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Local senior tourney under way

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Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:00 pm

The seventh annual Greater Killeen-Fort Hood Senior Tournament is under way at Killeen Bowlerama and will continue through Saturday.

The unofficial standings through Sunday have the team CT Alley Cats in first place with a score of 2,872. Second place, just four pins back, is C&W Pro Shop Seniors with 2,868.

Virtual doubles has Bob Chouinard and Jerry Piechocki on top with 1,523. Chouinard also teamed with Yvonne Piechocki for second place with 1,492.

Douglas Slotten holds down first place in the singles event with 831. Chouinard's 801 was good for second place.

A complete list of standings can be found at www.bowlkilleenforthood.org.

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Two exciting military tournaments will be held in Las Vegas and many Veterans of the Armed Forces were pleased to hear they are now eligible for the 2013 January Military Bowling Championships.

Next January's event is the 56th annual and has become known as "the largest gathering of U.S. military personnel for a sporting event in the world."

It has been decided that in the upcoming 2013 Military Bowling Championships, the Active Duty Division will be open to all veterans of the Armed Forces who received an honorable discharge.

Next year's dates, which always coincide with Martin Luther King Day, are Sunday, Jan. 20, through Thursday, Jan. 24, again at Gold Coast & Orleans. The Breakfast Awards Party will be held on Friday.

And big news is that the fifth annual August Military Vets Team tournament, hosted by Sam's Town August 20-23, looks like it will grow again this year. Last year 78 teams took to the lanes and this year we already have 64 teams registered almost four months before the event.

Several of our local association bowlers make the trip to these events every year and these tournaments have grown year after year.

For more information visit www.militarybowlingchampionships and www.high-roller.com. Call for brochures at (800) 257-6179 or email info@high-roller.com.

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The 2012 United States Bowling Congress annual meeting ended on Friday with the election of four board members and the legislative session, where 13 proposals were voted on by member delegates, including the rejection of proposals related to membership dues.

Rejected was Article III, Dues by a vote of 184 approving and 600 disapproving. The amendment was to raise state dues from $1 to $3.

Also rejected was to cap the maximum amount the national board can set on national dues to $15.

The results of the legislative session can be found at www.bowl.com and a complete report will be published in next month's Bowlers Journal International.

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So, are you planning a trip to Reno for the USBC Open Championships? Here is something to think about. Matt McNiel of Prior Lake, Minn, made history during doubles when he put together games of 268, 300 and 279 for an 847 series, making him the only bowler in 109 years of USBC Open Championships competition with three 800s on the championship lanes.

The 26-year-old lefty is currently in first place in doubles and all-events. Maybe Larry O'Keeffe or Dick Atkinson, two local lefties, can challenge those fellas from up North.

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I have had several people come up to me during league play and the tournaments we have had wanting to discuss the smoking situation in the local centers. All of the people who contacted me in person and through e-mail I received were in favor of a smoking ban in the centers and in the city. Not one person in favor of smoking contacted me.

Of course, I have no control over the centers or the city, but I do have an opinion. I believe a new city council will have the courage to ban smoking in all public buildings and, eventually, the Texas legislators will also make Texas a non-smoking state. We can only hope.

See you on the lanes.

Contact Don Wright at wrightdk@hot.rr.com

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