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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Jr. Rolling Timberwolves are wheelchair basketball national champions

MINNEAPOLIS 04/17/2014

The Final Four isn't the only national basketball championship worth celebrating. Minnesotans claimed their own basketball championship in Louisville, Ky., April 5. That's when the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Jr. Rolling Timberwolves Varsity wheelchair basketball team beat the Utah Rec N' Crew 76-61.

Three departing seniors on the championship Junior T-Wolves team received special tournament honors:

  • Rose Hollermann, Waterville, Minn., was named MVP of the championship game as well as female MVP for the Varsity Division. A member of the 2010 Team USA Paralympic Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team, Hollermann recently signed a letter of intent and wheelchair basketball scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA).
  • Josie Aslakson, Jordan, Minn., was named to the female All-Tournament Team, Varsity Division, and First Team All-Academic with a 4.2 GPA, also will be attending UTA with a wheelchair basketball scholarship.
  • Steve Eischens, Victoria, Minn., Chanhassen High School, received the Neal Radbel Sportsmanship Award for the Varsity Division. He was also named to the All-Academic Second Team for the Varsity Division. Eischens recently signed a letter of intent and wheelchair basketball scholarship to attend Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU).

In other tournament news, the Institute's Rolling Rowdies finished in 3rd place after a tough loss to the Atlanta Hawks who went on to win the a national championship in the Prep Division. The Institute's Jr. Rolling Gophers also competed and finished in 13th place at nationals.

Other Institute athletes who received tournament awards were:

  • Abby Donkers, Faribault, who attends Kenyon Wanamingo High School , was named an All-Academic Honorable Mention, Junior Varsity Division.
  • Dan Kosanda, Maple Grove High School, was named to the All-Academic Second Team for the Junior Varsity Division; Marissa Bartels, Delano High School was named to the All-Academic Second Team for the Varsity Division.
  • Jade Carley, New Brighton, was named to the All-Tournament Female Team, Prep Division.
  • Jack Pierre, Edina, was named to the All-Tournament First Team, Prep Division.
  • Emilee Gustafson, Monticello, was named Female MVP, Prep Division.

"It was truly an honor to work with these athletes, parents, coaches and volunteers this season. Thank you all for a great year of wheelchair basketball!" said Cara Gulbronson, wheelchair sports program coordinator.

"It is great to see so many of our athletes grow up and learn teamwork, independence and confidence. Currently, eight out of the nine members of the varsity level Jr. Rolling Timberwolves came up through the ranks, starting on our prep team," Gulbronson said.

About Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute 

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health, was created in 2013 by the merger of Courage Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The Institute provides a continuum of rehabilitation services for people with short- and long-term conditions, injuries and disabilities in communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has multiple locations, and numerous programs and services. For more information visit allinahealth.org/couragekenny

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