“My legs and feet are still strong,” he said. “I’m tickled that I can still do what I do.”
Hefelfinger remembers his first game, about 70 years ago. He finished with a whopping 66. Fast forward seven decades and the lifelong athlete is still bowling in two leagues a week at Thunderbowl.
“I’ve been blessed,” he said. “I really have.”
Turkey tourneys: Bowlers looking for a way to burn off enough calories for a second heaping spoonful of mashed potatoes or another slice of pie have plenty of options this week as several area centers are hosting events. They include:
Night Before Thanksgiving No Tap: Bowl 10 Fairborn kicks off the festivities with a Thanksgiving Eve 9-pin, no-tap tournament on Wednesday at 10 p.m. The event is open to the first 100 entries and one in five will cash. For information, call 878-9521.
13th Annual Russ Maiden Turkey Tap: Beaver-Vu Bowl continues its Turkey Day tradition with a 9-pin, no-tap tournament on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. For information, call 426-6771.
Thanksgiving Day Shootout: Poelking Lanes will also host a Thanksgiving morning 9-pin, no-tap event starting at 9 a.m. The top 16, after the three-game qualifier, advance to match play. For information, call 299-5573.
17th Annual Thanksgiving Singles Sweeper: Century Lanes closes out the holiday with a singles sweeper at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving night with one in five bowlers expected to cash. For information, call 849-4220.