Portage County Bowling Centers
Bill White's Twin Star Lanes, located at 2245 St. Rt. 59, Kent, Ohio 44240 (330-673-1800) is a 40 lane facility with synthetic surface lanes and wooden approaches and automatic scoring. The business is owned by Bill White and managed by Keith Lang.
Twin Star hosts more than thirty leagues including men's leagues, women's leagues, youth leagues, senior leagues, and mixed leagues. They are happy to host parties for birthdays or other occasions. They host several tournaments throughout the year and serve as the host center for both the Rootstown and Ravenna high school bowling teams.
Twin Star has a full service pro shop.
Bill White has bought back the business in July of 2012 and has invested about a quarter of a million dollars to clean and update the facility including new scoring monitors and computers, a new land dressing machine, and lots of paint and repair of the building.
Kent Lanes, located at 1524 South Water Street, Kent, Ohio 44240 (330-673-1448) is a 24 lane facility with synthetic lanes and approaches and automatic scoring. Owner, Jim Palmer, is particularly proud of the Pro Anvilane lanes by Brunswick. He says these are the official lanes of the PBA and are used in the majority of the PBA events. They feature two sets of lane markers at 33 and 40 feet, alternating light and dark boards, and highlighted fifth boards to aid bowlers in aiming and tracking their shots. They also have anti-skid pin decks and textured approaches.
Kent's Assistant Manager is Matt Tennant. Together they take care of the eighteen leagues that bowl at various times of the day and include men's leagues, women's leagues, mixed leagues, senior leagues, and youth leagues. Kent also hosts the Kent Roosevelt high school team. Kent hosts several tournaments, many parties, and an after school program for elementary children.
The facility includes outdoor activities including a sand volleyball court and outdoor bar. The 11th Frame Lounge includes a projection screen for those big sports events and is a favorite of the KSU crowd. There is a pro shop with limited hours managed by Bob Konnerth.
Find their web site here.
Sky Lanes, located at 8311 Windham St., Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 (330-527-9999) is a 16 lane house with wooden lanes and approaches and automatic (Qubica) scoring. Aaron King manages the business which includes the bowling center, a drive through, the Sky Lounge, and the Sky Cafe.
There is a new pro shop on the bottom level of the building. Howie Moore and Ben Hawkins are running the shop.
Their league schedule features ten leagues (men's, women's, and mixed) and Saturday youth bowling.
Sky hosts high school bowling for Garfield, Crestwood, and Windham High Schools. In addition they host many fundraising events for the community.
Visit their very fine web site at http://skylanebowling.com .