Bastidas is a USHA record holder.
D. Chapman’s total Open titles outside the
T. Bastidas’ total Open titles outside the
D. Chapman’s World titles by the time of his coronation in 1993; one.
T. Bastidas’ World titles by the time of his coronation in 2010; two.
D. Chapman won the USHA-sanctioned four-wall USHA Open National title (not the Pro Singles division) in 1990. He won this event five years after he captured his first USHA 4-wall juniors national title in 1985.
T. Bastidas won the USHA-sanctioned one-wall HES Pro Singles division Open title in 2009. He won this event five years after he captured his first USHA 1-wall juniors national title in 2004.
D. Chapman has only slammed in the Open division in the
T. Bastidas has slammed in the Open division in the
D. Chapman, a 4-wall player from Long Beach, California, qualified for the 4-wall Men's Pro tour at the age of 17. He took eight years to accomplish this since he captured his first juniors national title.
T. Bastidas, a 1-wall player from Brooklyn, New York, reached the semifinals of the 4-wall Men's Pro tour at the age of 18. He took four years to accomplish this since he captured his first juniors national title.
D. Chapman won the USHA National four-wall Open doubles division with his partner N. Alvarado Jr in 1992(they were 17- and 18-year old respectively). He took seven years to win this title since his debut in 1985.
T. Bastidas reached the finals of the USHA National one-wall Open doubles division with his partner J. Durso in 2009( they were 18- and 54-year old respectively). He took five years to reach the finals since his debut in 2004.
D. Chapman, a 4-wall player won the USHA National Four-Wall Open Doubles division with his partner N. Alvarado Jr in 1993. He took eight years to win this title since his debut in 1985.
T. Bastidas a 1-wall player reached the finals of the CNA National Four-Wall Open Doubles division with his partner J. Kastner in 2008. He took four years to reach the finals since his debut in 2004.
D. Chapman never reached the finals of the Naty Alvarado Classic (the most important 4-wall local tournament in the west) by the time he won the 1993 USHA National Four-Wall Singles Open title.
T. Bastidas reached the finals of the Mayor's Cup 1-wall Open(the most important 1-wall local outdoor tournament in the east) by the time he won the 2010 USHA National One-Wall Singles Open title. Tyree became the youngest player to reach the finals.
D. Chapman won his first USHA National Four-Wall Open title when he was 17-years old. He took eight years to win his first USHA National Four-Wall Open Title since he won his first juniors national title in 1985.
T. Bastidas won his first USHA National One-Wall Open title when he was 19-years old. He took six years to win his first USHA National One-Wall Open Title since he won his first juniors national title in 2004.
D. Chapman was ranked No. 8 in the USHA National Four-Wall Ranking System right after his attempt to win the 1992 USHA 4-wall Open Singles Title.
T. Bastidas was ranked No. 3 in the USHA National One-Wall Ranking System right after his attempt to win the 2009 USHA 1-wall Open Singles Title.
D. Chapman lost in the quarter-finals of the 1992 USHA National Four-Wall Championships, before he won his first USHA National Open Singles title in 1993.
T. Bastidas lost in the semi-finals of the 2009 USHA National One-Wall Championships, before he won his first USHA National Open Singles title in 2010.
After D. Chapman won his first USHA 4-wall National title in June 1993, there was only one player with a record against him, John Bike Jr, the one-time national champion.
After T. Bastidas won his first USHA 1-wall National title in August 2010, there was only one player with a record against him, Satish Jagnandan, the five-times defending national champion.
D. Chapman's coronation in 1993 was his second final championship match at the Pro level, two years in a row. The 1992 USHA National 4-wall Men's Open doubles division and the 1993 USHA National 4-wall Men's Open singles division.
T. Bastidas' coronation in 2010 was his third final championship match at the Pro level, three years in a row. The 2008 CNA National 4-wall Men's Open doubles division, the 2009 USHA National 1-wall Men's Open doubles division and the 2010 USHA 1-wall Men's Open singles division.
D. Chapman’s accomplishments were limited to his four-wall game at the Junior and Open levels when he was crowned the USHA Four-Wall Open National Champion in 1993. He never ventured outside his four-wall game.
T. Bastidas’ accomplishments covered all three handball versions at the Juniors and Open levels when he was crowned the USHA One-Wall Open National Champion in 2010. He ventured outside his one-wall game to establish most of his records and milestones.
Right after D. Chapman was crowned the USHA 4-wall national champion in 1993, he was seeded No 2 after J. Bike Jr in the USHA Four-Wall Ranking System. His phenomenal performance before his coronation was not enough to earn him a No 1 seed.
Right after T. Bastidas was crowned the USHA 1-wall national champion in 2010, he was seeded No 1 in the USHA One-Wall Ranking System. His phenomenal performance before his coronation was more than enough to earn him the No 1 seed.
D. Chapman’s reigning period 06/1993-07/2010
T. Bastidas’ reigning period 08/2010-
Above: Tyree blasting the ball to the ceiling to keep David beyond the long line. David Fink finds the ball out of reach, much like another trip to the championship match is for the Pittsburgh player.
Above: Tyree patiently waits to resume the game as David keeps searching for answers to his downfall in the quarterfinals.
Above: A big crowd turned out for the match of the day between Fink and Bastidas. L. Moreno wearing a black hoodie discretely studies the game of his next victim.
Tyree Bastidas is looking beyond Sunday afternoon’s semifinal clash with hard-hitter Luis Moreno. He wants to be the first New York player to reach and win the finals of the USHA 3-wall nationals, even if he is 19-years old now.
The last New York player to have won the finals of the Men’s Open Singles division was Eric Klarman back in 1994, when he charged to the end to capture the last USHA 3-wall Open Singles title for the State of New York.
Before Tyree gets to the finals, he has to first play and worry about D. Fink, one of the best USHA players in the last decade. D. Fink has already reached the semifinals of this memorable tournament and was looking forward to reach the finals to capture the title.
D. Fink has had plenty of victories over Tyree at 4-wall WPH Pro stop tournaments, but this was the first time both players faced each other at a USHA National level competition.
Tyree Bastidas nearly got bounced off of the tournament at the USHA Open quarterfinals on September 4th as he faced the heavily favorite D. Fink. He not only had to deal with a formidable handball force named D. Fink, but had to deal with a cold front that careened capriciously around the handball courts at the Lucas Recreation Center.
The match pitted No. 3 seeded D. Fink from Pennsylvania and No. 6 seeded Tyree Bastidas from New York. The first game was as good as everybody was expecting. Fink got slightly hurt as he twisted his foot while trying to return a deep ball during the game. He took an injury time-out and came back stronger than ever. He didn’t want to disappoint the big crowd that had assembled early in the morning to watch his match against the new USHA 1-wall national champion, Tyree Bastidas.
After the game resumed, the game brought a significant increase in tension, along with characteristic outbursts from Bastidas and Fink. The outburst of Bastidas took an ugly turn when he punched the concrete floor and injured himself after having taking the commanding lead. Fink took advantage of the situation and came back to claim the first game.
The second game turned out to be intense too, as Fink was determined to end it in two games, but a more composed Bastidas came on the court just to play smart and took control of the second game by a wide margin.
The third game started with Bastidas taking the lead again, and just when it looked like Bastidas would take it, Fink came back to close the gap again. Fink’s come back kept the crowd glued to their seats until match point.
The game was so intense that it showcased plenty of smart shorts, many rallies and a relentless powerhouse Fink who wouldn’t give up at all, but ultimately ended in triumph for the amazing kid from New York, who scored a (21, 19), 21-10, and 11-10 victory that put him into the semifinals against No. 2 Luis Moreno of Arizona, a 21-3, 21-7 winner over Montana’s Andy Nett early in the day.
The final result for Fink was an abrupt third-round exit in the tournament. Fink hoped would turn around his difficult match, and kept him searching at 33 years old, for the form that made him a top U.S. player. This was the second time Fink got bounced out at the quarterfinals at a USHA national championship during the current year. He lost at the USHA 4-wall Nationals against King Paul and now lost to junior handball Kingpin Tyree.
On a breezy-swept summer day at the Lucas recreation center, the sixth-seeded Bastidas turned in a first class performance. “It was an unbelievable match” said Tyree. “You want to make the semifinals”. “It felt like playing for the national title or something,” Bastidas said. “He definitely gives me a lot of competition playing outdoors. I wish he comes to the 1-wall nationals too” added Tyree.
Said Bastidas, “I would say he is in the best condition I ever played him.”
The 19-year-old Bastidas, emergent poster boy for the Men’s tour and the 2010 1-wall Open National champion, has been the most dominant youngest player across America in all three handball versions.
The results of the third round left Tyree Bastidas as the lone New Yorker in the Men’s bracket. “It’s going to be interesting” Bastidas said, before saying he wasn’t surprised that he was the only New York player left in the draws.
The Open final drought for New Yorkers at the 3-wall nationals is glaring.
His next match against No. 2 seeded Luis Moreno of Arizona is probably the most intriguing of the tournament thus far, with the winner earning the inside track to the final. Neither Bastidas nor Moreno has ever reached the championship match of the USHA 3-wall national Open Singles division.
Tyree’s biggest tournaments he played in:
2006 High School Spring Meet-160 players
2007 High School Spring Meet: 150 players
2008 High School Spring Meet: 160 players
2004 Albany Open: 162 players
2005 Albany Open: 145 players
2006 Albany Open: 158 players
2007 Albany Open: 165 players
2008 Albany Open: 161 players
2009 Albany Open: 146 players2008 Mayor’s Cup: 152 players
2009 Mayor’s Cup: 186 players
2009 Long Island Open: 150 players
2005 USHA National One-Wall Juniors Championships: 122 players
2006 USHA National four-Wall Championships: 680 players
2007 USHA National Four-Wall Juniors Championships: 120 players
2007 USHA National Three-Wall Championships: 295 players
2007 USHA National One-Wall Juniors Championships: 130 players
2008 USHA National One-Wall Juniors Championships: 180 players
2008 USHA National Four-Wall Championships: 377 players
2008 USHA National Three-Wall Championships: 252 players
2008 Simple Green U.S. Open: 230 players
2008 USHA One-Wall Big Ball Championships: 152 players
2008 Irish National: 340 players
2009 USHA National Three-Wall Championships: 269 players
2009 USHA National Juniors One-Wall Championships: 159 players
2009 World Handball Championships: 984 players
2010 USHA National Four-Wall Championships: 375 players
2010 Simple Green U.S. Open: 281 players