Kids Day event to be held Aug. 15

July 31, 2015

Westgate Lanes will be holding a free Kids Day event on Sat. Aug. 15 from 10 AM to 2 PM, where children ages 5-19 will be able to receive basic instruction from Westgate’s certified coaches, and there will also be an information session for the kids and their parents about the Saturday morning junior program, which begins on Sept. 12 at 9 AM (though everyone is asked to arrive at least a half hour early). As the photo below spells out, registration fee is $15 and league dues are $10/week, with pre-registration (before first day of bowling) getting the first week of bowling free (registration on first day of bowling is $25, including first week’s bowling).

Junior flyer

Anyone with questions may inquire at the desk or call 508-583-1297 and ask for Marcia.

Brian Egan wins NAT event in Woonsocket

July 30, 2015

The Northeast Amateur Tournament reported on their Facebook page that Brian Egan won the NAT’s debut at Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket, RI Sunday after defeating Dave Jones 489-477 (with handicap) in the two-game final match. Congrats Brian! :)

July 29 league night recap

July 29, 2015

My Week 10 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

I did OK early, but with the approaches having been resurfaced, footwork was tricky, and by the time I figured that out, I ran into splits, combined with a cold spare game on other spares.

Result: 174-133-123=430
Average (30 games): 171
Average for last 9 games: 159
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 521

Teams split the first two games, with our opponents having the advantage for total, and if I had made a pretense at average third game, we win six points, but we did escape with that game for four points.

Tina Gannon bowls 278, Shirley Major 275 in Monday doubles

July 29, 2015

Noting a couple of high scores by women on July 20, Tina Gannon had a 278 game and Shirley Major a 275 in the Monday Summer Doubles league.

John Furtado bowls 299 in Monday doubles

July 28, 2015

Congrats to John Furtado for a 299 game last night in the summer doubles league.

July 26 league standings update

July 26, 2015

After winning six points from Has Beens, Spare Us is tied for 12th with Team 8, 24 points behind Full Strength, who lead Team 10 by two points and Lost Empire and The Minions (our opponents Wednesday night) by four points.

July 25 No-Tap Shootout results

July 25, 2015

With nine entries today, Sean Richard took first with an 843 series, and Tim Major second with 833. I want to say there could be one Monday night, but Junior hasn’t told me.

Keith Tantillo posts 297 game in Monday doubles

July 24, 2015

Congrats to Keith Tantillo for an 11 in a row 297 Monday night in the summer doubles league. I may have an additional one, but I need to check with the desk.

July 22 league night recap

July 22, 2015

My Week 9 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

My tendency was to come up light on stuff tonight, and, unfortunately, the tendency held on my single 7 pin, to the point where I missed three of them. I was able to put strikes together a couple of times in the last game, however, which saved my 500.

Result: 165-163-180=508
Average (27 games): 175
Average for last 9 games: 162
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 555

Both Patrick and Joe were 40+ over average in the second game, which we won by 100+ and was most of the difference for total after we also won the third game.

July 20 No-Tap Shootout results

July 22, 2015

Late, but here are the results of the first Monday night no-tap shootout:

  1. Sean Richard 880
  2. Paris Cook 872
  3. Stan Lewis 864
  4. Rich Fulton 822

There were 20 entries.

The Saturday no-tap shootout is also on for the 25th, so please take note.

July 19 league standings update

July 19, 2015

After failing to win points against Wild Samoans, Spare Us is tied for 13th with Team 8 and No F In Strikes, 24 points behind a tie for the lead between The Minions and Team 15. Team 10 trails the leaders by two points, and Lost Empire by four. Wednesday night’s opponents will be Has Beens.

Tom Hankey wins U15 boys title in 2015 Junior Gold

July 18, 2015

Like Tyler Perry previously, I’m noting a bowler from Massachusetts who did well on the national stage…

The USBC reported that Tom Hankey, a bowler out of Cove Lanes in Great Barrington, MA, was the champion of the under-15 boys division of this year’s Junior Gold tournament in Chicago. Tom led the division after qualifying and the advancers rounds, winning his first two rounds of match play before losing to Jalen Mosley. After another match, Tom turned the tables on Jalen, then defeated Jorge Rodriguez 445-387 in the title match, which will air on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 11 at 10 PM Eastern time. Tom also earned a spot on the Junior Team USA developmental team.

Prior to Junior Gold, Tom also did well in the Youth Open at Orland Bowl, currently leading the U15 scratch team (with Jersey Boys and Tom) and boys all-events titles, with Tom relating on Facebook that the bowled a 300 game in the team event.

Congratulations to Tom, and I’ll also send along my wishes for continued success. :)

Tyler Perry makes top 10 in 2015 Junior Gold

July 17, 2015

This is one of those times when I recognize a bowler who doesn’t bowl out of Westgate (though his summer league is here), but is still a bowler in the area that does well on the national stage. :)

Tyler Perry of New Bedford made a run in the 2015 Junior Gold tournament in Chicago, qualifying 24th after a poor start, then eventually defeating Ric McCormick of Cincinnati, OH in a one-game roll-off for the 16th and last match play spot in the U20 boys division (the USBC video of the match will be below). Today, in match play, Tyler defeated Dallas Leong in the first round, then lost to Zachary Doty before being eliminated by Junior Team USA member Kamron Doyle in a two-frame roll-off. This will also be Tyler’s last Junior Gold after graduating to the adult ranks in the fall.

Congrats Tyler! :)

Kevin Thibeault places 68th in 2015 Junior Gold

July 16, 2015

Congratulations to Kevin Thibeault, who, as the advancers round results show, placed 68th in a field of over 1,400 under-20 boys at this year’s Junior Gold tournament in Chicago after averaging 194+ for 19 games on WTBA lane conditions. This will be his highest Junior Gold finish, as he will be joining the adult bowler ranks in the fall. Kevin related on Facebook that he had a chance at the top 64, but stuffed an 8 pin in the 9th frame of his last game.

Congratulations again Kevin…I said it on Facebook, but will also put on the record here that I see at least a NEBA title in your future. :)

Summer change for No-Tap Shootout

July 16, 2015

Starting this Monday (July 20), the No-Tap Shootouts will be held on Monday following the summer doubles league for the rest of the summer. Junior hopes that a Monday night tournament will be more convenient for bowlers, as well as more comfortable (as, hopefully, it’ll be cooler later in the evening). I will continue to post them on the blog’s calendar as they are scheduled.

July 15 league night recap

July 15, 2015

My Week 8 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

The third game could only be described as the most disappointing 170 game of my life, as I almost couldn’t miss in the first five frames then couldn’t buy a spare for the rest of the game.

Result: 145-180-170=495
Average (24 games): 175
Average for last 9 games: 164
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 535

Third game was definitely winnable after my start, but then the whole team tanked, failing to avoid the sweep.

July 12 league standings update

July 12, 2015

After winning two points from Team 10, Spare Us is tied for 11th with Wild Samoans (our opponents Wednesday night) and Team 7, 18 points behind a tie for first between Lost Empire, The Minions, and Team 15.

July 12 Northeast Amateur Tournament results

July 12, 2015

Angel Hernandez won the Northeast Amateur Tournament event today at Westgate Lanes, defeating Charlie Unthank in the two-game final match by a score of 455-447 (with handicap). Jason Sherwood (who made the semifinals), Keith Kaestner, and Hakim Emmanuel were the Westgate cashers, with Keith cashing in the NAT for the first time.

Also, during qualifying, Charlie Unthank had games of 243, 279, and 290 for an 812 series (first three of four games), Corey Hanson a 300 game, and Shawn Fitzpatrick II a 299 game.

Congrats to all. :)

July 11 No-Tap Shootout results

July 11, 2015

Brian Egan used a no-tap 300 last game to edge out Tim Major for the top prize, 819-806. There were eight entries.

2015 Mass. women’s state tournament results

July 9, 2015

The results from the Massachusetts USBC Women’s Bowling Association’s state tournament, recently concluded at Brunswick Zone Lowell, are still in an unofficial state on their website, but I’ve been given a hard copy of the official results and will note the champions below, with the association of entry in parentheses. Note: The scratch champions are the ones that entered the optional scratch events and have won the monetary prize for scratch. The division champions’ scores are with handicap.


Div. 1: Scotty’s Girls (Greater Springfield) 2,758
Div. 2: Sister Hood (Greater Boston) 2,735
Scratch: Chair City Chicks (Worcester County) 2,257


Div. 1: Debra Adley & Linda Edwards (Merrimack Valley) 1,531
Div. 2: Darla Gunder & Lisa Trombley (Berkshire County) 1,452
Div. 3: Kelly Standish & Kelly Luiz (Southeastern Mass.) 1,504
Scratch: Mariann Klosin & Maryellen Thorne (Merrimack Valley) 1,267


Div. 1: Laura Krikorian (Worcester County) 815
Div. 2: Theresa Roberge (Merrimack Valley) 757
Div. 3: Elizabeth Mabry (Greater Springfield) 806
Scratch: Lynne Lewis (Greater Boston) 669


Div. 1: Laura Krikorian (Worcester County) 2,274
Div. 2: Karen Strickland (Merrimack Valley) 2,224
Div. 3: Kelly Luiz (Southeastern Mass.) 2,252
Scratch: Laura Krikorian (Worcester County) 1,959

The website additionally reported that Debra Adley bowled her first 300 game during the tournament, in the doubles event.

Congratulations to all! :D