Atlanta Wolfpack wins Wheelchair Handball State Tournament!

APS’ Atlanta Wolfpack team took first place at the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) Wheelchair Handball State Tournament hosted by Henry County Schools in partnership with the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department. The tournament took place on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the J.P. Mosley Center in Stockbridge. Four junior varsity teams and four varsity teams competed for the wheelchair handball state championship.

Led by coaches Andrea Arnold  (of Continential Colony Elementary) and and Jimmy Roberts (of Perkerson Elementary), the Atlanta Wolfpack won a thrilling, nail-biting semifinal game against the West Georgia Wolverines. The game went to sudden-death overtime, and the Wolfpack prevailed 9-8.  Game highlights: Both teams remained scoreless at the end of the first period due to strong defense. In the second period, Reece Johnson of Atlanta scored two goals while Doug Johnston of West Georgia scored one goal. Halfway through the third period, Johnston scored to tie the game. Just before the end of the third period, Atlanta’s Terry Chambers scored to give the Wolfpack a 3-2 halftime lead.

Atlanta’s Johnson scored a goal in the fourth. The fifth period heated up with Laura Ray scoring a goal, With 1:10 left in the fifth, Layne scored for West Georgia to tie the game 6-6 heading into the last period of play. Atlanta’s Johnson scored in the sixth with Ray of West Georgia answering to tie the game again at 7–7. With time running out, Chambers scored to put Atlanta on top with two seconds left in the game. West Georgia’s Johnston took the handoff and quickly released a shot on goal from halfcourt to score, sending the game into overtime. Atlanta won the toss and on the opening drive, Johnson went down the court and scored to give Atlanta the win in overtime.

Our Atlanta Wolfpack team and the DeKalb Silver Streaks advanced to the varsity finals. Atlanta took an early lead in the first period with two goals by Johnson and one goal by Toraino Newton. DeKalb answered in the second period with two goals by Hunt. Newton scored again in the second period. Atlanta outpaced DeKalb in the third period with scoring from Abubakar Garba, Johnson and Newton. Hunt scored two goals for DeKalb. In the fourth period DeKalb’s Hunt and Atlanta’s Johnson both scored two goals. Atlanta’s defense held DeKalb scoreless in the fifth while Newton contributed to Atlanta’s lead with another goal. In the sixth period, DeKalb’s Hunt and McLauglin each scored one goal. Johnson of Atlanta scored two goals. Atlanta’s defense proved too tough for DeKalb, and the Atlanta Wolfpack won the varsity wheelchair handball championship defeating the DeKalb Silver Streaks, 12–8.

The Adapted Sports Program is under the direction of the Program for Exceptional Children.  Students in grades 1-12 who have physical disabilities may be eligible to participate.  The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) is the official governing and sanctioning organization for adapted sports in Georgia, recognized by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA).

Read more about the Atlanta Wolfpack in the Summer 2009 issue of The Atlanta Educator. (Page 20 of this PDF file.) Congratulations to the Atlanta Wolfpack 2009-2010 State Wheelchair Handball Champions!

The members of the 2009-2010 Wheelchair Handball Champions:

Darius Barrow 12th Maynard Jackson High
Aquintis Burnett 10th Washington High
Terry Chambers 8th Sylvan Hills Middle
Abubakar Garba 11th North Atlanta High
Allan Gurrola 11th South Atlanta High
Reece Johnson 12th Crim Open Campus
Omega Meade 7th Price Middle
Toraino Newton 11th Washington High
Lacey Todd 6th Coan Middle
Tequyncia Vaughn 8th Price Middle
Christian Whitt 9th Maynard Jackson High

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  1. Reese,
    We a routing for you here at Crim Open Campus. We love you and can’t wait until you return. See you in 2010.

  2. that is so great and outstanding and i am so proud of you all

  3. i new we could do it and im ready for basketball season lets win again

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