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Ag Silvers Bring Golden Experience to the Basketball Court

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Their shoes are tied, practice jerseys on, and their braces are set for some basketball. But this isn't your brother's team, it's your grandmother's team.

"These women are amazing, they're just simply amazing," said starting guard Theresa Connaughton.

"Playing basketball, I love it," said starting guard Helen Washington.

"It's just a great bunch of ladies that like to play ball," said starting forward Carolyn Corley.

The Ag Silvers is a team of senior women and they can move it up and down the floor.

"You get a chance to see some older people that are really still moving and it is a blessing," joked Washington.

This group of mature ladies is taking it to the court for several reasons.

"As you get older, everything starts hurting and it hurts a little bit more afterwards but you take care of your body and this is great exercise for us," said Connaughton.

"It gives us a chance to socialize because a lot of us are at home by ourselves so when we meet, we have a lot of fun together," said Washington.

"I was going to a gym and that's just not my thing! I like to play basketball," said Corley.

And this isn't a recreational league by any means. This is serious competition and next month when the ladies go to the state games in Houston, stiff competition is what they're expecting.

"It's mostly to have fun but that competitive edge does come out in a lot of us, especially some of these older women! I got knocked on my booty once and she went to pick me up and she told me that she was 70, I asked, why aren't you playing that way then" joked Connaughton.

"Yes, they're very physical. We were not thinking that because we played for the fun of it and once we played them, we realized, WHOA, they don't play for the fun of it! They are serious stuff," said Corley.

But the team is getting better with those state games right around the corner.

"I can not believe the improvement of some of these women. The ability to put the ball up, the ability to take the ball away from someone, and then learning to use their rear end to get you out of the key or out from underneath," said Connaughton.

Another case of age strictly being a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Now if you'd like to hit the court with the Ag Silvers, they are in need of some more players.

If you're over the age of 60 and would like to play ball, you can call Judy Heaney with the Ag Silvers at 979-694-2145 or email her at judy@brazosbounty.com. The Ag Silvers web site is also listed below.


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