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Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 03:03 am

Sporting superiors

We aren’t in Beijing but the competition is serious as the Illinois Senior Olympics continues in the capital city this weekend.

Some serious athletes are in town.

We've seen rope-skippers, casting experts, shuffleboard champions and even horseshoe tossers at this year's Illinois Senior Olympics. The action started Sept. 17, but some of the best is still to come.

The ISO softball tournament kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the University of Illinois-Springfield Softball Complex. It's one of the most popular events, bringing in all-stars from as far away as Wisconsin. Players must be at least 50 years old to compete, but some as mature as 70-and-up will hit the field. The two top-spot teams advance to the 2009 Summer National Senior Games in San Francisco.

If weather isn't cooperative or if softball isn't your thing, check out other Saturday tournaments: basketball from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gold's Gym, 1600 E. Clear Lake Ave., volleyball from 9 a.m. to noon at the YMCA, 701 S. Fourth St., or archery at noon at Lanphier Baseball Park, 1451 N. Grand Ave.

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