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Special athletes leave bowler emotional spent

Column by John Shott

Welcome!

The first Annual Optimist sponsored Special Olympics “Team Tahoe” Bowling Tournament took place Dec. 1 at Tahoe Bowl from 2:30-6 p.m. This fun and enjoyable experience was organized by Jody Filgo, the area director.

The coaches involved were as follows: Jody Filgo, Betsy Brunson, Sandy Ahrens, Leonard Buckley, Pasqualle Ardolino, Elaine Glasser, Maggie Tingle, Tanya Abrego and Cody Paxton.

The athletes along with their three-game scores are as follows: Gordon Bonar 175-145-128, Damien Willoby 133-130-134, Philip Sturgeon 73-103-112, Roger Fife 126-107-100, Michael Cotter 99-89-72, Bryan Lyell 84-86-114, Jerry Welsh 129-88-85, Ryan Willford 66-85-105, Andy Young 99-104-92, Andy Young 99-104-92, Tony Frederick 31-51, John Lahiti 141-126-120, Keith Ellis 66-92-88, Dawn Knox 110-123-119, Brianna Williams 56-64, Janelle Johnson 67-92-87, Susie Enos 151-118-94, Amey Joy Johnson 82-87-85, Michella Smith 72-44-65, Kimee Williams 64-96-76, Katelyn Tara 75-52, Melissa Ahrens 73-108, Lanetta Welch, NA, Cheryl Murtha 34-20.

The sportsmanship award winners were Andy Young and Lanetta Welch.

The most improved bowler was Ryan Willford.

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The most inspirational bowler was Tony Frederick.

The high bowler from the community was Leonard Buckley (coach also) with a beautiful 257 game.

The high bowler Special Olympics athlete was Gordon Bonar with 175 and Susie Enos with 151.

The Tahoe community would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions to the Special Olympics Team Tahoe Bowling Tournament: Lake Tahoe Fire Station No. 2; California Highway Patrol; Tahoe Bowl donated the lanes and their entire bowl compliments of Vic Nagy; the Optimist Club sponsored the event; the Kiwanis Club donated the funds; Safeway donated the cake for desert; Chevy’s hosted the awards party and provided food, beverage, and service to everyone; and Awards of Tahoe donated the medals and awards.

We would like to thank each and every sponsor for their support.

We would also like to thank the following members of our community who participated in the tournament: Don Figeroa, Dave Peterson, Angie Peterson, Kim Wagener, Kathleen Cox, Mary Lahiti, Terri Tepper, Jillian Tepper, Rylan Tepper, Kristi Morris, Joel Morris, Sara Morris, Brian Stanton, Justin Stanton, Sandy Campbell, Willie Campbell, Steve Seitz, Mike Couri, Jim Holfeltz, Patty Holfeltz, Ben Storie, Kevin Murtha, Donna Feliciano, Lynne Tara, Casey Tara, Michael Shott.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athlete competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons 8 years of age and older with developmental disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.

Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with learning disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. These must be adapted only as necessary to meet the needs of those with mental and physical limitations.

The Special Olympics motto is as follows: “Let me win; but if I can’t win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

I had the privilege and opportunity to witness Tahoe first Special Olympics tournament at Tahoe Bowl. The smiles are cheers that filled the bowl were beyond description. Cheering, clapping, joy, and high-fiving each other as each athlete would strike and spare happened every minute of the tournament. Each participant shared in the special feeling on Dec. 1 and only those who were there will treasure and remember for years to come the dedication, team unity, and courage displayed by all our Special Olympic athletes, who portray sportsmanship at the highest level regardless of disabilities.

Thanks for everything Team Tahoe.

See you all next year.