Johnnie Funches scores 290 in Rhythm & Bowling

Unlike my own Sunday league, the Boston Rhythm & Bowling has an early session on Super Bowl Sunday rather than take the week off, and I noted that, on that day, Johnnie Funches had a 290 game. Nice going! 🙂

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Steve Travers fires 300/827, Mike Trent Jr. first 300 in Patriots league

Two perfect games to report from last night, one by association Hall of Famer Steve Travers, who bookended his with games of 259 and 268 for an 827 set, and the other was the first 300 by Mike Trent Jr.

I missed getting Steve’s game (though I’d like to at some point), but I did get Mike’s, which is below:

The game shown was on lanes 25 & 26, which is probably the closest to the desk I’ve ever recorded.

Congrats guys! 🙂

Feb. 14 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 24 bowling, frame-by-frame

I followed up a great Sunday night with a Wednesday night that was better in some ways, particularly making all eight of my single-pin spares. Every game was over 200 despite a split in each game and two holes in the third game. This also tied my high series of the season in this league.

Result: 233-203-210=646
Average (69 games): 182
Average for last 9 games: 197
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 564

Composite average (129 games): 183

I was high on the pair tonight even with a couple of tough bowlers opposing us. Team took first and second games and total fairly comfortably.

Link to Solstice Sports Gear added to sidebar

At least a couple of bowlers, Danny Khuu and Tim Major, are sporting custom jerseys made by Solstice Sports Gear, whose Facebook page can now be found in the sidebar (under Other equipment/apparel). Danny is on Solstice staff, so he can be contacted if you have ideas for a jersey design.

2017-18 Week 23 league standings update

Updating my league standings:

  • Brunswick Mixed: After winning a point from Dawg Pound, Let’s Mix Em Up is in a tie for 13th with 5 Spares, eight points behind Spare Change, who are a point ahead of Creeden’s Mustangs, two ahead of Minds in the Gutter, and four ahead of Stuck With Us, Dawg Pound, and Ebony & Ivories. Last Empire will be tomorrow night’s opponents.
  • Sunday Niters: After winning six points from Ten Is Enough, The Three Stooges are tied for 3rd with Broads with Balls, four points behind a tie for first between Here for the Beer and Ten Is Enough. Ball Busterz are the opposition Sunday night. My 259 game and 672 series received high score mention on the standing sheet.

Feb. 11 Sunday Niters recap

My Week 20 bowling, frame-by-frame

Back-to-back missed 7 pins cost me my high series of the season, but I feel the good swing I had earlier in the season has returned, so I’m hoping for more of the same in the near future.

Result: 180-259-233=672
Average (60 games): 183
Average for last 9 games: 190
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 566

Composite average (126 games): 182

Team crushed second and third games after losing the first game by 2 pins. We were expecting Harry to sub for Peter, but Harry was with his son at NEBA at East Providence Lanes, so we had to take Peter’s blind score.

Westgate youth bowlers win 2016-17 state awards

Below is the list of Westgate youth bowlers who have won awards from the Massachusetts USBC Youth Association for last season:

Stephen Major: Senior Boys High Average (231), Special Awards (300 & 854)
Shane Litchfield: Major Boys High Average (218)
Corey Major: Prep Boys High Series (636)
Dylan Major: Prep Boys High Game (278)
Kyle Egan: Special Award (300)
Aaron Major: Special Award (298)

These awards will be presented at the youth state tournament at Westgate Lanes this spring.

Congratulations guys! 🙂

Shane Litchfield bowls 299/824 in Westgate scholarship tournament

Results of today’s Westgate Memorial Scholarship Tournament (all scores with handicap, prize in parentheses):

Boys

  1. Shane Litchfield 830 ($500)
  2. Chris Zalewski 738 ($250)

Girls

  1. Ashley Major 714 ($250)

Shane deserves special mention here, as he went 299-249-276 for an 824 scratch series, his first honor scores (albeit unsanctioned).

Congrats to everyone! 🙂

Ryan Yelle shoots 826 in Westgate Mixed

Congrats to association Hall of Famer Ryan Yelle, whom I found out tonight went 269-279-278 for an 826 set last night in the Westgate Mixed league. 🙂

Feb. 7 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 23 bowling, frame-by-frame

Another reasonable night, with the last game only getting away from me because of bad ball reaction at the end of it. My 4 pin (two misses) prevented me from being perfect on single pins.

Result: 200-188-168=556
Average (66 games): 181
Average for last 9 games: 191
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 592

Composite average (123 games): 181

Si (479) was the only one of us with all three games over average; his 185 combined with Tom’s 198 third game helped us win our only point. Opposing anchor bowler shot 763.

Keith Seto bowls 290 in Brunswick Mixed

Embarrassed that I let this slip by because it was in one of my own leagues, but Keith Seto had a 290 game the other week in the Brunswick Mixed league. Congrats! 🙂

2017-18 Week 22 league standings update

Only updating Brunswick Mixed this week, as Sunday Niters had the week off:

  • Brunswick Mixed: After winning one point from Ebony & Ivories, Let’s Mix Em Up is in a tie for 9th place with four teams, six points behind Minds in the Gutter, who are a point ahead of three teams tied for 2nd, and three points ahead of Last Empire in 5th place. Dawg Pound provides the opposition tomorrow night.

Bill Briggs shoots first Pepsi league 300

Bill Briggs has been a member of the Coke (now Pepsi) league since its beginning, and finally got his first 300 in the league. I should also say that Bill has been one of the biggest supporters of my social media efforts, so I’m happy he finally has a 300.

The video I got is below:

Congrats Bill, you’ve earned this one! 🙂

EDIT: My report that this was Bill Briggs’ first 300 ever was in error, and this was just his first one in the Pepsi league. The post has been edited.

Ed Merriam elected to Mass. state USBC Hall of Fame

A source on the state board has informed me that the late Ed Merriam has been posthumously elected to the Massachusetts State USBC Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service. As noted in his obituary, Ed was association manager for the Pittsfield Bowling Association, was a member of both the Pittsfield USBC and Youth Halls of Fame, and was past president of the Berkshire County Youth Bowling Association. Ed was also known by me to have been state association manager briefly before his passing.

Ed will be inducted during the opening ceremony of the state tournament at AMF Chicopee Lanes.

Ray Fischer scores 298 in His & Hers

Stephen Major told me yesterday that when he had his 298 game the other night in the His & Hers league, his grandfather, Ray Fischer, was doing the same thing on an adjacent pair. Nice bowling, Ray! 🙂

Jan. 31 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 22 bowling, frame-by-frame

Steady night tonight, with my second game being more or less saved by punching out in the 10th. I did miss a 10 in the second game, but made two others later, with no other single-pin misses.

Result: 201-173-198=572
Average (63 games): 181
Average for last 9 games: 191
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 602

Composite average (120 games): 181

Team was leading total after two, but lost total in the third game, and it was more a case of opponents getting hot, as Si had a 174 in that game.

Stephen Major shoots 816 in His & Hers; Ray Fischer bowls 290

Congrats tonight to Stephen Major, who recorded 238-280-298 for an 816 set in the His & Hers league, which was his 2nd 800 series. I also need to note a backlogged score from that league last week, as Stephen’s grandfather, Ray Fischer, had a 290 game, so congrats to him, as well. 🙂

UPDATE: I just realized that, with Tim Major’s 265 third game, Stephen and Tim have a 563 doubles game, over the USBC’s reporting threshold. Congrats! 🙂

2017-18 Week 21 league standings

The usual standings update, after Week 21:

  • Brunswick Mixed: After winning three points from Stuck With Us, Let’s Mix Em Up is tied for 9th with that team and Lost & Found, five points behind Minds in the Gutter, who are two points ahead of Ebony & Ivories (tomorrow night’s opponents) and Spare Change, and three points ahead of Last Empire, Creeden’s Mustangs, and Dawg Pound. I had the high handicap game of the week (260) in the men’s “B” division.
  • Sunday Niters: After winning two points from Broads With Balls, The Three Stooges are in 3rd, eight points behind Ten Is Enough, who lead Here for the Beer by two points, with Broads With Balls 4th, ten points behind the lead. The league is not bowling Sunday (Super Bowl Sunday), and we bowl against the leaders, Ten Is Enough, when we return. My 220 game was worthy of high score mention on the standing sheet.

Brian Egan posts 801 in Pepsi league

800 is typically a major feat in the Pepsi league, and Brian Egan reached that number last night, going 279-245-277 for an 801 set. Brian had feared not hitting the new pattern, Broadway, but did just fine. Congrats Brian! 🙂

Jan. 28 Sunday Niters recap

My Week 19 bowling, frame-by-frame

Things were going fine until I lost my carry in the third game and my spare game went with it. I only did enough to just get average.

Result: 185-220-138=543
Average (57 games): 181
Average for last 9 games: 176
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 566

Composite average (117 games): 181

We had command of total after two games (splitting the games), but then lost the third by enough to lose total by one pin.

Richard, Hagan, Chalifoux win titles in Greater Boston city tournament

The Greater Boston USBC Bowling Association has posted results of their city tournament, held last month at Town Line Luxury Lanes, to their Facebook page (as a series of individual posts), and Sean Richard won scratch singles and all-events in the tournament, as well as Pepsi league bowlers Shawn Hagan and Dave Chalifoux figuring in the scratch team title as members of Beat the Lefties. Congrats guys! 🙂

Update: I’ve been informed that Brian Gaskill and Steve Dale Jr. of the Pepsi league were also members of the winning Beat the Lefties team. Thanks to my source for the heads-up.

2018 Mass. state tournament information

My annual post with the Mass. state tournament information:

  • The open state tournament will be at AMF Chicopee Lanes Apr. 21-May 6 (weekends), with an entry blank available here (PDF format). Mail-in entries close Apr. 1.
  • The women’s tournament will be at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden May 5-20 (weekends). Entry blanks are available in the bowling centers. Entries close Apr. 1.
  • Westgate Lanes will host the youth tournament Apr. 28-May 6 (weekends). Entries are typically coordinated through the local youth associations.

Steve Hamilton Jr. bowls 297 in Thursday Handicap Doubles

I haven’t mentioned the Thursday Handicap Doubles league, now the only Thursday night doubles league, yet this season, but I got a report of a 297 game last night in that league by Steve Hamilton Jr., Rose & Steve’s son. Good bowling! 🙂