Local bowlers off to provincials

After two months of waiting, the Sunset Country contingent is ready to roll at the Northern Ontario five-pin bowling championships this weekend in Timmins.
Six bowlers from Plaza Lanes are set to compete alongside their peers from Dryden and Kenora for the right to represent Northern Ontario at the national roll-offs May 30-June 2 in Sudbury.
Ken Dick and Jamie McKenny will join Ed Bates, Darryl Rollins, Roger Peterson, and Norm Sanders (all of Dryden) on the Sunset Country men’s team.
Both Dick and McKenny are veterans at the provincials. Dick qualified for the event each of the past two years while McKenny, formerly of North Bay, will be making his eighth trip.
“We have a good mix of guys,” Dick enthused Monday prior to departing for Timmins.
“We’ve got a better mix of guys who can bowl than we have in years past. We’re more relaxed,” he added. “Darryl [Rollins] is a national level bowler. He can bowl a big game.
“We’re all capable of bowling big games.”
But despite fielding a strong team, McKenny knows they’ll each have to be at the top of their game if they are to advance to the next level.
“Every pin, every frame means everything,” he stressed. “You can look up and see where you’ve left a pin and that can be the pin that kills you.
“Everyone is so much better at this level. It’s not like league bowling,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dixie McDonald and twin sisters Brenda and Carla Hanzuk will team up with a trio of Dryden bowlers—Shelley Petsnick, Terri Hamilton, and Terry Delaronde—on the Sunset Country ladies’ team.
As well, local bowler Lori Pattison will be joined by Jackie Miner (Dryden), Cheryl Stefanik (Kenora), Frank Kortz (Kenora), Charlie Alexander (Dryden), and Chris Gadd (Dryden) on the mixed team at Timmins.
The top singles competitor in both the men’s and women’s division, along with the winning team in each of the men’s, women’s, and mixed divisions, will advance to the national roll-offs.
All of the bowlers qualified to represent Sunset Country by finishing among the top nine in their respective divisions during the 20-game zone roll-offs held at Plaza Lanes back in late January.