Handball player for life.

Lord Of The Courts - Part 4


It's the latest chapter in one of the most interesting junior handball careers enjoyed by him. “I’m trying to make history when everybody else is trying their best to hold me back”, Bastidas said.

Lord Of The Courts - Chapter 13 

USHA News Headlines
2007 USHA National One-Wall Championships

Brooklyn, New York - Though the youngest player on the court, Bastidas may have had the most tournament experience and two best hands in the final. Supporting the older players a little in raw power. Bastidas made up for that with a serve that breaks in both directions and with excellent anticipation. Teamed up with the A singles champ, Bastidas handled the left side and was fresh as the match wore on.After coming up just short in the first game, Bastidas/Camacho took charge in the deciding games, (20), 15, 4. Both players will be competing in the open next year.

Lord Of The Courts - Chapter 14  

USHA News Headlines
2007 USHA National Three-Wall Championships

Fom left: Nikolai Nahorniak(finalist) and Tyree Bastidas(champion)


It's a twinbill as Bastidas wins 19s.................

Maumee, Ohio - It was the largest three-wall field eve, with 289 players competing and comprising more than 400 entries.  "That's eight more than last year and we've been happy to say the largest ever for the past six or so years," said Executive Director Vern Roberts.  "This tournament is everyone's favorite for the year and they keep coming back and bringing a friend.  Of course, it's all due to the hospitality of the Toledo Handball Club and the great support the group receives from players all across the country."

It's rare for a newcomer to win an older age division. Giving up a year is hard enough, but to spot opponents two years in the power-dominated game of three-wall is next to impossible. Add to that a field that includes an open-caliber player such as Nikolai Nahorniak and you have a major upset when 17-year-old Tyree Bastidas claims the 19-and-under championship.

Bastidas did just that when he surprised  Nahorniak in the final 21-13,21-6. With Nahorniak pushing some of the game's best players to the limit in Chicago area tournaments over the last couple of years.most considered this event to be a lock for the smooth-stroking youngster. But Bastidas has been making his own improvements over the last year in one-,three-and four-wall. winner of the 17-and-under in Venice, Bastidas had played up in the one-wall juniors, losing a tiebreaker to champ Billy O'Donnell. then came the big step-up with his serve. Bastidas has a live wrist and elbow, imparting big natural and reverses that are hard to read. His opponents' frustration grows as the serves curl out of reach.

I was teasing him a couple of years ago about how I could hook the ball and he couldn't,"said older brother Jurell." Then he started working on it. I showed him how, but he swings different than me, so it's all been on his own."

"I'm going to have to play some more four-wall so I can compete with him there, but I can still take him in one-and three-wall."

If Jurell can stay a step ahead of Tyree, they will be a daunting duo very soon.

Lord Of The Courts - Chapter 15  

USHA News Headlines
2007 USHA National Three-Wall Championships

...................Then turns back Lemus to add 17 singles to his resume

Maumee, Ohio - After upsetting Nikolai Nahorniak to win the 19-and-under singles, Tyree Bastidas moved on to the 17s and faced Marco Lemus, who had also won the 15s over Eric Matiasek. That meant either Bastidas or Lemus would have to leave Toledo as a double winner. Bastidas had to be favored because of his age. But it wasn't such an easy feat to pull off, as Bastidas acknowledged his opponent's great effort. " I was tired since my dad (Jose) told me to go all out against Nikolai, and Marco was playing great, so this final was just as hard or harder," Bastidas said.

The 21-10, 21-17 scores bear that out, as Lemus nearly forced a tiebreaker.

Again, Bastidas's serves had his opponent handcuffed, and it all started with a little experimentation. " I was hitting deep serves and tried to "cut" the ball on the wall, and then I saw it hook," Bastidas explained. "I surprised myself and started asking around, and my brother Jurell showed me how to put spin on it"

Bastidas got his start playing with the big ball, and when he won his first tournament, the players at the park told him he should try small ball.

In October, he went back to the big ball for the junior nationals in New York, and his performance there was in keeping with his other recent results. Bastidas came away with the 17-and-under singles championship, and he partnered with John Mantilla to capture the 19-and-under doubles title as well.

Lord Of The Courts - Chapter 16 

USHA News Headlines
2007 USHA National One-Wall Big Ball Juniors Championships


From left: Jonathan Pazmino (finalist) and Tyree Bastidas(champion)


1st of many: big-ball juniors an instant hit.

 By Gary Cruz

Queens, New York - The firs-ever USHA National One-Wall Big ball Juniors Championships were held October 7 at London Plantree Park in Queens, N.Y.

Host Michael Watson  is optimistic that with time the event will grow. With the Herculean job he has done with the USHA national one-wall small ball juniors, one would be wise to believe him.

The 17-and -under singles was the deepest division, and Tyree Bastidas added to his impressive collection of USHA championships by defeating Jonathan Pazmino in the playoff. Bastidas was dominating in Game 1, but Pazmino matched him point for point in Game 2. with daylight rapidly leaving the court and Bastidas serving at 20-19, Pazmino's hand error ended the game and the match.

Bastidas likes both small ball and big ball but feels that if he is training well, his small game is his best game. However, his dad, Jose, thinks big ball is his game.

"Tyree is like a machine when playing big ball," Jose said. After Bastidas held all but Pazmino to fewer than 10 points, the evidence may be that Dad is right.