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March 31, 1997
By COURTNEY PENDLETON Tattoo Staff Writer Bowling alleys are crowded these days ≠ crowded with teenagers. The sport is regaining its popularity, but itís not the only reason teenagers come to the bowling alley on weekends. Hanging out at Bristol Ten Pin Friday night with a group of friends, Jennifer Huntley, a senior at Bristol Central High School, said, "Iíve never bowled in my life. Actually, I just socialize." Will McCreesh, a junior at St. Paul High School said, "Itís mainly just become a hangout. If theyíre not bowling theyíre playing video games." Not all teenagers come to the bowling alley just to socialize. Megan McCreesh, an eighth grader at St. Anthonyís Grammar School, has been bowling for six years. Five of those years have been spent bowling at the Bristol Ten Pin. Will McCreesh and his sister both agree that the bowling alley is popular with teens. "It gets busier as the night goes on," says Will. For Megan McCreesh, the bowling alley is a "good place to hang out on Saturday mornings." Mark Glanovsky, manager of Bristol Ten Pin, says the alley is always crowded. Since the New Yearís Eve introduction of galaxy bowling ≠ with colored lights and rock and roll tunes ≠ "Itís been mobbed," he said. Glanovsky said the one problem that may have kept people out of the bowling alley in the past ≠ not knowing how to score the game ≠ is now solved by automatic scoring machines. "The machines help them out," he said. "They enjoy the game more." According to Glanovsky, most of the teens bowl at night. "Thereís a lot that hang out, sometimes too many," he said. As for teenage smoking at the alley, "We donít want them smoking here," says Glanovsky. In fact. Bristol Ten Pin offers a Smoke Free Saturday from 9-5. Teenagers who want to try something new or socialize with their friends should give bowling a try.