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Week in Review (Jan. 15-21)

01/23/2018, 9:45am CST
By Pasha Zolfaghari

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) offered sanctioned events in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, Ontario (Canada), Pennsylvania and Texas.

 

U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp (Jan. 15-18)

The NWBA hosted the U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp from January 15-18, 2018 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Throughout the camp, 24 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. Women’s team. The team will meet again in the following months for the selection of the final roster of 12 for the 2018 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation World Championships.

The 2018 U.S. Women’s Team sees the return of two athletes from the 2016 Paralympic Games gold-medal team.

For more information on the U.S. Women’s National Team, please visit http://www.nwba.org/news_article/show/877078?referrer_id=1941540

 

Las Vegas YUCCAS DII and DIII (Jan. 17-18)

The City of Las Vegas and Paralympic Sports Club of Las Vegas hosted the Las Vegas YUCCAS DII and DIII tournament from January 17-18, 2018. The competition was held at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, located at 4505 S Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV.

In the Adult Division II tournament, the L.A. Clippers of Los Angeles, CA earned the best record of 4-0, and the Austin Rec’ers of Austin, TX went 3-1 on track to the second-best record of the tournament.

In the Adult Division III tournament, the Shasta Lakers of Redding, CA went undefeated with a record of 4-0. The Phoenix Suns of Phoenix, AZ held the second-best record, going 3-1 over the weekend.

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

 

20th Annual Katie Kerlin Jr. Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Jan. 19-21)

The Carousel House Recreation Center hosted the 20th Annual Katie Kerlin Jr. Wheelchair Basketball Tournament from January 19-21, 2018. The tournament was held at the Carousel House, located at 4300 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA and the High School of the Future, located at 4021 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia, PA.

In the Junior Prep Division tournament, the Fairfax Falcons of Fairfax, VA beat the Bennett Blazers of Baltimore, MD in the championship game with a final score of 34-22. Kidus Ali of the Fairfax Falcons was the MVP of the Junior Prep Division championship game.

In the Junior Varsity Division tournament, the Sportable Spokes of Richmond, VA beat the Fairfax Falcons of Fairfax, VA in the championship game with a final score of 52-46. Josiah Knight of the Sportable Spokes was the MVP of the Junior Varsity Division championship game.

For more information, please contact Event Director Scott Bowman at 215-685-0160 or carouselpa@aol.com.

 

5th Annual Miami Heat Wheels Invitational Tournament (Jan. 19-21)

The Miami Heat Wheels hosted the 5th Annual Miami Heat Wheels Invitational Tournament from January 19-21, 2018. The tournament was held at the Miami Springs Recreation Center, located at 1401 Westward Dr., Miami Springs, FL.

The tournament featured six teams from multiple divisions, with the Miami Heat Wheels of Miami Beach, FL being the only Adult Division I team and winning the tournament with a record of 6-0.

For more information, please contact Event Director Parnes Cartwright at 917-545-5949 or heatwheels@gmail.com.

 

Sacramento Rollin Kings Shootout (Jan. 19-21)

The Capital Adaptive Athletes Foundation hosted the Sacramento Rollin Kings Shootout from January 19-21, 2018. The tournament was held at Harper Junior High School, located at 4000 E Covell Blvd., Davis, CA.

The tournament was co-sponsored by Access Leisure and Paralympic Sport of Sacramento. The Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks of Dallas, TX had the best record of the tournament, going 4-0 over the weekend. The Sacramento Rollin Kings of Davis, CA were a close second, finishing the weekend with a 4-1 record. The two teams played a highly contested game against each other in front of a fully packed stadium, with the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks winning 78-68. Joseph Chambers of the Sacramento Rollin Kings led the tournament in scoring, averaging 38.4 points per game.

For more information, please contact Event Director Mieko Chambers at 530-574-8449 or miekochambers@gmail.com.

 

Toronto Rollin Raptors DI Tournament (Jan. 19-21)

Wheelchair Basketball Canada hosted the Toronto Rollin Raptors DI Tournament from January 19-21, 2018. The tournament was held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, located at 875 Morningside Ave, Toronto, IA.

The New York Rollin Knicks of Floral Park, NY won the tournament with an undefeated record of 4-0.  The Toronto Rollin Raptors of Nepean, Ontario had the second best record in the tournament, finishing the weekend 2-2.

For more information, please contact Erik Robeznieks at 647-920-4358 or erobeznieks@wheelchairbasketball.ca.

 

Basketball Bonanza VII (Jan. 20-21)

The Chicago Park District and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab hosted the Basketball Bonanza VII from January 20-21, 2018. The tournament was held at Warren Park, located at 6601 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL.

The LWSRA Hawks of New Lenox, IL won the Junior Prep Division championship game in an overtime victory over the St. Louis Jr. Rollin Rams of St. Peters, MO and the Chicago Skyhawks of Chicago, IL won the Junior Varsity Division tournament with a final record of 3-0. Ajani Upton of the Chicago Skyhawks was named the tournament MVP.

For more information, please contact Event Director Daniel Ferreira at 312-296-5973 or daniel.ferreira@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

 

Dawg Pound Showdown (Jan. 20-21)

The Eastern Nebraska Wheelchair Athletics Association hosted the Dawg Pound Showdown from January 20-21, 2018. The tournament was held at the University of Nebraska – Omaha, located at 6001 Dodge St., Omaha, NE.

For more information, please contact Event Director Chris Proulx at 402-250-6695 or cdpomaha@gmail.com.

 

Winter Classic WC Basketball Tournament (Jan. 20-21)

The Dallas Jr. WC Mavericks hosted the Winter Classic WC Basketball Tournament from January 20-21, 2018. The tournament was held at the University of Texas at Arlington, located at 801 Greek Row, Arlington, TX.

In the Junior Prep Division tournament, the Strap Stars of San Antonio, TX played the A and B teams of the Dallas Junior Mavs - Prep of Dallas, TX. The tournament ended with the Strap Stars losing to the Dallas Junior Mavs – Prep A and B teams combined with a final score of 18-16.

In the Junior Varsity Division tournament championship game, the Dallas Junior Mavs – Blue of Dallas, TX beat the Tulsa Jammers of Tulsa, OK with a final score of 33-27. The Austin Jr. Rec’ers of Austin, TX rounded out the top three, finishing the tournament in third place.

The following players won the individual awards for the tournament: Anthonee Tate of the Tusla Jammers was named the Male MVP, Alexus Cook of the Austin Jr. Rec’ers was named the Female MVP and Joel Burns of the Mississippi WheelCats was name the Hustle Player of the tournament.

For more information, please contact Event Director Michelle Curry at 214-668-1121 or jrwcmavsprep@gmail.com.

 

MV Raptors Double Header (Jan. 21)

Miami Valley Adaptive Sports hosted the MV Raptors Double Header on January 21, 2018. The games were held at the Payne Recreation Center, located at 3800 Main St., Dayton, OH.

The MV Raptors of Beavercreek, OH faced the Cincinnati Royals of Cincinnati, OH in two games. The MV Raptors won the first game 61-53 and the second game 66-61. Zach Blair was the leading scorer for the MV Raptors in both games, scoring 19 points in the first game and 18 points in the second game. Jake Counts was the leading scorer for the Cincinnati Royals in both games, scoring a whopping 41 points in the first game and 29 points in the second game.

For more information, please contact Event Director Greg Johnson at 937-416-6159 or gregfj156@gmail.com.

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