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
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
"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.
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