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95-year-old woman enjoys bowling

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In this Jan. 29, 2013 photo, Lucille Dunphey, 95, poses for a photo at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford. Dunphey been bowling for about 43 years. She bowls twice a week in two leagues and her average is 19 pins over her age. (AP Photo/Rockford Register Star, Max Gersh)

ROCKFORD (AP) — Lucille Dunphey hasn't let much of anything keep her away from bowling.

At 95 years old, Dunphey bowls twice a week in two leagues at Don Carter Lanes. Her average is 19 pins over her age. Two weeks ago, the center celebrated Dunphey's birthday with a party.

"Bowling is good exercise," she said. "I do it to get out of the house and be among people. I enjoy it."

Her league teammates, Diane Wengryen and Audrey Seebach, enjoy having her as well. Every Tuesday, they participate on the team known as Golden Girls in the Carter Cameos League.

Wengryen, 57, and Seebach, 76, say Dunphey is an inspiration.

"She does good for her age," Wengryen said. "It's been great to have her as a teammate. She always complements me when I'm bowling and encourages me."

Seebach said Dunphey remains a tough competitor despite having carpal tunnel surgery on her hand last summer.

"She bowls with a lighter ball now, but is still good," she said. "We have this thing where we give each other strikes for good games. She's just a great person and a lot of fun."

Dunphey has been bowling for 43 years. Her highest game was an impressive 258 at age 92. This season, Dunphey has had a 143 high game and a high series of 390.

"Getting that 143 game was quite exciting," she said. "I had to change my 10-pound ball down to an 8-pound ball because I had surgery. So to get that score after having the ball for only two months was great."

Dunphey, who still drives, said her motto is to keep moving. When she isn't at the bowling center, she volunteers at SwedishAmerican Hospital and enjoys craftwork in her spare time.

"I say if you keep moving, you won't have any problems," she said.

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