Press Staff Report
GREENE — Bowling manufacturers and other “Kingpins” of the sport will advise those who plan on opening a bowling alley that their house should have one lane for every 3,000 residents in the immediate area.
By no stretch of the imagination, Greene doesn’t nearly have a population of 18,000. Still, bowling proprietor Clark Freesemann says that his six-lane Freeze Frame Bowl is the hottest destination spot in town.
“And next year we’re going to add another league,” said Freesemann, who purchased, renovated and resurrected the 50-plus-year-old bowling alley located off of Highway 14 just out of town 11 years ago.
Two of Freeze Frame’s long-established leagues, the Wednesday Night Hot Shots and the Thursday Night Pin Busters, had their annual combined Awards Banquet Night at Freeze Frame last Wednesday.
Cornelius Seed, who were defeated in the first-half vs. second-half winners championship bowl-off last season, came back to claim this season’s crown among the Hot Shots; Cooper Motors was champs of the Pin Busters.
Members of Cornelius Seed are Dick Reser, Dave Iverson, Kevin Schafer, Jack Majewski, Gordy Smith and Bruce Sneed.
Members of Cooper Motors are Dick Lursen, Jerry Platter, Curt Henrichs, Scott Lursen and Jim Blockhus.
Unlike the last two season, there were no 300 games bowled at Freeze Frame this past season.
“But we had some guys come close,” said Freesemann, who bowled a pair of 300s in consecutive weeks in league play at Freeze Frame last season. They were the first two 300s of his bowling career.
An avid golfer also, Freesemann is among a select group of people to have multiple sanctioned and/or witnessed 300 games and holes-in-one.
There were a couple of 800s bowled at Freeze Frame this season, including one bowled in a state tournament the house hosted last month.
“The best bowlers in the state of Iowa were here,” Freesemann said. “I put a real tough shot out there for them, but they were still able to score on it.”