Stan Lewis wins NAT “Old School” singles at East Providence Lanes

Jan 2020 NAT EP

Finalists of Jan. 19 NAT “Old School” singles at East Providence Lanes: Champion Stan Lewis, runner-up Sean Richard (Photo courtesy of NAT)

Per their post on Facebook (must be logged in to view), the Northeast Amateur Tournament reported Stan Lewis as the winner of the “Old School” singles event on Jan. 19 at East Providence Lanes, prevailing over Sean Richard, 257-239 (with handicap), in the final match for his first NAT singles title. The “Old School” format meant that all qualifiers bowled two new games (no pins from qualifying carried over), with the top four reaching the stepladder finals.

Additionally, the NAT reported that Sean Richard had an 825 series in qualifying, and a 300 game in the semifinals.

Good bowling guys! 🙂

My return (I hope)

I promised a post in the fall that I thought then that I wasn’t ready to make, but it’s a good time for it now.

As the Westgate bowlers know, and some of the other bowlers in New England also know, I’ve been dealing with a tremor in my right hand that is likely a long-term side effect of some of the medication I’ve been taking. I’d been bowling through it last season, and, indeed, into the video recording session that I had last Memorial Day weekend. It also had been affecting my typing, making long posts time-consuming. With this and some other issues on my mind, I decided not to start the fall bowling season in order to address my health. I was still around fulfilling my media role, of course, just not bowling myself.

With different medication, I’ve improved to the point where I can touch-type again, and I am now seeing a specialist in Boston, who has put me on another medication. After consulting with my brother, I’ve decided to at least give it a go for the second half of the season starting this coming Wednesday night, and I’ll be joining Team 6 in the Brunswick Mixed league, one of the members of whom is Ed Godino Jr., my old Sunday night teammate. I may miss some Wednesday nights because of other things I’ll be involved with, but I intend to finish out the season.

Looking forward to shoeing up again, and wish me well. 🙂

Jan. 4 youth league notes

There were a couple of notable games in the youth leagues on Saturday: Chris Zalewski, with a 269 game (204 avg.) in the Seniors league, and Aaron Merrill, with a 177 game (93 avg) in the Juniors league. Nice bowling! 🙂

Rich Fulton shoots 289 in Pepsi league

I should have thought of this sooner, but the Pepsi and BBIS leagues will be on challenge shots, so, approximating the average conversion chart, I will be posting games of 260 and series of 700 and over in those leagues.

This one would have been good in a standard league, however: Nice bowling by Rich Fulton Monday night in the Pepsi league, with a 289 game! 🙂

Jan. 2 NAT note

I learned from Jay Mantere yesterday that the Northeast Amateur Tournament will be returning to Westgate Lanes, with the first date obtained from Tim Major being Mar. 1. I have added “stub” events to the Google Calendar, and Facebook events set up on the NAT page as they approach.

Welcome back, guys! 🙂

2019-20 mid-season recap

I didn’t do these posts last year due to some standing sheets no longer being available after Westgate’s account on BowlerExpress ended, but most of the standing sheets are available on LeagueSecretary, so I’ll now do a mid-season recap of the house high scores, with average based on a minimum of 36 games bowled in the league. For the first time, I’ll also include youth separately, by age group:

Adult men

Average: 246.02; Aaron Major (His & Hers, 48 games)
Series: 827; Aaron Major (His & Hers)
Game: 300; Aaron Major (His & Hers), Jake Tobin (Brunswick Mixed), Sean Richard (Westgate Mixed), Bill Hill, Keith Kaestner, Jayme Silva Jr, Jake Tobin (Thursday Night Patriots)

Adult women

Average: 209.87; Sandi Litchfield (TNBA Mixed)
Series: 698; Sandi Litchfield (TNBA Mixed)
Game: 279; Sandi Litchfield (TNBA Mixed)

Senior boys

Average: 210.45; Dylan Major (48 games)
Series: 725; Ethan Reyes
Game: 289; Ethan Reyes

Senior girls

Average: 166.27; Ashley Major (48 games)
Series: 604; Ashley Major
Game: 245; Ashley Major

Junior boys

Average: 139.61; Nolen Rec (42 games)
Series: 494; Nolen Rec
Game: 191; Zach Peirce

Junior girls

Average: 152.58; Jessica Blyth (39 games)
Series: 567; Jessica Blyth
Game: 221; Jessica Blyth

Prep boys

Average: 98.61; Julian Litchfield (42 games)
Series: 385; Ryan Beeson
Game: 181: Ryan Beeson

Prep girls

Average: 73.57; Tayani Clark (21 games)
Series: 287; Tayani Clark
Game: 108; Tayani Clark

Note: No Prep girl had at least 36 games.

Link to Bowlage.com added to sidebar

I’m pleased to add Bowlage.com, a website for the Northeastern bowling community, to the Local/New England sidebar list. It’s a pretty comprehensive Northeastern bowling news site with user forums also available. Guest views are limited, but you’re encouraged to register as a user on it, which is free. Feel free to check out their Facebook page, too.

Dec. 14 youth league notes

A few notable games last week in the youth leagues (all in the Seniors league):

  • Corey Major, with a 259 game (198 avg.)
  • Ashley Major, with a 245 game (166 avg.)
  • John Beaudet, with a 198 game (131 avg.)

Nice bowling everyone! 🙂

Kevin Stiger rolls 277 in Brunswick Mixed

Here’s one I missed last week: Kevin Stiger threw a 277 game in the Brunswick Mixed league, which I hope to return to fairly soon. Nice bowling. 🙂

Aaron Major wins 2019 NEBA Rookie of the Year award

As announced on the NEBA live stream of the year-end wrap-up show shared on the Facebook page, Westgate’s Aaron Major clinched the organization’s Rookie of the Year title for 2019 with a semifinal finish in the event this weekend at Apple Valley Bowl in Plantsville, CT. He will be presented with the award at NEBA’s annual Hall of Fame and awards dinner next month.

Congratulations Aaron! 🙂

Sean Richard tosses perfecto in NAT at East Providence

Sean Richard added to his perfect game count Saturday in the Northeast Amateur Tournament’s year-end singles event at East Providence Lanes, an event in which he finished second, as was shared on Facebook. Sean’s video follows:

Good job! 🙂

Dec. 11 Westgate Mixed note

I’ve been meaning to post since Thursday, but, Wednesday night, Sean Richard converted the “Greek Church” split (4-6-7-8-10 lefty) in a situation where he needed it for points for his team. WTG! 🙂

A history of NEBA at Westgate Lanes

The New England Bowlers Association, the USBC’s longest running scratch tournament club, is approaching its 58th year of existence. Westgate Lanes has been a big part of that history, hosting 55 of their tournaments, so, when the opportunity presented itself to compile a history of NEBA here, I had to jump at it. Much of it comes from NEBA’s 50th anniversary booklet, which I was seeing for the first time and Kevin Thibeault agreed to loan out to me. Of course, the later tournaments could be pieced together from the archives of this website.

The table below will have the list of NEBA champions at Westgate, annotated where appropriate:

It is little surprise that the winningest NEBA bowler at Westgate is the bowler who has come to be the embodiment of the organization, Mike Lichstein, whose first of a record 31 NEBA titles came here. Aside from Mike Lichstein’s four NEBA titles at Westgate, the other multiple NEBA winners at Westgate are Tony Attardo (with three of his four), Steve Travers, Bill Webb, Stephen Dale Jr., and Tony Reynaud (two each).

The group includes 19 members of the NEBA Hall of Fame, four NEBA Bowlers of the Year who won the year they won at Westgate (Paul Moser, Mike Lichstein, Bill Webb, with one of his record eight, and Ryan Graywacz), and each of the top three all-time in NEBA titles (Lichstein, as well as Alex Aguiar and Bill Webb). The national credentials of Westgate’s NEBA champions include two members of both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame (Mark Roth, along with newly-elected USBC Hall of Famer Patrick Allen), three other PBA Tour champions known to me (Paul Moser, Jon Van Hees, and Anthony Pepe), two bowlers who won PBA majors as amateurs (Moser, along with Brian Boghosian), two winners of the High Roller, the original Las Vegas megabuck amateur tournament (Lichstein, along with Ed Roberts), and one member of the “900 Club” (not Hakim Emmanuel, but Jon Wilbur).

Two of these bowlers, Ed Roberts and Patrick Allen, also have experience on Team USA: Ed Roberts was a member of the men’s squad for the 1995 FIQ World Championships held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, the year the facility opened, and was also on Team USA for the inaugural WTBA World Senior Championships in 2013, winning multiple medals in that tournament. Ed also has won multiple medals, including gold, at the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, the American zone’s biggest annual tournament. Patrick Allen was a member of the 2008 American “Dream Team” at the 2008 WTBA World Men’s Championships in Munich, Germany, the first world championship tournament that allowed professional participation. Allen was the emotional leader of that team, which won the gold medal in the coveted team of five event.

From a local perspective, four members of the Bristol-Plymouth USBC Hall of Fame, Tony Attardo, Steve Travers, John Ellis, and Ed Roberts, have won at Westgate. Three other Westgate NEBA winners, Alex Aguiar, Rick Cashell and Stephen Dale Jr., are known to me to have bowled regularly in leagues at Westgate Lanes. Westgate has had a reputation of being a lefty-friendly center, and Tony Attardo, Paul Moser, Mike Lichstein, Steve Travers, Patrick Allen, and Anthony Pepe are the Westgate NEBA champions known to me to be lefties. You could also count Ernie Hoestery, a right-handed back-up bowler, as a lefty.

One will also note that in 2017, Anthony Pepe defeated Jon Van Hees in a match-up of PBA Tour champions in a NEBA championship match at Westgate. Another notable NEBA final match at Westgate took place in 2015, when Ed Roberts became NEBA’s oldest champion by defeating Tyler Perry, the youngest champion in NEBA’s history. The previous year, NEBA’s GOAT, Mike Lichstein, faced Alex Aguiar, #2 all-time, recording his 28th title.

As a bonus, I decided to also include the history of two other centers in the Brockton (now Bristol-Plymouth) association:

This list picks up PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Wayne Webb, whose family had owned the center in Taunton (listed as Cranberry Bowl for him), one other BPUSBC Hall of Famer, Dan Robinson (a Westgate bowler who won at North Bowl), and Bryan Cahill (who had held the Westgate house record prior to Hakim Emmanuel’s 900 series). Gary Shultis is the only NEBA Hall of Famer in this list who did not also win at Westgate. Ed Roberts is the only BPUSBC Hall of Famer who won at two centers in the association (also having won at North Bowl).

Finally, many of the Brockton/Bristol-Plymouth association’s NEBA champions never won at a center in the association, Joe Picanzo (NEBA’s very first champion), Nate Abdow, Bill Briggs, Fred Delfino, Brian Egan, Gary Erickson, Jim Ferguson, Ray Fischer, Rich Fulton, Brian Gaskill, Dan Hamilton, Bill Major, and Tim Riordan among them (there may be others).