6:53 p.m. EDT, June 19, 2012
6:53 p.m. EDT, June 19, 2012
The City of Newport News will host the Virginia Senior Games and its slate of approximately 20 sporting events for the next two years.
The 2013 Games are tentatively scheduled for May 8-11 and probably around the same time frame in 2014.
This will be the first time that the Games — for senior athletes ages 50 and over — will be hosted by the city. They had been held in the Richmond area for the past four years and before that in Virginia Beach.
"We are genuinely excited about hosting the Senior Games the next two years and have already started preparations," said Susan Lineberry, the Promotions and Special Events Superintendent for Newport News Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
She said staff members got a jumpstart on preparations by visiting the recent Games to observe the operations there.
Newport News has the experience and knowledge in running major sporting events. In 2003, it joined other neighboring Hampton Roads cities in hosting the National Senior Games. It was also part of the Hampton Roads Sports Commission group that staged the 1998, 2001, 2005, and 2010 AAU National Junior Olympic Games.
All of the events for the 2013 State Senior Games are planned for venues in Newport News.
The slate of sporting events includes archery, badminton, basketball, billiards, bowling, cycling, golf, mini-golf, horseshoes, track and field, racquetball, road racing, pickleball, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, and volleyball.
Kelly Manahl of Poquoson is still on a high after a surprising career performance at the Virginia State USBC Women's Championship Bowling Tournament April 14-May 27 in Staunton and Harrisonburg.
What skyrocketed her spirits to new heights was rolling her first 700 series after more than three decades in the sport. That wasn't all. The 47-year-old bowler struck for another 700 series, won the scratch singles, and placed second in the handicap singles and in the handicap all-events.
She started her impressive run on May 19 at the team event in Staunton. After a 7-spare in the first frame, she reeled off 11 consecutive strikes for a personal-best 290 game. Then she added games of 189 and 222 to crack the 700 realm for the first time with a 701.
At first, Manahl felt she had fallen short of the 700 until a friend came up and congratulated her.
"I had miscalculated. I thought I needed a 232 in the last game instead of 222," she said.
Despite moving to Harrisonburg the next day for the singles and doubles, Manahl remained on a hot streak. Even better, as she shot a 706 series that would eventually earn her the scratch singles title for bowlers with averages of 155 or better.
Going into the tournament, her previous-best series had been a 699 about 15 years ago in Waterloo, Iowa.
Manahl, who moved to the Peninsula four years ago, took second place among the 87 competitors in the handicap singles with an 841 total. That included 135 pins of handicap.
In the all-events handicap, she placed second with a 2,412 total.
Jeffrey Xun Zeng, who has beaten every top-rated player in the country that he has played in the past two years, is a heavy favorite to win the featured Newport News Tennis Club's Joola Open on Saturday at the Midtown Community Center.
Copyright © 2012, Newport News, Va., Daily Press
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