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Bowling: District Challenge was a blast ... in more ways than one

Updated: November 6, 2013 2:40PM



It was only the second time I bowled the District Challenge as part of the LakeShore Bowling Association board of directors, but it was quite an experience that makes me want to bowl it every year — though going to Goshen after Sunday’s results isn’t as appealing as it once was.

The event is held every year with many of Indiana’s bowling associations entering teams. Some of them enter multiple teams that are supposed to consist of only board members.

Not that I’m accusing any associations of fudging their rosters, but I’ve heard it’s been done before.

The teams of five bowlers roll two regular games, then are seeded into a double elimination Baker bracket.

For those who haven’t bowled Baker, it’s great. Just watch a local high school tournament and you’ll see the excitement. When adult bowlers compete in Baker, it’s not quite as boisterous as the kids, but still fun.

As part of LakeShore’s No. 1 team — along with Kym Gossett, Dennis Forbes, Brian Reel and Jeff Snuffer — we made it all the way to the championship match against Goshen No. 1, before losing in the final frame when Goshen’s anchor carried a terrible shot through the nose for a strike.

Normally I wouldn’t mention that — it comes across as whining — but instead of walking away from the shot humbly (like bowling’s unwritten protocol says to do), he pumped his fist and yelled like he just carried a well-executed messenger shot.

Some people handle team bowling well, and others just don’t play well with others.

LakeShore had some of the biggest Baker games of the day with 266 and 258. Even LakeShore’s No. 2 team had some success when anchor Ken Laviolette — the association’s newly elected president — picked up the 6-7 split in the 10th frame to help the team win by three pins.

It was also nice to beat LakeShore’s neighboring association, the Greater Calumet, in a head-to-head match. But it’s a respectable rivalry with their No. 1 team of Mike Kozy, Erick Howard, Bob Carlson, Glenn LeBlanc and Timm Sieber bowling well, too.

There needs to be more of these types of tournaments in the region, not just some annual event between associations. Wouldn’t you like to see that kind of competition? Let’s make it happen.



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