May 20, 2017


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 9:38 am

It looked like a blue wave sweeping over the Party Central miniature golf course when the NW Louisiana District Senior Olympics held its championship May 16. Most of the 36 contestants wore their snappy blue Senior Olympics T-shirts given to all entrants in the 25th year of the district.

When it came to determining the low scorer of the night, Harold Harvill must have left the other men in the event a little blue. He shot a two-over par 38, five strokes better than Bill Snow, his nearest competition. Harvill’s total was one of the lowest ever in the event.

Elaine Ingersoll paced the ladies with a 48-stroke total, with Vicki Mericle, Janeth Kahlenhofer and Kay Aldrich each posting 54s for runner-up honors.

Lionel Brangham (43) and Steve Pinkley (43) were behind Harvill and Snow in the men’s division.

Last year, Ed Reynolds fashioned the low score (42) in ending a long domination by Harvill in the men’s division by a single shot. Donna Cole’s 48 was low score for the ladies in 2016.

Females Ages 60-69: Vickie Mericle 54 Gold, Linda Johnson. 58 Silver. Betty Smith 58 Bronze. Ages 70-74: Elaine Ingersoll 48 Gold. Jeanette Kohlenhoffer 54 Silver. Claudia Beene 58 Bronze. Ages 75-79: Kay Aldrich 54 Gold. Salie Vaughn 64 Silver. no bronze awarded. Ages 80-84: Doris Carter 56 Gold. Atlean Snow 58 Silver. Red Fletcher 59 Bronze.

Males Ages 65-69: Lionel Brangham 45 Gold. Steve Pinkley 47 Silver. no bronze awarded. Ages 70-79: Harold Harvill 38 Gold. Bob Taylor 51 Silver. Leon Darden 59 Bronze. Ages 80-84: Bill Snow 43 Gold. Jim Aldrich 51. Silver. Walter Hall 51 Bronze.

May 12, 2017


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 1:03 pm

Richard Gibson posted the highest score of the day in winning the Gold Medal for archers 50-54 years of age in the Male Compound Release division of the NW La. District Senior Olympics archery championship at Red River Bowmen’s Range May 6.

Gibson finished with 887 points (40x). The Silver Medal in the division went to Chip Hemphill with the second highest point total of the day, 868 (30x). Robert Miller, in winning the Gold Medal in the 60-64 age group, had the next highest total, 867 (20x).

Denise McKelvain and Becky Harris competed in the women’s compound release, Denise scoring 816 in the 50-54 age bracket and Becky 779 in the 60-64 age group.

The Results

Female Compound Release–Ages 50-54: Denise McKelvin Gold. Ages 60-64: Becky Harris Gold. Male Barebow Recurve (no sights) Ages 60-64: Timothy Wachtel Gold. Ages 70-74: Jim Metzger Gold. 87 with 40 in the Male Compound Release–Ages 50-54: Richard Gibson Gold. Chip Hemphill Silver. Todd Clifton Bronze. Ages 60-64: Robert Miller Gold. Ages 65-69: Kerry King Gold. Jacques Bulliard Silver. Jerry Harris Bronze. Ages 80-84: Bill Brown, Gold. Male Recurve (with sights)–Ages 55-59: Davis McKelvain Gold. Ages 65-69: Robert Lowry Gold.


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 10:28 am

DSC_1426.JPG Jay Boyd and Rhonda Rubben all smiles
after winning mixed doubles Gold Medals.


Jay Boyd teamed with Rhonda Rubben and Alan Cox to win Gold Medals ln doubles play during the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics competition at North Bossier Tennis Center May 10.

Boyd and Rubben bested Fred and Kim Lucky and Herman Lejune and Rebecca Williamson in mixed doubles. Boyd teamed with Cox to win the men's doubles competition over teams of Gene Cassanova-Bob Litton and Ed Dilworth and Rick Namie.

In women's doubles, Gold Medals went to Sandy Botzohg and Anna Marks, Peggy McCrary and Rubben, Kayla Litton and Shirley Martin and Sue Cummer and Bonnie Cox in various age divisions.

"With the help of Kaye Cochran, president of the Northwest Louisiana Tennis Association, and Todd Killen, the NBTC pro, the 2017 tournament experienced phenomenal growth," said Gerry Robichaux, formerly in charge of tennis for the district. "We had five players last year and 43 players this year. Doing the math, I found that that was a very large percentage of growth."

Officials and players alike complimented Killen and company on the conduct of the event.

Women’s Singles—JoAnnMarks Gold. Velma Johnson Silver. Dee Messier Bronze.
Men’s Singles—Roy Thomas Gold. Ed Dilworth Silver.
Women’s Doubles Ages 50-54: Sandy Botzohg-JoAnn Marks Gold. Linda Fowler-Sallie Meshell Silver. Jan Bino-Linda Cox Bronze. Ages 55-59: Peggy-McCrary-Rhonda Rubben Gold. Kaye Cochran-Ann Allred Silver. Sheri Hightower-Gloria Smith Bronze. Ages 60-64: Kayla Letton-Shirley Martin Gold. Terry Shinn-Annetta Davidson Silver. Jinnie Johnson-Sally Joiner Bronze. Ages 66-72: Sue Cummer-Bonnie Cox Gold. Patti Guanella– Sandra Vickers Silver. Carrol Kurtzman-Ann Swor Bronze.
Men’s Doubles—Jay Boyd-Alan Cox Gold. Gene Cassanova-Bob Litton Silver. Ed Dilworth-Rick Namie Bronze.
Mixed Doubles—Jay Boyd-Rhonda Rubben Gold. Fred and Kim Lucky Silver. Herman Lejune-Rebecca Williams Bronze.

May 8, 2017


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 11:40 pm

Winners from the Chip and Putt competition gather for a
photo op on Querbes Park Golf Course’s veranda.


Chip Hemphill, who asked Senior Olympics officials to see to it he was entered in archery and golf, was right on target Monday at Querbes Park, posting the best score of all contestants in golf.

Hemphill, in the 50-54 age bracket, shot a 73 on nines of 35-38 in winning medalist honors by four shots over Dwayne Pickett who toured Querbes in 37-40–77. Ricky Dunn was third in medal scoring with a 41-37–78 in a tournament that could boast the most scores ever in the 70s in the 25-year history of the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics.

It was a big weekend for Hemphill as on Saturday he won a silver medal in archery’s male compound release (50-54 age group) with an 868, second highest individual score of the day.

In a change from years past, golf coordinators Richard Beall and Vickie Mericle returned the tournament to the venerable old public course and held the chip and putt competition after the golf championship. It made for a long day, but there were few complaints from the golfers, who were treated to lunch and given goodie bags, made possible by the generosity of local merchants Home Depot, Edwin Watts Golf, Academy Sports, Gerrison’s Nursery, Outback Steakhouse, Fishing Frenzy, Brookshires and Julie Anne’s Bakery.

Ages 50-54: Gold-Chip Hemphill. Silver-Rickey Dunn. Bronze-Richard Gipson. Ages 60-69: Gold-Jeff Coulson. Silver-Steve Pinkley. Bronze- Malcolm Martin and Robert Miller (tie). Ages 70-74: Gold-Dwayne Pickett. Silver Don Ashworth. Bronze-Bob Jahnke. Ages 75-79: Gold-Mike Davis. Silver-Bill Bunyard. Bronze-Leon Darden. Ages 80-84: Gold-Harry Allen. Silver-Larry Rowe. Bronze-Jerry Warren. Ages 85-89: Gold-Thomas Bachman. Silver-Ray Mitchell.

Leading Scores
Chip Hemphill 35-38–73. Dwayne Pickett 37-40–77. Ricky Dunn 41-37–78. Jeff Coulson 38-42–80. Harry Allen 41-41–82. Mike Davis 43-47–84. Bill Bunyard 41-44–85. Larry Joubert 43-43–86. Charles Knox 41-46–87. Steve Pinkley 45-44–89. Larry Rowe 45-44–89.

Chipping Contest
Ages 50-54: Gold-Richard Gibson. Silver-Chip Hemphill. Ages 60-64: Gold-Robert Miller. Silver-Malcomb Gibson. Ages 65-69: Gold- Steve Pinkley. Ages 70-74: Gold-Larry Joubert. Ages 75-79: Gold-Bill Bunyard. Silver-Leon Darden. 80-plus: Gold-Jerry Warren.

Putting Contest
Ages 50-54: Gold-Chip Hemphill. Silver-Richard Gibson. Ages 60-64:Gold-Robert Miller. Silver-Malcomb Gibson Ages 70-74: Larry Joubert. Ages 75-79: Gold-Leon Darden. Silver-Bill Bunyard. Bronze-Mike Davis. 80-plus: Gold-Jerry Warren

May 3, 2017


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 2:28 pm

The prospects of inclement weather sent another NW La. District Senior Olympics activity to its scheduled rain date.

Bocce Ball will be played on May 11. The competition was scheduled for Thursday, May 4, at 9 a.m. in Betty Virginia Park. However, because of rains Wednesday when preparations were scheduled to be made and after looking at weather forecasts for Thursday, district officials made the decision to move to May 11 in Betty Virginia Park at 9 a.m. Earlier, the district Track and Field competition was moved from April 29 to May 20 at Airline High School because of prospects of rain.

April 27, 2017


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 2:56 pm

The husband-wife team of Linda and Lionel Brangham stole the show in NW La. District Senior Olympics Marksmanship competition’s .22 pistol division Thursday (April 27) at Shooters USA.

Linda posted a 195 of a possible 300 in outshooting Jackie Conner (45) and Gail Thompson (27). Lionel scored 214 to win the men’s pistol division for shooters ages 65-75. John Godwin took the Silver Medal with a score of 175.

In the pistol division for ages 75-85, Dan Saxton had the high mark of the day at 227. James Russom took the Silver Medal with a 46 score.

“Whenever Dan Saxon shows up, everyone is playing for second place in high score,” quipped district Marksmanship Coordinator Conner about the seven-time winner of the honor in the district.

In the .22 rifle competition, Don Floyd claimed the Gold Medal with Lionel Brangham winning the Silver Medal.

The Results
.22 Pistol Division
FEMALE–Gold-Linda Brangham. Silver-Jackie Conner. Bronze-Gail Thompson.
MALE–Ages 55-70: Gold-Lionel Brangham. Silver-John Godwin. Ages 75-80: Gold-Dan Saxon. Silver James Russom.
.22 Rifle Division
MALE–Ages 65-75: Gold-Don Floyd. Silver-Lionel Brangham.


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 10:51 am

Due to heavy rains at midweek and the prospects of more rain on the weekend, officials have opted to postpone the District’s track and field tournament to the rain date of Saturday, May 20.

In concert, the track and field chairman Frank Trammel, District Coordinator Ronny Comstock and District facilitator Lionel Brangham made the decision Thursday morning after Trammel and his aide inspected the Airline field. The shot put and discus areas were in standing water, Trammel said, adding that marking those areas and the javelin site would be very difficult. “We talked with Channel 3 weatherman Joe Haynes about what may be ahead on Saturday and then decided to postpone,” Trammel said

“So we are off to May 20, same time and station (8:3 a.m. at Airline field),” Trammel said. All entries will be honored and new entries will be accepted until May 18

Young Taylor Makes Move in Chess

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 6:02 am

Tray Taylor joined his father, Bob, at the top of the medal stand in chess competition.

The Taylors were joined by another familiar name wearing Gold Medals when the boards were cleared as Nelson Bailey repeated his 2016 performance. Robert Stockman also claimed a Gold Medal.

The Results

50-54 Ages: Gold-Tray Taylor. Silver-Rob Batten. 60-64 Ages: Gold- Nelson Bailey. Silver-Rick Reicherstbach. 70-74 Ages: Gold-Robert Stockman. Silver: Robert Sutton. 75-79 Ages: Gold-Bob Sutton. Silver-Robert Stratman.

April 25, 2017

Oldies Are Goodies in Shuffleboard

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 6:38 am

The popular Shuffleboard doubles competition returned to the District schedule and Gary and Mary Price took home the Gold Medal for the 80-84 age bracket. And former National Senior Games Gold Medalist Jackie Conner and Robert Bates claimed singles titles in the two days of play at the Bill Cockrell Community Center, a new location for the shuffleboarding.

In singles play, Betty Smith graduated from a Bronze Medal in to Gold this year in the 65-69 age bracket for females while Delores Gentry moved up from silver in 2016 to gold this year.

Duane Chilton moved up an age bracket fron 2016 but had the same success, winning a Gold Medal in men’s 75-79 age group.

Doubles slipped off the schedule last year because officials tried to get doubles and singles played in the same day. Wiser heads scheduled singles and doubles on different days this year.


FEMALE—Ages 55-64: Gold - Shelly Quarles. Sliver - Donna Cole.Bronze - Patrica Pickett. Ages 65-69: Gold - Betty Smith. Silver - Linda Johnson. Bronze - Linda Brangham. Ages 70-74: Gold - Teresa Lambert. Silver - Linda Comstock. Bronze - Rita Bates. Ages 75-79: Gold- Cindy Cason. Silver-Marie PanQuin. Bronze- Mildred Reeves. Ages 80-84: Gold – Delores Gentry. Silver - Dot Young. Bronze - Dorothy Barnette. 85-90 plus: Gold - Jackie Conner. Silver - Maxine Thomas. Bronze - Marie Fitzgerald. MALE—Ages 55-74: Gold - Dywane Pickett. Silver - Bobby Bearden. Bronze - Dennis Bamburg. Ages 75-79: Gold - Duane Chilton. Silver - Chuck Lancaster. Bronze - Curtis Boyett. Ages 80-89: Gold - Robert Bates. Silver - Les Brosset. Bronze - George Jernigan.

Ages 55-59: Gold - Marie PanQuin / Shelly Quarles. Silver - Bobby Bearden / Dick Hainey. Bronze - Donna Cole / Velma Johnson. Ages 60-69: Gold - Dywane and Patricia Pickett. Silver - Ruby Thomas / Betty Smith. No bronze awarded. Ages 70-74: Gold - Duane Chilton / Peggy Tatum. Silver - Dennis and Margie Bamburg. Bronze - Robert and Rita Bates. Ages 75-79: Gold - Chuck and Jeri Lancaster. Silver - James Russom / Cindy Cason. Bronze - Mildred Reeves / Dot Young. Ages 80-84: Gold - Gary and Mary Price. Silver - Maxine Thomas / Barbara Wheeler. Bronze - Jo and George Jernigan.

April 24, 2017

Thomas, Hainey on Target in Darts

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 4:46 pm

Ruby Thomas and Dick Hainey had high scores in their respective genders during the 2017 Darts competition held at Knights of Columbus Hall April 22.
Ruby graduated up from a Bronze medal in 2016. Dick did not medal in 2016.
Meanwhile Barbara Wheeler and Les Brosset had the highest scores in the Accuracy Throws.

Dart Results

FEMALE Ages 55-59: Gold - Terri Merritt. Silver - Donna Cole. Bronze - Shelly Quarles. Ages 60-69: Gold - Lillian Williams. Silver - Linda Brangham. Bronze - Dianne Lewis. Ages 70-74: Gold - Ruby Thomas (Women’s High Score). Silver - Dorothy Schlegal. Bronze - Peggy Chilton. Ages 75-79: Gold - Sherri Vullo. Silver - Virginia Jones. Bronze - Mildred Reeves. Ages 80-84: Gold - Atlean Snow. Silver - Barbara Wheeler. No bronze awarded. Ages 90+ :Gold - Betty Holiday. Silver-Maxine Thomas. No bronze awarded.
MALE Ages 55-64 Gold - Tony Cole. Silver - Bobby Bearden. No bronze awarded. Ages 65-69: Gold - Curtis Chandler. Silver - Wayne Bearden. No bronze awarded. 65-79; Gold - Curtis Chandler. Silver - Duane Chilton, Bronze - Curtis Boyette . Ages 80+: Gold - Dick Hainey (Men’s High Score). Silver - Gary Price. Bronze - Bill Snow.

Accuracy Throws
FEMALE Ages 55-64: Gold- Donna Cole. Silver-Terri Merritt. Bronze-Dianne Lewis. Ages 65-69: Gold- Betty Smith. Silver- Lillian Williams. Bronze-Linda Brangham. Ages 70-74: Gold-Linda Comstock. Silver-Peggy Chilton. No Bronze awarded. Ages 75-79: Gold-Mildred Reeves. Silver-Marie PanQuin. Bronze-Virginia Jones. Ages 80-84: Gold- Barbara Wheeler (women’s high score). Silver-Atlean Snow. Bronze-Dorothy Bodden. Ages 90-plus: Gold-Maxine Thomas. Silver-Betty Holliday. No bronze awarded.
MALE Ages 69-69: Gold-Curtis Chandler. Silver -Tony Cole. Bronze-Wayne Bamberg. Ages 75-79: Gold - Dave Bodden. Silver - Duane Chilton. Bronze – Curtis Boyett. 80-plus: Gold - Les Brosset (men’s high score) Silver - Dick Hainey. Bronze - Bill Snow.

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