BBIS Match Play league to move to Tuesday night

One of challenge leagues at Westgate Lanes, the BBIS Match Play singles league, will be moving from Friday to Tuesday night this season, with Eric Lam, one of the league’s officers, providing me the flyer below:

I hope the new night for the league helps find them new bowlers. 🙂

Site theme and header changed

I’ve been involved in another web design project (not for bowling), and, seeing what was out there now, I felt it was time to update this site a little bit. Looking through the available (free) themes, the Nucleare one looked fresh enough, but functionally similar to the P2 theme I’ve had, so I went with that.

I also had the opportunity to use a larger header graphic, so I used that to try my hand at some simple graphic design in Paint 3D, resulting in what’s on the site now. I went with the Boxer Red & Black this time, and was able to match the colors up on the site with the header somewhat. The site also has a little bit of a background to it. The last thing everyone will note is that the menu bar now has a search button, eliminating the need for the sidebar search widget.

Let me know on Facebook what you think of the new look.

Update: Paint 3D wasn’t using the full dimension of the image I’m allowed by the theme, so I did a second header, porting a blank canvas in the optimum theme dimension from Paint, first.

I’d like to also note that, with my font face choices (which I was able to make with this theme), it now makes a good mobile site, although you’ll still need to view the site in desktop mode in mobile browsers to get the sidebar.

Reopening social distancing follow-up

While I had to run a few other errands, I stopped in at Westgate, and was informed by Yogi Patel that he was told that he didn’t have to enforce social distancing with regard to lane assignments as long as his total capacity didn’t exceed 300. This they can use every lane in the house and offer the same leagues at the same times, and is likely the same statewide. Of course, the ultimate judgment about whether a bowler wants to bowl leagues this season will be up to the individual bowler.

Westgate reopening summary

I would have gone on Facebook Live today if Westgate Lanes changed drastically for the pandemic’s aftermath, but they didn’t install anything special, so I decided just to write a normal post. I was briefed by Yogi Patel and Tim Major, however, and they were able to report that the roof and air conditioning were repaired during the shutdown (likely during Phase 1 of the reopening in Massachusetts), and the facility has been given a thorough cleaning.

Westgate’s capacity for bowling will be 300, and masks will be required as you enter the facility, and you don’t have to wear them while you are bowling (in the settee area), but you must when you are going through the building. For the bowlers using house balls, those will be disinfected and wrapped in plastic as they are returned. Westgate is also encouraging social distancing where they can, with markers on the floor at various places in the establishment:

These are in front of the desk.
And these are in the snack bar and pro shop area.

Kevin Thibeault has also informed me that only two people other than staff (mostly he & Alex Aguiar) will be allowed in the pro shop at a time.

Welcome back, folks! 🎳🎉💖

Westgate Lanes to reopen Mon. July 13

Per the Facebook post above, Westgate Lanes announced that they will resume operations following the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, July 13, with hours from 12-9 PM. The center will follow all regulations and guidelines posted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for indoor recreation.

Looking forward to returning to bowling, finally! 😀

Bill Briggs elected to BPUSBC Hall of Fame

View this post on Instagram Congratulations to Bill Briggs (left), the first member of the Bristol-Plymouth USBC Hall of Fame elected by the merged association. Bill won the Brockton USBC association doubles (with #BPUSBC Hall of Famer Tina Gannon) and all-events titles in 2016, is a NEBA champion (won in 2001 at Milford Lanes in […]

Brian Egan, Kevin Thibeault, Jon Hester take titles at 2020 Northeastern Open

Per the posted final prize list, Westgate bowler Kevin Thibeault has won the scratch doubles title at the 2020 Northeastern Open Championships at Yankee Lanes in Keene, NH with Chris Viale, and Patriots league sub Jon Hester won handicap doubles with Shawn Hagan. I was also told Hester additionally was a member of the winning scratch team, Massholes, as was were Hagan and Brian Egan, along with Bill Beck and Dave Chalifoux.

Congrats to everyone! 🙂

Sean Richard, Bill Briggs, Danny Khuu win titles in shortened SEMASS tournament

Per the post in their Facebook group, Westgate bowlers Sean Richard, Bill Briggs, and Danny Khuu won titles in a shortened Southeastern Mass. association tournament, which took place last month at Holiday Lanes in Westport. Richard and Briggs were on the winning scratch team with Ralph Dahlgren, John Camara, and Tiler Levesque, with Richard additionally winning handicap all-events and Khuu taking down the scratch singles title.

Congrats everyone! 🙂

Mar. 11 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 26 bowling, frame-by-frame

Mostly happy with my spare game last night, particularly with my 10, where I missed only one. However, I’m not going to get much further if I don’t get my third game, in which I’m averaging eight pins under my full average, figured out.

Result: 190-177-140=507
Average (24 games): 164
9-game moving average: 174
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 501

Team won second game and was leading total after it, but we couldn’t put a good third game together, so that was the only point we won.

Feb. 22 youth league notes

Some notable youth league scores from Feb. 22:

  • Dylan Major, with a 279 game (207 avg.) in the Seniors league
  • Aiden Delehoy, with a 246 game and 711 series (176 avg.), also in the Seniors league
  • Ian Zalewski, with a 204 game (130 avg.) in the Juniors league
  • Phillip Noonan, with a 164 game (99 avg.), also in the Juniors league

Nice bowling everyone! 🙂

Note: Aiden Delehoy is a younger bowler, but is allowed to bowl with the senior kids because he carries such a high average for his age.

Mar. 4 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 25 bowling, frame-by-frame

This should have been a lot better, but I didn’t figure out the third game until it was too late. I also struggled with my 10 early, but, unlike a lot of times, I made the adjustment, and only missed one of the last six the rest of the night.

Result: 169-205-135=509
Average (21 games): 164
9-game moving average: 167
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 513

Team, with our anchor absent, only won the second game.

2019-20 Brunswick Mixed Week 24 standings update

Current standings (after Week 7 of 2nd half)

Team 6 is tied for 11th with We Don’t Give A Split, eight points behind the leaders, Sweet Rolls. Last Empire is a point behind the lead, Party Of Six and Creedens Mustangs are tied for 3rd, two points back, and Still Stacked and 10th Frame Magic are tied for 5th, four points back. Tomorrow night is a position round, so we get We Don’t Give A Split.

Week 24 high scores

I had the high handicap game & series in men’s “C”, Ed Godino III the high scratch game & series in his division.

Feb. 26 Brunswick Mixed recap

Before I recap my bowling last night, I thought I’d put it on the record here, finally, that I won a ball, the Radical Conspiracy, from NEBA last year as a prize for sharing their live stream on Facebook. I’d already had the Alpha Crux at that performance point, so I was anguishing over what to do with the ball.

Hearing that NEBA was giving away a pair of 3G Sport Ultra shoes this year as the live-stream prize, I consulted with Kevin in the pro shop about a possible trade of the ball for the shoes, which he agreed to. The shoes have interchangeable heels and slide soles on the left (slide) foot, which might be overkill for me bowling just at Westgate, but I’m hoping these are also well-made and last me a long time. The trade was well-timed, as the sole was coming off of the upper on the right (trail) shoe of the pair of Etonics I bought from Ray DiSanto many years ago.

My team also made a lineup change, putting me in the leadoff spot. My reaction to it was that I’d like it, and remembered later that I was leading off when Brian Barksdale was on my team Wednesday night, and Eric Healy later that season. That had been my best season in a while in that league, so I was looking forward to the change.

My Week 24 bowling, frame-by-frame

All of the changes seemed to have paid instant dividends, as I had my best night of my short season so far. I finally put some strikes together, particularly in the first game, and, while I missed a 10 pin during the night, I made one later in a situation that might have ended up being important. The couple of bad shots at the end (including a missed spare) were me sticking at the line, but I felt my footwork was better overall with the new shoes.

Result: 200-160-190=550
Average (18 games): 163
9-game moving average: 164
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 506

Team won first two and total, with the elder Ed Godino shooting in the 190s in the 2nd game to help us get that point. Only two bowlers on the pair had a higher scratch series than me, the younger Ed Godino and one of the opponents, Ricky Chan.

Westgate youth team wins 2019-20 travel league title

Westgate 1 2020 travel league champions
2019-20 Southeastern Mass. Junior Scratch Travel League champions, Westgate 1 (L-R: Chris Zalewski, Dylan Major, coach Dan Esdale, Corey Major, Ethan Reyes)

Per the final standings, the Westgate 1 team of Corey Major, Chris Zalewski, Ethan Reyes, and Dylan Major, coached by Dan Esdale, won the 2019-20 Southeastern Mass. Junior Scratch Travel League title Sunday in the position round at AMF Somerset Lanes. In the final session,
Zalewski led the way with a 720 series, while Dylan Major also posted a 256 game.

Congrats guys! 🙂