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A member of the Wilson Senior Center Bowling Team lines up her shot. (Photo by Chris Frost)
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

By Chris Frost


Oxnard-The holidays may be over, but the fun never stops at the Wilson Center and Jan. 6, meant lots of scrabble, a good hearty lunch, and Wii Bowling for the competitive crowd.


The Wilson Senior Center Bowling Team took their fun seriously and was practicing hard.  The group encourages each other, and they get into the spirit of the game when they don their bowling shirts and compete.


Activities Leader Martha Jimenez said the Wilson Senior Center has five Wii Bowling Team members, and they just competed in a tournament.


"They compete with all the centers in the county, and they came in third place this year," she said. "I have never played Wii Bowling, but I have watched a lot."


The Wison Senior Center was cleaning up all the holiday decorations, but Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and there are plenty of activities planned.


"Usually, we have a luncheon or something for the seniors," she said. "For Valentine's Day, there won't be a dance, but there will be lunch."


The center remains a hotbed of activities for the seniors, and they love coming down and participating.


"It's a place for them to get a hot meal, congregate, and have a good time," she said.  


Bowler Anthony Romero started Wii bowling about seven years ago when he was at the Colonia Senior Center.


"I got involved with it, started practicing, and I got pretty good at it," he said. "The secret is keeping your hand straight. If you move your wrist, it will go either right or left."


His best score is 300, so he had a perfect game.


"Not all the time," he said. "When I do this, I try to reach 1,000 points, so I qualify for the finals."


Success depends on the participants, he said, and Simi Valley has won every year since 2009.


"It's like going to the Olympics," he said. "I won three medals."


The team is always looking for more bowlers.


"It's fun and competitive," he said. "I used to play football in high school, and I love the competition. We have four people, and we play as a team. I am the only man. We are trying to win a trophy for the Wilson Senior Center."


Before the big tourney in Thousand Oaks, he said they had a local tournament and faced the South Oxnard and Palm Vista senior centers and won.


"A lot of people, if you're not used to competing in front of a big crowd, get nervous, but it didn't bother me," he said. "I go out there and do my thing."


Elouisa Reyes loves bowling a lot, but she laughed and said she could beat Anthony at any time.


"The girls can beat the guys," she said. "I keep my hand straight and release and point the ball at the pins," Reyes said. "Just like Anthony does. The Wilson Senior Center is number one!"


The Wilson Senior Center practices every day between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and new members are always welcome. For more information, stop by at 350 North C St,


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