Special Olympics hosts county bocce tournament

Students from the Baldwin bocce team about to begin the tournament.

Devon Schroeder and Patricia Esposito

While Baldwin’s two teams will not be going on to the states for Special Olympics bocce, event organizers called today’s county tournament in the gym a big success.

The Elizabeth Forward team won the gold and bid to the Hershey state championship.

The Baldwin girls team won the silver medal. Members included Kaitlyn Anderson, Julianne Barbuto, Taylor Donahue, Shania Genes, Sydney Keller, Daijah Massie, Kaylia Pham, and Carly Santillo.

Six other schools participated: Fox Chapel, Mt. Lebanon, Avonworth, Carlington, Moon and Shaler. Teams competed in two divisions — recreational and competitive. In recreational, teams played two rounds for fun and experience, while competitive teams aimed to secure the bid to states.

¨Even though it was a competitive event, all teams were very friendly and supported each other,” Special Olympic Club board member Claire Plunkett said.

¨This tournament is the most unified event we host, and I feel that it is very beneficial for everyone participating.” Plunkett said.

Fellow club member and junior Vanessa Taylor worked the event as a referee.

¨The bocce competition was fun to watch and experience, and I would love to help out again next year,¨ Taylor said.