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Special Olympics compete in Moorhead and Woodbury

Perham Area Special Olympic Team traveled to Moorhead on July 16 to compete in the Area 4 Special Olympic Bocce Meet with 27 athletes.

The team was to compete in singles and doubles but due to the heat the competition was shortened with just single matches completed.

Results of the day are as follows:

1st place - Tyler Devries, Conrad Johnson, Thomas Vezner, Carlos Cooper, Jason Galbrecht, Mark Nansen, Amber Donahue and Trot Tierney. 2nd Place - Kenney Parrish, Philip Tweeton, Jacob Hessig, Gary Johnson, Amanda Wothe, Clayton Witchmann, Ardell Reynolds, Chris Johnson and Kayla Spencer. 3rd place- Lisa Maninga, Tyler Olsen, Marie Krosch and Shaun Loader. 4th place- Manta Fritz, Crystal Miller, Ryan Schattschneider, Randy Johnson, Duane Muckey and Mike Stoltenberg.

On Friday Aug 16, 15 athletes traveled to Woodbury for the SOMN State Fall Games at East Ridge High School. Competing Saturday and Sunday in Bocce singles and double matches which were qualifying matches for the upcoming National SO Games in 2014 at New Jersey.

The completion was tough but they all did well. Along with the Competition the athletes had fun in Olympic Town with activities and Healthy Athlete checkups and information. Saturday evening was the Banquet, Opening Ceremonies and a dance.

Saturday singles results were:

1st place Jake Hessig, Lisa Maninga, Carlos Cooper, Amanda Wothe, Marie Krosch. 2nd place: Duane Muckey, Tyler Devries, Tom Vezner. 3rd Place ; Tyler Olsen, Brandi Nelson, Shaun Loader, Philip Tweeton, and Ryan Schattschneider. 4th place Mike Stoltenberg.

Sunday was Doubles and Unified Doubles (a Special Olympics athlete paired with an athlete without disabilities((partner))for training & competition) competition, for unified doubled Corinne & Ryan Schattschneider competed for the first time and received 1st place.

Traditional Double results 1st place- Brandi Nelson & Tom Vezner, Duane Muckey & Trot Tierney. 2nd place Lisa Maninga & Philip Tweeton and Carlos Cooper & Mike Stoltenberg. 4th place was Amanda Wothe & Marie Krosch.

Special Olympics Minnesota enhances the human potential and quality of life for children and adults with intellectual disabilities by offering year-round sports training and competition. By sharing their joy courage,our athletes inspire the human spirit in all of us. Help our local team to reach their full potential, and get involved or donate today. For more information call Corinne Schattschneider at 218-758-3138.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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