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Tyree Bastidas, the most versatile junior handball player in the history of the game, has also proven to be among the most versatile open players in America by reaching all championship matches in all three handball versions.
Yes, you can scratch your head now.
On June 1 of 2012, Tyree went where no other young American has ever gone before. He reached and played in the championship match of the Canadian National 4-wall men’s open singles division, where he faced Paul Brady (IRE).
He did it as a 21 year-old. And I know what you’re thinking.
Playing in three national open championships? That doesn’t count.
Yes it does. Not because we say so. It’s not easy reaching the championship match in all three handball versions. Not when you are 21 years-old. We do have a couple of players who have won all three championship matches, but there aren’t any players, this young, who have come this far.
He became the youngest player in America to have reached the men's open (singles) championships in all three handball versions.
Congratulations to the following players who reached and/or won the championship match in all three handball versions in the men's open at the national level:
Vic Hershkowitz – New York
Oscar Obert – New York
Carl Obert – New York
Ruby Obert – New York
Lou Russo - New York
John Bike Jr - California
Tyree Bastidas – New York
2010 - USHA National One-Wall Championships - Brooklyn, New York. (19 year-old) – men’s open/singles
2010 - USHA National Three-Wall Championships - Toledo, Ohio. (19 year-old) – men’s open/singles
2012 - CHA National Four-Wall Championships - Montreal, Canada. (21 year-old) – men’s open/singles
Every year junior players look forward to play in tournaments organized by Paul Williams. This year was not different as all junior players got discounts to play if they registered early.
Paul Williams, President of ICHA, has the best 1-wall program in the U.S. with the best 1-wall handball tournaments. He’s been organizing and running junior tournaments since the early ‘90s.
This year’s tournaments were fund raising events for Team ICHA as Williams plans to send junior players to the Worlds Championships in Ireland. Junior players have responded with a strong turnout. Every ICHA junior handball tournaments registered more than 100 players each.
The most popular junior tournaments are:
The High School Spring Meet - small ball
The Mayor’s Cup - small ball
The SkyBounce handball tournament – big ball
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After playing as a champion during the spring season, Tyree Bastidas has steadily regressed in each of the last three competitions, saving one of the worst clunkers of his career for his loss to Geo Vasquez.
“Obviously I didn’t play well,” Tyree said after the game.
“There’s no hiding it. I didn’t play my best handball and I have to play better. That’s all I’m worried about.”
That’s all Tyree’s camp should be worried about, too. Except they’re not. Because Tyree has been known to go through these rough patches in the past. And they usually don’t last very long.
“He’ll come bouncing back,” Jurell said. “He’ll be back.”
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The most popular big ball 1-wall handball tournament came to an end amid a big crowd that gathered around center court to watch the best big ball players.
John Wright has the most titles and the most appearances at the championship game.
The tournament drew more than 70 players.
SkyBounce set up a booth at the tournament site to supply the balls and support the tournament.
John Wright, Ray Lopez and George Figueroa are the only players still competing since the tournament’s inception.
All three players have captured the King of the Courts tournaments at least once.
King of the Courts champions:
1996 Queen of the Courts
1997 Queen of the Courts
1998 J. Wright Def E. Fitzpatrick
1999 R. Lopez Def E. Fitzpatrick
2000 J. Wright Def E. Fitzpatrick
2001 G. Figueroa Def E. Fitzpatrick
2002 J. Wright Def E. Fitzpatrick
2003 G. Figueroa Def J. Wright
2004 J. Wright Def G. Figueroa
2005 G. Figueroa Def R. Lopez
2006 No event held
2007 No event held
2008 J. Richie Def J. Wright
2009 G. Vasquez Def Tavo
2010 J. Wright Def G. Vazquez
2011 Y. Castro Def N. Shaheem
2012 G. Vasquez Def W. Wright
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G. Vasquez’s great run at the 1-wall nationals came to an abrupt end after he couldn’t make it to the court on time.
The decision to forfeit Vasquez came as a big surprise to many players and handball fans that had waited under the scorching sun to see the semi final matches.
Tyree Bastidas had a similar incident in Montreal, Canada during the championship match back in June.
The match that was supposed to have started at 1:00PM, according to the posted official schedule, started at 1:20PM.
New Yorker Tyree Bastidas, who was still warming up at 1:13PM, was briefed by referee Danny Bell that P. Brady had mistakenly thought that the match was suppose to start at 1:30PM. At this point D. Bell informed Tyree that Brady was on his way and asked Tyree if this was ok with him. Tyree replied “ok.”
Although Tyree could have forfeited P. Brady, he opted to play him.
Tyree didn’t travel more than 1,200 miles from NYC to Quebec City, Montreal and back to NYC to forfeit anybody. He had never played Paul Brady before and this was his best opportunity to play the best 4-wall player in the world.
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After two years of organizing, planning, interviewing and filming, the movie will certainly gives us a complete insight of the game and the players.
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