The Perham Area Special Olympics team sent 19 athletes to Alexandria to compete in the largest Special Olympics Minnesota competition on Nov. 21-24 at nine different venues throughout the state for bowling.

The Perham Area SO team came home with several different medals and handed out their end of the season awards as well. Melissa Barvels, Isaac Billings and Jennifer Wessels were first place winners. Sam Eckes, Gannon Huwe and Jennifer Knopps were second place winners. Third place awards were received by Daniel Fairbanks, Randy Johnson, Philip Tweeton and Amanda Wothe. Michael Erlandson and Lisa Maninga took home fourth place honors. Richard Kempenich came in fifth, while sixth place awards went to Parker Glynn, Duane Muckey and Troy Tierney. Danny Chavez and Ryan Schattschneider came in seventh place.

Gannon Huwe throws up the X after getting a strike during the Special Olympics Minnesota Bowling Tournament. Submitted photo
Gannon Huwe throws up the X after getting a strike during the Special Olympics Minnesota Bowling Tournament. Submitted photo

End of the season awards were given out the last day of bowling. Barvels received the high ramp game for October at 148 and for November with a 169. She had the high ramp average for October at 124 and for November at 134.

Tweeton received the high male game for October at 173 and for November with a 169. He recorded the high average for October at 126 and had the same average in November.

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Lisa Maninga had the high game for October with a 138 and received the high average for both October and November with a 108 in both months. The high female game in November went to Donna Zimmerman with a 140. Lori Schroeer received the Most Improved Female award, while Gannon Huwe was the Most Improved Male. Tyler Olsen was the Most Consistent Male, while Jenny Knopps was the Most Consistent Female. Mike Erlandson won the Worker Bee award, while the Sportsmanship award went to Parker Glynn.

Tyler Olsen rolls the ball during the Special Olympics State Tournament in Alexandria. Submitted photo
Tyler Olsen rolls the ball during the Special Olympics State Tournament in Alexandria. Submitted photo

The Perham Area Special Olympics Team is a nonprofit organization, which is funded through donations and volunteers' time as a member of Special Olympics Minnesota. If anyone is interested in participating, donating volunteering or being a unified partner, contact Corinne Schattschneider at gschatts@eot.com or call 218-758-3138.