A NEW AND OLD THEME
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.
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.