Where in the world has this bowling season gone?

Richard R. Barron | The Ada NewsThe hustle and bustle of what is the 36-week 2018-19 bowling season at the Lazer Zone Family Fun Center is about to come to an end.

Only one more week of regular league bowling is on the calendar! Where has this bowling season gone?

I understand this is a rhetorical question, but it causes me to reflect on an incident which occurred on my bus a few weeks ago.

As some of you know, I am a retired principal and high school counselor. Not too long after retiring I found out I had cancer. After surgery and 18 chemo treatments and many many prayers from friends and loved ones, I am cancer free.

Last August, I decided to take a part-time job. That job is driving a co-op bus for Wewoka and picking up and transporting students to four area schools.

One young man on the bus likes to surprise me and his responses often cause me to burst out into laughter — not laughing at him, but thinking how cute and very literal his remarks are.

A few weeks ago, this young man moved from his seat to the front seat after the student sitting there got off. I noticed he waited until the bus was stopped. He was trying to be sneaky, but I saw him move. However, I thought I’d play along, as I knew he wanted to surprise me.

“Boo! Did I scare you?” he laughs loudly.

I smile and say “YES, you did. Where did you come from?”

I should have expected his answer, but couldn’t help but laugh when he retorted, “Seat 6.”

Only a few months before, I remarked after leaving New Lima school how heavy the traffic was on this state road.

“Where are all these people going?” It was another rhetorical question.

But this sweet student excitedly replied, “Wewoka!” Again, I just had to smile as he knew the direction the cars were heading and was correct, and they were indeed heading toward Wewoka.

So again, I have to ask, “Where has the season gone?”

Next week, both Monday and Tuesday leagues will bowl their final games of this season. However, both leagues will come back the following week (May 20-21) for league payouts, recognizing top teams, and a No-Tap tourney for those who want to participate.

Also, these nights bowlers will spread before them some of the best finger foods around. Second only to bowling, bowlers love to cook and make snacks for our last nights.

I would like to share a wonderful experience from Monday evening.

I just want to say I feel so blessed to be a part of this Monday night league and especially thankful for my teammates. In one of the most generous gestures I have experienced in quite some time — which took each of our team members by surprise and left each of us speechless and very humbled — one of our members so graciously gifted each of us with something so very unexpected.

Saying “thank you” doesn’t quite seem enough, but being eternally grateful for this team member is something each of us will be.

Being part of a team is much more than just meeting one night a week, bowling three games and going home. It’s about a relationship. Whether we win or lose, whether we bowl well or poorly, we are a team and we will stand by each other. We laugh with each other. We hurt when another hurts. We encourage each other and even do what we can to lift up the teams we bowl against. It’s what we do. It’s who we are. It’s the nature of the bowler!

So as I look back over the last 35 weeks, I am a bit apprehensive that too soon it is over. But I am so looking forward to next August, when we start the drill again. Some will take advantage of the summer league which offers a fast-paced, 10 weeks of bowling fun, too.

Remember, next week is also the last opportunity bowlers have to be added to the Achievement Recognition Wall this season.

Good luck and good bowling to everyone, and remember to bring your favorite finger foods May 20-21.

A final reminder, “Don’t forget Mother’s Day!” this Sunday. One doesn’t have to be a biological mom to be a mother and mentor!

I fondly remember bowling with my mom for quite a few years at Tri-City Lanes in Seminole. She loved the game and told me many times how she learned to bowl as part of her physical education class at Salinas High School, Salinas, California.

What memories! Mother has long passed, but those times are still very precious to me as I think of my son, Cliffton, bowling with me in the past and present.

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League Standings

Monday Night Mixers

(Week 35 of 36)

1. B&S Construction 96

2. Digits and Then Some 89

3. NAPA 87

4. Rob’s ProShop 82

5. Native Strikers 79

6. Misfits 73

7. Bowling Stones 72

8. Crazy Splitz 71

9. Split Personalities 65

10. Spare Me 61

11.Three Chicks and a Dude 53

12. Ghost 2

Top Scores

Scratch game team: B&S Construction — 745, Rob’s ProShop — 714, Native Strikers — 705.

Scratch series team: B&S Construction — 2115, Digits and Then Some — 2086, Rob’s ProShop — 2072.

Men’s scratch game: Robbin George — 246, Kendal Morrison — 226, Bryan Beauchamp —223.

Men’s scratch series: Robbin George — 654, Bryan Beauchamp — 635, Cliffton Conatser — 599.

Women’s scratch game: Lisa John — 191, Janet Lowery — 173, Tonja George — 169.

Women’s scratch series: Lisa John — 506, Janet Lowery — 476, Lori Clements — 460.

Tuesday Night Mixers

(Week 35 of 36)

1. Ben’s TV 106.5

2. B&S Construction 93.5

3. Rob’s Pro Shop 83

4. Bronson’s Body Shop 82.5

5. Maddox 75

6. Tatum Trucking 70

7. Kodiak Custom 57.5

8. Cole’s Upholstery 55.5

9. A-Team 49.5

10. Ghost 5.5

Top Scores

Scratch game team: Kodiak Custom — 732, B&S Construction — 696,

Bronson’s Body Shop — 695.

Scratch series team: Bronson’s Body Shop — 1991, B&S Construction — 1977,

Kodiak Custom — 1847.

Men’s scratch game: Jim Rice - 212, Bryan Beauchamp — 205, Robbin George — 203.

Men’s scratch series: Jim Rice — 625, Bryan Beauchamp — 567, Robbin George — 543.

Women’s scratch game; Teeoti Jimenez — 221, Cherina Whatley — 208, Geneva Cole — 177.

Women’s scratch series: Teeoti Jimenez — 486, Cherina Whatley — 450, Geneva Cole — 449.

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