South Florida team wins Wii bowling National Senior League championship game

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Supporters Tuesday cheer on the SAS Strikers, which won the NSL championship match.
Supporters Tuesday cheer on the SAS Strikers, which won the NSL championship match.

Only 20 pins separated the two teams, but in the end there could be only one winner of the first-ever National Senior League Wii Bowling championship game. “The SAS Strikers” from St. Andrews Estates South in Boca Raton, FL, were it.

Second-place finishers were “Riverside Place Silver” from Charleroi, PA. Team member Larry Maraldo even rolled two perfect games, but it was not enough to defeat The Strikers. After losing the first game, The Strikers rallied and pulled off a come-from-behind victory to take the crown. The championship was played live via Web cam, allowing the opposing teams to interact with each other.

The winning team members are: Joe Riccobene, Robert Spaulding, Pat Harper, Alice Annesi, and Duane Webster, who turns 88 today. Other members of the Strikers team who helped to get them to the championships included Katherine Bigelow, Celeste Militello, Cecil Muggleworth and Joe DiMauro.

This year, 180 teams from 24 states participated in the bowling tournament. Teams would bowl up to two games a week and report their scores on the NSL Web site. The five-week tournament allows seniors to participate in a “truly interactive and engaging national title chase that included teams from across the U.S.,” said NSL founder Dennis Berkholtz. More information on the various NSL competitions is available at www.nslgames.com.