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Special Olympics soccer teams win gold, bronze

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By Staff Report

West Brunswick teams won gold and bronze medals in the Special Olympics North Carolina Fall Tournament, which concluded Nov. 13 in High Point.
The Brunswick Fire won a gold medal in five-on-five soccer: Daniel Catala, Chris Musgrove, Kristyn Ramsey, Zaporia Reed, Dion Smith, Sakethia Stevenson, Juan Velez and Frederick Williams.
The Brunswick Heat won a bronze medal: Joseph Allen, Richard Cummings, Derick Ferrell, Derrick Green, Audrey Keith, Mauquel Randall, Chris Robinson, Barry I. Straub, Christopher Tart.
Nearly 900 competed in cycling, golf, roller skating, soccer and tennis. Athletes have trained for a minimum of eight weeks at the local level and most competed in a mandatory qualifier prior to moving on to this state-level competition.
To ensure fair competition, athletes were placed in competition divisions based on age, gender and ability level. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each division, followed by fourth through eighth-place ribbons.
This was the sixth consecutive year High Point hosted the SONC Fall Tournament.  Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for more than 38,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  
These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels.