Published On: Wed, Mar 17th, 2010

Locals win at SONC Basketball and Cheerleading Tourney


Gil Biello (left) and Emily Roberson were two of the four athletes from Cherokee who traveld to the SONC Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament held Saturday, March 6 in Winston-Salem. (Photo courtesy of Lana Lambert)

Four athletes from the Qualla Boundary traveled to Winston-Salem to compete in the Western Special Olympics of North Carolina (SONC) Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament on Saturday, March 6. 

Nicky Etters won Gold in Division 2 of Individual Skills in the Cheerleading Competition.  She was coached by Tammy Etters. 

 Three athletes competed in the Individual Skills in the Basketball Competition including:

  • Jacee Smith – Gold in Division 6 Low Goal
  • Gil Biello – tied for Gold in Division 7
  • Emily Roberson – Silver in Division 4

The basketball athletes were coached by Brenda Gass. 

“Thanks to the athletes for a wonderful weekend!” said Lana Lambert, Qualla Boundary SONC coordinator.  “Congratulations on all your medals!  Thanks to the Smith family for their continued support of the Qualla Boundary program!”