14th annual High School Spring Meet
As always the Spring High School Meet displayed the skills of some of the best hand-ball talents in new York City High Schools.
Some names to watch for in the future: Tyree Bastidas, Tywan Cook, Michael Wu, John Mantilla, Johnny Galarza, Sarah Wei, Jenny Hui, Daisy Chan, and Eric Tam.
The annual high School Spring Meet was held at the Central Park, North meadow handball courts in Manhattan.
Hosted as always by the Inner City Handball Association and sponsored in part by the United States Handball Association in cooperation with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. This event attracted 160 teens entries from 30 high schools. Eighteen of these teen athletes became new USHA/ICHA members.
15 & Under Boys Singles - Final Score: (21-12, 21-11)
Place School Borough
First Place Tyree Bastidas Midwood H.S.
Second Place Michael Wu Stuyvesant H.S.
Semi-finalist Brian Ng Susan E. Wagner H.S.
Semi-finalist Alex Lau Brooklyn Tech H.S.
Alex Garyvenshenko aiming to hit the ball while Tyree Bastidas runs to the front. Both players have met in the finals a few times and they are expected to continue to do so in the future.
Picture above: E. Brendan, T. Bastidas and J. Cotto.
Second from left, Tyree Bastidas poses with his team celebrating victory.
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rogers.
Tyree Bastidas with PSAL Commissioner Lin Fernandez
By Lin Fernandez
Midwood & Bronx Science have many city championships on record, but for coach Rogers (Midwood) and Coach Nation(Science), it would be their first. Science narrowly lost in last years team finals vs Brooklyn Tech and were looking forward to reaching the finals this 2008 season. As proven, they did with the leadership of team captain, Allen Chen and their top ace, David Cao. Science, the #5 seed upset and eliminated number 1 seed Stuyvesant in the semis. The difference this season however was that they would be facing the current one, three, and four wall Junior National Champion, Tyree Bastidas and the Midwood Hornets, who also reached the finals after they comfortably beat #2 seed
Bayside in their semis. In the team finals, Science called out for their 1st doubles, team captain and partner, Allen Chen and Wenshiang Chung. Chen and Chung had lost in the finals of the 2008 invitational, but this was a refined Science doubles team. They immediately served a 21-0 game to the Hornets, taking a 1-0 team lead. This forced coach Rogers to go with her ace, Tyree Bastidas.
Though Science’s David Cao is a very strong contender in 1st singles, Cao was no match for the powerful low ace serves of Bastidas. “Whenever I face an opponent, I take my level of play one step higher if he begins to score points against me,” said Tyree. Tyree did just that, after Cao scored 3 early points in the game. The Bastidas power kicked in and disposed Cao early 21- 4. The relentless Science with the match tied at 1-1, sent out their lefty 2nd singles, Alvin Yee who wears a team shirt, called Mr. Righty. His opponent Jason Yip was no match for Yee and it was Alvin who gave Science a 2- 1 lead. Again,