School board presents Clear Spring High School bocce team with Golden Apple award

April 26, 2011
  • Washington County School Board President Wayne Ridenour shakes hands with Matt Banzhoff while presenting the Golden Apple award to the 2011 Maryland State Bocce Ball Champions as teammates Lily Pinkham, left , Ashlyn Long, and Sam Banzhoff, Chris McKenzie, right, and coaches Sharon Rebeck, and Aline Novak look on
By Chris Tilley, Staff Photographer

The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night presented members of Clear Spring High School's state championship bocce team and its coach, Aline Novak, with a Golden Apple award.

The sport was new this school year, part of a unified sports program offering athletic competitions for students with disabilities. The sport teams up disabled athletes with able-bodied partners.

Clear Spring won the first state championship in March.

"Winning a state championship is a big deal," School board President Wayne Ridenour told the team during Tuesday night's board meeting at the central office off Commonwealth Avenue.

"We are all about opportunities, and this was a great opportunity for young people," Ridenour said.

Bocce players roll balls down a court toward a jack. The team with the closest ball to the jack is the only team that can score points in any frame.

— Julie E. Greene

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