Nine nationally ranked power soccer teams will compete this weekend in the Champions Cup at the IPFW Gates Sports Center. After the 8:45 a.m. opening ceremonies, the No. 17-ranked Turnstone Furious Flyers start play at 10 a.m. Thursday against No. 13 St. Louis.The other teams include No. 11 Indianapolis; No. 12 Muncie; No. 14 Tampa, Fla.; No. 15. Chicago; No. 16 Atlanta; No. 18 Flowery Branch, Ga. and No. 19 Mesa, Ariz.
Play continues at 9 a.m. Friday with the quarterfinals starting at 2 p.m. The semifinals start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday followed by the championship match at 2:30 p.m.
This is the second year Turnstone has hosted the tournament and the third year it has been held.
Power soccer is an adaptive wheelchair sport created for power chair users using a 13-inch ball. Four players on each side direct their powered wheelchairs with guards on the front to knock a ball around a basketball court. Each 20-minute half consists of continuous action. There are 60 power soccer teams across the country.
Turnstone's team includes Autry Keener, Jake Sherron, Julie Meyers, Greg Buse, Lucas Wable and Chad Cahill. Keener led the team with 23 goals and 26 points in 25 games this season, and Sherron and Meyers each scored nine goals.
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