Handball player for life.

Lord Of The Courts - Part 2

Tyree Bastidas is a New York-born teen who's super-stardom rocket ride launched with  his ambition to dominate all handball versions across the States and abroad to become the first all-around teenager to win the open.

Lord Of The Courts - Chapter 5

USHA News Headlines                                                                                                                                                             2006 USHA National Juniors One-Wall Championships


Top Photo: 15-year old Tyree Bastidas during 2006 handball tournaments in the Bronx and Brooklyn.


Posted Monday, May 30, 2006 by USHA

By Michael Watson

Brooklyn, New York -The USHA National One-Wall Juniors Championships can be summed up as a great step forward for handball and the USHA.

A record number of entrants, 138,, comprising of 260 entries competed May 27-29 at Dyker Playground in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Showing his training from big brother Jurell and two years with the Queens Junior Handball Organization, Tyree Bastidas captured his second 15-and-under one-wall title to add to his 13-and under three wall titles.

Results: 2006 Junior One-Wall Champions:

19-and-under Open Singles: Jonathan Iglesias
19 A Singles: Tiankan Li
17-and-under Open Singles: Mike Leung
17 A Singles: Ben Leung
15-and-under Open Singles: Tyree Bastidas
19-and-under Girls Singles: Quasia Watson
17-and-under Girls Singles: Sarah Au
15-and-under Girls Singles: Mary Fung
Girls Doubles: Carla Cruz / Jane Chen
15 Boys Doubles: Mike Olarty / Anthony Pareida
17 Boys Doubles: Andres Calle / Chris Miranda.
19 Boys Doubles: Jonathan Iglesias / Jurell Bastidas

Lord Of The Courts - Chapter 6

USHA NewsHeadlines                                                                                                                                                           2006 USHA National Juniors Three-Wall Championships


Tyree Bastidas (NY) and Tommy Torres (CA)-champions posing with Brant Bidegain (CA) and Ryan Sutherland (Kan)-finalists.

Photo courtesy of USHA


Posted Monday, July 23, 2006 by USHA

By Gary Cruz

Venice Beach-California - Tyree Bastidas and Tommy Torres, two powerhouse 15-and under players, seemed like an unbeatable combo. But early in the 15 and under doubles final, it was apparent that Bastidas was not 100 percent.
Bastidas was still nursing an injured right hand suffered three weeks earlier in the four wall nationals. Besides that, his left arm was getting sore from overuse in this event.
Early on, Bastidas established himself on the left side playing up front. He tried to protect his right hand by hitting the ball backhanded with his left or softly with his right.
After holding off Ryan Sutherland/Brant Bidegain, who played solidly in game 1, Torres persuaded Bastidas to let more balls go to the back, where Torres could drive Sutherland deep or hit the ball right at Bidegain up front. This worked masterfully as they dominated Game 2, winning 21-8.

After the match Bastidas was asked if they had a strategy to offset his injured right hand. His answer: "I never told Tommy about my injury!"

First round: Robert Rodriguez/Oscar Olivas (Calif./Ariz.) d. Julio Martinez/Daniel Fernandez(Calif.) (3), 14,10: Humberto Cardenas/Jesus Figueroa(Ariz.) d. Joel Torres/Irvin Martinez(Calif.) 9, 0: Ryan Sutherland/Brant Bidegain(Kan./Calif.) d. Jose Garcia/Juan Gaytan (Calif.) 1,1.

Semis: Tommy Torres/Tyree Bastidas(Calif./N.Y.) d. Rodriguez/Olivas 17, 10: Sutherland/Bidegain d. Cardenas/Figueroa 6,5.

Final: Torres/Bastidas d. Sutherland/Bidegain 17,8.

Lord Of The Courts - Chapter 7

USHA News Headlines
56th USHA National Three-Wall Championships


From left: Marco Lemus and Tyree Bastidas


Bastidas puts a hurt on 15s field

Posted Monday, September 04, 2006 by USHA

Maumee, Ohio – Players came out to sunny skies and warmer weather at the three-wall courts on Sunday.

Without the threat of rain delays, matches moved along as a number of singles final and the Women' s Doubles final played out.

Although rain threatened the entire day, all matches were played without any delays.

"Upset Saturday" produced some shockers as top seeds fell to upstart players. Aaron Recine continued his charge as he bounced No. 3 Tommy Little in the quarter finals.

The upset trickled down through other brackets as well. Jurell Bastidas stopped No. 1 Luis Gaytan in the B singles, and Nikolai Nahorniak stunned top seed Josh Ho in the A Singles.

By Matt Krueger

Tyree Bastidas had an interesting summer. But the younger from Brooklyn, N.Y., made sure he ended Labor Day weekend in a familiar spot -with a title. The defending 15-and-under champ powered past Marco Lemus 21-8, 21-6 in the final.

Bastidas made certain no player came close as he used his quickness and hand speed and held his emotions in check all weekend. Bastidas and Lemus made quick work of their opponents, but it was Bastidas who turned his game up a notch in the final.

He began his summer by traveling to the nationals four-wall as the top seed in the C singles. After losing a close game, Bastidas punched the wall in disgust. However, the wall won, and he fractured a bone in his hand.

The injury knocked him out of the tournament and plagued him all summer, forcing him into one-handed games. Still not 100 percent in July, Bastidas was knocked out of the singles but won the juniors three-wall doubles with Tommy Torres in July at Venice Beach. Then he competed in the Worlds Championships in Edmonton. But in Toledo, Bastidas' hand felt fine, and he let his opponents know there were no residual effects from his injury.

"It almost feels normal again", he said. As Bastidas returns to normal, he is certain to find the winner's circle again.

Tyree Bastidas won the 15-and under division by defeating Marco Lemus 21-8 and 21-6.

Lord Of The Courts - Chapter 8

USHA News Headlines
2006 USHA National One-Wall Championships


From left: Tyree Bastidas (champion) and Richard Mascia (finalist).


Posted Monday, October 3, 2006 by USHA

Total domination by Bastidas in C

Brooklyn, New York - New York City is synonymous with one-wall handball. If you want to play the best, you travel to the big apple each year for the USHA National One-Wall Championships at Coney Island. But players are drawn to New York for more than the action on the court. whether it's the beautiful beach and boardwalk setting, the delicious World Famous Nathan's nearby or just the din of fast-paced, big-city living, New York has it all.

Action got underway on Wednesday in Brooklyn at Surf Ave. and West Fifth St. After rain overnight, play started indoors at the Hebrew Educational Society on Friday but a beautiful day ensued. All but two matches were played on Friday, in spite of the delay.
Tyree Bastidas earned his first one-wall C-men' s singles crown on Saturday to go with his recent world win.

Bastidas didn't lose even one game on his way to the C singles title. But he had some close calls. Roman Ramdas earned 20 and 9, and in the final, Richard Mascia made it tight with 18 and 15.

First round:

William Huazhco (B.Y.) d. Victor Quiles (Cleveland) 3, 7: Gennady Rotberg (N.Y.) d. Frankie Rivera(Bayonne, (N.J) 0, 14.Richard Mascia (N.Y.) d. Kevin Ward Jrc( N.Y.) 3, 11: Kevin Ward Sr.(N.Y.) d. Adam Gittliz (N.Y.) 15, (18),  6: Roman Ramdas (N.Y.) d. Miguel Cano (N.Y.)17, (7), 7.


Aaron Rodriguez (N.Y.) d. Huazhco 14, (18), 7: Mascia d. Rotberg 5, 2: Michael Wu (N.Y.) d. Ward Sr, def: Tyree Bastidas (N.Y.) d. Ramdas 20, 9.


Mascia d. Rodriguez 11, (20), 7: Bastidas d. Wu 1, 5.

Final: Bastidas d. Mascia 18, 15.