Another bowling season is upon us, and it seems like it wasn't all that long ago we were finishing up the last bowling season. When this article hits the paper, most leagues will be in their fourth week of league play. So, on behalf of our two fine bowling centers, we want to welcome back our bowlers. A couple of weeks back, I asked both Jeff Thiele and John Eckholt to introduce us to their staff.
Thiele, who owns Boulevard Lanes, says they are excited to get another bowling season started. He credits their success to an excellent staff they have on both the bowling and lounge sides.
Terry Henke continues to serve as General Manager and brings over 30 years of bowling experience. Henke knows his customers very well and does a magnificent job of placing bowlers with the right teams and in the correct leagues. Although leagues are under way, Henke says they can still take teams and/or individuals of any skill level. Gus Schrad serves as the Mechanic/Bowling Pro Shop Manager. He also has over 30 years of mechanic experience and a vast knowledge of bowling. Schrad has a new toy to play with this season, as Thiele went out and purchased a new lane machine. Rounding out this year’s staff is Michelle Kuta, the Manager of Sahara Lounge.
In October, Boulevard will host the Sandhills Tournament. I believe this will be the first time that this annual tournament will be hosted by Boulevard. Thiele says it will be a great opportunity to test your skills against some of the best bowlers around the state. Schrad, Boulevard’s own, is a past champion in the Sandhills Tournament.
Again this fall, Boulevard will be hosting a women’s sand volleyball league on Wednesday evenings. On Sundays, they will have a coed league, with the first serves set to take place in early September. Last spring, Boulevard made even more upgrades to their beer garden. On September 22nd, the beer garden will hold its first horseballs tournament.
Sahara Lounge is the place to be. With over 25 TV’s in the lounge, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Each televised Nebraska game will bring about drawings and prizes for everyone in attendance. Not only can you watch any Husker game, you can check any college or pro game as well. Both ESPN College Game Plan and NFL Sunday Ticket are available at Sahara.
If you are looking for a place to host any type of party, be sure and check with Terry or Michelle by calling (402) 564-8022. They are fully equipped to handle any number of people for any occasion. Finally, if you need something different on a Saturday night this fall or winter, go check out the Cosmic Bowling. It begins every Saturday evening a 8:00 pm. Thanks again from Jeff Thiele and staff.
Eckholt says Westbrook Lanes has been in operation for 33 years and he has served as manager for the past 27 years. Eckholt wants to introduce his staff to you.
George McCarthy is the assistant manager, while Joe Bruckner is in his third season as the lane mechanic. Kathy Harrin is in charge of the kitchen, and Justin and Jordan Eckholt are co-managers of the lounge.
John Eckholt also wants to thank everyone who bowls in any one of their leagues, as bowling is a great commitment. He wants to thank the bowlers in Columbus and those from the surrounding areas who travel to town to bowl. A special thanks goes out to our local bowling association board for all the unpaid hours they put in to help the two bowling centers.
Westbrook did some remodeling over the summer. On the lanes you will find all-new ball returns.
The lounge has a new look to it as well, while the meeting/party room has been painted and has a Husker look to it.
Speaking of the Huskers, Westbrook will once again host Husker tailgate parties this season. Not only can you watch your Huskers on TV there, but with the NFL package, you can catch your favorite pro team as well. John wants everyone to know that they can handle all your party needs, from birthday to anniversary, graduation to retirement or anything you like. Eckholt says they still have a few opening in some of their leagues, and if interested, please give John Eckholt or George McCarthy a call at (402) 563-3000.
Once again, Westbrook wants to thank all of you who help support them throughout the year. They work hard to make your experience fun and enjoyable.
Eckholt selected his bowlers of the week from Westbrook by naming Steve Hoenk, Luann Vavricek and Steve Reichmuth. Hoenk bowled a 740 series with a high game of 279 to earn the men’s honor. Vavricek was the ladies pick by rolling the high series for the week with a 605 on games of 201, 203 and 201. The seniors were led by Reichmuth with a 277 game and a 647 series. The high game for the women was a 244 tossed by rookie Cassidy Jaster. John Eckholt had both high game and series for the week with a 300 in the Cheyenne league and a 793 series in the All-Star League. I just don’t know what he has to do to earn bowler of the week honors.
Westbrook also had a 5-7-10 sighting, as Craig Junghaene received the famed “Gieb Award” during the All-Star league.
Down the road at Boulevard, Henke made his picks for bowlers of the week by selecting Jim Murcek, Shelley Renner and Don Struebing. Opening night saw Murcek roll a 736 series on games of 235, 256 and 245 to take the men’s top honor. Renner was the ladies top pick with games of 245, 221 and 225 for a 691 series. Senior bowler Struebing tossed a 664 on scores of 228, 223 and 213. Randy McCullough fired both high game and series for the men with his seventh career 300 game. He added games of 236 and 212 for a 748. The ladies top scores went to Emily Hoefer with a 257 game and a 693 series. Nice bowling to one and all.
Next week, we get to meet the current board of directors and hear from President Ashley Podliska.
Chuck McCarthy is a bowler whose column on city bowling will appear Tuesdays during the winter bowling season.
Bowlers of the Week
Jim Murcek 256 - 691
Shelley Renner 245 - 691
Don Struebing 228 - 664
Steve Hoenk 279 - 740
Luann Vavricek 203 - 605
Steve Reichmuth 277 - 647