Seniors honored but Unified Bocce suffers second loss


The seniors on Archbishop Carroll’s Unified Bocce team are honored during the contest against Archbishop Wood.

Domenic Venini, Staff writer

Archbishop Carroll’s Unified Bocce team suffered its second loss of the season in its contest against Philadelphia Catholic League opponent Archbishop Wood on Thursday. This was the biggest match of the season as Wood has only lost one game this year.

During the first match, the Carroll Patriots took a commanding win, beating Wood 10-3. The Carroll Cardinals suffered a tough loss, 6-3. 

The Patriots suffered a loss during their second match, 10-5. The Cardinals gave it their all but fell short with a score of 8-3. Archbishop Wood walked away with the win, notching a final score of 3 games to 1. 

After the first game, Archbishop Wood, Our Lady of Confidence, Archbishop Carroll, and St. Katherine Day School seniors got acknowledged for playing in their final season before graduation. Our Lady of Confidence and St. Katherine Day School are schools for students with intellectual disabilities who have teamed up with Archbishop Wood and Archbishop Carroll to form their respective Unified Bocce teams.

“Being recognized as a senior in the bocce match was a great honor,” said senior Pat Liney. “I got to share that honor with my fellow senior classmates from Carroll and fellow senior classmates from St Katherine’s. We have been practicing together for a long time and it was nice to be recognized by the school. It’s hard to believe that I’m already a senior, the time just flew by, but I’m grateful for all the memories that I’ve made along the way.”

As Carroll prepared for their home match today, another Carroll senior bocce player  shared his thoughts.

“I think the home advantage Monday will really inspire some of the SKS  players to perform well in front of their friends,” said senior AJ Dilks. “It’s a hassle to be on the road a lot and bringing the equipment but now we can utilize our time to get the extra practice time in and familiarize ourselves to the field of play.”

While the competition is important, there is more to Unified Bocce than wins and losses, according to Rosemary Faris, a bocce coach and an SKDS teacher.

“My favorite part is watching relationships between SKS and Carroll students flourish,” Mrs. Faris said. “It seems like both schools are coming together equally to form a team!”