May 31, 2018


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 3:24 pm

Ronny Comstock, the NW La. District Senior Olympics 2018 Coordinator, received the organization’s top individual honor during the celebration that ended the 26th renewal of the activities for those 50 and older.

Comstock was named winner of the Hazel Gay Torch Award, which is named in honor of the woman who played a major role in guiding the organization’s early years. Comstock is in his third year as district coordinator. He succeeds Gary Calligas in the line of Torch winners.

In all, nine award winners were named during the final program held May 29 in the VFW Post 4588 building in Bossier City

Bob Taylor received the Ken Howard’s Spirit Award, named for the late Ken Howard who was known for the spirited way he enjoyed competing in the Senior Olympics and how he helped and encouraged fellow competitors, especially newcomers, during the games.

Jerry Harris of Jerry Harris Originals received the Distinguished Service Award. He has designed the group’s distinctive commemorative T-shirts for the last 21 years.

Richard Beall received the Susan Berry Memorial Award given in the district golf competition.

Velma Johnson won the Jesse Lanier Memorial Award, given in the district track and field competition.

Duane Chilton took home the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Betty Smith was named the Most Valuable Player Award winner.

And George Jernigan and Shelly Quarles were named Male and Female Athlete of the Year.

The 26th edition of the district games drew 517 competitors to the sports and games carnival that ran from March 16 to May 25 and featured 24 different activities for those 50 years and older.

May 22, 2018


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 3:53 pm

If history is a prelude, Dywane Pickett and Don Ashworth proved to be right in step in the 2018 NW La. Senior Olympics golf championship at Querbes Park Wednesday (May 16).

In 2017, Pickett won the Gold Medal in the 70-74 age bracket and Ashworth took home the Silver Medal. On Wednesday, Pickett won the Gold Medal in the age bracket and Ashworth won the Silver Medal.

Jeff Coulson and Harry Allen also won age group Gold Medals for the second straight year, Coulson among 60-64 golfers and Allen among the 80-89 grouping.

In medal scoring, Pickett’s 75 was low, followed by Bob Joubert’s 76. Ashworth, Coulson and Jorge Jeminez had scores of 77. Steve Williford posted a 78 and Allen and Chip Hemphill posted 79s, rounding out the top eight scores.

Marilyn Creswell, in her first year as tournament director, had the field off and running minutes before the scheduled shotgun start. She also won the Gold Medal for the ladies in the field.

Medal winners are automatically qualified for the LSOG state competition Sept 12 at Oakwing Golf Club in Alexandria. Entry deadline is Sept. 4. Details of all the events at the state level can be found at the state website–lsog1.org. Par at Oakwing Golf Club is 36-36-72 and Robbie Gueringer is the professional.

In addition to medal winners, medal score finishes also qualify for the state event–men 50-69 100 or below; 70-79 105 or below and men 80 or above must be able to finish a round in four hours. Corresponding women levels are 105, 110 and four hours.

Female: 65-70–Marilyn Creswell Gold. Vickie Mericle Silver. Velma Johnson Bronze. Male: 60-64–Jeff Coulson Gold. Chip Hemphill Silver. Johnny Zunigo Bronze. 65-69–Harvis Pullig Gold. Lionel Brangham Silver. 70-74–Dwayne Pickett Gold. Don Ashworth Silver. Jorge Jimenez Bronze. 75-79–Larry Joubert Gold. Richard Beall Silver. Leon Darden Bronze. 80-89–Harry Allen Gold. Tom Bachman Silver. Larry Rowe Bronze. Long Drive–Leon Darden. Closest to Pin–Steve Pinkley.

May 19, 2018


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 6:55 pm

It’s just another verse of the same old song in NW La. District Senior Olympics Miniature Golf at Party Central in Bossier City May 15.

Bob Taylor gives chase but Harold Harvill always puts together a round that is one shot better than Taylor’s. This time Taylor fashioned a five-over par 41 in the men’s 75-79 age bracket. “But Harold shot a 40,’ Taylor lamented. “One shot difference in his favor. It always seems to turn out that way,” Taylor said, recalling that he has targeted Harvill for several years in the event but has yet to beat him for the low round of the evening.

It’s no disgrace, considering Harvill’s history. When miniature golf was sweeping the nation in a wave of popularity in the ’60s, Harvill was among the best players in the area, taking part in national and southern tournaments. Taylor really zeroed in on miniature golf only in the Senior Olympics.

Female Gold Medals went to Doris Carter, Linda Johnson, Peggy Chilton, Kay Aldrich and Atlean Snow.

Robert Lachman, Steve Pinkley and Jerry Warren won age-group Golds on the male side.

Female: 60-64–Doris Carter Gold. Cheryl Festervan Silver. 65-69–Linda Johnson Gold. Betty Smith Silver. Sandy Hardy Bronze. 70-74–Peggy Chilton Gold. Jeanette Kahlenhofer Silver. Elaine Ingersoll Bronze. 75-79–Kay Aldrich Gold. Darlene Stone Silver. Betty Braner Bronze. 80-84–Atlean Snow Gold. Sally Vaughn Silver. Male: 65-69 Robert Lachman Gold. Lionel Brangham Silver. Dan Hardy Bronze. 70-74–Steve Pinkley Gold. Gary Tyler Silver. 75-79–Harold Harvill Gold. Bob Taylor Silver. Duane Chilton Bronze. 80-84–Jerry Warren Gold. Walter Hall Silver. Bill Snow Bronze.

May 11, 2018


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 8:31 pm

Betty Smith and Bob Turner, who are regular entrants in some of the active sports offered by the NW La. District Senior Olympics, were Gold Medal winners in Table Games, contested at the Bossier Council on Aging April 12.

Mose Kirkandoll, Marvin Roy Jr., Leon Green, Jeanette Reed and Willie Myers won Gold Medals in age brackets when the District contested Dominoes at the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home April 13.

PHASE 10: 55-74–Betty Smith Gold. Carole Felts Silver. Dawn Manning Bronze. 75-80–Bob Taylor Gold. Bette Turner Silver. Doris Carter Bronze.
MEXICAN TRAIN: Betty Daily Gold. Lionel Brabham Silver. Margery Waller Bronze.
SKIPBO: Mose Kirkandoll-Willie Hall Gold. Rose Black-Jackie Conner Silver. Gary and Mary Price Bronze.
DOMINOES: FEMALE–60-65 Jeanette Reed Gold. Jane Adams Silver. 70-79 Willie Myers Gold. Rose Black Silver. MALE–58-70 Mose Kirkandoll Gold. Robert McClendon Silver. Vernon Farley Bronze. 80-89 Marvin Roy Jr. Gold. William Curry Silver. 90-94 Leon Green Gold.Clifton Wells Silver.


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 9:18 am

Kay Aldrich and Duane Chilton came to the finish line side-by-side in each of the distances of the NW La. District Senior Olympics Recreational Walk competition May 2 in Bossier City’s Brownlee Park.

The winning times were 13 minutes and 30 seconds in the one-mile and 43 minutes and 35 seconds in the 5 kilometer. Her performance continued Aldrich’s domination in the two distances. She has never lost in the district walks. She bested her closest competitors, Velma Johnson and Dawn Manning, by a minute and 25 seconds in the one-mile and Johnson by four minutes and 34 seconds in the 5K.

Chilton finished a minute ahead of his closest competition, Fred Walters, in the one mile and two minutes and nine seconds ahead of the runner-up, Walters again, in the 5K.

Lionel and Linda Brangham were in charge of the event this year.

Recreational One-Mile Walk
FEMALE: 60-64–Shelia Hunter 16:52:30 Gold. 65-69–Dawn Manning 14:55 Gold. 70-74–Velma Johnson 14:55 Gold. Peggy Case 16:28 Silver. Fay Scroggins 16:28 Silver. Marsh Brown 17:35 Bronze. 75-79–Kay Aldrich 13:30 Gold. MALE: 75-79–Duane Chilton 13:30 Gold. Fred Walters 14:30 Silver. Monty Brown 15:35:30 Bronze.
5K Recreational Walk
FEMALE: 55-59–Dawn Manning 47:02 Golf. 70-74–Velma Johnson 47:01 Gold. Kay Aldrich 43:35 Gold. MALE: 73-79–Duane Chilton 43:35 Gold. Fred Walters 45:44 Silver.

May 10, 2018


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 6:41 pm

The Browns were in tune in Bocce Ball. Monty, Marsha and Glynda Brown, relative newcomers to the District Senior Olympics, each medaled during competition May 3 in Shreveport’s Betty Virginia Park.

Monty won a Gold Medal in men’s 65-79 age group. Marsha captured a Bronze Medal in play for women ages 70-74 and Glynda pocketed a bronze medallion playing against women in the 75-84 age group.

Monty and Marsha are well known to area seniors. They are accomplished musicians and have produced numerous albums and CDs specializing in folk lore of Louisiana and Cajun music. They also volunteer to help develop the Bossier Council on Aging choir.

Senior Olympic regulars Lionel Brangham (Silver) and Duane Chilton (Bronze) finished behind Monty Brown in the very competitive bracket for men 65 to 79 years of age.

Again compliments go to Andrew Walker who prepared the bocce ball courts and had them ready for play when contestants showed up in the early morning. Walker, of the Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation (SPAR), was the recipient of the District’s Distinguished Service in 2010 for his preparation for district bocce ball. And he hasn’t lost his touch.

FEMALES: Ages 55-64–Dawn Manning Gold. Shelly Quarles Silver. Cheryl Festervan Bronze. 65-69–Betty Smith Gold. Vickie Miracle Silver. 70-74–Jeanette Kohlnhofer Gold. Priscilla McGee Silver. Marsha Brown Bronze. 75-84–Dot Young, Gold. Jo Jernigan Silver. Glynda Brown Bronze. 85-Plus–Jackie Conner Gold, Maxine Thomas Silver. MALES: 65-79–Monty Brown Gold. Lionel Brangham Silver. Duane Chilton Bronze. 80-84–Gary Price Gold. George Jernigan Silver. 85-Plus–Robert Bates Gold. Dick Hainey Silver.


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 5:40 pm

Denise and David McKelvain won Gold Medals in Compound Release and Recurve with Sights respectively in the 2018 NW La. District Senior Olympics Archery competition at Red River Bowmen Range MAY 5.

Denise posted a score of 817 of a possible 900 points in Compound Release. David won his medallion in Recurve (with sights) with a 760 score.

Other 800-plus scores of the day in Compound Release were posted by Robert Miller and Ricky Stupery, 875 each, Chip Hemphill 874, Richard Gibson 872 and Carey King 845.

Archery competition for the Louisiana Senior Olympic Games (LSOG) will be held again at the Red River Bowmen Range September 15. Entry deadline is September 1. For more information contact Emma Brown at 318-572-6102.

This is a qualifying year for the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 14-25, 2019, and performances in the 2018 LSOG championships will be used to determine individual eligibility to advance to the National Senior Games.

FEMALE 50-54–Denise McKelvain 817 Gold. 55-59–Belinda Moore 690 Gold. 60-64–Becky Harris 806 Gold. MALE 50-54–Richard Gibson 872 Gold. Todd Clifton 812 Silver. 55-59–Chip Hemphill 874 Gold. Bill Morrison 841 Silver. Steve Malone 832 Bronze. 60-64–Robert Miller 875 Gold. Ricky Stupery 875 Silver. 65-69–Carey King 845 Gold. Jacques Bulliard 823 Silver. Jerry Harris 814 Bronze. 65-70–Claude Matherne 656 Gold.

Male 60-64–Timothy Wachtel 615 Gold. 70-74–Jim Metzger 353 Gold.

Male 50-54–Emite Rose 808 Gold. 55-59–David McKelvain 760 Gold. 65-69–Bob Lowry 725 Gold.


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 1:15 pm

Jennifer West and Eddie Holman captured the Mixed Doubles Gold Medals in the NW La. District Senior Olympics tennis competition Wednesday (May 9) at Bossier Tennis Center as the event matched its record turnout of 34 players.

West-Holman won four matches on the way to the medals, most of any entrants during the tournament. The duo saved the best for last, knocking out Kay Cochran and Mike Correle, eight games to three. The event used pro set scoring to accommodate the size of the field. Cochran and Correle took the Silver Medals and Kim and Fred Lucky the Bronze Medals when tournament officials used matches won to determine final standings.

The tournament’s other Gold Medal winners were Sheila Pernici and Carla Hildebrand in women’s 50-59 age doubles, Patti Hurst and Jill McCathran in women’s 60-64 age doubles, Sonia Killen and Bonnie Cox in 65-75 doubles, Pernici in women’s singles and Pat Worley and Dennis Alexander in men’s doubles.

The West-Holman match with Cochran-Correle produced some of the best rallies of the day. Correle, a Pennsylvanian brought to the Bossier area by a stint in the U.S. Air Force, delighted the gallery with his speed getting to balls and quick reflexes that kept points alive. Often when Holman, the former Louisiana Tech baseball great, or West seemed to have found open spaces to place winners, Correle managed returns.

West-Holman’s 8-3 verdict over Cochran-Correle proved to be their stiffest test of the day.

The tournament drew 34 entrants last year, far and away larger than any of its 24 predecessors.

Mixed Doubles–Jennifer West-Eddie Holman Gold. Kaye Cochran-Mike Correle Silver. Kim and Fred Lucky Bronze.
Female: 50-59 Doubles–Sheila Pernici-Carla Hildebrand Gold. Susan Jordan-Kim Lucky Silver. Susan Torma-Jennifer West Bronze. 60-64 Doubles Patti Hurst-Jill McCathran Gold. Nancy Devers-Kaye Cochran Silver. Melissa Brown-Sue Rentz Bronze. 65-75 Doubles–Sonia Killen-Bonnie Cox Gold. Susan Beal-Ann Swor Silver. Carol Kurtzman-Ann Lassiter Bronze. Singles–Sheila Pernici Gold. Velma Johnson Silver. Dee Messier Bronze.
Male: Doubles–Dennis Alexander-Pat Worley Gold. Ed Dilworth-Bob Hayslip Silver.

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