STILL ROLLING AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

June 11, 2003 11:00 pm
ADDRESSING THE PINS: La Grande's Sandy Sanderson was still knocking down pins at 87 during the league season this spring. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
ADDRESSING THE PINS: La Grande's Sandy Sanderson was still knocking down pins at 87 during the league season this spring. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

La Grande's Sandy Sanderson doesn't plan on sitting back on her laurels anytime soon.

Sanderson, the oldest bowler in the La Grande Women's League, wrapped up another season on the lanes this spring. She's 87 and doesn't plan to quit.

"I've got more ‘owies' than you can count, but I'm not going to sit back and stiffen up," she said.

Sanderson started bowling shortly after World War II. She joined her first league in a six-lane bowling alley in Coronado, Calif. "They had real pinsetters," in those days, she said.

Sanderson has bowled a 232 and had a 605 series in her career. She even bowled a 210 game on her 86th birthday in February 2002.

Sanderson said it's a challenge to keep bowling. For a while, she was forced to switch to her left hand because her right arm was starting to hurt too much.

"I met Arthur a few years back ... and he's had quite an impact on my bowling ... that's Arthur-itis for you young people," she said.

But, she's having too much fun to quit, and will be back next season.

"I enjoy being with others who enjoy what they're doing ... whether I'm bowling with them or against them," she said.