Kevin Kelliher throws first perfecto at NEBA in Auburn

Per a report he gave me on Facebook, Kevin Kelliher, who bowls in the Pepsi and Patriots leagues at Westgate Lanes, bowled his first perfect game in tonight’s NEBA qualifying squad at AMF Auburn Lanes. Great bowling! 🙂

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Shonta Cooks & Sean Richard win inaugural BPUSBC Mixed Doubles

Per the above post, BPUSBC Hall of Famer Sean Richard teamed with Shonta Cooks to win the association’s inaugural mixed doubles tournament last weekend at Boston Bowl Hanover. Congrats! 🙂

Brian Egan rolls 300 in Malden

Sean Richard relayed me a report from Brian Gaskill last night that Brian Egan had 300 in the first game and the front six in the second in Malden, but the follow-up soon after reported that a 10 pin stopped his run. Great game, anyway! 🙂

Sean Richard tosses 803 at NAT in East Providence

“Seany Ka$h” had a busy weekend, traveling to four different events, including both 9 AM squads of the BPUSBC mixed doubles in Hanover, but the highlight was an 803 set in the NAT singles event Saturday at East Providence Lanes, per his post above. Good shooting! 🙂

Joe Bourhill posts 299 in Westport

Stephanie Bourhill reported on Facebook that her husband Joe shot 299 last night in the Westport Trios league at Holiday Lanes. WTG!

Jake Tobin scores 300 in Patriots league

Jake Tobin, who had the season’s first 300 three weeks ago, added another last night in the Patriots league. Stephen Miller sent me the video seen here:

Congrats! 🙂

Moe Wideman completes Silver level coaching certification

Per the post above, Moe Wideman, president of the Boston Rhythm & Bowling league, has completed his USBC Silver level coaching certification, doing so through USBC Gold coach Ron Hatfield. Moe has primarily been working with the TNBA Boston Senate youth program at Boston Bowl.

Congrats Moe, and best wishes in whatever you do with your new certification.

Chyna Sindrome takes 28 from Phoenix in UBA season opener

As announced in UBA Today, Chyna Sindrome, the former Westgate Warriors now based out of Walnut Hill Bowl, scored a 28-12 decision over Phoenix season tour opener at Brunswick Zone Lowell. The article mentions Jim Ferguson (714) and Jon Hester (731) as the team members with at least 700 in the match.

Lots of administrivia for this, as I’ve renamed the post category to reflect the changes to the franchise, and added UBA Today to the sidebar in the media category, as it appears to be their official news site.

Links to Hollmark Shoes, Kameleon Sportswear added

Two new links, Hollmark Shoes and Kameleon Sportswear, have been added thanks to the addition of New England staffers Sean Richard and Mallory Nutting by the respective companies. Both are in the Other Equipment/Apparel category in the sidebar.

Joe Bourhill rolls 300 in Patriots league

Just about 24 hours after a 299 at Wonder Bowl, Joe Bourhill tossed the first 300 of the Patriots league season last night. Sean Richard sent me the video seen here:

Congrats! 🙂

Jake Tobin tosses first 300 of 2019-20 season

Congratulations to Jake Tobin, with what was likely the first 300 game at Westgate this season last night in the Brunswick Mixed league. We should be able to confirm whether it was the first in the association soon.

I’m pondering a post about my own status, but I’m not comfortable making it yet.

Sean Richard posts 296/809 in Westport

Leagues haven’t started for the new season at Westgate, but the Westport Trios league started last night, and Sean Richard came out of the gate firing 296-268-245 for an 809, per his Facebook post. WTG!

Link to Keglerz added to sidebar (with full review)

I’ve come across a potential game-changer for side events management, the link to which has been added to the sidebar under the software/apps category.

Keglerz is an iOS app which is the first mobile app for bowling side events management. What has attracted me to the app is that it allows me to go paperless, as results are stored on a server and accessible through the SidePots client app, which has links to the Apple and Google Play (for Android) app stores from that menu item on the above website. Both versions of the SidePots app are free downloads. For those who still want results on paper, AirPrint-compatible printers are supported.

The first thing a user of the events manager app will notice when setting up an event is that a ZIP code is required. This is because the client apps are location-aware and will show all Keglerz events within a given radius of the user’s current location. This can be considered free advertising of the league or tournament.

Pretty much anything that can be run for a side event is available, including both brackets and eliminators, which I’ve only seen for both in an Excel app that was advertised a few years ago on the BowlingCommunity forums. There are also blind doubles, which works differently from my PC software in that series total is not supported (though I was told it could be added in a future version), but has an option to use the bowler’s best game of the first three, and, like T-Brac, can run a simple singles tournament, which can be used as an optional singles sweeper. All events can be run scratch and handicap.

For brackets, a common request is “put me in all of them,” and Keglerz may handle that request better than anything I’ve seen, as you can enter 99 brackets and then choose “Fix bracket entries” before the brackets are randomized, which will adjust it downward. Byes are currently not supported, though a “Bye” bowler can be entered as a workaround, entering a score of 1 for the first game.

Speaking of scores, they are entered with a pull-out entry screen where you first enter the score then tap the recipient’s game. While this is counterintuitive for a mobile app, the keypad is laid out like the keypad on a PC keyboard, so it may actually speed up entry. It’s also used when entering eliminator cut scores, and the app will sort the scores high to low, making it easy to determine the cut.

You should update the server after entering each game’s scores, and the app’s data footprint is surprisingly small, in the hundreds of kilobytes range for the average session with 50 bowlers. This is handy when using a device with a cellular data connection, as wifi service in bowling centers is often spotty and you don’t have to worry about your data plan.

Finally, for leagues, you’re able to set up the league all at once and the lane assignments can be automated by entering the league’s schedule for the week.

I may still need my laptop for some things, but will be using this app. Bowlers should download the SidePots app even if they’re not in my league in case I use it for a tournament.

Sean Richard wins inaugural NAT Baker Doubles in Auburn

July 2019 NAT Baker Doubles

Finalists of NAT Baker Doubles event on July 28 at AMF Auburn Lanes (L-R): Champions Derek DuBois & Sean Richard, runners-up Mike Berens & Mark Juliano (Photo courtesy of NAT)

The Northeast Amateur Tournament reported in their newsletter that Sean Richard & Derek DuBois were the winners of their inaugural Baker doubles event held on July 28 at AMF Auburn Lanes. The pair defeated Mike Berens & Mark Juliano, 438-421 (with handicap), in the two-game final match.

Danny Khuu rolls 300/816 in Monday doubles

Not putting this into the Westgate Warriors category, but one of the Warriors, Danny Khuu, will be carrying some momentum into Battle Bowl X this week, as he tossed 238-300-278 for an 816 set last night in the Monday doubles league. Stephanie Bourhill got the video below:

Congrats Khuulade! 🙂

Stephen Major bowls 300/802 in Providence Senate doubles

Congrats to Stephen Major, who posted 279-223-300 for an 802 set yesterday in the TNBA Providence Senate doubles tournament at AMF Cranston Lanes. Sean Richard, Stephen’s partner for the squad, got the video below.

Ashley Major shoots 287 in Adult/Junior

Congrats to Ashley Major, who, per Sean Richard’s video posted on Facebook, nearly became the youngest girl with a 300 game at Westgate Lanes last night in the Adult/Junior league with a 287. Ashley is the older sister of Corey Major, who became the youngest with a 300 on the first night of the league.

Sarah Gill is currently the youngest girl with a 300 at Westgate.

Link to JR Raymond YouTube channel added

While watching another bowling video on YouTube, a video by former (?) touring pro JR Raymond came up in the queue, which was a lesson for beginners on how to hook the ball (he uses curve in the title), so I decided to look at the rest of the content and, liking what I saw, decided to add the link to the channel. There are tips, of course, but there are also EBI ball reviews, breakdowns of the game of other pros, and videos of a vlog nature. The channel also has several playlists so you can quickly get to what you need. Finally, there’s a link in the channel description where you can sign up for a virtual lesson.

The link to the channel appears in the video category.

Westgate Warriors take UBA New England title

Westgate Warriors NE champions 7-21-2019

The Westgate Warriors New England championship squad: (Front: Danny Khuu, Bill Beck, Jim Bessette; Back: Sean Richard, Jim Ferguson, Stan Lewis, Jon Hester, Zach Thompson, Brian Egan)

Today, the Westgate Warriors claimed the 2018-19 UBA New England championship in a 36-4 rout over New England Heat. The day’s standouts were Jon Hester (782 with a 299 game) and Jim Ferguson (752) in Scratch, Brian Egan (716) in Handicap 1, and Stan Lewis (703) in Handicap 2.

The Warriors will now face X-Treme Chaos, out of the New Jersey South district, in the Battle Bowl Elite 8 at Bowlarama in New Castle, DE.

UPDATE: FloBowling will provide live streaming coverage of Battle Bowl X, including the UBA World Championship matches. Click here for the schedule. I personally hope FloBowling will also provide live scoring from the center, which would make “live recap” coverage possible.

Jim Ferguson posts 300 in Monday doubles

I don’t ever remember Jim Ferguson bowling a summer league, but he was convinced to sub on Brian Egan’s team last night and rewarded himself for doing so with a perfecto. Congrats!

Westgate Warriors defeat Raging Bulls for UBA district title

I haven’t posted about about the Westgate Warriors in quite some time, so this serves as an update:

The Westgate Warriors scored a 30-10 decision over Raging Bulls at Callahan’s Bowl-O-Rama in Newington, CT today to claim the UBA New England North title. The Warriors got a 774 from Sean Richard in Scratch, a 700 from Danny Khuu in Handicap 1, and a 708 from Stan Lewis in Handicap 2.

The Warriors will face New England Heat next Sunday at Lessard Lanes in Plainville, CT for the right to represent the New England region in the final four at Battle Bowl in Delaware.

Ethan Rosenberg fires 290 in Adult/Junior league

Congrats to Ethan Rosenberg for a 290 game in the Adult/Junior league on May 30. I’ve mentioned him before for a team score, but this is the first individual score of his that I’m reporting on.

Stephen Major wins first AXS title at Old Mountain Lanes

As reported by AXS in the post above, Westgate bowler Stephen Major became their newest champion Sunday at Old Mountain Lanes in Wakefield, RI after defeating John Williams, 277-216 (with handicap; Stephen was bowling scratch), in the final match, the video of which is below. The lane condition was Kegel Tower of Pisa.

Congrats Stephen! 🙂