NWBA Preseason National Invitation Tournament
The Minnesota Jr Rolling Timberwolves started off their season strong by participating in the 2017 NWBA Preseason National Invitation Tournament (NIT) presented by CarMax in Richmond, VA. The Varsity division was comprised of 8 competitive teams. Their first game led to a tough loss; falling 54-35 to a very fast TIRR Houston Hotwheels team. The Minnesota Junior Rolling Timberwolves defeated a young and well coached Charlotte Jr Hornets 54-23 and a took a 66-24 win over Katie’s Komets from Philadelphia. Their last game of pool play included a tough loss, 32-45, to the RHI Racers of Indiana.
The MN Jr Rolling Timberwolves took third overall with a 65-19 win over the Fairfax (VA) Falcons. Leading Wolves scorers were Grady Gordon 27, Darius Jackson 12, Jack Pierre 10. 14 year old rookie Andrei Thomas Serafin chipped in 7 as well. Grady Gordon was also named to the all-tournament team.
More coverage of the event can be found here: http://www.nwba.org/news_article/show/849158?referrer_id=2077043
Jr Timberwolves Win Bid to the NWBA National Tournament at Home Tournament- Courage Kenny Classic
The Jr Timberwolves competed in their home tournament in Hastings, MN November 4-5th. This year marked the 35th anniversary of the tournament and 6 Varsity teams from across the United States traveled to compete. This tournament also served as 2017 NWBA Junior Division Northern Regional Qualifying Tournament and 2 bids to the National Tournament were available for these Varsity teams competing. Teams that competed were the Minnesota Jr Rolling Timberwolves, Minnesota Jr Rolling Gophers, Nebraska Red Dawgs, Blaze Sports Jr Hawks, RHI Racers, and Madcity Badgers. The Jr Timberwolves went 3-2 in pool play defeating the Nebraska Red Dawgs, Madcity Badgers, and the Minnesota Jr Rolling Gophers. They played in a close game for third place and won with a 47-42 victory over the Nebraska Red Dawgs. Leading scorers were Grady Gordon 19, Jack Pierre 10, Darius Jackson 8, Emilee Gustafson 8. Grady Gordon, Jack Pierre, and Emiliee Gustafson were all named to the 2017 All-Tournament Team. This third place finish allowed them to take home one of the bids and they will participate in the 2018 National Tournament in Louisville, KY in April of 2018.
Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation Proud To Sponsor Four Youth Wheelchair Basketball Teams
The Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation has announced it will sponsor Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s four youth wheelchair basketball teams - the Rolling Rowdies 101, the Rolling Rowdies, the Jr. Rolling Gophers and the Jr. Rolling Timberwolves.
The Foundation has paired itself with winners on and off the court. The Jr. Rolling Timberwolves have won the National Championship seven times, most recently in 2016, along with a second place finish in 2015. This is the most of any other team in that nation!
Winning is great, but Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's main objective is to focus on each athlete's ability, not their disability.
All teams are co-ed and all athletes have disabilities that impact their lower extremities who range in age from five to 18 years old.
“I look forward to practice each week,” said 14-year-old Jack Pierre, the youngest member of the Jr. Rolling Timberwolves. “My teammates have become really close friends. I have become more confident in my athletic abilities and basketball skills. I am excited to keep improving on this team, become a leader one day, and to continue my wheelchair basketball career in college.”
The Institute was named the Jr. NBA Program of the week in 2015, becoming the first wheelchair basketball league selected. It is nationally recognized for developing collegiate, national and paralympic athletes.
The overall goal of the wheelchair program is to promote teamwork, competition and sportsmanship. Teams are open to both male and female players and placement on a team is determined by age and skill level. There are no roster cuts.
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