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 Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

your bowling communications site
          and records museum Founded April 2008 by Tony Campos

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The main purpose of this site is to allow the local bowlers of the Coeur d'Alene area to meet the needs of communication, and to act as a museum for the bowling records of the local bowlers.  Although the priority may be at the local level, this site will accommodate the national level as well by way of  search engine use by all those either visiting or moving to the Coeur d'Alene area.  This is a full communications website at your service.



Leagues have been shut down until further notice.

League secretaries will notify concerning next step. 



Money and the satisfaction of winning  represent the motivational forces of the professional bowler.  We folks at the bowling league level may not be able to make a living from bowling, but we do share the motivation of winning in team competition.  The beauty of this sport is that almost anyone can participate no matter what your skill level may be by the use of handicap points.  Even a low average bowler will strive to make that big game, and it could be a record score.  Being in a bowling league allows you the chance to enjoy the game as may be suitable to you.  You can be as serious about the game as you feel you should be to suit your own personality without criticism.  Of course, there will always be that exciting hope that something extraordinary will happen and that your score will be recognized by the USBC. 
It is unfortunate that bowling has lost so much popularity over the last thirty years.  I believe that this sport has not been properly promoted in the face of other activities such as watching TV, concern over work and finances, and the mental syndrome of feeling too tired or simply falling into the malaise of being home lazy.   Bowling is physical and mental, and it allows you to get a break from all those work related problems that will give you a heart attack.  Get out there and shoot that ball for all it's worth, and enjoy being with other folks in friendly competition. 
Bowling represents one of the few games that will allow the average couch potato to actually compete on a physical level.  Competition in your life is good, because it is the competitive spirit that drives you in life and makes life worth living.  Remember!  Whenever you bowl good, the opposition should acknowledge it, but if they don't, you should still feel good about your accomplishment.  Whenever the opposition bowls good, you should pump up your own character by congratulating them.  We must all do our job to promote the sport with a positive attitude.  Whether you are highly dedicated or happy-go-lucky, promote a positive attitude about bowling to all those around you, and by doing so you will always enjoy your visit to the bowling alley.    Tony Campos

Your greatest satisfaction in life will not be personal glory.  It will instead be to promote the very best in others. (AC)


What is the logic for bowling averages either going way up or going way down?  One could say that either skills have deteriorated or that skills have suddenly improved.  Or, perhaps skills never really changed.  Instead, lane conditions changed.  Averages may drop when easy house shots become more difficult.  When this occurs, the average bowler who has been averaging 200 and above will most often form an invalid analysis to explain a significant drop in average.

The problem that should be addressed is not that conditions have become difficult.  The main problem is that the average bowler has become more complacent in hitting a target on the lane as well as using a ball that is not conducive to the lane conditions.  Sloppy shooting does not prove good skills despite a high book average.  This reality will be proven when a bowler enters a PBA setting.  I have bowled as a guest in minor PBA sanctioned tournaments in California, and I can testify that one will be in for a shock if you cannot hit a three board  target range with the proper ball on either and inside or outside shot.  Furthermore, the ball release must be consistent. 

A major problem is that people begin to quit when averages go down due to lane conditions.  It depends on what you desire from the game.  Is it just for social fun?  Are you more serious about the game?  Are you willing to focus on the challenge of more difficult lane conditions?  It should be fun to accept the challenge and know what is involved.  In conclusion, bowling on more difficult lanes will make you a better bowler, at least according to my very simple analysis. 

Easy lane conditions will produce inflated averages.  That is the reality of it all.  Your only true average would be many games shot over all types of sanctioned oil patterns.  We must realize that most league bowlers are not professionals.  What can you expect if you only shoot three games per week? 

Leaving one house to go to another simply because of getting an easy house shot is not the way to become a better bowler.  The solution is to become more accurate with the proper ball and with an effective hand release.  This advice is for the more serious bowler who has some form of comprehension about the game.  If you settle with just throwing a sloppy ball, buying a new ball is not going to change anything.  After all, it may be okay to just enjoy the social life.  If you truly love the game, you will take on the challenge of more difficult lanes.  In the end, you will be more proud of your achievements.

Back in 1995 and 1996, I won the Santa Barbara Masters both years.  I focused on my game strategy.  I focused on my choice of shots.  Most of all, I practiced every day for two years as if in a strict religion.  I had to face three PBA members.  These guys were good.  I was motivated by the thought that everyone believed I had no chance.  I had to vary my shots between using the ten board and the five board and I had to change balls during each match.  In one of my final rounds, I went up against a red hot young man that thought he could not be beat.  This kid was good.  He threw a wild hooking ball to the gutter and back.  He was so sure about himself that he actually taped his name to the trophy which was on display for everyone to see.  I saw the tape with his name on it.  I left it there for everyone to see.  This really motivated me.  Well, in the end, he took it off all by himself.  I am no longer the same bowler.  Why?  Because I no longer practice.  I no longer have that same focus and motivation.  However, I still love the game, and I still like the people I meet at the bowling alley.   (Tony Campos)   





Both Sunset Lanes in Coeur d'Alene and River City Lanes in Post Falls are well-maintained and there is no need to go very far to join a league.

Sunset Leagues are listed in the Announcements Section for 2019 Season

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We will be in the process of continually gathering score records since many of  these records going back to 1984 have never been saved at the local level.    We are asking for your help in this recovery whether you have information or if you have bowled a record score at some time in the past and it does not show up correctly on this site.  We stand ready to make corrections.  The USBC has given data going back to 1984.  One of the purposes of this site is to act as a storage for all record scores protected with backup security.          Tony Campos


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