— CUMBERLAND — The Allegany County Special Olympics basketball teams were escorted into town recently by the Cumberland Police Department in celebration of three Maryland State championships. The State Tournament was held at the Capitol Sports Complex in District Heights and teams from across the state competed in the two-day event. Teams were grouped into brackets according to their physical abilities. The Allegany Energizers, coached by Linda Lewis, won the gold medal in Division 6 by defeating Baltimore County. Cody Butler had a team-high 18 points, with Ben Ratke scoring nine. Other members of the team are Johnnie Carroll, Flo Jessie, Jimmy Jones, Stephanie Pyles, Megan Sneathen, J.T. Thomas and Jessica Resh.
The Energizers beat Upper Shore 30-14 in a preliminary game with Butler scoring 16 points. The Allegany Extreme, coached by Keith Roach, beat Anne Arundel 36-20 in the Division 3 gold medal game. Dillon Yates had 10 points to lead the way, while Cody Twigg had seven and Jennie Myers six. Other members of the team are Marci Horner, Adam Lazarus, Wally Harper, Brittney Resh and Crystal Knapp. The Extreme beat Carroll County 25-18 in the preliminary game, 25-18. Yates had eight points and Horner six. The Allegany Express, coached by Julian Thomas, won the Division 1 gold medal.
The Express beat Montgomery County 38-19 in the championship game, and also beat Baltimore County 38-36 in the preliminary game. Chris Butler led all scorers, averaging over 10 points per game. Other members of the Express are Mike Wines, Johnny Hott, Joey Paige, Scott Noel, David Sines and Andy Salmon. The local teams participated in several qualifying tournaments to prepare for the competition. The teams played in the St. James Invitational Tournament in Washington County and the Adams County Invitational at Gettysburg (Pa.) College, and hosted the Allegany County Invitational.