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A silver day for the Polar Bears

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Kyle Black takes a cut at this pitch for the Douglas County Polar Bears Saturday during the Northern Nevada Special Olympics Regional Softball Tournament in Reno.
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There was a silver lining for the Douglas County Polar Bears Saturday during their debut at the Northern Nevada Special Olympics Regional Softball Tournament in Reno.

Silver medal, that is, as the Polar Bears took second-place in their Division 4 bracket during the tournament held at Swope Middle School in Reno. The Carson City Cougars emerged as gold medal winners, while the Polar Bears took home silver and the Washoe Mustangs earned bronze.

“These young athletes all played hard,” said Cory Baird, Polar Bears coach and Douglas County SAFE advocate. “To win silver in their first year is quite an accomplishment.”

The Douglas roster had 15 players who varied in age from 19 to 32 and practiced one afternoon each week since early June. They played two games, however, wins and losses were not the primary focus at this tournament.

“It was a good tournament … everybody had a lot of fun,” Baird said.

Team members included Ashley Godine, Nicole Mendez, Leah Radach, Tony Maresca, Kyle Black, Jordan Stevenson, Katy Gann, Ali Garrison, Megan Woodward, Cody Pierce, Heather Dreyer, Andrew McLinden, Phillip Harrison, James Harmond, along with Baird and assistant coach Aaron Flesher.

Baird went on to point out that Douglas County Special Olympics is introducing a pilot program for soccer. Contact Baird at coryabaird@yahoo.com for information about the program.