Jeff and John Lizzi, or Jeff/John as the identical twins are often known, have purchased the former Harbor Lanes on Buckeye Boulevard in Port Clinton. Along with manager Kevin Frantz, the team brings energy, experience and vision to what will now be known as Star Lanes at The Harbor.
Jeff and John’s grandmother built Star Lanes in Sandusky and it has been operated by their family ever since. The Lizzis’ plans are to first work on the mechanical aspects, upgrading the lanes, pinsetters and machinery, and making sure it meets their standards of cleanliness, “following in our grandmother’s footsteps.” Those footsteps include disinfecting shoes after each use and other high standards of cleanliness.
The facility will be family-friendly, with “bumpers for the little ones, which is more fun when they are learning.” It will also provide access for handicapped bowlers, including a wheelchair ramp and ball ramp. 6 pound to 16 pound balls are available.
Jeff was a professional bowler for 20 years, with one national title and 15 regional titles. His wife Cathy, was also a professional bowler with one national and eight regional titles and a color commentator and sideline reporter for ESPN. Jeff and Cathy have one child. John was working in the business sector until he and Jeff took over the management of Star Lanes in Sandusky. John and his wife have three children.
Also included in their plans are putting in a full kitchen, likely in the spring.
“We want to get the league bowlers back,” said Jeff/John.
Sean Black, star bowler with the Port Clinton high school team, was practicing in the lanes. Black is “excited about the changes. It will only make our high school team better.”
Currently the facility is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., weekends until midnight. Contact information: 419-734-BOWL, www.sanduskystarlanes.com