For the Havre Daily News
Where were you in the early to mid- 1970s? Did you bowl? Whatever happened to those years?
The '70s to early '80s were a time of bowling and fun. Do you remember the days and nights at Hi-Line Lanes when there were two leagues on Sunday, three on Monday, two on Tuesday, three on Wednesday, three on Thursday and two on Friday? The Mixed Doubles ran for seven weekends, beginning the first week of February. We put bowlers on the lanes at 7 a.m. and it was not uncommon for the shifts to be full until 11 p.m. You had to check in at least one half-hour before your shift started or you lost it to the first couple on the waiting list.
When people were not bowling or waiting for their league to begin, you could find them in the 300 Club. It was a good place to sit and watch the bowlers through the glass that divided the two places. There was always good entertainment and good music to dance to.
Whatever happened to those days when Hi-Line Lanes and the 300 Club were the places to be?
I was asked the other day, “What happened?”
I remember when.
Jim Kimberling was a super picker, converting the Big 4 (4-6-7-10) last week in Rudyard. Julie Mariani picked the 6-7, Jackie Mayer a 2-10, Vonda Floren a 5-7, Pat Seidletz a 4-5, Leota Hansen a 6-8-10, Jen Dalke a 2-7-10, and Lynn
Lombecke a 6-7-10.
Dan Hybner had the hot hand for the men, scoring a 225 and a 591. Val Wolf had the high game for the women with a 210, and Lana Herman once again had the high series of 582. After many years of retirement from bowling, Norma Mariani showed her old form with a 202 and 521.
WOMEN'S 200s, 500s: Val Wolf 210; Norma Mariani 202, 521; Lana Herman 204, 204, 582; Susie Friede 537; Kristi Kline 538; Barb DeRosa 510.
MEN'S 200s, 500s: Dan Hybner 225, 591; Allen Twedt 200, 579; Mark Aspevig 219, 574; Monty Groth 206, 518, 551; Chris Pappas 208, 527; Todd Langel 200, 565; Nick Turner 211; Ron Turner 209, 225, 582, 806; Roy Hamilton 521; Dave Wolf 538; Chris Kline 529, 515; Minnow Mariani 567; Jack Jacobson 556; Mike Purkett 527; Rick Melby 502.
Monday Mixed: High Team Game & Series: Havre Ford 867, 2,367. High Women's Game: Valerie Wolf 210. High Women's Series: Norma Mariani 521. High Men's Game & Series: Dan Hybner 225, 591.
Tuesday Men's Hdcp: High Team Game & Series: Hi-Line Motel 805, 3,261. High Game & Series: Ron Turner 224, 806. 1st: Kelly's Pub. 2nd: Brant Accounting. 3rd: Hi-Line Motel. 4th: Donoven Spreading. 5th: Bad Boys. 6th: Heydon Doors. 7th Tie: Grand Bar, Split Lichers. 9th: McNairs Furniture.
Wednesday Women: High Team Game & Series: Gallery Lounge 643, 1,881. High Game & Series: Lana Herman 204, 582. 1st (Tie): Floren's Hill County Printing, K-Lines, Gallery Lounge, Bud Light. 5th: Mariani Insurance. 6th: Generation 3. 7th: RPM'S. 8th: So-So Close. 9th: Box Cars. 10th: Valley Furniture.