Jayme Silva tosses 300 in Patriots league

Last night, Jayme Silva Sr., a veteran SEMASS bowler, recorded his first 300 game in a Westgate league, the Patriots league (not surprisingly). Jennifer Mydlack sent me the video below of the last shots:

Congrats Jayme!

As an aside, Alex Major proposed to his girlfriend and teammate, Samantha Gustin, as she was finishing up for the night (her team had her bowl anchor last night to set it up). It was the first time, including my former bowling stint, that I’d been witness to a marriage proposal at Westgate. Congrats to the couple.

Sandi Litchfield posts 279 game in TNBA league

A quick shout-out also to Sandi Litchfield, who had a 279 game Friday night in the TNBA league. 🙂

Aaron Major fires 300/827 in His & Hers

Aaron Major 827 11-12-2019

Sean Richard sent me the photo above, which shows that Aaron Major went 300-279-248 for an 827 set last night in the His & Hers league. Aaron previously had an 814 in the league and an 813 in Raynham, but this was his first 300 of the season, the final shot of which Sean Richard also got this recording of.

Congrats Aaron!

Sean Richard wins record 6th Bay State Open title

As announced in the above post, Sean Richard won a record 6th Bay State Open title Saturday in the “Throw the Low” (bowl four games, drop low score of the four) event at Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket, RI, winning the final match 261-202 (with handicap) over Bill Josephson. Sean posted on Facebook that he was actually an alternate for match play, and got in when bowlers left thinking they’d missed the cut. It just goes to show you that it pays to stick around a tournament until cuts are announced.

I’d shared the video of the final match on Facebook, but I’ll include it below.

WTG Ka$h! 🙂

“Mr. 900” perfect in TNBA regional in Virginia

As the photo shows, Hakim Emmanuel had a slow start, but finished with a 300 game in the team event of the TNBA East regional tournament, taking place at AMF Norfolk Lanes in Virginia. It is Hakim’s first perfect game away from Westgate Lanes.

Nice bowling! 🙂

Aaron Major slams 813 in Raynham

Aaron Major messaged me last night that he had put up 256-279-278 for an 813 in the Thursday Night Mixed league at Ryan’s Amusements in Raynham, which should be his first score in a center away from Westgate that is still in the Bristol-Plymouth association. I was also able to confirm it on LeagueSecretary.com. Congrats! 🙂

Note: Aaron bowls with Barry & Donald Wood, two of my former Brunswick Mixed teammates.

Sean Richard tosses 299 in RI city tournament

I shared the unofficial results of the Rhode Island USBC city tournament on Facebook Monday, but overlooked that Sean Richard had a 299 in the singles event, which apparently was bowled Saturday. Good work! 🙂

Sean Richard posts 804 set in Westport

The photo above shows the recap of Sean Richard’s 804 set last night in the Westport Trios league at Holiday Lanes. Nice bowling! 🙂

Keith Kaestner bowls 300, Sensae Reed 297 in Patriots league

Last night in the Patriots league saw Keith Kaestner strike 12 times in the third game and Mike “Sensae” Reed get close to one with a 297 game. For Keith, it had been two years between perfect games.

Congrats to both! 🙂

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! 🙂

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.