Photo (r) by Keith Thode - Tyree Bastidas and Steve Sandler.
Despite long-standing assumptions that Steve Sandler would beat any player in any one-on-one matchups in a landslide, a new study shows otherwise.
I know what you are thinking and by now you are probably wondering why Sandler's 1-wall record isn't better than Bastidas'.
That's because Sandler's performance as a young open 1-wall player had been hyped to promote him, the game and the fairly new USHA national 1-wall championships. Sandler's handball career did take off and overcame the rest of the competition after he turned 25.
Steve Sandler competed at the inaugural USHA 1-wall championships in 1959 when he was only 19-years-old and is considered to be the best among the first generation of USHA 1-wall players. Fast-forward fifty years, and we have a new generation of 1-wall players represented by current 1-wall national champion, Tyree Bastidas “Anyone who underestimates Tyree Bastidas does so at their own peril.” said Stevens Brown, a handball follower from Park Slope, Brooklyn.
“Look at what he did in the men's open by the age of 24”
Here in Tyree's camp, we didn't want to do a comparison of these two great players as we're still working on other great young open players who performed above and beyond the competition and deserve credit for their achievements too. But at the request of some of our readers we felt the need to bring out this topic sooner than later to set the record straight.
The following comparison outlines some of their personal information and their handball achievements before they turned 25-years-old.
Tyree Bastidas Steve Sandler
Brooklyn Place of Birth Brooklyn
1990 Year born 1940
5,7 High 5,7
Midwood High School Lafayette
19 Age when 1st 1-wall title won 21
2010 Year 1-wall title won 1961
USHA First 1-wall title won AAU
USHA National competitions AAU & USHA
1, 3, & 4-wall Handball versions played 1- & 3-wall
One # of doubles titles won None
Five # of 1-wall (s) finals reached Three
Four # of 1-wall (d) finals reached One
One # of slams None
Five # of open titles (s/d) One
No 1 Seed for 265+ weeks Records None
Most 1-wall (s) titles Milestones None
Six # of 1-wall attempts before Twelve
USHA ('08-'10) winning 1st open title AAU/USHA ('59-'61)
Most of the information on this post is found at the official USHA website.
Dispelling the Myth in the handball world – Believe it or not!
Myth – 1979 was the first year a girl competed at the USHA 4-wall juniors nationals when a girl's division was offered for the first time.
Fact – 1974 marks the FIRST year a 14-year-old girl by the name of Kathy Rappaport from Casselberry, Florida, showed up to play at the USHA juniors nationals held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Because the USHA didn't offer a girl's division then, she played in the boy's division.
Photos by Keith Thode
Miss. Catriona Casey had a fantastic run in the 1-wall women's open singles division at the worlds handball competition held in Calgary, Canada during the summer of 2015, where she found herself one game away from reaching the championship match. But before she could reach the final game, Miss. Casey needed to play New York 1-wall champion, Sandy Ng who was patiently waiting for Miss. Casey to decide for her fate on the main court.
Miss. Sandy Ng had traveled to numerous 4-wall tournaments to promote the game where she has suffered at the hands of Catriona Casey, a four-wall specialist.
We couldn't understand about all the talk and bets surrounding this match as we already knew the outcome of it. Both players were worthy to be in the finals, but there was one little detail that everyone had forgotten. This was Sandy's Payback day!
Sandy Ng had been waiting a long time for this moment to come because Catriona Casey had never bothered to come to New York to promote the game or to challenge Sandy in the 1-wall version.
On this semifinals day Sandy Ng made sure to put away all that pain and misery that Catriona Casey had inflicted on her through the 4-wall game. She trounced C. Casey in two fast-moving games.
Congratulations to both ladies for playing a great match.
Ever since two 1-wall handball courts were built at the Lucas Recreation Center many young players from the states and abroad have taken the opportunity to show their 1-wall skills. Without the courts these young talented players would have never discovered how good they fared in the 1-wall game. But thanks to the handball community both outdoor games (1- & 3-wall) are offered during the same Labor Day weekend.
The Lucas Recreation Center in Maumee is the first 3-wall handball facility in the U.S. to have 1-wall courts.
There is a couple of 3-wall handball facilities around the country that are also planning to add 1-wall courts, including one in Milwaukee. As soon as they are ready for training and competition we will update our readers on it.