• Central Oregonians part of championship team: Five Bend residents were members of a slow pitch softball squad that earned a gold medal at the Huntsman World Senior Games, which started Oct. 8 and are scheduled to conclude this Saturday in St. George, Utah.
Redmond resident Bobby Bell, Tumalo’s Bob Gordon, and Bend’s Tom Cook, Paul Greathouse and John Seekins all played on the Oregon Road Runners squad that won the men’s 65-plus A division. Gordon reported that he and his teammates went undefeated in the double-elimination tournament, and that their division included teams from California, New Mexico and Florida.
Another Bend resident, Jim Crowell, won two medals in the men’s 75-79 age division in basketball: a gold in “hot-shot” shooting and a bronze in three-point and free-throw shooting. In the hot-shot event, participants earned points by making baskets from designated spots on the court, and the participant with the highest point total achieved in one minute was the victor. In the free-throw and three-point shooting event, the participant with the highest point total after shooting 25 free throws (baskets worth one point each) and six three-point shots (baskets worth three points each) won the event.
The World Senior Games is an annual Olympic-style sporting event open to men and women age 50 and older from across the world. For more information, go to seniorgames.net.