May 10, 2018


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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