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.

April 20, 2017

A New Dawn in Table Tennis

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 8:28 pm

DSC_1293.JPGDawn Manning (center) won the Gold Medal in women’s singles during the District table tennis tournament Thursday (April 20) with Vickie Mericle (right) and Velma Johnson (left) finishing with silver and bronze respectively.


It was the dawn of a new day in District Table Tennis as Dawn Manning captured the Gold Medal in the women’s division.

Manning bested last year’s gold medalist Vickie Mericle in a three-set match that saw prolonged, spirited rallies. Then she put away Velma Johnson

Against Mericle, Manning won the second and third sets and had to come from behind in each. As the battle wore on, she began to cope with Mericle’s tactic of repeatedly moving her from one side of the table to the other by hitting to her forehand and then her backhand.

The Taylors, father Bob and son Trey, had a good night of it in the men’s division. Bob won the Gold Medal in men’s 75-79 singles, over Rodney Stratman. Trey won gold in the men’s 50-59 age bracket. Carlos Martin wound up with silver and Robert Lachman won silver.

Bob Taylor teamed with Troy McGee to win the gold in men’s 55-79 doubles over Lachman and Silberman. Silberman and McGee finished 1-2 in men’s 65-74 singles.

The Results
Females– Ages 55-69: Dawn Manning Gold. Vickie Mericle Silver. Velma Johnson Bronze. Males—Ages 50-59: Trey Taylor Gold. Carlos Martin Silver. Robert Lachman Bronze. Ages 65-74: Howard Silberman Gold. Troy McGee Silver. Ages 75-79: Bob Taylor Gold. Rodney Stratman Silver.
Males—Ages 55-79: Bob Taylor-Troy McGee Gold. Lachman-Silberman Silver.

April 10, 2017

Dominos Fall Just Right

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 2:44 pm

Gaaila Clark and Mose Kirkendall paced the younger set in the Northwest District domino competition April 7, claiming Gold Medals in the women’s and men’s divisions respectively in spirited competition at the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Bossier City.

Clark led the women’s 60-70 age bracket, finishing ahead of Juanita Reed. Kirkendahl was tops in an age bracket between 65-70 years of age.

Dominos Results
60-70– Gaila Clark Gold; Juanita Reed Silver. 71-75–Willie Myres Gold, Carol Estrada Silver. 75-90– Rose Black Gold. Dorothy Depanion Silver.

65-70–Mose Kirkendoll Gold. Mister Nance Silver. 80-90—Mister Wells Gold. L. Green Silver. W. Currey Bronze.

April 7, 2017

Fun and Games at the Table

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 9:33 am

DSC_1262.JPGLinda Johnson, Lillian Trammel and Donna Cole battle their way through a Mexican Train Dominos match during the District’s Table Games.
After the games of Mexican Train Dominos made its debut in the NW Louisiana District Senior Olympics, one of the competitors had a positive appraisal: Everyone had fun!
Donna Cole, Linda Comstock, Margie Waller and Bobbie Williams and Lionel Brangham probably had the most fun as they captured Gold Medals for their age brackets.
Gary and Mary Price ruled the SKIPO competition while Betty Smith, Carole Felts and Jeri Lancaster packed off Gold Medals in Phase 10.

Table Games Results

Phase 10
Gold–Betty Smith
Silver–Stella Hawkins
Bronze — Flo Arrant

Gold– Carole Felts
Silver –Carol Estrada

Gold–Jerl Lancaster
Silver –Bette Turner
Bronze–Doris Carter

Gold– Gary Price/ Mary Price
Silver–Dorothy Depannion/Jackie Conner
Bronze–Mose Kirkendoll/Rose Black

Gold – Donna Cole
Silver – Linda Johnson
Bronze – Lillian Trammel
Gold – Vicki Hawthorne (OD)
Gold– Linda Comstock
No bronze awarded

Gold – Margie Waller
Silver – B.J. Prudhomme
No bronze awarded

Gold – Bobbie Williams
Silver – Betty Daily
No bronze awarded


Bronze – Lionel Brangham
Gold – Vance Claassen
Silver – Jerry Smith

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