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Longmont Public Safety bowls against Silver Creek Strikers

Unified Bowlers gear up for regionals later this week

Silver Creek’s Unified Bowlers took on the Longmont Department of Public Safety on Monday.

Senior Bryan Newby, one of athletes participating in the league offering athletic activities to students with disabilities, was pretty confident about the Silver Creek Strikers’ chances against the firefighters and police officers at Centennial Lanes.

“Yes, we are (going to win),” he said. “I got this.”

Nikolai Nelson, a freshman at Silver Creek, was a little more nervous after getting a few too many gutterballs last week.

“I’m trying to kind of get myself put in for more strikes than gutters,” he said, adding that he felt their chances were still pretty good to win.

Along with firefighters, there were dispatch, animal control and school resource officers along with other representatives of Longmont Public Safety bowling against the students.

The Unified coaches at Silver Creek helped put on the special game, organizing the event along with coaching the athletes. Senior Elora Groeninger explained that the bowling game and work with Unified Sports was part of their end of year capstone.

“I joined Unified Sports last year and I just absolutely loved it,” she said. “I knew that I wanted to take this over as my capstone just because I wanted to be more involved. I wanted to find opportunities to help.”

While mostly for fun, Monday’s event also helped gear up the athletes for the upcoming regional tournament. Newby, who’s been participating in Unified Sports since his freshman year, was excited for the competition coming up on Thursday.

“I hope I make it to regionals,” he said.

Amy Golden

About the Author: Amy Golden

Amy Golden is a reporter for the Longmont Leader covering city and county issues, along with anything else that comes her way.
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