Merry Christmas, everyone, and a joyous and prosperous New Year.

Well it looks like everyone has their work schedule set and the Wright, Hixenbaugh, and Quayle families will celebrate today at work and have our gift- giving in January. It is so difficult to get everyone home with everyone working different jobs and shifts.

Leagues have ended through the holidays and each center has something planned through the season. ESPN had the PBA for another segment of the World Series of Bowling, and for those of you who may have recorded it for future viewing, I won’t spoil it for you by telling you who won, but his initials are B.A. My favorite bowler, Sean Rash, was one of the finalists and he bowled his usual bad game and finished with a 180.

I’m enjoying the WSOB, but I sometimes wonder how some of the bowlers manage to qualify. Last week one of the bowlers looked like an amateur in style and ability, yet he made the show. I guess it’s true: “On any given day anyone can beat you.”

Former PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, will be home for the holidays after undergoing successful gall bladder removal surgery Tuesday, Barnes had been experiencing abdominal pain recently, and an ultrasound performed upon his return from Qatar identified gall stones. He was released from the hospital Thursday morning. Assuming no complications, Barnes expects to participate in the fifth annual Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars fundraiser on Jan. 7 in Los Angeles.

Lynda Barnes and Jason Couch have been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category. The two will join six other inductees, who were elected in November by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee. They are Rick Steelsmith, Shirley Levens, Sandra Postma and Frank Santore in the Outstanding USBC Performance category, Don McCune in the Veterans category and Tamoria Adams for Meritorious Service. The induction ceremony will take place May 2 at the 2013 USBC Convention in Reno, Nev.

The Military Bowling Championships will be held Jan. 20-24 at the Gold Coast and the Orleans hotels in Las Vegas. Several local veterans will be headed that way to compete. Let’s hope a local wins the event.

Well, I still have this chronic cough and I guess I better get some rest. Again, to all my friends and neighbors may you have a very Merry Christmas and I’ll see you on the lanes in 2013.


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