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San Diego Seniors Compete In Virtual Bowling League

Evening Edition

Video games aren't just for kids anymore. Some San Diego seniors are competing against each other in a virtual bowling league.

The Manorite bowling league was formed three years ago at St. Paul's Manor, one of the first independent living facilities for seniors in San Diego.

With a flick of the wrist, this Wii bowling game is fairly easy to master, even for those who can't see very well.

"It feels like you're bowling as you would in a bowling alley," said Pearl Donohue, the team captain of the Manorites. "My vision is limited, but not as much as a member on my team who's more limited than I am."

Donohue is one of the best bowlers with a score of 245.

"I think there are more people involved in this," she said. "We have five teams and there are four people on each team."

Most of these bowlers are in their 80s and originally competed against other seniors online across the country.

Judy Schneider, a bowling league organizer, said it costs $250 a year to join.

"We decided why do we have to do this, we'd have more fun bowling against one another," she said.

So they dropped out and created their own league. They even changed the name from the Paulettes to the Manorites to welcome men.

"Some men were interested but thought the Paulettes was too feminine," Schneider said.

And just like a real bowling league, they post the scores daily and have an annual awards dinner to recognize the players with certificates.

"And it's a lot easier than lifting a bowling ball," Schneider said.

The last time the group tried that, at least two people were injured.

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