McDonough bocce team wins third place state award

Team shines in state in­door tour­na­ment

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A uni­fied bocce team from McDonough High School re­ceived a third-place state award at the Spe­cial Olympics Mary­land 2016 State High School In­door Bocce Tour­na­ment held Feb. 11 at Hager­stown Com­mu­nity Col­lege. The team re­ceived third place among eight teams com­pet­ing in di­vi­sion three of the event.

Mem­bers of the team in­clude stu­dents In­grid Braun, se­nior; Key­drea Harris, fresh­man; Michael Mal­herek, se­nior; Aaron Mor­phew, sopho­more; Robert Mullins, Adult In­de­pen­dence Pro­gram stu­dent; Jodie Par­lett, se­nior; and Michael Proc­tor, AIP stu­dent. Coaches of the team are David Bradshaw, phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher at McDonough, and Jeff Mathews, spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher at McDonough.

The state event was sep­a­rated into four lev­els of com­pe­ti­tion — Di­vi­sions 1 through 4 — and stu­dents from Lackey, La Plata, McDonough and West­lake high school com­peted.

Teams that win first place at the re­gional level are in­vited to com­pete at the state event. Teams are split into di­vi­sions of com­pe­ti­tion ac­cord­ing to cri­te­ria such as age, gen­der and phys­i­cal abil­ity lev­els to en­sure that all par­tic­i­pants have equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate and be rec­og­nized for be­ing a part of a team.

Uni­fied sports teams are com­posed of a com­bi­na­tion of stu­dents with and with­out abil­i­ties who train to­gether and com­pete against other uni­fied teams. Bocce is a sport played on a bocce court, or an area of play fea­tur­ing a hard sur­face. The goal of the sport is to roll a bocce ball clos­est to a tar­get ball, which is called a pal­lina. Teams earn points for how close their bocce balls roll or end near the pal­lina.

A to­tal of 32 teams from schools in Al­le­gany, Bal­ti­more City, Charles, Fred­er­ick, Gar­rett, Mont­gomery, Prince Ge­orge’s and Wash­ing­ton coun­ties par­tic­i­pated. Charles County Pub­lic Schools part­nered with Spe­cial Olympics Mary­land in 2008 to of­fer high school stu­dents of all abil­i­ties the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in sports pro­grams. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the CCPS uni­fied sports pro­gram has in­creased over the past sev­eral school years.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.somd.org/.

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