TYREE BASTIDAS

Handball player for life.

USHA National 1-& 3-wall Championships – Tyree rules the outdoor competition - Achieves Milestone in Style.

 

 

 

 

Bastidas in like a "Lion" - The lion was roaring after the 3-wall action.

Photo by USHA

 

Never before in USHA Handball History, has a player been able to capture the 1- and the 3-wall national open singles title in the same year. Tyree Bastidas reached his latest milestone in signature style. He won his second USHA outdoor singles title in a period of 26 days.

Starting with the inaugural USHA 1-wall championships in 1959 to present, Tyree is the only player in the Association to have accomplished this feat.

The more amazing part of this Milestone was when Tyree, on both occasions, also reached the championship match of the men’s doubles with his brother Jurell.

The following chart details the best years when New York players dominated the 3-wall competition, followed by the 1-wall champions during the same period.

We are aware other players such as: Fred Lewis, Lou Russo, Paul Haber and Eric Klarman also won the 3-wall nationals, but neither one captured the 1-wall title in the same year.

Congratulations to all the champions.

Year       3-wall site  Champions         1-wall site Champions

 

1962

Michigan

Oscar Obert

 New York

Kenny Davidoff

1963

Michigan

Marty Decatur

 New York

Oscar Obert

1964

Michigan

Marty Decatur

 New York

Oscar Obert

1965

Michigan

Carl Obert

 New York

Oscar Obert

1966

Michigan

Marty Decatur

 New York

Steve Sandler

1967

Michigan

Carl Obert

 New York

Steve Sandler

1968

Michigan

Marty Decatur

 New York

Steve Sandler

1969

Michigan

Marty Decatur

 New York

Steve Sandler

 

 

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2013 WPH 3WallBall World Championships – New York women players take their game west to bring the title back east.

 

 

 

 

 

This is the second time this year the best big ball players in the women division faced each other in the championship game.

Danielle Daskalakis and Melissa Sky from New York traveled to Las Vegas to compete against the best the west has to offer. Although they played through good players they found themselves playing each other in the final game on September 22.

Both players know each other’s game by now, but in this game nothing is written on stone. The winner was Danielle Daskalakis.

Congratulations to both players for bringing their best game to the west.

USHA National One-Wall Championships - Joe Kaplan reaches second consecutive championship match.

 

 

 

 

Photo by Holly Koffler

 

Mr. Kaplan has been around the handball courts since the early 90’. He belongs to a small group of 1-wall players that went on to win open titles at local and national events.

Mr. Kaplan recalls the fun and bond this group of players had at the beginning. “Satish, Kendle Lewis and I used to travel and play handball all over. Later on, Rob Sostre came along, he is about our age” Joe said.

“Cesar also joined us, but he was about five years younger than us”

On September 27 and prior to Mr. Kaplan’s semifinals game against Mr. Jagnandan, we asked Joe: do you think you could beat Satish today?

I could, but he has beaten me the last three times in the semis here at Coney.

“We know each other’s game, but in this game anything could happen” Joe said.

Mr. Kaplan was right, in 1-wall anything goes. He beat Satish in the first game and after being down 16-2 in the second game, Joe came back to take the game 21-18. Joe advanced to the championship match for the second consecutive year. 

 

Kings of Coney Island – is Joe Durso the king of 1-wall?  – Real answers from real people – Part 4.

 

 

 

 

Photos by Bill Fand & Holly Koffler

 

Albert Apuzzi – USHA Hall of Fame member and Joe Durso’s toughest opponent in the men’s open singles.

Who knows Joe’s game better than Albert Apuzzi?

Mr. Apuzzi has played Joe Durso numerous times, including several championship matches. But Mr. Apuzzi, a former opponent and Joe’s doubles partner doesn’t agree with Mr. Durso’s self proclamation as King of One-Wall as printed in the October handball magazine in 1994.

The following statements were copied from the magazine article as written by Albert Apuzzi in response to Gene D’Alessio’s article:

A more appropriate title by Mr. Durso might be the “King of One-Wall Singles”

By Joe’s own admission he only enters one event because it is too tough going both ways and he doesn’t want to jeopardize his chances in singles.

In the real world, when a kings feels secure he attempts to conquer new territories. I’m sure that he and his opponents don’t feel as secure about his singles crown as you do.

If he wants to lay claim to the title, he can start by trying to slam next year’s one wall nationals.

A better showing of any of the other competitors in both events would make him the “King of One-Wall.” Those are the A (Apuzzi), B (Bike), C’s (Chapman) of handball.

Blending the Past and the Present

For The Record:

Tyree is the only player in America to have won USHA National 1-, 3-, and 4-wall titles in the same year in the junior or in the open divisions.

 

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