2017 Demolition Derby Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

Final Day Recap:

Congratulations to the Phoenix 360 Heat, champions of the 2017 Demolition Derby at Lakeshore this weekend. The Heat defeated MedStar NRH Punishers 59-39 to win it all. Earlier in the day Phoenix beat the Texas Stampede 59-35 to reach the championship game. The Heat’s opponent in the title game, the Punishers from Washington, DC, took care of Texas 54-44 in its first game of the day.

Here are scores from other games on Sunday:

Brooks 46, Lakeshore 26

Tampa 47, Lakeshore 25

Brooks 56, Tampa 48

Univ. of Arizona 53, St. Louis 43

Shepherd 47, St. Louis 36

Shepherd 63, Univ. of Arizona 50


Tournament Results:

1st – Phoenix 360 Heat

2nd – MedStar DC Punishers

3rd – Texas Stampede

4th -Shepherd Smash

5th – Univ. of Arizona Wildcats

6th- St. Louis Spartans

7th – Brooks Bandits

8th – Tampa Generals

9th – Lakeshore Demolition


Best in Class:

0.5/1.o – Jeff Butler (Texas Stampede)

1.5 – Josh O’Neil (Brooks Bandits)

2.0 – Chuck Melton (St. Louis Spartans)

2.5 – Josh Wheeler (Arizona Wildcats)

3.0/3.5 – James Roberts (360 Heat)


Special thanks to our tournament host BMW of Birmingham and to the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for its support of Demolition Derby. #DemoDerby2017


Day Two Recap:

Day Two of the 2017 Demolition Derby hosted by BMW of Birmingham saw three new pools of teams face off based upon their Day One records. Lakeshore Demolition started off with a tough match against top-ranked Phoenix 360 Heat. Missing their top offensive player due to injury, Lakeshore struggled against the powerhouse and fell 19-55. The Demolition then took on Southeastern rival Shepherd Smash from Atlanta. A strong start had them within reach at the half, but the Smash’s bench was too deep to overcome and the Demolition lost 32-59. Lakeshore saw great leadership from veteran player Bob Lujano and solid minutes from Aimee Bruder and Sid Christian off the bench.

Phoenix 360 Heat continued their winning streak defeating Shepherd Smash 59-40. The MedStar NRH Punishers and Texas Stampede, both the number one seeds in their pools, also finished the day undefeated. These top three teams advanced to tomorrow’s top A Pool and will vie for the 2017 Demolition Derby title.

The St. Louis Spartans, University of Arizona Wildcats and Shepherd Smash all finished the day with 1-1 records and will face each other on Sunday in Pool B. Lakeshore Demolition, Tampa Generals and Brooks Bandits who all finished Day Two with double losses will round out the final day of competition in Pool C.

Schedule for Sunday, February 5

*All Court Two games will be live streamed on Lakeshore’s Facebook page.

8:30 a.m.

University of Arizona Wildcats vs. St. Louis Spartans (Court Three)

*Phoenix 360 Heat vs. Texas Stampede (Court Two)

Brooks Bandits vs. Lakeshore Demolition (Court One)

10 a.m.

St. Louis Spartans vs. Shepherd Smash (Court Three)

*Texas Stampede vs. MedStar NRH Punishers (Court Two)

Lakeshore Demolition vs. Tampa Generals (Court One)

11:30 a.m.

Shepherd Smash vs. University of Arizona Wildcats (Court Three)

*MedStar NRH Punishers vs. Phoenix 360 Heat (Court Two)

Tampa Generals vs. Brooks Bandits (Court Three)

Day Two Scores:

Phoenix Heat, 55 – Lakeshore Demolition, 19

MedStar NRH Punishers, 58 – Tampa Generals, 35

Texas Stampede, 57  – St. Louis Spartans, 41

Lakeshore Demolition, 32 – Shepherd Smash, 59

Tampa Generals, 50 – University of Arizona Wildcats, 56

St. Louis Spartans, 44 – Brooks Bandits, 37

Shepherd Smash, 40 – Phoenix Heat, 59

University of Arizona Wildcats, 50 – MedStar NRH Punishers, 55

Brooks Bandits, 42 – Texas Stampede, 59

Schedule for Saturday, February 4

9 a.m.
Phoenix Heat vs. Lakeshore Demolition
MedStar NRH Punishers vs. Tampa Generals

10:30 a.m.
Texas Stampede vs. St. Louis Spartans

12 Noon
Lakeshore Demolition vs. Shepherd Smash
Tampa Generals vs. University of Arizona Wildcats

1:30 p.m.
St. Louis Spartans vs. Brooks Bandits

3 p.m.
Shepherd Smash vs. Phoenix Heat
University of Arizona Wildcats vs. MedStar NRH Punishers

4:30 p.m.
Brooks Bandits vs. Texas Stampede

Lakeshore’s 2017 Demolition Derby hosted by BMW of Birmingham is celebrating its 20th year in 2017 and features nine of the top teams in the nation over three days of competition. The impressive team rosters include 16 Paralympians, nine Rio 2016 Paralympians and 13 current U.S. Training Squad members. Come out and watch this hard-hitting sport. Invite your friends, bring your family, and cheer on the teams! Check back to our website for tournament updates, scores and daily recaps. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for photos, Sunday’s live streamed games and more. #DemoDerby2017

Tournament Flyer

Tournament Schedule

Directions and Campus Map

Meet Lakeshore Demolition Player Aimee Bruder

Meet Lakeshore Demolition Player Sid Christian

Meet Texas Stampede Player Jeff Butler

Day One Recap:

Day One of the 20th edition of the Demolition Derby hosted by BMW of Birmingham featured opening play from every team in the tournament. Solid wins for the top ranked Texas Stampede and Phoenix 360 Heat bring both of those teams to 2-0 in the opening pool. Joining them in the ranks of the undefeated are the MedStar NRH Punishers who notched victories against the St. Louis Spartans and Shepherd Smash. Lakeshore’s Demolition fell to Texas in their tournament opener 36-63. The home team went on to face the University of Arizona Wildcats and while the Demolition kept it to within one for the first three periods, Arizona would pull away in the fourth coming out on top 54-48.  Lakeshore will be back on the court for the 9 a.m. game Saturday facing Phoenix.

Day One Scores:

Phoenix 360 Heat, 58 – Tampa Generals, 21

MedStar NRH Punishers, 45 – St. Louis Spartans, 35

Texas Stampede, 63 – Lakeshore Demolition, 36

Brooks Bandits, 24 – Phoenix 360 Heat, 53

Shepherd Smash, 46 – MedStar NRH Punishers, 49

University of Arizona Wildcats, 48 – Texas Stampede, 61

Tampa Generals, 42 – Brooks Bandits, 51

St. Louis Spartans, 47 – Shepherd Smash, 52

Lakeshore Demolition, 48 – University of Arizona Wildcats, 54