We’ve been to other national tournament all over the U.S. and found the 3-wall championships to be the best USHA Nationals among all three handball versions.
Tyree is from New York and we could easily state the 1-wall nationals is the best, but nope, we like to give credit where credit is due.
The 3-wall nationals provide everything the 1-and 4-wall tournaments got to offer and even more; the best hospitality, the best 1- and 3-wall competition, and proximity to all hotels. Not crazy about hotels? No problem: bring your own camping vehicle and park it right next to the courts for your own convenience. And if that's too much to ask, then leave your vehicle at home and just bring your camping tent.
Players also have the opportunity to play during the day or at night. They also have access to the adjacent 1-wall courts for practice and warm up before the games, and of course the tourney offers the best camaraderie among the players, their families, friends and handball fans.
If you haven’t gone to the 3-wall nationals mark your calendar and make sure to attend this amazing event next year.
Top photo by Bill Fand
The men’s open doubles division has always brought surprises to the fans watching the games.
This year the big surprise of the tourney was team Pete Pellegrini and Robert Sostre. They teamed up to put up a team with many years of handball experience which looked hungry for a title, and while Sostre tried to play mostly on the front, Pellegrini was right behind his partner to back him up with powerful returns with his left hand.
Team Pellegrini/Sostre started by winning its first match in a tiebreaker that put them on a collision course in the quarterfinals against former national champions: C. Sala/J. Kaplan. This match was another heartbreaking story for team Sala/Kaplan, who fought with their entire arsenal but failed to stop and derail the other team.
The Cinderella story of team Pellegrini/Sostre ended up in the semifinal match where they faced team Bastidas.
For those who didn’t watch the game, team Pellegrini/Sostre also got to push team Bastidas to the limit, and lost the first game by merely three points (21-18).
After the first game loss, team Pellegrini/Sostre seemed either; tired or deflated after an exhausted first game. Team Bastidas took advantage of this situation and closed the match in two games.
Congratulations to both teams for a great match.
The second most important outdoors 1-wall handball tournament after the USHA 1-wall nationals has always been the Council Speakers Cup, formerly, “The Mayor’s Cup”
This tournament started in the 90’s and has seen the best players in action. Since 2004, when Tyree started playing handball for the first time in the junior divisions, the Mayor’s Cup was dominated by Satish Jagnandan and Cesar Sala, the best 1-wall players of the first decade of the new Century. But that period of dominance has come to a complete stop as nowadays both brothers: Tyree and his brother Jurell Bastidas have been changing the landscape of this famous handball tournament.
Most handball fans do agree in one thing: this tournament is as tough as the 1-wall nationals. So tough that even Joe Durso, the player to win the most USHA 1-wall singles titles was unable to capture a title in his various futile attempts, even though Joe Durso had won various USHA nationals titles in the 90’s.
Some of the interesting facts about this acclaimed tournament are:
1.- Satish Jaganandan has captured the most titles.
2.- Tyree Bastidas is the youngest player(17-year-old) to reach the finals.
3.- Satish Jagnandan is the oldest player to have won the title.
4.- Tyree Bastidas is the youngest player to capture the singles title.
5.- Satish Jagnandan has played in the most championship matches.
6.- Tyree Bastidas is the youngest player to slam.
7.- Satish Jagnandan has the longest winning streak.
8.- Tyree Bastidas is the youngest player to have captured both: the USHA national and Mayor’s Cup singles titles in the same year.
Year Champions Finalists
2004 Satish Jagnandan vs Cesar Sala
2005 Cesar Sala vs Satish Jagnandan
2006 Cesar Sala vs Satish Jagnandan
2007 Satish Jagnandan vs Cesar Sala
2008 Satish Jagnandan vs Tyree Bastidas
2009 Satish Jagnandan vs W. O’Donnell
2010 Satish Jagnandan vs Cesar Sala
2011 Tyree Bastidas vs Satish Jagnandan
2012 Tyree Bastidas vs Yuber Castro
2013 Jurell Bastidas vs Tyree Bastidas
2014 Tyree Bastidas vs Gio Vasquez
Photo by WPH
Bastidas surprised everyone on his way to the finals of the 1-wall small ball event when he beat fellow New Yorkers, Vlad Klym in the quarter-finals and William Polanco in the semi-finals. Mr. W. Polanco had an excellent run in the Redbull 1-wall tournament during the month of August and was expected to reach the finals in Las Vegas.
Jurell Bastidas’ dream of reaching the championship match for the second consecutive year, materialized as previously planned and earned a second opportunity to be crowned. Jurell reached last year’s championship match, but lost to his brother Tyree.
Jurell would face Gio in the finals after the latter upset Cesar Sala in the other semifinal on the bottom bracket.
Photos by Bill Fand
For many years we have seen beautiful photos of handball players in action in the USHA magazine and in the internet.
Yes, I know what you are thinking. Most of these photos are from 4-wall tournaments, but that’s because there are more 4-wall handball tournaments taken place and more tournament directors submitting their photos to the USHA for publishing.
There has been an increase of 1-wall handball photos in the past ten years, and that’s because there are far more 1-wall tournaments around the states and more involvement of the outdoors handball community, who have duly submitted its photos to the Association in due time for publishing.
Undoubtedly, after looking at many photos from all handball versions, we’ve come to the conclusion that the 1-wall handball version is the only version where the best photos can be produced, either for personal or promotional use of our sport.
But what makes them the best photos?
Unlike photos from other handball versions, the 1-wall handball photos could be taken from any angle without any obstruction, and are enhance and enriched with the natural light.