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, 2019-11-04 14:35:33
A few spares and strikes, maybe a gutter ball or two and sharing loads of laughs with a bunch of new friends.
KINGSTON – A few spares and strikes, maybe a gutter ball or two and sharing loads of laughs with a bunch of new friends every step of the way. It’s just a normal Saturday morning with the youth bowling league at Kingston Ten Pin.
For more than 15 years now youth bowlers from all over the South Shore have come to Kingston Ten Pin each Saturday morning to work on their game. The man coaching them and directing all the fun has been Mike Hanna, who said he’s having as much fun as the kids.
“Bowling’s a great sport for kids. It gets everyone unplugged for a couple hours,” said Hanna, who runs the pro shop at the bowling alley. “It’s not just about the exercise; it’s also the social interaction with the other kids. We bring kids together who’ve never met before and they’re able to make some new friends while having a great time learning about a new sport.”
There’s 24 kids in the program right now, ranging in age from eight to 18, who come from towns up and down the South Shore. They bowlers compete against each other on a weekly basis but are also part of the same team when it comes time to compete in state tournaments several times each year.
“We compete in several tournaments each year, usually they pop every couple months or so,” Hanna said. “I have such a great time working with all of them. They’re all great kids.”
Scituate’s Sean Basler in particular is a name to watch out for when the state tournaments roll around. The 12-year-old is an outstanding bowler with a current high score of 262. He’s already bowled in tournaments in Detroit, Cleveland and Dallas and this summer will pack his bags for Las Vegas for the youth national championships.
“The first time I can remember bowling was at a friend’s birthday party when I was five and I think I just really liked the sport right off the bat,” Basler said. “I’ve made a bunch of new friends since I started bowling in this league and it’s a sport I really seem to enjoy.”
Good friends Ava Hanna (Duxbury) and Mackenzie Vickery (Pembroke), both 11, might have never crossed paths and become such close friends if it wasn’t for the youth bowling league.
“It’s a fun sport and I like the people I meet each week,” said Hanna.
“I like the fact that the league is every week, so I know each week that I’m going to be here having some fun with friends,” Vickery said. “It’s a competitive sport, but it’s also always a fun time.”
The youth bowling league gets together each Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at Kingston Ten Pin, which is located at 7 Tarkiln Road in town. Spots are always open so you can join in the fun by calling Hanna at 781-585-5151.
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