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MC Unified Bocce plays first game in local history

By Kenny Varner

LEWISTOWN – A new page in the MIfflin County high school sports scene opened Wednesday when the MIfflin County Ballers opened its existence as the county’s first Unified Bocce program.

The group consisting of Special Needs Athlete’s and high school athletes combined to take on Cumberland Valley in its opener.

In the first game Cumberland Valley came out strong posting a 5-0 start against the Huskies before MIfflin County would score two with 2:00 left in match, 5-2.

CV won the match 1-0.

After a 5-minute break, both teams were back at it.

“My excitement is over the top even still and the game ended over an hour ago. Both teams did such a fantastic job we were just a little further away several times,” said MIfflin Couty coach Billie Jo Heverly. “The team was nervous and it could be seen but I think that’s to be expected. Now that we got that out of the way we are ready to move forward and watch everyone progress. “

Going into the second game, the Cumberland Valley team opened its first rolls with a 2-0 advantage. The Eagles took that match as well.

In the end, the Eagles took the contest 10-1 but the score was not as important as the inclusion of a sport that has no boundaries.

“They were so brave and never gave up,” said Heverly. “Again, I think they did very well. I am so proud of all of them.”

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