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2016 Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in NYC Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

The 2016 Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament brought some of the nation’s top wheelchair basketball teams to Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn NY for two days of exciting games in October 2016.


The Brooklyn Nets captured the Division III Championship game after they defeated the Rochester Wheels by a score of 62-33. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the Division II Championship as they defeated the New England Blazers 52-29 in the final. The action started on Saturday with a full schedule of D2 and D3 preliminary-round games. The D2 bracket featured the Bulova Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers and New England Blazers; while the D3 bracket included the Brooklyn Nets, Lakeshore Lightning and Rochester Wheels. At the end of Saturday’s games, the Cleveland Cavs captured the #1 seed in the D2 bracket, while the Brooklyn Nets claimed the #1 spot in the D3 bracket. Both #1 seeds earned byes into their respective championship games, while the stage was set for Sunday’s D2 and D3 semifinal games. The D3 semifinal featured the Rochester Wheels against the Lakeshore Lightning. The Lightning received a great effort from Tyler Tippins who finished with 19 points, but the Wheels were able to advance to the championship thanks to 28 points from Jamie Gilmore. The D2 semifinal was a great matchup between the Bulova Nets and New England Blazers. After a tightly played game, the Blazers were able to pull away and defeat the Nets by a score of 47-39. The D3 championship tipped off first with the Brooklyn Nets looking to finish the tournament undefeated as they faced the Rochester Wheels. The Wheels carried over the momentum from their semifinal win and jumped out to an early lead at the midway point of the first half. The Nets battled back to close the gap and ended up with a 26-24 lead going into halftime, thanks to a buzzer-beating shot from David Deas. The Nets came out of halftime with a lot of energy and extended their lead to 34-26. They continued to score almost at will and never looked back as they went on to win by a score of 62-33. JT Michalko did his best to keep Rochester in the game as he led the team with 11 points. The Nets’ win was truly a team effort as they had four players with more than 10 points: Champ Hallett (19), Errol Samuels (11), David Deas (10), Hector Marambio (10).


The D3 All-Tournament Team was announced after the game, and it featured Tyler Tippins from the Lakeshore Lightning, Jamie Gilmore from the Rochester Wheels and David Deas from the Brooklyn Nets. Champ Hallett of the Brooklyn Nets was named the Tournament MVP, as he scored 19 points in the championship game to help the Nets capture the title. The Cleveland Cavaliers looked to follow in the Brooklyn Nets’ footsteps and finish the tournament undefeated as they entered the D2 championship against the New England Blazers. The Cavs solidified their spot as one of the top teams in the country as they defeated the Blazers by a score of 52-29. Paul Zinn led the Cavs to victory with a game-high 17 points. William Barrero and Joe LeMar led the Blazers in scoring with 10 points and eight points, respectively. The Cavs also received strong performances from Darron Lewis (12 points), Vince Momosor (eight points) and Will Waller (nine points) in the championship game. Following the game, three players were named to the D2 All-Tournament Team: Steve Yedlock from the Bulova Nets, Joe LeMar from the New England Blazers and Paul Zinn from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Will Waller of the Cleveland Cavaliers took home MVP honors after having a great tournament.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 02:46
Wheelchair Tennis at West Side Tennis Club NY Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   
For the first time in the revered West Side Tennis Club history, a Wheelchair Tennis Clinic and Demonstration was hosted at the former site of the US Open at Forest Hills NY on August 3, 2016.  All had a great time and learned a lot about the historic site and the Adaptive Sport of Wheelchair Tennis.
Summers Streets NYC Wheelchair Basketball Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   
Wheelchair Basketball players from New York and New Jersey hosted clinics for people in New York City at Summer Streets in Lafayette Park on 3 consecutive Saturdays in August 2016.  Thanks to the players from the Brooklyn Nets, Bulova Nets and Nassau Kings Wheelchair Basketball Teams, hundreds of people saw and tried out Wheelchair Basketball.  Thanks to the help of NYC Department of Transportation and NYC Parks Department, the exhibitions were a big hit on some very hot days.
North Jersey Navigators Compete in Junior Track & Field National Championships in WI Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


The North Jersey Navigators’ performance at the 2016 Junior Nationals Championships in Wisconsin was outstanding!!.  They brought 14 athletes to the Junior Nationals and the team netted 146 medals (105 Gold, 27 Silver, and 14 Bronze).  They also set 18 new national records and once again placed 1st on the Large Team category.  This is the result of all our hard work; dedication and commitment to the North Jersey Navigators Paralympic Sport Program.


In addition, one of their junior elite athletes, Miguel Jimenez-Vergara, was selected as member of the Junior USA Team that participated last month at the 2016 IWAS World Junior Games in Prague.  Miguel won 8 Medals (7 Gold and 1 Silver) and won the 2016 IWAS Outstanding Athlete Award.   Also, one of their elite athletes, Gianfranco Iannotta, was selected as a member of the USA Paralympic Team that will be participating next month at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.  Gianfranco is currently ranked #2 in the world in the 100 meters for the T52 class.  The Navigators coaching staff is extremely pleased with the way the team members continue to improve and excel in adaptive sports and we are very proud of our accomplishments competing at national and International levels.  Special thanks to all the volunteers and to Jimmy Cuevas who works tirelessly for the team each year.


Check out the Team on their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/nothjerseynavigators/

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 22:07
NYC Wheelchair Tennis Teaching Professional - Honored Print E-mail
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September 29, 2016


The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) honored those members who stand out and go above and beyond in all aspects of the tennis industry at the 2016 USPTA World Conference this week. USPTA, the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals, recognized tennis coaches, industry leaders and volunteers during its annual national awards presentation at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California.


Aki Wolfson, recipient of the USTA/USPTA Community Service Award, with Chuck Gill (left) and Mike McNulty
Aki Wolfson, recipient of the USTA/USPTA Community Service Award, with Chuck Gill (left) and Mike McNulty


Aki Takayama-Wolfson (Flushing, N.Y.) received the USTA/USPTA Community Service Award for her contributions to her community through tennis, presented annually by the United States Tennis Association as part of the USPTA’s awards program.  Mrs. Takayama-Wolfson has been dedicated to the teaching and promotion of Wheelchair Tennis for over 20 years at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, New York.  She is also the first and continuing Tennis Director for the annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament since it's inception in 2001 and will be going into it's 17th year.


Congratualations Aki!  Well deserved.  


For more information on 2016 USTA/USPTA Awards, go to -  http://uspta.com/default.aspx/act/newsletter.aspx/category/USPTA+Latest+News/MenuGroup/HOME/NewsLetterID/1169/startrow/2.htm?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1


Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 19:26
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