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    2017-18 NWBA Junior Division Annual Awards

    01/12/2018, 4:45pm CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    Application deadline is Friday, March 3

    The NWBA Junior Division Executive Committee is pleased to announce that they are accepting nomination forms for the 2017-18 NWBA Junior Division Annual Awards. The awards will be presented during the Junior Division Banquet at the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Louisville, KY. Recipients of an award do not need to be present to receive the award. Please read the awards descriptions and nomination forms to understand the premise and requirements of each award.

    The award descriptions are listed below, but can also be found here or by visiting http://www.nwba.org/jrdivisionawards

     

    Courage Center Award of Merit for Outstanding Leadership in Developing the Junior Division

    Every year the Junior Division will honor the Courage Center by presenting the Courage Center Award of Merit for Outstanding Leadership in Developing the Junior Division to an organization that embodies the characteristics of the Courage Center. This award is named after an organization that has truly been a leader in developing the sport, the division, and its athletes and coaches.


    Dave Ruback Legacy Award

    Every year the Junior Division will honor the memory of Dave Ruback by presenting the Dave Ruback Legacy Award to an individual that best exemplifies the way Dave Ruback served the Junior Division. This award is designed to honor parents of NWBA Junior Division athletes who go “above and beyond the norm” for the betterment of the Junior Division.

     

    Dr. Robert Szyman Leadership Award

    For all that Dr. Robert Szyman has accomplished throughout the years, it is the successful application of his vision and leadership through his service as the Commissioner of the Junior Division for 22 years that we honor with the annual presentation of the Dr. Robert Szyman Leadership Award. This award is an effort to recognize those who continue Bob’s work, those who help shape and grow the Junior Division, help develop the athletes and coaches that will take this organization and this sport well into the 21st century.

     

    Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award

    With over 50 years of contributions to the NWBA , each year the Junior Division will honor Ed Owen by presenting the Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award to the coach who embodies the legacy of dedication to teaching and learning, leadership and vision of Ed Owen. This award is designed to honor a coach who embodies the teaching qualities and coaching spirit of the legendary Ed Owen and meets the criteria for the Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award.

     

    In order to nominate a person or organization for an award, simply fill out the corresponding nomination form and return it to the Junior Division Executive Committee Secretary, David Elbert (elbert@jhu.edu) no later than Saturday, March 3rd.

     

    The Junior Division Executive Committee will review the nomination forms and vote for the recipient of each award.

     

    NWBA Hall of Fame Nominations Now Being Accepted

    01/12/2018, 10:30am CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    Applications due Wednesday, February 24

    The NWBA Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the 2018 NWBA Hall of Fame induction, which is scheduled to occur during the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical. The NWBA Hall of Fame is for competitors and non-competitors who made a significant contribution to the growth and playing of the sport of wheelchair basketball.

    Hall of Fame criteria and selection process is defined on the NWBA Hall of Fame website by clicking here or by visiting http://www.nwba.org/hof

    To nominate a person for the Hall of Fame, please complete the 'Hall of Fame Nomination Form' by clicking here. Please complete the form with detailed and substantiated information about the nominee(s), and their contributions to wheelchair basketball. The NWBA Hall of Fame Committee would appreciate stats, articles, and other information.

    Please complete the form, along with three Letters of Support for the Nominee (in Word format) that verify and personalize the nominees’ unique qualifications. All nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, February 24 at midnight to:

    Frank T. Burns , Chairman NWBA Hall of Fame Committee

    E-Mail: ftburns@hotmail.com

    Address:  6410 S. Minerva 1S

    Chicago, IL 60637
     

    Nomination to the Hall of Fame does NOT guarantee selection and Induction. Each nominee’s qualifications are carefully examined and evaluated. It is not unusual for nominees to be on the ballot for several years before selection.  

    This Week in the NWBA (Jan. 8-14)

    01/10/2018, 4:45pm CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is excited to offer sanctioned events in Alabama, California, Kansas, New Jersey and Oklahoma.

    All events are open to the public. The NWBA asks that teams and spectators share their experience by posting their photos and tagging the NWBA. Use the hashtag #NWBA to be featured on our social media sites.

     

    ASCAA Wheelchair Basketball Bash (Jan. 11-13)

    The American Collegiate Society for Adapted Athletics will be hosting the ASCAA Wheelchair Basketball Bash from January 11-13, 2018. The tournament will be held at the YMCA Farha Center, located at 640 S. YMCA Drive, Andover, KS.

    The tournament will feature the following 13 collegiate teams: University of Alabama (Men and Women) of Tuscaloosa, AL, University of Arizona (Women) of Tuscon, Arizona, Edinboro University (Men) of Edinboro, PA, University of Illinois (Men) of Champaign, IL, University of Missouri (Men) of Columbia, MO, Southwest Minnesota State University (Men) of Marshall, MN, University of Nebraska – Omaha (Men) of Omaha, NE, University of Texas – Arlington (Men and Women) of Arlington, TX, and the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater (Men and Women) of Whitewater, WI.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Rob Egan at (316) 305-4151 or robegan@gmail.com.

     

    2018 Pioneer Classic (Jan. 12-14)

    The Lakeshore Foundation will be hosting the 2018 Pioneer Classic from January 12-14, 2018. The tournament will be held at the Lakeshore Foundation, located at 4000 Ridgeway Drive, Birmingham, AL.

    The tournament with feature the following seven Adult Division II teams: University of Auburn Tigers of Auburn, AL, Charlotte Rolling Hornets of Charlotte, NC, Ft. Lauderdale Sharks of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Longshore Storm of Birmingham, AL, Memphis Rolling Grizzles of Memphis, TN, Music City Lightning of Nashville, TN, and the Tampa Bay Strong Dogs of Tampa Bay, FL.

    The tournament will also feature the following six Adult Division III teams: Auburn Tigers of Auburn, AL, Mobile Patriots, of Mobile, AL, Orlando Magic of Orlando, FL, Shepherd Stealers of Atlanta, GA, Tampa Bay Strong Dogs of Tampa Bay, FL, and the USM Golden Eagles of Hattiesburg, MS.

    The Junior Varsity Division will be represented by the following three teams in the tournament: BlazeSports Jr. Hawks of Atlanta, GA, Lakeshore Lakers of Birmingham, AL, and the UAH Chargers of Huntsville, AL.

    The Junior Prep Division will be representing by the following two teams in the tournament: BlazeSports Jr. Hawks of Atlanta, GA and the Lakeshore Sharks of Birmingham, AL.

    The adult divisions will be competing in a round robin tournament.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Kristen King at (205) 313-7435 or kristenk@lakeshore.org.

     

    Tulsa Roustabout’s Home Tournament (Jan. 13)

    The City of Tulsa will be hosting the Tulsa Roustabout’s Home Tournament on January 13, 2018. The tournament will take place at the O’Brien Park, located at 6149 N. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK.

    The tournament will feature the following four Adult Division III teams: Arkansas Rollin’ Razorbacks of Scott, AR, Fort Smith Shooting Stars of Fort Smith, AR, Tulsa Jammers of Tulsa, OK, and the Tulsa Roustabouts of Tulsa, OK.

    For more information, please contact Event Director DJ Sutterfield at (262) 472-3169 or djsutterfield.ds@gmail.com.

     

    1st Annual Nets Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Jan. 13-14)

    The Wheelchair Sports Federation will be hosting the 1st Annual Nets Wheelchair Basketball Tournament from January 13-14, 2018. The tournament will take place at the Hackensack Middle School located at 360 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ.

    The tournament will feature the following six Adult Division III teams: Brooklyn Nets of Brooklyn, NY, Connecticut Spokebenders of Meriden, CT, New England Blazers of Saugus, MA, Axis Knights of New York, NY, WSF Team Liberty of Brooklyn, NY and the Connecticut Rolling Sun Chapter 126 of Bristol, CT.

    The tournament will be a three-game guaranteed format.

    For more information, please contact Event Director David Deas at (347) 512-7186 or david.deas527@gmail.com.

     

    Central CA Juniors Tournament (Jan. 13-14)

    The Valley Children’s Adaptive Sports will be hosting the Central CA Juniors Tournament from January 13-14, 2018. The tournament will take place at the John W. Wells Youth Center, located at 701 5th Street, Madera, CA.

    The competition format for the tournament will be a round robin play.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Alexis Newlin at (559) 903-4434 or anewlin@valleychildrens.org.

     

    Week in Review (Jan. 1-7)

    01/10/2018, 12:15pm CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) offered several sanctioned events this past week in Colorado, Nevada, Texas and Wisconsin.

     

    U.S. Men’s National Team Selection Camp (Jan. 2-7)

    The NWBA hosted the U.S. Men’s National Team Selection Camp from January 2-7, 2018 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Throughout the camp, 28 of our nation’s top wheelchair basketball players competed in scrimmages and ran a multitude of drills to earn a spot on the 2018 U.S. Men’s team and meet again in May for the final selection of the 12-man roster for the 2018 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation World Championships.

    The 2018 U.S. Team sees the return of 10 out of the 12 athletes from the 2016 Paralympic Games gold-medal team.

    For more information on the U.S. Men’s National Team, please visit http://www.nwba.org/page/show/3431065-men-s-national-2018-.

     

    NWBA Midwest Junior Invitational Tournament (Jan. 6-7)

    The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater hosted an NWBA Junior Division Regional Qualifying Tournament last weekend. The tournament was help in the Williams Center at 907 W. Schwager Drive, Whitewater, Wisconsin in the DLK Fieldhouse. The tournament featured Varsity, Varsity 2, and Junior Prep Division teams.

    The WASA Bucks of Milwaukee, WI won the Varsity Division tournament, winning every game that they played. In the Varsity 2 tournament, the Synergy Bulls of Carol Stream, IL won, beating out the Cincinnati Dragons of Covington, OH in the championship game. The Minnesota Rolling Rowdies of Minneapolis, MN won the championship in the Junior Prep Division tournament, beating every team in their division.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Jeremy “Opie” Lade at (262) 472-3169 or ladej@uww.edu.

     

    Rocky Mountain Invitational (Jan. 6-7)

    Colorado Wheelchair Basketball and the Denver Rolling Nuggets hosted an Adult Division I tournament last weekend. The tournament was held at the Gold Crown Fieldhouse in Lakewood, CO at 150 South Harland Street.

    Five teams competed in the round robin tournament, with the Missouri Predators of Kansas City, MI winning it all and ending the weekend with a record of 3-1. Their only loss came at the hand of the Denver Rolling Nuggets of Denver, CO.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Jess Markt at (360) 209-9336 or jwmarkt@hotmail.com.

     

    Las Vegas YUCCAS DI Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Jan. 6-7)

    The City of Las Vegas and the Paralympics Sports Club of Las Vegas hosted a two-day tournament last weekend. The tournament was held at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas campus at 4505 S Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV.

    In a field of four teams, the University of Arizona Wildcats – DI of Tuscon, AZ won the tournament with a record of 4-0. They dominated the competition, winning by an average margin of 22 points throughout the tournament.

    For more information, please contact Jonathan Foster at (702) 229-4796 or jfoster@lasvegasnevada.gov.

     

    Corpus Christi RIMZ Bayfront Classic (Jan. 6-7)

    The Corpus Christi RIMZ hosted the 1st Annual Bayfront Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament last weekend. The tournament was held in the Corpus Christi Natatorium located at 3202 Cabaniss Road, Corpus Christi, TX.

    Four teams from the state of Texas competed in the tournament, with the Houston Hotwheels – DIII of Houston, TX ending the weekend in first place. They defeated the Harker Heights Hustlers of Harker Heights, TX in the championship game, which was a nail-biter with a final score of 47-45.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Carlos A. Cavazos at (361) 883-8980 or mcavazos22@stx.rr.com

    December's Teams of the Month Announced

    01/09/2018, 11:15am CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is honored to announce the NWBA’s Teams of the Month for December. December’s winners are listed below and on the NWBA website at http://www.nwba.org/teampastwinners.

    NWBA Teams of the Month winners will receive a “Team of the Month” plaque.

    The NWBA recognized the following teams per division:

             Junior Division: One team each Varsity and Prep 

             Intercollegiate Division: One team (either men’s or women’s)

             Women’s Division: One team                                    

             Adult Division: One team each Division I, Division II and Division III

    Women’s Division

    No nominees

    Adult Division I

    No nominees

    Adult Division II

    No nominees

    Adult Division III

    Turnstone Bandits of Fort Wayne, Indiana

    - December Record (W-L): 4-0

    Intercollegiate Division

    No nominees

    Junior Varsity's

    Utah Rush - Varsity of Salt Lake City, Utah

             - Champions of West Coast Bid Regional

    - Team Record (W-L): 4-0

    - Beat out the Fairfax Falxons in our poll by a razor thin margin of six votes

    Junior Prep

    No nominees
     

    The NWBA thanks all athletes, coaches, and supporters for participating in December’s Team of the Month awards. Congratulations again to all teams that were nominated and selected as Teams of the Month.

    January’s Teams of the Month applications are due at 12:00 pm MST on Monday, February 5. All Player of the Month applications should be sent to brandonmcbeain@nwba.org.

    December's Nike Players of the Month Announced

    01/09/2018, 11:15am CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is honored to announce the NWBA’s Nike Players of the Month for December. December’s winners and results are listed on the NWBA website at http://www.nwba.org/pastwinners.

    Winners of the NWBA Player of the Month program will receive a Nike Dri-FIT NWBA branded t-shirt.

     

    The NWBA recognized the following athletes per division:

             Junior Division: One Varsity

             Intercollegiate Division: One player (either men’s or women’s athlete)

             Women’s Division: One player

             Adult Division: One player for each Division I, Division II and Division III

     

    Women’s Division

    No nominees

     

    Adult Division I

    No nominees

     

    Adult Division II

    No nominees

     

    Adult Division III

    No nominees

     

     Junior Varsity's

    Breanna Clark of the Katie's Komets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    - Highlight game featured 19 points and a field goal percentage of 64.3% vs. the Ryan Martin Foundation Rolling Trojans

    - Also a member of the Nassua Kings of Adult Division II and World Sports Federation Lady Liberty of the Women's Division

     

    Junior Prep:

    J.P. James Pollard of the Bennett Blazers - Prep of Baltimore, Maryland

    - Highlighted by two 20 point games

     

    Intercollegiate Division

    No nominees

     

    The NWBA thanks all athletes, coaches, and supporters for participating in December’s Player of the Month awards. Congratulations again to all players that were nominated and selected as Players of the Month.

    January’s Players of the Month applications are due at 12:00 pm MST on Monday, February 5. All Player of the Month applications should be sent to brandonmcbeain@nwba.org.

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The NWBA announced the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team, following a four-day selection camp at the Olympic Training Center. The 2018 U.S. Team sees the return of 10 of 12 athletes from the 2016 Paralympic Games gold-medal team. The U.S. Men’s Team consists of 17 athletes who will come together again in May for the final selection for the 2018 World Championships team roster of 12 athletes.

    Team USA will prepare for the IWBF World Championships with a variety of training camps and friendly competitions. The IWBF World Championships are set for Hamburg, Germany, August 16-26, at the Edel-Optics Arena, that will feature a total of 16 men’s team.

    The road to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics for wheelchair basketball started in 2017 with the America’s Zonal Qualifying tournament, where Team USA claimed a gold medal after defeating Canada. In 2019, the U.S. Team will compete at the Para Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru. The quadrenium will close out with the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

    2016 co-captains Steve Serio of Westbury, New York, and Mike Paye of Warren, Michigan, return to the squad. Serio, a three-time Paralympian (2008, 2012, 2016), paced the United States in Rio from the point and has earned two consecutive Paralympic medals (2012 bronze, 2016 gold). Paye, also a three-time Paralympian (2004, 2008, 2016), is the contributor in a variety of looks for the U.S. men.

    Matt Scott of Detroit, Michigan, returns in an attempt to make a fifth consecutive U.S. Paralympic Team. Scott has seen action on the big stage since the Athens Paralympics, and has earned two Paralympic medals in 2012 and 2016. Two-time Paralympic medalist Ian Lynch of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, also returns to the squad. Both are versatile players on defense and offense.

    Two-time Paralympic medalists Nate Hinze of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, and Trevon Jenifer of Huntingtown, Maryland, have returned to the U.S. Men’s National Team after taking a year off following the Rio Games.

    Four members of the 2016 gold-medal team return and are looking towards their second appearance at the 2020 Paralympics, and all earned a silver medal at the 2014 World Championships. Leading the quartet is Brian Bell of Forest Park, Illinois; Jared Arambula of Valparaiso, Indiana; Aaron Gouge of Wake Forest, North Carolina; and Jake Williams of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Also joining the Paralympians will be: John Boie of Milton, Wisconsin; Ryan Neiswender of Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Jorge Salazar, of Delano, California; and Jorge Sanchez of Oakland, California. Neiswender and Sanchez were members of the 2013 and 2017 America’s Qualifier teams. This is Salazar’s third National Team selection camp, and was a member of the gold-medal winning 2017 America’s Qualifier. Salazar is a member of the NWBA’s San Diego Wolfpack, who is a perennial contender for a national championship.

    A trio of NWBA Collegiate Division players were named to their first U.S. Men’s National Team: Tyler Buysee of Gunter, Texas (University of Missouri); Dylan Fischbach of Vermillion, South Dakota (University of Wisconsin at Whitewater); and Fabian Romo of Chicago, Illinois (University of Texas at Arlington).

    “We have a lot of talent in the United States and this was a tough decision to identify the National Team. Since Wednesday, the athletes were focused and showed a high level of intensity, and this is one of the best prepared group of athletes we have evaluated in recent years,” said U.S. Men’s Head Coach Ron Lykins of Columbia, Missouri. “We are going to continue to track and assess this outstanding group of talent over the next several months to select a World Championships team this summer that positions us for success.”

    U.S. Men’s Head Coach Ron Lykins of Columbia, Missouri, returns to lead Team USA. Lykins has coached three U.S. Paralympic gold-medal teams (2004 women; 2008 women; 2016 men). Joining Lykins on the sidelines will be assistant coaches Robb Taylor of Auburn, Alabama, John Sikora of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scott Meyer of Columbia, Missouri, is the team leader, with Mary Vacala of Savannah, Georgia, serving as the Athletic Trainer. The Team Physician is Dr. Gloria Beim of Crested Butte, Colorado.

    Team USA qualified for the 2018 World Championships by winning the 2017 America’s Zonal Qualifier in Cali, Colombia. The U.S. Men last lost in the 2014 World Championships, where they claimed a silver medal. At the 2015 ParaPan Am Games, Team USA cruised to the gold medal.

    Team USA has brought home a medal at all World Championships, including six gold medals, four silver medals, and one bronze medal. Team USA has played for the gold medal in 10 of the 11 IWBF World Championships.

    At the Rio Paralympics, the U.S. Men outscored the field, 614-349. The U.S. Men’s Paralympic Team led eight of 12 stat categories. The U.S. Men won a bronze medal at the 2012 Paralympics, and were seventh in 2004 and fourth in 2008, following bronze-medal performances in 2000 and 1996. 

    U.S. National Teams Selection Camps Tip Off 2018

    01/04/2018, 1:15pm CST
    By NWBA

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The 2018 U.S. National Team Selection Camps for both the Men’s and Women’s teams is underway at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. The U.S. Men’s National Team Selection Camp started Wednesday, and will conclude on Saturday, January 7, when the U.S. Men’s National Team will be announced.

    A pool of 30 athletes were invited, and 28 have arrived for the four-day try-out. Ten of the Rio Paralympic Team have returned for the selection camp in hopes of being selected for the team that will compete in Germany at the 2018 IWBF World Championships. The list of athletes is below.

    The U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp will start on January 14 and conclude on January 17 with the announcement of the National Team. This pool is highlighted by Rio 2016 gold medalists Rose Hollermann of Elysian, Minnesota, Vanessa Erskine of Kearney, Missouri, and Abigail Dunkin of New Braunfels, Texas, returning for another tryout. A pool of 25 athletes has been invited for the tryouts. The list of athletes is below.

    Both teams will be in preparations for the 2018 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, in August. The U.S. Women’s Team will have scheduled training camps monthly through August, while the U.S. Men’s Team will start their final preparations in May.

    U.S. Men’s National Team Selection Camp Roster

    Colorado Springs OTC

    January 3-7

    Jared Arambula, Valparaiso, Indiana

    Kevin Atherley, Baltimore, Maryland

    Brian Bell, Birmingham, Alabama

    Jon Boie, Milton, Wisconsin

    Tyler Buysse, Gunter, Texas

    Dylan Fischbach, Vermillion, South Dakota

    Aaron Gouge, Fort Worth, Texas

    Matt Greshen, Kenosha, Wisconsin

    Tommie Gray, Warner Robins, Georgia

    Nate Hinze, Cedar Grove, Wisconsin

    Trevon Jenifer, Huntingtown, Maryland

    Marshall Lindsay, Stansbury Park, Utah

    Blake Loftin, Mobile, Alabama

    Ian Lynch, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

    Sean Maloney, Seattle, Washington

    Ryan Neiswender, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

    Nick Oman, Fishers, Indiana

    Mike Paye, Warren, Michigan

    Eric Rodriguez, Ashland, Missouri

    Fabian Romo, Chicago, Illinois

    Correy Rossi, Canton, Michigan

    Jorge Salazar, Delano, California

    Jorge Sanchez, Oakland, California

    Matt Scott, Detroit, Michigan

    Steve Serio, Westbury, New York

    Will Speed, Charlotte, North Carolina

    Jake Williams, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Chayse Wolfe, Wilmington, Pennsylvania

    Ryan Wright, Conifer, Colorado

     

    U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp Roster

    Colorado Springs OTC

    January 14-17

    Josie Aslakson, Jordan, Minnesota

    Elizabeth Becker, Dallas, Texas

    Amy Chapman, Batavia, Illinois

    Ranley Clayton, Alexander City, Alabama

    Josie DeHart, Fruita, Colorado

    Abigail Dunkin, New Braunfels, Texas

    Kaitlyn Eaton, Houston, Texas

    Vanessa Erskine, Kearney, Missouri

    Ixhelt Gonzalez, Chicago, Illinois

    Shelby Gruss, Issian, Indiana

    Sarah heinzl, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Emilee Hilbish, Amarillo, Texas

    Rose Hollermann, Elysian, Minnesota

    Ali Ibanez, Murray, Utah

    Jordan Kozloski, Warner Robins, Georgia

    Riley Ljungdahl, Longmont, Colorado

    Madison Melton, Rockport, Indiana

    Bailey Moody, Alpharetta, Georgia

    Emily Oberst, Brookfield, Wisconsin

    Mikila Salazar, Spokane, Washington

    Marlee Wagstaff, Woods Cross, Utah

    Shantelle Winslow, Centerville, Utah

    Morgan Wood, Gordonsville, Tennessee

    Lindsey Zurbrugg, Portland, Oregon

    2017-18 Junior Division January Rankings

    01/04/2018, 11:00am CST
    By Junior Division Ranking Committee

    New No. 1 in Junior Prep Division

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The Junior Division Ranking Committee has announced the 2017-18 January Rankings for Junior Varsity and Junior Prep Divisions. The TIRR Memorial Hermann Houston Junior Hotwheels retain the top spot for the Junior Varsity Division. The Minnesota Rolling Rowdies jump two spots to become the No. 1 ranked team in Junior Prep Division.

    The TIRR Memorial Hermann Houston Junior Hotwheels remain No. 1 ranked  team in Junior Varsity Division and undefeated on the season as (11-0). The BlazeSports Jr. Hawks and RHI Racers remain respectfully at No. 2 and No. 3 in the rankings. The WASA Jr. Bucks jump two spots to No. 4 after a strong showing at the Rockford Holiday Tournament. The Nebraska Red Dawgs crack the top five for the first time this season as they jump from No. 8 to No. 5 in the Junior Varsity Division Rankings.

    The Minnesota Rolling Rowdies capture the No. 1 spot with a December that featured being crowned Champions of the Rockford Holiday Tournament. The Rowdies' were undefeated during tournament play that ended with a 36-18 victory over the Turnstone Flyers. The Turnstone Flyers secure the second spot in the Junior Prep Division Rankings with a division high in wins this season with 13 victories.

    The LWSRA Rolling Hawks drop two spots to No. 3 after losing 25-13 to the Minnesota Rolling Rowdies at the Rockford Holiday Tournament. Rounding out the top five teams for the Junior Prep Division are the same teams from the season's inaugural rankings, with Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets Prep-Purple at No. 4 and the Lakeshore Sharks at No. 5.

    The top 16 ranked teams for Varsity will earn an invite to play in the National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NJWBT) at the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBT) presented by ABC medical in Louisville, Kentucky, April 12-15, 2018. Teams ranked 17-32 will receive an invite to participate in the National Junior Invitational Tournament at the 2017 NWBT. If a team does not accept their bid for post season play, invitations will be sent to the next team, in order of ranking, until both tournaments are filled. For more information on the 2018 NWBT presented by ABC Medical please visit http://www.nwba.org/2018nwbt.

    The top 16 ranked teams from Prep are initially offered an invitation to participant in the National Prep Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NPWBT) at the 2018 NWBT. After confirming the intent to attend of the top 16 teams an invitation is sent to the remaining teams to fill all 16 slots for the NPWBT.

    Teams noted with an asterisk (*) are already qualified for the 2018 NWBT with secured bid.”

     

    Junior Varsity Division

    1. TIRR Memorial Hermann Houston Junior Hotwheels*
    2. BlazeSports Jr. Hawks*
    3. RHI Racers*
    4. WASA Junior Bucks
    5. Nebraska Red Dawgs
    6. Utah Rush*
    7. Minnesota Jr. Rolling Timberwolves*
    8. Lakeshore Lakers*
    9. Dallas Jr. Wheelchair Mavericks*
    10. ParaSport Spokane
    11. Peoria Wildcats
    12. Charlotte Rollin' Hornets
    13. Denver Jr. Rolling Nuggets
    14. Seattle Jr. Sonics
    15. Chicago Skyhawks Junior 10’
    16. Mad City Badgers
    17. Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers A
    18. Tulsa Jammers*
    19. Sportable Spokes
    20. Fairfax Falcons
    21. LWSRA Rolling Hawks
    22. Rancho Renegades
    23. Rockford Jr. Chariots
    24. RHI Racers B
    25. Katie's Komets
    26. Ryan Martin Foundation Trojans
    27. San Diego Hammer
    28. Achievement Centers Jr. Wheelchair Cavaliers
    29. Bennett Blazers Varsity
    30. Motor City Wheelz - Varsity (previously MI Pistons/Challengers)
    31. BORP Jr. Road Warriors
    32. St. Louis Jr. Rolling Rams
    33. UAH Chargers
    34. Synergy Jr. Bulls
    35. Mississippi WheelCats
    36. Minnesota Gophers
    37. Portland Jr. Wheel Blazers
    38. Cincinnati Dragons
    39. Miami Valley Jr. Raptors
    40. Music City Thunder

     

    Junior Prep Division

    1. Minnesota Rolling Rowdies
    2. Turnstone Flyers–Junior Prep
    3. LWSRA Hawks
    4. Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets Prep-Purple
    5. Lakeshore Sharks
    6. Fairfax Falcons
    7. Oklahoma Blaze
    8. Bennett Blazers Prep
    9. RHI Racers
    10. WASA Junior Bucks
    11. Synergy Jr. Bulls
    12. Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers
    13. Nebraska Red Dawgs
    14. SportAbility Rolling Panthers
    15. BlazeSports Orange
    16. Chicago Skyhawks Junior Prep
    17. Motor City Wheelz - Prep (previously MI Pistons/Challengers)
    18. Cincinnati Dragons
    19. Phoenix Banner Wheelchair Suns
    20. Katie's Komets 

    This Week in the NWBA (Jan. 1-7)

    01/03/2018, 1:00pm CST
    By NWBA

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is excited to offer sanctioned events in Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin and Nevada this week.

    All events are open to the public (the U.S. Men's Selection Camp is invite only). The NWBA asks that teams and spectators share their experience by posting their photos and tagging the NWBA. Use the hashtag #NWBA to be featured on our social media sites.

     

    U.S. Men's National Team Selection Camp (Jan. 2-7)
    The NWBA is hosting the U.S. Men's National Team Selection Camp from January 2-7, 2018 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. The 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team Selection Camps invitees will participate in drills and scrimmages that will give them a chance to demonstrate their individual fundamental skills and ability to play within the U.S. Men's National Team staff's playing system. The 2018 U.S. Men's National Team will travel to Hamburg, Germany on August 16-25, 2018, to participate in the 2018 IWBF World Championships. For more information on the U.S. Men's National Team visit http://www.nwba.org/page/show/3431065-men-s-national-2018-.

     

    NWBA Midwest Junior Invitational Tournament (Jan. 6-7)
    The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will be hosting an NWBA Junior Division Regional Qualifying Tournament this Saturday and Sunday. The tournament will be held in the Williams Center at 907 W. Schwager Drive, Whitewater, WI 53190 in the DLK Kachel Fieldhouse. 

    The tournament will feature the following 14 teams from the Junior Varsity Division: Synergy Bulls of Carol Stream, IL, Rockford Chariots of Rockford, IL, Mad City Badgers of Madison, WI, Cincinnati Dragons of Cincinnati, OH, St. Louis Jr Rolling Rams of St. Louis, MI, Minnesota Jr. Rolling Gophers of Minneapolis, MN, LWSRA Rolling Falcons of New Lenox, IL, Minnesota Jr. Rolling Timberwolves of Minneapolis, MN, Nebraska Red Dawgs of Omaha, NE, Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers of Grand Rapids, MI, WASA Jr. Bucks of Milwaukee, WI, Rancho Renegades of Downey, CA, Peoria Wildcats of Peoria, IL, Utah Rush of Salt Lake City, UT, and Chicago Skyhawks of Chicago, IL.

    The tournament will feature the following six teams from the Junior Prep Division: LWSRA Rolling Falcons of New Lenox, IL, Minnesota Rolling Rowdies of Minneapolis, MN, Nebraska Red Dawgs of Omaha, NE, Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers of Grand Rapids, MI, WASA Jr. Bucks of Milwaukee, WI and Chicago Skyhawks of Chicago, IL.

    The tournament play will feature pool play that will provide seeding for single-elimination bracket play.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Jeremy "Opie" Lade  at (262) 472-3169 or ladej@uww.edu.

     

    Rocky Mountain Invitational (Jan. 6-7)
    Colorado Wheelchair Basketball and the Denver Rolling Nuggets will host an Adult Division I tournament this weekend. The tournament will be held at the Gold Crown Fieldhouse in Lakewood, CO at 150 South Harland Street.

    The tournament field will include the following Adult Division I teams: Albuquerque Kings of Albuquerque, NM, Missouri Predators of and Kansas City, MI, Shepherd Stealers of Atlanta, GA, Denver Rolling Nuggets of Lakewood, CO and TIRR Memorial Herman Houston Hotwheels of Houston, TX. 

    For more information, please contact Event Director Jess Markt at (360) 209-9226 or jwmarkt@hotmail.com.

     

    Las Vegas YUCCAS DI Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Jan. 6-7)
    The City of Las Vegas and the Paralympic Sports Club of Las Vegas will be hosting a fun two days of competition. The tournament will be hosted on the University of Nevada - Las Vegas campus at 4505 S Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89101.

    The field of teams for this tournament include: University of Arizona Wildcats - DI of Tucson, AZ, Golden State Road Warriors of Milpitas, CA, Utah Wheelin Jazz of Salt Lake City, UT and Las Vegas Yuccas of Las Vegas, NV. 

    For more information, please contact Jonathan Foster at (702) 229-4796 or jfoster@lasvegasnevada.gov

     

    Corpus Christi RIMZ Bayfront Classic (Jan. 6-7)
    The Corpus Christi RIMZ welcome teams to their first event tournament hosted in Corpus Christi, TX for the 1st annual Bayfront Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. The venue for the tournament will be the Corpus Christi Natatorium located at 3202 Cabaniss Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78405.

    The Bayfront Classic will play host to the following teams: Corpus Christi RIMZ of Corpus Christi, TX, Victoria Bad News Chairs of Corpus Christi, TX, Harker Heights Hustlers of Harker Heights, TX and Houston Hotwheels - DIII of Houston, TX.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Carlos A. Cavazos at (361) 883-8980 or mcavazos22@stx.rr.com.

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