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Willie Wingard named Wii tourney winner

Willie Wingard might have been giving a head start to the other finalists in the Wii Bowling Tournament at the Lillian D. Green Nutrition Center in Troy Tuesday. But, then, he might not. He’s not telling.

Wingard won the first match but then fell behind Louise Toney in the second round only to come roaring back in the final match to win the tournament with a total score of 631.

“I did it again,” Wingard joked but those who Wii bowl with him on a daily basis at the Center knew that his winning wasn’t a joke or a fluke. Wingard is the most consistent Wii bowler at the Center, having bowled three perfect games to go with the eight perfect games he has bowled elsewhere.

“I take bowling pretty serious but it’s not easy to win these tournaments,” he said.

“They gave me a good run.”

Charlie Terry, who took second place honors with 591, was the first Center participant to give Wii bowling a try.

“We got the game and they wanted somebody to try it so I did,” Terry said. “I like bowling and I’ve gotten better at it but Willie keeps beating me.”

There was a lot of good-natured kidding among the finalists, especially between Wingard and Toney, who was the only female to advance.

After Toney won match two, Wingard laughing picked at her.

“Ah, look. Here she comes. Here she comes!”

Toney took home the third place trophy but admitted that she faulted in the final match.

“I got nervous,” she said. “I was trying to go back at it. Sometimes you wish for it and it falls back on you. But I’m glad of this trophy. It’s the first one I ever got.”

Jessica Cox, Center secretary, said the Wii Bowling Tournament is held once a year but it’s not the only tournament held at the Lillian D. Green Nutrition Center.

“We have a domino tournament and we are considering a Rook tournament,” she said.

“And, if we have enough interest, we’ll find a pool table and have a pool tournament. Our participants are very competitive and enjoy the daily games as well as the tournaments.”