Bowling: Returning to the bowling lanes this fall in search of a 200 average

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

One sure sign of the end of summer for me is the beginning of my bowling season. Last night (Tuesday, Sept. 6), we started another year. So, for the next 32 straight Tuesday nights, I’ll be back at the lanes.

I think this year is at least my 20th year of league bowling. I remember when my daughter Abigail was born in 1992, I passed out chocolate cigars at Fairview Lanes. She is a sophomore in college now, and Fairview Lanes are long gone.

For the past eight or nine years, I’ve been bowling with the same group of guys at Cherry Bowl. My team has stayed the same, and most of the guys in the league have stuck around. Sure, a few come and go, but the core group has been pretty consistent. That is why I continue to show up each week, each year.

Every year, the challenge remains the same. I am still in pursuit of a perfect game. I am still trying to average 200 or better. (Last year, I missed it by the slightest of margins — 199.97). I’m still trying to pick up every spare, especially the lone 10 pin that Cherry Bowl has become famous for.

This has to be the year for the average. I suppose I could live without ever throwing a 300 game, but I will be really disappointed if I don’t break the 200 mark this year.

For me, a large part of bowling is not only what happens between the channels but also what goes on between my ears. This year, my mantra is consistency. I need to stay focused on each and every shot and not let one miss or split ruin an entire game.

Wish me luck. And if you happen to know of any pointers, feel free to share at anytime. I can use all the help I can get.

From the Sept. 7-13, 2011, issue

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