Upshur County Special Olympic athletes competed at the West Virginia State Basketball Competitions in Morgantown in late March.
Participating athletes put their hard work and effort into team basketball, individual skills and a cheerleading competitions.
Team 1 basketball athletes were awarded with silver medals for second place, while Team 2 was awarded with fourth-place ribbons. Individual skills were awarded with ribbons and medals for putting forward their great sportsmanship and effort in competing.
Several Special Olympians recently participated in the individual skills portion of the West Virginia State Basketball Competitions in Morgantown.
Cheerleaders for Upshur County brought home the gold medal for sideline and dance cheers. They also were recognized for the effort and determination they put forward.
Also, three athletes from Upshur County received awards during the events for 2011-2013. Marcus Gregory was presented with the J. Fred Earley award for Sportsmanship at the opening ceremonies in Parkersburg in November 2011. He is the son of Lee and Louise Gregory, of Buckhannon, and has been with Upshur County Special Olympics for almost 20 years. Upshur County Special Olympics director Susan O'Dell chose athlete Tasha Carrico as the 2012 Upshur County Athlete of the Year. She also was presented with the J. Fred Early award for Sportsmanship at the opening ceremonies in November at Parkersburg High School for the 2012 fall games, and was chosen and led the athletes in the Special Olympic Pledge at the opening ceremonies in Morgantown for the 2013 State Basketball Competitions. She is the daughter of Joe and Debbie Carrico of Buckhannon and has been with Upshur County Special Olympics for 19 years.
Upshur County Special Olympic director Susan O'Dell also chose athlete Josh Howell to carry and place the torch for the opening ceremonies at the 2012 summer games in Charleston. He also was awarded the Scottie Alford Award for Determination at the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Fall Games in Parkersburg. Howell is the son of Mike and Patsy Howell of Beverly and has been with Upshur County Special Olympics for 3-years.