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1,000 athletes wrap up 'Senior Games'

The game was tightly contested in the mid-field for several tense moments Sunday at Santa Rosa's Trione Fields. But then the ball came loose in front of Santa Rosa-based Nor Cal United player Ester Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, 52, of Fremont missed then regained the ball, and with a kick sent it soaring from about mid-field into the goal.

The score was 4-0, sealing the women's soccer championship at the Sonoma Wine Country Senior Games for Nor Cal United.

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"Go Ester," whooped teammate Alison Grey of Santa Rosa.

Retired prosecutor Grey, 48, was on the sidelines Sunday as her teammates competed in the third annual Senior Games hosted by the local nonprofit Council on Aging.

About 1,000 athletes ages 50 and older participated in 17 sports during the tournament. Games started May 30 and closed Sunday, featuring events ranging from archery, bocce ball and square dancing to cycling, volleyball and softball.

This year organizers added track and field and horseshoe competitions.

Games were held in venues across Sonoma County, from an archery range at Lake Sonoma to the softball fields at Petaluma's Prince Park.

Competitors showcased a wide range of athleticism. Many shattered stereotypes of their ages, including a 92-year-old tennis player and several 80-year-olds who competed in pole vaulting, said Amy Crabb, the council's development manger.

Sixteen athletes surpassed all-American times in their sports during the tournament, Crabb said. One swimmer in the 65-69 age group missed the national record for his age by just a tenth of a second.


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