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Area seniors take to virtual world for camaraderie, physical fitness

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Ginny Kroeter lines up her strike during a recent Wii Bowling event at the Quincy Senior Center. Ginny Kroeter lines up her strike during a recent Wii Bowling event at the Quincy Senior Center.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- When Ginny Kroeter heard people say that there was nothing to do in Quincy she took it to heart and decided to do something about it.
 
11 teams and 44 players later, Kroeter and fellow senior citizens, are proving age is just a number when it comes to playing games.

When you hear about a bowling league you probably imagine an echoing dark alley with long lanes that lead to a perfectly aligned 10-pin triangle.
 
However, Kroeter decided to start a Wii Bowling League in the Gem City after discovering her friend, who had suffered from multiple strokes, could play the game in his wheelchair.

"I went to everybody," Kroeter said in her attempt to jump start a league. 
 
"In the city league, a regular league, there's more competition. This is not competition, this is just fun. And socialization," said Kroeter.

Bill Stehl, the activities director at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center, says the league meets every Friday afternoon to compete and it's been a positive benefit to the residents.

"It's brought some camaraderie and some socialization, just getting together and coming together to have fun," Stehl explained. "And stay active and fit as seniors. "

According to one of the competitors, "It's a really good thing for an old man like me. I look forward to it every Friday," Edwin Peters said, a member of the Pin Pals Team.

Residents say that while the league is competitive it's more about having fun.

"It's a cheering time. When somebody makes a strike it's really a big deal. It's a lot of fun," said Cathy Hayden, a member of team "No Pin Left Behind."
 
And as for which team will win this season?

"I kind of hate that we're so good," laughed Kroeter. "When you're good, you're good, that's all."
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