The Chattanooga Area Knights of Columbus Family Bowling League recently closed out its spring season. With the number of bowlers too great for SpareTime Entertainment to accommodate the league at its usual time of 6 p.m. Sundays, the league formed two leagues and bowled at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Holy Spirit Knights of Columbus Council 14079 took the top spot in both the 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. leagues this spring. “Lucky Splits,” a team of Harold and Carol Sierks and Jim and Shirley Willard, finished in first place in the 3 p.m. league.
“Those Damn Yankees,” a team of Steve and Vickie DeRight and Ed and Ursula Klim, finished in first place in the 6 p.m. league.
The league, formed in fall 2013, bowls for 10 weeks each spring and fall. The league is made up of bowlers from all the Knights of Columbus councils as well as all six of the Catholic churches in the Chattanooga area. Of the 16 teams involved, 13 were composed of families, with Dakota Barr of Our Lady of Perpetual Help being the youngest at age 9. Matthew Huinker (age 16) bowled a 300 game while bowling with his dad and mom, Paul and Jennifer Huinker. (Mr. Huinker is a KofC field agent). Dennis Doyle, while bowling on a team with his brother Patrick, also bowled a 300 game this past spring.
The playing field is leveled with a generous handicap for everyone who has an average under 200.
Although the league was started for the purpose of providing an activity to bring together brother Knights from all area councils, it has evolved as a “family” league and as a charity fundraiser, with a donation made each December to the Maclellan Shelter for Families. League play will resume in the fall on Sunday, Sept. 10. Those interested in joining as an individual, a twosome, or as a team of four should e-mail league coordinator John Sopko at firstname.lastname@example.org.