PARKERSBURG - Competition in flag football and volleyball were in full swing Saturday as the Special Olympics West Virginia Fall Games was in its first full day at Parkersburg South High School.
Angie Evans, a spokeswoman for the games, said those competing in the games began with volleyball at 8 a.m. and flag football and football skills began at 9 a.m.
Bowling continued Saturday after the doubles tournament took place Friday. Evans said not all of the 28 counties represented had competitors in each sport.
Volleyball competition at the 2010 Special Olympics in Parkersburg, WV.
"Not every county has someone in each event," she said. "If they have the interest in forming teams for flag football and volleyball, they can put them together and come to the games."
Evans said the Wood County teams in the fall games participated primarily in bowling.
Two of the bowlers from Wood County have been active in Special Olympics for a number years.
Photo by Jeffrey Saulton
Kathy Rowan, left, and Kristian Rowan, right, work on an art and craft project at the Olympic Village at Parkersburg South High School. To see more photos from this event go to cu.newsandsentinel.com.
Matthew Scott, of Parkersburg, talked about his bowling while playing checkers at the Olympic Village.
"In my first game I bowled 105 and in my second game I bowled 110," he said. "I've been in the Special Olympics for four years."
Another bowler was Kenny Saxton, also of Parkersburg, who has been involved in Special Olympics since he was 9 years old, said his mother Eva Saxton.
"Since he was nine he has been involved and he is now 31," she said.
"I like to swim and play basketball, too," he said.
The Special Olympics Fall Games will conclude with the finals in some of the competitions this morning, followed by the awards presentation and closing ceremonies at 1:15 p.m. today in the auditorium at Parkersburg South High School.