The St. Luke’s Wheelchair Basketball landed at Spokane International Airport Sunday night feeling pretty good after their years of practice and teamwork. The high school and even junior high athletes returned from a weekend trip in Colorado Springs where they earned a solid victory at the national championships, battling through four games, starting at a 5th rank, but finishing first.
Head coach, Tomie Zuchetto, says the co-ed team of physically disabled youth came together, knew their jobs and played as a team.
“Their defense was rock-solid,” Zuchetto said over the phone Monday, her voice a little rough after playing in the U.S. Olympic Training Center where the atmosphere was intense during the competition.
“It felt like the gym was full of people supporting the team, it was so loud. Every time they stole the ball, we had an amazing fan club. The athletes just loved it,” Zuchetto said.
They worked their way through the competition, easily sliding through the first game to a tight second and screaming into overtime during the third. They led the fourth game all the way until the winning end.