The local Special Olympics team recently had basketball practice to prepare for the U.P. Special Olympics basketball tournament in Escacnaba on Feb. 28. In addition to the tournament, participants take part in an opening ceremony that includes a dinner, dance, game and an award ceremony. Pictured in front, from left, are Selina Stebbins of Amasa, Larry Menghini of Caspian and Ashley Latvala of Iron River. Pictured in back row, from left, are Wayne Pasternak of Iron River, coach Hugo Latvala, Mark Bonetti of Crystal Falls, Carl Cassagranda of Amasa and Pat Bonetti of Crystal Falls. Members of the team also take part in swimming, bowling and bocce.