Online Staff Report
The public is welcome to attend a celebration in honor of the Rockford Park District’s Junior Chariots wheelchair basketball team Tuesday, April 8, at Midway Village, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford.
The Junior Chariots claimed the junior varsity championship by defeating the Souix Falls Junior Sioux Wheelers 45 – 30 Saturday, April 5, at the 2014 National Wheelchair Basketball Association National Tournament in Louisville, Ky.
The team was presented with the national trophy Saturday at a banquet in Louisville. Junior Chariots’ Jake Gregor was named Most Valuable Player.
“The Junior Chariots have never won a National Tournament in the team’s 19-year history,” Chariots General Manager Paula Reiter said. “We worked hard to get to this point but didn’t go into this tournament expecting to be No. 1 in the end. We played against some of the best players in the nation but we pulled together and now the national spotlight is on the Junior Chariots. We are making history and this is a moment nobody will ever forget.”
The Junior Chariots basketball team is made up of eight players, ranging in age from 8 to 18. The 2014 squad is: Joel Boomer, Jessie Garrett, Will Glendenning, Jake Gregor, Nikki McGee, Brenden Ojibway, Cameron Poole, and Peyton Withrow. The team is coached by Justin South and Dominique Walker.