The Red Wings Wheelchair Basketball Team from Huntingdon’s Ability Sport Network traveled to Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham on Saturday, January 11th, to play in their first ever competition. Lakeshore was hosting the 27th annual Pioneer Classic wheelchair basketball tournament. The Red Wings played two games in the youth varsity division against the Atlanta Wheelchair Hawks and the Lakeshore Lakers.
The Red Wings consisted of 10 team members; Jeremy Carter, Dudley Luckie, Raymond Franklin, Andrew Heinzen, Ben Brewbaker, Leo Lugo, Jake Hallford, Josh Hallford, Jonathan Colley, and Corey Redmon. The team as a whole gained valuable experience through competition. The Red Wings showed sportsmanship, resilience, and teamwork as they competed against more experienced opponents. The team played two games and impressed all of those watching. Other teams, fans, coaches and staff could not believe it was the first time the Red Wings had ever taken the court for a game! Coach Andrews, Coach Singleton, Dr. Dorman, fans and parents were very proud of their team for the hard work in both games. The staff members at Lakeshore were very supportive during the whole tournament and were great hosts. The whole day was a great success!
The coaches and players for the Huntingdon ASN Red Wings look forward to getting back in the gym for practice to continue improving and to also get ready for their next competition. The next game for the Red Wings is scheduled for Saturday, January 25th at 2:00pm in Meridian, Mississippi against the Mississippi Wheelcats.