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NCASB Goalball 2018

The Iowa Rams Goalball teams participated in the NCASB Goalball Tournament in St. Louis over the weekend of Nov. 2-4.  Iowa was one of ten states from around the Midwest represented at the tournament.

The boys’ team was competitive in their games against Tennessee (11-3) and Indiana (7-2) but ended up falling short in both.  All members of the team contributed to their games, with each of them scoring goals and making numerous blocks.  After being knocked out of the tournament, the boys’ true team spirit came alive as they supported the girls’ team through a long afternoon of goalball on Saturday.

After being the surprise team of the tournament in 2017 with a third place finish, the Iowa Rams girls’ team was determined to improve on last year’s results.  Their hard work and determination paid off, as they became the first team from Iowa to win the NCASB Goalball Tournament!  The girls won their first game Friday night vs Indiana (7-1).  They were a little slow waking up Saturday morning and lost their first game of the day to Illinois (0-5).  After losing to Illinois, the Rams buckled down and battled their way back to the championship, with victories over Kentucky (4-0), Missouri (5-1), and Ohio (3-0).  Awaiting them in the championship was Illinois.  As the Rams had already lost to Illinois, they needed to beat Illinois twice in order to win the championship.  They were difficult and nerve-wracking games but the girls’ defensive skills were up to the challenge.  They won both games 1-0 to win the championship! 

Both teams represented Iowa well, always displaying a positive attitude and demonstrating good sportsmanship.  Congratulations to both teams!

More information, including photos and videos, can be located on the Missouri School for the Blind’s Facebook page. 

Girls goalball team with Coach Jonathan Karli

Boys goalball team with Coach Jonathan Karli


 

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