March 28, 2016

Johnson, Snow Are on Target

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 2:44 pm

DSC_1111.JPG >Donna (left) and Ken Cole took home medals.
DSC_1077 (1).JPG >Jacque Walls takes a shot in shuffleboard.

Whether throwing darts or tossing footballs or Frisbee, Velma Johnson and Bill Snow were the class of the day as the Northwest Louisiana District held its first individual competition of 2016 Monday at Diamond Jack’s Casino.
Each won their age bracket Gold Medal in darts and accuracy throws.
Johnson was tops among 60-69 year old women in accuracy throws in one of the closest decisions of the day. The top three finishers were divided by just three points. Snow dropped all men in the 75-79 age pairing.
In accuracy throws, contestants threw footballs and then the elusive and hard-to-control Frisbee from distances prescribed for their age bracket, at a ring 30 inches in diameter. The object was to get the implements through the ring. In darts, each player threw 10 darts from 12 feet to a regulation dart board.
The competition was held in conjunction with a Senior Health Fair cosponsored by the district and The Best of Times Magazine and The Best of Times radio broadcast. Gary Calligas, owner of The Best of Times LLC, won his age bracket Gold Medal as part of the accuracy throws.
Action in the sports and games carnival for men and women 50 years and older continues Saturday with the final rounds of the team event, Bean Bag Baseball, at the Bossier Knights of Columbus Hall.

FEMALES 50-59: Donna Cole Gold, Terri Merritt Silver, Shelly Quarles Bronze. 60-69: Velma Johnson Gold, Little Bitt Martin Silver, Louise Rowell Bronze. 70-74: Mildred Reeves Gold, Marie PanQuin Silver, Ruby Thomas Bronze. 75-79: Barbara Wheeler Gold, Mary Jones Silver, Sherrie Vullo Bronze. 80-84: Dot Young Gold, Pat Reeves Silver, Pat Sellers Bronze. 85-Plus: Maxine Thomas Gold, Dorothy Depanion Silver, Ivy Thomas Bronze.
MALES 50-69: Gary Depanion Gold, Tony Cole Silver, Bobby Bearden Bronze. 70-74:Duane Chilton and Clarence Pinion tied for Gold. Bob Taylor Silver. 75-79: Bill Snow Gold, Doyle Blasingame Silver, Curtis Boyett Bronze. 80-Plus: Smiley Nehls Gold, Les Brosset Silver, Gary Price Bronze.

FEMALES 50-59: Terry Merritt Gold, Shelly Quarles Silver, Donna Cole Bronze. 60-69:Velma Johnson Gold, Paula Hadwin Silver, Lillian Trammel and Louise Rowell tied for Bronze. 70-74: Wildred Scroggins Gold, Jeannette Kohlnhofer Silver, Marie PanQuin and Mildred Reeves tied for Bronze. 75-79: Mary Jones Gold, Jean McEachern Silver, Carolyn McArthur Bronze. 80-84: Pat Reeves Gold, Pat Sellers Silver, Dot Young Bronze. 85-Plus: Dorothy Depanion Gold, Maxine Thomas Silver, Lorece Tettleton Bronze.
MALES 50-69: Gary Calligas Gold, Bill Stell Silver, Bobby Bearden Bronze. 70-74: Bob Taylor Gold, Duane Chilton Silver, Clarence Pinion Bronze. 75-79: Bill Snow Gold, Doyle Blasingame Silver, Fred Ford Bronze. 80-84: Harold McEachern Gold, Smiley Nehls Silver, Les Brosset Bronze. 85-plus: Dick Hainey Gold, Jim Anders Silver, No bronze awarded.

March 25, 2016


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 1:33 pm

Bean Bag Baseball Saturday (March 26) and the Opening Ceremony and Senior Health Fair Monday (March 28) get the 2016 NW La. District Senior Olympics underway.
Between Saturday and May 31, there will be 23 sports and games conducted for men and women 50 years of age and older held in the Bossier-Shreveport area.
Barksdale Federal Credit Union is the presenter of Bean Bag Baseball which will bring 18 teams into competition, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Bossier Knights of Columbus Hall at 5400 East Texas Avenue. Barksdale FCU is one of two new presenting sponsors this year. The other is Humana which will present the Athletes Celebration May 31 at the KC Hall.
“We are bursting at the seams in the Bean Bag event and bursting with pride about it,” said new District Coordinator Ronny Comstock. “This is by far our largest entry yet in Bean Bag.”
The Opening Ceremonies and Senior Health Fair will begin at 9 a.m. Monday in the Expo Hall of Diamond Jack’s Casino. There will be numerous booths for companies who serve seniors at the Fair. Admission is free.
At 10 a.m. Monday, seniors will compete in darts and accuracy throws (football and Frisbee). Seniors must be pre-entered or complete entry forms with the $15 basic entry fee by 9:30 a.m. Monday to participate. Seniors may sign up for any of the other 20 events that remain on the schedule.
The NW LA District Senior Olympics is classified as an open, meaning competitors from throughout Louisiana and other states are welcome to enter.

March 13, 2016

Barksdale FCU, Humana New Presentors for 2016

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 4:40 pm

Barksdale Federal Credit Union and Humana will join Landers Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep in the category of Presenting Sponsors for the 2016 NW La. District Senior Olympics.

The district eight years ago linked its golf tournament with one of our major sponsors, Landers. Each subsequent mention of the golf event has been “golf, presented by Landers Dodge.”

Bean Bag Baseball competition March 26 is presented by Barksdale Federal Credit Union. The Athletes Celebration May 31 is presented by Humana.

Barksdale Federal Credit Union was a contributor for the first Northwest Louisiana senior event in 1992 when the YMCA directed competition. That first year was the Northwest Louisiana Regional Senior Olympics and it encompassed the same seven parishes in the district today. Regional was dropped by the state organization in favor of the designation “district” in 1996.

Humana, which has been associated with the district in the past, currently is a sponsor for the National Senior Games and a state sponsor for the Louisiana Senior Olympic Games (LSOG).

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