Fun to spare at Burning Mountain family bowling tournament
Alysha Frayser, 9, quietly rolled out her bowling ball like an egg on thin ice Sunday afternoon, and the technique paid off.Through three frames in the inaugural Battle for Burning Mountain family bowling tournament at SuperBowl in New Castle, Alysha racked up 54 pins. Her 10-year-old brother Cory had 28 pins through two frames, and was working off a strike in the third.”Way to go, buddy,” father Ben Frayser said, when a beaming Cory returned from the line after rolling his strike.The Fraysers, with adult team member Ann Leach, were one of 13 teams from Rifle, Silt, New Castle, Clifton and Littleton who dusted off their bowling balls for the tournament. It was the culminating event in a weekend of festivities in New Castle celebrating the 30th annual Burning Mountain Days.Teams were vying for a first place trophy – a black bowling pin with silver crown, attached to a black pedestal. Award certificates in blazing orange, red and yellow, were also handed out for several categories, including:-Most Unique Style.-Best Trash Talk.-Best Sportsmanship.-Best Victory Dance.-Most Room for Improvement.”Welcome to everyone for the Battle for Burning Mountain family bowling tournament,” SuperBowl marketing director Melissa Stagnaro announced over the public address system after the 15-minute warm up period. “We have 13 teams competing for a fabulous first place trophy, and hidden judges going around to check on the others.”There were four bowlers on each team, and three had to be from the same family. They were playing “nine pin no tap,” which meant that players had only to knock down nine pins for a strike. Computer activated bumpers popped up for kids 10 and under to keep errant balls out of the gutter.Stagnaro didn’t compile age statistics, but kids ranged in size from about a 54-inch boy in a 30-inch T-shirt to a thin 6-footer in tight jeans.Teams were stoked with fat cups of frosty Cokes and Pepsis, and hot dogs with lots of ketchup from a pass-around squeeze container.Stagnaro said the bowling alley wanted to offer something for parents and kids who might not be league bowlers. “This way, they can still come out and have a good time,” she said as teams whooped and hollered in the background, and recorded rock music pulsed and thumped. “We wanted to do something for families, but not have it real competitive.”Ben Frayser said his family bowls every Wednesday night, and Alysha and Cory suggested they enter the tournament. When the Fraysers signed in for the tournament at the SuperBowl counter, Ben joked to the clerk that they were there to pick up the first place trophy.”That’s what I’ve been telling the kids all week,” he said a half hour later, and Alysha and Cory kept racking up their scores.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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