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Special Olympics bowls down the fall season

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Rhace Maya looks over to see the other bowlers before pushing his bowl

Rhace Maya looks over to see the other bowlers before pushing his bowl down the lane on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. The kids were split about even on whether or not they used the bowling ramp to guide the ball down the middle of the lane.

The Johnson County Special Olympics participants enjoyed a final day of fall session bowling on Friday, Oct. 22. The kids bowl during the fall session and then pick up again in the spring with basketball and track. The kids bowled for a game, sharing lanes with other kids before taking group pictures. Some kids were recognized at either Buffalo or Kaycee high school volleyball games for their season's end. 

Ava Wright watches as her ball rolls off of the bowling ramp

Ava Wright watches as her ball rolls off of the bowling ramp and down the lane on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. The eight participants were split across the lanes of the alley splitting lanes in pairs.

Gage Jarvis pushes his ball down the bowling ramp

Gage Jarvis pushes his ball down the bowling ramp Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. Some kids worked with the help of adults and school professionals while others worked to bowl on their own.

Cammie Giger steps forward as she sends her next ball down the alley

Cammie Giger steps forward as she sends her next ball down the alley on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. The special olympics kids can participate in three different seasons: fall, winter, and spring, although Johnson County doesn’t participate in the winter session.

Landen Palmer rushes forward as he makes his next roll

Landen Palmer rushes forward as he makes his next roll on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. Every time Palmer made a good shot he would hold his hands in the air as the ball hit the pins before turning around to celebrate.

Payten Parsons releases her ball as she takes her first shot

Payten Parsons releases her ball as she takes her first shot of two during the special olympics bowling on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. Johnson County had eight participants in the local special olympics fall session.

Rhace Maya holds hands with his grandma Linda Maya

Rhace Maya holds hands with his grandma Linda Maya between rounds of bowling on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. Rhace is Kaycee’s sole participant in Johnson County’s special olympics.

Kelsey Warren spent time checking in with each of the bowlers

Kelsey Warren, the adapted PE teacher at Meadowlark, spent time checking in with each of the bowlers to celebrate good shots, remind them of tips for the game and help when they needed help on Friday morning, Oct. 22, 2021 at the Buffalo Bowl. Warren helps to lead the Johnson County Special Olympics team.

Kids, adults and helpers on the floor all played with bowling shoes

Kids, adults and helpers on the floor all played with bowling shoes from the alley while parents and family members watched from the tables and back seating area on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. Five of the six lanes were in use during the game as the kids practice out their skills learned over the fall season.

Ava Wright releases her ball down the bowling ramp

Ava Wright releases her ball down the bowling ramp during the end of year bowling session on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. Fall is bowling season and spring is basketball and track.

Gage Jarvis pauses to yell “Cheese!” and smile while Farrah Patterson and Larkin Minick

Gage Jarvis pauses to yell “Cheese!” and smile while Farrah Patterson, left, and Larkin Minick, special education professionals with Cloud Peak, help hold the ball on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. The trio worked on the edge lane and would celebrate with waves and high fives after a good shot.

Kolton Maes looks down the lane before pushing his ball down the bowling ramp

Kolton Maes looks down the lane before pushing his ball down the bowling ramp on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. Maes was one of two high school students in the group and they shared a lane.

Tanner Bennett waits for his ball to return for his second shot

Tanner Bennett waits for his ball to return for his second shot alongside Juanita Bybee, right, and Bobbi Troutman on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. The oldest kids worked on the far right lanes and got younger as they moved left.

Kelsey Warren talks with Landen Palmer after he finished bowling

Kelsey Warren talks with Landen Palmer after he finished bowling for his two places on the board on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. The lanes were set up with a full list of players allowing each kid to bowl for two or three people before taking a break.

Cammie Giger reaches across the ball returner to grab her ball

Cammie Giger reaches across the ball returner to grab her ball so she can roll again on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. Giger bowled alongside Payten Parsons.

Kelsey Warren high fives Ava Wright after she made a great shot

Kelsey Warren high fives Ava Wright after she made a great shot on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. After every good shot, Wright would turn around, throw her fist in the air and pull it all the way down to her side in celebration.

Payten Parsons waves her fist in celebration of knocking down all but two pins

Payten Parsons waves her fist in celebration of knocking down all but two pins on her first roll of two on Friday morning at the Buffalo Bowl. Payten’s rolls were pulling right but she pulled them back into the middle and was celebrating the improved shots.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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