>Donna (left) and Ken Cole took home medals.
>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.