2018 USQRA Wheelchair Rugby Championship recap

The 2018 USQRA Wheelchair Rugby National Championship tournament took place at the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center in sunny Phoenix, AZ, April 19-21. 16 teams from around the country came together for the chance at the Division I and Division II championships.

The teams who would eventually make it to the Division I & II championship matches generally dominated pool play throughout the first two days. However, the most intriguing match during pool play was in Division I, the #1 University of Arizona Wildcats vs. #3 360 Heat. The highly anticipated meeting between these two teams did not disappoint, with the Wildcats winning by two points in overtime, 56-54.

The other contest of note during pool play was a 46-41 upset by the #4 Texas Stampede over #2 Minnesota.

The Division I semifinals saw the Ability360 Heat vs. the Texas Stampede, as well as the University of Arizona vs. Minnesota. Both Ability360 and the U of A emerged victorious and set up a rematch…this time for the Division I title.

Tony Jackson from ParaSportsLive and USQRA Commisioner, Dave Mengyn providing commentary for the championship matches

On the Division II side of the tournament, the Grand Rapids Thunder and Northridge Knights were on a collision course to the championship match. Both teams left no doubt who belonged in the title match, as they dispatched every other opponent they faced along the way.


In the Division II championship, both teams played close early in the match. However, Lars Mertens of Grand Rapids put on a dominant defensive show and was the biggest difference in the match. He forced numerous turnovers, which led to points for the Thunder. In the end, Grand Rapids was too much for Northridge and won 58-52.

2018 USQRA Division II Champions, Grand Rapids Thunder
2018 USQRA Division II Champions, Grand Rapids Thunder

The energy surrounding the Division I championship was palpable. The Ability360 Heat were keen to avenge their Day 2 loss and defend their national title against the University of Arizona.


The match remained close throughout the first quarter, but a couple costly mental mistakes near the end of the first allowed the Wildcats to take command of the match.

Division I Championship match, U of A vs Ability360

Throughout the rest of the match, the Wildcats remained firmly in control and dominated the Heat. With a final score of 55-44, the University of Arizona Wildcats were named the 2018 USQRA Division I Champions.

2018 USQRA Division I Champions, University of Arizona Wildcats

Congratulations once again to the winners! It was a pleasure to provide commentary for the championship matches and we look forward to returning to the tournament next year in Rockford, IL!

On the Road to Phoenix!

2018 USQRA Wheelchair Rugby National Tournament
We are heading to Phoenix this weekend! The US Quad Rugby Association Wheelchair Rugby National Tournament is taking place at the Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center. If you’re in the area, come by to see the top teams from around the country. If you can’t make it, you can get more info on the tournament page.

NESHL Sports4Life Sled Hockey Classic!

The Northeast Sled Hockey League (NESHL) Sports4Life Classic is coming March 2-4, and ParaSportsLive will be there to cover the action! Teams from around the region will battle for the league championship as they prepare for the national tournament in Illinois! You’ll be able to watch games from all three days on the ParaSportsLive YouTube channel, including championship matches on Sunday. We are thrilled for the opportunity to show you the fast-paced action of sled hockey! Be sure to check back for details on the webcast. See you the first weekend of March!
NESHL Sports4Life Sled Hockey Classic, March 2-4

Highlight of the Day – February 1, 2018

Our Highlight of the Day comes from the Northeast Power Soccer League! Check out this nice team goal by the PRHC Chariots! Got video of great adaptive sports highlights? Send them to email hidden; JavaScript is required and you could be featured!

Highlight of the Day

Highlight of the Day slate

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