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No Really, Lets Go Bowling

December 9, 2008 - Michael Palmer
I have recently been to ST. Clair Lanes in St. Clairsville to attempt and take some of the most difficult sports pictures to capture, High School Bowling.

The problem is that you need to be in front of some high school kids who are hurling spheres weighing from 10 to 16 pounds in your general direction. Also, there is the flash, a necessity that really annoys some of the athletes and their coaches.

That aside, it was nice to get some recognition for these young bowlers. There were many of the coaches and parents who were appreciative of the coverage. But I am not writing this blog to blow the Times Leader's own horn. The owner of St. Clair Lanes, Joe Holubeck and his son Gary are providing their facility FREE OF CHARGE to the local high school athletes for the weekly league.

Joe, is the type of older gentleman that is like a Hollywood scripted Grandpa....part kindly philosopher and yet still with that spark of mischief twinkling in his eyes. He is a generous businessman, and stated that he is providing an opportunity for many of the students who might not have the athletic abilities to compete in other sports to get out and have some fun while they get a little exercise.

Gary is also a coach for the St. John bowling team. He, like his father, is a big supporter of the high school teams. Gary explains that the bowling team and schedules are not listed on many of the high school web pages and that the local newspapers no longer have their bowling coverage that appeared in the sport section in the past. So the sport has trouble with recognition for the young men and women that make up the teams.

I think the most disappointing part of the experience for the Holubeck's is that they get little thanks from the coaches, the bowlers and their parents. I don't think that these persons realize the cost of having all 20 lanes rolling for two hours each week. The generosity of St. Clair Lanes is exceptional, if you think about it, when was the last time you saw a batting cage open up for a couple of hours so that local baseball and softball teams could practice?

I just wanted to take a moment to thank the Holubeck family for their efforts to give something back to the community and their hospitality. If you get to the bowling alley and see Joe behind the counter, stop and say thanks. I know he does not need to hear it, but it would be a nice way to let him know that what he is doing is appreciated.


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