Hershey Italian Lodge Sports & league News:

HIL Cornhole News

Another great season of Corn Hole finished up on Monday evening, April 1st with the end of the season playoffs. Congratulations to team #1 - Orth/Orth/Purdy/Heintzleman for winning the championship. Look for news coming up in the fall for the pre-season corn hole league running from October - December. The regular season corn hole league will start in January 2020. Look for news on sign-up information in December.

HIL Bocce News

The 2019 HIL Bocce league kicked off on Monday, April 29th with 56 teams. The season will run through September 25th with the regular season championship on Friday, September 27th. An end of season tournament will run the first two weeks in October with the top 16 teams from each division. Games start at 7 p.m. Monday - Thursday with 2 sets of games on Friday night at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. We look forward to another great season of bocce!

Cops for KOPS Golf Tournament News 

The 6th annual Cops for Kops golf tournament is planned for Friday, September 20, 2019 at Sunset Golf Course with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. $100 per person includes a round of golf, golf cart, beer and soda on the course, beef and beer back at HIL, door prizes and raffles. We raised $14,500 last year for children of fallen police officers, help us break the $15,000 mark this year. Contact Greg Caputo for additional information.

HIL Pool League

The pool league season title came down to the last match in early April. The winners were Mark Pierce, Jim Scheaffer, Kenny Gonder, and Bill Miller. The playoff winners were Dave Karp, Steve Schell, Greg Stegall, and Todd Nevin. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the shooters this season. Watch for sign ups next season in October, the first Tuesday after the Bocce bash.

Bocce

Italians Love Bocce!

Here at Hershey Italian Lodge, we have a state-of-the art bocce court built by and with the help of our membership. It is one of the finest courts in Pennsylvania. What does the word “bocce “mean? The word “bocce” is derived from the pluralization of the Italian word “boccia” meaning ball in English.  “Bocce” literally means “balls.” The highest quality competition balls are made in Italy or France however recreational sets are also made in the USA and China. Balls can be found in many larger retails stores throughout the USA and also on-line. 

But, you may ask, Isn’t bocce a game for old people? Far from it! At the Hershey Italian Lodge, all ages participate in the sport and all ages and skill levels can participate.  Folks may also ask if bocce is an Olympic sport.  The closest bocce ever came to being in the Olympics was in the 1900 Paris Games when “Volo” was played as an exhibition sport.

Below we have our Bocce League news, information about how you can participate and lots of information about the sport. Enjoy!

Click here for Bocce 101 and links and videos on the great game of bocci!