“We’ve only won two games,” said Peyton. “Yeah, we’re not doing so well. But we’re trying,” said Brad. The two laughed about their time playing bocce. It was the pair’s first time in a competition like Sunday’s.
Medford was one of three places throughout the state to host regional competitions Sunday, alongside Eugene and Portland. Roughly 130 athletes and non-disabled teammates showed up to the competition representing Douglas, Josephine, Klamath and Jackson counties.
All will go on to the state finals, with hopes of making it to the Special Olympics National Tournament. In addition to Bocce, the Summer State Games will include track and field, golf and softball. Those will start July 13, 2013, in Newberg, Oregon.