Shawn Coles bowls 11 in a row 279 in Brunswick Mixed

I haven’t mentioned Shawn Coles, my Wednesday night league’s secretary, for scores really, but he had one the hard way tonight in the first game, chopping the 10 off of the 6-10, then getting the back 11 for a 279. WTG buddy!🙂

Oct. 19 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 7 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

I had my best night of the season to date tonight. I really was only in trouble in the 3rd frame of the second game, when I left a washout, but I made the spare, and only missed one spare in each game (but you might point to the 7 being off-spot for that miss). It was my first 600 series in this league since Dec. 3, 2014 (646) and also my highest series since then, as my only 600 series last year was the 612 on Oct. 11, 2015 in the Sunday Niters league.

Result: 194-199-222=615
Average (21 games): 178
Average for last 9 games: 190
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 551

Composite average (39 games): 181

Our opponents all pre-bowled, and they had two good games which we were hard-pressed to top. Team did win the first game.

2016-17 Week 6 league standings update

The updated league standings after Week 6, with my virtual league team’s result; as always, I reserve the right to update this post with Sunday Niters later.

  • Brunswick Mixed: After winning two points from Eileen On Me, Lane Ducks are tied for the lead with Livin’ on a Spare, with Spear Game and Artie’s Angels (tomorrow night’s opponents) tied for 3rd, a point back, Eileen On Me and Solid 10 tied for 5th, a point and a half back, and Sweet Rolls two points back in 6th.
  • Virtual league: 5 Kingpins won all seven points from The Nobodys (what I named the vacant team), and are tied for 3rd with Team 6, six points behind Big Guns, who are three points ahead of AmExGoGoDub.
  • Sunday Niters (added 10/20): After winning six points from Suzy’s Crew, The 3 Stooges lead by seven points over We Found “B” and by 15 points over Here For Beer and Ten Is Enough. Sunday is a position round, so We Found “B” will be our opponents.

Mike Peirce wins first official P&G event at Wonder Bowl

There is a new tournament series called the P&G Bowling Tour that has events scheduled at centers on the Massachusetts South Coast as well as at East Providence Lanes. After only running a sweeper last month at East Providence Lanes, they had their first official event Sunday at Wonder Bowl in New Bedford, and Mike Peirce from Westgate Lanes was the winner, defeating Dave Hebert 251-241 (with handicap) in the final match, as related to me by tournament director Mike Sedoma.

Congrats Mike!🙂

Oct. 16 Sunday Niters recap

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

It’s becoming more and more apparent that taking (most of) the summer off from bowling has improved my overall game, as my composite average is currently well over last year’s. Supporting this is the fact that I’ve already bowled nine games at least 200, where I had 16 between my two leagues all of last season.

Result: 217-185-169=571
Average (18 games): 185
Average for last 9 games: 187
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 563

Composite average (36 games): 179

Peter was actually our star of the night, as he had a 716 set with a 258 first game. Team won the first two games, plus total comfortably.

Links to Youth Bowling Scholarships of America et. al added to sidebar

Busy day adding to the sidebar, and I’ll describe more about the other links added below, but no link I added today may be more important than Youth Bowling Scholarships of America, which is lining up sites like Amazon, Walmart, etc. for an affiliate marketing program to provide youth bowlers scholarships. Affiliate marketing will mean, instead of going to your favorite shopping site, you’ll click the link to the site on the YBSA page so that a small commission on everything you buy goes to YBSA, at no additional cost to you. I already support this way, so I hope the YBSA does well. Be sure to check out their Facebook page, as well. The “Bowling Sites” catch-all category is where this link will be found.

The other sites I’ve added are Genesis Bowling, makers of the K-Motion kinesiology tape, which I’ve seen Brian Egan using, and the two best-known makers of bowling ball inserts, Turbo and Vise. Those links will be in the “Other Equipment/Apparel” list.

Oct. 15 No-Tap Shootout results

With nine entries, Hy Bao was the winner with an 898 series, with only the 6-10 preventing him from claiming the 900 jackpot, and Stan Lewis was 2nd with 875. Brian Egan remarked to me that this was probably the highest-scoring no-tap tournament he’s been in, as I think he told me he had something like an 850 and didn’t cash.

Stephen Major throws 299 in youth league

Right now at Westgate, there may be no one throwing the ball better than Stephen Major, who has added a 299 game today to his first-week 300 and just missed his first 800 series with a 796. Stephen is currently averaging a great 242.

Nice going, Steve!🙂

Link to Apparel EFX added to sidebar

Once again, Facebook has yielded another bowling shirt maker, Apparel EFX, and the link to their website has been added (in Other Equipment/Apparel) to the sidebar. Like a lot of bowling apparel companies, they offer semi-custom shirts, where you can pick a design and color, and add your name, ball brand logos, etc. Also, for those bowlers who are also golfers, Apparel EFX offers golf shirts.

Ricky Sorn & Steven Nguyen win NAT doubles at Westgate

The Northeast Amateur Tournament site is being reworked (more on why later in the post), so I’ll have to run with this…

Finalists of the NAT doubles event on Sept. 25 at Westgate Lanes (L-R): Champions Steven Nguyen & Ricky Sorn, runners-up Sean Richard & Jim Ferguson (Photo courtesy of NAT)

Finalists of the NAT doubles event on Sept. 25 at Westgate Lanes (L-R): Champions Steven Nguyen & Ricky Sorn, runners-up Sean Richard & Jim Ferguson (Photo courtesy of NAT)

The Northeast Amateur Tournament reported on their Facebook page that Ricky Sorn & Steven Nguyen won the doubles event on Sept. 25 at Westgate Lanes over Sean Richard & Jim Ferguson. The score of the match wasn’t available, but I’ll add it when I have it. The NAT also reported that Sorn & Nguyen made the event back-to-back doubles titles for the first time in the tournament’s history. Also cashing from Westgate Lanes were “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel & Keith Kaestner, and Tina Gannon & Bill Briggs (in Tina’s last tournament at Westgate before moving to Florida).

Jay Mantere announced during the tournament that the doubles event would be the last Northeast Amateur Tournament under the current format, but also that he is working with partner Jackie Van Buskirk on a new format, and that that tournament series, which may or may not keep the Northeast Amateur Tournament name, would debut in 2017. Jay will also be running a Scratch Classic Series tournament at Westgate Lanes on Dec. 10, which will be a six-game mini-marathon with top eight elimination finals. Jay has announced that Kegel Tower of Pisa will be the lane condition for that event.

Oct. 12 Brunswick Mixed recap

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

I really saved my best bowling for the end tonight, and it was a tight third game at the end. First game should have been better, as well, as all but one ball was dead in the pocket and I missed three 10 pins.

Result: 173-175-213=561
Average (18 games): 173
Average for last 9 games: 175
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 524

Composite average (33 games): 178

My run of strikes near the end of the night was only part of a team third game win, as all five of us were over average, and we were bowling a fairly stacked team. With us winning the first game, as well, we split the points 2-2, and I couldn’t help but notice that the leaders forfeited.

Stan Lewis wins Bay State Open doubles at Lanes & Games

Coke league bowler Stan Lewis teamed with Roberto Perez Sunday to win the Bay State Open doubles title over Bill Sheehey & Don Hohler, 539-470 (with handicap), in the final match, the video of which is in the Facebook post embedded below.

Congrats Stan!🙂

2016-17 Week 5 league standings update

Updating my league standings (with virtual league result); Sunday Niters will be added later:

  • Brunswick Mixed: After winning three points from Ebony & Ivories, Lane Ducks are in 2nd place, a point behind Artie’s Angels. Sweet Rolls are two points behind the lead in 3rd, Eileen On Me (tomorrow night’s opponents) 2.5 points behind the lead in 4th, and Team 12 and Lickety Splits tied for 5th, three points behind the lead.
  • Virtual league: 5 Kingpins won five points from AmExGoGoDub, and are now in 6th, 11 points behind the leading Big Guns, who lead AmExGoGoDub by eight points, with Team 6 nine points behind in 3rd, and Ballslingers and Team 3 tied for 4th, 10 points back. Fin09, a member of Big Guns, submitted an 801 series last week, which was his league record 5th 800 series.
  • Sunday Niters (added 10/15): After winning seven points from High Rollers, The 3 Stooges hold a nine point lead over We Found “B”, 11 over Ten Is Enough, and 13 over Bowling Stones. Suzy’s Crew provides the opposition tomorrow night. All three of us made high score mention on the LeagueSecretary standing sheet for last week.

Oct. 9 Sunday Niters recap

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

This was definitely a night I bowled better than my score. Granted there were a few Brooklyn strikes in the run, but I hadn’t had the front seven in a while, and I was thinking a 700 might be possible midway through the second game. The 7-10 ending the night cost me my 600, but you can really point to the 10 pin in the second game and the 7 pin in the third game as doing me in.

Result: 235-189-171=595
Average (15 games): 184
Average for last 9 games: 182
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 558

Composite average (30 games): 178

My 595 was still high on the pair, and the team won seven points, tying just the second game.

Brunswick Scotch Doubles league to start Jan. 10

After the New Year, a scotch doubles league (scotch = alternate shot) will take the place of the Sportsmen league on Tuesday nights starting Jan. 10 and running for 12 weeks. Completion of the league will mean the bowler will receive a Brunswick performance ball. Cost of the league is projected to be $25/week, and details can be obtained at the desk (though I believe John Hayes will be league president).

Link to McCorvey’s Bowling World added to sidebar

McCorvey’s Bowling World (the newest entry to the growing list of online pro shops on this blog), unlike a lot of online pro shops, has brick & mortar locations in Alabama, but the fact that they do business online is why their link has been added. Of course, they have a page of deals, and purchases of “Pink Ribbon” items this month will help support breast cancer research.

This was another one that I found on Facebook, if anyone’s wondering.

Link to New England Classic added to sidebar

I learned of the New England Classic tournament at Brattleboro Bowl in Vermont over the summer, and, after finding the bowling center’s page for the tournament, waited until information was available for the next tournament, which starts next month and runs through mid-December, to add it to the “Local/New England” sidebar links list. I also linked it on the Facebook page as New England bowling news, if anyone wants to look there.🙂

Robert Crichlow bowls 299 in Brockton Seniors

In what is possibly my first time mentioning a score from the senior league, Robert Crichlow, who won a state senior title at Westgate Lanes two years ago, bowled a nice 299 game in that league the other day. Nice going!🙂

Update: I ran my archive search, and found that I had mentioned a 299 in the league by Dick Porter in March of 2010.

Westgate Warriors defeat New England Heat at Bowl-O-Rama

As reported to me by team sources, the Westgate Warriors bounced back from a six-point effort two weekends ago vs. Mop Nation Militia with a 30-10 effort vs. the New England Heat at Callahan’s Bowl-O-Rama in Newington, CT. I may add individual scores later, but the scratch team and one of the handicap teams swept their points in the match.

Update James Bessette commented to the Facebook post of this article with the recap (which I’ll try to include below). Brian Egan, bowling on one of the handicap teams, posted a nice 761 set to lead the Warriors.

Link to added to sidebar

Facebook has yielded yet another online pro shop,, the link to which is now in the sidebar in the “Online Pro Shops” category. I saw the site has a page of closeouts, so you might check there often for a possible deal.

Sean Richard throws 300/819, Chuck Paige II 300 in Patriots league

When “$eany Ka$h” bowls 300, he often combines it with two other nice games, and tonight was one of those cases, as he had games of 260, 300, and 259 for an 819 series in the Patriots league, which should be the first 800 series at Westgate this season. And neither was Seany alone tonight, as Chuck Paige II threw a 300 game of his own.

Congrats to both!🙂

Oct. 5 Brunswick Mixed recap

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

Both nights I’ve missed 500 so far this season have been on Wednesday night, but I’ve also had nights like tonight to give me hope, my third game notwithstanding. I was able to put something together late in the first game and parts of the second game, though the second game really should have been clean if not for single pin misses.

Result: 181-204-157=542
Average (15 games): 171
Average for last 9 games: 174
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 527

Composite average (27 games): 175

Si tried out a wrist support tonight, and he was better once he got used to it, as he was over average after the first game, which helped the team win the last two games and total.

Brackets started in the league tonight, as well, but I stayed out of them, and, given my bowling might be better without the pressure of brackets, it’ll be up in the air whether I’m in them.

2016-17 Week 4 league standings update

Once again, updating my league standings, including the virtual league’s result:

  • Brunswick Mixed: After winning three of four from Knock Em Down, Lane Ducks are tied for 2nd with Solid 10, a point behind Artie’s Angels. Striking Gentlemen and Spear Game are two points behind the lead, and Knock Em Down and Sweet Rolls are three back. Ebony & Ivories are tomorrow night’s opponents.
  • Sunday Niters: After winning six of eight from Here For Beer, The 3 Stooges are leading by six points over Bowling Stones and eight over Here For Beer. High Rollers are Sunday night’s opponents.
  • Virtual league: 5 Kingpins failed to win points from Big Guns, who are now in the lead by three points over AmExGoGoDub and Ballslingers, and six over Team 6; we are now nine points behind the pace in 6th.

Oct. 2 Sunday Niters recap

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

I bowled one of my better overall games the first game (a clean 209 that was on Dutch 200 pace until I doubled in the 10th), but it was quickly followed by a bad one, punctuated by a couple of bad breaks at the end. I missed some spares in the third game, as well, but that game also had the other double of the night.

Result: 209-139-174=522
Average (12 games): 181
Average for last 9 games: 175
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 553

Composite average (24 games): 175

Team finally lost a game (the second one), but Peter rebounded with a 248 third game to help us take that game and total. The six points were rather important, because we were bowling the second place team.

Ed Godino III bowls 300 in Brunswick Mixed

I was assigned lanes close to the desk the other night, and that always risks me missing a score out of Wednesday night, even in my own league, and that was the case, as Ed Godino III shot 300. By archive search on this blog, it was the 4th 300 game bowled in the league since I joined it. WTG Eddie!🙂

Sept. 29 No-Tap Shootout results

Junior decided to try running the no-tap after leagues last night, and I had no adequate lead-up to put it on the calendar, but he did save the results. With 10 entries, a surprise, Wayne Andrews, won with an 841, while Mark Zimmerman was 2nd with a 790.

The jackpots for the next no-tap, on Oct. 8, are $1,126 for the no-tap strike jackpot, and $760 for the 900 jackpot.

Sept. 28 Brunswick Mixed recap

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

Tonight was rather frustrating, as I missed a couple of spares, but put a couple of doubles together in the first game, and then couldn’t strike much the rest of the night. I left the 4-5 twice in the second game, and a couple of splits and my only single-pin miss of the night bit me in the third game.

Result: 176-156-146=478
Average (12 games): 168
Average for last 9 games: 164
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 508

Composite average (21 games): 175

Barry put a couple of nice games together and was high on the pair with a 555. Team won three of four (first two games and total by 100+ pins) with Jeff absent.

2016-17 Week 3 standings update

Updating my league standings after Week 3; Sunday Niters will be added later, as Moe is on vacation (though The 3 Stooges should be in first, as we haven’t lost points yet):

  • Brunswick Mixed: After winning all four from 5 Spares, Lane Ducks are in a six-way tie for 2nd, a point behind Artie’s Angels. We bowl against one of the teams we’re tied with, Knock Em Down, tonight.
  • Virtual league: 5 Kingpins won five points from Big Four and are now tied for 4th with Team 6, but just three points behind the leading Ballslingers, who are a point ahead of Big Guns and AmExGoGoDub.
  • Sunday Niters (added 10/1): With the eight points from Ten Is Enough, The 3 Stooges are in first, four points ahead of Here For Beer (tomorrow night’s opponents) and eight ahead of Bowling Stones and Suzy’s Crew.