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Seniors soar at state competition
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Senior athletes from Warren County must have realized there’s no better time than now to have plenty of gold.
Warren County was well represented at the state Senior Olympics held in Williamson County July 13-19.
Basketball proved to be the sport of choice for several local residents as the Lady Bulldogs roster brought back seven gold medals combined.
The Lady Bulldog team, which consists of Carolyn Lance, Blanche Cook, Wanda Shanks and JoAn Cantrell, had no challengers in their 75+ age division and took gold by virtue of forfeit.
Instead of going home unchallenged, the Lady Bulldogs suited up against three younger squads for exhibition games which will ensure the team a spot in the National Senior Olympics.
While the team took gold without a sweat, Cantrell and Lance battled for the gold in the 75+ division of the free-throw competition. Cantrell won, hitting 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. Lance tied for second, making 8-of-10.
Cook was a big winner in two divisions. Cook won the shoot-around, which tested players with shots around the court. Cook was also on target from long range as she won gold in the 3-point competition. Cook took the silver medal in the 80+ division of the free-throw competition.
Glenda Cantrell was the fifth Warren County resident to win a medal in basketball as she joined the Amigos and claimed the silver medal in the 70+ division of 3-on-3 basketball.
Carolyn Garretson brought back gold as she was part of the winning team in the 65+ division of volleyball.
 Allen Hitchcock continued his impressive play on the golf course over the last two years. Hitchcock, who qualified and played in the National Senior Olympics in 2011, placed second in the state golf tournament.
Lester Cowell rounded out the Warren County medal winners with a third-place finish in mixed doubles tennis.
Several senior athletes will now have a chance to move on to National Senior Olympics, which will be played next July in Cleveland, Ohio.