It was an unbeWiiVable victory for a Maryland team at the National Senior League bowling championship Tuesday.
The Wii bowling team from Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, in Silver Spring, MD, became the national champions at the LeadingAge convention in Washington, D.C. After 10 weeks of league play and three weeks of playoffs, the UnbeWiiVables triumphed over the Happy Strikers, a team from The Active Life Senior Center in LaGrange, GA, by a score of 1,754 to 1,541.
The NSL Wii bowling league comprised 104 teams from 21 different states for this championship series. Teams competed against each other virtually from their respective senior centers, until it was narrowed down to the top two teams to face-off in person at the LeadingAge exhibition hall.
Tom Gray, who was voted the league’s Coach of the Year, said he finds the competitors inspiring.
“It’s fun to watch the teams compete against each other even while they are in different states,” Gray said. He credited sponsors such as LeadingAge and Aegis for making it possible.
Gray said the average age of NSL league players was 85. The oldest player he has coached is 100 — and she sports an average pinfall far above that, 185.
NSL officials said they planned to expand the competition on an ongoing basis, with international play in the championship series to begin in 2014. Highlights of the 2011 championship trophy presentation and an interview with the team’s high scrorer will be viewable soon in a McKnight’s Newsmakers Video clip at www.McKnights.com.