Local bowling: Family aspect makes P-T SSC appealing
By Steve T. Gorches 648-3141 or email@example.com January 8, 2013 10:46PM
Updated: February 10, 2013 6:17PM
Oh, how I wish there could be more Post-Tribune Sport Shot Classic events, and not just because it’s the purist form of competition.
The family atmosphere and kids bowling side-by-side with adults can’t compare to other events.
Just ask top women’s qualifier Gina Pritchett and her daughter Jackie Rhoda, a Portage bowler.
Or women’s champ Alexis Voiers and her daughter Sarah.
Or Ron Sellers and his daughter Allison, a Lake Central bowler.
Or Wheeler High School coach Darrell Gilbert Jr. and his two sons — both members of the Bearcats — Zach and Jordan.
Or the biggest family affair on hand, John Riffle, his daughter Kayla, son Jacob, and the kids’ mother Lisa Dickerson.
It’s just not feasible to hold it more than every six months or so.
We held our first one in January 2012, and tried again in September. The latter had half as many entrants, meaning early fall isn’t an ideal time. But Saturday’s third P-T SSC was back up to 120 bowlers.
With the successful King of the Hill events at Stardust III having spring, summer and fall sessions, as well as the other popular tourneys Stardust manager Shaun Ciesielski runs in between the King of the Hill events, it’s logistically impossible to hold another P-T SSC at most times of the year.
We might have another one in June as a lead-in to the summer King of the Hill session at Stardust III and a couple weeks after our annual P-T adult awards tournament.
Until then, compete in some other local sport shot events to improve your game and get ready for the next P-T SSC.
Lakeshore Association tourney: The Lakeshore USBC will hold its annual city tournament open to men and women starting Jan. 19 with singles and doubles at Camelot Bowl in Portage. There are also singles and doubles squads on Jan. 27 and Feb. 9. Team event will be held on Jan. 20, Jan. 26 and Feb. 10, at Ray’s Lanes in Lake Station.
The cost is $30 per event with all events optional. There will also be a special award for seniors (ages 55-64) and super seniors (65-and-older), men and women. Handicap will be based on 2011-12 average and all entrants must have at least 15 games in a Lakeshore Association league this season, or 21 games last season.
For more details, contact tournament manager Ken Laviolette at 741-4915 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greater Calumet senior tourney: The Greater Calumet Area USBC will hold its seventh annual Senior Singles Championships for men and women ages 50 and older starting Jan. 20 at Lan-Oak Lanes (2524 Ridge Road in Lansing, Ill.). Squads are at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2 p.m. on Jan. 26, and at 9 a.m. and noon on Jan. 27.
Divisions are designed to level the playing field for bowlers 50-59 who average 200 or less, and those averaging 201 or more. There are also divisions for 60 and older who average 200 or less, and 201 or more.
The cost is $25 for four games with the low game being tossed out. Handicap is based on 2011-12 averages. First place in each division will be $200 and winners will also receive a free ticket to the association’s 27th annual Hall of Fame and Awards banquet in December 2013. For reservations or more details, call the GCA USBC office at 923-7240.
Snow Bowl at Stardust II: The 17th annual Snow Bowl no-tap singles tournament will be held at 10 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Stardust II in Hobart. The late-night event has a $25 entry fee (through Jan. 5 with a $5 late fee for entries after that date).
The tourney is open to men and women, 18 years and older, with handicap based on a 215 average. Out of every entry, $5 goes toward the Lakeshore Association scholarship fund.
And by popular demand, the late-night breakfast portion of the tourney will be back. For more details, contact tourney manager Ken Laviolette at 741-4915 or email@example.com.