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Avon Kohl, 88, reacts after picking up a spare during the final night of the regular season of the Wednesday Night Ladies City League at St. Croix Lanes. Kohl, a driving force in women’s bowling in western Wisconsin since the mid-1950s and founder of the Ladies City League, is retiring from bowling after 67 years. She bowled her last games April 16, 2014, receiving a standing ovation from her cohorts after rolling her last ball. (Bob Burrows/River Falls Journal)

River Falls bowler retires after 67 years

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RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Avon Kohl is not shy about her bowling legacy.

“I’m already a legend,” the feisty 88-year-old said. “I’m not bragging; I’m just great.”


Kohl, founder of the River Falls Women’s Bowling Association, which eventually evolved into the Western Wisconsin Women’s Bowling Association, is retiring from the sport after 67 years. She bowled her last night in the Wednesday Night Ladies City League last week at St. Croix Lanes.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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