Cardinal powerhe Pillager Huskies hosted and participated at the recent Area 5 Special Olympics Athletics Competition. Pictured above from left are, front row: Emma Sebasky, Kade Hines, Nate Putnam. Center: Andrew Tabor, Tate Boelter, Josh Smith, Shelby Wilson. Back row: Ethan Hines, Domenik VanAllen.

Athletes go for gold at Area 5 Special Olympics

Dozens of athletes from 19 schools participated in the Area 5 Special Olympics Athletics Competition May 11, in Pillager.

Hosted by the Pillager Huskies, the event was held at the high school and featured a number of track and field events, including the 50 meter dash, 400 meter walk and run, the 4x100 meter unified relay, long jump, tennis ball throw; and shot put.

Although the day was cold and rainy, the athletes gave it their all, taking home a number of ribbons for their efforts.

Pillager coach Kim Lund said the event went very well. “These athletes worked very hard during practice and it showed today. The athletes ran hard and left it all on the track. I am so proud of the team.”

Lund went on to note that, “This event would not have run as smooth without the support of Leah Wolkow, the Pillager track coaches (Jim Bentson, Ann Hutchison and Terry Hollingsworth), Camp Confidence, Headquarters 134th BSB (MN Army National Guard, Camp Ripley) and the Pillager students.”

Staples Motley coach Julie Richgels had nothing but praise for her team as well. “They have done a great job at every event this year,” she said. In addition to the Athletics Competition (the final one for the school year), the Cardinals have competed at several other Area 5 Special Olympics events, including bowling, unified bowling, basketball, unified basketball, a winter carnival; and the swim meet.

The Staples Motley Special Olympics team, along with their coaches and high school volunteers, posed for a photo prior to the Area 5 Athletics Competition in Pillager May 11. Pictured above, left to right, are front row: Sally Flickinger, MaKayla Lambert, Jordan Bohne, Lily Romig, Michael Ballantine, Gavin Christensen, Molly Skeesick. Row 2: Julie Richgels, Logan Paklonsky, Cody Christy, Sarah Oberlander, Amber Robben, Ashley Smith, Kim Dickinson, Kelsie Peterson. Row 3: Blake Girard, Mason Rychner, Colton Fraley, Frank Karbowiak, Dakota Baert, Connor Schmitz, Corey Ekholm, Katey Flansburg.

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