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Area 4 Special Olympics Bocce Ball Tournament held in Perham

Manta Fritz placed second in the singles portion of the bocce tournament. Robert Williams/FOCUS1 / 7
Tom Vezner, right, took first place in the nine-hole Area 4 golf tournament held in Alexandria. Ryan Schattschneider, left, placed fourth. Submitted photo.2 / 7
Tyler Oleen gets some air under his bocce toss at this past weekend's tournament. Robert Williams/FOCUS3 / 7
Never shy when a camera is around, Jacob Hessig grabs a photo op with Miss Teen Becker County, Maggie Wothe. Robert Williams/FOCUS4 / 7
Kayla Spencer keeps shaded eyes on her bocce throw. Robert Williams/FOCUS5 / 7
Jacob Keppers scores points in a tight match early in the competition. Robert Williams/FOCUS6 / 7
Jacob Hessig, left, and his roommate, Jack Denker, were revved up for some competition at the Area 4 Bocce tournament. Robert Williams/FOCUS7 / 7

ALEXANDRIA -- Perham Area Special Olympic athletes competed in the Area 4 Golf Tournament at Nordic Trails in Alexandria on Thur. July 19.

Both Ryan Schattschneider and Tom Vezner competed in the traditional 9-hole competition independently.

Ryan took fourth place in Division 1 with a score of 67, while Tom won the Division 1 even finishing in first place with a low score of 54.

Both golfers are eligible to compete at the state meet August 20, at Oak Marsh Golf Club in Oakdale, Minn.

PERHAM -- Perham hosted the Area 4 Special Olympic Bocce Tournament at Fritz Hanson Field on Thurs. July 26.

128 athletes from Alexandria, Breckenridge, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Perham, and Verndale competed in singles and doubles bocce matches.

Thank you to all volunteers and contributors to make this tournament possible.

Results for Perham Area Special Olympic Team were:

SINGLES - 1st Place: Philip Tweeton, Jacob Hessig, Tyler Olsen, Brandi Nelson, Ryan Schattschneider, Jason Galbrecht, Amber Donahue, Alicia Cheney, Conrad Johnsen, Jacob Keppers, Gary Johnson, and Mark Nansen.

2nd Place- Tony Ross, Manta Fritz, Troy Tierney, Richard Kempenich, Tyler DeVries, Ardell Reynolds, Lori Ann Johnson, Bruce Bjerkaas, and Clifford Boese.

3rd Place- Jack Denker, Nahum Escamilla, Kenny Parish, Chris Johnson, Jeff Andersen, Bill Evans, Crystal Miller, Kayla Spencer, Wallace Boese, Bradley Fletcher, and Michelle Olsen.

4th Place - Tom Vezner and Denis Hemmelgarn.

DOUBLES: 1st Place-Philip Tweeton/Jacob Hessig, Chris Johnson/Conrad Johnsen, Tom Vezner/Jack Denker, Gary Johnson/Tyler Devries, Cliff Boese/Richard Kempenich, Crystal Miller/ Ardell Reynolds, and Jeff Andersen/Jason Galbrecht.

2nd Place- Amber Donahue/Brandi Nelson, Jacob Keppers/Ryan Schattschneider, Tony Ross/Ken Parrish, Nahum Escamilla/Mark Nansen, and Manta Fritz/Michelle Olsen.

3rd Place- Alicia Cheney/Lori Ann Johnson, Tyler Olsen/Troy Tierney.

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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