Area Special Olympians compete

Randolph County Special Olympians spent the weekend in Morgantown competing in both individual and team basketball skills. Coach David Perry said he was proud of the team and their performance.

“They won their first game by one point and lost the second game,” Perry said. “In the third game, they lost with a missed shot at the buzzer. I am so proud of them because they had fun and gave it their all.”

Perry said the team competed in division four and captured third place, winning the bronze medal.

“It means everything to me to see these guys compete,” Perry said. “They love to get away and see their friends, go out to eat and shop. It is an awesome time for them and for me.”

Special Olympians in individual skills winning medals include Linda Teter, third place; Bertie Stalnaker, first place; Judy Waybright, third place; Danilla Lattea, second place; Mickey Strawder, third place; Dale Varner, third place; Davis Brown, first place; and Jim Ketterman, third place.

Individual skills Shelia Bertelli said she enjoys helping out with the team and watching them excel.

“These folks have such a good time, and its wonderful to see them compete,” Bertelli said. “They always give their personal best during the competitions. And they appreciate everything you do for them.”

“I had fun,” said participant David Brown. “I got gold.”

“One of the most fun things for me was that they sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to me at Ryan’s today,” said Dale Varner.

“My favorite part was the competition,” said Tiffany Fortney. “I won third place.”