Laughter, cheers and moans of disappointment followed the clank of metal on metal in a steady rain Tuesday afternoon as players from four high schools, many without raincoats, gathered at Marist High School to carry on the French tradition of ... pétanque.
Rain or shine, the 50 or so students from Churchill, South Eugene, Sheldon and Marist high schools were intent on continuing play until one school could be crowned end-of-season champions.
“These guys are pretty into it. They’re pretty hard core,” said Ryan Baker, vice president and co-founder of the Eugene Pétanque International Club and a French teacher at Marist. “It’s a great place for them to fit in and find community, and that’s a big part of what it’s about.”
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