NB Special Olympians earn bronze at state

North Branch Special Olympics hockey team follows the motto: ‘Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt’ —

The North Branch Special Olympics poly hockey team brought home the bronze medal in the 2014 State Poly Hockey Tournament on Jan. 25-26.

Ten athletes from the team represented North Branch in the tournament, which was held Jan. 25-26 at Breck School in Golden Valley. More than 500 athletes compete in this event throughout Minnesota.

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donates training sessions 
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In its first game, North Branch competed against the Western Wings Black team and won 5-3. Their next opponent proved to be a bit more challenging, and although the athletes played their hardest, they lost to the Blazing Stars 5-1.

The team’s last game was against the Wild Angels Silver squad, which won the contest 4-3.

Coached by Susan Hibbard, Ben Halpern and Nick Harrod, the North Branch Special Olympics team consists of more than 120 athletes from North Branch and surrounding communities. The team is run strictly by volunteers and hosts sports year-round.

Some athletes are currently training for aquatics, powerlifting and basketball. Tennis and athletics are offered in the spring, followed by summer softball and bocce ball. The team’s fall sport is bowling, while sports including equestrian and gymnastics are offered through a neighboring team at Flyaway Gold.

The North Branch team would like to thank County Market for the opportunity to sell raffle tickets for the March 1 raffle at its North Branch store. Thanks also go to all the customers at the store who purchased tickets from the athletes. The team would also like to thank Total Wellness Coaching in Cambridge for donating training sessions for a few of the athletes.

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