February 25, 2006--Posted at 10:45 p.m. CST
JONESBORO-- Aliene Simmons just celebrated her 82nd birthday, but it's how she celebrated that takes the cake. Aliene is a Spare Chaser, that's the name of her bowling team.
"I don't practice now, because I bowl 3 nights a week and I'm subbing, so sometimes I bowl 16 games a week," said Simmons. "My husband passed away 10 years ago and someone asked me to bowl and I started and the people they're so friendly. The young people, they don't think I'm old. It's so great, they just treat me like I'm one of them and I love that."
This octogenarian is no bender bowler, she attacks the pins straight on. Simmons said, "When I get out there, I think I hope I have strike. I want to show some of the young people that the old ones can still do it. And I think about that, I do pretty good. I beat some of the younger ones.
Aliene beats them with a 140 average and her high game is a 236. For Aliene, participating in three leagues and bowling 16 games a week at age 82 simply comes down to what all sports are about. "Well I'm a competitor I guess," said Simmons. "Every time I get up there I want to get all those pins down. And it's the people. I haven't had time to be lonely or anything. If I'm not able to do anything else, I'm able to bowl."