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May 11, 2014

Miniature Golf Rescheduled to Thursday, May 15

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 9:38 am

After being doused by the weather, NW La. District Senior Olympics Miniature Golf has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 15.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Party Central, 4401 Viking Drive in Bossier City, the original site, according to event director Susan Berry.

May 10, 2014

James Nicks Hemphill in Archery

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 3:08 pm

1a2014archery 043.JPG 1a2014archery 015.JPG 1a2014archery 024.JPG 1a2014archery 046.JPG 1a2014archery 052.JPG Our camera took aim at the Archery tournament too. From upper left: (1) Our hosts Emma and Bill Brown. (2) Donald James takes aim. (3) Gary Crain, Michael Hoskins and Chip Hemphill (from left) examine the target closely. (4) “The Legend” takes aim, with Chip Hemphill on his inside. (5) Doug Gould, Gerald Messina, Chip Hemphill, Gary Crain, Phillip Thompson, Donald James, Michael Hoskins and Bill Brown (from left) formed our field at Red River Bowmen Archery Club. (click photos to enlarge)

Donald James and Chip Hemphill, who recently settled into Bossier Parish, posted identical scores of 864 of a possible 900 points in the NW La. District Senior Olympics Archery event Saturday at Red River Bowmen Archery Club.

Their scores topped the Compound Release category of the event and came in the 50-54 age group. In case of ties, the archer with the most hits in the innermost circle of the target during the 90-arrow event is declared the winner. James, who finished in the top 10 of the Archery Shooters Association Senior Open twice, listed 26 shots in the center of the target to 19 for  Hemphill and pocketed the Gold Medal. Michael Hoskins scored 845 points with 19 bulls-eyes for the age bracket’s Bronze Medal.

Doug Gould scored 588 points in Barebow recurve competition for the Gold Medal.

Other Compound Release Gold Medals went to Gary Crain in 60-64 age with 855 points and 20 bulls-eyes, Phillip Thompson in 65-69 with 847 points and seven bulls-eyes and Bill Brown in 75-79 with 846 and 18 bulls-eye. Gerald Messina (790, 5) won silver in the 60-64 age group.

The top two finishers each hope one day to see the sport grow in Bossier City. Hemphill, an Alabama native, owns Hoot & Holler Archery in Bossier City. He came to the area with the Air Force and decided to make Haughton his home. ”We found a good church family in First Baptist of Haughton and that’s a big reason why we settled in” he said.

James, raised in Arcadia, just completed moving his family to Bossier City from Kansas. He is a Level Two Certified Archery Coach.

In the Senior Olympics event, archers are asked to shoot five sets of six arrows from three distances, 60, 50 and 40 yards.

May 9, 2014

Hadwin-Ramey, Greene-Drayden Pace Doubles Bowling

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 4:34 pm

1a2014bowling doubles 009.JPG1a2014bowling doubles 003.JPG Winning smiles from the best in Doubles Bowling, Clarence Greene and Curtis Drayden (left) and Paula Hadwin and Lajuana Ramey. (Click photos to enlarge)

Paula Hadwin and Lajuana Ramey climbed a spot in their age bracket, posting the best women’s score of the day (1,033) to take the Gold Medal in the ages 60-64 division of NW La. District Senior Olympics Doubles Bowling at All Star Lanes Friday.

Clarence Greene and Curtis Drayden used a pattern similar to Hadwin-Ramey to post the best male score of the day (1,257) and win the Gold Medal for males 65-69. Just as Hadwin posted the best female series of the day (602) with high individual game of the day (212), Drayden chipped in with the best male series (689) to help secure gold. His 258 was the best single game score of the day and he opened with a 233 game. Greene’s best was a 229. The Greene-Drayden duo moved up from runner-up honors in the age group last year.

In winning the female 55-59 Gold Medal, the duo of Gayle Pearce-Jo Ann Smith posted the second best score of the day (1,014). Mike Berry-Don Preuett posted the second best male score of the day (1,243) to capture the 70-74 Gold Medal.

Other golds on the day went to Rusty Bethley-Bert Carroll in men’s 50-64 and Gary Price-Jim Draper in men 80-plus and Brenda Barber-Geneva Strain in 65-59 women, Sandra Garrett-Jimmie Moreland in 70-74 women and Jo Crone-Bettie Sands 80-plus women.

Age placement of teams is determined by the age of the youngest player.

THE RESULTS

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.

May 8, 2014

Keasler Climbs to No. 1 in Table Tennis

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 9:09 pm

1a2014table tennis 017.JPG Newcomers Ed Dilworth (second from left) and Clarence Greene (right) joined old hands George Esters (left) and Dan Keasler in district Table Tennis. (Click photo to enlarge)

The student bested the tutor and a couple of new faces emerged in NW La. District Senior Olympics Table Tennis Thursday.

Dan Keasler beat George Esters in the feature matchup, taking the deciding game in the best of three by a 21-18 score. It wasn’t too long ago that Esters helped Keasler begin improving his game at weekly gatherings of a tight-knit group at the Bossier Recreation Department office. “There were many times he and I would be the last two at the table just working on his game,” Esters said. “That’s how he’s improved.”

Last year, Keasler won a Silver Medal in the 55-59 age bracket, behind Chip Miller, who did not enter this year. Esters took Gold in the older age grouping in 2013.

Ed Dilworth and Clarence Greene made their first starts in district table tennis with Dilworth stopping Greene, 21-7, 21-10. Both were beaten by the seasoned veterans Keasler and Esters. Dilworth, the oldest entry at 71, has been away from the game for some time but Esters was impressed with his play. “I like the skills he showed,” said the 69-year-old Esters, who admits to playing for more than 40 years. Throughout the evening, Esters impressed with the way he managed to take opponents’ slams and, with lightening reflexes find corners of the table to keep rallies going. “That’s why we call him ‘the Wall’,” commented Keasler.

Greene was impressed with the skills of the other three and asked for more information on group that gathers for weekly play at the Recreation offices. “I’ll be back next year and I promise you I’ll be better. I’ll be working on my game,” said the affable Greene.

In the round robin, Keasler wound up 3-0, Esters 2-1, Dilworth 1-3 and Greene 0-3.

Dominoes Back on Board in Table Games

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 1:53 pm

Dominoes returned to the NW La. District Senior Olympics Table Games competition and it was a welcome happening, according to Jackie Conner, coordinator of the event.

Six entries from the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home arrived at the Bossier Council on Aging to contest the time-honored game and  Lee Hudson and Darrell Prentice walked off with the Gold Medal.

“It was great having the game back on our schedule after a few years away and it was even better to see the veterans taking part,” Conner said.

In the highly competitive game of Skipbo, Doyle Blasingame and Gary Price teamed for the Gold Medal, beating Conner and Dorothy Depanion for the top prize. Phase 10 determined its winners in age brackets with Betty Smith, Bob Taylor, Jeri Lancaster and Bette Turner plotting their way to Gold Medals.

THE RESULTS

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.

May 7, 2014

Mixed Doubles’ Reluctant Dragoness

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 4:39 pm

Mixed 005.JPG Jane Pace and her angular partner Bob McCollum smile for the camera after pacing the district’s Mixed Doubles Bowling competition at All Star Lanes. (click photo to enlarge)

Shortly into the first game of the day, Jane Pace felt she owed partner Bob McCollum an apology Wednesday in the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics Mixed Doubles Bowling.

“I thought he might not want me as a partner in the first place and when I had three open frames I wanted to apologize for hurting his chances,” said Jane in the aftermath of the event at All Star Lanes. “But Bob told me to just relax and not be uptight,” added Jane, who at just over five feet tall is a marked contrast to her 6-foot-4 partner. “I have to thank him for the pep talk.”

Whatever message Bob was putting out, Jane was absorbing. Owner of a 142 average in league play at All Star, she rallied from the slow start to post a 555 series to go with Bob’s 611 in the best score of the day (1,166) to win the Gold medal in the 65-69 age bracket. “She was awesome,” Bob breathed enthusiastically afterwards.

Geneva Strain, with the high series for females at 601, coupled with her husband Harry for a 1,143 score, second highest of the day,  to win the silver medallion in the age bracket. Other top scores came from Kay and Bill Free, 1,136 for gold in the 60-64 age bracket, followed by 1,122 from Joann and Robert Washington for silver in the age bracket. Robert Washington’s 642 series was the best male offering of the day. Gayle Pearce and Bill Laurenson won the Gold Medal in 55-59 with a 1,116, the fifth best score of the day.

Lajuana Ramey and Richard Rice (1,017) won the 70-74 age grouping, Notra Odom and Jim Draper (1,029) the 75-79 age bracket and Gwen Jordan and Bob Bell (918) the 80-plus age division. Age of the younger partner determines the age bracket of each duo.

THE RESULTS

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.

May 5, 2014

Taylor, Bell Among Gold Medalists in Washer Pitch

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 10:00 pm

008.JPGPaula Hadwin of Minden finishes high and lets the washer fly during Monday’s Washer Pitch competition in NW La. District Senior Olympics. (Click photo to enlarge)

Veteran Senior Olympian Bob Taylor weathered a triple (three of four washers in the cup during an inning) in his first match and won the 50-72 age bracket for males in NW La. District Washer Pitch at Bellaire Fitness Center Monday during a full and spirited day of competition.

Taylor was one of nine Gold Medal winners on the day. On the female side, Pearlie Bell in 70-74 age was greeted with the loudest response when she received her medallion.

During round-robin  play in his age bracket, Taylor lost to Gary Depanion by an 18-14 score to open play. But using a point differential scoring system, Taylor claimed the gold medallion with Robert McNeil taking the Silver Medal and Depanion taking the Bronze Medal. “To me, beating Bob Taylor is like winning a silver. Everyone says how good he is in Senior Olympics over the years,” Depanion said. Indeed, Taylor has been involved in a majority of sports and games offered by the district over the years and ruled as Athlete of the Year, along with Marilyn Hainey, in 2005-6.

Bill Snow, who admits whiling away the hours playing games of penny pitching in his youth, won the 75-80 age bracket Gold Medal and Bob Bell prevailed in the 85-plus age grouping.

On the female side, Paula Hadwin, last year’s Sweepstakes winner in throwing competition, Ruby Thomas, Barbara Wheeler, Jackie Conner and Mary Miller took home gold medallions.

THE RESULTS

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.

Taylor, Bell Among Gold Medalists in Washer Pitch

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 1:27 pm

Veteran Senior Olympian Bob Taylor weathered a triple (three of four washers in the cup during an inning) in his first match and won the 50-72 age bracket of NW La. District Washer Pitch at Bellaire Fitness Center Monday during a full and spirited day of competition.

During round-robin  play, Taylor lost to Gary Depanion by an 18-14 score to open play. But using a point differential scoring system, Taylor claimed the gold medallion with Robert McNeil taking the Silver Medal and Depanion taking the Bronze Medal. “To me, beating Bob Taylor is like winning a silver. Everyone says how good he is in Senior Olympics over the years,” Depanion said. Indeed, Taylor has been involved in a majority of sports and games offered by the district over the years and ruled as Athlete of the Year, along with Marilyn Hainey, in 2005-6.

Bill Snow, who admits to playing many games of penny pitching in his youth, won the 75-80 age bracket Gold Medal and Bob Bell prevailed in the 85-plus age grouping.

On the female side, Paula Hadwin, last year’s Sweepstakes winner in throwing competition, Ruby Thomas, Barbara Wheeler, Jackie Conner and Mary Miller took home gold medallions. But at the awards ceremony it was 70-74 Gold Medal winner Pearlie Bell who received the loudest applause.

THE RESULTS

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.

May 3, 2014

Old Guard Back in Horseshoes

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 11:06 am

081.JPG Tom Koch pulls the trigger on a toss in horseshoe competition where he won a gold medal.

Gold medalists from 2013 J.R. Morris, Tom Koch and Paula Hadwin repeated as winners of advanced divisions of the NW La. District Senior Olympics Horseshoe Pitching competition Saturday at Knights of Columbus field. They were joined by newcomer Rita Holloway in the winner’s circle.

Morris used a 19-9 edge in the finale of a best-of-three series to sideline Harry Strain and capture the Gold Medal for 65-74 males. Koch beat Gary Price in straight games in the 80-84 age grouping, but the margin in the decider was wafer-thin, 21-20.

Hadwin bested Ruth Morgan in the 60-74 age group for females and Holloway beat out Sallie Vaughn for the 70-79 gold medallion.

THE RESULTS

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.

May 1, 2014

Smokin’ Competition Marks Marksmanship Event

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 6:56 pm

007.JPG Gary Panzer, shown in a file photo, posted the best score of the day in the district Marksmanship competition. (Click photo to enlarge)

Gary Panzer posted a score of 234 of a possible 300 points to capture the men’s 75-84 age division of the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics Marksmanship competition Thursday. But it was the 65-74 age bracket that featured a smoking race.  In that age bracket, only three points separated the three medal positions. Don Floyd repeated as gold medalist with a 212 score, followed by Mike Berry with 211 for silver and Ernie Chmielewski with 210 for the bronze medallion.

In the women’s division, Jackie Conner used a bulls-eye to post a 166 score for the Gold Medal.

Floyd also claimed the rifle Gold Medal in the 65-74 age bracket for the second year in a row.

Paul Murray again donated the use of the Shooters USA range in Bossier City for the seniors competition.

THE RESULTS

.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.

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