Minnesotans Compete in National Championships

The 1999 National Wheelchair Softball Tournament takes place Thursday through Saturday, August 19-21.  The city of Brooklyn Park, in conjunction with Courage Center, will host this year’s tournament.  It is the first time Brooklyn Park has been host to the tournament.   All games will be held at the Brooklyn Park Activity Center, Brooklyn Park.

The St. Paul Thunder looks to repeat as champions and continue its stranglehold on the title.  The Thunder has been a dynasty, winning seven of the last eight championships.

Two other Minnesota  teams  are looking to  lay  claim  to  the Thunder’s  title – the St. Paul Saints and the  Rolling  Twins.  “We’re ranked sixth overall, but we expect to do better than sixth  place,” said Rolling Twins player Kurt  Greniger.  “We’d like to win it all, but it’ll be difficult.”

Game times are tentative, but teams will be playing from morning into evening on Thursday, August 19 and Friday, August 20.  The Championship game will be approximately 11 AM Saturday, August 21.

If you’d like to volunteer or have any questions, contact Cherryl Gilmer, Coordinator of Volunteers for Courage Center Sports and Recreation  (612-520-0215) or Linda Mohr, Sports and Recreation (612-520-0569).

1999  SEEDINGS 1.) St. Paul Thunder 2.) St. Paul Saints  3.)  St. Louis Rolling Rams  4.) RIC Cubs 5.)  Blakestreet Bombers  6.) Rolling Twins 7.) Metro Stars 8.) Colorado Rockies 9.)  Wisconsin Badgers  10.)  Nebraska  Barons 11.)  Kansas  City  Diamond  12.) Columbus  Pioneers  13.) Chicago Pacemakers  14.)  Toledo  Silver Streaks

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The U.S. Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association’s Minnesota Division’s third season is nearly complete.  The playoffs will begin  Saturday, August 14 with  games at  2:30 and 3:45.  Championships will be held Saturday, August 21.  The Third Place game will be at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Championship. Games are scheduled to be played at Courage Center in Golden Valley.  If you have any questions contact Craig McClellan at the number listed below.

Send  your comments and sports related stories to Luke Pedersen and Craig McClellan. Phone: (612) 362-8406, Mail: 215 Broadway St. NE, Suite 103, Minneapolis, MN 55413, or Email:  cm17@skypoint.com