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Special Olympics Bowlers Advance
(Left to right) Republic Police Chief Mike Lawton, bowlers Izzach Thornton and Wesley Oliver, Springfield police officer in training Joseph Pyle. (Photo courtesy Scott Weis)

Contributed by Scott Weis


The Republic Special Olympics Bowling team competed Saturday at Sunshine Lanes, participating in Unified Doubles, Team Doubles and 3-game Singles competition. We had several firsts for our athletes. Lauren Cook recorded her first strike of the year and finished with a 62 in her second game. Paul Cook also recorded his first strike of the year and finished his game with 34. Ciara Johns notched her highest score of the season by bowling a 45. Abigail Couch also notched her highest score of the season so far by bowling a 58. Kali Dawson bowled her way to her highest score of the season finishing with a 95. In an impressive fashion Freshman Samuel Ard recorded his highest score of the season finishing with a 191 in his first game.

All of our athletes finished with either a gold or a silver medal, which means they have advanced on to the State Indoor Games on March 16-17th in St. Joesph, MO. 

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