Photo by Keith Thode
Satish Jagnandan is still the record holder of the Council Speaker’s Cup, formerly the Mayor’s Cup. Mr. Jagnandan holds the reign of this famous tournament with six titles won during the first decade of the century.
Jagnandan winning streak of four open singles titles took place before Tyree Bastidas won his first 1-wall national title on August 2010. Ever since then Mr. Jagnandan has struggled to come back to the top of his game.
Satish’s last appearance at the Mayor’s Cup took place in 2011 where he ran into Tyree Bastidas in the final match.
On the other hand Bastidas has captured three open singles titles to date and is already half way, and approaching Jagnandan’s record.
With Satish Jagnandan making unannounced appearances at the 1-wall nationals, one shouldn’t be surprised to see him play at the Mayor’s Cup next year to defend his record and to keep his reputation as one of the best players of the 1-wall game.
Champions of the Mayor’s Cup:
1995 Robert Sostre
1998 Kendle Lewis
1999 Joe Kaplan
2000 Kendle Lewis
2001 John Wright
2002 Satish Jagnandan
2003 Cesar Sala
2004 Satish Jagnandan
2005 Cesar Sala
2006 Cesar Sala
2007 Satish Jagnandan
2008 Satish Jagnandan
2009 Satish Jagnandan
2010 Satish Jagnandan
2011 Tyree Bastidas
2012 Tyree Bastidas
2013 Jurell Bastidas
2014 Tyree Bastidas
The 3-wall game is usually considered a power game, but when we watched every member of the Mastropierro family from Florida play at the 3-wall nationals, we noticed that none of them use power in their game.
Perhaps this disadvantage is their advantage during their games that they usually play combined with lots of rallies where they all have won events.
The Mastropierro players showed up for the first time in Maumee, Toledo about three years ago and are an excellent addition to the 3-wall handball community.
Do they play 1- and 4-wall handball forms?
We don’t know about 4-wall, but we are assuming they can excel in 1-wall since they are good outdoor handball players.
Congratulations to Joe Sr., Joe Jr. and John Mastropierro.
There are many hard hitters in the big ball handball community but only one stands out as the top hard hitter: Lenny Medina.
Mr. Medina is a right hand player and towers over the competition with his 6 feet plus height. Nope, he is not a skinny tall dude, he is built like a rock and you don’t want to be on his way when he is swinging his arms around.
We’ve heard about him before but we’ve never see him in action in big ball until the quarter finals of the 2014 KOTC tournament in Queens. We were just watching a game on the other side of the main court, when we heard a loud noise similar to a ball being hit with a racket. We kept listening to the blasting sound about ten times, so we decided to go to the other side of the court to find out who is playing racket ball during the handball tournament. To our surprise, we got to see Arnold Cardenas in the receiving end, struggling to return the serve from Lenny Medina aka "the human racket"
Mr. Cardenas seemed to regret he was playing the human racket at the moment, but little by little he regained his composure and started to return the serves he had completely missed at the beginning of the game. Although his game had started to improve, it was a little bit too late to mount a comeback.
We did notice that the serve of the human racket was losing power as the game progressed and that was due to the tremendous effort and power he used at the beginning of the game. “When you hit the ball the way Lenny does, you get tired fast” said Tyree Bastidas, who had just finished playing in the quarterfinals too.
“I m surprised his hand hasn’t come off yet”
The most successful handball, racquetball and paddle ball events held at Las Vegas strip also failed to stop players from registering in more events they weren't suppose to register for.
We had previously sounded the alarms on this issue by posting an article “How much is too much when playing handball in a weekend?”
Paul Angel, a versatile player who specializes in all three disciplines, managed to play in ten different events during the long week marathon that left him unable to continue during the final day of the tournament “I had a good time in Las Vegas and I did pretty good all the way to the last day, but I got exhausted and I had to forfeit some of the finals.” Paul Angel said.
Sure he won some events, reached the finals in a couple of them, but in the end he had to forfeit. But where did the system go terrible wrong for this player?
We believe the players should only be allowed to play a limited amount of events to prevent them from getting hurt. But who is responsible to prevent them from playing more than a reasonable amount of events in a four-day span? Is it the WPH? Is it the WOR? or is it the 2.sport.com registration site?
On Saturday September 13, Paul Angel became the most popular name called out over the speakers. His name was called so many times that got the attention of a racquetball tournament Director who approached him. “I just noticed that you are registered in more than five events, but whatever.” said the Tournament Director.