By ROBIN CAUDELL
---- — 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.”
Jones, who said she isn’t old enough to vote, signed up for Wii bowling for the fun of it. About her progress, she said, “The same. I have good days and bad days.”
Trombley was a bowler up until he was 50.
“I never did very good,” he said.
He signed up for Wii Bowl for the excitement factor.
“I love to do it, and I thought it would be fun here,” said Trombley, a retired D&H rail worker.
Patti Rauch, activities director, was the scorer for the seniors.
“We’ve always had Wii bowling here at the center,” she said.
“We always bowl on Tuesdays.”
The Silver Foxes and the DeeDees were ousted during the first week of playoffs. The Booyas made it through the first two weeks of playoffs before being defeated.
The last team standing, the Rouses Point Nine Pinners, competed Tuesday in the Master Class Championship Playoffs. The Nine Pinners — Marylee Baker, Richard Baker, Ruth Fitzgerald, Marie Sterling, Bob Sterling, Carmen Aubrey and Jeff Aubrey — squared off against the Dresden Basket Cases of Zanesville, Ohio. The Nine Pinners will either take the title or come in second place.
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