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October 10, 2012

Local seniors compete in Wii Bowl playoffs

PLATTSBURGH — The DeeDees threw strikes and spares left and right during playoffs for the National Senior Wii Bowl Championship.

Earl Macey, Dee Lessor, Carol Jones, Bernie Trombley and Gloria Hebert were cool and collected as they took their turns before the flat screen at the Senior Center in Plattsburgh.

“They made the playoffs,” said Marcella White, congregate meals director of the Clinton Nutrition Program for the Elderly.

“They’re playing against another team somewhere in the United States.”

In the National Senior Wii Bowl Championship, 241 teams representing 1,241 seniors from 30 states competed.

Four of the 10 teams in Clinton County made the playoffs.

“It’s really great,” White said. “They have all come together as a community. Carol read the article in the newspaper and called me. Now, she is a definite fixture here. It has helped not only introduce people to each other, but they experience camaraderie and fun competition.”

The Silver Foxes from Beekman Towers, the Booyas from Ellenburg and the Rouses Point Nine Pinners Teams also made the playoffs.

“What’s amazing, the team members in Rouses Point started the first day of competition. These teams would not have been possible without a grant from the Eastern Adirondack Healthcare Network,” White said.

The grant purchased three 32-inch flat screens, DVD players and Wii units at those sites.

Macey, 83, was in the strike zone.

“I like bowling,” the Beekmantown resident said. “My average is 200 every time.”

Years ago, Hebert was a real bowler.

“That was a lot harder than what we do now,” the 76-year-old Plattsburgh resident said.

She Wii bowls for the fun of it.

“It brings you joy,” Hebert said. 

Lessor, at 96, is the most senior bowler. In 1956, she was the “most improved bowler of the year” and played in a couple of bowling leagues.

“I liked bowling then,” said Lessor, who lives in Plattsburgh. “I couldn’t see why this wasn’t easier than lifting a 10-pound ball. My memory is shot, but my bowling arm is great.”

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