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.

* * *

Image Gallery
  • Joshua Morrison/News Shawna Parker throws her ball down the lane.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Cowboy boots were traded in for bowling shoes on Friday night as the Knox County Bowling Tournament got underway at Trio Lanes in Fredericktown.
  • Joshua Morrison/News A disappointed Anissa Treen walks back to the ball return after throwing a split on her first frame. She did pick up the spare.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Pam Cooper holds out her arms, wondering how some of the pins remained standing at the 2018 Knox County USBC Tournament on Friday night at Trio Lanes in Fredericktown.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Hannah Peterson smiles at her teammates as she gets ready to bowl her second frame on Friday at Trio Lanes in Fredericktown.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Travis Shuff warms up.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Rob Blubaugh, watches as Larry Sparkman warms up before the start of the Knox County Bowling Tournament on Friday night.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Shawna Parker, right, prepares to bowl during a brief ten minute warm-up on Friday night at Trio Lanes.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Tami Cunningham celebrates as she picked up a spare during the early frames of the Saturday competition of the Knox County Bowling Tournament at Trio Lanes in Fredericktown.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Sandy Casto begins her windup before releasing the ball during a warm up before the start of the second day of the Knox County Bowling Tournament at Trio Lanes in Fredericktown.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Ann Guinselt cheers as she picks up a 5-6 split on Saturday during the second day of the Knox County Bowling Tournament at Trio Lanes in Fredericktown.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Lisa Peugh reacts to leaving a spare on Saturday during the second day of Knox County Bowling Tournament at Trio Lanes in Fredericktown.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Sponsors were an important part of this year's Knox County Bowling Tournament.

To see more photos, click here

The rest of this article is available to Mount Vernon News subscribers. To continue reading, please log in or purchase an e-edition. Login to the e-edition. The article will only be available for thirty (30) days. Try the demo

 

Callan Pugh: 740-397-5333 or callan@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @

 

 

 

Rules: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don’t attack other commenters personally and keep your language decent. If a comment violates our comments standards, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member.