2017 State Basketball Champs Houston County Sharks recognized at Board Mtg

Adapted Sports’ Houston County Sharks Varsity Basketball Team was recognized during the April Board Meeting for the 2017 State Basketball Championship.

The Shark players were surprised to find the display case in the front lobby of the board office dedicated to the them. The case contains past and present team pictures, championship trophies, and newspaper articles about the Sharks.

Below is the statement that Mr Fred Wilson, chairman of the board, read to the people in attendance.

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – The Houston County Sharks won the 2017 State Wheelchair Basketball Championship at Stegeman Coliseum at the University of Georgia on March 9. The Sharks beat the West Georgia Wolverines 41 to 26 in the American Association of Adapted Sports Program tournament for the state title. This is the Varsity Sharks’ 19th state wheelchair championship and 5th basketball championship in a row in nine school years.

The game coincided with the Georgia High School Association basketball state championship tournament. Christy Jones, orthopedic impaired teacher, is the area coordinator of the program.  In addition to Jones, the Sharks coaches are: Adapted PE Specialist Dr. Brenda Arnett, Adapted PE Specialist Stephen Roberson, Special Education Teacher Laura Tinsley, and Community Coaches Ryan Brown, and Ben Masters.

Congratulations Sharks!

Sharks Defeat Wolverines in the State Championship Final 41-26








Houston County Sharks Beat the

West Georgia Wolverines in the 20th Annual

American Association of Adapted Sports Programs

(AAASP) Interscholastic Wheelchair Basketball State Championship Final




The Houston County Sharks defeat the West Georgia Wolverines 41-26 for the title of Adapted Sports Georgia Varsity State Champion this afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum, on the UGA Campus in Athens, Georgia.    The perennial champions showed their experience taking the lead in the first quarter and fighting off the Wolverines to win their 5th state championship in a row this year.  This win came on the 20th anniversary year of the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, Inc. (AAASP) organization, and its 14th year in partnership with the GHSA.

“We commend our participating Georgia school districts for providing these inclusive opportunities to students  with physical disabilities, as they do for the non-disabled peers. The benefits we’ve seen to these athletes over our 20 year history are just tremendous,”  said Bev Vaughn, Executive Director, American Association of AdaptedSports Programs (AAASP).


Houston County Sharks (Head Coaches Dr. Brenda Arnett and Stephen Roberson)

West Georgia Wolverines (Head Coaches Richard McIntyre and Ric McIntyre –Father & Son)



Jordan Kozloski, #10, led the Sharks with 24 points on the day; Olando Hicks #22 had 10 points and Braxton Robinsson #11 had 7 points.


Tremmelle Raymond, #13, led the West GA Wolverines in scoring with 16 points.


The Houston County Sharks have won five consecutive Adapted Sports Wheelchair Basketball Titles:  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and now 2017; the West GA Wolverines took the Wheelchair Basketball State Title back in 2007.

*AAASP game was held in conjunction with GHSA boys’ and girls’ finals – see link for details:

AAASP and GHSA have a rich history in the area of athletic programs for students with disabilities and have been honored nationally for their partnership.   GHSA formed the nation’s first dual governing alliance with the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, Inc. (AAASP), in 2001, to pioneer efforts in school athletic programs for students with physical disabilities.  Through this alliance, GHSA recognizes AAASP as the governing and sanctioning body for adapted sports programs for Georgia’s schools.  Adapted Sports is celebrating its’ 20th Anniversary this year.

The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a not-for-profit association dedicated to developing interscholastic adapted sports programs in partnership with national, state, and local educational agencies.  It represents a standardized approach to extracurricular adapted team sports and has developed one of the nation’s most comprehensive school-based athletic programs for students with physical disabilities attending grades 1-12.  For more information, please visit our website at http://adaptedsports.org or join our conversations on Twitter at: @AdaptedSports.


AAASP to Celebrate its 20th Annual Interscholastic Wheelchair Basketball State Championships This Weekend in GA


AAASP’s  20th Annual Interscholastic Wheelchair Basketball State Championships in Georgia begins March 4, and concludes March 9, 2017 with the wheelchair basketball finals in Athens, GA (new this year!)

The Championship will be held in conjunction with the Georgia High School Association’s State Championships at Stegeman Coliseum, on the UGA Campus in Athens, Georgia.

The following teams from both the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels across the state will compete this weekend in the state playoffs to vie for the title of state champion: (Varsity) the Gwinnett HEAT, the Houston County Sharks, and the West Georgia Wolverines; and (Junior Varsity) the Atlanta Wolfpack, the DeKalb Silver Streaks, the Henry County Hurricanes, the Houston County Jr. Sharks, and the Muscogee Lions. Top four teams will advance to the State Championship.

Here is the match up for Saturday, March 4 at Hull Middle School in Duluth, GA:

-11:00 am – Gym 1 – Houston Jr. Sharks vs. Henry Hurricanes

-11:00 am – Gym 2 – Muscogee Lions vs. DeKalb Silver Streaks

-1:00 pm – Gym 1 – JV Final

-1:00 pm – Gym 2 – Varsity Semi-Final*
(*Finals will be held on March 9th in Athens.)

Click here to read the full release! State championships 2017