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Lord Of The Courts - Part I

Tyree Bastidas’ amazing handball story is one he’ll never forget. His journey through the junior ranks around the globe has been documented to inspire other junior players.

During the first two years, Bastidas was learning to master all handball codes. This was part of the beginning of his long journey.

Coach Michael Watson had informed Tyree during the fall of 2004 that it will take about two years to master the back wall. Bastidas waited patiently until he won his first national four-wall championship on December 2006.

Coach Paul Williams expected Tyree to deliver sooner than later, and he did. Tyree became the 15-and-under world champion as a member of Paul Williams’ ICHA travel team.

Lord Of the Courts - Chapter 1

USHA News Headlines
2004 USHA National Juniors One-Wall Championships


1st national tournament turns golden as Bastidas wins 13s

Bronx, New York - Tyree Bastidas has had to watch his older brother Jurell compete in handball tournaments for the last couple of years, and this year would be Tyree's first national tournament.

Maybe he picked up a few things from his older sibling.That's the way it appeared as he cruised through the 13-and-under singles field and beat Michael Olarte 21-17, 21-14 in the final.

With a nose for the ball and quick legs, Bastidas already possesses a steady game for one-wall. He also tried his hand later in the summer at the USHA National Junior Three-Wall Championships in Venice Beach, Calif.

Lord Of The Courts - Chapter 2

USHA News Headlines                                                                                                                                                               2005 USHA National Juniors One-Wall Championships

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2005 by USHA
By Anthony Grimm.

Brooklyn, New York - After a week of rain and a brief shower late Saturday afternoon that postponed play, Sunday and Monday’s weather was only surpassed by the competition.
With over 110 players entered in the junior divisions field court time was at premium on Sunday as over 70 matches had to be played.
Tyree Bastidas was victorious in the boys 15 and under. The singles final was not the first time these talented players have met. It will not be the last.
Tyree Bastidas’ strategy was working, his execution nearly flawless as he won 21-3.
The thunderous second game went to 20-20 before Alex Gavryushenko prevailed over an emotional Bastidas. But Bastidas, the defending 13 and under champion, won the tiebreaker 11-06.
Tyree Bastidas, feeling awesome  in his victory said: “ Alex focus even better in the second game. I had to come up with something different if I was to win the tiebreaker”.

Lord Of The Courts - Chapter 3

USHA News Headlines                                                                                                                                                               2005 USHA National Juniors One-Wall Championships


Champs as punishing as natural disasters
Brooklyn, New York - New York Weather in the week before the USHA One-Wall Juniors and Masters Doubles Championships was cold and rainy. the forecast for Memorial day was dire: Storms were predicted for the entire weekend. In spite of the deceptively beautiful blue skies and abundant sunshine for much of the well-attended weekend tournament, the prediction was amazingly accurate.
The 15-and-under had to storms on the horizon in Tyree Bastidas and Alex Gavryushenco. Together this doubles team battered the courts with little to stop the fury of their attack. At tournament's end, the team of Anil Jethanandani/ Vincent Grieco placed second, hoping for sunnier skies and better fortunes on another day.
The national one-wall juniors was organized under the auspices of Mike Watson and overseen by USHA youth development director Gary Cruz. Under their direction, 122 junior players competed for various national titles.

Lord Of The Courts - Chapter 4

USHA News Headlines                                                                                                                                                                2005 USHA National Juniors Three-Wall Championships


Posted Monday, September 05, 2005 by USHA

Maumee, Ohio - Tyree Bastidas won his first Three Wall National title and avenged his losses to Tommy Torres by taking the boys 15-and under singles with a convincing 21-13, 21-13 victory.
 Last summer, Torres bounced Bastidas out of the semifinals at the national three-wall juniors in Venice Beach. But a determined Bastidas made certain the outcome changed. What did he do differently?
“I tried to outplay him and keep the ball in play, relying on him to make errors, ”Bastidas said.” I didn’t  get too confident this time. Tommy’s gotten a lot better. When I tried to shoot against him in Venice, he beat me bad.”
Bastidas doesn’t plan to slow down. With a season of high school handball in the horizon, Bastidas plans to continue his winning ways. He’ll be the first to say he has plenty to learn, but he’s at the head of his class.