Holidays bring hiatus to local bowling

By By Mike Carson / bowling columnist
Nov. 19, 2002
The 14th Annual Mississippi State Mixed Tournament has now ended its three week run at Dixie Bowl Lanes. After a slow opening weekend activity picked up considerably for the newt two. While the goal of 200 teams was not met, tournament director Jim Lacy noted that we easily surpassed entries for the previous two years. Though local participation was not as strong as we had hoped for we would like to thank all of you who did take part. Without your help and your participation we would not have been able to have a successful event. Standings for the top ten in each event may be found online at www.bowling100.com. They are also posted in the entrance way in Dixie Bowl.
With the conclusion of this championship, major tournament activity will take a hiatus over the holidays with only the State Senior Tournament remaining at Larwil Lanes in Jackson the first two weekends in December. Locally, our next major tournament will be the Men's and Ladies' city tournaments which will be held simultaneously. Be looking for entry blanks shortly after we return from the holiday break in January.
Plans are being made by the men's and ladies' associations to hold a No-Tap tournament during the holiday break. Tentative plans call for shift times to be at 6:30 p.m. December 26, 27, 30 and 31 with the possible addition of some weekend shifts. This year's tournament proceeds are slated to benefit Relay for Life. I'll have more on this once plans are finalized. In local action, Rodney Bounds took home last week's high series with a 715 effort in the Ball &Chain league. Bill Fike carded a 706 while Jim Broderick, Jr. and Mike Cothern each landed 7's on the nose. Cothern had the high game with a 279, Ron Coleman chalked up a 275 and Tyrone McAlpine and Don Waldron each pounded out games of 268.
For the second time in the last three weeks, Mary Copeland led the ladies with a nice 637 series. While she was the only lady to break 6, several gals punched out some big games including the week high 241 recorded by Ethel Brown in the Bowlerettes league. Jane Gibson fired a 236, Matar McClinton stepped up with a 235 and Eunice Dillard and Debbie Jones each chalked up a 230. Denise Rutledge rounded out the top scores with a 220. Last week's Bowlerettes league Bowler of the Week award went to Jane Gibson.
Last, but certainly not least, a big Happy Birthday goes out to Meridian's oldest lady bowler, Vic Love, who celebrated her 89th birthday on Thursday, November 14. Affectionately know as "Miss Vic" by many, she continues to be a shining star and an inspiration to all of us and is proof that age is just a number. We hope you will continue to share many more birthdays with us in the future.

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