The Lone Stars captured first place by defeating the Rochester Immortalls 39-36 in the finals of the 70+ basketball division.
They defeated teams from Makoa and Missouri to reach the finals after advancing out of pool play.
Led by Rockdale’s Jim Vickers, the team was founded in 1995 and is constructed of players from all over Texas.
The Lone Stars have won the Texas state championship the past 18 years, with essentially the same players—Kent Douglas of Austin, Charles Wiley of Plano, Pete Brown of Dallas, Hal Morris of San Antonio and Vickers.
They lost a teammate, Sam Cohn, in 2012.
“For me playing basketball has always been a big part of my life, said Vickers, now 71. “My rewards have been not just the enjoyment of the game, but the social aspect of meeting all different people from many walks of life. not to exclude the effect it has had to keep me healthy and in shape.
Vickers himself had quintupale bypass surgery in 2011.
“My teammates and myself had to overcome many different obstacles to continue playing in our seventies. Open heart surgery, knee and shoulder replacement, cancer, back surgery and several lesser aliments. If the good lord will and our bodies hold together we will play again in Minneapolis in 2015.”
Each state has their qualifying tournament and the top two teams are allowed to play in the Nationals Senior Games held every other year in different cities.
Age groups start from 50-plus in five-year increments, participants can be in their nineties.