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Community Sports Notebook: Old Timers bowling gets rolling

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter
Published: October 18, 2016, 3:52pm

A team from Salem, Ore., won the 47th Oregon Bowler Old Timers Team Tournament, which took place on Saturday at Allen’s Crosley Lanes in Vancouver.

A total of 39 teams with five players apiece participated in the annual tournament for players 50 and older.

Team Alley Masters won with a score of 3,379. The top local team was Fantastix, a Vancouver team captained by John Fantini that placed fourth with a score of 3,296.

This was the first time the popular tournament was played in Vancouver.

The tournament started in 1969 by Howard and Ethel Sitter, publishers of The Oregon Bowler newspaper from 1957 to 1992. Their daughter Debbie Deane of Vancouver now organizes the tournament.

The tournament moved to Crosley Lanes this year because with 42 lanes in one room it was the largest such venue available, Deane said. In recent years the tournament was played at Portland’s 20th Century Lanes, but that house downsized from 50 to 36 lanes.

Deane said she hopes Crosley will be the permanent home for this tournament. So does Crosley Lanes owner Donn Allen, who said he has been trying for 30 years to get the tournament to his Vancouver center.

Allen called the tournament a Portland institution. He noted that his father, Donn Sr., played many times in the tournamend and tried unsuccessfully to bring the event to Vancouver.

The tournament’s unique format has each team bowl its three games on different lanes. Each bowler receives a KFC chicken dinner and each team a bottle of champaign.

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This year the tournament was trimmed from 48 to 40 teams to fit at Crosley. One team from Salem did not participate because of the stormy weather. Crosley Lanes briefly lost power at the start of the second games, but Deane said that the computerized scores were not lost during the outage.

Portland woman wins Girlfriends Half Marathon

Krysta Gunvalson of Portland won the 10th edition of the Girlfriends Half Marathon on Sunday in Vancouver. The 29-year-old covered the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 36 minutes and 16 seconds, finishing eight seconds before Amy Campbell of Vancouver. Campbell, 34, finished time was 1:36:24.

A total of 530 runners and walkers completed the half marathon distance.

Erica Koranda of Camas was sixth in 1:38:40. Hailey Vilhauer of Vancouver finished seventh in 1:39:07. Kristin Legrand of Camas was eighth in 1:39.52.

Kailey Sears, 31, of Vancouver, won the 6.55-mile quarter marathon with a time of 47 minutes and 49 seconds. She finished three minutes ahead of runner up Hayley Espeland. A total of 411 runners and walkers completed the quarter marathon.

According to race founder Sherri McMillan of Northwest Personal Training, the Girlfriends races have raised more than $50,000 this year to be donated to breast cancer charities in the region. Additionally, the Pink Brigade Guys, men who contributed at least $500 for the opportunity to participate, have raised $40,000.

McMillan, 46, finished fourth in the quarter marathon in 55:13.

Free youth hockey clinic slated for November

The Vancouver Youth Hockey Association will host a free opportunity for youths ages 4-9 to try ice hockey on Nov. 12 at Mountain View Ice Arena. The event for kids new to hockey begins at 9:20 a.m.

Register for this clinic at www.TryHockeyForFree.com. For more information, contact Jason Hirt by sending email to jasonhirt@gmail.com or call 360.896.8700.

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Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter