The FSDB Boys and Girls Goalball athletic teams travel on November 14-16, 2019, to compete in the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) National Goalball High School Championships in Austin, TX. The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will host this year's tournament. Both FSDB teams are defending national champions and are poised to repeat.
Leading up to the nationals, FSDB competed in the Lakeshore Foundation Invitational in Birmingham, AL. FSDB brought two teams for both boys and girls and took first and second place in both divisions.
On the girls' side of the draw, the Florida A team went 5-0 during the tournament to finish in 1st place. The Florida B team suffered an opening loss to Texas 7-6, but won their next two games against South Carolina and Georgia, earning a spot in the finals against the Florida A team. Florida A won the match 8-3.
In the boys' division, Florida sent two teams, as well. In pool play, Team A earned victories over Georgia (13-3) and South Carolina (13-3) but suffered a loss to Texas (4-6). Team B went undefeated with wins against South Carolina (13-3), Alabama (11-5), and Texas (8-4). Both Florida teams faced off against each other in the championship game. Florida A came out on top with an 11-6 victory over their classmates.
The FSDB Girls Goalball team enters the national championships as the favorite, having won the last four national titles. A pair of dynamic Senior wing players, Veronica Hyatt and Aaliyah Ferguson, lead the team. Junior Center Brianna Cruz, is a USABA All-American defensive specialist, who handles the bulk of the defensive work and sets up her wings for scoring opportunities. Also representing FSDB are seniors Meli Hatcher and Adiana Brennan, and sophomore DeJonae Levers. The team is led by James Crozier, who is in his 17th season as FSDB Goalball head coach, with assistant coach Katrina DeSue. Coach Crozier's teams have won more tournament titles than any other youth goalball program in the country.
"I'm excited to see what this year's team will accomplish at nationals. While we have experienced a lot of success in the last several years, each year is a new team. The players have done a great job of not taking anything for granted, working on get