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    Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer Announcement

    04/15/2019, 1:00pm CDT
    By NWBA Board of Directors

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer.  The NWBA, founded in 1948, provides leadership and support for over 3,000 members across 225 teams in several divisions (Junior Prep, Junior Varsity, Adult Divisions 1, 2 & 3, Women and Intercollegiate). The NWBA also oversees and ensures the success of USA Wheelchair Basketball National Teams (men and women).

     

    Position Responsibilities

    At the direction of and in partnership with the Board of Directors:

    -Develop strategy for achieving the NWBA’s mission, goals and objectives

    -Be responsible for fundraising and allocation of those resources

    -Prepare and submit net positive annual budgets for the NWBA Board of Directors’ approval

    -Act as spokesperson for the organization, in conjunction with the NWBA President

    -Attract, develop, engage and retain National Office staff in accordance with NWBA policies and budget

    -Convene, as needed, working groups to examine issues identified by the Board of Directors

    -Serve as the primary liaison to the US Olympic Committee, US Paralympics, USA Basketball, NBA, NCAA, Veterans Affairs, and other key stakeholders

    -Coordinate international activities of the NWBA

    -Serve as the director of basketball operations for the NWBA

    -Perform all other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors

     

    Compensation

    Based on qualifications

     

    Review of applications to begin immediately

     

    Start Date

    To be determined, based on position acceptance of qualified individual

     

    Application Procedure, materials due by April 29, 2019

    Email or FAX letter of interest, resume and list of references (including phone numbers) to:

    Bruce E. Fischbach

    Search Committee Chair

    NWBA Board of Directors – Vice President

    bruce.fischbach@usd.edu

    (605) 677-5467  FAX

    2019 Toyota National Championship Series Recap

    04/12/2019, 6:45pm CDT
    By Bryan Marseille

    +1,200 athletes; 118 teams; 9 Champions, 4 Communities; 2 States; 1 Sport

    2019 Women's U25 World Championship Schedule Released

    04/12/2019, 11:00am CDT
    By Brandon McBeain

    U.S. opens vs Turkey May 23 at 5:15 AM EST

    U.S. squads look to secure a qualifying spot for Tokyo 2020

    WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - IWBF Americas is pleased to confirm that all the National Paralympic Committees with teams eligible to compete in LIMA 2019 have accepted their spots.

    The women’s division will have Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, USA and host Peru competing for the two spots at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The teams will be placed in two groups of four with semi-finals August 29 and medal games August 30.

    In the men’s division Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and host Peru will compete for the three spots at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The teams will also be drawn in two groups with quarter-finals August 28, semi-finals August 30 and medal games August 31.

    Wheelchair basketball will take place from August 24 – 31 2019. The draw for the groups is scheduled to take place on May 17 during the final site visit by Steve Bach.

    IWBF Americas also confirmed the technical officials that will be present in Lima. Technical Delegate Steve Bach (CAN) will be supported by Tournament Technical Committee Members Assistant Technical Delegate Maureen Orchard (CAN), Regina Costa (POR) and Cristian Roja (ITA).

    Chief classifier Anne Lachance will be joined by Roberto Sanchez (ARG), Wouter Terryn (BEL), Patricia Reis (BRA), Maria Luisa Sarmiento (PER) and Doug Garner (USA).

    The Game Commissioners are Juan Magallanes (MEX), Ricardo De Souza (BRA), and Hugo Begazo (PER).

    The referee supervisors are Jorge Bestilleiro (ARG), Sergio Giordano (CAN) and Jon Burford (USA).

    The referees at the games will be Mati Quintana (ARG), Cristian Colombatti (ARG), Joao Fortes (BRA), Gustavo Mathias (BRA), Sebastien Gautier (CAN), Alexandre Lapointe (CAN), Enzo Fernandez (CHI), Paula Castro (CHI), Mauricio Gamez (CRC), Diego Tapia (MEX), Benjamin Ovando (GUA), Axel Coll (PUR), Darrell Hargreaves (USA), Jaime Oseguera (USA), Diego Borghini (URU) and Tomas Pajer (CZE).

    For further information please contact:
    Mrs. Maureen Orchard, Secretary General IWBF Americas Mobile: 1.204.898.6475 E-mail: Maureen.orchard@iwbf.org

    #1 Rec'ers look to capture their first national title

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The NWBA and Adult Division Executive Committee announce the seeds for teams competing at the 2019 Toyota National Adult Division III Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. With the final seeds being announced for the Adult Division III, the bracket for competition is now set.

    The Austin Rec’ers end the season as top dogs and control the #1 seed of this year’s tournament. The second seed Columbus WC Basketball Club and third-seeded Shasta Lakers are ready to make a final push towards attempting to capture a national title. Lastly, to round out the final spots in the top five are the #4 Rockford Chariots and #5 Ability360 Phoenix WC Suns. All 16 teams are ready to play some great team basketball and try to make an impressive run at a championship.

    The tournament play for the 2019 Toyota National Adult Division III Wheelchair Basketball Tournament is scheduled for Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7 at the Broadway Armory Park in Chicago, IL. The Adult Division III National Championship Game will kick off at 2 p.m. Central time on Sunday, April 7 on Court 2 of Broadway Armory Park.

    The 2019 Toyota National Adult Division III Wheelchair Basketball Tournament will be hosted by Chicago Park District and Shirley Ryan Abilitylab. All games will be played in Broadway Armory Park located at 5917 N. Broadway St, Chicago, IL. For more information on the 2019 Toyota National Adult Division III Wheelchair Basketball Tournament contact Jack Urbanus at nationals@nwba.org or please visit our website at www.nwba.org/nationals.

    WASA Lady Bucks enter the tourney as the #1 seed

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The NWBA and Women's Division Executive Committee have announced the final seeds for the teams participating in the 2019 Toyota National Women's Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical, set for New Lenox, IL, March 29-March 31.

    There are nine teams from the Women's Division that will play in the tournament that is a part of the 2019 Toyota National Championship Series. This will be the 41th annual tournament for women in the NWBA. 

    The national tournament for the Women's Division will be held in conjunction with the 2019 Toyota National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments presented by ABC Medical. For more information on the 2019 Toyota National Championship Series contact Jack Urbanus at nationals@nwba.org or visit the tournament webpage at www.nwba.org/nationals.
     

    Raptors enter as the #6 seed and become 1st team from Canada to win DII title

    TALLMADGE, OH –The Toronto Rollin’ Raptors become the first team from Canada to be crowned NWBA Adult Division II National Champions. The title was awarded during the 2019 event as part of the Toyota National Championship Series. The last two teams from Canada that captured a NWBA national title were the British Columbia Cable Cars in Adult Division I (previously Championship Division) in 2008 and Twin City Spinners in Adult Division III in 2009.

    Road to the National Championship Game

    The Toronto Rollin’ Raptors entered the 2019 Toyota National Adult Division II Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on a small three-game win streak. The Raptors entered the tournament with a 10-8 record, with their last two loses coming from Intercollegiate Division programs in Edinboro University (45-39) and University of Illinois Men (57-55). The #6 seeded Raptors tipped off the tournament with a 64-50 victory over the #11 seeded LWSRA Hawks. Next up for the Raptors was the #14 seeded Madonna Magic, who were fresh off a March Madness bracket buster performance upending the #3 seeded Ft. Lauderdale Sharks, 68-62 in the first round of games. The Raptors used their potent offense to helped secured a 66-52 win over the Magic. The semifinals for the Raptors was a tough test facing off against the #2 seeded Austin Rec’ers, but Toronto was able to earn its spot in the national championship game with a 57-48 victory.

    After a 10-game win streak in January, the LA Hotwheels “cooled off” during their last regular season games going 1-3 at the Third Annual Brad Rich Invitational in San Diego, CA. The LA Hotwheels still entered nationals as the odds-on-favorite and #1 seeded Adult Division II team. As the top seed the Hotwheels had a target on their back, which was evident in their first game against the Sportable Rim Riders. This gritty game played out in a closer fashion than the score would indicate, but regardless the Hotwheels were victorious 63-49. The quarterfinal matchup for the Hotwheels featured a familiar face in crosstown rivals LA Clippers Chairmen, which they dominated 61-36. The Southern California, or SoCal, trend of opponents continued for the Hotwheels as they stayed hot rolling past the Rancho Renegades Elite in a 64-49 contest that placed them in the title game.

    National Championship Game Recap

    Toronto Rollin’ Raptors def. LA Hotwheels, 54-46

    The 2019 NWBA Adult Division II National Championship Game started similar to a heavyweight boxing match with the two title contenders feeling out their opponent and not showing their hand too soon. The Hotwheels held a slight 14-12 lead following a tight first quarter. The second quarter was carbon copy of the first as the halftime score was 26-24, advantage Hotwheels. The Raptors received a strong first half from Kady Dandeneau of Toronto, Ontario-Canada, scoring 12 in the half of her 27 points in the game.

    The Hotwheels received six points from Mexico National Team member Julio Fonseca of Cudahy, CA, in the third quarter. Fonseca had a total of 16 points for the game, leading the Hotwheels in scoring. Fonseca’s performance helped the Hotwheels take a 40-35 lead into the fourth quarter.

    The Raptors played solid defense in the fourth quarter, that resulted in the Hotwheels settling for perimeter shots. Those perimeter shots, along with other looks, weren’t falling for the Hotwheels in the fourth as they found a sole field goal during the quarter. Lack of offense was not a problem for the Raptors in the fourth scoring a game-high 19 points in quarter. The Raptors were led in the quarter by Dandeneau with 11 points.

    The Rollin’ Raptors success was also the result of the offensive performance from post-player Daiusz Symonowicz of Toronto, Ontario-Canada, with 12 points. She did account for four points, but more importantly throughout the game was the intangibles that Elodie “DiDi” Tessier of Saint-Germain-de-gGrantham, Quebec-Canada, provided to the Raptors.

    A contributor on offense for the LA Hotwheels was Edgar Murillo of Los Angeles, CA, with nine points. The Hotwheels also received input on offense from Puerto Rico National Team member Jose Manuel Ortega of Los Angeles, CA, with eight points.

    The Rollin’ Raptors are coached by Marc Antonie Ducharme of Chambly, Quebec-Canada. Ducharme is the head coach of the Canada Women’s Senior National Team and he most recently coached them to a fifth-place finish over the U.S. Women (6th) at the 2018 IWBF World Championships in Hamburg, Germany last August.

    Click here to watch the 2019 Toyota National Adult Division II National Championship Game.
     

    3rd Place Game Recap

    Rancho Renegades Elite def. Austin Rec’cers, 63-44

    The Rancho Renegades Elite kicked off the third-place game with lights-out shooting in the first quarter hanging 22 points on the Austin Rec’ers. The Rec’ers were able to shake of the cobwebs in the second quarter as they were able to triple their scoring total from the first quarter (6 points) with 18 points and hold the Renegades to their game-low for points in a quarter with 10.

    The halftime score of 32-24 was the smallest deficit the Rec’ers would see for the remainder of the game. The Renegades saw a 11-point third quarter from Malcolm Wright of Culver City, CA. Wright finished as the leading scorer for the game with 24 points. The Renegades also received a great game from Hector Rivera of Huntington Park, CA, with 16 points.

    The Austin Rec’ers were led on offensive by Charles Armstead of Killeen, TX, with 15 points, while going 5 of 7 from free throw line. The Rec’ers also received a solid offensive showing from big man Paul Nelson of Universal City, TX, tallied a total of 12 points.


    Final Places – Adult Division II

    1. Toronto Rollin’ Raptors

    2. LA Hotwheels

    3. Rancho Renegades Elite

    4. Austin Rec'ers

    5. Madonna Magic

    6. LA Clippers Chairmen

    7. Tampa Bay Strong Dogs

    8. Tucson Lobos

    9. Magee Spokesmen

    10. Courage Kenny Rolling Timberwolves

    11. Nassau Kings

    12. LWSRA Hawks

    13. Ft. Lauderdale Sharks

    14. Sportable Rimriders

    15. Charlottesville Cardinals

    16. Wisconsin Thunder

    Please feel free to click to view the results from the tournament posted on the NWBA website or click on the complete final bracket below.


    Tournament Awards – Adult Division II

    First Team

    Fred Esman                     4.0            Austin Rec’ers

    Marcelo Gomez             3.5            LA Hotwheels

    Erica Gavel                      3.5            Toronto Rollin’ Raptors

    Malcolm Wright            2.0            Rancho Renegades Elite

    Elodie Tessier                 1.0           Toronto Rollin’ Raptors


    Second Team

    Jacob Busch                    4.5            Madonna Magic

    Julio Fonseca                  3.0            LA Hotwheels

    Victor Arreola                3.0            LA Hotwheels

    Charles Armstead         2.5             Austin Rec’ers

    Scott Zessin                    1.0            Madonna Magic


    Third Team

    Evan Thorn                    4.5             Courage Kenny Rolling Timberwolves 

    Paul Nelson                   4.0             Austin Rec’ers

    Edgar Perdomo             3.0             LA Clippers Chairmen

    Danny Maravilla           2.5             Rancho Renegades Elite

    Dwight Veney                1.0            Sportable Rim Riders


    Sportsmanship Award

    Tom McNaughton                           Magee Spokesmen


    Tournament MVP

    Kady Dandeneau                             Toronto Rollin’ Raptors
     

    National Championship Player of the Game

    Kady Dandeneau                             Toronto Rollin’ Raptors


    The 2019 Toyota National Adult Division II Wheelchair Basketball Tournament was held on March 15-17 in Tallmadge, OH. The venue for the competition was the Tallmadge Recreation Center in Tallmadge, Ohio a suburb of Akron. The tournament was hosted by the Tim Fox, NWBA Board of Director, and Will Waller, NWBA Board of Director. Special thanks to the City of Tallmadge, Cleveland Cavaliers, Wheelchair Cavaliers, Cleveland Clinic, Sports Alliance of Greater Akron, Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association, Stay in Akron, PNC Bank, volunteers and all tournament personnel on-site.

    Bama Men win back-to-back titles; Bama Women win second title in three years

    CHAMPAIGN, IL – The University of Alabama has claimed both the men’s and women’s national championships at the 2019 Toyota National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, the first time in Alabama program history both titles were captured in the same year. This is the sixth national title for the Crimson Tide women (2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019); third title in the last five years and three more titles then any other women’s team/program in the Intercollegiate Division. The Alabama men’s team retained the title after having been crowned national champions in 2018. The men’s team for Alabama has won three national championships in the Intercollegiate Division (2013, 2018, 2019).

    Men’s National Championship Game Recap

    University of Alabama def. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 69-65

    This game was a repeat of the matchup in last year’s national championship game, in which the University of Alabama was crowned 2018 NWBA Intercollegiate Men’s National Champions with a 69-65 defeat of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. However, the UWW Warhawks entered this game with a lot of momentum blowing past opponents in the preliminary rounds scoring 105 and 97 points in those games. The Crimson Tide also looked strong entering the game with a 26-5 record and bolstering two decisive wins in the tourney over UTA-Arlington Movin’ Mavs and Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs.

    The offensive approach to this game for each team was very different, the Crimson Tide focused on a low post game and the Warhawks on their perimeter shooting. The advantage was held by Bama at half with a three-point margin, up 37-34.

    The UW-Whitewater Warhawks looked to the hot hand of Dylan Fischbach of Vermillion, SD, having averaged 35.5 points, 12 rebounds and 18.5 assist in the previous two games. Fischbach started the game strong behind the arc but “cooled” to a still impressive 45.8% on 24 shots on three-pointers.

    The transition offense and stellar shooting performance by the Crimson Tide were determining factors in this contest. Dequel Robinson of Mobile, AL, was able to account for +10 points from fast break opportunities for the Crimson Tide. The transition offense for Bama helped to create open layups or opportunities at the foul line, the Crimson Tide visited the charity stripe a staggering 27 times in the game. The overall shooting performance for Alabama was consistent throughout the game with a field goal percentage of 58.2% for the game, shooting 56.7% in the first half and 60% in the second half.

    Michael AuPrince of Sydney, Australia, scored 27 points, snared 17 rebounds and accounted for six assists. The Men’s National Championship Player of the Game was Dequel Robinson, finishing the game with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 14 assists.

    The Warhawks were led by Fischbach, who finished with 33 points, 13 assist and 2 rebounds. Christian Seidel of Malmo, Sweden, and Brian Wofford of Oklahoma City, OK, each had 13 points for UW-Whitewater.

    Women’s National Championship Game Recap

    University of Alabama def. University of Texas-Arlington, 82-76

    There is the age old saying “save the best for last”, this is an appropriate phrase if asked to define the women’s national championship game as it was the last game of the 2019 Toyota National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. This game was full of momentum swings as it featured five lead changes and nine ties throughout the game. Further supporting this point of momentum swings is the longest run of the game for each team was 11-0 for Alabama and 12-0 UTA.

    With Bama up 34-26 at half, UTA had to come out strong in the third quarter to get back into the game. The Lady Movin’ Mavs followed suit and outscored the Tide 20-11 in third to take a 36-35 lead into the final frame. This lead change was largely due to the stellar performance from Waterville, MN, native Rose Hollermann with game totals of 40 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

    The Crimson Tide made some big shots in key situations late in the game, this included a few shots as time was expiring on the shot clock. The exceptional offensive from Arinn “Juice” Young of Legal, Alberta-Canada, was on display as she recorded a triple-double for the game: 39 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

    The “shot of the tournament” goes to Katharina Lang of Munich, Germany, who hit a well-contest 12-footer with six seconds remaining to knot the game at 67-67. The Lady Movin’ Mavs took a Hail Mary toss as time expired in regulation that fell short, those in attendance were blessed with some “free basketball” as the game moved to overtime.

    The Lady Movin’ Mavs had to make a lineup change when 2016 Rio gold medalist Abigail Dunkin of New Braunfels, TX, fouled out of the game midway thru the overtime period. The Crimson Tide sensed the shift in momentum and with the leadership of Arinn Young they expanded the lead to eight late in the period. Hollermann was able to connect on a late three pointer but the deficit was too large for the Lady Movin’ Mavs to overcome so late in the contest.

    Other Lady Movin’ Mavs finding double digits were Dunkin and Australian young phenom Annabelle Lindsay of Canberra, Australia, both with 12 points.

    Aside from Young’s performance, the Crimson Tide received great offensive output from Katharina Lang, with 24 points and Rosalie Lalonde of Saint-Clec, Quebec-Canada, with 12 points.

    3rd Place Game Recaps

    University of Texas-Arlington def. University of Missouri, 49-35

    The third-place game for the Intercollegiate Men's Division was a story of two halves for the UT-Arlington Movin’ Mavs and University of Missouri Tigers. The first half had each team sporting a +40% field goal percentage. In the second half the Mizzou Tigers only found the bottom of the net 29.2% of the time while Movin’ Mavs dialed in their shooting reaching a field goal percentage of 57.1% for the second half. The Movin’ Mavs were led by a great offensive outing by Clarence McCarthy-Grogan of Darwin, Australia, with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Another offensive leader was Adryan Powell of Cayman Islands recording a double-double with 18 points and 12 boards. The Mizzou Tigers received double digits in points from Tyler Buysee of Gunter, TX, with 18 points of which included splashing two of four from behind the three-point line.

    University of Illinois def. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 44-36

    The women’s third place game featured a bragging rights “border battle” matchup between University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. With a stellar shooting performance, 50% FG in first half, the UWW Warhawk women took a moderate lead into half, up 27-21 on the Fighting Illini. The Fighting Illini pressured the ball and sported stout defense in the second half holding the Warhawks to a 17.4% field goal percentage and creating a total of 15 turnovers. The women of Illinois played great team basketball on offense being led by Alejandra “Ali” Ibanez of Murray, UT, with 11 points, Erica Wilson of Childersburg, AL, with 11 points and Emily Oberst of Brookfield, WI, with 14 points. Unfortunate for the Warhawks, the big game from Josie DeHart of Fruita, CO, with 16 points was not enough offense for their team to take home some hardware in the third-place trophy.

    2019 NWBA Intercollegiate Division Annual Awards

    The 2019 NWBA Intercollegiate Division Annual Awards were highlighted by Player of the Year honors to Dylan Fischbach on the UW-Whitewater Warhawk Men and Rose Hollermann on the UT-Arlington Lady Movin’ Mavs. The Women’s Academic All-American Team featured Annabelle Lindsay (UTA), Avery Downing (Alabama), Jordan Lee (Illinois), Morgan Wood (UTA) and Abby Farrell (Illinois). The Men’s Academic All-American Team includes James Cook (Alabama), Abraham Hausman-Weiss (Alabama), Kyle Jankowski (Illinois), Blake Loftin (Auburn), Will Speed (Edinboro) and Ryan Kile (SMSU). For the full list of annual awards presented in the Intercollegiate Division for the 2018-19 NWBA season please visit http://www.niwbt.illinois.edu/awards.
     

    Click here to watch game footage from the 2019 Toyota National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.
     

    2019 Toyota National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, State Farm Center
    March 14-16

    Results – Men’s

    National Championship

    University of Alabama Crimson Tide def. UW-Whitewater Warhawks, 79-73

    Placement Games

    3rd Place – UT-Arlington def. Missouri, 65-46

    5th Place – SMSU def. Illinois, 66-53

    7th Place – UN-Omaha def. Edinboro, 55-50

    Preliminaries

    UN-Omaha def. Auburn, 76-60

    Quarterfinals

    Missouri def. Edinboro, 61-51

    UT-Arlington def. Illinois, 67-48

    Alabama def. SMSU, 77-65

    UW-Whitewater def. UN-Omaha, 105-66

    Semi-Finals

    Alabama def. UT-Arlington, 75-59

    UW-Whitewater def. Missouri, 97-66

    Consolations

    UN-Omaha def. Auburn, 63-61

    SMSU def. Edinboro, 70-60

    Illinois def. UN-Omaha, 53-41

    Results - Women’s

    National Championship

    University of Alabama Crimson Tide def. University of Texas-Arlington Lady Movin' Mavs, 82-76

    3rd Place

    Illinois def UW-Whitewater, 44-36

    Semi-Finals

    UT-Arlington def. UW-Whitewater, 68-44

    Alabama def. Illinois, 55-32
     

    The 2019 Toyota National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament was held March 14-16 in Champaign, IL. The venue for the competition was the State Farm Center on the campus of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The tournament was hosted by the Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services part of the College of Applied Health Sciences at University of Illinois. Special thanks to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign communities, local sponsors, NWBA national partners and all tournament personnel on-site.

    The 2020 Toyota National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament will be held in Wichita, KS. Please make sure to check the NWBA website for information as event approaches.

    Good luck student-athletes with the remainder of your spring semester!

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