Goalball Teams Repeat as National Champions

The FSDB Girls and Boys Goalball teams are National Champions for the second year in a row! The Cobras traveled to Austin, TX to compete in the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) National Goalball High School Championships on November 14-16, 2019.

Girls Goalball Recap

FSDB Girls Goalball team wearing gold medals and holding first place trophy.
FSDB Girls Goalball Championship Team. Pictured left to right: Veronica Hyatt, Brianna Cruz, Adiana Brennan. Dejonae Levers, Aaliyah Ferguson, and Meli Hatcher.

The FSDB Girls Goalball went 8-0 in the tournament and defeated the home team, Texas, in the championship game 10-0 to claim the gold medal. This is the girls' fifth consecutive title, extending their record-breaking winning streak.

FSDB played rock-solid defense the entire tournament. After giving up five goals in their first game against Georgia, which they won 12-5, the Cobras would only allow one more goal in their remaining seven games.

Offensively, the Cobras executed their shots with a high degree of accuracy, frustrating their opponents with the combination of stifling defense and good shot-making.

Watch the archived live stream of the Girls Gold Medal Match courtesy of TSBVI.

The team was represented by four seniors competing in their final nationals; Aaliyah Ferguson, Adiana Brennan, Meli Hatcher, and Veronica Hyatt. Veronica led the way in scoring, tallying 30 goals, and Aaliyah chipped in another 25 goals to add to the offensive totals. Adiana (4 goals) and Meli (9 goals) also contributed significantly as the team's depth proved very beneficial throughout the tournament. Junior Brianna Cruz provided outstanding defensive work at the center position. Sophomore DeJonae Levers added ten goals and excellent defense as well when her number was called.

Aaliyah Ferguson and Veronica Hyatt were both named to the All-American team. Girls Head Coach James Crozier said, "Several participants and spectators were so impressed with the teams' communication, precision, and skill."

During the post-game interview, the players credited their preparation and hard work that they put in and how good they felt that it all paid off. When asked how they worked so well together, Veronica stated, "We are a family, this is just what we do."

The players were also excited to learn after the tournament that, with their win in the championship game, Coach Crozier earned his 299th victory as coach of the program. When the coach remarked, maybe it was time to retire, the players responded with "I don't think so."

Boys Goalball Recap