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NWBA updates men’s Championship Division rankings

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Seattle Sonics in action. Image credit: Seattle Adaptive Sports

Yesterday, the United States’s NWBA updated the Championship Division rankings.  These rankings are important because the top sixteen teams in good standing qualify for NWBA qualify for the 2015 NWBA National Tournament scheduled to take place in Louisville, Kentucky in mid-April.  Currently only two teams in the top two do not qualify.



The twelfth ranked Seattle Sonics are a new team in the Northwest NWBA Championship division this season.  They draw players from along the I-5 cooridor in southern Oregon up north to Canada.


The top ranked Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks roster includes Jason Nelms, Brendan Downes, Jermell Pennie, Danny Fik, Jorge Sanchez, Jared Arambula, Willie Hernandez, John McPhail, Aaron Gouge, and James Patin.  The team is loaded with talent. 2.5 point player Arambula recently  was chosen as a member of the United States following a selection camp. 2.0 point player Gouge also made the 18 man roster. Pennie is a 1.5 point player and also made the cut to be on the team.


The complete Championship Division Rankings for December 2014 are:

1. Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks
2. Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks
3. NY Rollin Knicks
4. Golden State Road Warriors
5. Shepherd Stealers
6. Orlando Magic Wheels
7. Austin Rec’ers
8. University of Arizona men
9. RIC Hornets
10. Grand Rapids Pacers
11. L.A. Clippers Chairmen
12. Seattle Sonics
13. Charlottesville Cardinals
14. San Diego Wolfpack
15. Albuquerque Kings
16. Utah Wheelin Jazz
17. Las Vegas Silver Bandits /Nor Cal Skyhawks
18. Lakeshore Storm
19. Possibilities Rolling Bears
20. San Diego Sabers

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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