May 12, 2012

Pickleball mixes new and old

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051.JPG Newcomers Debbie Sites, Janet Walton, Judy Hurst and Ginger Streeter(front row) learned fast in Pickleball Championship. The won medals along with the “old hands” in the event, Dave Fortuna, Harriet Boddie, Kathlene Laudermilk and J. Garcia. Click photo to enlarge.

The old regulars reached the winner’s circle again, but a quartet of newcomers also enjoyed the fun during the Pickleball Championship of the NWLa. District Senior Olympics May 12. J. Garcia and Kathlene Laudermilk won the gold medal over Dave Fortuna and his new teammate, Harriet Boddie, in mixed doubles by scores of 11-9, 7-11, 11-9 in the best of three final. Garcia-Laudetrmilk ruled the 2011 event also.

But four ladies put aside their softball gear to give Pickleball a try for the first time. In the women’s doubles competition Judy Hurst and Ginger Streeter, both in their 60s, bested Debbie Sites andf Janet Walton, 11-9, 12-10. “The youngsters let the old folks beat them,” laughed Hurst, who recently celebrated her 65th birthday, after the event. All four ladies are part of the LaSport women’s softball team which plays in the SPAR open women’s softball league. LaSport, also a traveling team, recently competed in a women softball tournament in Florida. ”We’ll do more of this (play Pickleball) when our softball season is over,” Hurst said.

Competition was held at Noel Methodist Church gymnasium and was again directed by Fortuna and Garcia.


Mixed Doubles–J. Garcia-Kathleen Laudermilk d. Dave Fortuna and Harriet Boddie, 11-5, 7-11, 1-9.

Women’s Doubles–Judy Hurst-Ginger Streeter d. Debbie Sites-Janet Walton 11-9, 12-10.

RESULTS Arts & Crafts, Throws, Archery etc.

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2012 Health Fair 039.JPG Jennelle Berger, Best of Show winner. Click photo to enlarge.


BEST OF SHOW–Sticks and Jewels Head Glass (Jennelle Berger).

PEOPLE’S CHOICE–Lighthouse Painting (Carolyn Evje).

CRAFTS–1. Air and Glass (William B. Berger) 2. Stained Glass Blue Crab (Jennelle Berger) 3. Burled Wood Vase (William B. Berger).

NEEDLEWORK– 1. Plastic Canvas (Glenda McCarl).

PAINTING– 1. Lighthouse (Carolyn Evje) 2. Winter Scene (Pat Berry). 3. Adaiseyaday (Joan Strickland.

SEWING– 1. Pink Starburst (Jacque Wall). 2. Saints Fan (Willie Mae Joyner) 3. Dress (Glenda McCarl).



50-54: Terri Merritt Gold, Pamela Robertson Silver.

55-59: Ruth Barham Gold, Willie Mae Mason Silver.

60-64: Paula Hadwin Gold, Pat Stell Silver, Diana carrier Bronze.

65-69: Janice Bennett Gold, Faye Scroggins Silver, Ruby Thomas Bronze.

70-74: Mildred Reeves Gold, Mary Jones Silver.

75-79: Barbara Wheeler Gold, Pat Reeves Silver, Pat Pace, Bronze.

80–84: Dorothy Depanion Gold,  Marie Fitzgerald Silver, Mary Miller Bronze.

85-91: Maxine Thomas Gold, Levinia Edwards Silver.


50-64: Bill Stell Gold, Robert McNeil Silver, Gary Calligas Bronze.

65-70: Bob Taylor Gold, Harry Strain Silver, Joal McKenzie Bronze.

75-79: Smiley Nehls Gold, Les Brosset Silver, John Ray Bronze.

80-85: Curtis Cooper Gold, Bob Bell Silver, Dick Hainey Bronze.

088.JPGTake aim! Click photo to enlarge.


At Red River Bowmen’s Range April 21


BAREBOW COMPOUND–65-69: Lee Gregory (725) Gold. BAREBOW RECURVE–50-69: Jim Metzger ( 496) Gold, James Hawthorne (433) Silver. COMPOUND RELEASE– 50-59: Carl Adams (881) Gold, Ricky St. Uprey  (859) Silver, Larry Small (839) Bronze. COMPOUND RELEASE– 60-69: Jerry Messisna (790) Gold, Phillip Thompson (765) Silver. 75-79: Bill Brown (848) Gold, Gary Panzer (638) Silver.



55-59: Terri Merritt Gold, Ruth Barham Silver.

60-64: Paula Hadwin Gold, Pat Stell Silver, Betty Smith Bronze.

65-69: Janice Bennett Gold, Ellendell Harbour Silver, Faye Scroggins Bronze.

70-74: Mary Jones Gold, Mildred Reeves Silver, Jacque Wall Bronze.

75-79: Barbara Nolan Gold, Pat Reeves Silver, Barbara Wheeler Bronze.

80-84: Marie Fitzgerald Gold, Dorothy Depanion Silver, Mary Knight Bronze.

85-89: Maxine Thomas Gold, Lady Stacy Silver.


60-64: Clarence Green Jr. Gold, Bill Still Silver, Gary Calligas Bronze.

65-69: Harry Strain Gold, Joal McKenzie Silver.

75-79: Duane Chilton Gold, Les Brosset Silver, Smiley Nehls Bronze.

80-84: Curtis Cooper Gold, Dick Hainey Silver, Bob Bell Bronze.


Footloose Gold, Country Diamonds Silver.


Female–60-64: Betty Smith Gold, Susie Schroeder Silver. 65-69: Darlene Stone Gold, Ruby Thomas Silver, Margie Bamburg Bronze. 70-77: Mary Price Gold, Jacque Wall Silver, Marguerite Hoppaugh Bronze. 80-86: Jackie Conner Gold, Lady Stacy Silver, Lessie Cooperrider Bronze.

Male65-74: James Russom Gold, Dennis Bamburg Silver, Doyle Blasingame Bronze. 75-85: Les Brosset Gold, Dick Hainey Silver, Gary Price Bronze.


Male .22 Pistols 65-69: Ernie Chmielewskki Gold, Bob Turner Silver. 70-79: Roy Hutcheson Gold, Joe Dernovish Silver, Les Brosett Bronze. .22 Rifles 65-79: Ernie Chmielewski Gold, Joe Dernovish Silver.

Female .22 Pistols 70-81: Dot Turner Gold, Jackie Conner Silver.


Skipbo–Mary Knight-Doyle Blasingame Gold, Lucy Leonard-Debbie Gay Silver, Jackie Conner-Dorothy Depanion Bronze.

Phase Ten60-69: Betty Smith Gold, Carole Estrada Silver, Ruby Thomas Bronze. 70-74: Bob Taylor Gold, Jacque Wall Silver. 75-79: Doris Carter Gold, Jeri Lancaster Silver, Florance Arrant Bronze.

May 10, 2012

It’s Miller time again in table tennis

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12 table tennis, table games 0361.JPG Chip Miller (left) gets ready to pounce in table tennis. 

Chip Miller twisted, leapt and fired his way to another table tennis championship in the NW La. District Senior Olympics at Bossier Recreation Office Thursday evening.

Miller out-shot Dan Keasler and Steve McDaniel in the 55-59 age bracket.  He bested Dan by scores 11-76, 11-4, 11-6 in the best-of-five and toppled Steve, making his first appearance in senior table tennis, 11-2, 11-4 and 11-5. Sometime it was trickery hiding the ball around his body; sometimes pace that led to the wins. “When he twists his wrists around like that you’d better watch out,” said one onlooker as the matches progressed.

Clair White bested David Ogwyn in the 60-64 age bracket and Bob Taylor, who oftentimes matched Miller’s aggressive style, beat newcomber Gary Albright in the 70-74 division.  G.W. Gage-White was the lone female competitor.  She qualified for LSOG state competition by playing a match with Albright.

In doubles play, Miller-Keasler bested Taylor-White, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 in a best-of-five matchup.

May 9, 2012

Free-Woolsey, Hoofnagle-Hustead rule the lanes

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Teams of Bill Free and Don Woolsey and Gloria Hoofnagle and Betty Hustead captured gold medals in the NW La. District Senior Olympics Bowling Doubles competition Wednesday at All Star Lanes.

Free-Woolsey posted a 1,294 series in men’s 65-69 age bracket. Free rolled a 677 series and Woolsey a 617. Hoofnagle-Hustead dominated the women’s 74-85 age bracket with a 971 score. Hustead posted a 490 as the best women’s series with Hoofnagle at 481.

In the women’s 70-74 age grouping, Margie Floyd and Annette Kellog bested Sandra Garrett and Jimmie Moreland by the smallest of margins, taking the gold with a 874 pinfall to 873 for the runnersup.


Female50-59: Diana Carrier-Mary Foisy 955 Gold, Gayle Pearce-Jo Ann Smith 922 Silver, Rosemary Crawford-Jane Pace 880 Bronze. 60-64: Brenda Barber-Geneva Strain 921 Gold, Susan-Berry-Kay Free 896 Silver, Mary Cullenberg-Lajuana Ramey 866 Bronze. 65-69: Jo Ann Henderson-Linda Stuckey 962 Gold, Minnette McElhannon-Kay Staples 834 Silver, Margie Bamburg-Alice Marlowe 826 Bronze. 70-74: Margie Floyd-Annette Kellog 874 Gold, Sandra Garrett-Jimmie Moreland 873 Silver, Jacque Wall-Sherrian Bryan 817 Bronze. 75-84: Gloria Hoofnagle-Betty Hustead 971 Gold, Connie Bogues-Teresa Howard 765 Silver, Lorraine Bean-Sue Crow 669 Bronze.

Male50-59: Larry Schloss-Randy White 1,208 Gold, Bill Carrier-Mike Foisy 1,069 Silver, Bill Gordon-Travis Warner 945 Bronze. 60-64: Adam Holmes-Don McGhee 1,122 Gold, Curt Dryden-Clarence Greene 1,107 Silver, John Sands-Jeff Wilcox 1,105 Bronze. 65-69: Bill Free-Don Woolsey 1,294 Gold, Mike Berry-Don Preuett 1,168 Silver, Bert Carroll-Bob McCollum 1,165 Bronze. 70-85: Jim Draper-Gary Price 1,145 Gold, Everett Fuller-Smitty Smith 992 Silver, Erv Duncan-Ernest Good 927 Bronze.

Dusang gets golds in shuffleboard

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Nancy Dusang capured a gold medal in shuffleboard singles and teamed with Fern Belton to take the gold medal in doubles play as the NW La. District Senior Olympics rolled on at Bellaire Fitness Center Tuesday.

Dusang-Belton scored a victory over Margie and Dennis Bamburg to win the tandem title after each team posted 3-1 pool records. Earlier she had rolled to a 5-0 record to win the 65-69 age bracket.


Female–55-59: Willie Veley, Gold. 60-64: Betty Smith, Gold, Betty Moore (OD) Gold, Earlean Curry (OD) Silver.65-69: Nancy Dusang Gold, Betty Stacker (OD) Silver, Ruby Thomas Silver. 70-74: Jacque Wall Gold, Arlene Gates Silver, Mildred Reeves (OD) Bronze. 75-79: Red Fletcher Gold, Pat Reeves (OD) Silver, Barbara Wheeler (OD) Bronze. 80-84: Elaine Elkins Gold, Mary Miller (OD) Silver, Lorece Tettleton (OD) Bronze. 85-89: Dollie White (OD) Gold, Maxine Thomas (OD) Silver, Lillie Bynum (OD) Bronze. Frances Hutton Gold.

Male–65-69: Dennis Bamburg Gold. 70-74: James Russom Gold, Doyle Blasingame Silver. 75-79: Gary Price Gold. 85-89: Dick Hainey Gold.


60-69: Nancy Dusang-Fern Belton Gold, Dennis and Margie Bamburg Silver, Janice Bennett-Ellendell Harbour Bronze. 70-74: Red Fletcher-Jacque Wall Gold, Cindy Cason-James Russom Silver, Elaine Elkins-Arlene Gates Bronze. 75-84: Jackie Conner- Dorothy Depanion Gold, Les Brosset-Bette Turner Silver.

May 7, 2012

Ogwyn-PanQuin pull upset in Team Hot Shot

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12 FT, Hotshot, shuffleboard 038.JPGShown with District Coordinator Doyle Blasingame are (from left) bronze medalists Les Brosset and Marjorie Hurst, gold medalists Marie PanQuin and Dave Ogwyn and silver medalists Lin Gamble and Merle Gore.

At first blush, the team of Lin Gamble and Merle Gore seemed a prohibitive favorite in the NW La. District Senior Olympics Team Hot Shot competition.  But Dave Ogwyn, a 2011 gold medalist in free throw shooting, and his partner Marie PanQuin of Madison Parish scored an upset victory at Bellaire Fitness Center Monday.

The Ogwyn-PanQuin team scored 12 points to 10 for Gore-Gamble to win the gold medal. Behind Gamble-Gore’s silver medal came Margorie Hurst and Les Brosett for bronze.

Gamble and Hurst are members of the Shreveport-Bossier based Hoopaholics women’s 3 on 3 teams which has won medals at the national senior games level and numerous golds at state events. Gamble had an outstanding prep career at Central of Grand Cane High School, later was a three-time NAIA All America at Ouachita Baptist College and represented the USA on Pan Am and World University teams and is in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.  Gore had an outstanding career coaching girls basketball in North Louisiana, building Trinity Heights Academy into a famous high school dynasty.

In Team Hotshot, a new venture for the distrist, teams of one woman and one man each shoot a series of 14 free throws or shots from designated spots on the court.  Points are awarded for each free throw or basket made and the top total wins. Ogwyn, who ran off a perfect 10-of-10 in free throw shooting last year, made nine of his 14 shots to lead the hot shot event; Gamble hit seven of hers.

Contestants seemed to take to the new game and said with a few “tweeks” it could be made better. “I like this better than the individual hot shot competition,” said Ogwyn. “There is the excitement of team play.”

Teams for this year’s event were made up by a blind draw.


Women60-64 Lin Gamble Gold, 7 of 10, Betty Smith Silver, Earlean Curry Bronze (silver decided in shootoff). 65-69: Willie Mae Joyner Gold, Pearlie Bell Silver.  70-74: Jacque Wall Gold, Cherry Atkins Silver, Mildred Reeves Bronze. 75-79 Barbara Wheeler Gold, Pat Reeves Silver, Barbara Nolan Bronze. 80-Plus: Eddie Shaw Gold, Mary Miller Silver, Maxine Thomas Bronze.

Men60-65: Don Ashworth Gold (7 of 10), Dave Ogwyn Silver (7 of 10, tiebreaker used), Merle Gore Bronze. 75-plus: Gerry Robichaux Gold, Gary Price Silver. Dick Hainey Bronze.

May 5, 2012

Horseshoe qualifying complete

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 3:13 pm

Paula Hadwin turned in a stong performance to lead qualifiers for state in the NWLa. District Senior Olympics horseshoe event at Knights of Columbus Hall Saturday.

Joining Hadwin in punching their ticket for the LSOG event later this summer were Harry Strain, Roosevelt Morse, Clarence Pinion, Tom Koch and Gary Price in the men’s division.  To compete at the LSOG stage, competitors must medal in a district event.

In recreational horseshoes, Geneva Strain, Mary Price, Barbara Wheeler, Mary Miller and Maxine Thomas snared age bracket gold medals in women’s play while Les Brosset and Herman Maiden cashed in golds in age bracket play among the men.



Female 60-69: Paula Hadwin Gold, Ruby Thomas Silver. Male 60-69: Harry Strain Gold, Roosevelt Morse Silver, Clarence Pinion Bronze. 75-79: Tom Koch Gold, Gary Price Silver.


Female 60-69: Geneva Strain Gold. Betty Smith Silver, Darlene Stone Bronze. 70-74 Mary Price Gold, Jenny Cardin Silver, Jacque Wall Bronze. 75-79: Barbara Wheeler Gold, Barbara Nolan Silver. 80-84: Mary Miller Gold, Marie Fitzgerald Silver. 85-89: Maxine Thomas Gold, Frances Hutton Silver.

Male 65-69: Dennis Bamburg Gold. 75-79:Les Brosset Silver. 80-84: Herman Maiden Gold.

Smith-Laurenson on a roll

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JoAnn Smith and Bill Laurenson posted a 1,147 score to lead the NWLa. District Senior Olympics Bowling Mixed Doubles competition May 4 at All-Star Lanes.

Laurenson had the high men’s series (688) to help fuel the winning of the gold medals in the 50-54 age bracket. Gayle Pearce and Claarence Green (1,016) took the silvers and Jeannie Smith and Gary Price (862) took bronzes. Other notables: Harry Strain’s 235 was high game for the men and Rosemary Crawford’s 220 led the women. Notra Odoms posted the top women’s series (518).

The Results

50-54: Jo Ann Smith-Bill Laurenson 1,147 Gold, Gayle-Clarence Green 1,016 Silver, Jeannie Smith-Gary Price 862 Bronze. 55-59: Rosemary Crawford-Bob McCollum 1,111 Gold, Kathy Center-George Taylor 815 Silver. 60-64: Kay Free-Bill Free 1,125 Gold, Rachel Preuett-Don Preuett 1,061 Silver, Mary Kullenberg-Richard Rice 1,058 Bronze. 65-69: Geneva Strain-Harry Strain 1,138 Gold, Notra Odoms-Mike Berry 1,045 Silver, Minnette McElhannon-Robert Washington 970 Bronze.  70-74: Brenda Beck-Bert Carroll 1,053 Gold, Jo Crone-John Sands 959 Silver, Annette Kellogg-Ernest Good 950 Bronze. 80-Plus: Betty Hustead-Dick Hainey 884 Gold, Teresa Howard-Bob Bell 849 Silver, Betty Jo Duncan-Erv Duncan 842 Bronze.

May 4, 2012

Hutcheson, Ernie C., Turners highlight Marksmanship

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12puttputt, joey,shooting 011.JPG Dot and Bob Turner added to the family medals collection in marksmanship during the NW La. District Senior Olympics action May 3.

Ray Hutcheson, Ernie Chmielewski and the husband-wife team of Bob and Dot Turner were right on target in the NWLa. District Senior Olympics marksmanship competition at Shooters USA May 3.

Hutcheson captured gold in the 70-79 men’s .22 pistols,Dot Turner won gold in .22 pistols for women. And Chmielewski swept pistols and rifles for 65-69 men. Bob Turner finished with a silver in the men’s 65-69 pistols. Other medalists: Jackie Conner silver in women’s pistols; Joe Dernovish silvers in 70-79 rifles and pistols and Les Brosett bronze in 70-79 pistols.

May 3, 2012

It’s Harvill again in Miniature Golf

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 10:35 pm

12puttputt, joey,shooting 064.JPG With a chief protaganist (Bob Taylor in baseball cap at left) looking on, eventual winner Harold Harvill lines up a putt in NW La. District Senior Olympics miniature golf competition.

Like Ol’ Man River, Harold Harvill just keeps on rollin’ in the NWLa. District Senior Olympics miniature golf tournament–only this time he reached flood stage.

Harvill shot a one-over par 37 to claim a repeat championship in the event, outscoring Steve Pinkley (43) and the trio of Bob Taylor, Bill Carrier and Gary Price who each shot 46. Most painful probably for Taylor who is in the same 70-74 age bracket with Harvill, a familiar name in putt-putt’s ”salad days” of the ’70s when there were weekly championships staged at the old miniature course on Jewella Road, promoted and run by Dock Harris. Those tournaments were sanctioned by the national Putt-Putt Golf and Games organization.

The women’s division of this year’s event saw newcomer Sandy Hardy post a 49 to lead the way, followed by Suzie Schroeder and Bonnie Gideon, each with 50.

The competition took place at Party Central in Bossier City.

The Results

Female–60-64: Sandy Hardy 49 Gold, Susie Shroeder 50 Silver, Diane Carrier 56 Bronze. Also Betty Smith 58.  65-69:Darlene Stone 52 Gold, Susan Berry 58 Silver, Marilyn Hainey 59 Bronze. Also Jo Ann Blasingame 60, Carol Estrada 61, Ruby Thomas 68. 70-74: Bonnie Gideon 50 Gold, Juanita Tucker 64 Silver, Mardie Brosset 66 Bronze. 75-79: Red Fletcher 53 Gold, Dot Turner 57 Silver, Retta Mathews 63 Bronze (scorecard playoff over Mary Price). Also Doris Carter 65. 80-89: Betty Holliday 58 Gold, Dot Morris 67 Silver.

Male–60-64: Steve Pinkley 43 Gold, Don Hardy 56 Silver. 65-69: Bill Carrier 46 Gold, Larry Joubert 50 Silver, Bob Turner 57 Bronze. 70-74: Harold Harville 37 Gold, Bob Taylor 46 Silver, Doyle Blasingame 56 Bronze. 75-79: Gary Price 46 Gold, Gerry Robichaux 51 Silver, Art Mathews Jr. 57 Bronze. Also Les Brosset 59. 85-89: Dick Hainey 62 Gold, Doug McBride 71 Silver.

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