A Blast: 2022 senior games come to a close

Published 9:16 am Thursday, June 9, 2022

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By Carrie Miller

Davie Senior Services

The Davie County Silver Spirits basketball team has been participating in Senior Games since 1995.

For 27 years, Sue Allen, Rachel Howard, and their teammates Alice Barnette, Vickie Frye, Lois Green, Charlotte Miller, Mary Newton, and Candy Newsom with coach, Vanessa Carter, have stayed together to play basketball for your Davie County Senior Games.

The Silver Spirits have played not only at the local level, but at the North Carolina State Finals in Raleigh where they have won over 20 gold medals. Over the years, these ladies have given demonstrations for college basketball games including a special demonstration at a Charlotte Hornets game. This team has also won the National Senior Games gold and won gold in the Huntsman’s World Games in Utah.

This year, the Davie County Silver Spirits filled the Brock Gym on May 23 at 6 p.m. for a game of 3 on 3 basketball against Piedmont Plus.

the Davie County Silver Spirits is only one team. It is the desire of the Silver Spirits to encourage other senior aged adults, men and women, to participate in the basketball event at the local games. To encourage others, they share this quote: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”

To learn more about the basketball team, register to attend the Basketball and Softball Team Interest Meeting scheduled for Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Senior Services Brock Campus.

On Tuesday, May 24, the Davie Senior Games Table Tennis players came out to play games of singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Competition was all around and balls were flying everywhere.

To officially close the 2022 Senior Games Season, the final event was the Senior Games Closing Ceremony and SilverArts Follies.

The event started with an art show in the multipurpose room at Senior Services where each person could see the details of the artwork created by the Silver Artists. Each person who entered the room had the chance to vote for their favorite piece – anything from quilting to acrylic painting to woodcarving to literary pieces.

The winner of the Best in Show voted on by her peers was Doris Hinsdale with her flower garden handstitched quilt.

Following the voting, the Davie Dazzler Cheerleading Squad performed their cheer and danced to the song “Roll Back the Rug (and Dance)” by Scooter Lee. The Davie Dazzlers are excited to represent Davie County at the state finals this Fall. If you are 50 or better and interested in cheerleading, register for the upcoming Cheerleading Team Interest Meeting on Monday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Senior Services Brock Campus.


Basketball Team: first, (75-79), Silver Spirits.

Table Tennis: Singles: (60-64), first, Carolyn Sloan; (65-69), first, Frosty Prim; (70-74), first, Alice Monk, Lester Key; second, Karen Umberger, Wayne Randleman; third, Pat Foster; (75-79), first, Barbara Chapman, Eddie Hubbard Jr.; (80-84), first, Judy Collette; (85-89), first, Kay Lloyd; (90-94), first, George Kimberly.

Table Tennis Doubles: (65-69), first, Kathy Cornatzer & Pat Foster; (70-74), first, Alice Monk & Karen Umberger.

Tennis Mixed Doubles: (70-74), first, Karen Umberger & Dan Rhoads; second, Alice Monk & Wayne Randleman; third, Judy Collette & Lester Key.

Cheerleading: first, Davie Dazzlers.

As one can tell, this Senior Games season has been nothing but a blast. From Bermuda Run, to Mocksville, to Cooleemee, your Davie County seniors are staying active, healthy, and loving the fun.

Davie County Senior Services would like to thank the Senior Games Ambassadors: Alice Barnette, Bud Stroud, Roni Barney, Mary Hall, Lois Green, Peggy Evans, Ted Freshwater, Vickie Frye, Sandi Winston, and John Bullins for leading the Senior Games each year.

Thank you to the following locations for allowing and supporting Senior Games: RISE Indoor Sports Complex, Davie County Recreation and Parks, Creekside Lanes, Davie County High School, Adventure Landing, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Cooleemee Recreation Center, Bermuda Village, Camp Manna, Davie Family YMCA, Davie County Public Library, and Pudding Ridge Golf Course. Special thank you to Davie County High School, Food Lion 601 South, and Davie Construction for sharing volunteers.

Senior Services hopes each and every one of you 50 or better will make plans to join them next season for the 30th year of Davie County Senior Games.Check out several upcoming Senior Games and SilverArts activities such as Art Classes, Quilting, Ping Pong Fun Day, Grands Cornhole, Senior Writing Group, Bocce Clinic, Bowling Lunch, and more.

If you have any questions, contact Senior Services at 336-753-6230.