The Estherville Parks and Recreation Special Olympics have recently reorganized and will be known as the Estherville North Stars Special Olympics.
The athletes and coaches thank the Estherville Parks and Recreation Board and office secretary Sara Montandon for all their support and help over the last 10 or more years.
Activities for the athletes have included the state bowling tournament in Des Moines with three local athletes competing. Gustavo Romero competed in the 22-29-age Division M and received gold with a score of 431.
In the 30-50-age Division M, Paul Pritts earned a fifth-place ribbon with a 357 and Ryan Williams earned gold with a 380.
Leanne Beckman also qualified for state, but was unable to participate. Scores were based on a two-game series with the final score determined by adding total pins for the two games plus the single-game handicap twice.
In basketball skills, the North Area District competition was held at Spirit Lake High School. Competition was held in the target pass, 10-meter dribble and the spot shot.
Paul Pritts competed and received a second place ribbon in Division M 30-50) with a score of 72 points.
The 28th annual State Winter Games were held in January in Dubuque. Estherville North Stars had two athletes competing in Downhill Alpine Skiing events.
Mack Torres earned gold in the Great Slalom and a participation ribbon in the Slalom. Gustavo Romero received a bronze medal for the Great Slalom and a sixth-place ribbon in the Slalom.
The North Stars 3-on-3 basketball team participated in the Northwest Iowa Conference competition held Feb. 1 at MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City. The local team won all four games it played in by scores of 20-0, 16-8, 20-8 and 20-6. Team members included Mack Torres, Ryan Williams, Josh Karns and Gustavo Romero. The team won the conference, received blue ribbons and qualified for the state tournament. The state tournament was held March 14-15 in Iowa City at the Iowa Hawkeyes Fieldhouse. They North Stars won by scores of 20-4 and 20-8 to earn gold. All games were 20minutes or 20 points, which ever came first. Team Basketball is coached by Paul Moffitt and Steve Williams.
At the Mid Winter Games in Iowa City, competition was also held in cheerleading/dance and powerlifting.
For cheerleading/dance, Kelsey Shirk performed a solo dance routine to a medley of Miranda Lambert/Taylor Swift songs. She received a gold medal in the Senior Individual Division.
Local competitors in powerlifting were Desi Schuder, Chelsey Moffitt and Alex Torres.
In the bench press, Schuder had lifts of 65, 80 and 95 pounds for a personal best as she received gold.
Chelsey Moffitt's first lift was at 95 pounds, but her second and third lefts and 115 pounds failed and she placed fourth.
Alex Torres had lifts of 135, 155 and 165, a personal best, as he received gold.
In the deadlift competition, Schuder had another personal best with lifts of 145, 175 and 185 pounds as she again received gold.
Moffitt had lifts of 165, 185 and 200 pounds as she also received gold.
Torres had lifts of 245, 265 and 290 pounds for a bronze medal. Powerlifters are coached by Paul Moffitt.
The athletes are now practicing their track and field as well as swimming events for the district competition spring games to be held April 17 in Spirit Lake Also, soccer, bocce and tennis practice is waiting for weather to clear.
The North Stars athletes and coaches invite everyone to their fundraiser on April 6, their annual baked potato bar at the Duhigg Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for a freewill offering. Menu includes baked potato with assorted toppings, relish tray, dessert and drink.
All are welcome.