This year’s tournament didn’t really provide much In the way of surprising outcomes. The #1 ranked Phoenix Heat showed why they are likely the team to beat this season as they captured the tournament championship in dominating fashion, even while running a short-pointed lineup during the weekend. As expected, both Canadian teams put up tough performances with Fabien Lavoie’s Quebec team finishing 2nd and all-tournament 1.5, Dave Willsie, leading a young London team to a 5th place finish. Shepherd beat Lakeshore 53-39 in the 3rd/4th game while Brooks and Tampa took 6th and 7th place. Denver had some bad luck losing Paralympian Eric Newby to an injury on Saturday morning, but their team regrouped the best they could and finished the weekend in 8th.
A lot has changed in the 25 years this tournament has been in existence. We have gone through tournament name changes, switched facilities, and seen the evolution of the sport into something almost unrecognizable to those attending that first tournament in 1992. What hasn’t changed is the impact this sport has on each player’s life, both physically and mentally.