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Women’s Bowling League Connects Community

The bowling ball roars down the lane, the hollow sound echoing in the alley. A group of women look at it with expectation as it crash­es into the pins with a crack, then a clatter. A smattering of applause breaks out. Across the colorful bowling alley carpet, young children of those bowling play their own game, rolling brightly colored balls down the lane, and more often, the gutter.

Since the 1960s, Sil­ver Bay has had a women’s bowling league. Though it has changed in size throughout the years, it has been a source of connection for women in the Silver Bay area.

Currently, there are 14 women who bowl in the morning session, and 14 in the evening. The women play in teams of two against the other two-person teams, with three games in each ses­sion.

The league is sanc­tioned through the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), and because the league is for women of all ages, teens who bowl in the women’s league are in­eligible to bowl in a ju­nior league, as they are then registered as adult bowlers.

The women’s league morning session meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m. and the evening session at 6:30 p.m. Leagues start the third week of September and meet through the end of April. There is currently room to join as a sub, and the weekly fee is $14.00 for the morning session and $15 for the evening.

When I asked the var­ious ladies why they chose bowling, connect­edness seemed to be at the heart. One woman commented that she joined the league after retiring as a way to get out in the community and make friends. An­other joined initially to bowl with her daughter, and has continued bowl­ing since her daughter moved away. A moth­er and teen daughter bowl together for some “bonding time”.

For the last 60 years, the women’s league has helped create lasting connections between women in the area, an anticipated fun-filled way to spend Thurs­days. The warmth and sunshine of friendships are invaluable in the cold and dark winter months.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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