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.

April 30, 2018


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 2:14 pm

Wayne Bamburg, who earlier in the NW La. District Senior Olympics captured a Gold Medal in the discus throw, was on target in washer pitch, winning another Gold Medal Monday (April 30) in Washer Pitch at Bellaire Fitness Center.

Bamburg finished ahead of Bobby Bearden and Johnny Lonadier in the medal race for competitors between the ages of 50 and 69.

Washer Pitch is a bracketed event, meaning many age groups were decided in face-to-face competition. Players score points by tossing a washer, used in ordinary mechanical work, into a cup three inches in diameter and 18 feet away. First player to score 11 points wins a match.

In the oldest age brackets, Jackie Conner won gold for the females and Robert Bates struck gold for the men.

Female: 55-64–Sheila Hunter Gold. Shelly Quarles Silver. 65-69–Paula Hadwin Gold. Lillian Trammel Silver. Betty Smith Bronze. 70-74–Peggy Chilton Gold. Rita Bates Silver. Linda Brangham Bronze. 75-79–Pat Bearden Gold. Glynda Brown Silver. Virginia Jones Bronze. 80-84–Barbara Wheeler Gold. Atlean Snow Silver. Sally Vaughn Bronze. 85-89–Jackie Conner Gold. Dot Barnett Silver. Maxine Thomas Bronze. Male: 50-69–Wayne Bamburg Gold. Bobby Bearden Silver. Johnny Lonadier Bronze. 75-79–Bob Taylor Gold. Duane Chilton Silver. 80-84–George Jernigan Gold. Bill Snow Silver. James Russom Bronze. 85+–Robert Bates Gold. Dick Hainey Silver.

April 27, 2018


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 2:33 pm

Five of the headliner events on the NW La. District Senior Olympics schedule are dead ahead Monday through Saturday, April 30-May 5.

WASHER PITCH is set for 9 a.m. Monday, April 30, at Bellaire Fitness Center, 4330 Panther Drive in Bossier City.

Seniors will take the starting line Wednesday, May 2, for the RECREATIONAL AND 5K WALK at 9 a.m. in Brownlee Park off Brownlee Road in Bossier City.

Bettye Virginia Park, 3800 Line Avenue in Shreveport, is the scene of BOCCE BALL competition beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 3.

HORSESHOE competition is on tap Friday, May 4, at Knights of Columbus Hall, 5400 East Texas in Bossier City. The recreational division starts at 8 a.m. and the advanced division begins at 9 a.m.

ARCHERY rounds out the week, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Red River Archery Range, 4099 Radcliff Road in Shreveport.

It’s a busy week and late entries will be accepted at the discretion of event coordinators.



Filed under: General News — gerry @ 9:52 am

WARNING: Don’t mess around with Linda and Lionel Brangham.

That’s the takeaway from the NW La. District Senior Olympics marksmanship competition held Thursday (April 26) at Shooters USA range. Linda won the Gold Medal for women pistol shooters ages 70-74 and Lionel matched that in the men’s ages 70-74 division. Then Lionel stuck around to pick up a Gold Medal in rifle shooting.

Linda scored a 168 of 300 points and Lionel 182 of 300 in the pistol competition.

Dan Saxon again proved the best pistol marksman among th older shooters, capturing a Gold Medal in the men’s 75-85 age group with a 187 score. “Dan wins every time he shows up,” remarked one observer.

Pistol Results

Female: Ages 70-74–Linda Brangham Gold. Velma Johnson Silver. Ages 75-79–Betty Cooley Gold. Gail Thompson Silver. Male: Ages 70-74–Lionel Brangham Gold. Ernie Chmielewski Silver. Wayne Bamburg Bronze. Ages 75-85–Dan Saxon Gold. Mike Berry Silver. Don Floyd Bronze.

Rifle Results
Female: Velma Johnson Gold. Male: Lionel Brangham Gold. Don Floyd Silver. Wayne Bamburg Bronze.

April 26, 2018


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 3:02 pm

Bob Taylor may have to move things around in his trophy cabinet to accommodate all the medals he’s won in the NW La. District Senior Olympics.

Wednesday (April 25), the veteran Senior Olympics competitor made all the right moves in capturing a Gold Medal for men ages 70-78 in the District chess championship at Bossier Council on Aging.

Bob was joined by Trey Taylor, his son, at the Gold Medal level. Trey won the 50-55 age bracket Gold ahead of Robert Batten.

Matt Alexander won Gold, Rick Rickenbach Silver and Dr. Nick Pariskh Bronze for ages 63-68.

Ages 50-55–Trey Taylor Gold. Robert Batten Silver. Ages 63-68 Matt Alexander, Gold. Rick Rickenbach Silver and Dr. Nic Parikh Bronze. Ages 70-78–Bob Taylor Gold. Robert Stockman Silver.


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 12:54 pm

Richard Beall won a Gold Medal in men’s 67-75 age bracket during pool competition in the 2018 NW La. District Senior Olympics.

Meanwhile, Monte Brown, old regular Bob Taylor and Fred Walters each were awarded Gold Medals in the men’s 75-79 age bracket in a rare tie. Vickie Mericle, Velma Johnson and Teresa Lambert dominated the women’s competition.

Pool players met at Bill Cockrell Community Center after years of play being staged at Randall T. Moore Center. Remodelling of the Moore Center forced the move. This year’s competition drew a dozen entries.

Female:65-69–Vickie Mericle Gold. Betty Smith Silver. 70-74–Velma Johnson Gold. Ruby Thomas Silver. 75-84–Teresa Lambert Gold. Marsha Brown Silver. Delores Gentry Bronze. Male: 67-75–Richard Beall Gold. Harris Pullig Silver. 75-79–Monty Brown, Bob Taylor and Fred Walters each won Gold Medals in a three-way tie.


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 12:24 pm

Dawn Manning, who won a Gold Medal in 2017, and Dale Higginbotham, who returned to competition after several years absence, won age divisions in Northwest La. District Senior Olympics table tennis at Bossier Recreation Department April 19.

Manning beat Vickie Mericle for the gold in the women’s 55-59 age group foe the top medallion. .

Higginbotham received a Gold Medal for out-of-district entries in the men’s 75-79 age bracket. In a showdown with perennial leader Bob Taylor, Higginbotham prevailed. Taylor was awarded the Gold Medal for in-district entrants.

Female: 55-69–Dawn Manning Gold. Vickie Mericle Silver. 70-74–Marsha Brown Gold. Velma Johnson Silver. 75-79–Glynda Brown Gold. Male: 50-54–Gene Strogen Gold. 75-79–Dale Higginbotham Gold (OD). Bob Taylor Gold. Monty Brown Silver.

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.

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