As good as gold.
The Rising Sun High School corollary tennis team mined the precious metal at the state tournament in Annapolis last fall.
The Tigers finished first in the east division to earn a gold medal.
Corollary sports are a mixture of special education students and regular education students.
Cecil County teams also play bocce in the spring and basketball in the winter. The schools also played bocce in the fall until this season.
"It was exciting," Ian Hudson said. "It was the first year for a tennis team here so it's mind-boggling we did as well as we did."
Many of the players had not played tennis before. "I'd never done anything like this," Hudson said. "It's crazy I did as good as I did myself as well as the team."
Coach Cathy Stewart, a health teacher at Rising Sun High, also coaches the bocce team. "Coach pushed us really hard," the Tigers' Kerstin Martin said.
Amanda Ritchie had some experience, having played the sport with her dad. "I'm as happy as I could be," she said.
Stewart credited her players for coming together as a team. "They worked really, really hard," she said. "They had a lot of initiative and worked well together. It's a partnership so you have to have good communication and cooperation in order to play."
Stewart says she enjoys corollary sports because they build self-esteem and self-confidence in the athletes.
Darek Twardus' motivation was a little more simple. "Winning was fun," he said with a smile.
Rising Sun and Bohemia Manor both qualified for states in a tournament with Cecil County schools and Kent County.
Stewart is already looking ahead to the spring bocce season. "I told them, 'Guess what? Since we medaled in tennis we'll have to medal in bocce again'," she said.