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Jake Mauzy, a former Petersburg Viking athlete and current junior at West Virginia Wesleyan College, participated in the Beach Collegiate Baseball League (BCBL) tournament last month. Mauzy was asked to participate in the event by his pitching coach Greg Stagani.

Mauzy played on the Forest Brook Mallards team, coached by Collin Maynard. In the event, Mauzy grabbed three wins for the team and picked up only a single loss.

The BCBL is a summer baseball league held annually at Myrtle Beach, S.C., comprised of college students from around the country.

Mauzy made the All League 3rd team award. In the first game of the event, Mauzy helped to pitch the team to victory, playing two innings, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out two and walking one. In the second game, Mauzy lasted all seven innings, allowing two runs on 10 hits, striking out one and walking one. In the third game, Mauzy once again helped the team clench a victory, pitching for three innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out three and walking zero. All three were winning games for the Mallards.

Mauzy is the son of Eric and Daphne Mauzy and the grandson of Larrie and Carol Mauzy and Roger and Joyce Williams.

Started in 1973, the Golden Lanes Bowling Alley is a landmark in Petersburg. Originally opened by Carl Thorne, the business was later passed down to his children, daughter Sue Earle and two sons, Randy and Delmas Thorne.

Since its early start, the business has served as not only a place for families to spend time together and enjoy some exercise but also one of the best restaurants in the town.

“When we first started we had a little snack bar, maybe the size of a closet,” Sue said. “But we just started to build on that and now we have a full menu.”

And while it may be a little nontraditional for a bowling alley to be famed for their food, the creative business played a massive role in the alley’s financial wellbeing during the recent COVID pandemic.

“The closures have been bad for the bowling alley but the kitchen has really held its own,” Sue said. “We still aren’t able to open up all the lanes and the fall and winter leagues were not able to finish. But fortunately the community has been supportive and we do a lot of take-out meals.”

Sue and her brothers all left for college after their father opened the lanes; however, both Randy and Sue found their way home afterward. And while Delmas does not live locally, he also helps to run the business.

Golden Lanes has survived two major floods, one in 1985 and another in 1996.

“The flood of 1985 was bad ... really bad,” Sue said. “The water took out an entire wall and was up to the light switches. I remember thinking that we should just sell it and walk away. So we talked about it but honestly, the lanes were all underwater, who would even consider buying it. Instead we rebuilt, we had some great community members come out and help up clean up. We are still here.”

From its very beginning, Golden Lanes has strived to be a safe haven for families, with a focus on providing something for the youth of the county to enjoy.

“When Dad started the business, he always wanted it to be a family place, somewhere families could come and have fun. We never sold alcohol or anything like that, and we have some arcade games for kids. He wanted it to be a family thing, that’s what he built on and that’s what we are still built on.”

One unique opportunity the alley provides is their bowling leagues.

Golden Lanes currently runs three leagues: the Women’s League on Monday nights; an Odd Couples League on Tuesday nights and a Men’s League on Thursday nights. They are also working to begin a new “Red Pin League” for the summer months, which offers bowlers the opportunity to not only get out of the house, but also earn a little extra prize money by grabbing a strike on the red pin. Sue explained that the leagues are very inclusive and are great for new or amateur bowlers and require no outside equipment.

“The leagues we run here are called handicap leagues, so you don’t have to have any experience or skill to compete,” Sue explained. “You don’t need any equipment and it’s really good exercise. Plus, there is always good food.”

For more information on the Red Pin league, check out their advertisement on page 8B.

A bowling handicap allows players to compete against other bowlers with a wide variety of skill and ability while remaining competitive. This handicap is a percentage of the difference between the player’s average and a basis average.

“We are always looking for more people to join our leagues,” Sue said. “None of them are full right now. A lot of people like it because they get to meet new people in the community. We welcome everyone.”

For more information on joining a league, con- tact Golden Lanes Bowl- ing Alley at 304-257- 1770.

By Michael Fragale

With the country and state starting to reopen from the COVID-19 pan- demic, the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has initiated a phased approach to bringing its football staff and student-athletes back to campus.

The Big 12 Conference announced last week that football student-athletes could return June 15 to on-campus facilities for voluntary workouts. With that announcement, the department, along with the appropriate parties, finalized plans for the return of Mountaineer football.

Protocols for screening, distancing, cleaning and sanitation have been set for Phase 1, which consists of a two-week period for coaches and players. The two-week slots are June 8-22 for coaches and staff and June 15-29 for football student-athletes.

Both groups will be tested for COVID-19 at least 72 hours prior to their return date, and the results must be negative before they can enter WVU’s football facilities. In addition, both groups will follow the current CDC guidelines for containing and stopping the spread of COVID-19.

A few of the protocols in place include limited personnel in the facilities at all times, face coverings to be worn in all common areas and daily screening and temperature checks for staff and student-athletes. Weight room equipment will be relocated outdoors, properly distanced and sanitized after each use and virtual remote meetings will still occur. Protocols are also in place for the quarantine and treatment of a positive COVID-19 case should it occur.

The Big 12 lifted restrictions for additional sports to phase in a return to campus starting in July. Like football, the return of those sports will be subject to state and university guidelines.

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