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By Stephanie Thompson
People Editor 

Competitiveness shows at Wii Bowling


October 3, 2018

Stephanie Thompson

Wes Heikkinen swings his arm with the Wiimote control in his hand to see if his bowling ball. He then waits to see how many pins are knocked down by the ball.

The laughter could be heard in the hallway.

While at the Golden Hour Senior Center Thursday morning, eight seniors were playing Wii Bowling in one of the recreation rooms. It's was their laughing passersby could hear.

One group of four, Gail Robertson, Melinda Roundy and Gail and Wes Heikkinen, were taking turns using the Wiimote to roll the bowling ball down the screen on the TV screen.

Robertson was having a spare game. It seemed like almost every time she would roll the ball it would look like it was going to be a strike and then one pin was left standing.

In fact, Wes kept saying "looks good." But then there would be a collective sigh when one pin was left standing.

Robertson didn't seem fazed by the one pin left behind.She said she would much rather have only one standing than the terrible splits other players were getting.

"That's why if I don't get a strike and there's one left, I'm happy," Robertson said.

For Roundy, the game was going pretty well. She had five strikes in a row, but on her next roll she wound up with a split that she wasn't able to pick up. However, during her next frame, she had another strike to put in the spot. She ended the game with a 213, which she seemed pretty excited about, but she admitted it was about average for her. Roundy's highest score was a 248.

"Three hundred is a hell of a lot better," Wes said laughing.

Robertson ended the game on a high note when she threw her last ball and got a strike. She and the rest of her team cheered.

Regardless of the score up on the screen, the team was having a good time and that's what keeps them returning to the center to play Wii Bowling.

"We enjoy it, Gail Heikkinen said. "It's something to do."

This group said they all used to enjoy regular bowling, but as they aged, they gave it up.

"I'd be down the alley with the ball," Robertson said.

However, Robertson can remember how a real bowling alley had its advantages. She said if she would have one pin left and it was rocking, she would stomp her foot as hard as she could to see if it would fall down. She said that doesn't work here as she pointed to the TV screen. With the first game over, the teams switched, lanes which was basically switching remotes and a TV screen. They then started their next game to see which lanes was better.


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