Bowling can be a summer sport, too

Steve Brownlee

Wait! Bowling season really isn’t over, it’s just ended its main fall-winter-season that mirrors the school year — except we get out around the end of April just like in college.

You might keep your local center in mind — in Marquette County, that’s Superior Lanes in Marquette Township and River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming — when the weather is too hot, too cold or too rainy.

Summer leagues and other activities are available at both centers. River Rock has its King of the Hill weekly tournaments starting at 7 p.m. Mondays starting today and going through Labor Day, with a three-person league running 11 weeks at 7 p.m. Thursdays starting June 7.

Give River Rock a call at 486-8000 to find out more. The same goes for Superior at 225-9230.

And bowling on TV will be around, too.

First off, the PBA completes its Elias Cup league finals at 1 p.m. Sunday on ESPN. If you’ve caught the last two weeks of it, you’ve seen raucous crowds in Portland, Maine, cheer on the pros on their teams — think of it like indoor Ryder Cup golf.

CBS Sports — channel 224 on Charter cable — will also hold a number of men’s, women’s, youth and collegiate events the rest of spring and through the summer.

The next is at 8 p.m. Thursday with the women’s college team finals. The following two Tuesdays — May 15 and 22 — are the men’s college team finals and USBC Queens women’s tourney, both also starting at 8 p.m. The Queens will be out of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

Creating a four-hour doubleheader on May 22 will be the first week of the PBA Tour Finals at 10 p.m.

That series runs for five consecutive Tuesdays through June 19, with the final four nights beginning at 8 p.m.

Then it’s back to the U.S. Women’s Open, live at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, from Orlando, Florida.

July is fairly slow with just a pair of Junior Gold telecasts the final two Tuesdays. This youth national event has its under-12-years-old finals on July 24 and U-15 on July 31, each starting at 8 p.m.

August really picks up with seven shows. The Professional Women’s Bowling Association goes live with events each Saturday at 5 p.m., while youth bowling will be on the first three Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is