Blaine seniors gather for Wii tourney

What can you do if you can no longer bowl? Well, there’s always Nintendo Wii bowling.

Arthur Meierdiercks of Blaine playing Nintendo Wii bowling at the Mary Ann Young Senior Center. Photo by Eric Hagen

Arthur Meierdiercks of Blaine playing Nintendo Wii bowling at the Mary Ann Young Senior Center. Photo by Eric Hagen

Bob Murphy of Blaine used to bowl four to five times a week. Although he no longer has the strength to do this, he is having a great time getting together with other senior citizens at the Mary Ann Young Senior Center in Blaine for Wii bowling tournaments.

The senior center hosts quarterly tournaments for multiple games from cribbage to Wii bowling, according to Shelly Johnson, senior center director. It is about friends, food and fun. Everyone who came to the most recent tournament Tuesday morning, Jan. 29 brought something on which to snack.

“It’s fun to be with other people doing something like this,” said Joan Eik of Blaine.

These tournaments are small and in-house only because there is only one television and the game only allows four people to bowl at a time. Johnson expected about 14 to come Tuesday morning, she said.

In the past Blaine has competed against seniors from the Ham Lake Senior Center.

Murphy has friends who go to Ham Lake and he hopes to re-start the tournament.

He travels to six different senior centers to play cards and believes Blaine and Ham Lake are the only two who have Wii bowling tournaments.

Johnson said the score is not important, but that does not mean the seniors are not practicing.Marge Lunderborg of Blaine said some have the game at home and play it with their grandchildren.

According to Murphy, there is a practice session every Tuesday night and there are often shouts of encouragement sounding out from this corner of Blaine Senior Center.

“Sometimes Shelly has to come tell us to be quiet,” Lunderborg said.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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