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2006 High School Spring Meet


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)

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.

Place    School    Borough
1st    Midwood H.S.    Brooklyn
2nd    Ft. Hamilton H.S.    Brooklyn
3rd    Brooklyn Tech H.S    Brooklyn
4th    Boys & Girls H.S.    Brooklyn
5th     Westinghouse H.S.    Brooklyn
5th    Newtown H.S.    Queens
5th    St. Edmunds H.S.    Queens
6th     LaGuardia H.S.    Manhattan
6th    Stuyvesant H.S.    Manhattan
7th    Sheepshead Bay H.S.    Brooklyn
7th    Life & Science H.S.    
7th    Queens Vocational H.S. Queens  
7th    Murray Bergtraum H.S.    Manhattan
7th    James Madison H.S.    Brooklyn
7th    Staten Island Technical H.S.    Staten Island
7th    Bronx H.S. of Science    Bronx
7th    MSIT    Staten Island
7th    Susan E.Wagner H.S.    Manhattan
7th    Richmond Hill H.S.    Queens
7th    Grand Street Campus     Brooklyn
7th    Fashion Industries H.S.    Manhattan
7th    Tooth Ville H.S.    
7th    Aviation H.S.    Queens
7th    Benjamin Cardoza    Queens
7th    Pershing Junior H.S.
7th    Grover Cleveland H.S.
7th    Lewis D. Brandeis H.S.
7th    H.S. of Economics & Finance
7th    F.D.R. H.S.
7th    Martin De Ponress Academy
7th    New Utrecht H.S.

2007 High School Spring Meet - Tyree wins 19-and-under division in tiebreaker.


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.

2007 High School Spring Meet - Tyree captures 17-and-19 Singles divisions.


Picture above: E. Brendan, T. Bastidas and J. Cotto.

2008 Boys Handball PSAL Champions - Another successful year for Midwodd High School


Second from left, Tyree Bastidas poses with his team celebrating victory.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rogers.

Bastidas & Hornets Take It All!!


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, Rogers had to send out power, an out came Midwood’s Giant, 3rd singles, Addy Vora. Science began chanting “RKD” in support of their 3rd singles Arkady Blyakher, but after a few good volley exchanges, the Hornets Giant, Vora took full control of the game and won 21-9, tying the match at 2-2. In came 2nd Doubles for both teams and the final match of the day. The match was claimed to be evenly matched, but this was not the case as Midwood’s Frankie Mai & Jason Tam had a different agenda. They immediately took a 19-0 lead, and after Science scored their only point, Mai & Tam ended all possibilities for a Science city championship as the Midwood Hornets ended the match and are now the 2008 NYC Boys Handball Team Champions!! Go Midwooooood!!!!


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