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Bowlers excel in state competition

Published: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

PEORIA – More than 200 Special Olympics athletes competed in the State Bowling Tournament Dec. 7 at Landmark Lanes.

They bowled in singles, ramp, doubles, and team competition.

Bowling singles winners included: from Kreider Services in Dixon, Betty Jo Hanson of Dixon, fifth place; from Rolling Hills in Lanark, Jennifer N. Pitts, first, and Stephen “Steve” Suchocki, fourth, both of Lanark; from Twin Cities Schools in Sterling, Rhen Huizenga of Prophetstown and Erica Mapes of Morrison, both second; and from Village of Progress in Oregon, John L. Roe of Rochelle, first.

Bowling doubles winners included James Johnson of Dixon, first, from Gateway Services of Princeton.

The event is one of eight Special Olympics state tournaments each year. Bowling athletes advanced from local and sectional competitions.

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