Cape Gazette

BocceFest a ball of fun in Lewes

By Nick Roth | Oct 07, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth The Cape May-Lewes Ferry approaches the terminal as competition begins at BocceFest 2013 Sept. 28 in Lewes.

With the Cape May-Lewes Ferry as the backdrop, BocceFest 2013 brought out teams from all over the country to compete in the double-elimination tournament.

The inaugural event was won by Rehoboth-based team Deboccery, who took home $500, four cases of Dogfish Head beer and four Dogfish Head Patagonia backpacks filled with Dogfish merchandise.

The event was organized by Major League Bocce, which was founded as DC Bocce League in 2004 by a group of friends. The first season began with 10 teams and 50 players. As popularity grew, so did the league. It expanded to a year round competition, and events are held inside and outside throughout the year. It has also spread outside the Washington D.C., area, with leagues in Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas and Pittsburgh.

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Steve Minard of Washington D.C. reacts to a poor shot attempt. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Romeo Gamasso of Hockessin takes his turn. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Lauren Richardson of Alexandria, Va., lines up a shot as teammate Sean Cooney of Santa Barbara, Calif., looks on. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Nilesh Agrawal prepares to toss the jack out into play. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Lisa Newnom of Lewes reacts to a good shot. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Ashley Cook of Washington D.C. tries to tell the bocce ball where to stop. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Adam May of Lewes lines up a shot as Stacia Preston of Milton overlooks. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sarah Parker of Washington D.C. isn't happy with her latest shot attempt. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Steve Minard gives his teammate props after a great shot. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Randy Preston of Milton cheers on his team. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sean Cooney of Santa Barbara, Calif., takes his turn on the court. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Larry Miner of Kennett Square, Pa., tries to give the ball a little body english. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Larry Miner of Kennett Square, Pa., gets ready for his turn. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The open green area at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal played host to the inaugural BocceFest tournament Sept. 28. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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