Eighty Truckee-Tahoe locals participated in the tournament presented by GoPro & Squaw Valley

The High Fives Foundation hosted its 6th Annual Bocce Tournament at the Truckee River Winery on Sunday Sept.14. Approximately $10,000 was raised, an increase of $2,500 from the 2013 event, to support the recovery and rehabilitation efforts of traumatically injured winter action sports athletes. To date, High Fives has provided grant funding to 61 injured athletes in 18 states.

September marks the largest grant cycle in the organizations history, so those numbers are sure to increase. 

“I’ve played in every High Fives Bocce Tournament to date and I’ve been so close to victory,” said Tahoe City’s own Nick Baron. “It is hands down my favorite event of the summer. It’s a fun competition that raises money and awareness for a foundation that does exceptional, life-changing work. As long as High Fives keeps hosting it, I’ll be there trying to win!”

The double-elimination, round robin tournament welcomed forty teams of two eager to test their skills on the bocce court. Participants had a chance to win great prizes from a variety of sponsors. Additionally, participants and spectators enjoyed music from the Silver Boombox Thief, refreshments from 7-11 Carnelian Bay, pizza from Fireside Pizza Co, delicious beer from Fifty-Fifty Brewing Co. and wine from the Truckee River Winery. Lululemon Athletica Lake Tahoe Showroom also participated by providing off-court entertainment to tournament spectators and participants.

Truckee residents Emily Boucher and Matt Paquette of Team Big Labocce won the tournament by outdueling Thomas Fralick and Jim Nemeth of Team #43 to win the grand prize of two Squaw Valley Gold Passes.

Video and Photos from the 2nd Annual High Fives East Coast Charity Golf Tournament:

6th Annual High Fives Bocce Tournament Video
Full Tournament Photo Album 
Tumblr Photo Album

Tournament Results

Team Winners:

  • 1st Place: Team Big Labocce (Emily Boucher & Matt Paquette)
  • 2nd Place: Team #43 (Thomas Fralick & Jim Nemeth)
  • 3rd Place: Team The Mill Juice Shop (Megan Petrilla & Ben Wolcott)
  • 4th Place: Team Balls Deep (Dan Dean & Nikki Dean)
  • 5th Place: Team Squaw 2 (Ellen Raynor & Reef Schott)
  • 6th Place: Team GoPro 3 (James Hulett & Brad Dimac)
  • 7th Place: Traditional Roots Nutritional Rollers (George Rojas & Lindsay Rojas)
  • 8th Place: Squaw Valley (Cara Whitley & Tom Feiten)
  • 9th Place: Kiss My Palino (Phil Hoban & Heidi Andresen)
  • 10th Place: Bacchus Bowlers 2 (Leslie Martinez & Brian Martinez)

Other Contest Winners:

  • Last Place: Team Nuts ‘N’ Knockers (Alyssa Shook & Simpson)
  • Best Dressed: (Niel Kasper & Amanda Adams)

To learn more about the High Fives Foundation, make a donation or participate in a “fun”draising event visit HERE

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