Local bowling legend Bob Englehart was hardly surprised to hear that Chris Ivey and Michelle Resnik have won two titles in their four seasons of bowling together.
“Chris is very outgoing and competitive,” Englehart said, “and Michelle is introverted. For her, whatever happens, happens, then ‘leave me alone.’ They’re very opposite. Maybe that’s why they have great chemistry.
“I’ve known them for six, seven years and they’re nice people. You can’t find two better people.”
Chris and Michelle have been dating each other for almost six years. So does having chemistry on one’s bowling team provide a magical boost? That’s hard to quantify, but in the case of Chris and Michelle, it seems to help.
The two are now making a strong bid this fall to claim another team championship in the “Thirsty Nite Out” league at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.
“We have good chemistry together,” said Chris, a Reseda resident. “We bowl well together and mesh real well.”
Michelle modestly says the credit for their two titles shouldn’t stop at the two of them. “We’ve had other good players too,” said Michelle, a West Hills resident.
Chris and Michelle bowl on the “Chronic Ailment” team with Elona Rempel, Hans Kostrzewski and Mitch Jacobs. The team is among the “Thirsty Nite Out” leaders so far this year.
Can the team win another title?
“We’re always hoping for it,” said Chris, who carries a 175 average.
Michelle, who averages 148, good-naturedly takes issue with part of Englehart’s description. “I’m outgoing too,” she insists, “but [Chris] is more so.”
As for wedding bells in their future, their answers are similar.
“Maybe,” Michelle said.
“Possibly,” Chris said.