August 18, 2019

Braves shine at Special Olympics Winter Games

HCMS Gold Medalists (L-R): Dylan Evans, Hayden Young (partner), Amaya Hammel (partner), Kaylee Neal

(Marietta, GA) — A contingent of athletes from the Heard County School system traveled to the Cobb County Civic Center January 11-12 to compete at Special Olympics Georgia’s 2019 Indoor Winter Games, where those who attended saw competitions in basketball, bowling, floor hockey, gymnastics and powerlifting.

Instead of money or fame, the athletes along with student partners and teachers made the road trip to the city for community, camaraderie and the love of the game.

Four teams of Heard bowlers competed at the event including one from Heard High, two from Heard County Middle, and one from Heard Elementary.

Leading the way was HCMS with both of their teams scoring strong finishes. The unified team made up of Dylan Evans, Hayden Young (partner), Amaya Hammel (partner), and Kaylee Neal captured a gold medal for Heard County’s strongest finish of the weekend.

Not to be outdone by much, the HCMS team consisting of Jeffery Freeman, Matthew Walker (partner), Jacob Mims (partner), and Andrew McClain scored a bronze medal finish on the lanes.

The teams from HCHS and HES each scored silver medal finishes in the bowling competition to add more highlights on the trip.

The HES team featuring Kaylee Holcomb, Brady Dearth And Callie Robinson earned their silvers in the team bowling competition while the foursome of Nigel Echols, Betty Covington (partner), Garrett Wingate and Jennifer Tillia scored it’s strong finish in the unified category.

Students Will Freeman and Marissa Garza also volunteered for the big event. (See additional photos below)

HCMS Bronze Medalists (L-R): Jeffery Freeman, Matthew Walker (partner), Jacob Mims (partner), Andrew McClain (Photo: Heard County Special Olympics)

HCHS Silver Medalists (L-R): Nigel Echols, Betty Covington partner), Garrett Wingate and Jennifer Tillia (Photo: Heard County Special Olympics)

Heard Elementary team (L-R): Kaylee Holcomb, Brady Dearth And Callie Robinson (Photo: Heard County Special Olympics)

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