Handball player for life.

USHA National Four-Wall Championships – Nick Nahorniack and Tyree Bastidas advances to semis after a fast-moving game in the quarter-finals.






Defending national 4-wall champions, Bastidas and Nahorniack put up a great fight during the quarterfinal on June 20.

Tyree Bastidas, who was still nursing his injured hand, found himself in the middle of a fast moving game that had threatened to derail his plan to advance to the semis. But Tyree and Nick ultimately managed to control the game to end it on their favor.

Although Tyree tried not to use his injured hand, he got to play only with one hand during 90 % of the match.

At the conclusion of their quarterfinal match team Bastidas/Nahorniack felt more confident for their next game in the semis against Luis Moreno and Jonathan Hingey.

“Luis and Jonathan are strong players. They shoot all the time. We’ll try not to fall into their game” Tyree said.

The 4-wll nationals in Minneapolis was a perfect example of a well organized event that attracted most of the best players in the world.

PSAL 1-Wall High School Tournament - Boys division.





Photo by PSAL

PATRIOT ACT!! Francis Lewis takes it all!!

by George Diaz – Handball Supervisor

Posted On 06/24/2014

The Francis Lewis Patriots made their second straight trip to the finals. After a heartbreaking loss last year to Bayside and having six seniors graduating at the end of the month, the Patriots knew they needed to get it done now and they weren't going to be denied. 

Francis Lewis started by calling 2013-14 Doubles Invitational Champions Daniel Chu and Jeremy Garcia. They started early taking a 5-0 lead but it wasn't long for Andy Guan and Derek Zhu to make a run on their own and tie things up at 5. After a broken serve, Francis Lewis got back up and went on 11-0, taking command 16-5. After a timeout the Engineers broke their serve and stayed in the match but Daniel and Jeremy were too much to overcome as they scored a 21-13 victory giving Francis Lewis a 1-0 lead. 

Brooklyn Tech looking to even things out called the always dangerous 2nd singles Usman Ansari to take on always fun to watch Mathew Lipke. Usman got to quick start taking 5-0 before Lipke woke up and tied the game at 5. After rallies, Mathew got hot and took control of the match taking a 13-8 lead. Few broken rallies later, Usman got close, 15-14 and then 17-15 but lost the serve. Mathew got within match point before serving out and giving Usman one last chance to make a push. He served out but was able to break Mathew's serve earning another chance to take the match but couldn't close the deal allowing Mathew another chance and he didn't waste any time scoring a 21-16 victory giving the Patriots a 2-0 lead. 

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USHA National Big Ball 1-Wall Championships & FIFA World Cup end on July 13 – busy weekend for USHA President, handball and soccer players.





On July 12, Mike Steele, President of the Association “USHA” and Tyree Bastidas, met under the hospitality tent to discuss handball related issues after Bastidas had just finished playing soccer on the eve of the Soccer world cup finals that took place on Sunday, July 13. Coincidentally, The USHA handball big ball final games were also scheduled to be played on July 13.

The handball tournament ran smooth throughout the weekend where Mr. Steele not only managed to work the desk, but even got to enjoy watching some of the games in the juniors, men’s and women's divisions.

Mr. M. Steele also got to travel to Manhattan to join another group of handball players who were celebrating Paul Williams’ induction into the USHA Hall of Fame late into Saturday night.

On Sunday 13, Mr. Steele traveled back to Brooklyn to watch the final big ball games and to celebrate Timbo Gonzalez's big ball accomplishments in the last year.

USHA National Three-Wall Juniors Championships – Robert Lee ends juniors division on a high note.





Top photo by Keith Thode - Bottom photo by USHA

Robert Lee, a freshman handball player for Midwood high school, got to meet and watch Tyree play for Midwood for the last time in 2007. But Bastidas’s departure from high school competition didn’t keep them apart for too long. Soon; Robert and Tyree started playing a lot of 1-wall handball and traveling to other boroughs for more competition. Robert Lee had also shown interest in learning the 3- and 4-wall game and Bastidas helped him by traveling together to out of state tournaments.

Robert Lee has come a long way since his freshman year. He has been competing at the 3-wall juniors nationals, 4-wall nationals and of course, the famous 1-wall nationals that’s held in Brooklyn, his hometown.

His hard work paid-off last year when he was ranked among the best ten 1-wall open players in the U.S. Recently, he won the 3-wall juniors nationals by winning the singles and doubles divisions. But it wasn’t easy winning those two events. He lost the first game in the singles and was down in the second game 12-21 when he decided that enough was enough. He came back to take the second game and eventually the tiebreaker. Mr. R. Lee now stands as the last New Yorker to win and slam the USHA 3-wall junior nationals.

Congratulations to Robert Lee for a successful junior handball journey.

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For the love of the game – Tyree Bastidas - handball player for life.




The 13-year-old that fell in love with handball in 2004 has become one of the most storied players in the world.

Born in Brooklyn, Tyree Bastidas first played big ball at Marine Park. Recognizing the better opportunities and more challenges in the small ball game, he started practicing small ball and soon joined his Midwood high school handball team. He adjusted his game with little difficulty.

Currently nursing a hand injury, the 23-year-old was happy and appreciative to have found a sport that has giving him so much to celebrate in his first ten years of playing handball. “I never thought I would win so many titles at home and abroad” Tyree said.

He’s right, he has concluded a successful handball career in the past ten years, and he has left a mark of a champion across the states.

Keith Thode from Michigan has followed Tyree through his camera lens in the last ten years and has archived his photos on the internet.

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Council Speaker’s Cup (formerly Mayor’s Cup) – Two young players upset two veterans of the game.





Photo above from l: Teddy Mleczckowski and Youjen Chang.

Two recent high school graduates, Teddy and Youjen joined forces to compete in the men’s open doubles for the first time after graduating from the ICHA High School Spring Meet handball tournament, which is a stepping stone for young handball players who wish to play at the Elite ICHA Council Speaker’s Cup open division.

Teddy and Youjen are good handball players and they are considered hard hitters in the junior divisions, but never thought they would upset top players who have captured the men’s open doubles division in the past.

Both teams deserved to win, but team Teddy Mleczckowski/Youjen Chang was playing so good on July 19 that almost everything fell into place on their favor: the rallies, the kill shots, the serves and even the returns.

Team Giovani Vasquez/Alvaro Rebaza also played good, and the score of 25-23 can confirm that, but was upset by a younger team that played inspired by the crowd that was cheering and roaring behind them.

Congratulations to Teddy and Youjen and welcome to the men’s open doubles.

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Blending the Past and the Present

For The Record:

Tyree Bastidas is the only player in the world to have captured and unified the open singles world title from two different organizations.

World Handball Championships - 1-wall champion.

WPH 3Wallball World Championships - 1-wall champion.