April 29, 2016


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DSC_1068 (1).JPGHere are the heroines in the 2016 District golf event, From right Vickie Mericle, Marge Snyder, Joyce Middleton, Gayle Gansfuss, Pam Hawkins and Nancy Young.


Ted Teel on the men’s side and Joyce Middleton on the women’s side led the way in the rain-plagued and lightening shortened golf championship of the Northwest La. District Senior Olympics at Northwood Hills GC Friday.

This year’s event was played in honor of the late Susan Berry, longtime golf coordinator for the district.

Even in the Senior Olympics, youth must be served. Teel was the youngest member of the men’s field at 57. He played in a bracket that ranged from 57-69 in age.

Because the weather finally shortened the event, Northwood Hills pro David Martinez came to the event’s rescue with a scoring method as fair as possible to all the players to facilitate medals distribution. In the shotgun start format, the women had completed eight common holes; the men nine. Martinez matched each player in relation to par across the common holes.

Teel’s one-under par was best among the boys and Middleton’s 7-over par was best among the girls.

Larry Joubert at two-over, Don Ashworth and Paul Clark each at three over, and Larry Rowe at five over were next in line among the men. Marge Snyder (+11), Gayle Gansfuss (+12), Pam Hawkins (+17) and Nancy Young (+18) rounded out the top five for women.

Teel, a South Carolina native, took up golf in 1980. “I ran track (the hurdles) in high school and didn’t start playing golf until I was in the military (for 22 years).” He is now a DOD employee at Barksdale AFB where he has won two base championships. He also is a champion in Golfweek Magazine’s North Louisiana Amateur Tour. The tour’s website shows Teel is currently in sixth position in the overall standings for players with 0-3.9 handicaps. He had a 78 score at Links on the Bayou course in Alexandria earlier this year.

In 2015 Teel won a tour stop at Crooked Hollow GC in Greenwood.and finished second at The Golf Club at Stonebridge in Bossier City May 2 and again on September 19, 2015.

Already postponed by a week due to weather, the Senior Olympics event forged ahead on Friday morning on a prearranged rain date as greyish clouds slipped overhead in fair playing weather for two hours. But at about 11:15, the skies darkened as a storm moved in. And then a bolt of lightening sent the field of 20 scurrying for shelter in the clubhouse. A 25-minute delay brought the golfers back out on the course for another hour of play. The end came at about noon when it appeared there would be more cells moving across the area.

“These medals we are giving out today should come with a battle ribbon,” quipped one tournament official. “These golfers fought the good fight.”


Females Ages 50-62: Pam Hawkins Gold. Nancy Young Silver. Vickie Mericle Bronze. 74-79: Joyce Middleton Gold. Marge Snyder Silver. Gayle Gansfuss Bronze.
Males Ages 57-69: Ted Teel Gold. Don Ashworth Silver. Harold Delaune Bronze. 71-73: Larry Joubert Gold. Paul Clark Silver. Bob Jahnke Bronze. 75-79: Larry Rowe Gold. Bob Bunyard Silver. Leon Darden Bronze.

April 28, 2016


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

DSC_1161.JPGDSC_1100.JPGHere are The medal winners in table tennis are (top left photo from left) Ed Dilworth, Bob Taylor and George Levesque with tournament director Gerry Robichaux in the background; (top right photo from left) Velma Johnson, Vickie Mericle and Donna Cole, with Meet Referee George Esters in background: (bottom photo from left) Ken Hansen, Bob Bachman and Joe Rice, with District Chairman Ron Comstock in background.

Bob Taylor, a veteran of many table tennis battles in NW La. District Senior Olympics Past, newcomer Bob Lachman and tactician Vickie Mericle won Gold Medals Thursday in the District Table Tennis competition at Bossier Recreation Office Complex.

Mericle had too much knowledge and experience in the female bracket. She swept Velma Johnson and Donna Cole in the best-of-five matches, utilizing different grips on her paddle and strategies to exploit the weaknesses of her foes.

"This is a great sport," said Mericle during the evening. "I'd like to see more seniors playing it. I think it should be taught to young people in school."

Like a poised cat Taylor, 74, waited to the right moment to strike in winning the Gold Medal over 73-year-old foes Ed Dilworth and George Levesque in their three-man round robin. He was content to trade shots with his two foes, waiting to fire a powerful forehand for winners at just the right moment.

The Levesque-Taylor match was introduced as Canada vs. Louisiana Tech by the tournament announcer. Levesque, a French Canadian, even stopped play and placed his hand over his heart when someone in the crowd broke into a chorus of "O Canada."

After they split four sets, Taylor won the decider over Dilworth 11-7.

Lachman, 57, won in a three-man round robin made up of himself, and 67-year-olds Joe Rice and Ken Hansen, all of whom wondered aloud if they could recall any of the skills they had in years past. "It's been a long time since I played. Back in college ," said Hansen when contacted about the tournament. "I don't know if I will be able to give anyone a game," said Lachman. "I can't remember when I played table tennis last," said Rice, a regular tennis player cajoled into playing in the tournament at the last minute. The bracket proved competitive, with Rice coming along throughout the course of play, showing more and more skill with each game, relying more and more on a forehand for winners. He managed to win split-setters in the second and third matches he played.

Hansen ran into a string of Lachman shots that barely nipped the baseline of the table at crucial moments.

The tournament went off smoothly, thanks to George Esters, who acted as Meet Referee and o kept an eye on several matches at once throughout the evening. "We couldn't have done this without George," said District Table Tennis Coordinator Gerry Robichaux.


Females Ages 55-69: Vickie Mericle. Silver Velma Johnson. Bronze Donna Cole.
Males Ages 55-69: Bob Lachman Gold. Joe Rice Silver. Ken Hansen Bronze. 70-74: Bob Taylor Gold. Ed Dilworth Silver. George Loevesque Bronze.


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Lionel Brangham receives his marksmanship Gold Medal from shooting coordinator from Jackie Conner. Gold Medalist Lionel Brangham (left) with Marksmanship Coordinator Jackie Conner.

The husband-wife team of Lionel Brangham and Linda Brangham packed away Gold Medals in the NW La. District Senior Olympics Marksmanship competition at Shooters USA range Thursday, which turned out to be just another “Throwback Thursday” for Dan Saxon.

Linda Brangham was an easy winner among the ladies in .22 pistols, outdistancing Donna Cole and Jackie Conner. Lionel won easily in pistols, ahead of Mike Berry and Ernie Chmieleski, and less easily in .22 rifles, ahead of Gary Panzar and Chmieleski.

Saxon added more gold to a heavy cache of top medals in the district’s .22 pistol shooting, posting the best score of the day while matched against 80-and-above marksman.


.22 Pistols
Females–Linda Brangham Gold. Donna Cole Silver. Jackie Conner Bronze. Louise Rowell 4th.
Males–Ages 66-71: Lionel Branghham Gold.Mike Berry Silver. Ernie Chmieleski Bronze. 80 and above: Dan Saxon Gold. Gary Panzar Silver.

.22 Rifles
Females–Donna Cole Gold. Louise Rowell Silver.
Males–Lionel Brangham Gold. Gary Panzar Silver. Ernie Chmieleski Bronze.

April 26, 2016


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 6:06 am

Vickie Mericle won her second consecutive Gold Medal in 8-Ball Pool competition and Bob Taylor returned to the top of the men’s competition at Randal T. Moore Center as the Northwest La. District Senior Olympics continued.

Mericle claimed the 60-69 age bracket win ahead of Betty Smith and Velma Johnson. Meanwhile, Ruby Thomas won gold in the 70-85 age bracket ahead of Delores Gentry and Teresa Lambert.

Taylor, a regular in the event over the years, took top honors in the men’s 60-74 group, after finishing second in 2015. Wayne Mayo claimed the Silver Medal with Richard Beall taking Bronze. Among players 75 and above, Fred Ford took Gold, Fred Walters Silver and Emile Tuminello Bronze. At 94 years of age, Tuminello is one of the older competitors in this year’s Northwest Louisiana District competition.


Females Ages 60-69: Vickie Mericle Gold. Betty Smith Silver Velma Johnson Bronze. 70-85: Ruby Thomas Gold. Delores Gentry Silver. Teresa Lambert Bronze.
Males Ages 60-74: Bob Taylor Gold. Wayne Mayo Silver. Richard Beall Bronze. 75-99: Fred Ford Gold. Fred Walters Silver. Emile Tuminello Bronze.

April 23, 2016


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

DSC_1085.JPGShirley Vullo tosses toward the target in Bocce Ball at Bossier Knights of Columbus field.

Robert Bates and Diane Smith captured gold medals as Bocce Ball provided a “new and old” theme in the Northwest La. District Senior Olympics.

Prior to play, Bates confided in his first-round opponent that he had never played the game. “This is my first time. I hope I can learn it and be competitive,” he said. Bates finished round robin play in the men’s 80-and-older age grouping with a 3-1 won-lost record, same as Les Brosset and George Jernigan. Under the scoring differential method of breaking a tie that includes three or more persons, Bates had the best number. Brosset got the silver thanks to his head-to-head win over Jernigan.

Smith, who has played this game often in previous district games, sported her Gold Medal proudly, but added a caveat: “This is my first Gold Medal in Bocce Ball. But I got it because Jo Ann Blasingame didn’t get to play. She usually wins first in our age group.” Because of a paper snafu, Blasinghame was left out of the entry. But she took the situation with sportsmanship and spent the day helping scoring and officiating play.

This was the first time for Lionel Brangham to conduct the Bocce Ball event and it was run off smoothly and in good time.

The Results
Females–Ages 55-59: Donna Cole Gold. Donna Monroe Silver. 65-69: Linda Brangham Gold. Linda Comstock Silver. Betty Smith Bronze. 70-74: Diane Smith Gold. Rita Bates Silver. Ruby Thomas Bronze. 75-79: Shirley Vullo Gold. Juanita Tucker Silver. Mary Jones Bronze. 80-84:Jo Jernigan Gold. Dot Young Silver. Pat Sellers Bronze. 85-Plus: Dorothy Depanion Gold. Jackie Connor Silver. Ivy Thomas Bronze.
Males–Ages 75-79: Curtis Boyett Gold. Duane Chilton Silver. Doyle Blasingame Bronze. 80-Plus Robert Bates Gold. Les Brosset Silver. Geore Jernigan Bronze.

April 21, 2016


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 3:33 pm

Because of wet conditions Thursday and with late rains predicted Thursday evening, NW La. District Senior Olympics golf coordinator Gerry Robichaux and Northwood Hills GC officials postponed the 2016 golf tournament until Friday, April 29.

The event, to be held in honor of longtime Senior Olympics golf coordinator Susan Berry, will begin with a 9:15 a.m. shotgun start on the 29th at Northwood Hills, which was Berry’s home course. “We made this move with our competitors, who might have difficulty enjoying a tournament where carts would be restricted to remaining on the golf paths throughout play, in mind,” Robichaux said. “We hope the golfers will bear with us in the inconvenience of a delay. Our aim is an enjoyable experience for all.”

Landers Chrysler/Dodge/JEEP in Bossier City is the presenter of the district golf tournament.

April 20, 2016


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 4:42 pm

The NW La. District Senior Olympics has already topped the 2015 entry figure with the mail on Wednesday, April 20.

Bette Turner, in charge of our entry database, reported that we reached 497 competitors Wednesday, topping the 493 entries of 2015. “We’re almost sure to go over the 500 mark very soon,” she said.

The largest entry came in 2011 when 570 men and women 50-years of age and older joined our fun. In 2010, a total of 517 answered the call. “That 517 figure may well be within our reach,” Turner said.

In 2013 and 2014 the figures matched out at 498.

Through the Years
2016–497 and climbing!]

April 10, 2016

Golf Event Dedicated to Susan Berry

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1aawards2014 039.JPGSusan Berry (right) when she received the 2014 Hazel Gay Award from NW La. District Senior Olympics Chairman Doyle Blasingame.

The 2016 NW La. District Senior Olympics golf tournament will be played in honor of the late Susan Berry, longtime coordinator of the district golf events.

“The Games Coordinators responded unanimously when I called a special vote for this honor,” said Ronny Comstock, new NW La. District Senior Olympics Chairman. “We have such fond memories and an emptiness in our hears for Susan.”

“Susan was such a tireless worker and always had a smile and words of encouragement for her co-workers on our committee and for our participants,” said past Games Chairman Doyle Blasingame, who conducted the district games for the last 20 years

“Susan was an avid golfer for nearly 40 year,” said longtime friend Kathleen McCoy, the past president of the Shreveport Senior Women’s Golf Association. “She joined Northwood Hills Golf Club 30 years ago when it was just a nine-hole course and has been a member ever since. She was a driving force as an officer in the SSWGA for most of her fifteen years with that group. Susan always wore a smile and was willing to share it with all that she met.
“She is truly missed,” McCoy said. “I know her friends in the SSWGA will join me in saying this about her.”

The 18-hole tournament will tee off at 9:15 on Friday, April 22. The chip and putt competition will not be held on April 22 as announced, but will be changed to a later date in the games calendar.

April 3, 2016

Make the Friday, April 15, Deadline

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Prospective participants in the 2016 NW La. District Senior Olympics should enter by the April 15 deadline to assure themselves of a spot in the events of their choosing. Entries will be accepted after the April 15 deadline but will be subject to available openings.

“Early entries insure that our sports and games are carried out smoothly,” said Bette Turner, in charge of handling forms and preparing rosters for the various events. “Numbers of participants in some of our events are limited by space available and time it takes to finish an activity. Last-minute entries often lead to delays in getting participants in the right age bracket, getting the right size of the T-shirt that go to each contestant or getting the right number of medals to be awarded at an event’s conclusion.”

Entry forms and our schedule are found elsewhere in this website.

April 2, 2016


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 5:03 pm

DSC_1060.JPG The winning Rascals of Bean Bag Baseball are (from left seated) Sally Vaughn, Martha Leach, Shelly Britt and Lois McAvoy and (left to right standing) Jeanette Kohlnhofder, Les Biggs, Frances Pete, Carolyn McArthur, Ruth Morgan and Bruce Warke. Team member Rita Holloway is not shown.

Carolyn McArthur came up with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, giving the Rascals a lead that Road Runners I could not overcome in the championship of NW La. District Senior Olympics Bean Bag Baseball Saturday (April 2) at Bossier Knights of Columbus Hall.

The Rascals beat Road Runners II by 12-10 in a fiercely competitive final match, to complete an unbeaten 5-0 record and capture the Gold Medal in the double elimination tournament that lasted over two Saturdays.

Road Runners II, a team made up of Union Parish players, earned its way to the championship match through the Comeback Bracket, beating The Go Getters II, 15-11, The Diamonds 16-13 and Springhill Medical Center Sluggers II, 25-22. Because Union Parish is outside the seven-parishes that make up the Northwest District, the Road Runners were awarded an out-of-district Gold Medal.

Springhill Medical Center Sluggers II won the Silver Medal and Diamonds II copped the Bronze Medal among the 18 teams that opened the tournament March 26.

In the championship match, the two teams struggled through two hitless and scoreless innings before Barbara Wheeler’s triple broke the ice for the Road Runners in the bottom of the third inning. Wheeler’s hit led to six runs for the home team and followed a triple by Mildred Reeves. In the top of the fourth The Rascals bounded back, scoring six runs (the maximum allowed in an inning under Bean Bag rules) to tie the count, only to be tied at 8-all by the Runners in the bottom of the fifth.

A single Rascals run in the top of the sixth set the stage for McArthur’s winning hit. Trailing by 12-8, the Road Runners managed two runs in the final half inning but that wasn’t enough.

Bean Bag Baseball is a target game with players tossing bean bags, hoping to send them into holes that are marked 1-bag, 2-bag, 3-bag and homers and outs.

GOLD: The Rascals (In District)
GOLD: Road Runners II (Out of District)
SILVER: Springhill Medical Center Sluggers II
BRONZE: Diamonds II

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