Area students qualify for state-level skills contest
BURLINGTON — Five area athletes finished first in their respective divisions at the district-level Special Olympics Iowa Basketball Skills Competition held Saturday in Burlington.
Students from Pence Elementary and Fairfield Middle School who finished first were Andrew Peiffer, Wesley Polson, Justin Cross and Nathan Mathis. Tate Jordan earned a second-place finish.
Fairfield High School student Ross Robinson also finished first.
All five of the division winners have qualified to compete at the state competition to be held March 16 in Iowa City.
Students representing Pence Elementary and Fairfield Middle School are coached by Janet Morris, Billy Mathis and Katie Hutton. Ross Robinson is coached by Rhonda Robinson.
A total of 45 athletes came from several southeast Iowa towns to compete in the district-level event. Participants were tested on their ability to pass, dribble and shoot, and they were divided into several divisions based on age and skill level.
For information about Special Olympics Iowa, visit www.soiowa.org.