Tyree Bastidas performed his best at the men’s open throughout the year. We had known Tyree for outperforming the junior divisions before, but to outperform the men’s open at his tender age is something unheard of.
This year, Tyree proved and convinced the doubters, why he is the most complete player in the Association. His run through the men’s open earned him a place in the pantheon of champions, while his brother Jurell helped him reach two out of three finals in the men’s doubles.
We all know there are only three players (including Tyree) in America who have swept the men’s open championships in all three handball versions, including the AAU and USHA. But did the other two players go as far and as deep as Tyree did? You be the judge!
Tyree did it in a more convincing way. He reached five finals out of six. No other player has done that before, certainly not at his age.
The following players outperformed the competition in all three handball codes in the same year:
Tyree Bastidas (23-year-old) – partner, Nick (24) & Jurell (27-year-old).
2013 USHA National 1-Wall Championships – champion - singles – Tyree Bastidas
2013 USHA National 1-Wall Championships – finalist - doubles partner (Jurell Bastidas)
2013 USHA National 3-Wall Championships – champion - singles – Tyree Bastidas
2013 USHA National 3-Wall Championships – finalist - doubles partner (Jurell Bastidas)
2013 USHA National 4-Wall Championships – champion - singles - Paul Brady
2013 USHA National 4-Wall Championships – champion - doubles partner (Nahorniack)
Vic Hershkowitz (33-year-old) – different partners.
1952 AAU National 1-Wall Championships – champion - singles – Vic Hershkowitz
1952 AAU National 1-wall Championships – champion – doubles (Andrews/I. Kirzner)
1952 USHA National 3-Wall Championships – champion - singles - Vic Hershkowitz
1952 USHA National 3-Wall Championships – champion – doubles – Dressler/Collins
1952 USHA National 4-Wall Championships – champion - singles - Vic Hershkowitz
1952 USHA National 4-Wall Championships – champion – doubles – F. Coyle/B. Baier
Oscar Obert (34-year-old) – partner, Ruby (30-year-old).
1962 – USHA National 1-Wall Championships – finalist/singles – Oscar Obert
1962 – USHA National 1-Wall Championships – champion – doubles partner, Ruby Obert
1962 – USHA National 3-Wall Championships – champion - singles – Oscar Obert
1962 – USHA National 3-Wall Championships – champion - doubles – Decatour/Sloan
1962 – USHA National 4-Wall Championships –champion - singles – Oscar Obert
1962 – USHA National 4-Wall Championships – champion - doubles – Jacobs/Decatour
Mr. Simmons traveled close to a 3,000 miles round trip to play in the Albany Open. He has played in several USHA and CHA tournaments during his handball career, but has never faced Tyree before. But at the Albany Open, Mr. Simmons couldn’t avoid running into Tyree during the men’s open doubles. He had no choice but to play Tyree’s team in order to reach the finals. After the match, Mr. Simmons was so exhausted and happy to win, he gave us the following statement:
“I think Tyree has too much talent for this game. He might be wasting his time playing handball. He should take up racquetball or tennis where he could make a lot of money”
“I’ve played against other players in the past, who spin and hook the ball in either direction, but when I played Tyree, I was surprised to see the way he hooks the ball along with some incredible shots that really threw me off. I don’t know how he does it, but whatever he does, is very scary. Now I understand why top players have a hard time playing him. It’s fun watching Tyree play from outside the court, but it is a total different experience playing him on the court”
The USHA has spoken and once again Bastidas gets top recognition along the best players of the game.
This is not the first time Tyree’s accomplishments have been recognized at the highest level, but it won’t be the last time either. We still believe his best year is yet to come and we can’t wait for it.
Congratulations to the following players, who were also nominated for this prestigious honor.
a) Tyree winning 1-wall and 3-wall singles titles.
b) Sophomore Sweep for Ireland's Catriona Casey and Martin Mulkerrins as both defended their titles the National Collegiates.
c) Tracy Davis winning her 9th 1-wall title and the Women's Classic.
d) Paul Brady winning his 8th 4-wall title.
e) Timbo Gonzalez repeat slam at Big Ball Nationals.
Photo by Dennis E Raschke.
For one week at least, Emmett Peixoto found answers to his woes. He finally defeated Tyree Bastidas, who had become his tormentor throughout the year.
It was a reprieve for one week from the nonstop questions about whether Peixoto can comeback to his top level of play this year.
Mr. Peixoto not only made sure he reached the championship match as he’s done it before, but he made sure he won it.
“That’s a mark of a good player. He’s a resilient guy: he’s shown that he can bounce back.” Handball fan Steve said.
Emmett Peixoto was also able to turn back another formidable player in the semifinals, Nick Nahorniack.
In addition, he reached the finals of the men’s doubles, but fell short to team Moreno/Nett.
Congratulations to Mr. Peixoto.