The senior citizen league is also very popular at Warpath Lanes. There are approximately 110 senior citizens who currently participate in the league, but they are always looking for more people to join.
By Katina Rose
Dennis Lane grew up in the bowling business, and realized at a young age that was exactly where he wanted to stay.
When Dennis’s parents, Jim and Frances Lane, moved back to Kingsport from Indiana, they originally planned to open up a grocery store, but instead they decided to build a bowling center. Warpath Lanes opened up in Kingsport in 1960, and is still a popular place for all ages.
Dennis has spent most of his life in a bowling center and was a professional tour bowler from 1974 through 1982. It was after that time that Jim Lane started experiencing medical problems, and Dennis started helping his father manage Warpath Lanes.
There have been many changes over the years in the bowling business.
"The first big change was glow bowling, or what they call cosmic bowling, and the automatic scorers with the bumpers for the little kids," said Dennis Lane, owner of Warpath Lanes. "The automatic bumper was the biggest change for us, so the younger kids could bowl and not throw gutter bowls all the time. The automatic scoring system and the bumpers made a big difference in the business. It let the kids enjoy it more."
The downside to automatic scorers, according to Dennis' wife, Beverley Lane, is that "Up until that point, our youth bowlers, their math skills were great, they knew if the score was correct or not. Now, they haven’t learned how bowling is scored because they don’t have to with the automatic scoring."
Warpath Lanes is a very busy place most days of the week, but weekends keep the facility full of children attending birthday parties. There is also a youth bowling league on Saturday mornings. Children can start as young as age 5, and can continue bowling in the youth league until they are 20. Youth can participate in the youth league, or private bowling tournaments, to win scholarship money.
"Two of our youth bowlers from here are on scholarship right now," said Dennis. The youth league also provides an opportunity for individuals to go to the state tournament.
The senior citizen league is also very popular at Warpath Lanes. There are approximately 110 senior citizens who currently participate in the league, but they are always looking for more people to join. It provides a social atmosphere, along with a great way to get exercise, for many individuals.
"We could always use more seniors on our leagues. The cost can vary from $10 to $12 a week and league bowlers need to be sanctioned once a year for a fee of $16," he said.
Church, social, or school groups are always welcome to plan a visit to Warpath Lanes. There is a full concession stand, which provides food and drinks for birthday parties and group events.
Warpath Lanes is family friendly and the Lanes have enjoyed meeting many people over the years, and watching several generations come through their doors.
"Grandparents are now bringing their grandchildren in to bowl with them, and most of the time when you walk in, there is always someone you know here," Dennis said.
"Once you learn it, you can bowl for the rest of your life, unlike so many of the other sports," he added.
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