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Strike! (22 Photos)
Carol Zarudenec Smith for local2 sault ste. marie
October 17th, 2012 at 10:35am
Three groups of Seniors Mixed Bowling Leagues get together on either Mondays, Tuesday or Thursdays at the North Crest Lanes weekly for a couple of hours of fellowship and fun. I was present for the Tuesday afternoon league. Ages ranged from fifty-three, the youngest, to the late eighties. Some of the very original team names are Aches and Pains, Blind Team, Dusters, Flyers, Golf’s Over, Gutter Dusters, Good Guys, Outlaws, Spare Shooters and Strikers.
While watching these men and women bowl, I noticed they are quite good at getting strikes and spares during their games. The monitors lit up often across the lanes. A lot of high-fiving went on between the players when this happened as they all encouraged each other.
When I asked Bob Deevey why he bowls he declared, “To get the dust off you.” Tony Schryer who has been bowling for 49 years said, “I do it for recreation and it passes the time.” He competed in tournaments over the years with mixed leagues in Canada and the States. He stated that he has three boxes of trophies at home.
When asked why they bowl the overall consensus was the same. It seems all of these players agree that they enjoy the sport. “It’s fun. They like it. It’s good exercise. You meet new people and it’s great for socializing,” were the comments I received. Many bowlers have been playing in mixed leagues for a number of years.
John Zarudenec brought it to my attention that Marcel Theberge bowled a 213 in his first game that day. Marcel later got a turkey which is three strikes in a row. Very impressive! All I know is that I wouldn’t want to be playing against these seniors. I wouldn’t have a chance.
The season runs from September until May, about 34 weeks. On the last day of bowling, they celebrate by having pizza and relaxing as the pressure is off and it’s strictly a fun day of bowling for all.
New players are always welcome to join the mixed league. Sam Cristillo has been an owner of the North Crest Lanes since 1991. Nancy Lefave became a partner in 1998. She stated, “It’s great to see the seniors bowling. We had a lady 99 years young by the name of Hud Merrick who bowled here faithfully until her passing. Her daughter Edith O’Hara would bring her each week to bowl.” Imagine still being able to bowl at that wonderful age.
Now the North Crest Lanes is the ONLY bowling alley in town. Remember The Empire, The Roxy, The Bayview Bowling Alley and Churchill Plaza Lanes?