Twenty teams from all regions of the USA converged at the 2013 USABA National High School Goalball Championships in St. Augustine, Florida, November 7th-9th, to compete for the National Championship title on the campus of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB). The tournament proved to be action-packed with teams competing at a high-level in a field filled with competitive teams. With many close games and exciting final-round action, the student-athletes involved had experiences they will never forget.
On the girls’ side, the home team Florida Cobras faced off against the California Mayhem in the Gold Medal game. In a nail-biting battle with high-quality play, the girls from Florida defeated the California Mayhem, 5-4, claiming the gold medal and championship title, while California would earn the silver medal. Both teams came out of pool play in the top position in their respective pools. During semi-final action, the California Mayhem defeated the Texas Wildcats, 11-1, while Florida defeated defending National Champions, the Utah Rage, 5-3, in the other semi-final. Utah and Texas squared off in the Bronze Medal game, with Utah coming out on top to claim the bronze.
On the boys’ side, the Lakeshore Foundation would face the Florida Cobras in the Gold Medal game, a rematch of Pool D action, which Florida won 4-2. The second battle would see the Lakeshore boys go on an offensive tear, defeating Florida, 14-4, capturing the gold medal and championship title. During semi-final action, the Lakeshore boys defeated the Arizona Sentinels, while Florida defeated the Texas Wildcats. Arizona and Texas faced-off in the Bronze Medal game, with Arizona cruising to win the bronze.
In addition to the on-court action, during the post-tournament awards’ ceremony, Mr. Tom Parrigin was inducted into the USABA Hall of Fame. John Potts, representing USABA, was on hand to present the award and reflect on the myriad of contributions Coach Parrigin has made to blind athletes across many sports and decades. It was a moving ceremony, which was made even more special since it was held at FSDB, where Coach Parrigin worked and coached for over 30 years.
1st Place – Florida (FSDB) Cobras 1st Place – Lakeshore Foundation
2nd Place – California Mayhem 2nd Place – Florida (FSDB) Cobras
3rd Place – Utah Rage 3rd Place – Arizona (ASDB) Sentinels
All Tournament Team:
Ashley Centimole (Florida) Armando Cruz (Arizona)
Vanessa Coleman (Florida) Emmitt Johnson (Florida)
Marybai Huking (Utah) – MVP Elliott Parkin (Utah)
Justine Montanez (California) Alex Richmond (Lakeshore)
Cortlinn Pay (Florida) Josh Welborn (Lakeshore) – MVP
Results: GBrittany Richardson (California) DeAngelo Willis (Georgia)
Alexia Steudle (California)
Texas Twisters Washington