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April 28, 2014

Pool Goes Back ‘In the Day’

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 1:34 pm

get-attachment[1]1.jpg Betty Smith, Ruby Thomas and Ginny Bates (from left) staged a spirited battle for medals in the District Pool competition, with Smith winning the 8-Ball Gold Medal and Bates the 9-Ball Gold. (click photo to enlarge)

Looking at the women’s division of the District’s pool event Monday, you might think it would be just-for-fun type play. Wrong!

The 65-74 age bracket had players of a high skill level, far from beginners’ level. Ask Ruby Thomas about it. “Back in the ‘Day’ we played a lot,” she explained. “We’d head to Guys and Dolls (a downtown Shreveport establishment) every Friday and Saturday nights . . . and play plenty.”

Back in the ”Day,” Betty Smith and Ginny Bates played tournament pool, Betty around Corpus Christi where she was raised and Ginny on the Amateur Pool Association circuit for 16 years, reaching the nationals in Las Vegas with her team.  We might have guessed this was going to be some good pool when the ladies showed up. Betty and Ginny brought their own weapons, er, pool cues.

As the dust cleared at Randal T. Moore Center, Ginny won the 9-Ball Gold Medal with Betty getting Silver and Ruby Bronze. In 8-Ball, Betty won Gold, Ginny Silver and Ruby Bronze.

Their play was a highlight on a day that saw Jacque Walls and Red Fletcher finish One-Two in 9-Ball and 8-Ball for women 75-79.

In men’s play, Bob Taylor, a veteran in the district competition, won Gold in 9-Ball play, followed by Floyd White and Michael Cczerniecki.  White took the 8-Ball Gold Medal with Taylor second and Czerniecki, a newcomer to district competition, third.

“It was a very good day,” Clarence Pinion, in charge of the event for the District, said afterwards. That it was.

April 26, 2014

BOCCE: Biting the Hand That Feeds You

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 6:07 pm

047.JPG Claudia Beene (left) has a laugh as she admires the Gold Medal she “helped” Ginny Bates (right) win during the District Bocce Ball competition. (click photo to enlarge) 

The night before the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics Bocce Ball event, Ginny Bates phoned her friend Claudia Beene and asked if she would mind letting her get in some practice on the Bocce court in the Beene backyard. Claudia obliged and the two spent time together in practice Friday night.

Saturday morning at Bossier Knights of Columbus Field, Claudia showed the effects of playing Bocce often in the backyard with her grand children, as her tosses nestled close to the target ball (pallino) time and again. Her practice partner played well also and they both moved through the female ages 70-74 play to meet for the Gold Medal. “And look what happened. She beat me,” Mrs. Beene laughed after their match. “That’s gratitude!”

At a critical moment at the end of their match, Claudia took aim at what could be a possible game winner. Her throw was a little off. It struck one of Ginny’s balls and knocked it closer to the target for the deciding point for Ginny. Match over. Gold Medal to Bates; Silver Medal to Beene.

The two competitors laughed together as they relived the outcome and how Ginny benefitted from the Friday practice session. Then Claudia added the kicker that made this a classic “biting the hand that feeds you” story: “And I cooked supper for her when she came over last night!”

Sherrie Vullo took the Silver Medal in the age bracket.

A long-time Senior Olympics participant, Betty Dark, returned to action to the delight of many friends after an extended absence from the games. She won the Gold in female 65-69 with Ruby Thomas taking Silver and Shelby Britt Bronze.

MEDAL COUNT

Female–60-64: Marta Susla Gold, Juanita Pinion Silver. 65-69: Betty Dark Gold, Ruby Thomas Silver, Shelby Britt Bronze. 70-74: Ginny Bates Gold, Claudia Beene Silver, Sherri Vullo Bronze. 75-79:Jacque Wall Gold, Red Fletcher, Silver, Marge Short Bronze.

Male–65-69: Clarence Pinion Gold, Michael Czerniecki Silver. 70-84: Chuck Lancaster Gold, Les Brosset Silver, Duane Chilton  Bronze. 85-89: Dick Hainey Gold, Bob Bell Silver.

April 25, 2014

Cellas Dominate Golf Event

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 3:37 pm

075.JPG It was all in the family for this foursome in the District Senior Olympics golf competition when husband and wife Ray and Vicki Cella (from right) captured top individual honors and sister and brother Cathy and Johnny Buckley (from left) each medaled at Shreveport Country Club. (click photo to enlarge)

It took husband and wife Ray and Vicki Cella 162 strokes to get around the Shreveport Country Club golf course Friday. For their work they each won gold medals in the NW La. District Senior Olympics golf competition.

Ray shot three over par 39-35–74 to win the age bracket for men 65-69 years of age. Vicki eagled the 307-yard (women’s yardage) fifth hole on the way to a 44-44–88 score, six strokes better than Cathy Buckley in the women’s division of the event for 50-year olds and older.

Dywane Pickett won men’s 55-64 age grouping with a 43-36–79 and Johnny Buckley won men’s 70-78 with 40-40–80 to finish 2-3 behind Ray Vella in the men’s division overall scoring. Tom Bachman (48-47–95) won the men’s 80-plus gold medal.

Don Ashworth shot 37-43–80 also but was edged by Buckley in a scorecard playoff.

The Cellas are SCC members, so a little home course knowledge helped out. “I drove the ball well and kept it in play all day,” Ray Cella said. He hit a hot streak on the back nine, birdieing three of the last five holes, starting at No. 14. A nine iron to within two feet of the hole led to a birdie at the 120-yard 17th hole. “I’d have to say that was my best shot of the day,” he said.

Vicki Cella, once a member of the Ladies Professional Bowling Association, wasn’t so happy with the hole after her two at No. 5. She posted a triple bogey eight on the next hole. “What a way to follow up, huh?”

The Scoring

Female–Vicki Cella 44-44-88; Cathy Buckley 50-44–94.

Male–55-64: Dywane Pickett 43-36–79 Gold, Frank Petitto Jr. 53-52–105 Silver, Ray Torres 56-49–105 Bronze. 65-69: Ray Cella 39-35–74 Gold, Don Ashworth 37-43–80 Silver, Bob Jahnke 43-43–86 Bronze. Steve Pinkley 49-43–92, Charles Knox 47-47–94, Bobby Waddell 47-47–94, Bill Carrier 49-50–99. 70-79: Johnny Buckley 40-40–80 Gold, Larry Jaubert 47-36–83 Silver, Bill Bunyard 45-44–89 Bronze. James Maxwell 51-45–96, Jerry Warren 48-49–97, Robert Gatti 55-49–104. 80-plus: Tom Bachman 49-47–95 Gold, Val Tucker 49-51–100 Silver, Ray Mitchell 54-48–102 Bronze.

April 17, 2014

Carter-Dilworth, Poljak Rule Tennis

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 7:28 pm

1a2014tennis 049.JPG Kenny Carter (from right) and Ed Dilworth won the doubles championship of the 22nd NW La. District Senior Olympics tennis tournament over Tom Guanella (from left) and Tommy Poljak. In singles play, Poljak ruled the roost. (click photo to enlarge) 

The duo of Kenny Carter and Ed Dilworth and Tommy Poljak ruled tennis in the 22nd Northwest La. District Senior Olympics.

Poljak, 75, swept to another singles title and Carter, 77, and Dilworth, 71, bested Poljak and partner Tom Guanella, 77, for the doubles Gold Medal at Bossier Tennis Center Thursday.

In the tandem event, Carter and Dilworth turned back a rally by Poljak and Guanella during Guanella’s serve in the 16th game of the pro-set battle, winning 9-7. The winners jumped out to a love-40 advantage, but Guanella saved two points with a sharp cross-court and a nifty drop shot, before a double fault ended the match.

“I guess you know I’m in with three teaching pros,” Guanella pointed out prior to the match which saw some sharp tennis by all four players. Indeed, Carter was once the club pro at Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club, Dilworth taught summer classes at East Ridge Country Club and Poljak has for the past several years taught tennis at several local clubs, most recently at POTC. But Guanella, an active regular at the Bossier club, showed often he could match strokes with the others.

Poljak didn’t stay long on the short end Thursday. In singles play, he defeated  former LSU collegiate player Carter, 8-1, and bested Dilworth, who was a member of the Byrd High prep juggernaut that was unbeaten in 150 straight matches in the 1960s, 8-0. Dilworth’s Byrd High teammates included Ray Lake, Tommy Tooke and Chip Kinnebrew.

In the tournament’s Level 2 singles championship, Sam Merritt defeated Ted Hardan, 6-1, 5-0 retired.

In the doubles, a three-game surge put Dilworth-Carter ahead by 6-3 in games. But Poljak held his serve, thanks largely to a crisp volley at the net by Guanella. A key cross-court shot in the 11th game by Guanella cut the margin to 6-5 and then he served winners at ad out and advantage to tie the match a 6-all. Poljak later held his serve to tie the count at 7-all.

Carter, who was a teammate with brothers Johnny and Tommy Robinson, Buddy Tudor and former Shreveport physician Larry Hammett in 1958-59 at LSU, managed to take a game off Poljak to open the singles competition in the tournament. Then the craftiness of the winner began to take its toll.

Poljak, once president of Yugoslavia’s tennis federation and 16 time national champion through the years in his home country, came up with well-conceived ”hit-em where they ain’t or where they can’t get to” shots that left his opponents smiling wryly and mouthing, “good shot.” He won 16 straight games in the singles competition.

Poljak said he feels he plays and performs at a high level at his age because ”I have kept a relationship with sports. I have been playing and in active competition for 60 years. It has given me a healthy life.” Then he adds, “And I never smoked even a day in my life.”

During his federation presidency, he led the Yugoslavian Davis Cup teams in matches with England, which was spearheaded by John Lloyd, and Australia, which featured the play of Wimbledon champion and World No. 1 Neale Frazer.

Poljak came to this country with his wife to escape the ravages of war in Bosnia and Herzegovenia, leaving a successful career with the steel company Zenica Bosnia. He says he spoke seven languages at the time, adding with a smile, none of which was English. As he settled in to a new country, he kept active in sports.  And soon he was making a name in Senior Olympics, winning 15 singles Gold Medals in state events and claiming third place nationally as a 65-year old in Pittsburgh and a fourth place nationally in San Francisco at age 70.

THE RESULTS ARE IN (a recap)

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 11:16 am

Editor’s note—In some cases, age brackets are combined to provide competition for medals.

ACCURACY THROWS

Male—50-64: Richard Guzman 235 Gold, Robin Chandler 165 Silver, Robert McNeil 145 Bronze. 65-69: Clarence Pinion 180 Gold, Michael Cyerniecki 95 Silver. 70-74 Chuck Lancaster 145 Gold, Harry Strain 130 Silver, Duane Chilton 105 Bronze. 75-79: Smiley Nehls 255 Gold, Gerry Robichaux 135 Silver, Bill Snow 115 Bronze. 80-89: Curtis Cooper 285 Gold, Les Brosset 265 Silver, Harold McEachern 250.

Female—55-59: Terri Merritt 220 Gold, Sheila Hunter 40 Silver. 60-64: Lillian Trammel 135 Gold, Martha Susla 90 Silver, Paula Hadwin 85 Bronze. 65-69: Faye Scroggins 235 Gold, Willie Mae Joyner 205 Silver, Charlene Dilce 140 Bronze. 70-74: Mildred Reeves 185 Gold, Marie PanQuin 175 Silver, Diane Smith 120 Bronze. 75-79: Barbara Wheeler 225 Gold, Pat  Reeves 205 Silver, Mary Jones and Atlean Snow 200 each Bronze (tie). 80-84: Dorothy DePanion 185, Barbara Nolan 135 Silver, Marie Fitzgerald 120 Bronze. 85-90: Maxine Thomas 245 Gold, Lorece Tettleton 95 Silver, Betty Holliday 85 Bronze.

ARCHERY

Compound Release–50-54: Donald James 864/900 (26) Gold, Chip Hemphill 864/900 (19) Silver, Michael Hoskins 845/900 Bronze. 60-64: Gary Crain 855/900 Gold, Gerald Messina 790/900 Silver. 65-69: Phillip Thompson 847/900 Gold. 75-79: Bill Brown 846/900 Gold.

Bare Bow–Doug Gould 588/900 Gold.

BEANBAG BASEBALL

Open Division: Young Guns Gold, Beanie Boppers Silver, Go Getters Bronze. Finals: Young Guns 31, Beanie Boppers 25 (first game). Young Guns 28, Beanie Boppers 14 (second game).

Residences: The Glen Gophers Gold, Summerfield Estates Sluggers Silver, Live Oak Astros Bronze. Finals: The Glen 14, Summerfield Estates 14.

BOCCE BALL

Female–60-64: Marta Susla Gold, Juanita Pinion Silver. 65-69: Betty Dark Gold, Ruby Thomas Silver, Shelby Britt Bronze. 70-74: Ginny Bates Gold, Claudia Beene Silver, Sherri Vullo Bronze. 75-79:Jacque Wall Gold, Red Fletcher, Silver, Marge Short Bronze.

Male–65-69: Clarence Pinion Gold, Michael Czerniecki Silver. 70-84: Chuck Lancaster Gold, Les Brosset Silver, Duane Chilton  Bronze. 85-89: Dick Hainey Gold, Bob Bell Silver.

BOWLING

Singles

(1,2 or 3 finishers and bowlers reaching set minimum score standards qualify for state)

Female–55-59 Rose Mary Crawford 511 Gold, Gayle Pearce 478 Silver. 60-64: Paula Hadwin 549 Gold, Kay Free 523 Silver, Meme Briggs 418 Bronze. 65-69; Elaine Ingersoll 549 Gold, Willie Mae Joyner 524 Silver, Jane Pace 494 Bronze. 70-74: Brenda Beck 470 Gold, Diane Smith 468 Silver, Rose Martin 452 Bronze. 75-79: Jo Crone 504 Gold, Notra Odoms 494 Silver, Bettie Sands 430 Bronze. Red Fletcher 419 also qualified for state. 80-plus: Jimmie Moreland 465 Gold, Betty Hustead 442 Silver.

Male–60-69: Bill Free 598 Gold, Curtis Drayden 590 Silver, Steve McCarter 577 Bronze. J.R. Morse 569, Bob McCollum 538, Bennie Davison 528, Darrell Dinkins 508, Adam Holmes 487 and Larry Hadwin 487 also qualified for state. 70-74: Harry Strain 665 Gold, Mike Berry 641 Silver, Fred Walters 550 Bronze. Ed Briggs 513, Richard Rice 504, Roger Shepherd 501 also qualified for state. 75-79: Don Woolsey 623 Gold, Everett Fuller 466 Silver, Bert Carroll 464 Bronze.80-84: Jim Draper 573 Gold, Gary Price 490 Silver, John Sands 435 Bronze. Everett Good 431 also qualified for state. 85-plus Dick Hainey 449 Gold, Bob Bell 390 Silver.

Doubles

Female–55-59: Gayle Pearce-JoAnn Smith 1,014 Gold, Rose Mary Crawford-Jane Pace 969 Silver.  60-64: Paula Hadwin-Lajuana Ramey 1,033 Gold, Rachel Preuett-Red Fletcher 916 Silver, Cathie Ethridge-Jo Ann Henderson 913 Silver. Others Barb Mills-Genea Markray 766, MeMe Briggs-Betty Short 743. 65-69: Brenda Barber-Geneva Strain 994 Gold, Elaine Ingersoll-Jean Crews 965 Silver, Susan Berry-Shelly Kautz 936, Bronze. 70-74: Sandra Garrett-Jimmie Moreland 859 Gold, Diane Smith-B.J. Ellison 799 Silver, Margaret Thornton-Rose Martin 738 Bronze. Others Minnette McElhannon 669. 80-Plus: Jo Crone-Bettie Sands 861 Gold, Gwen Jordan-Betty Hustead 822.

Male–50-64: Rusty Bethley-Bert Carroll 1,165 Gold, Art and Ted Hardan 628 Silver.65-69: Clarence Greene-Curtis Drayden 1,257 Gold, Bill Free-Don Woolsey 1,163 Silver, Bubba Ogden-John Sands 1,134 Bronze. Others Richard Stuart-Richard Rice 1,060, J.R. Morse-Harry Strain 1,026, Larry Hadwin-Fred Walters 1,125, Adam Holmes-Malachi Cook 853. 70-74: Mike Berry-Don Preuett 1,243 Gold, Robert Washington-Everett Fuller 1,209 Silver, George Taylor-Ed Briggs 1,029 Bronze. 80-Plus: Gary Price-Jim Draper 1,058 Gold, Bob Bell-Dick Hainey 1,029 Silver.

Mixed Doubles

55-59: Gayle Pearce-Bill Laurenson 1,116 Gold, RoseMary and Skip Crawford 1,044 Silver, Jeanne Smith-Gary Price 942 Bronze. 60-64: Kay and Bill Free 1,136 Gold, Joann and Robert Washington  1,122 Silver, Paula and Larry Hadwin 1,007 Bronze. Others Mary Foisy-J.R. Morse 955, MeMe and Ed Briggs 944. 65-69: Jane Pace-Bob McCollum 1,166 Gold, Geneva and Harry Strain 1,143 Silver, Lois Adger-Adam Holmes 1,007 Bronze. Others Lynn Stuckey-Bennie Davison 970, Betty Short-George Taylor 908. 70-745: Lajuana Ramey-Richard Rice 1,017 Gold, Brenda Beck-Bert Carroll 978 Silver. 75-79 Notra Odoms-Jim Draper 1,029 Gold, Bettie and John Sands 845 Silver. 80-plus: Gwen Jordan-Bob Bell 918 Gold, Betty Hustead-Dick Hainey 860 Silver.

Scotch Doubles

55-59: Gayle Pearce-Bill Laurenson 497 Gold, Rose Kuplesky-Jane Pace 393 Silver.60-64: Larry and Paula Hadwin 509 Gold, Mary Foise-J.R. Morse 431 Silver, Ann Barber-Kathy Hayes 395 Bronze. 65-69: Elaine Ingersoll-Jean Crews 555 Gold, Red Fletcher-Curtis Drayden 486 Silver. 70-74: Lajuana Ramey-Richard Rice 491 Gold, B.J. Ellison-Glenda Kenes 451 Silver, Minnette McElhannon-Kay Staples 387 Bronze. 75-plus: Notra Odoms-Jim Draper 483 Gold, Gary and Mary Price 444 Silver, Betty Hustead-Dick Hainey 434 Bronze. Doubles

No-Tap

Female–60-64: Paula Hadwin 620 Gold, Ann Barber 467 Silver, Patti Kelly 461 Bronze. 65-69: Susan Berry 632 Gold, Elaine Ingersoll 615 Silver, Jean Crews 604 Bronze. 70-74: Linda McKinney 575 Gold, Kay Staples 510 Silver, Diane Smith 485 Bronze. 75-79: Red Fletcher 645 Gold, Notra Odoms 569 Silver, Mary Price 501 Bronze. 80-plus: Betty Hustead 548 Gold, Sue Crow 538 Silver.

Male–50-69: Curtis Drayden 797 Gold, Larry Hadwin 743 Silver, J.R. Morse 683 Bronze. 70-74: Mike Berry 849 Gold, Fred Walters 755 Silver, Don Preuett 728 Bronze. 80-84: Jim Draper 764 Gold, Gary Price 543 Silver, Ernest Good 536 Bronze. 85-plus: Dick Hainey 610 Gold, Bob Bell 541 Silver.

Team

Age 50-54: Young Guns (RoseMary Crawford, Bill Laurenson, Bob McCollum, JoAnn Smith) 2,036 Gold, Strikers (Jimmy Harris, Linda Jefferson, Geneva Markray, Barb Mills) 1,871 Silver. Age 60-64: Just 4 Fun (Larry and Paula Hadwin, Fred Walters, Notra Odoms) 2,095 Gold, Wild Bunch (Don Preuett, Mary Foisy, Lily Fridenberg, J.R. Morse) 1,942 Silver, Bowling Buddies (Sue Crow, Patti Kelly, Glenda Kenes, Ezell Barber) 1625 Bronze. Age 65-69: Salt & Pepper (Minnette McElhannon, Clarence Greene, Kay Staples, Curtis Drayden) 1,783 Gold, Danny’s Team (Susan Berry, Shelby Kautz, Bettie Sands, Dot Daugherty) 1,767 Silver. Age 70-80 plus: Whatevers (Bert Carroll, Lynn Stuckey, Brenda Beck, Sonny Phillips) 1,892 Gold, Has Beens (JoAnn Henderson, Lajuana Ramey, Richard Rice, Robert Washington) 1,889 Silver, Oldies But Goodies (Gwen Jordan, Dick Hainey, Betty Hustead, Jim Draper) 1,817 Bronze. Also Bowled: Hopefuls (Diane Smith, Gary Price, Mary Price, Ray Smith) 1,698.

CHESS

60-64: Nelson Bailey Gold. 70-74: Bob Taylor Gold, Robert Stockman and Don Sorrells each Silver.

DARTS

Male—50-54: Gary DePanion Gold. 60-64: Richard Guzman 161 Gold, Robin Chandler 111 Silver, Gary Calligas 74 Bronze. 65-69: Michael Czerniecke 122 Gold, Clarence Pinion 94 Silver.  70-74: Harry Strain 131 Gold, Chuck Lancaster 127 and Duane Chilton 127 Silvers (tie), Ed Dilworth 117 Bronze. 75-79: Bill Snow 197 Gold, Gerry Robichaux 159 Silver, Smiley Nehls 151 Bronze. 80-plus: Dick Hainey 126 Gold, Gary Price 125 Silver, Curtis Cooper 114 Bronze.

Female—55-59: Terri Merritt 102 Gold, Shelia Hunter 79 Silver. 60-64: Paula Hadwin 150 Gold, Lillian Trammel 123 Silver, Juanita Pinion 66 Bronze. 65-69: Ruby Thomas 158 Gold, Geneva Strain 152 Silver, Rosie Jackson 148 Bronze. 70-74: Marie PanQuin 187 Gold, Sherrie Vullo 97 Silver, Mildred Reeves 79 Bronze. 75-79: Red Fletcher 122 Gold, Barbara Wheeler 117 Silver, Mary Jones 107 Bronze. 80-84: Dorothy DePanion 90 Gold, Marie Fitzgerald 69 Silver, Barbara Nolan 55 Bronze. 85-89: Maxine Thomas 50 Gold, Lorece Tettleton 49 Silver, Betty Holiday 40 Bronze.

GOLF

The Scoring

Female–Vicki Cella 44-44-88; Cathy Buckley 50-44–94.

Male–55-64: Dywane Pickett 43-36–79 Gold, Frank Petitto Jr. 53-52–105 Silver, Ray Torres 56-49–105 Bronze. 65-69: Ray Cella 39-35–74 Gold, Don Ashworth 37-43–80 Silver, Bob Jahnke 43-43–86 Bronze. Steve Pinkley 49-43–92, Charles Knox 47-47–94, Bobby Waddell 47-47–94, Bill Carrier 49-50–99. 70-79: Johnny Buckley 40-40–80 Gold, Larry Jaubert 47-36–83 Silver, Bill Bunyard 45-44–89 Bronze. James Maxwell 51-45–96, Jerry Warren 48-49–97, Robert Gatti 55-49–104. 80-plus: Tom Bachman 49-47–95 Gold, Val Tucker 49-51–100 Silver, Ray Mitchell 54-48–102 Bronze.

HORSESHOES

Recreation

Female–60-74:Kat Bryan Gold, Geneva Strain Silver, Betty Smith Bronze. 75-79: Barbara Wheeler Gold, Red Fletcher Silver, Dorothy Bodden Bronze. 80-89: Mary Miller Gold, Barbara Nolan Silver, Maxine Thomas Bronze.

Male–75-79: Les Brosset Gold. 65-89: Duane Chilton Gold, Dave Bodden Silver, Michael Czerniecki Bronze.

Advanced

Female–60-69: Paula Hadwin Gold, Ruth Morgan Silver.  70-79: Rita Holloway Gold, Sallie Vaughn Silver.

Male–65-74: J.R. Morris Gold, Harry Strain Silver. 80-84: Tom Koch Gold, Gary Price Silver.

MARKSMANSHIP

.22 Pistols

Females–80-84–Jackie Conner 166 Gold, Bette Turner 52 Silver.

Male–65-74: Don Floyd 212 Gold, Mike Berry 211 Silver, Ernie Chmielewski 210 Bronze. 75-84: Gary Panzer 234 Gold, Les Brosset 201 Silver.

.22 Rifles

Male–65-74: Don Floyd 189 Gold, Ernie Chmielewski 65 Silver, Joe Dernovish 30 Bronze. 75-84: Gary Panzer 61 Gold, Les Brosset 49 Silver.

MINIATURE GOLF

Female–65-69: Susan Berry 49 Gold, Linda Brangham 50 Silver, Peggy Tatum 53 Bronze. Betty Smith 55, Ginny Boyd 57, Ruby Thomas 59, Shelby Butt 72. 70-74: Darlene Stone 47 Gold, Claudia Beene 57 Silver, Jo Ann Blasingame 59 Bronze. Carol Estrada 60, Mardie Brosset 63, Diane Smith 63. 75-79: Athlean Snow 52 Gold, Mary Price 54 Silver, Red Fletcher 57 Bronze. Doris Carter 66.

Male–60-69: Lionel Brangham 48 Gold, Michael Czerniecki 62 Silver. 70-74: Harold Harvill 41 Gold, Bob Taylor 42 Silver, Chuck Lancaster 57 Bronze. 75-79: Bill Snow 50 Gold, Doyle Blasiingame 57 Silver, Mack Metoyer 60 Bronze. 80-89 Gary Price 51 Gold, Les Brosset 54 Silver.

POOL

9-Ball

Female–65-74: Ginny Bates Gold, Betty Smith Silver, Ruby Thomas Bronze. 75-79: Jacque Walls Gold, Red Fletcher Silver.

Male–Bob Taylor Gold, Floyd White Silver, Mike Czernieki Bronze.

8-Ball

Female–65-74: Betty Smith Gold, Ginny Bates Silver, Ruby Thomas Bronze.75-79: Jacque Walls Gold, Red Fletcher Silver.

Male–Floyd White Gold, Bob Taylor Silver, Mike Czernieki Bronze.

REC WALK

One Mile Female–50-74: Kay Aldrich 13:13 Gold, Sherrie Vullo 14:15 Silver, Jo Ann Blasingame 15:24 Bronze. 75-79: Barbara Wheeler 16:40 Gold, Maxine Thomas 17:11 Silver.  Male–Duane Chilton and Fred Walters 12:49 each Golds, Michael Czerniecki 15:46 Bronze.

5K Female–70-79: Kay Aldrich 44:16 Gold, Sherrie Vullo 50:28 Silver, Jo Ann Blasingame 52:24 Bronze. Male–70-74: Djuane Chilton 42:49 Gold, Fred Walters 44:42 Silver.

SHUFFLEBOARD

Female–50-64: Juanita Pinion Gold, Shelly Quarles Silver. 65-69: Betty Smith Gold, Margie Bamburg Silver, Jean Crews Bronze. 70-74: Diane Smith Gold, Annette Burch Silver, Mildred Reeves Bronze. 75-79: Barbara Wheeler Gold, Mary Price Silver, Red Fletcher Bronze. 80-84: Barbara Nolan Gold, Jackie Conner Silver, Marie Fitzgerald Bronze. 85-plus: Lorece Tettleton Gold, Phyllis Page Silver, Mary Miller Bronze.

Male–50-74: Duane Chilton Gold, Gary Depanion Silver, Dennis Bamburg Bronze. 75-79: James Russom Gold, George Jernigan Silver, Doyle Blasingame Bronze. 80-plus: Gary Price Gold, Les Brosset Silver, Dick Hainey Bronze.

TABLE GAMES

SKIPBO–Doyle Blasingame-Gary Price Gold, Jackie Conner-Dorothy Depanion Silver, Betty Holliday-Lucy Leonard Bronze. Rose Black-Peggy Tatum Special Award.

PHASE 10–64-69: Betty Smith Gold, Ruby Thomas Silver. 70-74: Bob Taylor Gold, Carole Estrada Silver. 75-79: Jeri Lancaster Gold, Jacque Wall Silver, Doris Carter Bronze. 80-84: Bette Turner  Gold, Flo Arrant, Silver.

DOMINOES–Lee Hudson-Darrell Prentice Gold, William Hillman-Washington Wilson Silver, Frankie Canty-Clifton Wells Jr. Bronze.

TABLE TENNIS

Dan Keasler Gold, George Esters Silver, Ed Dilworth Bronze.

TENNIS

Men’s Doubles: Ken Carter-Ed Dilworth d. Tom Guanella-Tommy Poljak 9-7 (pro set).

Men’s singles: Tommy Poljak d. Kenny Carter 8-1. Poljak d. Dilworth 8-0. Level 2 Sam Merritt d. Ted Hardan, 6-1, 5-0 retired.

WASHER PITCH

Female–50-59:Paula Hadwin Gold, Sheila Hunter Silver, Shelly Quarles Bronze.  65-69: Ruby Thomas Gold, Faye Scroggins Silver, Betty Dark Bronze. 70-74: Pearlie Bell Gold, Rosie Young Silver, Mildred Reeves Bronze. 75-79: Barbara Wheeler Gold, Athlean Snow Silver, Red Fletcher Bronze. 80-84: Jackie Conner Gold, Barbara Nolan Silver, Marie Fitzgerald Bronze. 85-89:Mary Miller Gold, Lorece Tettleton Silver, Eddie Shaw, Bronze.

Male–50-72: Bob Taylor Gold, Robert McNeil Silver, Gary Depanion Bronze. 75-80 Bill Snow Gold, James Russom Silver, Les Brosset Bronze. 85-plus Bob Bell Gold, Dick Hainey Silver.

April 15, 2014

Glen Gophers Pan Gold in Residential Beanbag Baseball

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 6:05 pm

1a2014 beanbag finale 035.JPGCharlsie Alexander was a productive player for the Gold Medal winning Glen Gophers during a performance that included the key hit, in Residential Beanbag Baseball Tuesday in the Riverdome of Horseshoe Casino. (click photo to enlarge)

Charlsie Alexander tossed up a double that scored the winning run for the Glen Gophers in the NW La. District Senior Olympics Residential Communities Beanbag Baseball championship Tuesday at the Riverdome of Horseshoe Casino.

The Glen won the Gold Medal over the Summerfield Estates Sluggers, 14-13. In the five-inning match (by mutual agreement). Summerfield tied the score at 13-all in the top of the fifth. But Alexander followed extra-base hits by Doyle Barnett and Don Wallace by matter-of-factly tossing the beanbag into the target space marked “Two Bases” to force home the decider. Beanbag Baseball is a target game that mimics action found in real baseball. Runners must be forced to the next base by a one, two or three bas hit or home run. The target also contains areas marked for outs.

This was a big game for Alexander who had four hits in four at bats, including a home run, a home run, a single and the big double.  She batted lead off for the victors.

Last year, The Glen Gophers lost out to The Waterford, 33-32, in the championship match and had to settle for the Silver Medal.  The Live Oak Astros finished with the Bronze Medal this season.

Glen Gophers Pan Gold in Residential Beanbag Baseball

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 6:05 pm

Charlsie Alexander tossed up a double that scored the winning run for the Glen Gophers in the NW La. District Senior Olympics Residential Communities Beanbag Baseball championship Tuesday at the Riverdome of Horseshoe Casino.

The Glen won the Gold Medal over the Summerfield Estates Sluggers, 14-13. In the five-inning match (by mutual agreement). Summerfield tied the score at 13-all in the top of the fifth. But Alexander followed two extra-base hits by Doyle Barnett and Don Wallace by matter-of-factly tossing the beanbag into the target space marked “Two Bases” to force home the decider.

This was a big game for Alexander who had four hits in four at bats, including a home run, a home run, a single and the big double.  She batted lead off for the victors.

Beanbag Baseball is a target game that mimics action found in real baseball. Runners must be forced to the next base by a one, two or three base hit or home run.

Last year, The Glen Gophers lost out to The Waterford, 33-32, in the championship match and had to settle for the Silver Medal.  The Live Oak Astros finished with the Bronze Medal this season.

Young Guns Sweep to Beanbag Title

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 4:57 pm

1a2014 beanbag finale 072.JPGThe Young Guns are the 2014 champions of Beanbag Baseball, sweeping The Beanie Boppers in the Gold Medal matchup in the Riverdome of Horseshoe Casino Tuesday during opening ceremonies and health fair for the 22nd NW La. District Senior Olympics. (Click photo to enlarge)

It was stirring. It was dramatic. It was emotional. It was the way the Young Guns won the 2014 Beanbag Baseball title in the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics Tuesday (April 25).

Banished to the comeback bracket by a second-round loss in the double elimination tournament, the Young Guns had to grind their way through  six win-or-go-home contests to qualify for the Gold Medal match and then win twice in a showdown with the Beanie Boppers. Let the record show the team built around a family did just that, topping the seemingly all-powerful Beanie Boppers by 31-25 and then by 28-14 in the match for all the marbles.

The emotion came from the family ties between the Young Guns and the woman who helped them get started. “Five years ago, I came to see my mother (Lessie Copperrider) play Beanbag Baseball in the Olympics with the Silver Sluggers team,” said Margie Bamburg, a key player in Tuesday’s sweep by the Young Guns. “It looked like so much fun. That caused some of us to form our own team,” she said, holding back tears. The Young Guns developed into title contenders over the last few years, but they never could get Lessie to forsake her Silver Sluggers team and join the rest of the family with the Young Guns. “We even offered her money,” one Gunner said in jest.

In February, Lessie Copperider, battling illness,  rallied enough to play in a tournament with her beloved Silver Sluggers.  She died in early March.

Bamburg said that as the Senior Olympics season drew near and her mother’s health faded, she told her she didn’t think she could bring herself to play against her and the Silver Sluggers if the schedule fell that way. “She told me, ‘if you don’t go into the game to win, then you might as well stay home’.”

The ironic thing about Saturday’s victory is that the Silver Sluggers won last year’s Gold Medal by winning twice in the championship matchup—over the Beanie Boppers.

Tuesday in the first game, Margie Bamburg chimbed in with a fourth-inning home run that helped put the Young Guns ahead to stay, 17-16, in the target game that mimics outcomes found in real baseball. In the second game, her husband Dennis had a three-run homer that helped the Young Guns go out to a second-inning 12-6 lead they never relinquished.

“Our Beanbag Angel took care of business today,” commented one Young Gun team member.

In the final game, the Beanie Boppers suffered through scoreless second and third innings as the winners drew out to a 20-8 lead. Another scoreless final inning sealed the Beanie Boppers’ doom. The losses came despite a significant effort by Lois Reynolds who played through two games and never failed to reach base in nine at bats.

The Go Getters (bronze) joining the Young Guns (gold) and Beanie Boppers (silver) in the medal race.

April 12, 2014

Boppers, Young Guns Play for Beanbag Gold

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 2:48 pm

018.JPGAll eyes are on The Go Getters’ Lady Stacey as she takes her turn in a battle with the Beanie Boppers during Beanbag Baseball competition April 12. (click photo to enlarge) 

The Beanie Boppers defeated the Go Getters, 24-19, Saturday and will face the Young Guns for the Gold Medal in the Northwest La. District Senior Olympics Beanbag Baseball competition on April 15 during the district’s Opening Ceremonies and Health Fair to be held in the Horseshoe Casino Riverdome.

The Young Guns reached the gold medal battle with three wins in the comeback bracket played at the Knights of Columbus Hall Saturday. They beat Harry’s Who Dats, 21-9, then edged the Diamonds, 19-17, and reached the showdown for gold by beating the Go Getters, 12-8. The Go Getters received the Bronze Medal (third place) in the target game which mimics outcomes found in real baseball.

Glynn Whitten produced a bases loaded home run and Pat Stell also homered in the top of the final inning to salt away the Beanie Boppers’ victory over the Go Getters.

In the comeback bracket, the Diamonds defeated the Silver Sluggers, 29-26. The Sluggers came to bat in the bottom of the final inning trailing by 16 runs.  They made it close with a 13-run outburst. Their loss to the Young Guns left the Diamonds in fourth place, a creditable effort in their first Beanbag tournament.

The Young Guns victory over the Go Getters found them erasing a 4-2 deficit with four runs in the fifth inning. They then scored six runs in the sixth inning after the first two batters were out.

The gold medal game will begin at 1 p.m. April 15 in the Riverdome, putting the finishing touches on a day fashioned for senior citizens. Various agencies and businesses that provide goods and services for seniors will maintain information booths during the day. The finals of Beanbag Baseball for Residential Communities teams, matching The Glen and Summerfield Estates, will begin at 10 a.m. Competition in darts and accuracy throws for Senior Olympics contestants will begin at 9 a.m.

(For coverage of earlier matches in the Beanbag competition, see the headline WE’RE OFF, appearing earlier in this blog)

Boppers, Young Guns Play for Beanbag Gold

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 2:48 pm

The Beanie Boppers defeated the Go Getters, 24-19, and will face the Young Guns for the Gold Medal in the Northwest La. District Senior Olympics Beanbag Baseball competition on April 15 during the district’s Opening Ceremonies and Health Fair to be held in the Horseshoe Casino Riverdome.

The Young Guns reached the gold medal battle with three wins in the comeback bracket Saturday. They beat Harry’s Who Dats, 21-9, then edged the Diamonds, 19-17, and reached the showdown for gold by beating the Go Getters, 12-8. The Go Getters received the Bronze Medal (third place) in the target game which mimics outcomes found in real baseball.

Glynn Whitten produced a bases loaded home run and Pat Stell also homered in the top of the final inning to salt away the Beanie Boppers’ victory over the Go Getters.

In the comeback bracket, the Diamonds defeated the Silver Sluggers, 29-26. The Sluggers came to bat in the bottom of the final inning trailing by 16 runs.  They made it close with a 13-run outburst. Their loss to the Young Guns left the Diamonds in fourth place, a creditable effort in their first Beanbag tournament.

The Young Guns victory over the Go Getters found them erasing a 4-2 deficit with four runs in the fifth inning. They then scored six runs in the sixth inning after the first two batters were out.

The gold medal game will begin at 1 p.m. in the Riverdome, putting the finishing touches on a day fashioned for senior citizens. Various agencies and businesses that provide goods and services for seniors will maintain information booths during the day. The finals of Beanbag Baseball for Residential Communities teams, matching The Glen and Summerfield Estates, will begin at 10 a.m. Competition in darts and accuracy throws for Senior Olympics contestants will begin at 9 a.m.

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