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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 4:30 am

Karin Ciesiolka accomplished something we all wish we could do, but few can. Bowling in the Top Gun Madness league at Hallmark Lanes, she put together games of 238-267-299 for an 804 series and the first recorded by a woman at Hallmark Lanes.

A stubborn 7 pin was the only thing stopping her from a perfect game.

“I did not realize I had a chance for the series, I was concentrating on the 300,” she said.

Karin has been bowling for 20 years and comes from a bowling family. Before she became a Ciesiolka she was an Atkinson, and her dad, Dick, is the proprietor of Hallmark Lanes. The Ciesiolka families are all bowlers, so it stands to reason, as my Sweetie used to say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Karin is the youth coach for the Ellison High School bowling team, and in 2010 the Lady Eagles captured the state championship.

Honor scores are not new to Karin, who has had six 300 games and three 800 series. She carries a book average of 204.

Karin joins Mozell Watson, who rolled an 811 during the 1984-1985 season.  Others were Sandi Charles, 805 (2003-04), and Erica McPhail, 822 (2009-10)


Phantom Warrior Lanes will conduct an 8X8 league from Oct. 6 through Dec. 8 (no bowling on Nov. 17 and 24) at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $8 per week for three games of bowling. Contact Connie White at jwwhite74@hot.rr.com for more information.

Hallmark Lanes will conduct an 8X8 league from Oct. 6 through Dec. 8 (no bowling on Nov. 3 and 24) from noon to 3 p.m. Again, the cost is $8 per week.  Contact Karin Ciesiolka at bowling@hallmarklanes.com for more information.

USBC is joining a bowling industry initiative to launch a national “8 for 8” Bowling Club promotion this fall in an effort to introduce more children under the age of 12 to the sport. The program gives kids the opportunity to participate in an eight-week league for $8 per week and includes a custom-fitted ball and a free USBC Youth Basic membership.

The “8 for 8” promotion is a partnership in conjunction with Brunswick and Ebonite International. Brunswick and Ebonite have agreed to provide balls for the program at a discounted price to participating Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America centers through Strike Ten Entertainment.

The “8 for 8” promotion is only available for leagues starting from Sept. 1 through Nov. 22.


The Bowling News reported that three Dallas-Fort Worth area AMF bowling centers closed over the summer: AMF Arlington (24 lanes), AMF Hurst (24 lanes) and AMF Irving (48 lanes). The Irving center was the biggest surprise in that it had the highest profile, as it was formerly owned by Jeannie Hulsey, Neil Hupfauer and ARC. It was very busy in its heyday, hosting the 1979 Great & Greatest tournament, the 1974 Women’s U.S. Open and many other events, including the National Youth Championships.


The Professional Bowlers Association announced that Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, a two-time Player of the Year on the PBA Tour, was selected as the 2012 PBA Senior Rookie of the Year, becoming the first international player to earn the award.

The 51-year-old native of Venezuela also became the first international player to win the Etonic Senior U.S. Open last June when he defeated fellow Hall of Famer and 2012 Senior Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., 255-247, in the championship match at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas.


Sept. 11, 2001. It was a morning I will never forget and it has changed our lives forever. I was at Fort Bliss and woke up for what was going to be a routine inspection of one of our offices when I turned on CNN and learned of the attack on the World Trade Centers. My commander stopped our inspection and we drove rather recklessly back to Fort Hood.

Soldiers are usually not surprised by much, but this attack, in our country and the subsequent attack at the Pentagon, left soldiers hurrying to their units, and Fort Hood was placed on a state of high alert.

Families were holding their children close and crying. It was unbelievable.

The men, women, firefighters, law enforcement and the volunteers who helped during this tragedy were remarkable.

I will never forget this attack.

See you on the lanes.

Contact Don Wright at wrightdk@hot.rr.com

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