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Warhawk wheelchair basketball teams to host tournament Dec. 1-2

November 29, 2023

Written by Chris Lindeke | Photos by Craig Schreiner

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams welcome the nation’s top wheelchair basketball programs to Kachel Fieldhouse this weekend as they host a tournament Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2.

The Warhawk women kick off tournament play Friday at 10 a.m. against the University of Alabama, while the men begin competition Friday at noon against the University of Arizona.

Admission is free for attendees.

The Warhawk men enter the 2023-24 season with 13 national championships since 1982, most recently a three-peat in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

“We have a good mix of veterans and young talent on the roster this year,” said second-year coach Jake Williams, a former Warhawk. “The older players bring experience and the younger players bring useful energy that we can utilize in a positive way. Our success will be determined by how fast we can develop the younger players and get the entire squad moving together as one in a positive direction.”

The women, who competed at the Second City Showdown in Chicago earlier this month, claimed three straight national championships between 2012-14.

A Warhawk wheelchair basketball athlete takes a shot.

Pictured, left: The Warhawks’ Lizzy Guerin (12), a physical education major from Cuba City, shoots a third consecutive made shot from the top of the key on Dec. 2, 2022, at Kachel Fieldhouse. The UW-Whitewater Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Teams hosted a two-day tournament of elite college teams on Dec. 2-3, 2022.

“We have a young team that is very motivated,” said second-year coach Jake Shafer, a former member of the Warhawk men’s team. “They have been working very hard this year and are poised to make a big jump from our last season. The future is very bright.”

Several of each program’s alums are Paralympic medalists. Last week, eight current or former Warhawks earned gold medals at the 2023 Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile.

UW-Whitewater is recognized consistently for exceptional programming and outcomes for students with disabilities.

Explore the campus map to find the Williams Center, where Kachel Fieldhouse is located. Parking is available for spectators and officials in Lot 11, just to the north of the Williams Center at the corner of Warhawk Dr. and Schwager Dr.

See below for the complete tournament schedules for both teams.


Friday, Dec. 1
10 a.m. – Women vs. University of Alabama
Noon – Men vs. University of Arizona
2 p.m. – Women vs. City University of New York
6 p.m. – Men vs. University of Illinois


Saturday, Dec. 2
8 a.m. – Women vs. University of Arizona
10 a.m. – Men vs. Edinboro (PennWest)
Noon – Men vs. Southwest Minnesota State University
2 p.m. – Women vs. University of Illinois
2 p.m. – Men’s alumni vs. WASA Golden Eagles (formerly Bucks)
2 p.m. – Women’s alumni vs. WASA Golden Eagles (formerly Bucks)

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