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Cougars raise DD awareness on the basketball court

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Brandon Hahn (33) takes a shot that put the Carroll Hills Cougars ahead in a contest against employees from the Ohio Department of Transportation garage Monday. Watching as the shot goes up are (from left) Brock Lashley, Scott DeGarmo and Ashley Degarmo (in orange shirts) and Hahn’s teammate Jim Craft (black jersey).

The Cougars basketball team at Carroll Hills is celebrating Developmental Disabilities (DD) Month by taking to the court against several formidable opponents.

The team, coached by Tomi Moore, is playing an average of two basketball games each week in an effort to bring awareness to the program and the abilities of those who participate in its programs. Theme for this year’s celebration is “Look Beyond and See Me.”

Monday evening a large crowd watched the Cougars defeat a team comprised of employees from the Carroll County Ohio Department of Transportation  (ODOT) garage.

After the ODOT team jumped out to an early lead of 14-10 after one quarter, the Cougars came bounding back and tied the game at 22-22 before an ODOT player sank a shot to regain the lead as the clock ran out on the half.

Halftime provided an opportunity for the Carroll Hills Cheerleaders to share their talents in front of the crowd before the game resumed.

Early in the third quarter, a rested ODOT team pulled away by as much as eight points before the Cougars were able to “wear down their opponents” and come back to claim a 56-54 win.

The Cougars were scheduled to take on the Carrollton Rotary Club this Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. and play a game against the Carroll Hills staff Friday at 11 a.m.

March 18, the Cougars take on the staff of St. John’s Villa and March 20 face employees of the Sheriff’s Department. Both games begin at 6:30 p.m.

The team’s final games of the month, and of the 2013 season, will be against the Carroll County Ministerial Association March 25 and employees from the NAPA Distribution Center March 27. Both games begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $1 for adults and $.50 for children.

The DD month annual banquet is scheduled for March 21 at 6 p.m. in the school gym.  

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