Local teams placed first in the Super Master Division, a category for teams who average 160 to 180 points a game, and first in the Master 1 Division for teams who average 140 to 160 points a game.
"We do it for the fun and the fellowship," she said last week. "Each team works to help the other ones."
"The camaraderie is enjoyable," agreed John Haubrich. "You get to interact with different people who have different levels of skill."
Wii bowling uses hand-held controllers that move the ball on a screen.
With that major difference, the sports are very similar, Haubrich said.
"You aim for the pins. You get splits just like in regular bowling. You can hook it [the ball], you can spin it, and you can curve it," he said.
Both Haubrich and Patterson bowled on lanes when they were young and neither had tried Wii bowling before it became available at the senior center.
"It's not the same as when you bowl with a ball," Patterson said. "It takes a while to learn. When we started, we were thrilled when we got 100."
Because the controller is light and can by used by a seated bowler, the sport is ideal for seniors, he said. "It takes very little [physical] effort. It's just a lot of concentration," Haubrich said. "A lot of our bowlers bowl seated because they have mobility issues."
The center's members practice all year. During the tournament seasons, each team bowls four games and then averages the scores.
That average places the team in one of six divisions, ranging from teams that average 250 to 300 points to beginners.
The championship competitions are run by the National Senior League.
In the spring, nearly 300 teams from across the United States competed.
There are two competitions a year. One finishes in the spring and the other late in the fall.
"Then they play for seven weeks," said center co-director Terry Ludwig. Each week a team bowls two games and competes against another senior center team from somewhere in the United States. In the finals, one Next Gen team was up against a group from Wisconsin and the other battled a team from Maryland.
This is the third year the center has had teams competing in the national tournament. This past spring, the finals lasted three weeks.
"We had to play an extra week because there were ties," Ludwig said.
This is the first time a Next Gen team has won a trophy.
"Last year, we won a certificate," Ludwig said.
Although two of Next Gen's three teams took first place prizes, "the center is the champion, not the individual teams," Haubrich said. "We're all winners."