BlazeSports 2012 Boccia National Championships Begin in Illinois

Boccia Nationals Championship Day

The final of the 2012 Boccia National Championships was indeed Championship Day, with national champions to be crowned on four competition divisions.

2012 National Boccia Championships: BC1 Final Results

In the BC1 division semi-finals, Lizzie Flora-Swick (KS) the winner of Pool 1 lost to Kenney Johnson (IL) who advanced from the second BC1 pool by the score of 7-3.   Corneilus Oatis (OH) defeated Chris Viau (IL) 7-0 and advanced to the finals against Kenny Johnson (IL).   The final match with a well played defensive game, with Corneilus Oatis winning the Gold medal with a 5-3 score. In the playoff for the bronze medal, Lizzie Flora-Swick had a very close match against Chris Viau and won 3-2.

Gold: Corneilus Oatis (OH)

Silver: Kenny Johnson (IL). 

Bronze: Lizzie Flora-Swick (KS)

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BC1 Bronze medalist, Lizzie Flora-Swick hanging out with Blaze after her match.

2012 National Boccia Championships: BC2 Final Results

The BC2 division semi-finals Rafael DeJesus (NY) continued his strong play and won an overtime game against Marck Harrison (OH) to advance to the finals for the first time in his career.  2011 National Champion, AB Anwar (CA) played Brigid Mason (IL) in the second BC2 semi-final and advanced to the finals with a strong 7-0 win. Rafael DeJesus play an excellent game to beat the defending National Champion, 4-1 for the Gold. Marck Harrison won the Bronze with a 8-1 victory over Brigid Mason.

Gold: Rafael DeJesus (NY)

Silver: AB Anwar (CA)

Bronze: Marck Harrison (OH)

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2012 National Boccia Championships: BC3 Final Results

The BC3 division had four quarter final matches. Austin Hanson (KS), Chris Peck (IL), Charlie Fleisch (NY) and Howie Cohen (NY) all advanced with quarter-final wins.  In the semi-finals, Austin Hanson (KS) was matched with Chris Peck (IL), while Charlie Fleisch (NY) faced teammate Howie Cohen (NY). Austin beat Chris 8-2 and Howie advanced to the final with a 5-4 win over Charlie. Austin Hanson was on his game for the final and won his 4th consecutive National Championship 13-0.

In the play-off for the Bronze medal, Charlie Fleisch (NY) won a very close match, 3-2, against Chris Beck (IL) to win the Bronze.

Gold: Austin Hanson (KS)

Silver: Howie Cohen (NY)

Bronze: Charlie Fleisch (NY)

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Austin Hanson wins the BC3 national title in his last major competition before the competing in the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

2012 National Boccia Championships: BC4 Final Results

For the first time in USA Boccia history the BC4 division was large enough to have a championship round.  Two veteran players met in the finals.  Charlie Brown (FL) just beat out Patrick Elliott (MO) for the Gold, 3-2. In the Bronze medal match, Denise Demello (FL) had a great game and out played Bethany Abbott (IL) 13-0.

Gold: Charlie Brown (FL)

Silver: Patrick Elliott (MO)

Bronze: Denise Demello

Charles Brown (FL) wins his second BC4 National Championship.

THANK YOU!

BlazeSports America would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their assistance:

Games Director: Sam Williams

Technical Delegate: Cathy Drobny

Competition Coordinator: Becky Prince

Special Organizing Assistants: Kathy Brinker, Bruce Ashby and Marybeth Jones

Head Classifier: Jim Little      Assistant: Sammie Williams

Head Official: Mary Knudsen

Tournament Officials: Harold Johnson, Gail Kohn, Cornell Markham Jennifer Smith-Mugnaini, Brenda Palmer, Louis Mitchell, Matt Corso, Lee Lobmeyer, Cathy Drobny and Jason Stubbeman

Volunteer Coordinators: Barb and Rich Rosenberg

2012 Games staff and Officials.

 

THANK YOU to the numerous AWESOME volunteers that gave of their time to lend to the success of the tournament!

Special thanks to:

World Sport Chicago and Susan Katz for their sponsorship

The City of Elmhurst Park and Recreation Department; Jim Rogers

York Community High School and John Rutter, Athletic Director

Gateway Special Recreation Association

Clarion Inn Elmhurst: Host Hotel

Transportation provide by:

 Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association

Rockford Park District

South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation

UCP of Nassau County

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association

BlazeSports Boccia Sport Technical Committee:

Kathy Brinker, Cathy Drobny, Jeff Jones, Marybeth Jones, Mary Knudsen, JJ Lewis, Becky Prince, James Thomson

Lunch Sponsors: Click-fil-A, Wheaton (Gold Medal Sponsor), CiCi’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Jersey Mikes.

 

Special thanks to Chick-fil-A of Wheaton for sponsoring an awesome lunch!

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2012 Boccia National Championships – Day 3

Day 3 of the 2012 Boccia National Championships was the start of individual pool play in the four different divisions.  The top two players in each pool will advance to the championship rounds.  In the BC1 division 10 players competed in 2 pools of 5 players.  Lizzie Flora-Swick (KS) led the way in Pool 1 with four straight victories.  Chris Viau (IL) followed with three wins to advance to the finals. In the BC1 Pool 2, Corneilus Oatis (OH) was undefeated with four wins and Kenney Johnson (IL) also advanced to the final with 2 wins.

The BC2 division had a total of 12 players divided into two pools of six players.  In Pool 1, Rafael DeJesus (NY) dominated play with 5 straight wins. Brigid Mason (IL) finished second with four wins and advanced with Rafael to the final round. In the second BC2 Pool, AB Anwar (CA) advanced to the finals with 4 wins along with Marck Harrison (OH) who had 3 wins.

In the BC3 division, 17 players were divided into four pools.  2012 Paralympian Austin Hanson (KS) won four games and advanced with Bob Gustafson (IL) who had 3 wins in 4 games.  Pool 2 advanced Charlie Fleisch (NY) and Tony Randolph (IL) with 3 wins and 2 wins respectively.  In Pool 3 the NY Thunderbolts dominated and advanced 2 players, Mark Paramadani and Alex Plair. In the final BC3 pool, Chris Peck (IL), Howie Cohen (NY) and Fawad Zakai (GA) each had 2 wins. With only two players advancing to the finals, point differentials where used to determined who would advance. Point differential is the difference in points scored by a player and points allowed by a player.  The player with the highest difference advances.  In this case two of the three players advance which was Chris Peck and Howie Cohen who had differentials of 6 and 2 respectively compared to Fawad’s -2.

The BC4 division had it largest field ever with five players. Veteran Players Charles Brown (FL) and Patrick Elliot advanced to finals, each with 3 wins in preliminary play.

Championships rounds will include 18 players in the four different divisions and will be held on Sunday, July 29.

2012 Individual Pool Play Results

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2012 Boccia National Championships – Day 2

The competition of Paris and Teams play was the focus on Day 2 of competition at the 2012 BlazeSports America National Boccia Championships.

In the sixth round of BC3 Pairs play, ZS Dazzles lost to UCP #1, 4-1. The NY Thunderbolts had a shut out victory against UCP #2, 13-0 and Tournament Pair had a strong win over Fierce Friends, 6-1.

In the final round of the BC3 Pairs play Guess Who rolled past the NY Thunderbolts 7-1. UCP #1 continued strong and beat Tournament Pair, 6 – 1, and Fierce Friends were victorious over UCP #2.

The final results of BC3 Pairs play:  

Gold Medal: Guess Who, (Austin Hanson, KS and Chris Beck, IL)   

Silver Medal: NY Thunderbolts: (Charlie Fleisch, Howie Cohen and Mark Paramadani            

Bronze Medal: UCP #1 (Tony Randolph and Candace Gregg, IL)

4th place: Fierce Friends, (Josh Kain and Bob Gustafson, IL)

5th place: Tournament Pair: (Jimmy Miranda and Diana Berti, IL) 

6th place: ZS Dazzles: (Mike Salerno, NY and Fawad Zakai, GA)

 7th place: UCP #2                                             

Team

Wins

Losses

Guess Who

6

0

NY Thunderbolts

5

1

UCP 1

4

2

Tournament Pair

3

3

Fierce Friends

2

4

ZS Dazzels

1

5

 UCP 2

0

6

The BC4 Pairs competition was limited to only two Pairs, Team PC (Charlie Brown, FL and Patrick Elliott, MO) and Team Illinois (Bacillio Martinez, Denise DeMello and Bethany Abbott).  On Day 2 of the competition, the BC4 Pairs went head-to-head two additional times. The veteran Team PC continued to dominate the play and won two straight, 4-1 and 9-0.

Gold Medal BC4 Pairs: Team PC  PC (Charlie Brown, FL and Patrick Elliott, MO)

Silver Medal: Team Illinois (Bacillio Martinez, Denise DeMello and Bethany Abbott)                                                                                                                        

In Day 2 of competition in Team play (BC1 & BC2 players) the Kansas Tornadoes won strong over Lakeshore 12-4, while the NY Thunderbolts edged out the Columbus Jack Attack 5-4.

In the final round of Team play, the Windy City Warriors beat the NY Thunderbolts 6-3 and Lakeshore won over the Columbus Jack Attack 7-3.

The final results of Team play are:

Gold Medal: Kansas Tornadoes Kansas Tornados (Lizzie Flora-Swick, KS and AB Anwar, CA and Luke Labas, IN)

 Silver Medal: Windy City Warriors (Kurt Junger, Jack Berti, Brigid Mason and Matt Hiltner)

Bronze Medal: NY Thunderbolts (Danny Dalton, Keith Haarmann, Alberto Diaz and Rafael DeJesus)

4th place: Team Lakeshore (Kenny Johnson, IL, Chris Viau, IL and Brent Kanode, TX) 

 5th place: The Columbus Jack Attack (Keaira Wilkey, Cornelius Oatis and Marck Harrison)              

Team Wins Losses
Kansas Tornadoes

3

1

Windy City Warriors

3

1

NY Thunderbolts

2

2

Lakeshore

1

3

Columbus

1

3

 

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Day 1 Update:

2012 Boccia National Championships – Day 1

Paris and Teams play were the focus on Day 1 of competition at the 2012 BlazeSports America National Boccia Championships, at York High School in Elmhurst, IL.

First round of BC3 Pairs play, ZS Dazzles (Mike Salerno, NY and Fawad Zakai, GA) lost to independent players, Jimmy Miranda and Diana Berti, who partnered up for Pairs play as Tournament Pairs. The duo Guess Who, (Austin Hanson, KS and Chris Beck, IL) took on Fierce Friends, Josh Kain and Bob Gustafson (IL) and won 8 -1.  The final match in round 1 slated the local United Cerebral Palsy program’s two Pairs teams going head-to-head. UCP Team 1 & 2 faced each other with UCP #1 (Tony Randolph and Candace Gregg) winning 7-0.

Action in BC1 & BC2 Team Play

Nassau Thunderbolts (NY) Pairs team of Charlie Fleisch, Howie Cohen and Mark Paramadani opened round 2 of the BC3 Pairs competition by playing rookie team Fierce Friends, Josh Kain and Bob Gustafson (IL). The Thunderbolts beat the rookies 7-1. Also in round two, local Pairs team, UCP #2 faced veteran players pairing up for the second consecutive year, the ZS Dazzles (Mike Salerno, NY and Fawad Zakai, GA) losing 20-0. The final second round match-up in BC3 Pairs had the local UCP #1 against duo Guess Who, (Austin Hanson, KS and Chris Beck, IL). Guess Who won 7-3. 

Round 3 results included Tournament Pair beating UCP #2 6-1, NY thunderbolts over UCP#1 11-0 and Guess Who getting past the ZS Dazzles 4-1. Round 4 matches saw UCP #1 win over Fierce Friends, 4-4, Guess Who over Tournament Pair, 18-0 and NY Thunderbolts over ZS Dazzles 7-1.  Round 5 matches included Fierce Friends against UCP #1, Tournament Pair vs Guess Who and the NY Thunderbolts against Dazzle. Round 3 winners were: Fierce Friends  , Guess Who and Dazzle.

UCP Pairs Teams #1 and #2

The final round of BC3 Pairs play matched UCP #2 against Guess Who, Fierce Friends vs ZS Dazzles and Tournament Pair vs NY Thunderbolts. Guess Who won 11-1, Fierce Friends won a close game 3-2 and NY Thunderbolts had a shutout win 11-0.

Team Wins Losses
NY Thunderbolts

3

 
ZS Dazzles

1

3

Guess Who

4

 
UCP 1

2

2

UCP 2  

3

Fierce Friends  

3

Tournament Pair

2

1

The BC4 Pairs competition was limited to only two Pairs, Team PC (Charlie Brown, FL and Patrick Elliott, MO) and Team Illinois (Bacillio Martinez, Denise DeMello and Bethany Abbott).  On Day 1 of the competition, the BC4 Pairs went head-to-head three times. The veteran Team PC dominated the play and won three straight, 11-0, 9-0, and 8-0.

In the first round competition in Team play (BC1 & BC2 players) saw the Kansas Tornados (Lizzie Flora-Swick, KS and AB Anwar, CA and Luke Labas, IN) beat The Columbus Jack Attack (Keaira Wilkey, Cornelius Oatis and Marck Harrison) 5-4. Also in round one, Team Lakeshore (Kenny Johnson, IL, Chris Viau, IL and Brent Kanode, TX) played the local Windy City Warriors (Kurt Junger, Jack Berti, Brigid Mason and Matt Hiltner). Windy City won 5-3.

In round 2, the NY Thunderbolts made up of Danny Dalton, Keith Haarmann, Alberto Diaz and Rafael DeJesus took on the Lakeshore squad and won 7-2. The other round two game matched the Kansas Tornados against the Windy City Warriors. Windy City won their second game 5-1.

In the third and final round for Day 1 Team competition matched the Columbus Jack Attack against the Windy City Warriors and the NY Thunderbolts against the Kansas Tornadoes. Columbus handed Windy City their first loss of the day 4-3, while the Kansas Tornadoes won big over NY 11-1.

Team Wins Losses
Nassau Thunderbolts 1

1

Kansas Tornadoes 2

1

Windy City Warriors 2

1

Lakeshore  

2

Columbus 1

1

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For the second consecutive year, York High School in Elmhurst is the host venue for the Boccia National Championships.  More than 85 athletes and coaches from 10 states will participate in four days of competition starting Thursday, July 26.

Boccia has been a part of the Paralympics since 1984. Although the game originated long ago in Italy, its popularity has spread worldwide. It is said to be one of the fastest growing Paralympic sports. Boccia was originally presented as a sport for athletes with cerebral palsy, but is now open to all athletes with other physical disabilities including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and stroke survivors. Boccia tests the athlete’s coordination, accuracy, concentration, and ability to strategize.

Boccia can be played one-on-one, in pairs, or in teams of three. It is played on a specially marked court, on a gymnasium floor. The object of the game is to throw or roll game balls so that they land as close as possible to a target ball called the jack. The game begins with a player throwing the white target ball onto the court. The opponent then throws. The player or team that is not closest to the jack must then throw until they put a ball closer to the jack.

This continues until all balls are thrown. When all the game balls have been thrown, a referee determines the points awarded to individuals or teams. The closest team receives the number of points equal to the number of balls that they have closer to the jack than their opponent’s closest ball. 

For more information on boccia, rules and regulations and the competition schedule for Nationals visit: http://www.blazesports.org/sports/boccia/

 

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