We all talk about playing and winning a national title in any handball version, but rarely talked about winning two titles in two different versions.
But, why don’t we talk about winning an open title in every handball version (1-, 3- and 4-wall)?
The answer is very simple: Not everyone is cut out to be an all-around champion. In fact only a small percentage of players can actually capture a title in all three handball versions in the men’s open (singles or doubles).
This past weekend, Tyree Bastidas became part of the small percentage when he captured the 3-wall national title that had been eluding him in the past few years.
No other player in any handball version has been able to accomplish this Milestone at the age of 22.
Congratulation to Tyree - the most versatile player (youngest) in USHA Handball History:
USHA National One-Wall Championships – Singles champion (19-year-old)
USHA National Three-Wall Championships – Singles champion (22-year-old)
USHA National Four-Wall Championships – Doubles champion (22-year-old)
The 4-wall national was one of the best handball events we have seen so far during the current year. It included players from several countries and different handball associations.
As in the past, it drew hundreds of players from 11-years-old to 82-years-old.
Highlight of the tournament: The four-wall handball tournament was played in Iowa for the first time.
High percentage: Almost 40% of the men’s singles open division was made up of Irish players.
Upset: Martin Mulkerrins defeated second-seeded, Charley Shanks .
Open Status: Leslie Amminson, a 16 year-old from St Johns earned Open status after defeating all her opponents.
Mother and Daughter open team: Meredith and Eliza Little from Kansas was the only mother and daughter team in the tournament.
Youngest Northeast team to win the men’s doubles open division: Tyree Bastidas (NY) and Nick Nahorniack (IL).
New Record: Paul Brady (IRE) is the only Irish player to have won the most USHA 4-wall national open single titles.
During the 3-wall marathon competition, handball stars: Nahorniack from Illinois and Bastidas from New York, got together again to plan and play at the U.S. Open of Handball in California during the month of October.
They are the current national champions and have a very big chance to win the division and the big purse offered to the winners.
Tyree and Nick know each other since their junior years (2004) and have grown up to become outstanding open players. They are both products of the USHA national junior championships and are excellent players in all three handball versions.
They will fly west as the youngest team to represent the northeast to challenge the best teams of the game.
Good luck to these young fine players.
Kings of Coney Island, the handball film that has been traveling around the world from festival to festival will be making an extra stop in Brooklyn to the delight of movie goers.
The King of the Court film will be playing not too far away from the Coney Island handball courts, making it easy for handball players to attend.
Thanks to the great reviews that include “The Audience choice Award”, the film will hit the big screen at the famous Coney Island Film festival on September 21, 2013.
During the 3-wall nationals, handball players and fans were talking about the movie, “I saw the trailer, I can’t wait to watch it at the theater.” A young handball player from California said.
“We are glad to know there is a handball film out there. Can’t wait to watch it”, another handball fan from Chicago said.
For those who couldn’t make it the first time during its sell-out debut in May of 2013, this will be a great opportunity before the end of the year.