Alice Crowe bowed out at the top of her game.
At 86 years old, she retired this spring from bowling after a half century of league play at Park Bar & Grille (formerly Park Lanes) in Amherst.
Her husband, Glenn, accepted a United States Bowling Congress award on Alice’s behalf Sept. 12 in a ceremony at the Park Avenue alley.
Nancy Frombaugh, director of the USBC Women’s Bowling Association, traveled to Amherst to honor Crowe. Lorain WBA president Pat Bowman and vice president Kathy Trifiletti were also there to show pride in a local sports hero.
Sudden health complications prevented Alice from accepting in person and Glenn rushed home immediately afterward to take her to the hospital. He exited amidst the cheers of league friends who wished the family luck.
Crowe topped every female bowler in Ohio to win the award, said Diane Citro, co-owner of Park Bar & Grille.
“In her eighties, she’s better than Timex and runs like the Energizer Bunny,” Citro beamed. “She’s an amazing, amazing person.”
At state competition March 14 of her final season, Crowe bowled a 557 series, her highest ever. The peak was a 233 game, also a personal best.
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Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Glenn Crowe accepts an award for his wife, Alice Crowe, who has bowled 50 years in Amherst league play. Presenting the award are Lorain WBA president Pat Bowman, vice president Kathy Trifiletti, and Ohio USBC WBA director Nancy Frombaugh.
Courtesy photo Alice Crowe is presented with the local Star of the Month Award and 120 Pins Over Average Game Award in March by Diane Citro.