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Youth Sled Rangers Go Wild in Minnesota Print E-mail
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By Edward Friedman

 

            The New York Youth Sled Rangers had quite an exciting weekend. On September 26th to 28th, 2014, the team, sponsored by the Wheelchair Sports Federation as well as the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers, traveled to play the Minnesota Wild Junior Sled Hockey Team in a three game tournament.  The Sled Rangers cater to physically disabled youth, and range in age from 5 to 21. It was an action-packed tournament for the kids as they played 3 games over a two day span. The team continued to adjust and improve as the tournament went on. Coach Victor Calise said of the weekend, “It was great to see the kids develop. There was a major difference between the first and last game. Having them realize their potential, and seeing them excel at it is something that’s truly amazing.” The Rangers came out strong, but the Wild, with eight years of experience, ultimately outmatched the newly formed team.

 

Despite the loss, the Rangers players came out with smiles on their faces after an exciting trip.  They visited the Mall of America, and got to scrimmage during the 2nd intermission of the NHL Wild versus Jets game in front of 10,000 people. The Sled Rangers would like to thank the Wheelchair Sports Federation, the New York Rangers, and Pine River Capital Management for making the trip possible as well as the Minnesota Wild and their Sled Hockey program for their hospitality throughout. They look forward to continue traveling and improving their skills on the ice. For more information, and how to get involved please visit the team website at http://www.wsfsledrangers.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 02:16
 
14th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

 

 

This past week, the 14th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament took place at the the home of MLB NY Mets , Citi Field in Flushing NY.  4 Wheelchair Softball Teams sponsored by Major League Baseball franchises competed.  The RIC Cubs, New England Rolling Red Sox, New York Mets and New York Yankees fought for the coveted "Kelly Cup", named after Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association and United Spinal Association’s' former Executive Director, Jerry Kelly.

 

 

 

After playing 9 games over two days, the RIC Cubs beat the New England Rolling Red Sox to win the 14th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament for the 2nd consecutive year. NY Mets great John Franco also came by to offer his support.

 

 

 

On behalf of the players, coaches and Wheelchair Sports Federation, we'd like to thank Danielle Parillo, the NY Mets, MLB, and NY City Parks & Recreation for their continued support.  Without their help, we could not have a premiere Wheelchair Softball Tournament in the New York City area and one of the better events for Adaptive Sports in the United States.

 

2014 Final Results:

1st Place - RIC Cubs

2nd Place – New England Rolling Red Sox

3rd Place - New York Mets

4th Place - New York Yankees

 

2014 All-Tournament Team Awards

Pitcher - George Norton - New England Rolling Red Sox

Catcher - George Taborsky - NY Mets

1st Base - Dave Deas - NY Mets

2nd Base - Hector Bruno - RIC Cubs

3rd Base - Jason Soricelli - NY Mets

Shortstop - Jorge Alfaro - RIC Cubs

Left Field - Joe LeMar - New England Rolling Red Sox

Centerfield - Steve Davis - New England Rolling Red Sox

Short Field - Tony Fitzgerald - NY Yankees

Right Field - Felix Castillo - NY Mets

Best Quad - Mike Guilbault - New England Rolling Red Sox

Sportsmanship - Steve Summer - New England Rolling Red Sox

Tie- Best Rookie - Dashay Torry - RIC Cubs & Pat Anderson - NY Mets

Most Valuable Player - Alex Para - RIC Cubs

 

Al Youakim Volunteer & Spirit Award – Susan Stiefvatr


Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers.


We look forward to seeing everyone next year at the 15th Annual.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:26
 
Another Grand Slam - US Open Wheelchair Tennis Print E-mail
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written by Ryan M. Bright
photos by Michael A. Clubine

FLUSHING, NY – A "Grand Slam" refers to winning the four most important annual tennis events in a single-calendar year. The tournaments are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open and run from mid-January through the summer. Before the 2014 US Open, a Grand Slam has achieved 17 times.

Shingo Kunieda (JPN; 1) and Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) hit the court as they went head-to-head for 1st place of the Men's Singles final.

 

The first set went to a tie at 6-6 with impeccable final play. The tie-breaker kept people on the edge of their seats as Kunieda racked up seven points and denied Fernandez any points for this tiebreaker. Kunieda won this set, 7-6.

Fernandez took the second set to a 2-0 lead, but Kunieda sealed the deal and took it home. Kunieda threw his serve up, hit it, and laid down an ace to get an advantage. He won this match, 7-6; 6-4.

Kunieda is the continued No. 1 player in the world, but was a runner up in this year’s Singles Wimbledon event and Doubles French Open and has never won a grand slam.

 

Yui Kamiji (JPN; 1) went against Aniek Van Koot (NED) in the final of Women's Singles. The first and second sets flew by as Kamiji controlled the game and won, 6-3; 6-3.

Having won the three other Grand Slam events in 2014, this US Open win makes her a Grand Slam champion and a continued No. 1 in the world.

The Quad Singles final saw Andy Lapthorne (GBR) against David Wagner (Chula Vista, CA), No. 1 player in the world.

 

Through the first set, Lapthorne made a steady path as Wagner held back. The ace that Lapthorne made on Wagner gave Lapthorne a solid leg up in the second set that carried through the end of the match. Unseeded Lapthorne caused an upset as he won 7-5; 6-2.

Athletes have time to reflect on their wins and losses before the next Grand Slam event, the Australian Open in January, 2015.

About the Author: Ryan M. Bright is a member of the Sports ‘n Spokes and Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at 2014 US Open in Flushing, New York.  The all-volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in wheelchair tennis.  Partnering with Sports ‘n Spokes, the Wheelchair Sports Federation is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair using adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.  For more information, visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

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Photos by Michael A. Clubine
 
Photo 1 - Shingo Kunieda (JPN; 1) wins the match against Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) in the Men's Singles Final. 

Photo 2 - Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) competed against Shingo Kunieda (JPN; 1) in the Men's Singles Final. 

Photo 3 - Yui Kamiji (JPN; 1) won the final of Women's Singles against Aniek Van Koot (NED), 6-3; 6-3.

Photo 4 - Andy Lapthorne (GBR) won the Quad Singles Final against David Wagner (Chula Vista, CA), 7-5; 6-2.

 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 15:21
 
Doubles Dare to Win at the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan M. Bright
Photos by Michael A. Clubine and Carter Farmer

 

FLUSHING, NY – Chairs left the ground as players served and reached for stretched volleys at the US Open’s third day of wheelchair tennis for the Double Finals.

Shingo Kunieda (JPN)/Stephane Houdet (FRA) took on Gordon Reid (GBR)/Maikel Scheffers (NED) head-to-head in the Men's Doubles finals. Kunieda/Houdet started the first set with a 3-0 lead. Reid/Scheffers scored two games, but they could not hit secure a final point to win the set. Kunieda/Houdet won 6-2.

The second set of the match steared the other way, giving Reid/Scheffers a 4-0 lead. After Kunieda/Houdet scored 2 games, Reid/Scheffers wrapped it up 6-2.

It all came down to the third set, where each team scored enough points to tie up the match, which caused an elimination round to seven. Kunieda/Houdet shot an early lead at 4-0 and closed the deal at 7-4 to win the game and match. Kunieda/Houdet have added this US Open Men’s Doubles to their list of recent Grand Slam wins at the Australia Open and Wimbledon.

  

Yui Kamiji (JPN) /Jordanne Whiley (GBR) faced Jiske Griffioen (NED)/Aniek Van Koot (NED) in the Women’s Doubles finals. Griffioen/Van Koot had defeated Kamiji/Whiley in the past, and started strong, only giving into a tie at 4-4. After the tie, however, Kamiji/Whiley ran away with the set 6-4.

Griffioen/Van Koot won the second set 6-3. The match was interrupted by rain, and about an hour later Kamiji/Whiley took hold of the third set, winning it 6-3. This was their fourth Women's Doubles Grand Slam event.

 

David Wagner (Chula Vista, CA)/Nicholas Taylor (Wichita, KS) won Quad Doubles over Lucas Sithole (RSA)/Andy Lapthorne (GBR); 6-­3; 7­-5.

Wheelchiar tennis games at the 2014 US Open conclude on Sunday, September 7. The schedule of play is Yui Kamiji vs. Aniek Van Koot for Women's Singles and then for Men's Singles, Shingo Kunieda vs. Gustavo Fernandez.

About the Author: Ryan M. Bright is a member of the Sports ‘n Spokes and Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at 2014 US Open in Flushing, New York.  The all-volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in wheelchair tennis.  Partnering with Sports ‘n Spokes, the Wheelchair Sports Federation is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair using adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.  For more information, visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.
 
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Gordon Reid:
Photos by Carter Farmer
Gordon Reid (GBR) competes at the 2014 US Open in Wheelchair Men's Doubles - Finals.
 
Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji:
Photo by Michael A. Clubine
Jordanne Whiley (GBR) and Yui Kamiji (JPN) win the Wheelchair Women's Doubles at the 2014 US Open
 
Nicholas Taylor and David Wagner:
Photo by Michael A. Clubine
Nicholas Taylor (USA) and David Wagner (USA) win the Wheelchair Quad Doubles - Final at the 2014 US Open.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 07 September 2014 18:50
 
Semifinals: Win or Bust at US Open Wheelchair Tennis Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan M. Bright
Photos by Michael A. Clubine

 FLUSHING, NY – Dreams of winning have continued through the second day of wheelchair tennis competition at the US Open as semi-finals were won and lost. Yui Kamiji (JPN; 1) went up against Jiske Griffioen (NED) today in a long game with Griffioen swinging hard on her serves and taking the first set 6-3. She knew what she wanted to do and she was out to take the world. She laid down three aces to Kamiji's zero, but Kamiji stayed strong to win the last two sets and the match 6-2; 6-3. The win in this match sends Yui Kamiji into the Women's Singles Finals.

The other Women's Singles Semifinal had Marjolein Buis (NED) going up against Aniek Van Koot (NED; 2). Van Koot won this match 6-1; 6-3. The Men's Singles Semifinal had Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) and Stephane Houdet (FRA; 2) dueling for a win. Fernandez served his way to winning the match with a score of 7(7)-6(1); 6-1. This upset knocked off No. 2 from the finals, granting Gustavo Fernandez the chance to win the trophy.

The other No. 1, Shingo Kunieda (JPN; 1) went up against Nicolas Peifer (FRA) for the other Men's Singles Semifinal. With Peifer’s large stature, he looks to be the dominant player, but Kunieda presented his calmness and strength, winning the match 7­5; 7(7)­6(5).

An upset occurred in the Quad Singles where Andy Lapthorne (GBR), an unseeded competitor, removed Lucas Sithole (RSA) from his No. 1 spot. Lapthorne's outrageous laughs when scoring a point set the tone and he won the match with scores 6-2; 6-3.

The opposing Quad match had David Wagner (Chula Vista, CA, USA) facing Nick Taylor (Wichita, KS, USA) and it was a surprising one-sided match in favor of Wagner. Although Taylor is a former US Open Doubles champion and has won three Paralympic Games, his tennis skills did not show in this match. Wagner pulled this win to a 6-0; 6-0.

 

Doubles started today at the US Open. Ellerbrock/Montjane withdrew from the Women’s Doubles match with Kamiji/Whiley, making Kamiji/Whiley the winner of the semifinals. Griffioen/Van Koot won against Buis/Walraven (NED) 6-0; 6-3. Houdet/Kunieda faced off against Fernandez/Gerard in the Men's Doubles. The No. 1 and 2 squad (Houdet/Kunieda) beat Fernandez/Gerard 6-1; 6-2.

 

Day 13 of the US Open, and day three of the wheelchair tennis games, begins tomorrow at 11:00 am on Court 5 - Lucas Sithole vs. Nick Taylor; on Court 7 - Andy Lapthorne vs. David Wagner, Yui Kamiji/Jordanne Whiley (1) vs. Jiske Griffioen/Aniek Van Koot, Stephane Houdet/Shingo Kunieda (1) vs. Gordon Reid/Maikel Scheffers (2); on Court 11 - Nicholas Taylor/David Wagner vs. Andy Lapthorne.


About the Author: Ryan M. Bright is a member of the Sports ‘n Spokes and Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at 2014 US Open in Flushing, New York.  The all-volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in wheelchair tennis.  Partnering with Sports ‘n Spokes, the Wheelchair Sports Federation is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair using adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.  For more information, visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

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Photos by Michael A. Clubine
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 18:19
 
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