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Day in the Life: Cody Carmicle – Goalball

Cody Carmicle (Lafayette, Ind.) is a resident athlete at the Goalball Center of Excellence at Turnstone in Fort Wayne. Carmicle first learned about the sport of goalball from a teacher in high school. He was introduced to the U.S. Men’s Goalball Team when Coach Boyle and some of the players visited his school to do a demonstration. Since discovering the sport, he’s represented Team USA at three international tournaments on the U.S. Men’s Goalball Team in 2018 – Malmo Intercup in Sweden,  the International Trakai Goalball Tournament in Lithuania and the International Goalball Challenge in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Carmicle aspires…  Read More

Out of the Dark: How USABA returned light to veteran Cas Werda’s life

By: Stephanie Ross, USABA Contributor After a devastating improvised explosive device (IED) detonation left U.S. Army Specialist Casimir “Cas” Werda blind in both eyes in 2007, the transition to being “completely in the dark” was a tough one. “I basically had to learn how to become this new person,” Werda said. “My entire life, I’ve always been really active and competitive. When I first lost my sight, I thought I wouldn’t be able to do the things I love and enjoy, which was very hard for me. It took a while to come out of it.” At the beginning of…  Read More

Crown and Phantoms Earn National Goalball Titles

Twenty-one teams from across the country traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the 2018 USABA Goalball National Championships. Turnstone, home to the U.S. Goalball Center of Excellence hosted the tournament for the third consecutive year. Round robin play began on Thursday evening and ran through Friday evening. Quarterfinals were played early Saturday morning to determine which teams would earn the opportunity to compete for the 2018 national titles. Men’s division At the end of round robin games, Cyclones led Pool A with a 2-0-1 record, Crown led Pool B with three wins, MWABA Eagles led Pool C with four wins,…  Read More

U.S. Goalball Teams Wrap Competition at 2018 World Championships

U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball Teams faced Paralympic champions Lithuania and Turkey in quarterfinals today at the 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships. Unfortunately, both match-ups resulted in losses for Team USA and both U.S. Men and Women were eliminated from the competition. U.S. Women earned a spot in the quarterfinals despite two tough losses to Brazil (3-1) and Canada (5-2) in pool play. The team was determined to bounce back and re-focus for a strong game against Turkey, in the quarterfinals. It was a must-win game for both Team USA and Turkey to move on to semifinals. Lisa Czechowski showed…  Read More

U.S. Men’s Goalball Start Winning Streak at Worlds

U.S. Men need a win against Japan tomorrow to secure a spot in the quarterfinals while U.S. Women locked in a 3rd seed quarterfinals spot with a 3-2 record in pool play. U.S. Men earned their first win of the tournament against Czech Republic (8-3) on the third day of competition. They continued the trend with a 13-3 win against Egypt and another win over North American rivals, Canada today. The win against Canada was clutch for U.S. Men as they need to win their last two games in pool play for a spot in the quarterfinals. Team USA stacked…  Read More

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