Earlier in June 2013, the RHI X’Treme Beep Ball team won the Bolingbrook, IL tournament for the third year in a row by going undefeated. Individual tournament awards included: Clint Woodard came in 5th on the All Defensive team, and Jerry Windell won 1st Place on the All Offensive Team. The team then traveled to St. Louis to play in the St. Louis Firing Squad Beep Ball Bash. They went 3-1 and took 2nd place. Again the team had individuals that received honors including: Clint Woodard receiving 5th place on the all defensive team, Demeili Wright taking 3rd place on the all offensive team, and Kyle Lewis in 1st place for all offensive team. RHI X-Treme beep baseball team traveled to Columbus Georgia for the 2013 Beep Baseball World Series on July 28th and brought back fourth place out of 20! Jerry Windell from our own X-Treme team as an inductee of the hall of Fame at The World Series!
In June, the RHI Indy Cruisers and the RHI Sudden Impact traveled to Tampa, Florida to compete in the Premier Cup National Championship Tournament. At the tournament both teams represented RHI well, Sudden Impact placed 8th and the Cruisers 10th. Lexi Heer for the Cruisers and Zach Dickey for Sudden Impact were awarded with All-Tournament team honors.
The RHI Inferno traveled to Boston, Massachusetts for their national tournament, the Presidents and and Founders Cup. While in Boston, the Inferno finished in 12th place with Brandon Garner receiving All-Tournament team honors.
Along with the cup tournament news RHI Power Soccer community would like to recognize RHI athletes Zach Dickey, Lexi Heer, and Michael Rodriguez for making the U-18 Team USA. The U-18 International Tournament took place in Paris, France in 2013 with Team USA bringing home the gold. Currently Jordan Dickey, another RHI athlete, is apart of Team USA which will be competing in the World Cup in 2016.
D1-For two years in a row adult wheelchair basketball team achieved another successful season. For two years they have won the Bluegrass Invitational Tournament in Lexington, KY. With pride they headed to Louisville, KY in April 2013 for Nationals where Pacers came in ranked higher this year then before at #3 in the Championship Division. At Nationals, they earned themselves a spot in the Championship game for a rematch against Dallas. Again RHI Pacers brought home 2nd place trophy in the Championship Division.
Dan started his skiing career at the RHI Sports water ski clinic back in 2002. After experiencing the thrill of water skiing for the first time, he committed himself to the sport.
Since then, Dan has gone on to five National Championships, earning two Silver Medals and one Bronze, in addition to the Royce Andes Award, given to a promising National’s skier among other awards. He was the first skier ever selected for the US worlds team from Indiana and he finished fifth in Slalom and sixth in Tricks in his division 2009, helping the US to win their first ever Gold Medal at the 2009 Disabled Water Ski World Championships in Vichey, France!
Dan has continued to succeed in his sport of choice. His newest accomplishment took place at the 2011 World Disabled Ski Championships where he placed 9th in the world jump with a 57 foot leap. He also took 13th place in Slalom to help team USA win its second gold medal.
RHISP athlete and wheelchair fencer, Cat Bouwkamp, won a gold medal in the foil and a silver medal in epee at the Wheelchair Fencing Pan American Championships in Campinas, Brazil in August, 2011. Cat is the top ranked female wheelchair fencer in the United States in epee, foil, and saber. By winning the Gold Medal in Brazil, Cat qualified to fence and represent Team USA at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London! In 2013 Bouwkamp traveled to Richmond Virginia for the 2013 United States Wheelchair Fencing National Championships. Once again, she came out of the Nationals with a Gold Medal in Epee, Foil, and Saber retaining her title as the #1 ranked female wheelchair fencer in the United States! On July 7th, 2013 Bouwkamp brought home the bronze medal in the epee category at the Junior World Championships in Warsaw Poland.
RHISP’s Jon Mize Took the Para-Archery world by storm, with a fourth place finish at the World Championships out of 69 archers! Jon was pretty new to the game and competed against seasoned archers who had competed in the Beijing Paralympics. But because of his obvious natural talent, Jon was named to the Para-Archery World Championship team.
In September of 2011, RHISP’s Jon Mize traveled with the USA Para Archery Team to Stokemandvile, England, the birthplace for Paralympic Sport for the Stokemandville Open. Jone made it to the quarterfinals of the individual competition where he missed the semi finals by 1 point. Luckily there was another competition going on at the same time, solely for the purpose of earning points toward a team slot for the London 2012 games, Jon took part. Jon ended up making it to the medal matches in this competition and winning the gold and a slot for Team USA in the 2012 Paralympics! Jon is now focusing on earning his individual slot on the USA team for the London games.
Timmy Dowell competed in track at the Glasa Games in Chicago, IL in 2012. Dowell competed in the 60m, 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m and took first in all categories for his age group. Not only was he beating the competition, but he was beating himself, with new personal best times in all the events. With the success in Chicago, Timmy qualified for the 2012 National Junior Disability Championships in all five events above in the T53 category. Eleven year old Timmy Dowell took home 1st place in five events at the National Junior Disability Championships! The NJDC’s were held in Rochester, Minnesota on July 10 2012. Dowell won the 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1500 meter events.