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Red Lodge Special Olympians compete at area games Wrobel

By Cindy Luoma

Katherine Collins- 10 M Wheelchair race

Unified Bocce Partners (Alayna Smith, Katherine Collins, Jesse Stoecker, Kelli Luoma

Bocce Awards: Blue Ribbon Team (Susan Littlenest and Megan White), 2nd Place (Billings Adult Team)  Third Place Ribbon (Tracy Wrobel and Lilly Fouts) Presented by the Montana Highway Patrol

Red Lodge Team

Special Olympic Athletes showed their courage and athleticism last week as they compete in the Yellowstone Valley Area Special Olympic Summer Games in Billings, Montana.  

Athletes competed in track and field, bocce, and golf over three days. Athletes are divisioned by their skill level, times and distances submitted by coaches. The Games began on Friday with Opening Ceremonies and the lighting of the torch.  

Some of Friday’s events included wheelchair races, walks, sprints, baseball throw, and turbo jav. Red Lodge Olympians competing were Lloyd Makes Coldweather (100 m, 200 m, Turbojav), Bryan Whitaker (motorized wheelchair slalom, baseball throw), Katherine Collins( manual Wheelchair race, baseball throw), Tracy Wrobel (50 m Walk, baseball throw), Susan Littlenest (50 M walk, baseball throw), Kelli Luoma (baseball throw), and Jesse Stoecker (50 M walk, baseball throw).  Each placed in their division and brought home many ribbons for their accomplishments. The athletes celebrated on Friday evening with a marvelous dinner and dance hosted by the Yellowstone Valley Area Special Olympics committee.

On Saturday, athletes competed in Bocce. Bocce is an Italian lawn bowling game.Tracy ,Susan Littlenest, Kelli Luoma, Katherine Collins and Jesse Stoecker, along with their Unified Partners, Megan White, Alayna Smith and Lilly Fouts, competed in this all day event at Rose Park in Billings. Unified partners are athletes that team up with Special Olympic athletes to compete in a sport.  After each team played three matches, the winners were announced. The Red Lodge Olympians took home three first place awards and one second place award.

On Saturday, Special Olympians, Jesse Stoecker and Kelli Luoma braved the rainy weather and competed in the Golf competition.  Jesse placed first in his individual skills competition and Kelli placed second in her individual skills competition. Kelli also placed first in her 9 hole competition which turned into five holes due to inclement weather.

This amazing opportunity would not be possible without many hours of volunteer service by members of the Red Lodge Community.  Thank you to Adam and Megan White, Heidi Hofffman, Lilly Fouts, Alayna Smith, Rich and Cindy Luoma for making this dream possible for our athletes.  A big shout out to Headwaters Studio and Screenprinting for donating all of our track uniforms for our athletes.


Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:00am
    The Fromberg Improvement Committee presents the Annual Pre-Easter Bake Sale, April 20 from 9 a.m. till gone, Front and Center at Leather Legends. Homemade pies from lemon meringue coconut cream banana cream sour cream raisin and more! Delectable cakes; pink champagne cake, chocolate cake, angel food cake, lemon chiffon cake w/lemon curd! Fromberg famous caramel rolls, fresh scones. Special orders (406) 668-7773.
  • Monday, April 22, 2019 - 6:00pm
    Paintbrush Piecers Quilt Guild meeting will be Monday April 22 at 6 p.m. at the Cody Sr. Center. After a short business meeting the program will be a trunk show presented by Betty Hecker, Audrey Clark and Sharon Kaeding from Red Lodge. Meetings are free and guests are welcome. For information contact Marybeth 754-5399
  • Monday, April 22, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.

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