March 23, 2017

Sometimes It’s Enough in Beanbag Play

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 2:32 pm

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The Sometimers captured the 2017 Beanbag Baseball crown to open the
25th year of the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics March 23.
Edna Neill, JoJo Mazyck, Shera Peterson, Cookie Thomas and Lynette
Wynn comprise the front row from left with Bill Mazyck, Howard Peterson,
Mike Fort and Larry Wynn round out the champion squad on the back row.

The Sometimers were on target most of the time March 22-23 in winning the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics Beanbag Baseball title at VFW Hall No, 4588.

The team played six games through two days and won them all. In fact, in the opening match of the second day, The Sometimers routed the Silver Sluggers 31-11 and then closed out the day by beating the Silver Sluggers 19-16 for the Gold Medal.

The Silver Sluggers won the Silver Medal and last year’s champion, The Rascals, settled for the Bronze Medal, as the Sometimers beat them, 19-17, to set up the Gold Medal showdown. JoJo Mazyck went 3-for-3 with a couple of home runs in pacing the win. Mazyck and her husband Bill, Larry Wynn and Sherra Petterson also had big offensive games. “But we had many contributers in most of our games,” team captain Bill Mazyck said.

This was no surprise win for the Sometimers as almost all of the squad played in years past as Better Than Best. “Some of the players thought that name was a little too arrogant,” said Captain Bill Mazyck. “So we became The Sometimers.”
In 2011 the team won a Silver Medal as The Sometimers. The Silver Sluggers won a Gold Medal in 2012.

Last year’s champion, The Rascals, fell on hard times in their first game in the tournament March 22, beaten by the Benton Council on Aging Tigers, But the team fought itsr way back.

Other second day scores: Diamonds 2 11, David Raines Cougars 2; Rascals 17, Beanie Boppers 16; Knights of Columbus 15, Go Gettrers 2 5; Rascals 19, Diamonds 2 14; Silver Sluggers 2 17, Knights of Columbus 9.

Beanbag Baseball is a target game with players throwing beanbags toward a target 17 feet away, seeking to drop them through holes labeled home run, three bagger, two bagger and single, as well as out and foul. Team rosters bat in order for a designated number of innings.

The Beanbag competion opened the sports and games carnival for 50 year olds and older. Various activities are scheduled through May 26.

March 20, 2017

Live Oak Rookies Assisted Living’s Best Beanbaggers

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 7:17 pm

The Live Oak Rookies repeated as champions of Beanbag Baseball in the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics Assisted Living Division March 17 at Bellaire Fitness Center.

The Rookies took the Gold Medal ahead of the Waterview Wildcats. The Bloom Angels earned the Bronze Medal. In 2016, the Rookies finished ahead of the other Live Oaks team, the Astros, with the Azalea Estates Honey Bees taking the Bronze Medal.

This year’s event drew eight teams and 104 players, one of whom checked in at 102 years of age.

Marilyn Hainey, who began conducting the Assisted Living Division with her husband Dick. said the event gives her a warm feeling. “I know I will have to give it up some time, but when I see the smiles and hear the laughter of the players, it’s hard not to want to come back next year.” She’s been with Northwest District Senior Olympics for 24 years and at the Assisted Living helm for 15.

The District’s Open Division kicks off on Wednesday (March 22) with Beanbag Baseball set for VFW Post 4588 Hall in Bossier City at 9 a.m.

June 11, 2016


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 9:39 am

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Kenneth Hemphill posted the top score in winning the Gold Medal for 50-54 age bracket entrants in the NW District Senior Olympics Archery competition at Red River Archery Range.

Hemphill posted an 880 score of a possible 900 with 39 in the 10 ring. Michael Hopkins won the Silver Medal in the age bracket with an 816 with 13 10s.

Denise McKelvain was the top female in compound release. Among the leaders in the men’s division were Robert Miller 877 (26), Gary Crain 874 (29) Carey King 863 (63) and Phillip Thompson 859 (24).

Thomas Wachtel had the top score with the Barebow Recurve.

Barebow Recurve–Males Ages 55-59: Timothy Wachtel 430 Gold.
Compound Release–Females 50-54 Denise McKelvain 739 (5) Gold. Males 50-54: Kenneth Hemphill 880 (39) Gold. Michael Hoskins 816 (13) Silver. 55-59: Mike Hutchins 861 (27) Gold. 60-64: Robert Miller 877 (26) Gold. Carey King 863 (63) Silver. Mark Quinton 844 (15) Bronze. Also Gerald Messina 713. 65-69: Gary Crain 874 (29) Gold. Phillip Thompson 859 (24) Silver. Bobby McLain 842 (20) Bronze. Also Chris Comeaux 827 (20), Claude Matherne 719 (5). 75-79: Robert Taylor 813 (8) Gold.


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 8:26 am

Bubba Ogden and Elaine Ingersoll posted the high serieses of the two genders during the NW District’s Singles Bowling competition at All Star Lanes.

Ogden’s 662 among the 70-74 age group bowlers outpaced Jim Draper’s 654 among the 80-84 keglers and Mike Berry’s 608 within the 70-74s.

Ingersoll won the Gold Medal among 65-69 bowlers with a 522 series. Next in line came Rhonda Ward’s 514 in the 50-59s, followed by Willie Mae Joyner’s 506 in the 70-74s.

Female Ages 50-59: Rhonda Ward 514 Gold. Gayle Pearce 498 Silver. Robin Rothenberger 404 Bronze. 60-64: Cathie Etheredge 449 Gold. Gaila Clark 448 Silver. Charlotte Harris 439 Bronze. 65-69: Elaine Ingersoll 522 Gold. Paula Hadwin 461 Silver. Velma Johnson 399 Bronze. 70-74: Willie Mae Joyner 506 Gold. Lynn Stuckey 471 Silver. Mary Magness 435 Bronze. 75-79: Linda McKinney 459 Gold. Red Fletcher 457 Silver. Lajuana Shirley 445 Bronze. 80-Plus: Betty Hustead 482 Gold. Gwen Jordan 409 Silver. Peggy Haws 360 Bronze.

Male Ages 60-69: Wayne Mayo 598 Gold. Curtis Drayden 592 Silver. J.R. Morse 564 and George Patton 564 both Bronze. 70-74: Bubba Ogden 662 Gold. Mike Berry 608 Silver. L.D. Nash 525 Bronze. 75-79: Fred Walters 534 Gold. Danny McEachran 427 Silver. (no other participants). 80-84: Jim Draper 654 Gold. Gary Price 580 Silver. Ernest Good 501 Bronze. 85-89: Dick Hainey 507 Gold. Jimmie Adams 394 Silver.


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 8:05 am

Steve and Daneita Adams posted the top series in the NW La. District Senior Olympics Scotch Mixed Doubles bowling competition and opened up a reign of superlatives at Holiday Lanes.

In subsequent events at Holiday Lanes, 9-Pin No Tap and Team, the Adams name appeared in the top spot also

Bowling in the 50-59 age bracket of Scotch Mixed Doubles, the Adams duo had a series of 584 to claim the Gold Medal for the age group. That score topped the 580 series by Gayle Pearce and Bill Laurenson in the same age bracket..

50-59: Daneita and Steve Adams 584 Gold. Gayle Pearce-Bill Laurensen 580 Silver. Rhonda Ward-Pete Callia 520 Bronze. 60-64: Diane Jobe-Fred Walters 552 Gold. Mary Foisy-J.R. Morse 501 Silver. Martha and James Susla 495 and Hubert Sit-Velma Johnson 495 tied for Bronze. 65-69: Elaine Ingersoll-Beth Broner 539 Gold. Curtis Drayden-Margie Floyd 534 Silver. Paula and Larry Hadwin 518 Bronze. 70-74: Lynn Stuckey-Bubba Ogden 461 Gold. Diane Smith-B.J. Ellison 458 Silver. Lajuana Shirley-Richard Rice 446 Bronze. 75-79: Red Fletcher-Jim Draper 515 Gold. Ann Glisson-Linda McKinney 392 Silver. No Bronze awarded. 80-Plus: Mary and Gary Price 430 Gold. Betty Hustead-Dick Hainey 416 Silver. No Bronze awarded.

June 10, 2016


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 1:49 pm

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Steve Adams, Charlie McCoy had hot hands at Holiday Lanes.

Steve Adams and Charlie McCoy managed to match 300 games in the NW La. District Bowling competition, but don’t call the newspapers yet. The 300s came in 9-Pin No Tap at Holiday Lanes.

Under 9-Pin No Tap format, each first ball knocking down nine or 10 pins is scored as a strike. Adams opened with games of 270 and 279 before rolling 300 for an 849 series. McCoy opened with his 300 and added a 227 and 226 for a 753 series. He was topped in the 70-74 age bracket by Blob McIntosh who rolled a 776 series. Curtis Drayton had the second highest series, 807.

Among the women, Danieta Adams rolled the high seri9es at 598, followed by BJ Ellkison at 597 and Rhonda Ward at 592.

Female Ages 50-59: Daneita Adams 598 Gold. Rhonda Ward 592 Silver. Renee White 374 Bronze. 60-64: Priscilla Wright 523 Gold. Charlotte Harris 517 Silver. Gaila Clark 440 Bronze. 65-69: Elaine Ingersoll 573 Gold. Paula Hadwin 566 Silver. Sammie Cox 539 Bronze. 70-74: B.J. Ellison 597 Gold. Janet McKenzie 575 Silver. Mary Magness 559 Bronze. 75-79 Red Fletcher 551 Gold. Linda McKinney 512 Silver. Glenda Kenes 494 Bronze. 80-Plus Mary Price Gold. Betty Hustead 367b Silver. Retta Matthews 324 Bronze.
Male Ages 50-54: Greg Clark 572 Gold. Art Hardan 274 Silver. No Bronze awarded. 55-64: Steve Adams 849 Gold. Hubert Sit 674 Silver. No Bronze awarded. 65-69: Curtis Drayden 807 Gold. J.R. Morse 705 Silver. Doyle Harris 568 Bronze. 70-74: Bob McIntosh 776 Gold. Charlie McCoy 753 Silver. Richard Rice 711 Bronze. 75-79: Fred Walters 718 Gold. Doug Horne 623 Silver. Danny McEachran 567 Bronze. 80-Plus: Gary Price 612 Gold. Jim Draper 590 Silver. Dick Hainey 576 Bronze.


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 12:46 pm

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Steve and Danieta Adams, Kathleen and Charlie McCoy put the shine on Star Frame.
When your team has the high individual series and the high team series it stands to reason you finish high in the team standings.

Thus was the case as the NW La. District Senior Olympics wrapped up bowling competition with team bowling at Holiday Lanes as the Star Frame team won high score for the day. Steve Adams had the high series, a 696 on games of 235, 233 and 228. The team of Steve Adams, Danieta Adams, Charlie McCoy and Kathleen McCoy posted a 2,268, highest of the competition, in winning the 55-59 age Gold Medal. Charlie McCoy rolled a 563 series, Danie3ta Adams a 511 and Kathleen McCoy a 498 for the Star Frame.

That was a torrid age battle. The Dixie Devils (Bill Laurenson 685, Charlie Brinegar 549, Rose Mary Crawford 463 and Joann Smith 459) finished second in the bracket with a 2,156 score.

Ages 50-54: Mixed Nuts 2,087 Gold. Dolls with Balls 1,434 Silver. 55-59: Star Frame 2,268 Gold. Dixie Devils 2,156 Silver. Spare Gals 1,514. Bronze. 60-64: Has Beens 1,829 Gold. Bayou Friends 1,803 Silver. Troubled Bowlers 1, 686. Bronze. 65-69: Just For Fun 2,080 Gold. Salt & Pepper 1,847 Silver. Never Give Up 1,399 Bronze.. 70-Plus: Older Folks 1,990 Gold. Oldeies But Goodies 1,665 Silver.

June 9, 2016


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 10:56 am

DSC_1120.JPGDSC_1096 (2).JPGIn the left photo, Skip Kordas receives the Jesse Lanier Memorial Award from staffer Gerry Robichaux. At right, Amy Holmes (second from right) shares a happy moment with Jenny Hackman, Doug Skelton and Robichaux.
Skip Kordas captured the Jesse Lanier Memorial Trophy and Amy Holmes rewrote much of the women’s record book during the 2016 edition of Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics track and field.
Kordas, running for the first time in the event. shared the best time of the day in the 50-meter dash. Running in the 50-54 age group, he matched the 6.75 logged by Dallas’ Mitch Dickson, running among the 65-69 entries. Kordas had the best time of the day in the 100 meters (13.43) and the second-best clocking in the 200-meters (28.33), behind Larry “Super Rook” Smith’s 27.89.

Holmes, in women’s 60-64 age bracket, just kept showing up at the starting line or the field events. She ran 8.45 in the 50 meters, 17.54 in the 100 meters, and 39.43 in the 200 meters. She threw 27-9 in the shot put, 63-6 in the javelin and 63-3 in the discus. An out-of-district performer, the 61-year-old Texan put her name in the track record books twice, only missing her own mark of 38.81 in the 200.

She beat her own age group discus mark by three feet, her own age group javelin mark by more than three feet and had a best for out-of-district competitors in the shot put.

“Her only problem was she faced an all-male selection committee,” said one insider after reviewing the day’s activity. Selectors are certain meet officials and past winners of the Lanier award, who are ineligible to repeat the honor. “Someone might consider awards for both genders in the future,” said another close to the results.

And let’s hear it for Haughton’s Velma Johnson, another first-timer. In the 50 meters, she erased the old mark of 11.19 with a 9.54. But in the field, she really tore up the records. She will be listed as the district’s best in the shot put (23-6 1/2), javelin (40-3) and duscus (44-1).

In the men’s division, 51-year-old Gene Strogen set over-all records in the discus (127-1) and shot put (36-11). In the 85-plus age division, Jimmie Adams (57-6 in the discus and 42-0 in the javelin) produced new in-district records on the day. Dickson matched the 50-meter mark for 65-69 runners and will hold the out-of-district record along side of iconic James Paddie, an in-district runner who posted his mark in 2005.

Field Events
Shot Put
Females Ages 60-69: Amy Holmes 27-9 Gold OD. Velma Johnson 23-6 Gold. Betty Smith 18.5 Silver. 70-74: Mildred Reeves 13-0 Gold OD. Ruby Thomas 11-3 Gold. Rosie Jackson 8-9 Bronze OD. 79-85: Barbara Wheeler 15-9 Gold OD. Dot Young 13-6 Silver OD.
Males Ages 40-49: Jerry Byrd Jr. 33-9. 50-59: Gene Strogen 36-9 Gold. Bobby Bearden 12-2 Silver. 65-74: Vince Breaux 31-9. Gold OD. Wayne Bamburg 30-0 Silver OD. Dan Ursery 24-3 Gold. 75-85: Julius Cassels 27-9 Gold. Charles Jolley 27-4 Silver. Jimmie Adams 21-1 Bronze.
Females Ages 60-69: Amy Holmes 63-3 Gold OD. Velma Johnaon 40-3 Gold Betty Smith 30-11 Silver. 70-74: Mildred Reeves 25-5 Gold OD. Ruby Thomas 22-10 Gold. Rosie Jackson 9-4 Bronze OD.
Males Ages 40-49: Jerry Byrd Jr. 110-0. 65-74: Vince Breaux 98-7 Gold OD. Wayne Bamburg 77-1 Silver OD. 80-85 Jimmie Adams 42-0 Gold.
Females Ages 62-69: Amy Holmes 63-3 Gold OD. Velma Johnson 44-1 Gold. Betty Smith 29-3 Silver. 70-79: Barbara Wheeler 32-6 Gold OD. Mildred Reeves 25-8 Silver OD. Ruby Thiomas 23-3 Gold. 80-89: Dot Young 312-1 Gold. Maxine Thomas 15-5 Silver OD.
Males Ages 40-49: Jerry Byrd 97-6. 50-69: Gene Strogen 127-1 Gold. Dan Ursery 77-6 Silver. Bobby Bearden 34-1 Bronze. Vince Breaux 90-5 Silver OD. 75-85: Julius Cassels 74-3 Gold. Charles Jolley 71-11 Silver. Jimmie Adams 57-5 Bronze.

Track Events
50 Meters
Females Ages 60-69: Amy Holmes 8.45 Gold OD. Velma Johnson 9.59 Gold. Betty Smith 11.37 Silver. 80-89: D. Young 20.66 Gold. OD. Maxine Thomas 32.29 Silver OD.
Males Ages 50-64: Skip Kordas 6.75 Gold. Tim Mitchell 7.44 Silver. Doug Skelton 8.36 Bronze. 65-74: Mitch Dickson 6.75 Gold OD. Larry Smith 6.81 Gold. Robert Sutton 9.58 Silver.
100 Meters
Females Ages 60-69: Amy Holmes 17.54 Gold OD. Velma Johnson 29.5 Gold.
Males Ages 50-64: Skip Kordas 13.43 Gold. Tim Mitchell 15.82 Silver. Doug Skelton 15.95 Bronze. 65-73: Mitch Dickson 13.67 Gold OD. Larry Smith 1.79 Gold. Robert Sutton 17.83 Silver.
200 Meters
Females Ages 50-64: Amy Holmes 39.43 Gold OD. Jenny Hackman 43.82 Gold.
Males Ages 50-59: Skip Kordas 28.33 Gold. Doug Skelton 38.03 Silver. Bobby Bearden 1:07.22 Bronze OD. 60-69:Larry Smith 27.89 Gold. 70-75: Robert Sutton 40.37 Gold. Julius Cassels 45.66 Silver.
400 Meters
Females Ages: Jenny Hackman 1:43.95 Gold.
Males: Doug Skelton 1:17.98 Gold. Julius Cassels 1:56.68 Silver.
800 Meters
Females Jenny Hackman 3:58. 78 Gold.
Males: Doug Skelton 3:01.22 Gold.
Jesse Lanier Memorial 1,500 Meters
Females: Jenny Hackman 7:46.27 Gold.
Males: Doug Skelton 6:37.13 Gold.

June 2, 2016


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 1:51 pm

DSC_1088 (4).JPGOn a bright afternoon, these participants helped close down the curtain on our 24th season.


Larry Joubert captured two Gold Medals, Jerry and his son Dale each captured a gold medallion and Leon Darden wrapped up the golfing sweepstakes crown during the annual Chip and Putt competition of the NW District Senior Olympics at The Practice Tee May 29th.

Joubert was the best among 70-74 age group entries in putting, ahead of Richard Beall and Robert Gatti. He bested Gatti and Joel McKinzie in chipping. Beall was the only golfer to can a putt in the competition, making and 18-foot downhiller.

Dale Warren claimed gold in putting and his dad gold in the 75-79 age bracket.

Darden won a Gold Medal in chipping among the 75-79s and a silver in putting and those two medals carried him to the best showing among contestants who entered the four events used to determine the golf sweepstakes winner, 18-hole medal play, miniature golf and chipping and putting. To be eligible, contestants must enter all four.

65-69: Steve Pinkley Gold. Harold Delaune Silver. 70-74: Larry Joubert Gold. Robert Gatti Silver. Joel McKenzie Bronze. 75-79: Leon Darden Gold. Jerry Warren Silver.
50-54: Dale Warren Gold. 65-69 Harold Delaune Gold. Steve Pinkley Silver. 70-74: Larry Joubert Gold. Richard Beale Silver. Robert Gatti Bronze. 75-79: Jerry Warren Gold. Leon Darden Silver.

May 31, 2016


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 3:10 pm

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Linda Brangham (top photo) received the coveted Hazel Gay Torch Award during the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics Athletes’ Celebration May 31. Other award winners are shown in these photos. Photo 2, Doyle Blasingame, winner of a Distinguished Service Award, is flanked by Lionel Brangham and Ronny Comstock. Photo 3, Female Athlete of the Year Mildred Reeves of Union Parish, poses with Union buddies Maxine Thomas and Barbara Wheeler. Photo 4: Lionel Brangham presents Tony Cole with the Volunteer of the Year award. Photo 5:Jackie Conner shows off her MVP award. And Velma Johnson (Photo 6) beams after receiving the Ken Howard’s Spirit Award.


Linda Brangham was named winner of the coveted Hazel Gay Torch Award Tuesday as the Northwest District Senior Olympics honored individuals for superlative service to the 2016 effort.
Velma Johnson, Jackie Conner, Tony Cole and Doyle Blasingame joined Brangham among those honored Tuesday at the Athletes’ Celebration held at the Bossier Knights of Columbus Hall.
Brangham follows Lillian Trammel in the list of Torch Award winners. The award honors the late Hazel Gay, Program Director of the Bossier Council on Aging who was instrumental in keeping the district games alive after its founding group, the YMCA of Shreveport-Bossier, discontinued conducting them after 1994. Linda has worked tirelessly in numerous capacities through this, her first season on the board of district coordinators.
Johnson won the other “named” award, taking home the Ken Howard’s Spirit Award, which goes to the person who embraces the games with the same spirit the late Howard did. “Ken was part of almost everything offered, enthusiastically helping carry out the activities as well as encouraging his fellow competitors as they enjoyed the games,” recalled Gerry Robichaux, who presented the award. Les Brosset was the winner of the Howard’s Spirit honor last year.
Conner won the MVP Award. “She has been there any time we needed her, any time we asked, with advice and willing hands to help,” said Ronny Comstock, the first-year District Coordinator.
Cole was named Volunteer of the Year. “When something needed to be handled, needed to be accomplished, he was our man this year, We could count on Tony,” said Comstock.
Comstock and Lionel Brangham, the duo that directs the district this year, called a familiar figure to come forward later. They gave Doyle Blasingame the Distinguished Service Award, a new honor. “This is for his long service in building the Senior Olympics into what it is today, making our work so much easier, giving us advice and guidance in how things should be done,” said Comstock.
Blasingame retired after 19 seasons as coordinator last year. In receiving the DSA, he recalled his thoughts when a group of ladies from Union Parish several years ago asked if they could enter our district games because their Northeast District, housed in Monroe, shut down. “I didn’t want that to happen to (the Northwest District),” he said. “So I began looking for someone willing to take over here when our coordinators began to step down.” He said after Comstock and Brangham and their friends work this year, “I believe we are in good hands.”
In other awards:
—Joyce Middleton was named winner of The Susan Berry Golf Award, named for the late coordinator of district golf competition.
—Mildred Reeves was named Female Athlete of the Year.
—James Russom was named Male Athlete of the Year.
—Leon Darden won the Golf Sweepstake.
As individuals arrived at the Athletes’ Celebration, they were presented with an Aloha necklace made of colorful paper flowers. It established for all the theme of Good-bye to 2016 and Hello to 2017, which will mark the Silver Anniversary of the District’s Games. And 2016 will be remembered for a registration of 550 participants, second highest in the district’s history, topped only by a 570 figure in 2011.

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