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Gators win gold at Summer Games

Area athletes participated in the 2013 Special Olympics Summer Games in Bloomington-Normal this weekend.

Gold medal winners included: Gateway Services Joseph Knowles (standing long jump) and Allen Bence (tennis ball throw).

Other results for Gateway Services were Marylou Balensiefen, Amanda Helm and Brandon Kinsley, silver. and Brandon Endsley, fourth, in tennis ball throw; Brenda Zehr, fourth in 400-meter run, Tony Full, fifth in 100-meter run, Wayne Whalen, fourth in 400-meter walk, and Richard Johnson, fifth in 50-meter run.

Hole-in-one: Vern Golden of Seatonville aced the 170-yard, No. 3 hole at Spring Creek on Thursday. His hole-in-one was witnessed by Mickey Quartucci of Spring Valley and Gene Marzetta of Utica.

Neponset 5K: Luke North of Galva was the winner of the Neponset Picnic Days 5K on June 8. He had a time of 19 minutes, 43 seconds.

Other top 10 finishers were: Jacob Mesecher of Bushnell, 25:36; Dustin Landwehr of Senoia, Ga., 29:47; Patricia Gerrond of Neponset, 32: 04; Jessie Jannie Gaught of Neponset, 34:15; Carl Rohrig of Neponset, 34:22; Autumn McGarvey of Kewanee, 41:37; Amelia Schiltz of Buda, 41:38; Rachel Mueller of Neponset, 41:52; and Rebecca Mueller of Kewanee 41:53.

Manlius Rolle Bolle: The magic number of 30 participants for a Wednesday night still holds, as 30 came to play rolle bolle on June 12. The winners were: Max Naert, Mitch Smith and Tyler DeBrock.

Second went to Lisa Marchand, Leslea Wallace and M.J. Michlig; third place to Allison DeBrock, Tony Marchand and Rod Nelson; fourth place to: Elizabeth Sullivan, Harold Oloffson and Rob Morey; and fifth to Ann Chapman, Kristine DeBrock and Dennis Kepner.

Fastpitch Church League: United Methodist and Bureau Township kept pace of one another with victories in Saturday’s play at Westside Park, both moving to 3-0 for a first-place tie. UMC defeated St. Louis/Covenant 21-6 while Bureau Township topped Bunker Hull by the 10-run rule.

Friday’s action saw St. Matthew’s rally for an 11-8 win over the People’s Church.

Back on the diamond this week, UMC will face Princeton Bible at 7:30 p.m. Friday with People’s Church vs. Bunker Hill (6 p.m.) and St. Matthew’s vs. Bureau Township (7:30 p.m.) to meet Saturday.

League standings are: Bureau Township, UMC 3-0; Bunker Hill 2-2; St. Matthew’s 2-1; Princeton Bible 1-1; People’s Church 0-3; St. Louis/Covenant 0-4.

Walnut 5K Run/Walk for ALS: The annual Walnut 5K Run/Walk for ALS Research is July 6. Registration is at 7 a.m. and the race is at 8 a.m. starting at Bureau Valley North Junior High. Registration is $15 before June 29 and $20 after. T-shirts will be given to runners who register before June 29. For more information, contact Julie VonHolten at (815) 379-2269, or at

Art Sarver 3-Mile Run/Walk: The second annual Art Sarver Memorial 3-Mile Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m. June 29. The race starts and ends on Art Sarver Memorial Drive (Trexler Avenue) near the Oglesby Elks Lodge.

The fee is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the race. The first 500 entrants receive a T-shirt. Entry forms are available at Oglesby City Hall and online at For more information, call (815) 883-3389.

Starved Rock Runners clinic: The Starved Rock Runners Club’s running clinics will be held at 6 p.m. at Baker’s Lake every Monday until Aug. 12. There is a kids clinic for ages 7-18 and a women’s clinic for females 18-and-over. For more information, contact Michele Gaeta at

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