From left: Champions P. Fiesel (CAN)/A. Gardner (USA) with finalists T. Bastidas(USA)/J. Kastner (USA).
The 2008 Canadian National Championships were played from May14-18 in Calgary, Alberta and what a tournament it was. The Calgary group went all the way out to make this event one of the best nationals ever.
Many thanks to the CHA Committee and Calgary Handball Association for their hard work, great hospitality, excellent venues, and the after-handball activities and the top-notch Saturday Banquet that made the tournament a memorable event.
Team Garner/Fiesel took the Open doubles title by defeating Team Jeff Kastner/Tyree Bastidas. Upsets included Ryan Bowler/Nikolai Nahorniak defeating top seeds Larry Martin/Brad Warren, and Kastner/Bastidas beating No 2 seeded Armijo/Fink.
Team Gardner/Fiesel won the national title in a controversial call at match point during the tiebreaker.
Team Bastidas/Kastner was the most effective team on the tournament as they ended up as the only team with the least points scored on them.
Team Gardner/Fiesel officially did win the title on paper, but Team Bastidas/Kastner won the title on the court by over performing as the best team with the best point differential overall.
Team Bastidas/Kastner also was the most outstanding team as they finished the tournament with the best point average per game scored against them.
These are the final results at the conclusion of the tournament.
Team Gardner/Fiesel Team Bastidas/Kastner
Points scored by them: 139 136
Points scored against them: 106 97
Net point differential: +33 +39
Point average per game 13.11 12.11
(scored against them)
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Lodge 878 Antlers Win USHA Jr. Nationals
Queens Borough Lodge No. 878 co-sponsored the United States Handball Association’s Jr. Nationals One-Wall Handball Tournament that was hosted by Assemblywoman Marge Markey. This four-day event saw more than 200 entrants, 13 to 19 years old, registered for the event including teams from many local high schools including St. Francis Prep, Holy Cross, Bishop Loughlin and Forest Hills. Queens Borough’s Antlers team dominated the tourney with wins in their respective age divisions by Andres Calle, and Tyree Bastidas. Eric Brandman and Joshua Cotto placed second.
As part of their community service activities, the Antlers distributed 300 drugs, tobacco and alcohol awareness pamphlets to all attendees, as well as Antler Informational Flyers. The event was co-sponsored by the Queens Borough Elks Lodge No. 878, the Kiwanis Club of Maspeth, and Maspeth Federal Savings. Serving as organizers were lecturing knight, Michael Watson and trustee/youth Committee Chairman, Thomas Rudzewick.
From left: Tyree Bastidas (finalist), Paul Williams (Tournament Director) and Satish Jagnandan (champion).
Forget about overhands and under-hands, Tyree Bastidas’ biggest weapon is his heart, The 17 year – old from New York proved at the Mayor’s Cup, he can beat the best one-wall players on the planet. He beat Rookie Right, a USHA Open champion, extending his remarkable run to the quarterfinals with one impressive win. Bastidas rolled through the game, taking advantage of unforced errors by his more seasoned, higher - ranked opponent.
In the quarterfinals, Bastidas faced Willie Polanco where he had a slow start, but fought back to defeat the one-wall world champion in a stunning surprise in front of a big crowd.
Bastidas, who stayed alive by winning all his matches in the first day, gained confidence as he moved to the semifinals against Michael Schneider over the weekend.
Tyree Bastidas moved one victory away from his first attempt to win the Mayor’s Cup title with a solid two games victory over Mike Schneider on Sunday morning. Later in the afternoon, he played his first Mayor’s Cup final against Satish Jagnandan, the world’s top – ranked player, who was seeking to extend his dominance during this decade.
Bastidas, who was unseeded, became the youngest player to move into the finals and the youngest player to force a tiebreaker on defending champion Satish Jagnandan. In he end Bastidas was ousted by the current national champion.
Tyree Bastidas fell short of becoming the youngest American to win the Mayor’s Cup. He did become the youngest player to reach the final of the Mayor’s Cup One-Wall Men's Open singles division and the youngest player to have reached the finals of the USHA Regional Three and Four-Wall Men’s Open singles division, all in the same year. http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/drawsOut/drawOut.asp?divID=890&combinedID=0&TID=4116&chatRoomUserID=&link=../drawsOut/drawOut.asp
Bastidas also became the youngest player to reach both: the finals of the Men's open and Men's singles Pro divisions.
Tyree Bastidas, the USHA's most coveted junior player made his first appearance at the U.S. Open Of Handball and rubbed shoulders with the best handball players of the world.
Tyree in a plaid shirt, looked all business as he posed for his fans. The USHA's reining junior player loosened up later in the night, smiling wide as the cameras focused on him.
First Round: Paul Brady (Cavan, Ire.), bye; Bill O’Donnell (New York) d. Chris Tico (San Francisco), 17, 15; Tyler Hamel (Houston) d. Ryan Grossenbacher (Portland) def.; Luis Moreno (Tucson) d. Jeff Kastner (Portland, Ore), 17, 2; Dave Chapman (St. Louis) d. Sal Duenas (Santa Ana, CA), 1, 2; Charles Shanks (Belfast, N. Ire) d. Chris Watkins (Victorville, CA), 10, 17; Danny Bell (Quebec, Can) d. Miles Paine (Santa Barbara), 13, 8; Sean Lenning (Seattle) d. Joe Soto (Pocoimo, CA), 1, 3; Emmett Peixoto (Watsonville) d. Steven Caro (Phoenix) def.; Jon Iglesias (Aventura, FL) d. Marco Lemus (Chicago), 13, 5; Tommy Little (Kansas City) d. Abraham Montijo (Tucson), 13, 15; Naty Alvarado Jr. (Hesperia, CA) d. Daniel Perez (Tucson), 6, 2; Allan Garner (Austin) d. Raul Retian (New York), 5, 5; Dave Fink (Pittsburgh) d. Luis Cordova (El Paso), def; Tyree Bastidas (New York) d. Nelson Quintero (Miami, FL), 17, 5; Tony Healy (Cork, Ire.), bye.
Round of 16: Brady d. O’Donnell, 2, 9;
Semifinals: Lenning d.
Final: Healy d. Lenning, 14, (17), 6.