Ring me: West Georgia Wolverines receive their championship rings

Published 4:54 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2022

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Ring me.

It was a special night for the West Georgia Wolverines on Friday night between the first and second quarter of the LaGrange-Troup football game. The Wolverines received their 2021 JV State Wheelchair Basketball Championship rings after a long wait.

The team enjoyed an undefeated season with a perfect 6-0 record in 2021. The state championship was played at LHS in March 2021 with strong support from the local community .

The Wolverines went on to defeat the Houston County Sharks and become the 2021 JV State Wheelchair Basketball Champs. 

After moving from Meriwether County to Troup County in 2020, the first wheelchair basketball game was played in 2021 in the new area. 

The team started that season with just one player, but by the first game had a total of five – just enough to play.

“The West GA Wolverines is a local adapted sports team. We cater to students in first to twelfth grades in Troup and surrounding counties with physical disabilities or impairments,” wrote Kristy Prather, area coordinator for the Wolverines. “The goal is to get these athletes off the sidelines and into the game. We currently play wheelchair handball, basketball and football.”

Members in attendance to receiver their rings on Friday were: 

Abby Simmons – Lagrange High graduate

Mason McCartney – Troup High graduate

Bailey McCartney – Troup High School

Gavin Pijnenburg – Callaway Middle School

Jacob Roche – Head Coach

Scott Cochran – Asst Coach

Kristy Prater – Area Coordinator

Logan Wegienka – Founder/Asst Coach – LaGrange High graduate

Those unable to attend: 

Tyler Smith

Jackson Ward – Callaway Middle School