NWSLOG News

April 30, 2013

Bob Taylor tops again

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 9:15 am

Bob Taylor, who has won many medals in physically demanding sports, proved he is adept at a cerebral game like chess as the 21st NW La. District Senior Olympics continued.

Taylor captured the gold medal in the 70-74 age bracket.  It marked his 10th gold in the district’s competition. Robert Stockman claimed the silver and Bob Sutton won the bronze in the competition held at Randle T. Moore Center in Shreveport.

Bob Butland was awarded the 80-84 gold medal after matching wits with younger opponents. Don Sorrells and Ronnie Vasco took part in the chess tournament and the six-man field matched the largest in district history.

April 28, 2013

Warren tops Chipping and Putting

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 5:17 pm

050.JPG Jerry Warren (third from left) was a double winner in the Chipping and Putting contest Sunday. Other medal winners were (from left) Robert Gatti, Robert Malone,Warren, Larry Joubert, Bill Snow, Susan Berry, Gerry Robichaux, Dywane Pickett and Steve Pinkley.  

Jerry Warren, a veteran in Senior Olympics competition, won both the chipping and the putting titles of the 21st NW La. District games Sunday at The Practice Tee.

Warren, in  the 75-79 age group, was especially sharp in the putting competition.  Putting from ten, 14  and 20 feet, Warren left the 20-footer within three inches of the cup and his accumulated distance from the cup for three putts was 32 inches. Top individual putting performance went to Robert Gatti in the 70-74 division. His first putt, from 20 feet, rested on the lip of the cup and his other putts were within seven inches and within 20 inches.

Newcomer Robert Malone paced the chipping competition. In his first Senior Olympics, Malone, a former two-way tackle for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, chipped to within five inches from the 15-foot station and within seven inches from the 36-foot station. In the 70-74 age group, his accumulated total was 195 inches, best for the day. Gatti wound up second in the age group.

In adddition to conducting a smoothly run event, Susan Berry competed in both chipping and putting as the lone female.

Complete results were as follows:

Putting Male–65-69: Dywane Pickett 51 Gold. Steve Pinkley 64 Silver. 70-74: Robert Gatti 27 Gold. Larry Joubert 49 Silver. Robert Malone 73 Bronze. 75-79: Jerry Warren 22 Gold. Gerry Robichaux 65 Silver. Bill Snow 72 Bronze. Female: Susan Berry Gold 100.

Chipping Male–65-69: Steve Pinkley 294 Gold. Dywane Pickett 366 Silver. 70-74: Robert Malone 195 Gold. Robert Gatti 332 Silver. 75-79: Jerry Warren 282 Gold. Gerry Robichaux 342 Silver. Bill Snow 502 Bronze. 

April 26, 2013

Adams on top in golf

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 4:47 pm

006.JPG Ron Adams follows the flight of an approach during his winning performance.

Ron Adams regained his position atop the NW La. District golf competition Friday at Northwood Hills Golf Club.

Adams and Don Ashworth have taken turns posting the low score in the competition for the past five years.  Adams shot 42-40–82 on the day, 10 over par. “We all battled slow greens and judging speed on the greens,” said Adams, 73. “And we were playing the ball down.”

Ashworth finished early in the day, posting a 48-46–94, one of his highest scores in the event’s history. Second place Friday went to 80-year old Val Tucker an d 68-year-old Bob Jahnke who posted an 84s, Jahnke on nines of 44-40 and Tucker on nines of 42-42.

On the female side, Jan Warner led with a 46-47–93, followed by Vicki Cella, 48-49–97.

Susan Berry coordinated the event which was carried off with the assistance of club pro Don Donohue and a band of volunteers.

Leading scores in the NW La. District Senior Olympics golf tournament at Northwood Hills Golf Club Friday: Female--Jan Warner 46-47–93, Vicki Cella 48-49–97, Marg Snyder 50-50–100, Susan Berry 50-57–107, Sue Gilley 57-62–119. Male–Ron Adams 42-40–82, Val Tucker 42-42–84, Bob Jahnke 44-40–84, Jon Snyder 43-44–87, Charles Knox  44-44–88, Larry Gilley 44-44–88,  Dwayne Pickett 44-44–88, Larry Joubert 46-45–91, Don Ashworth 48-46–94, Steve Pinkley 48-37–95,Tom Bachman 47-49—96,  Larry Rowe 47-49–96, Bill Hendricks 48-48–96, Bobby Waddell 48-53—101, Ray Mitchell 47-54—101, Jerry Warren 49-56—105, Dennis Calhoun 55-56—111, Bill Carrier 54-63—117.

Medals: Female—Warner Gold, Cella Silver, Snyder Silver. Male—65-69: Jahnke Gold, Knox Silver, Pickett Bronze. 70-74: Adams Gold, Joubert Silver. 75-79: Jon Snyder Gold, Larry Rowe Silver, Jerry Warren Bronze. 80-84: Tucker Gold, Bachman Silver, Mitchell Bronze.

April 22, 2013

DePanions involved in rare feat

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 8:41 pm

opening ceremony sro 13 050.JPG Garry DePanion and his mother, Dorothy, show off medals they won in darts competitionin the NW La. District Senior Olympics. Dorothy won gold in her age bracket and Garry won silver in his first try in the senior games and the mother-son medal perfofrmance is a rarity in the district history. 

Robin  Chandler and Harold McEachern posted two victories each in throwing events as part of the Opening Ceremonies for the 21st district games April 16 in the Horseshoe Casino Riverdome, but the DePanions, mother and son, were involved in a rarity during the darts competition.

McEachern posted the best score of the day (310) to win the 75-79 gold medallion in accuracy throws and also was tops in the age group throwing darts. In winning golds in 60-64 age accuracy throws and darts, Chandler had the best darts score (205).

Dorothy DePanion captured the darts gold for females 80-89 year olds and her son, Garry, claimed the silver in his first Senior Olympics for men 50-64. There are few recorded mother-son medalists in the same event in the 21-year history of the district.

See full medal count in Results.

April 21, 2013

District swings to golf

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 8:17 pm

Golfers take center stage as the NW District games continue this week.

An 18-hole tournament, presented by Landers Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep, tees off at 8:30 a.m. Friday (April 26) at Northwood Hills Golf Club. It is an individual medal event with a shot gun start. Entries will be accepted until 8 a.m.

On Sunday (April 28) at 2 p.m. a chipping and putting skill event will be held at The Practice Tee on Benton Road at 1-220. Entries will be accepted until 1:45 p.m.

In between those two events, chess players will gather at noon Saturday at Randle T. Moore Center to determine medal winners.

Cindy Snyder on target for first-timer

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 7:48 pm

058.JPG Medal winners in the NW La. District Senior Olympics archery competition were (back row from left) Mike Zenon, Cindy Snyder, Chip Hemphill, Gary Crain, Doug Gould and Bill Brown and (front row from left) George Johnson, Jerry Messina, Jim Metzger, Buth Singletary, Jay Lindsey and Phillip Thomas. (click photo to enlarge)

Gary Crain, Jay Lindsey and Chip Hemphill were top scorers on the day, but Cindy Snyder, the lone female in the field, managed to make her first attempt at a 90-arrow event significant in the NW La. District Senior Olympics archery competition Saturday (April 20) at Red River Bowman Archery Club.

Snyder, of Bossier City, posted an 832 score in compound release. She was coaxed into the event at the last minute by meet director Emma Gene Brown after planning a less-strenuous day of 3D target shooting which would have required her shooting no more than 25 arrows. She expressed some trepedation before beginning.  “I wasn’t sure I could go that long.”

Crain scored 868 in male compound release to beat Jerry Messina (751) and Butch Singletary (700) in the 60-64 age bracket.  Lindsey posted an 868 also in compound release for 65-69 year olds followed by Phillip Thompson (824). Hemphill had an 863 score to outdistance George Johnson (790) in the 50-54 age category. In 75-79 age competition Mike Zenon outscored Bill Brown 842-826 for the gold medallion.

In male barebow recurve, Jim Metzger won with a 620 and in male recurve, Doug Gould posted a 698 for golds.

April 20, 2013

Big field no Strain for Geneva

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 3:33 pm

Geneva Strain battled her way through the biggest age group field to win the female 65-69 division of bocce ball Saturday as the NW La. District Senior Olympics rolled on.

Strain outdistanced Janice Bennett for the gold medallion.  There were seven ladies contesting the title at the Knights of Columbus Hall field. Ellendale Harbour captured the bronze medal. Betty Smith, Arlene Gates, Bette Turner and Lessie Cooperider claimed golds in other female divisions.

Dennis Bamburg, Chuck Lancaster and Les Brosset claimed golds in age groups for men.

The senior games for those 50 and over continues Friday with golf at Northwood Hills Golf Club.

Entries in the remaining events will be accepted a day before and activity or on game day (subject to availability).

See Schedule elsewhere on this website.

(See Results for complete rundown of bocce ball winners)

April 16, 2013

Silver Sluggers hold off Beanie Boppers for title

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 5:39 pm

The Silver Sluggers were forced into a winner-take-all game in Bean Bag Baseball Tuesday, but came alive in time to stave off the charging Beanie Boppers Tuesday in the 21st NW La. District Senior Olympics.

The Sluggers, who had sailed through the double elimination tournament unbeaten, captured the title with a 23-14 victory.  That came after the Boppers forced a showdown by belting a listless Sluggers’ crew, 27-12, and seemingly were on their way to the title.

It was during the Beanies’ route in the first game that the Sluggers got what might have been their saving. With her club trailing by 10-3 after two innings, Lucy Leonard leaped in front of her teammates on the Sluggers’ bench and challenged them in a fiery manner that matched her red hair. “Come on, team. Let’s act like we know how to play this game,” she shouted. Her mates immediately posted six runs, but it was too late to change the outcome of Game 1.

Leonard’s words seemed to waken the Sluggers for Game 2. They pulled out to a 10-3 edge after three innings and went on top with six runs in their final at bat, helped along when Carl Knotts delivered a two-run home run to get things rolling. The Boppers were three-up, three-down in their final at bat.

Tuesday marked the culmination of a tournament that ran through two weekends and drew 16 teams. Last Saturday, the Beanie Boppers worked their way through the loser’s backet and reached the championships in rousing fashion, beating Harry’s Crew, 36-16, in the key matchup. Harry’s Crew settled for third place and the bronze medal.

In their march through the loser’s bracket, the Beanie Boppers defeated all three of the teams representing the Springhill Medical Center. Harry’s Crew was knocked into the losers bracket by the Silver Sluggers, but not without a fight. A last inning rally fell a run short at 17-16.

Bean Bag Baseball calls for players to toss bean bags at a target with holes marked for hits or outs. There is no running or fielding and coed teams with wide ranges in age of players. The Sluggers-Boppers showdown was part of Opening Ceremonies for the 21st district games.  There are numerous sports and games on tap through May 24 and those men and women 50 years of age and older may still enter.  See entry forms elsewhere on this website.

Waterford beats The Glen on Liner homer

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 2:49 pm

Lucille Liner delivered a two-out home run with a runner on base to help the Waterford Warriors come from behind and beat the 2012 champion The Glen Gophers and claim the Senior Residence Communities Bean Bag Baseball title during opening day ceremonies of the 21st Northwest District Senior Olympics at Horseshoe Casino’s Riverdome Tuesday.

The winners, unbeaten throughout the tournament, repelled the Gophers, 33-32, thanks to a seven-run inning sparked by Liner’s heroics. The Warriors entered the bottom half of the sixth and final inning trailing 32-26. Rules cut off each half-inning at six runs until the bottom of the final inning.  There is no limit on how many runs can be scored in the bottom half of the last frame.

The Warriors reached the championship round April 5 without a loss and had to wait for a challenger to come through the losers bracket.

The Glen had to battle back through the loser’s bracket to reach the championship.

residence beanbag 13 003.JPG Jim Ashley takes aim

Bean Bag Baseball is a target game that involves accuracy tossing a bean bag and no running or fielding. The game is played by co-ed teams using a baseball format throughout.

The Gofers beat Azalea Estates, 17-15, in the finale of the losers bracket and headed for the championship match while Azalea Estates claimed the bronze medal.

The Waterford beat the Live Oak Astros 27-21 in their first game in the highest-scoring game of the tournament. Then the Warriors polished off The Glen 18-17 to send the Gofers to the losers bracket. Riding the efforts of Jim Ashley, who posted a single, two home runs and a triple in his four at bats, the Warriors then dumped Azalea Estates 22-15 to reach the championship round.

Jim Cameron, credited with two home runs, powered the Gofers over the Live Oak Astros, 13-12, to reach the losers bracket showdown with Azalea Estates, which posted five home runs to just one for the Gofers in their match.  However using eight straight hits, The Glen went on top 6-4 after an inning and held that advantage the rest of the way.

April 14, 2013

Opening Ceremonies, Health Fair Next on Schedule

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 8:18 am

Christening Zoey-SrOlymp 094.JPG Beanie Boppers in action

Gold Medals will be decided in Bean Bag Baseball, darts, dance team and accuracy throws Tuesday (April 16) during Opening Ceremonies for the 21st Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics in The Riverdome of Horseshoe Casino.

The ceremonies and a senior health fair begin at 9 a.m. and are open to the public. Final activity of the day is the championship of the open division of Bean Bag Baseball at 1 p.m., pitting the Silver Sluggers against the Beanie Boppers. The Silver Sluggers went through the winner’s bracket unbeaten, so the Beanie Boppers must win two matches to claim the title. At 10 a.m. The Glen will play The Waterford for the Senior Residence Communities title.

The Beanie Boppers worked their way through the loser’s backet of the open Bean Bag Baseball competition and reached the championships in rousing fashion, beating Harry’s Crew, 36-16, in the key matchup.  Harry’s Crew settled for the bronze medal.

In the march through the loser’s bracket, the Beanie Boppers defeated all three of the teams representing the Springhill Medical Center. Harry’s Crew was knocked into the losers bracket by the Silver Sluggers, but not without a fight. A last inning rally fell a run short at 17-16.

Dance team competition is slated for 9:30 a.m. with darts and accuracy throws starting at 10 a.m.

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