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Rosboril Brings Home Gold From Special Olympics Games
July 17, 2014 by Ann Wishart | No Comments

It has been an exciting and busy spring for Jacob "Jake" Rosboril.Not only did the Munson Township resident graduate from high school, Jake, 19, represented…

It has been an exciting and busy spring for Jacob “Jake” Rosboril.

Not only did the Munson Township resident graduate from high school, Jake, 19, represented Geauga County in the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in New Jersey.

His baseball team, from Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Center in Chester Township, competed in the state tournament and won a silver medal there this year.

But that may not have been the springboard that put him on second base at the Olympic competition.

Jake’s father, Joe Rosboril, said the Olympic coaches start looking for players for various positions at certain tournaments the year before the games.

“They scour the tournaments,” he said, adding he and Jake’s mother, Yvonne, figure Jake caught a coach’s eye at the softball tournament at Bowling Green State University last September.

“It was a big to-do there,” Rosboril said.

However it occurred, Jake became a member of Team Ohio, a fitting high point to his three-year softball career.

Not only did he play second base, Jake also was second in the batter lineup in New Jersey, Rosboril said.

In the end, he and 14 other Team Ohio players wound up nose-to-nose with the New Jersey host team and came out on top to win the gold medal.

On June 24, the Munson Township Trustees recognized Jake as an outstanding athlete, for ably representing Ohio and for helping his team win the gold medal.

“This year, it’s all about Jake,” his father said.

The Games were held June 14-21 with about 3,500 athletes competing in 16 sports, involving 1,000 coaches about 10,000 volunteers, according to the Special Olympics website.

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