The Tennessee Senior Olympic Games were held in Franklin July 20-27. The Upper Cumberland District including Crossville sent three softball teams comprised of 41 men sponsored by Hughes Realty to compete in these games. In this double elimination tournament all three teams came back with medals, one with bronze and the other two with silver medals.

This is the fourth year that Crossville teams have competed in the Tennessee Senior Olympics. In the previous three years, the best finish was fourth place.

The 60 through 64 team won two games out of four and the silver medal. The first game was a win over a team from Jackson by the score of 28 to 13. The second game was lost 24 to 2 to a very good Knoxville All-Star team. The third game was a 19 to 15 win over the Chattanooga team. This led to a rematch with the Knoxville All-Stars, with a similar results — a 31 to 11 loss. Crossville's Dick Deweese managed this team.

The 65 through 69 team also won the silver medal, winning three games while losing two to another Knoxville All Star team. The manager of this team is Kraig Hilbink.

This is the first year that Crossville has sent three teams to the state games. The third team is the 70-year-old and above men which is managed by Ray Kent. They won the bronze medal by winning one and losing two. Both losses came in the bottom of the seventh inning on unearned runs scoring.

Crossville senior softball was started by Chris Theodore five years ago and continues every Monday and Thursday at 9 a.m. at Centennial Park.

Currently well over 60 people play with about 30 showing each day. Several more players 60 years of age or older would be welcomed. If you are 60 years of age or older and interested in playing senior softball, just show up at the park. Play will continue until the snow flies, usually in December.

To compete in the state games, the teams must have numbered jerseys. Hughes Realty has sponsored the teams all four years and has provided these caps and jerseys. They also have supported an annual awards banquet at Ryan's each fall.

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