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Bowling a major part of family traditions

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Jeff Owens (center back row) and his wife Schery (in front of Jeff) have been including family bowling outings during their summer vacation for over thirty years. They visited Albemarle Lanes last week while touring the local area.

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By Mike Hawkins
Columnist

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tomorrow, families all over our great nation will fire-up grills, perhaps visit an area beach or pool, and gather at night to enjoy the rockets’ red glare as fireworks fill the night air.

But for some families, it doesn’t take a national holiday observance to celebrate a special family tradition. For families like the Owens family from New Bern, NC, an annual family vacation brings together members from across the country; and for more than three decades, these vacations have included one common element, bowling.

The patriarch behind this annual tradition is Jeff Owens, of New Bern, and along with his wife, Schery, he added another year to their family’s streak of over 30 years of bowling as a family when they visited Albemarle Lanes last week.

Joining Jeff and Schery were their four grown children and 8 grandchildren.

Like their parents, son Jeremiah and his wife Sabrina along with daughter Charlotta and husband, JV, made the short trip from New Bern.

Making the longer trips to catch up with the family were son, Jeff II and his wife Savanah along with their four kids who came in from Martinsburg, West Virginia. One of those kids was 10-month old Timothy who bowled from his mom’s hip!

Son, Joshua and his wife, Brittney and their four kids, who made journey from Great Falls, Montana won the award for farthest distance traveled.

Last week’s gathering brought together three generations of the Owens family, however; recent years have seen this as a four generation event. Jeff’s dad, Bill, is a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force. At 79 years young, Bill and Jeff’s mom, Judy, still bowl on occasion, but sat out last week.

Schery shared with me that their gathering has at times gotten a little competitive and has even seen trophies for bragging rights passed along in the end. More than just high scores have been recognized though, as lowest score and funniest mishap on the lanes have also gained some recognition in the past.

Seeing the Owens family come in to enjoy their time on the lanes as a family reminded me that bowling really is a sport that the entire family can enjoy together!

On the local scene, Lake Krehel found the pocket early and often last Monday night when he connected for a 279-706 to turn in the top adult performance of the week. Lake’s 279 game featured the front nine strikes before a stubborn 6 pin snapped his shot at perfection.

Joining Krehel on the leader’s sheet from Monday Night Trio were teammates, Chris Farrell (226-605) and Lindsey Perry (244-582).

The ladies’ side of the Monday night leaders showed Brittney Gaumond (203-515), Amie Wallace (181-502), and Rika Bell (211-458). Bell entered the night with a 133 average before tossing the 211 in her middle game.

It took Boris Beatty a game to get loose, but after an opening 181, he splintered the pins for games of 256 and 237 for an impressive 674 to top the men from Thursday Night Quartet.

Chris Farrell trailed only Beatty last Thursday when he fired a nice 214-618, to go along with 253 game from Josh Mooney and a 214 from Lake Krehel.

Debbie Winslow’s 201 game was tops for the ladies, followed by Dellie Spaulding’s 163.

The Youth-Adult Crazy 8 league had perfect game rolled for the third consecutive week as Christopher Vinson claimed his first ever this past Saturday. Christopher’s 762 series was also the top 3-game tally of the weekend. A 2018 graduate of Pasquotank County High School, Christopher has been bowling on the local youth league since before starting school.

Ben Hawkins followed Christopher with an impressive 277-746, while Thomas Adams’ 237 game, Gaston Pinner’s 225 game and Bryce Hawkins’ 616 series closed out the top youth boys scores.

Top games for the youth ladies went to Emily Brewer (216), Elizabeth Scaff (176), and Aven Hall (159). The adults were paced by Kristy Hall’s 279-613, GS Pinner’s 225-624, and Gail Hawkins’ 202 game.

Leading the Crazy-8 Bumpers were Tristan Hardison’s 125 game, Scarlett Manderson’s 121 game, and Cheyanne Hardison’s 117 game.

Until next week, good luck and good bowling.

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