A little bit of my early trouble was getting used to a new slide sole, since I had to go to a #8 slide sole tonight and I didn’t have one prior to then. Mostly, however, the shot tonight was touchy with the speed, and, except for the times I put strikes together, I either didn’t have my good speed control or threw bad shots entirely.
Result: 139-159-171=469 Average (15 games): 165 Average for last 9 games: 166 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 509
I finally got Donna back tonight, but Shawn had a good night for my opponents, in particular. His teammates backed him up well enough to take all four.
The Rhythm & Bowling league was late posting (I got the alert in their group just before logging in to write this), and I noted that James Scales had a 289 Sunday night, as noted in the high scores for the week. WTG! 🎳🙂
Spares are currently 11th, nine points behind 4 On 9 Man, who are a half-point ahead of Last Empire, a point ahead of 10th Frame Magic and Spare Us in a tie for third, and three teams two points behind in a tie for 5th. Spares are opposed by Sweet Rolls tonight.
Per the post above, Westgate bowler Joe Bourhill was a member, along with Derek DuBois and Daniel Nazzaro, of the winning team in Sunday’s Reloaded Scratch Tournament trios event at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden. Reloaded, formed by Jose Perez within the last year, is a different format in that they use average caps to equalize the competition rather than handicap, while the scoring is always on a scratch basis.
I was looking pretty good after two games, but the last one proved to be a case of “when it rains, it pours.” The killer was converting the split I needed to save my 500 to end the night, but then failing to get the count I needed for it. The positive I’ll take out of this is that I’m still limiting my single-pin spare mistakes, and, if I do that, my spare game should hold me in good stead.
Result: 196-171-131=498 Average (12 games): 167 Average for last 9 games: 165 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 510
Donna was here last week before the postponement, but had to be absent again tonight. My first game ended up to be good enough for that game’s point.
I’ve been putting this post off, but this is about a couple of leagues I’m involved with that have one or more vacancies on teams:
Jewell Wilson’s team in the Pepsi league (Monday night) has an opening on it. Ideally, this should be filled by an experienced bowler who may or may not be bowling in his first challenge league.
My own team on Wednesday night has two vacancies, and can be filled by bowlers new to league bowling. The opportunity can be especially attractive to a married couple looking for a new hobby they can share.
Prospective bowlers for either team may use the contact form on the website to reach me.
Aaron Major, the reigning NEBA Rookie of the Year, may have come up just short of his first title yesterday in Auburn (which I shared live on the Facebook page), but he did something else notable: He had a 300 game bowling against Jim Dumas in the first match play round (of 16). Good work, Aaron! 🎳😎
Reporting in earlier than usual for a Patriots league week because Ethan Reyes became the second bowler with a perfecto in it this season, and the bowler with the first, AJ Voisine, nearly recording a second with a 298 game of his own. I recorded Ethan’s last strike, which is below: Other bowlers with good […]
The Westgate Lanes area was subjected to a fast-moving storm tonight and lost power in it. With the official estimated time of power being restored at 8 PM, the league decided to postpone tonight. The schedule will be picked up next week.
Spares (as the scoring system has chosen to name my team) is in 10th place, nine points behind the leading 4 On 9 Man, who lead Spare Us by a point, Team 13 by two points, and Last Empire by 2.5 points. Spares will be opposed by Creedens Mustangs tonight.
Last Thursday night, AJ Voisine turned in 277-258-248 for a 778 effort (see the recap, Lane 39) to lead the Patriots league action, while Cameron Kaestner and Mark Zimmerman each had a 289 game, per the weekly high scores. Nice bowling, guys! 🎳👍
Per their post above, Patriots league bowler Jon Hester won the Bay State Open event Saturday at AMF Auburn Lanes, scoring a 228-217 (with handicap) victory over Paige Bacci in the final match. I’d shared it on the Facebook page, but the video of the match is included here:
All-in-all, the night was kind of fun, even though I wasn’t striking very much, because even my opponents remarked to themselves how I hadn’t missed a 10. However, that one at the end was joykill, because it ruined both a 200 and a clean game. Nuts! 🤬
Result: 158-177-192=527 Average (9 games): 168 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 516
Donna had to be absent, so I was bowling alone, but, as there are only two of us on this team, I made my lineup legal under our league’s rules. The opponents took most of the points, but I took the third game and nearly stole total.
Team 6 is in a three-way tie for 9th with Creeden’s Mustangs and Sweet Rolls, seven points behind the leaders, 4 On 9 Man, who we bowl tonight; they lead Team 10 by a point and four teams in a tie for 3rd by two points.
Early on, I was pulling everything, including spare shots, and I likely had the wrong ball out, as well. After the first game, I pulled my Tropical out, and settled into a strike-on-the-right-lane, nothing-on-the-left pattern until I moved for my carry late in the 3rd game. That third game was probably better with better carry or made 10 pins, as well.
Result: 114-172-180=446 Average (6 games): 164 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 500
My team had it handed to us by Tim Major, who shot 700 in helping his team win all of the points.
Last Tuesday, Aaron Major got his challenge league started by bookending his four-game series with a 270 game to start and a 268 to end it, per the recap (Lane 35). I was told the league was on Beaten Path to start the league.
Team 6 (as my team is known for now) is in a tie for 7th among 13, five points behind Last Empire, who have won all of their points so far. They are two points ahead of 4 On 9 Man, three ahead of Team 10, and four ahead of three teams tied for 4th; one of those teams, Spare Us, will be our opponents tonight.
Here’s the first women’s score of note of the new season: Taylor Sinkler went 193-247-237 for a 677 set last Friday in the TNBA Mixed league, as shown on the LeagueSecretary.com recap (Team 10 on Lane 56). Nice bowling, Taylor! 🎳😎
Ed Roberts told me the Tuesday night BBIS league at Westgate has an opening for anyone who’d like to try out a challenge shot league, so, if you’re interested, they’d be more than happy to welcome you to their league.
My 2020-21 bowling season is going to be more different, and a lot busier, than any of my previous ones. I’ll start with my own bowling, which has changed quite a bit in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic:
With many bowlers taking at least a year off, Wednesday night will have just the Brunswick Mixed league, and that will be a four-man league. I am on a team currently with Jane Waters, a holdover from Warren Young’s team last year, and Donna Dalia, who is new to the league after being away from bowling for many years. My team actually forfeited last week, with yours truly having to sit out in order to attend the Pepsi league’s meeting (more on that later). Some of the Westgate Mixed bowlers joined my league for this season, so it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.
Last night was a solid set by last season’s standards. The first thing a regular reader of my personal posts might note is that this league is now down the high end of the house, as it has never been on Lanes 49-50 in the time I’ve been in it. A study of the BowlSK sheet should also produce the observation that the progress I’ve made on my single-pin spares held over, as I missed only one. There was a rough stretch of three open frames to end the second game, but, other than that, I made few mistakes.
Result: 180-156-183=519 Average (3 games): 173 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 525
The team ended up winning three points against Shawn’s team. Shawn thought last night’s pair was a tough one, so going over last year’s average on that pair was a good start, I thought.
All of my “Author’s links” stuff about my league bowling has been reset for the new season. Keep in mind, however, that I’m going to try to do as much as possible either at the lanes or ahead of time at home (often meaning copying formulas over on my spreadsheet log at home before entering scores in it on my phone at the lanes).
After a season of less involvement in other leagues, I’ll be busier than ever in them, even if not necessarily bowling in them. For starters, I was given the opportunity to run brackets for the Patriots league. I no longer have access to my trusted Perfect Brackets application (Windows Defender saw a driver file I needed for the hardware key as a threat.), but I was able to upgrade to the new T-Brac at a reduced price (I’d had the old version). The new version fixed the bug I had with the old version concerning the insertion of byes in brackets when I had “No byes” set. It also makes it easier for me to load bowler information from LeagueSecretary.com, so it’s been worth the investment already.
The final piece of my season’s puzzle fell into place last week at the Pepsi league’s meeting. Gerry LaTremouille is taking the season off from his leagues (but not from being the USBC association manager at Westgate). Seeing an opportunity, as Gerry was the Pepsi league’s secretary, I ran for, and was elected, league secretary, and Monday night was my first night. I had to purchase and download a copy of BLS, which I thought a bit of an adjustment from the Perfect Secretary I used to run the BowlingCommunity online league many years ago, but I’m quickly picking up how to do things in BLS (Don’t I always? 😎). Donna in the Westgate office will still be doing the league uploads to LeagueSecretary.com, but I will be posting them in the center, and I present here my first real standing sheet as a certified league officer:
I probably will cover the Pepsi league as I always have, but feel free to follow on LeagueSecretary.com.