Weather K.O.s tournament

by Bob Johnson 0

The state high school bowling tournament in Tennessee had to been postponed over the weekend when a portion of the roof collapsed at the host facility, Smyrna Bowling Center.

The cave-in was caused by a build-up of snow and ice on the roof over lanes 1-14. Fortunately, the mishap occurred around 1 a.m., when nobody was bowling in that section of the 52-lane center because of the bad weather in the area. No employees were hurt.

School officials are taking a wait-and-see attitude about the suspended competition.

"The last thing we want to do is cancel the tournament," Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Assn. Assistant Director Matthew Gillespie told the Tennessean. "We'll do what we can to reconvene the team tournament. But right now we don't have any clue on dates, sites or options. I think Smyrna is probably not a site option because of the damage they've got."

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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