April 30, 2011

Loudermilk, Newcomers Make Noise in Pickleball

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 6:58 pm

pickleball 066.JPGJ. Garcia, Kathlene Loudermilk, Donna Cox and Dave Fortuna (left to right) not only won medals in the NW La. District’s Pickleball event, they also took time to teach some newcomers the basics of the game.

Kathlene Loudermilk captured gold medals in mixed doubles and women’s doubles during the NW La. District Senior Games Pickleball championship April 30 at Noel Methodist Church gymnasium.

Loudermilk teamed with J. Garcia to stage a comeback in the mixed doubles against Donna Cox and Dave Fortuna. After dropping the opening set 12-10, the winners pulled it together to take sets 11-1 and 11-7. Loudermilk earlier had teamed up with Paula Jones to beat Donna Cox and Kay Richard, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, in women’s doubles.

The news of the event was the play of Jones, Richard and Sam Merritt, all tennis players who were giving pickleball a try for the first time. Loudermilk, Cox and Dave Fortuna spent a short period of time giving the three some of the basics of the game and they were quick learners and were part of several good rallies during the event. Merritt teamed with Richard to take a division of the mixed doubles competition. All three expressed their enjoyment of the fast-paced action. “We feel they will be able to bring others to future pickleball events,” said Fortuna, who put the event on for the District. Fortuna and Garcia pointed to a group of pickleball enthusiasts who meet at 6:30 a.m. each Tuesday morning to play the sport. 


Women’s Doubles–Paula Jones-Kathleen Loudermilk d. Kay Richard-Donna Cox, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9.

Men’s Doubles–Dave Fortuna-Sam Merritt d. J. Garcia-Gerry Robichaux 12-10.

Mixed Doubles–Division I Loudermilk-Garcia d. Cox-Fortuna, 10-12, 11-l, 11-6. Division II Richard-Merritt d. Jones-Robichaux 11-2, 11-3.

April 29, 2011

Marlow, McElhannon among Bocce Ball’s Best

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 6:17 pm

073.JPGGold medal winner Jo Ann Lonadier (center) is flanked by bronze medal winner Martha Shaw (left) and  silver medalist Juanita Tucker after the smoke cleared in the women 70-74 age group of Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics Bocce Ball event April 29.

Alice Marlow and Minnett McElhannon completed 5-player round robins unbeaten to claim gold medals in their age brackets Friday as the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics staged its Bocce Ball competition at Bettye Virginia Park on a picture-book pretty day.

Marlow won the gold for women 55-64. McElhannon claimed the richest reward in play for women ages 65-69. But elsewhere there were regular cat fights. It took a point differential to separate Jo Ann Lonadier and Juanita Tucker in 70-74 and Jeri Lancaster, Fern Bolton and Bette Turner in 75-79.

On the sun-splashed morning, 34 competitors took part in the game created by the ancient Egyptians and later popularized in Italy and Sicily. “This was the biggest Bocce Ball turnout we’ve ever had and it protends a bright future for the game in our schedule,” said Doyle Blasingame, District Coordinator. He also pointed to the fact that the District opened doubles play in Bocce Ball and added it was so successful that it will be included next year with singles play and doubles played on seperate days.

Men’s singles golds went to first-timer Dennis Bamburg (60-69) and old hands Chuck Lancaster (70-74), Les Brossett (75-79) and Dick Hainey (80-plus).

Tandem titles went to Dennis and Margie Bamburg (60-64), Geneva and Harry Strain (65-69) and Chuck and Jeri Lancaster (70-79).


FEMALE: 55-64–Alice Marlow Gold, Margie Bamburg Silver, Betty Dark Bronze. Also Beth Turner, Juanita Pinion. 65-69–Minnett McElhannon Gold, Jan Bennett Silver. Sindagale Cason Bronze. Also Geneva Strain, Patricia Robichaux. 70-74: Jo Ann Lonadier Gold. Juanita Tucker Silver. Martha Shaw Bronze. 75-79: Jeri Lancaster Gold. Fern Bolton Silver. Bette Turner Bronze. 80-84: Lessie Cooperrider Gold. Jackie Conner Silver Silver. 85-89: Sunshine Cobb Gold. Frances Hutton Silver.

MALE: 60-69–Dennis Bamburg Gold. Harry Strain Silver. 70-74–Chuck Lawrence Gold. James Rossom Silver. 75-79–Les Brossett Golf. Gerry RobichaUX Silver. 80-89–Dick Hainey Gold. Robert McCain Silver.

DOUBLES: 60-64–Dennis and Margie Bamburg Gold. Alice Marlow-Lessie Cooperrider Silver. 65-69– Geneva and Harry Strain Gold. JoAnn Lonadier-Janice Bennett Silver. 70-79: Jeri and Chuck Lancaster Gold. Jackie Conner-Dick Hainey Silver. Jacque Wall-Frances Hutton Bronze. Also Juanita Tucker-Fern Belton.

April 27, 2011

2011–It’s Our Biggest Ever!

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 7:59 pm

With the 19th season well under way, the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics has posted one alltime best–544 entries.

That figure is the best in the past seven years (when figures are available).

Doyle Blasingame, the District’s coordinator, boldly predicted this year’s games would top 550 and it seems that is almost a lock now. Entries are still coming in and being accepted in events where spots are available.

“Please don’t miss a chance to take part,” Blasingame encouraged seniors who have not posted entries yet.  “We do everything we can to accommodate those that come in past the deadline.  But the earlier you can seek a position in a field the better.  It makes it easier for us to determine if we can include you in an event.”

The march toward 550 began with bean bag baseball April 10.  A total of 16 teams and 180 contestants opened the event.

Here’s a look at attendance in years past:







April 16, 2011

Taylors Have Their Way in Archery

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 4:49 pm


Nathan and Jacki Taylor prevailed in first District field archery competition.

No one could keep up with Jacki and Nathan Taylor in the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics field archery tournament April 16 at Red River Bowmen Archery Club.

The Longview, TX, couple finished one-two in Compound Release  competition, with Nathan tops at 851 of a possible score of 900. He posted a perfect round of 60 along the way. Jacki, the current Texas Outdoor and Indoor champion and member of the Texas Field Archery Hall of Fame, scored 849, but she managed to outdo her husband in perfect rounds of 60 with two.

The contest was conducted for the District by Emma Gene and Bill Brown of the RRBAC. Bill took third place with a score of 839, despite having to battle tricky crosswinds gusting as high as 30 mph.

“We are so pleased with the tournament in its initial try,” said Doyle Blasingame, Coordinator of the District Olympics. “The way it was conducted and the venue were superb. It only leads us to believe it will become one of our best events each year.  We are committed to having another next year.”

The barebow recurve competition pitted two world champions and Jim Metzger, winner of two world indoor championships, won out with a score of 557. Skip Trafford, a four-time All-American archer while at the University of Arizona and USA World Games team member who has won seven championships at that level, was coasting along at a 514 pace when he quit the field after two distances in order to attend youth league baseball and softball games of his son and daughter.  

Other scores in the compound release division were posted by James Hawthorne (786), Gerald Messina (780), Johnny Moore (701) and Gary Panzer (617).

For Panzer it was time for a comeback.  He once served as president of the Red River Bowmen Club but had not shot a target for 21 years. He was eager to compete again.  Asked how he was doing as the meet wore on, the jovial 75-year-old replied with a wide grin, “well, I haven’t hit anyone.”


Compound Release

Women 55-59 Jacki Taylor 849 Gold. Men 50-54 Nathan Taylor 851 Gold. James Hawthorn 786 Silver. Johnny Moore 701 Silver. Men 55-59 Gerald Messina 780 Gold. Men 75-79 Bill Brown 839 Gold. Gary Panzer 617 Silver.

Barebow Recurve

Men 60-69 Jim Metzger 557 Gold. Skip Trafford DNF.





April 15, 2011

Ashworth Climbs to Top in Golf

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 3:36 pm

Don Ashwoth, who has been a bridesmaid  in the past, fired a one-over par 73 to capture low score honors in the 19th Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics Golf Tournament Friday at Crooked Hollow GC.

Ashworth,   runner-up to Ron Adams by two strokes in the 2009 event and two-time medalistin earlier years, slipped to bogeys on the 8th and 9th holes Friday  for an out-going 38. But he eagled the par 5 11th hole  on the homeward nine to fashion a 35.

Bob Jahnke  (75), David Lamar (77),  Larry Joubert and Johnny Buckley (both 78s) and 2010 champion Adams (79) rounded out the leaders. Jahnke matched par 36 with a birdie and bogey on the front nine, but then ran into a string of three bogeys  on 16, 17 and 18 to come home with a 39.

Cathy Buckley (87), Kathleen McCoy (93) and 2009 champion Madge Snyder (94) paced the women’s division.

The golf tournament is presented by LANDERS Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep in Bossier City.

WOMEN—Cathy Buckley 40-47—87; Kathleen McCoy 48-45—93; Marge Snyder 49-45—94; Susan Berry 48-53—101.
MEN– Age 55-59 David Lamar 35-42—77; Jim Lawson 40-43—83; Bernard Kimble 43-44—87.
Age 60-64 Don Ashworth 38-35—73; Buddy Boxley  41-45—86; Pete Lea 40-47—87; Bill Carrier 44-44—88; Steve Pinkley 41-48—89; Sam Merritt 43-47—90; Joe Rice 44-47—91.
Age 65-69 Bob Jahnke 36-39—75; Larry Joubert 39-39—78; Johnny Buckley 38-40—78; George Taylor 38-43—81;  Charlie Knox 43-44—87; Floyd Walsworth 45-45—90; Robert Gatti 50-48—98, Jerry Merrill 46-53—99.
Age 70-74 Ron Adams 40-39—79; Fisher Rainwater 44-42—86; Jay Fortenberry 45-41—86, Larry Rowe 48-39—87, Bill Snow 61-52—113.
Age 75-79 Marion Wilson 44-42—86;  Val Tucker 43-44—87; Jerry Warren 46-47—93, John Snyder 48-52—100.
Age 80-84 Ray Mitchell 44-44—88.
Top dozen by medal score:
1.       Don Ashworth 73
2.       Bob Jahnke 75
3.       David Lamar 77
4t.        Larry Joubert 78
4t.        Johnny Buckley 78
6.       Ron Adams 79
7.       George Taylor 81
8.       Jim Lawson 83
9t.       Bobby Boxley 86
9t.       Fisher Rainwater 86
9t.       Jay Fortenberry 86
9t.       Marion Wilson 86

April 11, 2011

Myers, Triplett Best in Bike Trials

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 7:31 pm

   Harold Myers and Sandy Triplett posted best times and earned gold medals in both the 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer distances of the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics bike trials April 10.
   Triplett raced to a time of 9 minutes, 35 seconds in the women’s 5K 60-64 age group and a 19.39 in the 10-K. Myers had times of 7 minutes, 55 seconds in the men’s 5-K 50-54 age group and 16:03 in the 10-K.
   Tim FitzGerald, best of his age bracket in 2010, posted a 9:08 to win the 55-59 5-K ahead of Marvin McHorst. McHorst (19:02) was best in the age group 10-K.
   Bob Crosby outduelled Nick Williamson 8:01 to 8:23 in men’s 60-64 5-K and 16:16 to 17:50 in the 10-K.  Bernie Tull swept gold in men’s 70-74 with an 8:50 in the 5-K and 18:16 in the 10-K. Joe Hinton 9:41and Curtis Turner, 10:50 followed Tull in the 5-K and they finished 2-3 in the 5-K with times of 20:23 and 22:13 respectively. In 65-69, Robert Sutton posted 13:33 and 30:15 in the two trials.
   Debbie Roeten pedaled to a 21:14 10-K for gold in the women 50-54 age group and won gold in the 5-K with a 10:26. In the women’s 5-K,  Carolyn Smith  (12:45) won gold for 65-69s and Springhill’s Marilyn Lytle (20.01) took the 75-79 gold.
   Loyd Lytle posted a 13:56 in the men’s 80-84 5-K.

Bike Trials (April 10)—5-Kilometer: Female 50-54 Debbie Roeten 10:26. 60-64 Sandy Triplett 9:35. 65-69 Carolyn Smith 12:45. 75-79 Marilyn Lytle 20.01. Male 50-54 Harold Myers 7:55. 55-59 Tim FitzGerald 9:04. Marvin McHorst. 60-61 Bob Crosby 8:01. Nick Williamson 8:23. 65-69 Robert Sutton 13:33. 70-74 Bernie Tull 8:50. Joe Hinton 9:41. Curtis Turner 10:50. 80-84 Loyd Lytle 13:56. 10-Kilometer  Female50-54 Debbie Roeten 21:14. 60-64 Sandy Triplett 19:39. Male 50-54 Harold Myers 16:03. 55-59 Marvin McHorst 19:02. 60-64 Bob Crosby 16:16. Nick Williamson 17:50. 65-69 Robert Sutton 30:15. 70-74 Bernie Tull 18:16. Joe Hinton 20:23. Curtis Turner 22:13.


April 9, 2011

Visitors Claim Tennis Golds

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 7:43 pm

019.JPGThe first gold medals  in the NWLa. District Senior Olympics tennis tournament went to Dick Bailey (second from right) and Tom Guanella (right) who claimed the gold in men’s doubles 3.5 and below over Ralph Pondell (left) and Sam Merritt.

Debbie Liles of Fredericks, MD, Early McWhorter of Marshall, TX, and Mitch Rayborn of Brookhaven, MS, led the gold parade in tennis as the opening event of the 19th Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics moved along at Bossier Tennis Center.

Liles and McWhorter won the women’s doubles gold medal in the 4.0 and above division. Rayborn locked up the gold in men’s singles 4.0 and above. On the home front, Jinnie Johnson and Mollie Chance claimed the 3.5 and below women’s doubles with Paula Jones and Kaye Richard taking the silver and Gloria Smith and Donna Beaty getting bronze. And Sue Prudhomme and Gordy Ward took the mixed doubles gold with Tom and Patti Guanella second and Becky and Keith Mire third. Joe Rice, Jerry Perlman and Clarence Pinion each owned a victory in the men’s singles 3.5 and below round-robin and earned gold medals. Tom Guanella and Dick Bailey took gold and Sam Merritt and Ralph Pondell took silver in men’s doubles 3.5 and below.

In one of the best opening matches, Rayborn outlasted Petr Stapa, 7-6, 7-6 in men’s singles. They opened their match in blustery winds and cold temperatures but the tennis quickly heated  up.  “I was down 0-4 before I knew it,” said Rayborn who was consistent as a practice wall, tracking down shots for picture-book returns.  “He was very quick to get to shots,” Rayborn said of his foe who is a native of South Africa.

Both players came to tennis in their adult lives—Stapa playing squash. Rayborn was a baseball player in his youth. “I didn’t take up tennis until I moved to America 17 years ago,” said Stapa.  “I was 35 when I began tennis,” said Rayborn.

Stapa and his partner, Larry Hennon, claimed 4.5 and above men’s doubles with Rayborn and Joe Sanchez second and Jay Boyd and Steve Gore third.  

Because of travel, some divisions are still to be decided. 

Gibsland Bank and Trust sponsored the tennis competition which was presented by the Community Tennis Association.

TENNIS (At Bossier Tennis Center April 1-10)– Mixed Doubles: Patti and Tom Guanella  d.Becky Mire-Keith Mire, 6-4, 6-3. Sue Prudhomme-Gordy Ward  d. Mire-Mire 6-2, 6-4. Prudhomme-Ward d. GuanelllaGuanella, 1-6, 6-2, (12-10). G—Prudhomme-Ward. S—Guanella-Guanella. B—Mire-Mire.
Men’s Singles: 3.5 and below. Joe Rice d Jerry Perlman 2-6, 7-6, 10-7.  Perlman d. Clarence Pinion 7-5, 6-4.  Pinion d. Rice, 7-6, 6-7 (10-8). G—All three contestants received golds. 4.0 and above: Mitch Rayborn d. Peter Stapa, 7-6, 7-6. Mitch Rayborn d. Roy Thomas 6-3, 6-1. Thomas vs. Peter Stapa TBA.
Men’s Doubles: 3.5 and below. Tom Guanella-Dick Bailey d. Gerry Robichaux-Clarence Pinion, 6-, 6-0. Sam Merritt-Ralph Pondell d. Robichaux- Pinion 6-1, 7-5. Guanella- Bailey d. Merritt-Pondell, 6-3, 6-1. G—Guanella-Bailey. S—Merritt-Pondell. 4.0 and above. Peter Stapa-Larry Hannon d. Jay Boyd-Steve Gore 6-3, 6-4.  Stapa- Hannon d. Joe Sanchez-Mitch Rayborn 6-1, 7-6. Sanchez- Rayborn d. Boyd- Gore, 6-4, 4-6, (12-10). G—Stapa-Hannon. S—Sanchez-Rayborn. B—Boyd-Gore.
Women’s Singles: Joy Parker-Schellhorn d. Paula Jones 6-0, 7-5. Richard d. Parker-Shellhorn 6-3, 0-6 (10-8). Richard d. Jones, 4-6, 6-4, (13-11). Patti Hurst vs. Richard TBA. Jones vs. Hurst TBA. Parker-Shellhorn vs. Hurst TBA.
Women’s Doubles: 4.0 and above. Patti Hurst-Becky Mire vs. Linda Dunn-Patti Guanella TBA. Debbie Liles-Early McWhorter d.. Hurst-Mire 6-1, 6-2. Liles-McWhorter d. Dunn-Guanella 7-5, 6-2. 3.5 and below. Paula Jones-Kaye Richard d. Gloria Smith-Donna Beaty 6-2, 7-6. Jinnie Johnson-Mollie Chance d.  Smith-Beaty 6-0, 6-0. Johnson-Chance d. Jones-Richard, 6-4, 6-4.  G—Johnson-Chance. S—Jones-Richard. B—Smith-Beaty.




Beanbag Baseball Defending Champs Move Up

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 7:03 pm

DSC_0062.JPG Live Oak Astros at work during Beanbag Baseball competition (click photo to enlarge).

Krewe of Elders and the Live Oak Astros, champions of divisions in 2010, moved through early rounds of Beanbag Baseball as the 19th Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics began to gain momentum.

Krewe of Elders swept to four victories  in the biggest open division ever (16 teams). Live Oaks Astros beat their “little brothers,” the Live Oak Rookies, to reach the finals of the Residential Communities division where they will play Summerfield Estates which bested the Veterans Administration Screaming Eagles in the semis.  Both games were decided by a single run.  Live Oak and Summerfield will decide their division on May 4 in the Bossier Civic Center. The Rookies won the bronze medal in the division.

Airport Park, Springhill Medical Center No. 2, the Chunckers and the Sometimers were victims of the Elders who remain in the winner’s bracket. The last game dropped the Sometimers into the losers bracket which will resume April 30 at the Knight of Columbus Hall.


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