Poarch seniors strike gold

Published 4:10 am Monday, June 25, 2007

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Poarch Senior Act for Individual Living (SAIL) center members competed against fellow seniors from Mobile, Baldwin and Escambia counties in the Masters Games Tournament, otherwise known as the Senior Olympics, throughout the month of May.
According to Carolyn Dortch, Poarch Band of Creek Indians senior program director, the seniors look forward to the annual event hosted by The South Alabama Regional Planning Commission and the Area Agency on Aging.
"They love to do the Olympics," Dortch said. "They are real energetic about it. They practiced throughout the year on certain things for the Olympics and they are going to Valley in October. I have a great group of very active senior citizens."
The Senior Olympics are broken down into districts. On May 9 the seniors competed in Orange Beach, on May 16 they competed in Mobile and on May 23 they competed at Poarch. All the seniors who placed during these three days will compete at state level in October in Valley.
Poarch SAIL center member Kay Archer placed first in checkers and second in basketball and dominoes.
Ray Archer won first place in horseshoes and checkers.
Lenna Rackard was second in nerfball.
Hubert Rackard received first place in shuffleboard, second in horseshoes and third in nerfball.
Chester McGhee came away from the event with second place ribbons in billiards and basketball and third place in Frisbee.
Lois Amos placed first in the softball throw and second in horseshoes.
Mary Caraway-Agee won first in basketball and second in turfball.
Juanita Jarman received first place in nerfball and second in the softball throw.
Annette Steadham snagged first place in shuffleboard.
Ethel Walker struck gold with first place in the Frisbee throw.
Yvonnie Crenshaw received two first places ribbons for nerfball and the Frisbee throw.
Leroy Walker also got first place in the Frisbee throw.
Peggy Johnson scored third in nerfball.
Savannah Daughtry received four third place ribbons for nerfball, softball, Frisbee and basketball.
Geraldine McGhee was second in shuffleboard.
Velma Amos received third place in the basketball throw.
Some of the Poarch SAIL center members were not available at press time to share their ribbons.

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