FREDERICKTOWN — Thirty two women’s teams and 24 men’s teams came together this weekend at the Trio Lanes bowling alley in Fredericktown to compete in the Knox County United States Bowling Conference Bowling Association teams tournament.
This is the 81st year of competition for the women’s league and the sixth year for the mens teams. Competitors also participated in a raffle from which proceeds will be dontated to the family of Eric Joering, a Westerville police officer and Centerburg resident, fatally shot in the line of duty recently.
Teams gathered to show their bowling prowess Friday through Sunday. With more than $3,000 on the line provided by 29 sponsors, the stakes were high.
According to Shelly Blubaugh, the President of the Bowling Association board, this year’s participation was much higher in part because of board efforts to recruit more teams but also because many bowlers are parents of high school students on bowling teams. Tournament manager Margaret Ann Ruhl explained that there was so much interest in this year’s tournament that the board was able to add a second shift to Friday’s schedule. Blubaugh also said the tournament sponsors’ generous donations for prize money helped increase interest in the tournament and that she was very thankful for all the support. All 29 sponsors are from Knox County.
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