April 21, 2018


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 4:48 pm

Liz Sharp, Jenny Hackman and Velma Johnson epitomized the saying that a women’s work that is never done at the NW La. District Senior Olympics track and field championship Saturday (April 21).

Sharp, from Monroe, brought her own implements to the field events and had impressive marks in the discus (60 feet, 7 1/2 inches) shot put (27 feet, one inch) and javelin (64 feet, nine inches). Each figure betters the winning effort for her age at the 2017 LSOG championship.

Hackman, who had three top 10 finishes in the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham during the summer, earned district medals in the 200 meters (49.20), 400 meters (1:54.81), 800 meters (4:00.8)and 1,500 meters (7:58.0). In the 800 and 1,500, she was the lone runner on the track, male or female. But she plowed on anyway.

Johnson bounced around, taking part in the three field events and the 50 and 100 meter runs.

As expected, Larry Smith stood out in the running events on the male side, posting best times regardless of age in the 50 and 100 meter runs. In the 200, Ken Prude, nine years younger than the 71-year old Smith, had a best of 29:46 to 30.08.

Gene Strogen stood out in the men’s field events posting overall bests in the discus (98-2) and shot put (36-6).

Veteran track and field coach Frank Trammel conducted a fast-moving event in his first effort at the helm of the district meet.

Female: Liz Sharp (71) 60-7 1/2 Gold. Velma Johnson (70) 38-3 Silver. Betty Smith (69) 26-10 Bronze. Male: Gene Strogen (53) 98-2 Gold.Wayne Bamberg (68) 73-5 1/2 Gold. Dan Ursery (70) 62-4 Gold.
Female: Liz Sharp (71) 27-1 Gold. Velma Johnson (70) 21-0 Silver. Betty Smith (69) 17-4 1/2 Bronze. Male: Gene Strogen (53) 36-6 Gold. Wayne Bamberg (68) 31-8 Gold. Ken Endris (68) 22-8 Silver. Dan Ursery (70) 27-11 Gold. Charles Jolley (80) 28-4 1/2 Gold.
Female: Liz Sharp (71) 64-9 Gold. Velma Johnson (70) 42-3 Silver. Betty Smith (69) 29-11 Bronze. Male: Wayne Bamberg (68) 75-7 1/2 Gold.
Female: Velma Johnson (70) 09.00 Gold. Male: Mark Walker (55) 07:89 Gold. Tim Mitchell (64) 07:72 Gold. Gary Moore (66) 09:03 Silver. Larry Smith (71) 07:22 Gold. Dan Ursery (70) 07.72 Silver.
Female: Velma Johnson (70) 20:91 Gold. Male: Mark Walker (55) 22:09 Gold. Tim Mitchell (64) 29.31 Gold. Ken Endris (68) 16:63 Gold. Larry Smith (71) 14:33 Gold. Mike Loyd (70) 14:59 Silver. Dan Ursery (70) 15:14 Bronze. Robert Sutton (75) 18:12 Gold.
Female: Jenny Hackman (53) 49:20 Gold. Male: Mark Walker (55) 37:38 Gold. Ken Prude (62) 29:46 Gold. Ken Endris (68) 34:20 Gold. Larry Smith (71) 30:08 Gold. Dan Ursery (70) 32:21 Silver.
Female: Jenny Hackman (53) 1:54.81 Gold. Male: Mark Walker (55) 1:13.80 Gold. Ken Endris (68) 2:20.10 Gold.
Female: Jenny Hackman (53) 4:00.8. Gold.
1,500 METERS
Female: Jenny Hackman (53) 7:58. Gold.

April 16, 2018


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 1:55 pm

DSC_1293.JPGDSC_1267 (2).JPGTrack and field, table tennis and darts and accuracy throws will round out this week in the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics.

Coach Frank Trammel will welcome senior athletes to Benton High School track Saturday (April 21) at 8:30 a.m. for running events and throws in the javelin, discus and shot put. This will be Trammel’s first attempt to guide the event. Last May the weather forced two rain delays and eventually cancelled the competition and the former nationally recognized distance runner and cross country coach is ready and anxious to go this time. First running event will be the 50 meter dash. The field events will begin at the same time.

Darts and accuracy throws will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday (April 21) at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 5400 East Texas in Bossier City.

On Thursday (April 19) table tennis competition will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Bossier Recreation Office at 3223 Old Minden Road in Bossier City.

There is still time to sign up for any of the events on the district calendar.


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 11:29 am

The Young Guns and Roadrunnners I won 2018 Beanbag Baseball Gold Medals in NW District Senior Olympics play.

Captain Margie Bamburg saw her Young Guns replaced The Sometimers as champs. Roadrunners I was best among out-of-district teams. Mixed Nuts, captained by Duane Chilton, won the Silver Medal among district teams and Krewe of Elders won the Bronze Medal.

Dennis Bamburg, Dywane Pickett, Patricia Pickett, Andy Cory, Judy Cory, James Russom and Cindy Cason rounded out The Young Guns, a team with many Golds from previous years.

Chilton’s team included Emma Lambert, Deborah Powell, R.C. Tatum, Mary Jones, Diane Tyler, Peggy Chilton, Joann Lanadier, Johnny Lonadier and Gary Tyler.

Julia Collins captained the Krewe. Other members were Bill Still, A.J. Cascio, Sue Prudhomme, Liz Skyler, Richard Skyler, Patsy McGee, Lana Cross, Bill Wisby, Charles Citrano, Sylvia Mobley, Gerald Kent and Paula Tugwell.

Dot Young captained the Roadrunners and her roster incluced Fred Ford, Barbara Wheeler, Wilma Thrasher, Maxine Thomas, Sybil Calloway, Patsy Sellers, Patsy Reeves, Dorothy Richardson, Annette Burch, Mildred Reeves and Tiny Ward.

April 10, 2018


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 11:00 am

DSC_14631.JPG>Gary Calligas flanked by Dick and Marilyn Hainey

Gary Calligas received the 2017 Torch Award at the opening ceremony of the 26th NW La. District Senior Olympics Tuesday (April 10).

The presentation of the coveted award, given in honor of the late Hazel Gay, highlighted the event, which returned to the Bossier Civic Center after 10 years in other locations. Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker welcomed the Senior Olympics back to the Civic Center to open Tuesday’s ceremony.

Others receiving awards for the 2017 year were Linda Comstock (Ken Howard’s Spirit Award), Ruby
Thomas and Lionel Brangham (Athletes of the Year), Velma Johnson (Most Valuable Player), Emma Gene Brown of Red River Bowmen Range (Volunteer of the Year) and Don Ashworth (Susan Berry Memorial Outstanding Golfer Award).

Denny Rogers, Managing Partner of Landers Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM, was named winner of the Distinguished Service Award for steadfast support of the district games for more than 10 years. April Babcock, Landers Customer Relations Supervisor, accepted the award for Rogers.

Calligas, the man behind The Best of Times magazine and The Best of Times radio program, has been a member of the district’s supervisory board for nearly 20 years. The Best of Times has conducted senior health fairs as part of district’s opening ceremonies during that span.

Senior Olympics activities resume on Thursday with Table Games competition at the Bossier Council on Aging on Bearkat Drive at 9 a.m.

AN ASIDE: While Mayor Walker was being introduced for his welcoming words to the seniors, it was noted that he is a veteran of the NW Louisiana District Senior Olympics. “He was a great third baseman for our slo-pitch softball team,” a former team member told the audience. The Mayor smiled at the recollection.

April 9, 2018


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 12:36 pm

The opening ceremony of the 2018 Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics will be held this morning at Bossier Civic Center in conjunction with the 2018 Senior Health Fair.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. and run through 1 p.m. The mayors of Bossier City and Shreveport have been invited to attend. A patriotic portion of the program will include a Color Guard from Barksdale AFB and the National Anthem.

Winners of the district’s 2017’s special awards will be announced.

The senior health fair is sponsored by The Best of Times magazine and radio show. That insures
lots of free give-away items, information, door prizes and free health care screenings, a door prize package and a Special Grand Door Prize. Copies of the 2018 Seniorific Magazine, the district’s yearbook, and of the Best of Times Silver Pages, a senior resource directory, will be given away at the entry desk.

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