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TUSCARAWAS COUNTY (Tusco TV) - The Tuscarawas County Rockets are keeping the momentum going into the spring after capturing their second consecutive state basketball championship. 

Tuscarawas County Special Olympics Coordinator Richelle Lefler says the Rockets are now mid-way through the spring season that gives them opportunities to compete in four different sports. 

"We have bocce, which we have either unified or traditional. We have athletics, or track and field. We have volleyball, which is this year unified, and we also have bowling," she says.

Lefler says it’s turning out to be a successful spring for the Rockets, with the bocce and track teams bringing home gold, silver, and bronze in the regional qualifier and three individual bowlers earning medals in the Area 9 Tournament. Lefler says the volleyball team has also claimed several big wins in their first-ever competitive season.

"We’ve played Mahoning County and we played Summit County, and we played in the Special Olympics Ohio Northeast Regional Volleyball Tournament, which we actually ended up winning first place in, so we were pretty excited about that," she says.

Lefler says the Rockets also still have plenty to look forward to including a few more spring events and the addition of cheerleading as an exhibition event at June’s State Summer Games. 

"We’re pretty pumped. We have a team of 10 to 11 girls who are going to participate and the coach, Kat Arthurs, and Rhonda VanFossen are really working on how to make it a successful experience for the ladies," she says.

Lefler says there will also be several opportunities coming up for people to show their support for the Rockets including a community pep rally and a car wash fundraiser both tentatively schedule for June. 


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