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Top ranked Houston TIRR Junior Hotwheels ready for NWBA National Championships

Boys in wheelchairs at the airport

The team at the airport on their way to Kentucky. Image credit: Memorial Hermann Health System

With the NWBA Junior Division – Varsity National Championships scheduled to get underway later today at the Kentucky Expo Center in Lousville, the top ranked Houston TIRR Junior Hotwheels are ready to compete.   The team meets the sixteenth seed  Chicago Skyhawks  in their opening match in a game scheduled to get underway at  11:45AM local time. The Hotwheels come into the tournament as easy favorites having been at the top of the NWBA Junior rankings for several months.

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Fabian Romo, who currently leads the team in scoring and was part of the 2013 championship winning side, was quoted in a press release about his readiness for the tournament,  “I sort of have an older brother mentality now, I want to take care of everybody and lighten up the mood. […] This is my family and winning another championship with my family would be amazing.” Romo is currently a senior at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas.

 

Teammate Abraham Hausman-Weiss was quoted in the same press release as saying,  “I love the comradery of this team. […] “When we moved here from Alabama I was looking for a team and started reading about the Hotwheels and thought, wow, they’re a really good team. It’s exciting to contend for a National Championship.” Hausman-Weiss is currently a junior at The Emery/Weiner School in Houston

 

The Junior Hotwheels  roster includes Angel Palomares, Dustin Stallberg, Aaron Berry, Peter Berry, Fabian Romo, Victor Meza, Abraham Hausman-Weiss, Carrington Marendes, Daquan Minor.  They are coached by  Trice Ham, with Ava Skrabanek serving as the assistant coach.  They practice every Tuesday at the West Gray Metropolitan Multi-Service Center in Houston.

 

The Junior Hotwheels are joined by Division III TIRR Houston Hotwheels.  The team was ranked eleventh on the most recent rankings published in mid-March.  They open this morning at 9:45 AM local time against twenty-second seeded Pittsburgh Steelwheelers.  If they win, they will meet sixth seeded Richmond Rimriders in a game scheduled to get underway at 5:15 PM.

 

The competition is being streamed live, and can be watched at www.youtube.com/prepspin.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 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.

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