One of the other things I did catch tonight was the second perfect game thrown by Sandi Litchfield, which makes her the first woman with two sanctioned 300 games at Westgate Lanes (Tina Gannon also has two 300 games at Westgate Lanes, but one of those was in the People’s Tournament, which is unsanctioned.). Congrats Sandi! :D
I pre-bowled yesterday for tonight, but made it in at the start of the third game, only to watch the team lose by two pins. It turned out we did win the second game by enough for total after losing the first game, largely on the strength of a 605 from Barry. Barry told me he couldn’t remember the last time he threw a 600 series.
The BBIS league’s second annual 10 game marathon will be held on New Year’s Day at 11 AM (but check-in no later than 10:45 AM). Bowlers interested can email John Hayes Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will link an entry form below. The event will be added to the calendar.
I mentioned earlier that I probably wasn’t bowling league tomorrow due to family commitments, but most leagues now allow you to pre-bowl if you know you’re not going to make it, and my league does. Not being one who wants to “mail it in”, I availed myself of the pre-bowling privilege tonight.
My pre-bowl for Week 13, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)
Inconsistency seems to be my hallmark this season. I was fighting a tendency to pull it through the first game, but then was bowling as well in the first half of the second game as I have been all season. The insult came with no strikes in the third game and plenty of missed spares for a score that would have been better off for my team having me take my blind (AVG-5 in my league).
Average (39 games): 162
Average for last 9 games: 159
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 527
As I won’t know how my team did until later, the match result might only come in the next standings update.
Holiday gift card promotion note: Westgate Lanes is once again running their holiday gift card promotion, where every $25 spent is give three free games of bowling. Details available at the desk.
“Pin Seeking Missiles” lost five points to “The Whole 9 Yards” and now sit tied for third with that team and “DJSW”, but only two points behind the leaders, “Probable Cause”; that team leads Team 7 by just a half point.
After winning three of four points from “Lickety Splits”, “Turkey Hunters” are tied for 10th with “Incredibowls”, eight points behind “Striking Gentlemen”, who lead “Knock Em Down” and “Bowling Stones” by a point. We bowl “Y Not Us”, my old buddy Si Rosenthal’s team, next week, but my participation in that match is in question due to a family commitment on that day.
The Massachusetts USBC Youth Association reported that Kevin Thibeault of Westgate Lanes placed tied for second in the boys scratch division of their annual state singles tournament, conducted on Nov. 9 at Town Line Luxury Lanes. Tiler Levesque out of Wonderbowl was the champion in the division with a 684 score, and Kevin tied Town & Country Lanes’ Andrew Hall with a 682.
Congrats to Bob Hamilton, with games of 279, 257, and 290 for an 826 set tonight in the Patriots league. Moreover, I’ll link his daughter Stephanie’s Facebook photo of the desk printout here, as, given that, he and Shirley Major threw a 526 third game and a 1,506 series, both of which are national honor scores for a mixed doubles team. Congrats to Shirley for this, as well! :D
Congrats to Bob Hamilton, with an 11 in a row 290 game last Thursday in the Patriots league. :D
My Week 12 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)
Call my effort “consistency by inconsistency” tonight, because when I threw good shots, I threw them for a little stretch, but then I’d lose it just as quickly. My spare game wasn’t helping either, as it was one of the worst ones in a night I can remember; fortunately, there was at least a double in each game to sort of cover for it.
Average (36 games): 162
Average for last 9 games: 165
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 511
My bad spare game ended up costing the team last game, as I missed a 7 pin at the end that enabled our opponents to steal the game by two pins. We did win the other two games comfortably, with Barry averaging 190+ for the night.
After failing to win points from “Striking Gentlemen”, “Turkey Hunters” are tied for 13th with “Y Not Us” and “Lickety Splits”, nine points behind “Striking Gentlemen”, who now lead by three points over “Knock Em Down” and “Bowling Stones”. We bowl against the aforementioned “Lickety Splits” tomorrow night.
Congrats to Keith Tantillo on a nice back-eleven 290 game tonight in the Coke league, for which I managed to sneak in a post on the association Facebook page in the middle of the third game while running brackets. The team wasn’t completely sure when I asked after the game, but they want to say Keith left the “almighty 10″ in the first frame.
“Pin Seeking Missiles” won four points from Team 1 and moved back into the lead by a point over “Probable Cause” and a point and a half over Team 7; eight points separate the entire league, so it’s still anyone’s race with five weeks left.
The Tri-City USBCWBA is once again running their annual Christmas basket raffle, which will benefit the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL). Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased either at the Westgate Lanes desk or from any member of the Tri-City board of directors. The drawing will be held on Dec. 18.
Congrats to Stephen Major on winning the U20 division of this month’s Junior Bowling Sport Challenge tournament today at AMF Auburn Lanes, defeating Andrew Hall by a 226-213 score in the final match. The WTBA London pattern was the lane condition.
Congratulations to Danny Khuu on winning the 2014 Brockton Bowling Association Bowler of the Year tournament today. The stepladder results were as follows:
Match 1: Danny Khuu def. Bob Hamilton 256-191
Semifinal: Khuu def. Ryan Yelle 249-180
Championship: Khuu def. Jason Sherwood 257-205
Khuu was dominant throughout the stepladder, and the title match was no exception, with Sherwood just staying clean and Khuu throwing an opening four-bagger before leaving a 10 pin, from which point Khuu cruised to victory.
There was one honor score in the tournament, belonging to Ryan Yelle, who closed his round of eight match with the first 11 before catching a bad break with an 8 pin.
Full results will be available soon on the Brockton Bowling Association website.
Although he hasn’t broken through with a 300 game, Paris Cook is the first bowler with two honor scores at Westgate Lanes this season, following up an earlier 290 game in the TNBA league with a 299 in that league last night, with only a 4 pin preventing the perfecto. Congrats again Paris! :D
The photo linked above says it all: The Bay State Open is now USBC-certified from next Saturday’s event at Lanes & Games through their Jan. 3 date at Westgate Lanes (which is already on the calendar), and they also announced on Facebook that they will keep their certification up as their future schedule is finalized. I’ve already made note of the certification on the Brockton Bowling Association Facebook page.
The People’s Tournament reported Carl Desinord (Boston Bowl, 142 avg.) as the winner of the event held on Oct. 12 at Westgate Lanes, defeating Michael Correia (Wonder Bowl, 185 avg.) in the final match by a score of 264-206 (with handicap). Sean Richard (193 avg.) and John Benenato (189 avg.) were the cashers out of Westgate Lanes.
In the streaming/videos sidebar list, I have added the link to Joe Slowinski’s YouTube channel, which I hope he will add more things to in the future. Two of his existing ones may be of particular interest however: His video on tiered taping (for your thumbhole) and a demo of his new lane play alignment calculator.