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Terry Lyman Bowling Benefit held at Stars and Strikes

Two West Fargo bowling leagues faced off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, at Stars and Strikes bowling alley on Sheyenne Street for a friendly battle of skills. The tournament started out as a challenge from the Tuesday night men's league against the Wednesday night men's league, but grew into much more when they decided to turn the event into a benefit fundraiser for Terry Lyman.

Lyman was diagnosed with cancer three years ago. Unfortunately, Lyman, who is a carpenter, was between seasons and was not insured at the time of his diagnosis. Friends have been rallying around Lyman to show their support and help raise money to defray medical costs.

Jeff Watne, a Wahpeton teacher who grew up in West Fargo with Lyman, was the main organizer of the benefit bowling tournament, although it became a joint effort with everyone pitching in to help.

It was a big day for Lyman. While the bowling tournament was going on at Stars and Strikes, Lyman and several friends were playing in a pinochle tournament at the Frontier Bar on Main Avenue. Lyman loves pinochle and plays whenever he feels up to it. Following the pinochle tournament, friends hosted a birthday party in Lyman's honor. Born on leap day, Lyman marked his 56th birthday on February 29th, or technically, his 14th birthday in leap years.

The bowling tournament raised $540 to help Lyman pay medical expenses. Wednesday night's league won the challenge, 5903 to 5608. Shaun Preabt took the High Scratch Game at 217. High Handicap went to Brady Butenhoff at 245, and Tim Clark took High Series at 645. The winner of a pressure washer donated by Brenco Corporation in Fargo was Mike Hanson. Stars and Strikes donated food and beverages during the event.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the Terry Lyman Donation fund may mail their donations to: Terry Lyman Donation Account, 755 13th Ave. S., P.O. 617, West Fargo, N.D. 58078, or contact Deb Olson at Western State Bank, 277-5003.