TERRE HAUTE — Last weekend, Gibson County Special Olympic athletes competed in the Indiana State Games at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
The scaled down games included virtual opening ceremonies (with Zachary Brown representing Gibson County), a portion of track and field activities, and bocce ball — all wrapped up in one day rather than the normal three-day event.
This year Gibson County was able to add some new athletes, along with those who have competed for several years with the help of several coaches, volunteers, and parents.
The athletes collected a bunch of medals and ribbons, a commemorative medal, and even got to sneak away for some bingo fun with friends (Johnny Holland winning the main prize as he predicted).
The day ended with the entire team cheering on their youngest member, Oliver Lewis, to win a gold medal in the 50 meter dash.
Signups for softball and corn toss is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 19 at Southside Park for all new and old players, and anyone interested in volunteering or coaching.
Bocce Ball: Bill Norrick and Michelle Hall, traditional doubles, 3rd Place; Ricky Hall and Donald Knapp, traditional doubles, 1st Place; Wesley McKannan and Garie Belcher, unified doubles, 3rd Place
Track & Field: Andrew Alvis 100m dash- 2nd Place, 50m dash- 2nd Place, softball throw- 2nd Place; Zachary Brown 100m dash- 2nd Place, 50m dash- 3rd Place, mini javelin throw- 5th Place; Elizabeth Clutter softball throw- 4th Place; Daren Cook 100m dash- 1st Place; 800m run- 3rd Place; Eddie Craig 50m dash- 5th Place, softball throw- 3rd Place; Johnny Holland 100m dash- 1st Place, 50m dash- 1st Place, mini javelin throw- 2nd Place; Brittany Koberstein 100m dash- 5th Place, 50m dash- 2nd Place, mini javelin throw- 1st Place; Oliver Lewis 50m dash- 1st Place, softball throw, 3rd Place; Paul Lewis 100m dash- 1st Place, 50m dash- 1st Place, softball throw- 3rd Place; Alexis Miller 100m dash- 2nd Place, 50m dash- 4th Place, mini javelin throw- 2nd Place; Dakota Moore 100m dash- 1st Place, 400m run- 2nd Place, 800m run- 2nd Place; Katlin Slough 200m dash- 2nd Place, 400m run- 2nd Place, shot put- 1st Place.