It had been rumored that Westgate Lanes will close this summer for renovations, but they’ve announced that they’ll remain open during said renovations and offer summer leagues. The schedule will be the ones Westgate has been offering under the Minassians, Monday Summer Doubles, Summer His & Hers on Tuesday, Wednesday Summer Mixed, and Adult/Junior on Thursday. Please check the Westgate Lanes website (newly redesigned) for meeting and starting dates.
I’ve learned that Pepsi league bowler Bob Dimuccio (Jr.) started his summer league, the Pete’s Doubles league at Lang’s Bowlarama, with a 300 game last night. Nice bowling! 🙂
Tim Riordan only bowls the Pepsi league, but he’s made the most of it, as, last night, he posted a 300 game, which is now the third one of his that I’ve written about. WTG! 🙂
UPDATE: Zach Thompson has made the video below available.
As noted in the above post, Jon Wilbur took home his 3rd NEBA title by winning the Harry’s Pub & Grill Open at Westgate Lanes, defeating Tyler Perry by a score of 208-166 in the final match. The lane condition, Kegel Winding Road, proved difficult, as I have no high scores to report from this event.
Westgate bowlers inside the cut were Steve Dale Jr., who lost to Tyler Perry in the semifinals, Shawn Hagan, and Brian Egan.
Below will be the video of the final match (not sure where they picked up match play, but earlier rounds are shown), as well as the interview of Jon Wilbur.
As noted in the post above, Felix Chan defeated Alex Major 238-233 (with handicap) to claim his second Bay State Open title Saturday at Westgate Lanes. Honor scores from that tournament were Jason Dean and Christian Fletcher, both with 300 games in qualifying, Sean Richard (299) and Alex Major (290), with 11 in a row games in qualifying, and Matt Robichaud, with a 300 game during the single-elimination finals.
Video of the final match will be added when it is available.
The Rhythm & Bowling league had their final night last night, but, to catch up on last week in the league, Paris Cook had a 299 game and Donald Graves a 290. Good bowling! 🙂
This season in the TNBA league may be best remembered for Jessica Lowe’s 300 game and Hakim Emmanuel’s first 800 series, but Mike Griffin put a “bow” on that league’s season last Friday with a 290 game. Good job! 🙂
Meanwhile, the Westgate Mixed league had a couple of 300s on their position night, led off by Jim Simon’s (Sean Richard’s video is below):
That 300 was followed in the second game by one by Mike Botelho, with video below:
This was Mike’s first 300 at Westgate, but he told me he’d previously bowled 300s in Taunton and Somerset.
WTG guys! 🙂
Dawg Pound used an 1,113 third game (with handicap) to erase a 33-pin deficit and win the championship of the Brunswick Mixed league over Sweet Rolls, 3,050-2,980. Ken Gerraughty (663) and Jake Tobin (675) led the way for Dawg Pound, while Shawn Coles (648) was high man on Sweet Rolls.
Congrats to Dawg Pound, who are in Ken Gerraughty’s photo below:
Just one league to update, and it’s about the final second half standings:
- Brunswick Mixed: As a result of splitting 2-2 with Striking Gentlemen, Let’s MixEm Up ended the second half in 6th place. Sweet Rolls swept all four from Creeden’s Mustangs and are the second half winners, bowling against Dawg Pound tomorrow night for the league championship. I’ve given the roll-off “live blog” coverage in the past, but may not tomorrow night, as I’m not sure about the status of the wifi connection. I’ll still make sure I post the result of the roll-off.
There were a couple of big games in the Pepsi league last night, not the least of which was a 300 by Gino Beniamino, and he made another close approach to one later in the night with a 289. A more notable game than that, however, was bowled by “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel, who had his very first 299 game after the run of 300 games that started with the 900 series. As happens often, a 10 pin stood on the last shot.
Nice bowling guys! 🙂
Per the post above, NEBA has released the lane condition for this weekend’s Harry’s Pub & Grill Open at Westgate Lanes, which I checked against Kegel’s pattern library and found it to be Winding Road.
NEBA has posted pre-reserved lane assignments for recent tournaments on their Facebook page, and I expect this event to be no different. Also, a source told me they expect to bring a long network cable to plug into the router at the desk, so, hopefully, they’ll have a smooth stream of match play on Facebook.
This post has been the “by the numbers” post in the past, but I decided call it “season in review” since I started bowling in a second league. I showed a two-pin improvement on Sunday night and a five-pin improvement on Wednesday night, so, once again, I’ll use the BowlSK reports to see if there are any trends. First, comparing my Brunswick Mixed first-ball stats (last season’s numbers before the pipe):
Strike percentage: 36.4% | 39.8%
Pocket shots: 65% | 71.1%
Carry percentage: 52.2% (378/724) | 53.1% (404/761)
Double rate: 36.1% (139/385) | 40.3% (165/409)
Average first-ball count: 8.7 | 8.9
Average first-ball non-strike count: 8.0 | 8.1
What stands out is that I repeated shots better, as shown by the improvement in my double rate. I also left more manageable spares, so let’s see if I took advantage of that:
Overall spare percentage: 57.6 (389/675) | 56.9% (353/620)
Single-pin spare percentage: 66.7% (204/306) | 67.8% (206/304)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 60.3% (170/282) | 60.0% (129/215)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 63.6% (374/588) | 64.5% (335/519)
Split conversion percentage: 17.2% (15/87) | 18.4% (18/98
Washout conversion percentage: 29.4% (10/34) | 11.8% (2/17)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 59.5% (72/121) | 54.9% (62/113)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 56.9% (41/72) | 69.5% (57/82)
I made my 10 pin less often, but didn’t leave as many, and was much better on my 7 pin, and better on my single pins overall. The rest of the dip in my overall numbers was multi-pin spares and washouts.
Now, my Sunday Niters numbers:
Strike percentage: 37.9% | 38.0%
Pocket shots: 69.8% | 69.2%
Carry percentage: 51.4% (348/677) | 52.6% (333/633)
Double rate: 36.4% (127/349) | 42.9% (141/329)
Average first-ball count: 8.8 | 8.8
Average first-ball non-strike count: 8.1 | 8.1
Overall spare percentage: 57.4% (331/577) | 58.1% (316/544)
Single-pin spare percentage: 67% (203/303) | 70.7% (183/259)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 57.4% (117/204) | 60.9% (126/207)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 63.1% (320/507) | 66.3% (309/466)
Split conversion percentage: 15.7% (11/70) | 9.2% (7/76)
Washout conversion percentage: 19% (4/21) | 13.3% (2/15)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 50.4% (69/137) | 56.3% (63/112)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 71.2% (47/66) | 72.1% (44/61)
I was definitely a better spare shooter on Sunday night, and I’m not really sure why. I did improve on both corner pins in that league, and that’s something I hope carries over into next season.
Tom Hedding’s hold of the association record average lasted just one season, as Jim Ferguson, despite shooting only 643 last night, hung on to post a 240.83 average in the Thursday Night Patriots league, which is, presumably, the new association record by a fraction of a pin. Congrats! 🙂
The Patriots league, except for the playoffs, couldn’t end without one more honor score, and it was Mark Zimmerman who provided it, with a 300 game. I got my own video, which is below (my apologies for the quality, or lack thereof):
Nice bowling! 🙂
Shawn Hagan reported on Facebook that, on his position night in the Trios + 1 league at Town Line, he posted 297-289-227 for an 813 set. Great bowling! 🙂
After three consecutive open frames in the middle of the first game, I was chasing the score a little bit, but I still had a shot at my +1 if I could go sheet after the strike in the 8th third game, which fizzled by missing a 2 pin and chopping a baby split. My spare game was balanced by making every 10 pin, as well as a couple of tougher splits.
Final average (99 games): 179
Average for last 9 games: 176
Final composite average (183 games): 179
We would have moved ahead of our opponents with a third game win, but my failed baby split conversion cost us, as their anchor went spare-strike to win by one pin.
Just one league to update:
- Brunswick Mixed: After winning three points from Spare Change, Let’s MixEm Up is in 6th place, seven points behind Creeden’s Mustangs, who are a half-point ahead of Sweet Rolls, a point-and-a-half ahead of Last Empire, and four ahead of Minds In the Gutter. Tonight is a position round, so the team in 5th place is Striking Gentlemen, whom we’re a point behind. Kathy had the high handicap game and series last week in the women’s “C” division.
Congrats to John Camara, one of the subs in the Patriots league this season, for a 300 game in that league last week. 🙂
Results of the 2018 city tournament are now official, with the prize lists linked below (PDF format):
The champions are as follows (team champions listed as individuals in parentheses):
Team: Late Comers (Hakim Emmanuel, Bob Dimuccio Sr., Paris Cook, Bob Dimuccio Jr.) 3,041
Doubles: Michael Kwan & Phong Tran 1,583
Singles: Pat Carrara 907
All-Events: Alex Major 2,331
Team: Kash Krew (Sean Richard, Steve Huntress, Jim Ferguson, Ryan Yelle) 2,794
Doubles: Steve Huntress & Ryan Yelle 1,495
Singles: Jayme Silva 804
All-Events: Stephen Major 2,232
And some notes:
- “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel is now an association champion, and that could be used to make a Hall of Fame case.
- Steve Huntress & Ryan Yelle, the only two-time Bowler of the Year champions, got together to win the scratch team and doubles titles.
- Finally, Stephen Major took the scratch all-events title in his first year as an adult bowler.
The Brockton Bowling Association would like to thank all who participated in the tournament, and congratulate all of the winners.
Per the post above, Brockton Bowling Association Hall of Famer Maureen Morrison-Bohnwagner has been presented with the Meritorious Service Award from the Mass. USBC Youth Association. Congrats Moe! 🙂
He’s done it enough for me to expect it now: Jim Ferguson had a 300 game in doubles today at the open state tournament at AMF Chicopee Lanes, which makes it his third in that tournament that I can remember. Sean Richard got the video this time:
Nice bowling! 🙂
Chris Zalewski had the high game of the season on Saturday morning this season (289), but picked the doubles event of the youth state tournament today at Westgate to bowl his first 300 game. Ken Gerraughty provided me with a copy of the video, which I uploaded to the (new) association page and appears below:
Nice bowling! 🙂
Sean Richard’s bowling son, Matt, has been close to 300 a few times, and was again with a 290 last night in the Patriots league. Keep plugging away, Matty! 🙂
Shawn Hagan posted on Facebook that he had 300 game #17 last night in the Trios + 1 league at Town Line in Malden. He and Jim Ferguson have had a friendly competition between them for the 300 games, and Shawn, after several attempts to go one-up, finally got that.
Nice bowling! 🙂
I mostly struggled with my release last night, failing to connect on a double and leaving multi-pin spares more often than not. The third game had a chance to be clean, but I missed the pocket in the 10th, leaving a tough spare.
Average (96 games): 179
Average for last 9 games: 165
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 581
Composite average (180 games): 179
Team won a close second game (by two pins) and the third by enough for total.
My bowling apparel company list grew by another with the addition of Strike 12 Creations, which, while not New England, is a sponsor of the California state tournament this year. The company was found on Facebook, and their website is now linked in the sidebar.
No really high scores in the Pepsi league last night, but I did want to note that Rai Doblmeier of the Lang’s Crew team converted the 7-10 split. Nice job! 🙂
Update on my league standings after Week 34:
- Brunswick Mixed: After winning all four from Knock Em Down, Let’s MixEm Up is in a tie for 5th place with Striking Gentlemen, six points behind Creeden’s Mustangs, who are a half-point ahead of Last Empire and Sweet Rolls and three points ahead of Minds in the Gutter. Spare Change will be our opponents tomorrow night; for the leaders, Creeden’s Mustangs bowl against Minds in the Gutter, Last Empire against 5 Spares, and Sweet Rolls against Gutt Er Done.
- Sunday Niters: The 4-4 split against We Don’t Give a Split enabled The Three Stooges to remain in 6th place in the final second half standings. Broads With Balls won the half by four points over Ten Is Enough.
I had a bad first game, missing consecutive 10 pins in it, but ended my season with two decent games thanks to strings of strikes. The 179 final average is still an improvement from last season.
Final average (84 games): 179
Average for last 9 games: 167
Composite average (177 games): 179
Team won second game and held on for total by one pin.