Handball player for life.

WPH 3-Wallball World Championships – Las Vegas – a reversal of fortune.





             Top photo by Handball Central - Bottom photo by WPH  


Jurell Bastidas didn’t have a good start in Las Vegas this year. He was suppose to defend his title in the 3-wall small ball singles division but failed miserably in his attempt to repeat. But in spite of his misfortune he was determined to win at least a title before he headed back to Brooklyn, his hometown.

Usually, Jurell teams up with his brother Tyree in the doubles division, but because of his brother’s absence from this year’s tournament, he partnered with Nick Nahorniack in the 3-wall doubles division where they both reached the finals in a much contested division usually dominated by West Coast players.

The championship match pitted the best teams of the East and West Coast: Team Bastidas/Nahorniack and Team Moreno/Lenning respectively.

On paper, the championship match looked like an uphill battle for team Nahorniack/Bastidas as they were facing two great players of the 3-wall game: former 3-wall (short wall) champion Luis Moreno and current 3-wall (long wall) champion Sean Lenning. But on the court, team Nahorniack/Bastidas immediately figured out its opponents’ weaknesses and won the match in two games to the surprise of many handball fans who had heavily bet on team Moreno/Lenning.

World champions live up to their success – are Tracy and Tyree the best USHA outdoors players in the last three years? - You be the Judge!





There are always good players in any given year, but sometimes these players can’t keep up with their stellar performance in a consistent manner and fall off the radar as quickly as they appeared on it.

But in the past three years Tracy Davis and Tyree Bastidas have come to the point where they have actually outperformed the 1- and 3-wall competition overall. Whether they played in the singles or doubles divisions they have managed to reach the finals and capture the titles that are so difficult to win for the majority of players who focus only on one handball version.

There is no doubt the test for endurance and display of both handball skills (1- & 3-wall) on the court is a testament of the best players of the outdoors game.

Tracy Davis and Tyree Bastidas have shown that they can win and maintain the same level of success for the past three years. They also share one thing in common: they are both 1-wall world champions.

Congratulations to both: Tracy Davis and Tyree Bastidas.

Tracy Davis:

2012 World 1-Wall Singles champion.

2013 USHA National 1-Wall Singles champion

2013 USHA National 1-Wall Doubles champion

2013 USHA National 3-Wall (did not compete)

2014 USHA National 1-Wall Singles champion

2014 USHA National 1-Wall Doubles finalist

2014 USHA National 3-Wall Singles champion

2014 USHA National 3-Wall Doubles champion


Tyree Bastidas:

2012 World 1-Wall Singles champion.

2012 World 1-Wall Doubles champion

2013 USHA National 1-Wall Singles champion

2013 USHA National 1-Wall Doubles finalist

2013 USHA National 3-Wall Singles champion

2013 USHA National 3-wall Doubles finalist

2014 USHA National 1-Wall Singles champion

2014 USHA National 1-Wall Doubles finalist

2014 USHA National 3-Wall Singles finalist

2014 USHA National 3-Wall Doubles semi finalist

WPH Aces Player’s Championship. Powered by ESPN (Aces Singles and Doubles Nationwide Challenge)





Photos by Dan Gebben

All, the WPH Player's Championship is April 17th to 19th in Salt Lake; Here:  http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=13707 .           We want you to consider playing or helping us get the word out by sending this message to locals in your area that you think could make the cut.  I know some first timers will be in Salt Lake, which means most brackets will top out at their respective caps; Quals = 32 players; Women = 16 players; Seniors = 16 Players.  The men's qualifier is open to anyone who wants to enter and begins early Friday morning (8a/9a). There is also a pro-am doubles with money and Open singles with money and the tournament directors are allowing you to play multiple ways. All of the details are at the link that I provided. The only restriction is, ...if there is a scheduling conflict, the WPH pro bracket gets priority.

The Senior Men 40+ & Women Pros will have invites who get the top seeds (from the rankings); however, this event is also OPEN and anyone can enter. There will not be a qualifier for the seniors or women; rather, the top seeds will indeed get the top seeds on the bracket and the others will play in.  I do anticipate the brackets filling up and it is first come- first serve.  You can pull a Pudgy and wait until Oh-Dark-Thirty to register, but this is neutral ground and it may be hard to work your way in.  If you are playing, it's best you register ASAP! 

Here's a cool twist... the named pro men, women and seniors are all in line to receive bonus money for their final placement in the rankings. However, you could come in and bump them out of their ranking position and take the bonus cash. For example, Ciana or Aisling, and a series of others could come in and bump Gawley, Tracy, Danielle et al, off the top rankings and steal season-ending bonus cash (All Rules and Bonuses are posted HERE:  http://wphlive.tv/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/WPH-ALL-RULES-V3.pdf). This same thing could happen in the forties and the Men's Pro. In fact, there are scenarios where 20 different people could come in and steal cash. This just ultimately means that the prize money for Salt Lake City could be double for some players. Additionally, there are guys like Moreno, Cordova and Peixoto (off the top of my head) who are at risk of losing thousands with early departures.  Prize money breakdowns are here:  http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewPrizeMoney.asp?TID=13707.  

You could play spoiler! The Deadline for the Pro Men is today; meanwhile, the senior men and women have a deadline of this Friday at noon. 

Pro Men who have said YES:  Brady, Peixoto, Lenning, Alvarado, Fink, Ortiz and D.Cordova. Waiting on Moreno. 

Seniors that have said YES:   Chavez, Schad, Watkins.Waiting on Armijo. 

Women that have said YES:  Casey. Waiting on Daskalakis, Davis and Gawley.

Hotel info, Schedule, and even registration on the link at the beginning of this email. Finals on Sunday at 1pm. 

Salt Lake City is an amazing place to play as the locals really do try hard to make it fun. 

This link also has more info:


Hope to see you in Salt Lake!  

David Charles Vincent IV
World Players of Handball

AAU greatest handball run (1-wall singles) - Update on Steve Sandler’s great run – can Teenager Joel Davidson’s 1-wall run be considered a great run? - You be the Judge!




It’s always amusing to read old handball stories that involve great handball runs from handball players of the past. But as time has gone on, better and younger players have come around to establish new records and better runs. Such is the case of Joel Davidson, a 17-year-old 1-wall player who also happened to play at the AAU singles championships where he beat three USHA Hall of Famers; Steve Sandler, Al Torres and Mark Levine.

We’ve never met Joel Davidson and have no plans on meeting him in the near future, but we would like to give him credit for his great run at the AAU in 1973.

Mr. Davidson may never make it to the Hall, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t get the credit and proper recognition he deserves for his great run at the AAU Nationals.

Joel Davidson a student from Abraham Lincoln high school in Brooklyn had stepped out of his classroom to play in the Annual PSAL high school handball tournament a few weeks before he entered the AAU Nationals 1-wall championships only to be beaten in the early rounds by an unknown kid by the name of Allan Kestenbaum.

Having been trounced in the high school handball competition, Joel Davidson decided to try his luck one more time before he headed to College by playing in the men’s open singles of the AAU national championships where he outplayed and outsmarted the best handball players of that era to win the AAU 1-wall national singles title at the tender age of 17, a milestone that still stands to date.

Because it was Joel’s first time playing at the AAU, he didn’t have a good seeding and was automatically fed to the lions of the game, where he survived unscratched to capture the title in what appears to be the best 1-wall singles run in AAU handball history.

Please keep in mind that we are not here to convince our readers that Joel Davidson had a better run than Steve Sandler, but rather present both sides of the story for our readers to fully understand this topic by posting Mr. Davidson’s run as it appeared in the USHA magazine in the fall of 1973 and by re posting Mr. Sandler’s run as it appeared in the USHA Court Shorts in the summer of 2014.

Mr. Ken Davidoff’s article leads us to believe that Mr. Sandler’s run was the greatest run with his convincing closing statement “Nothing like that had ever happened before, and nothing like that has ever happened since”. But here in Tyree Bastidas’ website we always want our readers to decide by themselves under our Label - You be the Judge!

The following article was published by the USHA Court Shorts on July 11, 2014.


by Ken Davidoff.

AAU greatest handball run (singles)
Steve Sandler, arguably the best one wall handball player in the last sixty years, passed away this week at the age of 74, in Brooklyn, N.Y., of an undisclosed illness.
Steve won the US Handball Association championship in 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973 and 1981. He also won the AAU singles championship in 1961, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, and 1974. In the 1961 AAU tournament, at the age of 21, he beat Carl, Ruby and Oscar Obert in successive rounds. All were hall of famers at the top of their games. Nothing like that had ever happened before, and nothing like that has ever happened since.


The following article was published by the USHA Magazine on October 1973.


by Dan Flickstein

(article partially re-posted due to missing reading material)

Spectator’s smiled at the colorful sign Joel’s friends had designed and posted reading, “All the way Joel.” What Irony that sign proved to hold. After having eliminated Morris Franco in the opening round, Joel met fourth seeded Al Torres, who was fresh from having pulled the year’s one-wall upset by defeating Steve Sandler 21-1 in match play. Joel seemed unruffled by Al’s accomplishments and defeated him handily 21-5, 21-12.

Everyone claimed that Joel was lucky and that Al had just had an off-day. How could anyone have known then that Joel was ultimately to pull, perhaps, the greatest upset in one-wall’s history?

The following week Joel played Charlie “Bananas” Sheldon, 1972 USHA singles runner-up. Annihilating Charlie 21-1 in the first game.  Joel fought a tougher 21-14 second game to oust one of the game’s finest volleyers. Still the crowd was skeptical, After all, people said, “Sheldon doesn’t have much of a serve.”

But Bruce Davidoff does! The next day Joel’s opponent in the quarter-final was a seasoned veteran. Davidoff has both an excellent serve and a fine court game.

To Joel, though, Bruce’s credentials, frequent quarter and semi-finalist, were not impressive. He beat Bruce decisively 21-11, 21-13. Finally people began to ask what his chances were of beating Sandler.

In the blistering sun on July 22, Steve Sandler, one-wall handball’s greatest, defeated Fred Feit 21-13, 21-18 in a quarter-final match. Both games were hard fought. Steve, after the match, volunteered to play young Davidson on the same day because of a rain-out the previous day and a tight schedule to follow.

Few eyebrows were raised at Sandler’s gesture, for he has always had remarkable stamina.

Two hours passed and the match between Joel and Steve materialized. It was brilliantly played by both athletes. Steve winning the first game 21-19 with a rolling killer and an ace for his last two points. But Joel copped the second game 21-17 with as much composure as any previous champion. During the ten minutes respite between games, Sandler informed officials he would not come out for the third game. He was too tired! The kid had done it!!! Of course, some credit for Joel must be lost because of Steve’s prior match with Feit. Nevertheless, even a tired Sandler is more than a match for anyone.

At last Joel Davidson was taken seriously. Could he defeat Mark Levine, former champion, (1970). It was a question nobody could answer for sure. But the final test presented itself and the kid passed with flying colors. Down 16-20 the first game, Joel rallied and pulled it out 21-20 and then resoundingly defeated Levine in the second game 21-12. Levine, who had beaten all his competition in impressive style, and the crowd, and Joel Davidson were flabbergasted, 1973, Joel Davidson’s year, is one which one- wallers will remember well!

Blending the Past and the Present



Back row: Kenny Davidoff, Lou Russo, Marty Decatur, Howie Eisenberg, Al Goldman, Vic Hershkowitz, and Steve Sandler.
Front row: Joel Wisotsky, Ruby Obert, Marc Levine, Irving "The Mayor" Rosenblatt 

For The Record:

Joel Davidson and Tyree Bastidas are the youngest one-wall players to ever win a national (Singles) title in the men's open div. A Milestone still holding:

Joel Davidson - youngest player to win the AAU National 1-wall open (Singles) title.

Tyree Bastidas - youngest player to win the USHA National 1-wall open (Singles) title.