Northern Highlands NJ bowling perseveres with coach sidelined

Bob Tschinkel finally ventured out of his house on Tuesday.

It happened to be the five-year anniversary of his leaving the hospital following a 57-day stay for leukemia treatment.

This time, the Northern Highlands bowling coach ended a self-imposed COVID lockdown – which had lasted since early January – to attend the Bergen County Women Coaches Association All-County selection meeting.

Although he’s only been able to communicate with his bowlers virtually, his Highlanders have put together a banner season.

“I stepped away from coaching last month, and I basically locked myself in the house and didn’t leave,” Tschinkel said. “I was like, I’m not going anywhere that anyone else is in a crowded public setting.”

Coach Bob Tschinkel has returned to coach Northern Highlands bowling.

The 68-year-old has been immunocompromised since 2017 as a result of his cancer treatments, which means contracting any variant of the coronavirus could be dire.

“It wasn’t a decision that I came to lightly,” Tschinkel said. “But, it’s not just that I could get sick, it would be worse for me.

“I don’t want to go back in the hospital, I spent enough time there.”

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