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Bowling league icon Adrienne Roseberry is back on the lanes

Bowler Adrienne Roseberry showed no signs of rustiness on her return to the sport.
Bowler Adrienne Roseberry showed no signs of rustiness on her return to the sport.
Fred Eisenhammer

Who was that woman blasting a trio of 170 games the past two weeks in the “Guys and Dolls” league at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills?

That was none other than bowling league icon Adrienne Roseberry, who refused to buckle to her health challenges and reappeared on the lanes after a two-month absence.

Not long ago, Adrienne acknowledged that she might be forced to retire from the sport because she was suffering from radiculitis, a condition in which nerve pain radiates from the spinal column.

Adrienne reported that when she tried to bowl, she “had the worst backache, so I had to quit.”

But not for too long.

Taking medication, Adrienne found early this month that “I was walking normally and feeling OK. So I wanted to see if I could bowl.”

Adrienne, who turned 76 last month and has been one of the sport’s most magnetic personalities for more than 40 years, said she “bowled with a house ball. My ball was feeling too heavy.”

Going down to a 12-pounder from her normal 13-pound ball seemed to alleviate the strain on her body.

“I felt good, but I constantly worried, 'Will my back snap?' ” she said with a laugh.

Returning to the lanes for her twice-a-week bowling leagues provided a huge boost in spirits for Adrienne, a Simi Valley resident. “I was starting to get depressed,” she said. “Everything I do is physical. I don’t crochet or paint. I’m not into those things. I bowl, go to the gym and shoot pool.”

Adrienne has averaged in the 140s through the years and decades so she was quite pleased with her high marks on her return. “I’m back having fun again,” she said.