The Beaver Area Bobcat Bocce team was once a developing team trying to get their first win, but now has fully evolved into winning the county championships. This means for the bocce team a four-hour trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania for their shot at winning the PIAA championship.
Unfortunately, the Beaver Boyz were eliminated from county championship tournament, which also disqualified them for the PIAA contention after the first round to Central Valley by a score of 9-8 February 28.
On the other hand, the Beaver Bandits were on a roll (literally). In their first game the Bandits scored a whopping 16-1 game against Ambridge February 28.
The following game was a another enormous victory for the Bandits: they shut out Rochester’s team 1 with a 11-0 game February 28. The game against Rochester granted the Bandits a by-round to the championship game against Rochester’s other team.
When the championship game rolled around, Rochester team 2 and the Beaver Bandits were neck and neck. The game ended up in extra frames when the Bandits eventually pulled away with a 7-6 victory.
March 13 both Bobcat bocce teams will be making the trip to Hershey, although only the winning Beaver Bandits team will actually be competing in the PIAA tournament.
“We are going to win it all,” exclaimed Bandit Micah Mamone.
The team is confident and has a winning mindset to bring home the PIAA title.
According to Coach Rachael Fleming, “the team is really motivated, practicing hard in preparation for the championship tournament. They just need to focus on their consistency with each roll.”