Aug 27

Fall 2017 Leagues and Tournaments Maplewood Lanes

Greetings Bowlers! Ahh, gotta love the fall season in Michigan.  We are so blessed to live in a state with spectacular views like the Upper Peninsula’s Tahquamenon falls.  And college football – gotta love me some college football.  The season for the Michigan Wolverines begins with the Kick-Off classic vs Florida.  Join us for that, and hundreds of games all season long.  No matter who your team is, we have 18 large-screen televisions that are beckoning you to join us. Great food, ice cold beer and Football, golf and maybe even some post season baseball. If your fantasy football league/team needs a place to hang out, please consider Maplewood Lanes.  In addition to the food and drinks, Maplewood Lanes offers the fastest free wireless internet available.  Stop in for the games and watch your stats real time on your phone, laptop or tablet.

But I digress.  We’re not here to talk football…but to welcome you back for another fun-filled season of league bowling.  Wow, that was a quick summer!  Our first leagues are already bowling (Sunday Sandy’s Misfits) and Monday (Monday Night Fun) with the balance of leagues beginning after Labor Day.  Visit our web page for  a complete listing of our available leagues.  Teams, individuals, women’s, men’s, mixed and youth; whatever your interest, I’m sure we can accommodate you. Contact Becky or Amber 734-429-5457 or email us.

Looking for some practice time?  Check out our open bowling hours

Also, check out the best open bowling deal in town…

Make a note, Thursday nights from 9:30pm to midnight all-u-can bowl for only $6.00 per person.  Your shoe rental is only $1.00!  First come, first served all season long. There’s no other way to get your bowling fix in for such a great deal!

League Secretary

One of the best kept secrets for our League bowlers is League  Have you ever been interested in how you stack up with other bowlers in the league?  How about any bowler in the house?  How many 300’s or 800’s?  Which pair of lanes has the highest average?  Yes, pretty much any statistic you can possibly think of, we’ve got you covered with! Best of all it’s free to you; Maplewood pays for the house membership.  Just click through to our web site  From our main page look on the right side of the page “Maplewood Lanes on League Secretary!”  That link will take you to Maplewood’s house page on League Secretary.   Take a look on the left hand side of the page once you get there.  You will find many listings of individual, league and house stats.  Enjoy!

Tournament bowlers!

Maplewood Lanes will be hosting the 2018 Arbor Valley USBC Women’s and Open tournament this year.  Both Team (Saturday) and Singles and Doubles (Sunday) will be held here.  Watch for the entry forms at every Arbor Valley Association house.

…And speaking of tournaments, the largest traveling bowling tournament in the region kicks off this coming Friday. Ed Rondot’s 2017-18 Tournament Series.   As always the first event is being held here at Maplewood Lanes.  Bowling commences at 7:30 pm on Friday September 1st.  $40 is the entry fee.  Only a paid entry will hold your spot.  You may find rules and sign up sheets at Maplewood’s front counter or online at  Remember you have to participate in at least 3 events throughout the year to qualify for the grand championship next August.

The following is an excerpt from Brian Soper’s latest column on this year’s championship event. Brian details the finalists and big money recipients.

Brian Soper-

OUR HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS TO BRIAN SODERBERG for his thrilling victory over Ray Kaiser in the final match of our season-ending DV8 Grand Finale Championship!  Brian received the huge Champion’s haul of $1,000 cash that had been guaranteed by Maplewood Lanes all season, plus the clock/plaque (also provided by Maplewood).  He also will see his Champion’s pennant displayed at every Shootout until next year’s Grand Finale where he will receive it to keep, and he earned the first Bye into match play of next year’s Grand Finale.  Congratulations, Brian, and welcome to the very exclusive club of DV8 Grand Finale winners!

The final match was nip-and-tuck from wire to wire.  Ray Kaiser had been bombing the pins AND his opponents all night, 727 scratch in qualifying and 734 in his first 3 matches.  He was completing his game first and needed a solid finish to put some serious pressure on Brian for all the marbles.  An absolutely beautiful shot landed square in the pocket – and totally roasted one of the most amazing stone-9-pins you’ll ever see in your life.  Brian stepped up and sealed his victory in a resoundingly convincing fashion.  For his outstanding bowling performance, Ray received the runnerup’s award of $500 cash.  Great bowling, Ray!

Tom Brotz made some noise as well!  Tom likes to bowl the shootouts and apparently he saved up his best performance for the Grand Finale.  He was the High Qualifier for this, our biggest event of the year, and he plowed through match play all the way to the Final 6 bowlers before he ran into Mr. Kaiser.  Tom earned $200 for his deep run and he was awarded an official Shootout Series logo pint glass for being High Qualifier.  Danielle Ranbarger also got a glass for being the High Lady Qualifier and Justin Knowles got one for his 290 game in the qualifying round.  Congratulations to all for their accomplishments!

Dana Ohl just barely missed cashing in this Shootout but he came away with a pretty darn nice prize, anyway. He won the bowling ball raffle and walked off with a new DV8 Pitbull Growl. He will also receive free drilling and grips from Ed Rondot’s Pro Shop, a total prize worth over $200. Congratulations, Dana!

The mystery game rarely makes the newsletter but it sure did this time.  The Cumulative jackpot was over $600 for this event and was finally picked off.  Rob Hagood and Rob Sandecki each rolled the required 199 games and they were happy to split the cash.  We’ll start it all over again next time.  Congrats to both bowlers!

Well that’s about it.  We just need you to stop by and join the fun which has already started.  On behalf of Becky, Amber and all our staff, we look forward to seeing you at the Lanes soon.


Mark Bulick


May 18

Summer 2017 open bowling at Maplewood Lanes

Question:  What would you rather be doing?… #1 sitting outside this condo on St. Pete Beach, or #2 Bowling at Maplewood Lanes?  OK  #1 wins; but we’re not there, we’re here in lovely Michigan.  If you get the opportunity to enjoy #1 by all means, go for it! Then when you come back to reality, join us for some awesome open bowling deals this summer!

Open Bowling Times and Prices or Call: 734-429-5457

Next Question: What’s the best part of summer for the avid bowler?  Answer:  The fact that It is the best opportunity to get that badly needed practice in.  Yes, it’s finally nice outside and yes, we understand that #1 above does have an allure, but this IS the best time for open bowling.  Yep, the only time of the year that we have consistent open bowling times that are actually prime-time hours!  The exception being Tuesday evenings as the Trio league is full, wall to wall.  That leaves Wednesday – Saturday wide open to bowl – bowl – bowl!

What, What? Yep, it continues every Thursday Night: All-You-Can Bowl From 9pm to midnight. Open bowling is only **$6 per person with $1 shoe rental.

Regular weekday open bowling prices are $3.20 per game per person or $19/hour per lane.  Of Course there is always the senior rate **$1.75,  and beginning June 1st all youth bowlers can participate in our **D.A.R.E. discount program.  This is open to all area youth!  Get your first game for a dollar with free shoe rental.  Use it every day Tuesday through Friday until 5:00pm.  Use it once per day, but remember to take advantage of the offer over and over all summer long. What’s better is that after your first game, the kids can keep bowling at the gold card rate of $2.00 per game or $12.00 per hour per lane.  Mom and dad can join in for that price too!  The D.A.R.E special gets even better on Thursday and Friday days as you can add the D.A.R.E pizza deal.  Get one large one-item pizza and a large pitcher of soda for only **$15.00 tax included!

**gold bars not included

Open Times and Prices

Did we mention the **gold card rate?   Of course for you adults that don’t qualify for the D.A.R.E youth discount, there is our gold card program.  Pay the one time annual fee of $25.00 and get all your open bowling for only $2.00/game.  Available anytime we have open bowling.

*All open bowling is subject to lane availability, shoe rental additional.  **not applicable with any other offer, coupon or discount

May 17

Detroit Tiger’s Bus Trip August 2017

Summer is here and so is our summer events series at Maplewood Lanes!  Detroit Tiger’s Vs the LA Dodgers!

Tigers vs LA Dodgers

Join us for an afternoon of Tiger’s baseball on Saturday August 19th as the Tigers take on the LA Dodgers for an inter-league match-up at 4:05pm.  You can be there with us.  All you have to do is sign-up today and drop off $50 per person (48 person max) at Maplewood Lanes.

Cruise director Stephanie Preston AKA Julie, AKA Char

If you’re not familiar with one of our bus trips, let me tell you to expect nothing less than an epic adventure:  First of all, may we introduce you to your cruise director; Stephanie Preston, AKA Julie, AKA Char. Need I say more?  Waiver of Liability forms may be required?  Bail money not included!
We meet at Maplewood Lanes 830 Woodland Dr. Saline.  Folks should plan on arriving around 12:30pm.  Drink specials will be provided inside while we wait for the Bus to arrive.  Once we get the traveling party loaded up, we will be departing at approximately 1:30pm for a 4:05 game. Beer and soda will be provided on the ride there.  Who knows, there may even be some pudding shots to be found. To say we have a wild time on these trips may be an understatement.  With our leader Stephanie Preston, good times are most certainly guaranteed, unless of course you are a curmudgeon!  – designated drivers after the fact may be necessary.  The plan is to arrive in Detroit for pre-game festivities.  You’ll be on your own to enjoy the evening.  All we ask is that you find your way back to the predetermined spot for the return trip to Maplewood Lanes.  Generally speaking, immediately following the game.

Contact:  734-429-5457   Email:

May 05

Now on Tap at Maplewood Lanes

Please come check out our craft – draft beer selection at Maplewood Lanes.  I know it doesn’t feel much like Summer outside this week, but inside we are enjoying some of Michigan’s outstanding brews for the season.  Newly added yesterday is ABC’s Strawberry Blonde and of course the Oberon keeps flowing from the magical Bell’s spigot!  Join us for a pizza, steak hoagie, and a game of bowling.  Our bar/restaurant is open:  Tuesday and Wednesday 5:00pm to 10:00pm; Thursday and Friday 11:00am to midnight & Saturday from 12:00pm to midnight.  Check out the link below for our open bowling times and the league link to view our summer offerings.  Bowling is always better when it is coupled with a Michigan beer 🙂

Open bowling times prices

Leagues at Maplewood Lanes

Craft Draft Beer May 5, 2017

ABC Strawberry Blonde  Blonde 7.7%

Dark Horse Crooked Tree  IPA  6.5%

Tecumseh Brewing Easy Street  Belgo-American pale ale  5.1%

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter  English style porter  5.0%

Ypsi Brewing Isle Royale  India Amber Ale  6.8%

Bell’s Oberon   America Wheat Ale 5.9%


Mar 21

“Crispy’s Tipple” (Belgian Tripple) and much more at Maplewood Lanes Saline


Happy spring from your friends at Maplewood Lanes!

This time of year we usually are experiencing a slow down in business – but not so fast.  Our fantastically loyal customers have different plans; business remains brisk and so are the beer sales.  If you haven’t been here in a while you might be pleasantly surprised by the many choices available.  This week we are featuring a couple local offerings for your palate.  Stop by to try one or both of these outstanding  craft beers.  While you’re here enjoy a pizza and a game or two of bowling.

Our first selection comes from as far away as the other side of Saline.

Crispy’s Tipple

A Belgian Trippel, brewed in a traditional style, assisted by Saline’s own Chris Frey  9.0%.  Aside from the fact that I am partial to Belgian Tripple’s, this is an outstanding beer. You’ll love it!

Salt Springs Brewery has been open since 2015. I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Zadvinskis, one of Salt’s proprietors last summer at the Ypsilanti Brew Fest.  Salt had many outstanding choices but one at a time…I have to apologize to Mark on taking so long to get them in the door, but look forward to sharing their beer with our Maplewood family throughout the year.

Our second offering comes from Tecumseh Brewing company from the far off land of Tecumseh, Michigan.  Kyle DeWitt and Tim Schmidt proprietors.

Candy Shoppe

A Belgian Dark Ale brewed with British Tea Pantry blended herbal tea containing hibiscus, apple, rose hips, elderberry, blackberry, strawberry and raspberry 6.0% ABV.

If you’ve visited Maplewood in the recent past you may have had to opportunity to try one of their other outstanding selections we have had on tap including Easy Street (Belgo-American pale ale) and Golden Falcon (A single malt, single hop pale ale).

Feb 16

Michigan’s Best Bowling Alley: The best of the rest

photo Amy Sherman

Michigan’s Best Bowling Alley: The best of the rest

Maplewood Lanes, Saline Michigan

Bowling, A life time of friends and fun! ~Becky Sheats

First off, I would like to thank Amy Sherman and  John Gonzalez of MLive for their wonderful efforts to advance the interest of bowling in Michigan.  It was a true pleasure meeting with them both and introducing Maplewood Lanes to the community at large.

Manchester High School Bowling

photo Amy Sherman – Manchester High School Bowling

I imagine writing a story,  that encompasses dozens (and hours) of interviews, would be easy to miss a few pertinent facts.  First and foremost the story, not intentionally, left out our #1 partner and the reason we have bowling in Saline, William Howard.  Bill has been with the business since the beginning back in 1980.

Saline High School Bowling

photo Amy Sherman – Saline High School Bowling

We would like to thank the folks who really make it happen every day.  When things go well it is because of the hard working efforts of: Becky and Krystal out front – Eli in the kitchen – Eddie and Brian out back and of course Mr. Rondot in the Ed Rondot’s Pro shop.  We’re lucky to have the stellar super hero team. These are the people who serve you, prepare your food, maintain the lanes and machines, and keep the place clean: Keri, Sammy, Melissa, Meena, Amy, Amber, Ashley, Ashten, Tara, Nick, Dave, Paula, Bobby, Kacee, Stephanie, Natalie, Amber, Kenny,  Lloyd, Sean, Ralph and even our web guru Ron.

Arbor Valley USBC Hall of Fame

photo Amy Sherman – Arbor Valley USBC Hall of Fame

What makes us most grateful though, is you.  We would like to thank our customers.  Thank you for electing us among the best in the state.  You are the awesome!  As it says  in the MLive story, our focus is on the sport of bowling as expressed by our proud hosting of the Arbor Valley USBC Hall of Fame.  Our league bowlers rock; women’s, men’s, mixed and youth.  But bowlers come in all sizes and volume (as in, some are Louder than others Rob Hagood)…we’re so grateful to our high school bowlers, open bowlers, birthday party bowlers, fundraising bowlers…well, just simply, all our bowlers.  Bill, Jerry and I talk frequently about you, our bowlers.  Not too many business owners can actually look forward to coming to work every day – we can.  You are the reason we are here.  Let’s keep the fun going!

Thank you again from all your friends at Maplewood Lanes!

Happy bowling,  Mark

Thanks!  Thanks!  Thanks!  Thanks!  Thanks!  Thanks!  Thanks!  Thanks!

Dec 09

2nd Half split season bowling leagues

qwebpinsThe second half of the bowling season is approaching and there is still room for your team to join the fun at Maplewood Lanes!  Having the benefit of a split season allows folks to get in on the fun for half the season.

IMG_3216Hi Lo Ladies (ladies 5-person)  Bowls on Wednesday evenings at 6:15pm.  They currently have 20 teams but would welcome up to four more for the second half season. This is a fun, ladies league, join them for a ladies night out each week.

  • 2nd half begins December 28
  • $14/person  per night
  • 85% Handicap
  • 7 Point system


Thursday Maplewood Twilite bowling league

Suburban Chevy from Thursday Maplewood Twilite bowling league

Maplewood Twilite (men’s 5-person) Bowls on Thursday evenings at 6:15pm.  They currently have 18 teams but would like to add 6, making it a 24 team league!

  • 2nd half begins December 29
  • $18 per night ($279/person second half)
  • team sponsor fee $60 ($30 for half season)
  • 85% handicap
  • 40 point scoring system

To join any of these two leagues please call 734-429-5457 or email Becky or Krystal.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Sep 15

Mishigama Craft Brewing


Ted Badgerow – Brewmeister

Maplewood Lanes is proud to be serving a couple nice drafts from our friends at Mishigama Brewing / Ypsi Alehouse!

Blue Racer (American Wheat Beer):

6.8% ABV / absolutely zero IBU / Michigan Blueberry Honeywheat
Malted wheat and barley from Pilot House Malt in Byron Center in the mash. Centennials from Top Hops in Goodrich for a fragrant dry-hopped nose. Honey from the Windmill Hill Farm in Croswell. Michigan-grown blueberries diving, ascending and hovering in our kinetic beer sculpture. Blue Racer is one of the only brews you’ll find with 100% of the ingredients made in Michigan! The Blue Racer name comes from a native Michigan snake.

Woodruff’s Porter:

7.1% ABV / 98 IBU / Smoked Honey Porter
Before Ypsilanti , the town was called Woodruff’s Grove and porter was the most popular beer in the world. Our Woodruff’s Porter hearkens back to the time when coppers were fired with flavorful smoky hardwoods and honey was a commonly added treat. Seven different malts, led by traditional Maris Otter, combine with Fuggle and East Kent Golding hops to bring you a taste of the ale that was brewed 150 years ago.

Coming very soonNow’s the time for a big Wet Kiss!  In tune with the fall season, the Ypsi Alehouse is  capturing the essence of the local hop harvest with the delicate aromas of our tangy and floral Wet Kiss Harvest Ale.  In collaboration with Groovy Hopster Hop Farm in Chelsea, we’re rapidly moving the freshest of their delightful Chinook hops from the vine to the brew kettle to create the flavors of a unique brew that must be served young and fresh.  Like a new Beaujolais that begs you to “Drink Me Now!!”, our Wet Kiss – with its herbal, spicy, grassy, fruity undertones — is fleeting yet unforgettable!

Jul 21

Dog Days Title

-by Brian Soper
Emerges with victory over record field at Brighton Bowl
CONGRATULATIONS TO SHAUN MICHALAK for his first DV8 / Rondot’s Pro Shop Shootout title as he took home the Dog Days victory last Friday night at Brighton Bowl.  He qualified without any worries as he was also the High Qualifier as well, then barely survived a very close 1st round match against former Champion Rod Radant.  He marched right through to the Championship match where it looked like he might fall short.  Finishing first and showing the heart of a champion, he struck out in the tenth to force his opponent to throw the first two strikes.  That did not happen and Shaun was ecstatic to claim the $500 cash prize, the Champion’s pennant, the Bye into match play of next month’s DV8 Grand Finale, and some pretty steep bragging rights for being Champion plus High Qualifier!  That was some Damn Good Bowling!!!
13775369_778767172225793_8986124397625414761_nCONGRATULATIONS AS WELL TO ADAM SMITH for his excellent 2nd place finish!  He plowed though his match play opponents handily, his only downfall was an excellent shot in the final frame of the title match which refused to carry.  Adam collected the $300 runner-up prize amid plenty of hootin’ and hollerin’ from his fan club and vowed to win next time get bowls his way into the championship match.  An excellent showing for him, and he gets a shout out for Damn Good Bowling, too!
THE DV8 BALL RAFFLE WAS CLAIMED BY PHIL BOYD.  He received a state-of-the-art DV8 Diva XOXO from Ed Rondot’s Pro Shop, and will also get any needed grips and drilling services from Ed Rondot himself.  13690656_778765905559253_5097722965994340750_nSince this prize is worth nearly $250, Phil had a pretty good night, indeed!  Keep in mind that DV8 Bowling donates these balls, and proceeds from these raffles as well as $1 per tournament entry all season from Ed and Brian, go into the Grand Finale prize fund to help make that tournament a huge must-bowl for any Shootout regular.
WE EXPECT THIS TO SELL OUT AT 108 BOWLERS.  The only way to guarantee yourself a spot is to get your paid entry submitted before they’re gone. This includes seeded Champions!!!  Having a Champion’s seed will do you no good if you can’t bowl because it sold out before you entered.  The first 108 paid entries received will get in, then we will start a waiting list.  As of this writing, a third of the spots are already gone.  Remember, you must have bowled at least three regular Shootouts to be eligible.  A list of those bowlers has been posted on the Facebook events page along with plenty of additional information:
Friday evening, August 5th at 7:30 PM.  $50 to enter this one, the only Shootout of our season that isn’t $40, but that entire $10 extra goes to the prize fund.  The Grand Finale Champion gets an amazing array of outstanding awards for winning the biggest tournament of the season:
1.  $1,000 cash, guaranteed by Maplewood Lanes
2.  Champion’s clock-plaque award commemorating the huge victory, donated by Maplewood
3.  Champion’s bye into next season’s Grand Finale
4.  Champion’s pennant displayed for the next year at every Shootout until next season’s Grand Finale when it will be formally presented to keep
thedlasvegashdThat four day / three night High Roller Suite experience at The D Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas plus party limo service between The D and McCarran Airport and $100 in food credits to spend while you’re there.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Brighton Bowl to help us set our new summer record of 101 entries.  As always we hope everyone had a great time – win or lose!
$500 – Shaun Michalak
$300 – Adam Smith
$200 – Rourke McKibben
$100 – Huey Herron Jr.,Matt Vincentini, Rob Hagood
$70   – Scott Lawson, Virgil Chandler, Joe Couchman,
        – Don Osugi Jr.,Mary Martin, Michael Saunders
$45   – Tom Shereda, Ed Vasas, Jose Jiminez, Rob Sandecki,
        – Marty Lunceford, Nic Clawson, Jessica Mitchell, Rod Radant,
        – Joel Kimball, Eric Gambrell, Andrew Nelson, Joe Pettinato
$40   – Robert Engblom,
         – Joe Smart / Paul Van Blaricum (tie split)