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2012-10-09 / Sports

Larry Sez:

Larry Rigas

BOBBY DOIG and KIM GREGORYBOBBY DOIG and KIM GREGORYThis week, I talked with Kim Gregory and her brother, Bobby Doig, who lease the Walton bowling lanes from the owner, Holly Hunter. With a lot of hard work, personality and communication with their customers, they are making a success at the lanes. At one time, the bowling alleys were a big part of a lot of people in Walton. Then, for a few years, it faded and came close to closing.

Now, between the men’s leagues, the women’s leagues, the mixed leagues, the children’s leagues and open play, approximately 200 people bowl in Walton each week. Kim calls it “a family venture.” Besides running all of the complex things, and the mundane things that happen every day, she volunteers to help coach the varsity bowling teams from the high school, when that season is in session.

She is pretty good at it. It has been my observation that, generally, the head coach is not hired to teach bowling, more to set matches up and keep the peace. Therefore, it is nice to have someone there who knows how to set up a regiment to show the young bowlers where to stand, how to throw the ball to knock the most pins down, and how to pick up spares.

There is also a manner in wich bowlers need to act, to show respect for one another. Since Kim is a lady, this particular part of being a lady or a gentleman on the lanes is important.

There are things that many people don’t know about the Walton lanes. First, the building was built, not to house a bowling alley, but to house and sell livestock. Tel Chambers, Kim’s great-uncle, was an entrepreneur. He sold horses and cows out of his barn, located between the river and the back of the buildings on the south side of Delaware Street.

After a while, I guess he got tired of shoveling animal waste. He gutted the inside of the building and put in a skating rink. That was successful, but theen someone convinced him that he should put 20 bowling lanes inside, so he did. Ten were in the east side, running north to south, and 10 on the west side, running perpendicular to the first 10, running east to west.

It really was a great place to bowl. We used to have singles tournaments on Saturdays, with a $50 prize going to the winner. It stayed that way for quite a while, then there was another change. They tore out the west lanes and put in the Loft and other businesses.

Good luck in the future, Kim! With all that ambition, I don’t know how you can fail.

In the high school games, by this time of the year, I should be picking 75 percent, but this is a strange year.

On Friday night: Normally when these teams play, it’s an automatic Windsor win, but not this year — B-G will win, 28-17; Sidney 28, Unatego 8; Oxford 27, Moravia 6; Tioga 35, Spencer-VanEtten 7; UV 21, Roscoe 13; Norwich 27, Chenango Valley 17; Watkins Glen 35, Odessa-Montour 21; Waverly 28, Dryden 14; Binghamton 34, Horseheads 14; Corning 27, U-E 14; Owego 27, Vestal 14; Lansing 25, Trumansburg 14.

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