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New owners of North Bend’s bowling alley are Connor Norton, Kevin Capron, Scott Johnson and Ken Streff. Tiger Pin is open seven days a week.

New bowling alley owners each have a role to play

by Nathan Arneal
Published 2/27/19

The good times are going to keep rolling at North Bend’s bowling alley.

Four men – Kevin Capron, Connor Norton, Scott Johnson and Ken Streff – make up an ownership group that recently bought Dodger Bowl from previous owner Randy Dodge, who had run the bowling ally since 2006.

“It feels like it’s a good partnership,” Streff said. “We all have our own little part. Now four guys can do what one guy had to do before. I look back at what Randy had to do by himself, and it’s daunting.”

Johnson, who has lived in North Bend since 2004, assumes the title of general manager and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the bowling alley.

Streff, a teacher and coach at NBC, will handle the bookkeeping and financial matters.

Johnson and Streff bowled together on a team at Dodger Bowl and tossed around the idea of buying the place when it came up for sale late last fall after Dodge took a coaching job in Iowa.

“I just couldn’t see the community going without a bowling center,” Johnson said. “This would be devastating for North Bend without having something here. That was my driving force for wanting to keep this open. We got to have something open for the community.”

Norton, who coaches wrestling with Streff at NBC, filled in on the bowling team a few times. About the time Streff and Johnson were talking about buying Dodger Bowl, Norton was finishing up his MBA at Midland in December.

“I told them, if you guys need help, I’d love to help,” Norton said. “I’d like to use what I went to school for.”

Norton, the youngest of the group at 25, is the marketing director. He will be moving to North Bend from Fremont next week.

“I try to think I’m young,” Streff said, “but this guy (Norton) has more social media connections that I would ever dream of, and he’s really good at it.”

It was all starting to come together for the trio, except there was one key component missing.

“We don’t know how to run a league,” Streff said. “We don’t know how to run a tournament.”

That’s where Capron comes in.

While Johnson, Streff and Norton were having discussions amongst themselves, Dodge approached Capron about buying Dodger Bowl.

No thanks, he said at the time. But as he heard rumors that the building might be sold and become a restaurant without the bowling, he rethought his position.

“I can’t let that happen,” Capron told himself.

 

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