Shane Litchfield throws 297 game in Friday Junior Doubles

July 6, 2015

He might not have received an award for it even if it was in a sanctioned league, but Shane Litchfield had his first of what I call a “real” honor score a week ago Friday in the junior doubles league with a 297 game. WTG! :)

July 5 league standings update

July 5, 2015

After winning all eight from No F In Strikes, Spare Us is tied for 10th with Rack and Balls, 16 points behind the leaders, The Minions, who lead Lost Empire by two points and Team 10 (our opponents Wednesday night) and Team 15 by four points.

Westgate to offer free kids learn-to-bowl class

July 4, 2015

Westgate Lanes will be offering a free learn-to-bowl class for children on Monday July 13 from 6 to 8 PM. Parents wishing to reserve a spot for their children can call the center at 508-583-1297 for more information or to make reservations. The lessons will be conducted by a USBC Level I certified coach.

AJ Voisine wins 2nd NAT title in Lowell

July 2, 2015

The details I needed were delayed, but congrats to AJ “Big Country” Voisine for winning his second Northeast Amateur Tournament title last Sunday at Brunswick Zone Lowell. AJ defeated Dale Doody 495-442 (with handicap) in the two-game final match. :)

July 1 league night recap

July 1, 2015

My Week 6 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

I felt I threw the ball OK tonight, but just ran out of strikes in the third game. I still missed some single pins, but that was the case in my warm-up game, too, where my only opens were missed corner pins.

Result: 187-183-156=526
Average (18 games): 181
Average for last 9 games: 173
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 563

Team took all eight, but the third game was probably not possible without a 187 from Joe, which was the best game I’ve seen him bowl.

2015 US Women’s Open qualifier follow-up

July 1, 2015

For any woman interested, Eric Mahoney has sent me the flyer and rules for the US Women’s Open qualifier, which I have combined into a PDF here (though the conversion of the second page wasn’t perfect). Entrants may print out the flyer, complete the form on the first page (with payment) and send it to the bowling center. Thank you Eric.

8th anniversary post

June 30, 2015

It has been eight years now since that first bowling outing with my brother that both “lit the fuse” for my return as a league bowler and provided the impetus for starting this blog. I must say that it’s been easily the most memorable year of my time in the bowling media. One of the first things I should mention that happened in the last year was joining the IBMA for the first time, something I didn’t think was possible for me until one of the other members mentioned it to me on Facebook. Finding the IBMA’s group has allowed me to share the larger news with the larger bowling world, and I wish to thank Jackie Wyckoff for getting me connected. It certainly set up some of what has happened since then.

My IBMA membership played a role, too, in easily the biggest story of my life in the bowling media, one for which my only regret will be not having witnessed the event in person. Of course, that would be Hakim Emmanuel’s 900 series on Feb. 19. First thanks connected to this event will have to go to Danny Khuu, as he kept me updated from Hakim’s first 300 game up until the last strike. The night was surrealistically exciting, as I was also keeping association second VP Mike Carter updated on what was going on, as we didn’t know if the lanes would have to be inspected and Mike would be one of the ones involved with the inspection. Of course, after it ended, I was coordinating our social media coverage, part of which included posting my report on the IBMA’s group, after which Jeff Richgels picked up my account (which alone has had nearly 2,000 views now) for his post on The 11th Frame. One other item was getting Matt Cannizzaro of the USBC in contact with both Hakim for the interview for his report and with Jason Sherwood for his video. I’d like to thank Jeff, Matt, and Jason for their roles in the story’s coverage.

The other big event of the year was the state tournament, which was hosted by the Brockton Bowling Association at Westgate Lanes this spring. When the late Bob Young recruited me for the board, it was with this event in mind, and I can’t say I didn’t join with my eyes wide open because I knew Bob had the tournament in mind. With my assuming duties running brackets for the Coke league this year, I was a natural to run them for the state tournament, and did so every day of the tournament’s run. There is one thing I do wish to note on this, and that was that everything went smoothly until the last weekend, when my backpack fell out of my brother’s car on the last Saturday morning, after which my laptop’s touchscreen cracked. This forced me to use Bob Young’s old laptop for brackets on the last weekend. However, that wasn’t the end of the “adventure” of the last weekend, as the printer I was supplied for use with that laptop ran out of ink, and I decided not to run brackets for the last squad that Sunday. The board agreed to let me donate the proceeds from brackets to the Westgate junior bowler scholarship fund, and, even missing the last squad, we raised over $1,000 for the fund during the tournament, so I’d like to thank my board for letting me help our kids out. :)

Two of the other amazing performances I got to witness in the last year and wanted to mention again were the 3,662 series put up by Richard’s Warrior at state tournament, narrowly missing the state tournament team record, and Sean Richard’s duel with Danny Khuu for the house record average, so thanks to everyone involved in those. As usual, final thanks to my readers, and I hope you’ll continue to follow the blog. :)

June 28 league standings update

June 28, 2015

After failing to win points against Pin Laws, Spare Us is one of five teams tied for 12th, 18 points behind Team 10 and Team 15, who lead The Minions and Lost Empire by two points and Oops by four. This week’s opponents will be No F In Strikes, one of the teams immediately ahead of us.

Raise the Roof

June 27, 2015

Wanting to do a little more bowling, I decided to actually bowl in the Cabrals’ Raise the Roof fundraiser today. I want to try to do more of these fundraisers, as it gives me a chance to bowl with people I don’t normally bowl with, and, today, two of the bowlers I was crossing with were bowlers I’ve mentioned on this blog before, Henry Webber and AJ Voisine. As for the bowling itself, I only shot a 499 no-tap series with the lanes transitioning quickly, but I did have my moments, including three natural out of the last four strikes (with the fourth being a 4 pin that stood for a no-tap strike).

I think they’ll be doing more, and I hope I’m in a position to join the fun again.

June 24 league night recap

June 24, 2015

My Week 5 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

I put together strikes as often as not tonight, but I left pins out there with spare misses, as well as a few bad shots. I do feel I’m rolling the ball better this summer, so I just have to put a couple of consistent nights up.

Result: 191-173-171=535
Average (15 games): 182
Average for last 9 games: 184
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 561

I was high on the pair tonight, but the team lost all eight, with only the first game being close at all.

Sidebar link to BowlerSource app added

June 24, 2015

I’ve been alerted to another useful mobile bowling app called BowlerSource. Available from the app are tech specifications on over 1,100 balls from the leading brands, an oil pattern library with over 300 patterns, ball demo and coaching videos, and more. I’ve added the Google Play (Android) listing to the “Bowling Software/Apps” sidebar list, but the app is also available for iOS on iTunes.

Raise the Roof fundraiser note

June 22, 2015

There will be a no-tap tournament fundraiser for the Lively Stones Christian Center on Saturday starting at 3 PM. All bowlers are welcome, with fees $20 for adults, $10 for children, and $3 for shoe rental (if needed). Westgate league bowlers Will & Cindy Cabral are connected to this church, so they’d appreciate a good turnout. :)

June 22 league standings update

June 22, 2015

After winning two points from Pinheadz, Spare Us is tied for 10th with four other teams, 12 points behind the leading Team 10 and Team 15, who are two points ahead of 60 Ft. To Success and four ahead of four other teams tied for 4th. We bowl against Pin Laws Wednesday night.

AMF Auburn Lanes to hold US Women’s Open qualifier Aug. 2

June 21, 2015

AMF Auburn Lanes will be running New England’s qualifier for the US Women’s Open on Aug. 2 beginning at 11 AM. Entry fee will be $65, and entrants will bowl eight (8) games across 16 lanes, with US Women’s Open entries being awarded at a 1:10 ratio. The lane condition will be the 2011 US Women’s Open pattern (39′, 5.21:1 ratio; link is to top graph on Anyone interested can contact Eric Mahoney at the bowling center for more information.

Sean Richard & Danny Khuu win Lefty Righty Doubleheader at Carolier

June 20, 2015

Congrats to “$eany Ka$h” Sean Richard and Danny Khuu for winning the scratch division of the third annual Lefty Righty Doubleheader at Brunswick Zone Carolier in N. Brunswick, NJ today. The format of the tournament was that there had to be one bowler with each hand on the team, with back-up bowlers counting as the opposite hand. Sean and Danny shot 2,440 for the five games, with Danny putting up a 299 second game to lead the way.

Congrats again guys! :D

June 20 No-Tap Shootout results

June 20, 2015

Matt Richard won the no-tap shootout today with an 877 score, Tim Major second with 834, and Brian Egan third with 830. There were 14 entries.

I don’t know when the next one will be yet, but the jackpot for seven no-tap (not natural) strikes in a row in the same game is over $1,000 now, so people might want to come up for it. :)

Sidebar link to Bay State Games bowling added

June 19, 2015

Call this serendipity: During a check on whether the pro shop’s site still exists (it does not, sadly, so I had to remove the link), I happened to find a page on a competition that I thought had not existed for a long time, the Bay State Games tournament. This year’s Bay State Games competition took place at Greylock Bowl & Golf in North Adams in February, so, hoping the tournament is closer next year, I put a link to the info page in the sidebar under the “Local/New England” category. I also hope I can report on the Bay State Games in the future.

Links list “facelift”; link to PinPal app added

June 19, 2015

Wanting to further reduce the clutter in the “catch-all” sidebar list for general bowling sites, I created three new categories: Bowling Media (devoted to bowling media websites of a print nature; I placed the IBMA’s link there, as well), Bowling Software/Apps (devoted to bowling software and mobile apps, though some websites, like BowlSK and, are in there, qualifying as utility sites), and National/International organizations (devoted to bowling organizations of a national or international scope). This has probably been long overdue, but I finally convinced myself it would be useful.

One new link will be added to the “Bowling Software/Apps” list, the Google Play listing for PinPal, a popular tracking app for Android (which is what I use, but the app is also available for iOS on iTunes). If I hear of more useful (and safe) mobile apps for bowlers, I will certainly add them.

June 17 league night recap

June 17, 2015

My Week 4 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

I was hoping for better after last week, but I was really inconsistent tonight. Probably should have made the ball change in the second game, and making the change in the third game helped me start with four strikes, but then I found myself losing my release, and that pretty much ended my scoring for the night.

Result: 148-167-186=501
Average (12 games): 183
Average for last 9 games: 185
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 562

Patrick matched my 186, which was the best game I’ve seen any of these teammates bowl, to salvage two points.

Note: I’m going to share posts on Facebook from my timeline to the blog’s new page, so that should allow me to have some content on the page before the transition is complete.

2015 “Summer project”

June 16, 2015

I’ve been contemplating doing this for some time, and can now announce that this blog has a Facebook page (check linked page in post), and, in the near future, everything I post to the blog will appear on the Facebook page. I had hoped to have posts appear both on my own timeline and the new page during a transition period, but I apparently can’t. Therefore, I’ll announce that the upcoming anniversary post on the 30th will be the first blog post to appear on the new page, and I’ll promote the page during the next couple of weeks.

I’m hoping that a page for the blog will not only allow for less “clutter” on my own Facebook, but also allow me to have discussion on what I post, as comments on the blog are currently not used enough. I’ll also be sharing bowling stuff that I see on Facebook on the blog’s page on occasion, so that’ll be another reason to be on the page.

Hope everyone “likes” the page. :)