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November 25, 2007

Kegler's Korner: Bowling with frozen turkeys and a Terre Haute North grad enjoys success

TERRE HAUTE — Does the unlikely combination of 32 two-person bowling teams, 16-foot slabs of ice, frozen turkeys and chainsaws sound intriguing?

Well, the new Metropolis — my wife’s favorite shopping destination, by the way — outdoor shopping mall in nearby Plainfield featured the first Indiana State Frozen Turkey Bowling State Championships last weekend.

While this may unofficially be a first for the state of Indiana, Elegant Ice our of Columbus, Ohio, has already staged these type of competitions in Ohio and Michigan.

The competition consisted of four 16-foot slabs of ice used as lanes, with pins set up and cushioned by bales of hays. A full field of 32 two-person teams then bowled in an elimination format just like the real game of bowling. Only throwing frozen turkeys down the lane.

Not to leave out the children, they could try their hand bowling on a smaller lane using Cornish game hens. Also on the agenda for all ages was a “dueling chainsaw” ice sculpture performance.

Sounds like fun to me.

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But all is not wacky on the subject of bowling as we begin another season of Kegler’s Korner:

n Breshears Blaze-ing — Allen Breshears has enjoyed a busy start to his sophomore season of collegiate bowling for the nationally-acclaimed Vincennes University men’s bowling team.

Breshears, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound graduate of Terre Haute North, has stepped up his game this season, bowling in all of VU’s scheduled events.

As a freshman, his Trailblazers’ team finished second in last year's NJCAA tournament, only 123 pins behind champion Erie (N.Y.) Community College. That was the same Erie team VU defeated to win the 2006 NJCAA title.

Below is Breshears’ bowling resume thus far in 2007:

• Oct. 6-7 — The Trailblazers opened the season at the Midwest Collegiate Classic at AMF Bowlero Lanes in Milwaukee, Wisc., finishing 13th among 40 teams in the field. Breshears posted a 195 average (1,563 pins, eight games).

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