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Over 50 compete in Junior Olympics

December 5, 2012
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

More than 50 youngsters ranging from kindergartners to fifth-graders gathered at the Bobby Holloway Little League Field Saturday morning to participate in the 31st annual Junior Olympics.

Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends gathered at the field to cheer on their loved ones as they competed in the Frisbee throw, softball throw, 50-yard dash, long jump and the last event, a quarter mile run. The competition was broken down into boys and girls and age groups.

Matthew Bollen, 7, received six ribbons and the overall trophy during the Junior Olympics on Saturday. He said his favorite events were running and the Frisbee toss.

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One of the competitions during the 31st annual Junior Olympics Saturday morning was the Frisbee toss.

Matthew, who has participated in the Junior Olympics for two years, wanted to thank the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island and Lee County Parks and Recreation for putting on the event.

His brother David, 10, participated in the event for the final time this year. He said he enjoyed running the quarter mile the most, where he placed fourth.

The boys' mother, Amy Bollen, said the Junior Olympics is a great event with a lot of fun competition.

Fact Box

Junior Olympics 2012 Overall Winners


1st - Skyla Stevens

2nd Adrielle Costa

3rd Peyton Renz


1st Gavin Mills

2nd Waylon Squires

3rd Gregory Kolaz

1st- Grade Girls

1st Darien Brown

2nd Ocean Dowd

3rd Sage Romero and Lacey Overbaugh

1st Grade Boys

1st Vincent Pierson

2nd Grade Girls

1st Josslyn Rider

2nd Danielle Johnson

3rd Grayce Smith

2nd Grade Boys

1st Matthew Bollen

2nd Richard Overbaugh

3rd Kent Hanson

3rd Grade Girls

1st Elizabeth Ramming

2nd Heidi Hanson

3rd Courtney Lawrence

3rd Grade Boys

1st Baron Pierson

2nd Zack Mills

3rd Ariel Arias

4th- Grade Girls

1st Lilly Overbaugh

2nd Tayler Young

3rd Kierra Frazier

4th - Grade Boys

1st Joel Arias

2nd Billy Ellis

3rd Gary Dowd

5th- Grade Girls

1st Morgan Williamson

2nd Isabella Sansone

3rd Savahna Flint

5th Grade Boys

1st Paxton Howard

2nd Nathan Hyde

3rd Matthew Frazier

"I like having them on the field and the community coming together," she said of the event.

Amy said her three children who were eligible to participate in the event Saturday had been counting down the days until the event all week long.

"Big thank you to them for supporting us and doing this," she said.

The Bollen family will continue to participate in the event until they age out.

Mike Shevlin, the coordinator of the event, said this year's Junior Olympics event was excellent. He added that it was nicely organized as well due to all the kids competing at the same time at different stations.

"Everyone seemed to have a good time," he said. "It's nice to have so many Pine Island kids and parents all in a fun program."

The Junior Olympics originally began at the fields of Pine Island Elementary School and included kindergarten through eighth grade students. Shevlin said they held it there for five or six years before it was moved to the ball field.

"It's always been fun," he said, especially since generations of families have participated in the event.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island and Lee County Parks and Recreation hosted the event.

"The county has really done a good job," Shevlin said.

Nina Richter, with the Matlacha Community Center, said the Junior Olympics is a great event.

"I love watching the kids," she said. "We are happy to do it."

Pine Island Dairy Queen, Waggoner & Bruehl PA, Team Shevlin sponsored the bright orange T-shirts that every participant received at the end of the festivities. Winn-Dixie provided the hot dogs and drinks and SunTrust provided enough silver dollars for the overall second and third place winners for the boys and girls.



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