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Bocce teams comes close to gold, but rolled too short

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Bocce teams comes close to gold, but rolled too short

Junior Amaya Carson squares up to the line and rolls the ball softly.

Junior Amaya Carson squares up to the line and rolls the ball softly.

Sarah Engle

Junior Amaya Carson squares up to the line and rolls the ball softly.

Sarah Engle

Sarah Engle

Junior Amaya Carson squares up to the line and rolls the ball softly.

Sarah Engle, Guest Writer

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She listens while her coach describes the play, evaluating the placement of balls. She squares up to the line and rolls the ball softly. With five seconds left it carefully strikes the pallino, winning the game for Decatur.

“Bocce seems very simple. The rules are pretty simple, it looks like it is simple, but there is a lot more to it when it comes to strategy and skill,” explains Coach Keith Hall.

Bocce is a game of strategy, patience, and skill. The object of the game is to roll the ball closest to the pallino (a small white ba

ll rolled by a player). Each teammate takes turns rolling, while possession changes depending on whose ball is closer to the pallino. During the match, the strategy changes due to the ball placement and the placement of the pallino.

“You have to be able to work together and know the strengths and weaknesses of your teammates to benefit the team,” sophomore Madison Birkett describes some key aspects of the game.

The Decatur bocce team practices behind the school using PVC pipes as its arena. The players practice bocce by rolling balls at a target, focusing on their aim, and execute their strategy. They practice for an hour, two times a week to prepare for their matches.

When asking two bocce players about the team’s strength, they relayed that teamwork is their biggest strength. Group work has impacted them and helped them succeed in the sport.

Last week the bocce team attended the 2018 Interscholastic Unified Outdoor Bocce District 11 Tournament at Crown Sports Center and competed for a chance to go to states. They played against several teams in the area, like Pocomoke and Wicomico High School. The bocce team rolled short of gold, but still managed to earn the bronze medal.

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