Photo above by Michael Grabowski.
Tyree Bastidas has done what some handball players only dream of. He astonished the handball community on June 2, 2012, after he captured with his brother Jurell, the men’s open doubles (4-wall) national championship crown in Canada. Yes, you can scratch your head again. With this win, Tyree joins the few players in America Handball history to have won or reached all the men’s open doubles division in all three handball versions at the national level in the continent.
Tyree Bastidas became the youngest player to reach all championship matches. His brother Jurell helped him accomplish this feat for the most part.
Congratulations to the following players:
Lou Russo(NY): He won the men’s open doubles in 1-, 3-, and 4-wall championships in the same year.
Marty Decatur(NY): He won the men’s open doubles in 1-, 3-, and 4-wall championships during several years.
Ruby Obert(NY): He won the men’s open doubles in 1-, 3-, and 4-wall championships during several years.
Carl Obert(NY): He won and/or reached the men’s open doubles 1-, 3-, and 4-wall championships during several years.
Oscar Obert(NY): He won and/or reached the men’s open doubles 1-, 3-, and 4-wall championships during several years.
John Bike Jr(CA): He won and/or reached the men’s open doubles 1-, 3-, and 4-wall championships during several years.
Tyree Bastidas(NY): He won and/or reached the men’s open doubles 1-, 3-, and 4-wall championships during several years.
Tyree Bastidas’ record:
2009 - USHA National One-Wall Championships – New York. (18 years-old) – men’s open doubles – Joe Durso (Partner).
2012 – USHA National Three-Wall Championships – Ohio. (21 years-old) – men’s open doubles – Jurell Bastidas (Partner).
2012 – USHA National Four-Wall Championships – Canada. (21 years-old) – men’s open doubles – Jurell Bastidas (Partner).
Andy Nett has been on the rise for the past three years beating some of the best players of the 3-wall game.
Mr. Nett doesn’t have a 3-wall handball court to practice in Winona, Minnesota where he lives, but tries his best to adjust his four-wall game to the outdoor competition.
What’s his secret for his recent success? “Serve with power” Tyree said.
“A. Nett has a devastating power serve that has knocked down players such as: Braulio Ruiz, Billy O’Donnell, Nikolai Nahorniak, etc.”
Andy Nett has the perfect ingredients to be a champion as most of his points are scored by his powerful serve. “The only reason I have been able to beat Andy is because I’ve managed to return most of his serves. Once I did that, then I was OK, as I drew him into my game” Tyree said.
Andy Nett has been knocking twice at the championship match during the last two tournaments. Unfortunately, Andy has met Tyree twice during the past two years. Handball fans shouldn’t be surprised to see Andy Nett in the championship match in the near future.
There is no doubt that adding a 1-wall handball event to any other handball version event brings more people together to our game. This was evident at this year 3-wall national event, where players from other states got to enjoy playing and watching the best 1-wall players on the planet.
It was interesting to see the 1-wall courts at Maumee being used by young and old players from other states early in the mornings before the 3-wall handball event started. Even after a downpour on Sunday night, many players were playing the addicted 1-wall game as the 3-wall handball courts were being dried.
Can you imagine how many players across the states would be addicted to the 1-wall game if it was promoted as much as the 4-wall game? Tyree asked.
Once again, Tyree Bastidas came out ahead of the class by overshadowing his opponents after he finished playing in the championship match.
Bastidas, who throughout the tournament (singles division), scored more points than any other player, also allowed his opponents to score the least points against him.
This is not the first time Tyree has performed better “overall” than any other player in the men’s division. He’s done it before at the 1-wall nationals.
T. Bastidas and S. Lenning’s run at the 3-wall nationals in the last three years have taken a similar path, as both players have been stopped at one semifinal and have reached two championship matches.
Congratulations to both players.
Tyree Bastidas Sean Lenning
Points scored by them 176 171
Points scored against them 127 130
T. Bastidas’ point average = 49+
S. Lenning’s point average = 41+
We’ve noticed during the promotion of the tournament that the Prize-money didn’t get posted before or after the tournament finished.
At the beginning, we thought it was a small oversight and gave the USHA the benefit of the doubt. But, after the tournament concluded the USHA never bothered to post it.
This is a national championship where a lot of players fly from all over the U.S. by making traveling arrangements with airlines and hotels. And it’s also a tournament where players need to know in advance whether the prize-money is worth their trip, time and money.
Many players voiced their concern about the prize-money this year, including Hall of Fame player, Albert Apuzzi, who also had a legitimate right to know what the prize-money breakdown was and had no choice but to go public by posting his concern in the internet.
We wish the USHA was a little more straight forward with the prize-money breakdown in the future.