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Rec Sports Brief: Manchester Bocce plays for charity

Standing (L-R): “Marios” Fred Vecchioni, Linda Schubert, Ben Ward, Diane Aberts. “Brothers Pizza” Ruth Pacelli, Herb Ritz, Jeff Grove, Don Grove. In front (L-R): “Del Bocce Vista” Dave Kolmansberger, Tristen Kolmansberger, Regan Rishel, Nick Bremer.
Standing (L-R): “Marios” Fred Vecchioni, Linda Schubert, Ben Ward, Diane Aberts. “Brothers Pizza” Ruth Pacelli, Herb Ritz, Jeff Grove, Don Grove. In front (L-R): “Del Bocce Vista” Dave Kolmansberger, Tristen Kolmansberger, Regan Rishel, Nick Bremer.

The third Manchester United Bocce tournament was held Aug. 17 at the bocce courts in Manchester, with 16 teams playing played the ancient game to benefit Chester Cafe in Manchester, a non-profit site that provides support for students ages 12-18.

The final results found Brothers Pizza in third place, Marios in second, and a new team from Pennsylvania, Del Bocce Vista, taking first place. Two additional new teams that finished near the top were the Amateurs and The Shady Ladies.

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Contests were held for individual prizes that tested the players’ ability to finish closest to the pallino without using the sideboards; closest by using the side boards and closest to the end board without touching. A ball that does not touch another ball, or pallino and hits the end board, is not valid and must be removed.

A special new style tournament is planned for Sept. 14 that will form teams by drawing names from a list of individual players. Sign-ups for that day can be made by contacting Jody (ledford@comcast.net) or Vince (paxvince@gmail.com).

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