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Windy City Warriors gear up for Nationals after capturing IHSA state title

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 10:17 a.m. CDT

With a perfect 6-0 record, the Windy City Warriors placed first at the IHSA state wheelchair basketball tournament in Peoria on March 14-15.

The championship was the team's ninth in the past 10 years.

“I thought our student-athletes played their best basketball to date at the State tournament,” says Warriors Coach Robb Taylor. “As a coaching staff we expect a lot of them and push them to get better in all games and I feel we did that this past weekend.

"We made ourselves better and put ourselves in a great position to be successful at Nationals in a few weeks. It was also great to see our four graduating seniors, our four leaders, all have a great tournament and end their Warriors career with another state title.”

On the opening day of competition at state, the Warriors defeated the Chicago Skyhawks (42-16), the GLASA Wave (52-6), the NEDSRA Jr. Bulls (39-15) and the Peoria Wildcats (48-14). The squad then wrapped up the event with wins over the Rolling Falcons (42-24) and the Rockford Jr. Chariots (46-28).

Next up for the squad is a trip to Nationals on April 3-5 in Louisville, KY. The Warriors are currently ranked No. 5 nationally.

Daniela Polencheck of Wheaton and Blake Harmet of Clarendon Hills are two of the team's eight members. The roster is rounded out by Justin Harrison, Daniel Dye, Matt Molenkamp, Nick Umek, Kyle Gribble and Tim Culbertson. In addition to Taylor, Chris Rathje and Megan Musselman are assistant coaches.

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