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Commentary: Local seniors shine at State Championships

The 2010 Florida State Senior Games State Championships ran Dec. 4-12 in Cape Coral and Lee County.

Several Manatee County senior athletes performed well.

Bradenton’s Ronald Fulmer won the men’s 65-69 year old compound release division in archery held at Sherman Soccer Complex in Fort Myers on the opening day.

Bradenton’s Lorrie Pead grabbed a first place finish in the women’s 55-59 year old mixed doubles division for bowling at Fort Myers Galaxy Lanes/Pin Street.

She also teamed with Parrish’s Patricia Bissell for second place in the doubles portion.

Parrish’s Edward Ploughman took third in the men’s doubles.

In Pickleball at Estero Community Park, Longboat Key’s Toni Teasdale and Bradenton’s Barbara Smith won silver for the women’s 60-64 year old doubles division.

Bradenton’s Craig Humphreys partnered with Holmes Beach resident William Wilson for a ribbon in the men’s 65-69 year old doubles division.

Longboat Keys’ Jim Teasdale and Bradenton’s Robert McClure took gold among 75-79-year-olds.

Swimming took place at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Aquatics Center.

Patricia Bond, of Bradenton, racked up the wins in the women’s 70-74 year old 200-yard freestyle, the 50-yard backstroke (setting a new record for her age group), 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle.

The second of the nine-day event saw Humphreys and Wilson take gold and silver in the pickleball singles division.

Smith and Humphreys teamed for a third place finish in the mixed doubles and Toni Teasdale took silver in the women’s singles.

Two Bradenton male residents, Leszek Filipowicz (singles) and Joe Cincotta (doubles), earned second-place finishes in the 75-79 year old division in table tennis at Estero Community Park.

Last Tuesday featured cycling at Cape Corals Wilmington Parkway.

Longboat Key’s Carol Campbell finished fourth in the 5K time trials and third in the 10K time trials for the 55-59 women’s age division.

Bradenton’s Jay Whelchel had a heartbreaking conclusion for basketball shooting on Thursday.

He placed second in free throw shooting, spot shooting and timed field goal shooting among 70-74-year-olds, while losing a tiebreaker in all three events.

At South Fort Myers last Saturday, track and field events were in full force.

Bradenton’s Gary Winters placed fourth in the 70-74 shot put age division.

Palmetto’s Daniel Miller won the 55-59 year old divisions for long jump and triple jump.

Erma McMullen, of Holmes Beach, placed fourth in the 5K Road Race at Cape Corals Rotary Park for 65-69 year old women.

The final day was a big win for Bradenton’s Bob Lerow, who won the 55-59 year old age division for singles and doubles in racquetball.

Bradenton’s Kevin Beach placed fourth in Lerow’s division for singles and doubles, partnering with Bradenton’s Phil Mugford.

Bradenton’s Charles Remington (65-69) and Elmer Claussen (75-79) finished third in their respective age groups.

Bradenton’s Jim Cook placed second in the 80-84 year old division.

Remington teamed with University Park’s Harvey Maclin for fourth in doubles, with Cook winning his age groups doubles division and Palmetto’s John Cruickshank taking down the 75-79 year old doubles group.

Bradenton’s Brian Donovan (second, 50-54 year olds, 1500 meter run) and Miller (200 meter dash) competed in track events.

Badminton featured Ellenton residents Jim and Brenda Bull winning their age groups for singles.

They then teamed for a runner-up spot in the 60-64 year old mixed doubles portion, while Jim finished second in the men’s doubles.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017.