March 30, 2015

We’re Underway with No. 23

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 4:30 pm

2015 Beanbag Assisted Living 026.JPG2015 Beanbag Assisted Living 007.JPGThe Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics opened its 23rd edition over the weekend and welcomed nearly 300 competitors in Beanbag Baseball’s Open and Senior Living divisions.

“We’re over the 400 entries mark already,” said Bette Turner, in charge of keeping the data base up for the district. Entry deadline is April 10 to insure being included in events of your choice. Entries are accepted later than the 10th but then are subject to availability in various events. “We would rarely turn down a competitor, but entering early helps us prepare our events early and run them off smoothly,” Turner said. She estimates bettering the 475 entry mark of a year ago. Those wishing to enter the sports and games carnival for men and women 50 years of age and older can use the entry blank from this website.

NOTE–The Northwest District welcomes competitors from 40 through 49 years of age in the six track events, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meters (use entry form in this website).

This year’s Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics will run through June 2 (see schedule in this website). The games are sanctioned by the LSOG (Louisiana Senior Olympic Games state competition) and act as qualifying for state in discus, shot put, javelin, golf, table tennis, advanced horse shoes, singles shuffleboard and singles bowling.

Beanbag champions in the two divisions will be decided later in the month of April. Next up on the schedule is washer pitch for competitors from the Senior Living Division April 10. Golf on April 24 at Shreveport Country Club is the next Open Division competition.

Harry’s Friends a Tough Bunch

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 3:40 pm

2015 open beanbag 051.JPG 2015 open beanbag 032.JPG 2015 open beanbag 043.JPG 2015 open beanbag 082.JPG Geneva Strain (right in first photo) and Marilyn Haynie of Harry’s Friends talk strategy in Open Beanbag Baseball. In the right photo, Linda Brangham of Go Getters Also (left) and Jeri Lancaster of Go Getters’ No. 1 team, square off before the teams’ intense “family squabble” in the Comeback Bracket. In center photos, Mike Rose (left) and Kenny Birch (right) of Marian Council Knights of Columbus reach high and let the beanbags fly. Click on photos to enlarge.

Harry’s Friends moved through the Winners’ Bracket of the NW District Beanbag Baseball tournament and is assured of at least a Silver Medal when the competition concludes April 11.

The all-winning team awaits a challenger to emerge from four teams fighting to advance through the Comeback Bracket in the double elimination event,  either Go Getters Also, the Sometimers, The Elders or the 2014 champion, the Young Guns.

Harry’s Friends is a team made up of acquaintances  of the late Harry Strain, longtime member of the District Screening Committee who passed away late last year.

In the battle in the Comeback Bracket, Go Getters Also will face Sometimers and the Elders will  battle the Young Guns at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bossier City.

It wasn’t a cakewalk for Harry’s Friends. They opened by beating the Silver Sluggers and then Go Getters No. 1 in intense struggles. After that, they sent first The Elders and then the Young Guns to the Comeback Bracket and hold a 4-0 record.

Speaking of intense battles, the match between Go Getters and Go Getters Also topped the day. It was  replete with cheering section tit for tat and long, loud responses to important plays. But as always, the players from either side had handshakes from the opposition after extra base hits.

Harry’s Friends includes  Twyla Bartlett, Bennie Davison, Denise  and Matt Laenger, Betty Hustead, Dick and Marilyn Hainey, Joann Smith, Red Fletcher, Kay Staples and team captain Geneva Strain.

March 27, 2015

Assisted Living Beanbag Baseball All in the Family

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 10:02 pm

2015 Beanbag Assisted Living 007.JPG 2015 Beanbag Assisted Living 026.JPG 2015 Beanbag Assisted Living 032.JPG 2015 Beanbag Assisted Living 036.JPG Age is just a number for The Glen  Gophers’ Alma Edwards, oldest competitor in the Assisted Living Division of Beanbag Baseball. With a little assistance, the 104-year old (center, left photo) aims her toss. The closest you will come to a fist pump is exhibited by the competitor in the second from left photo as he finishes a home run trip. And the question is whether Bludie Langley of the NW La. Veterans Home grabbed his cell phone  (next photo) to call for a relief pitcher. “Nope, it was my daughter calling to see how I was doing,” he said. In the right photo, it’s two veterans and a princess, Bill Gibson and Bludie  Langley  flanking Nancy Sevier of Shreveport, 2015 Miss Louisiana in the World Classic Tourism contest. (Click photos to enlarge)

The Live Oak Rookies and Live Oak Astros traveled different roads to reach the Gold Medal Round of Assisted Living Beanbag Baseball Friday in the Northwest La. District Senior Olympics. And that’s when the fireworks began.

The Astros rolled through three games in the winner’s bracket of the double elimination tournament and then had to wait for an opponent. Knocked out in its second game in the winner’s bracket by the Waterview Wave 17-15, the Rookies waded through three games in the Comeback Bracket and then used an extra inning 23-20 victory over its Live Oak counterpart, forcing a second match for all the beans.

That’s when tournament officials stepped in and suspended play. “These teams are from the same facility,” said Tournament  Co-Director Marilyn Hainey. ” They’ve played several games (from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.). We will let them rest and hold the final game later at Live Oak. We will set a date and each team will be fresh and able to play their best.”

The Waterview Wave beat the 2014 champion The Glen Gophers for the bronze medal, 16-10.

In  the Rookies’ win over the Astros in the Gold Medal round there was plenty of drama, mostly because of a last-ditch effort by the Astros. Down by 17-8 in the final regulation inning,  Jaye Byrd got the Astros going with a three-run homer to cut the margin to 17-11. Louise Choate later recorded a bases loaded home run to make it 17-15 and Henry Ward tripled in two runs to knot the count at 17-all.

In the extra inning, a barrage of extra base hits, led by Dewey Ryder, Charlene Young, Orval Davidson, Lois Montelepre, Natalie Bethard and Roy Fish led to six runs and an eventual 23-20 victory for the Rookies.

Play was staged at Bellaire Fitness Center.

The Results

WINNERS BRACKET–Live Oak Astros d. Summerfield Estates Sluggers 17-16; The Glen Gophers d. Bloom Angels 7-5; Live Oak Rookies d. NW Veterans Home  Screaming Eagles 18-15; Waterview Wave d. Azalea Estates Honeybees 18-14.

Astros d. Gophers 24-9; Wave d. Rookies 17-15.

Astros d. Waves 14-13.

COMEBACK BRACKET–Angels d. Sluggers 12-11; Screaming Eagles d. Honeybees 17-11; Rookies d. Angels 13-11; Gophers d. Screaming Eagles 13-3; Rookies d. Gophers 18-10; Rookies d. Wave 17-16.

CHAMPIONSHIP–Rookies d. Astros 23-20 (Forcing 2nd Game for title). Rookies v. Astros (play suspended)

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