Qwadaris Rembert wins 9-game marathon in NH

As noted in the post above, Pepsi league bowler Qwadaris Rembert won today’s 9-game scratch marathon at Strikers East in Raymond, NH with a 2,117 score. Congrats! 🙂

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Zach Thompson throws 299 in Malden summer league

Pepsi league regular Zach Thompson posted on Facebook that he just missed a 300 last night subbing in the Summertimers league at Town Line, with the video showing the “almighty” 10 still standing on the last shot. Nice bowling! 🙂

Keith Tantillo bowls 801, 300 in Monday doubles

Keith Tantillo put together a big set the other night in the summer doubles league, with 257-298-246 for an 801, then followed that up the best way possible, with a 300 4th game. WTG! 🙂

Xtra Frame sidebar link updated to FloBowling

With the PBA having changed its video streaming from Xtra Frame to FloBowling, the Xtra Frame sidebar link has been updated accordingly. FloBowling has promised additional coverage of PBA regional events, so the new FloBowling should be worth checking out.

Brandon Moore shines in Special Olympics national games

Brandon Moore & Paul Carey at 2018 Special Olympics national games (Photo courtesy of Eric Mahoney)

Thought I’d recap the week Westgate bowler Brandon Moore has been having at the national Special Olympics games this week in Seattle, WA. The first thing I heard about was Team Massachusetts winning bronze, with a 1,543 score (four/team), and then Brandon won gold in doubles with Paul Carey, with a 985. Brandon wrapped up with a 512 in singles, placing 4th in his division.

All results are available on the Special Olympics website. Congrats Brandon! 🙂

Bob Dimuccio tosses 812 at Lang’s

Congrats to Bob Dimuccio of the Pepsi league, who posted 276-280-256 (first three) for an 812 set last night in the Wednesday Summer Trios league at Lang’s. Nice bowling! 🙂

2018 Mass. women’s state tournament results

The results of the Mass. women’s state tournament above are still marked unofficial, but 30 days have passed since the end of the tournament, so the champions I’ll list below can be considered presumptive. Division winner scores are with handicap; scratch champions are those who entered the optional scratch events:

Team

Div. 1: Make It Happen (Greater Boston) 2,943
Div. 2: Team Force Gals (Greater Boston) 2,846
Scratch: Lady Luck (Greater Boston) 2,455

Doubles

Div. 1: Taylor & Janice Sinkler (Tri-City) 1,540
Div. 2: Helen Neely & Michelle Jacques (Worcester County) 1,565
Div. 3: Cheryl Eng & Marie Harrison (Greater Boston) 1,465
Scratch: Maryellen Thorne & Mariann Klosin (Merrimack Valley) 1,254

Singles

Div. 1: Stephanie Millward (Southeastern Mass.) 778
Div. 2: Patti Messier (Greater Gardner) 756
Div. 3: Eliza Jonathan (Greater Boston) 799
Scratch: Stephanie Millward (Southeastern Mass.) 757

All-Events

Div. 1: Stacey Cantoni (Berkshire County) 2,313
Div. 2: Michelle Jacques (Worcester County) 2,206
Div. 3: Haley Smith-Fries (Greater Boston) 2,450
Scratch: Stephanie Millward (Southeastern Mass.) 2,101

Congratulations to all of the champions. 🙂

Stan Lewis rolls 300/804, Danny Khuu, Joe Bourhill 300 in Monday doubles

It can definitely be said that the Monday Summer Doubles league is the summer season’s version of the Patriots league because of the quantity of high scores, and this summer’s league didn’t disappoint on its first night. I’ll start by noting Joe Bourhill’s 300 game, which was the first one in Massachusetts for this New York transplant. Joe’s wife Stephanie (Hamilton) got the video below:

The third game saw two more 300s, by Danny Khuu and Stan Lewis, with the latter having added that to games of 257 and 247 for an 804 set. Sean Richard got both of these videos, staring with Stan’s:

And now Danny’s:

Nice bowling, guys! 🙂

2017-18 season wrap-up

With the last of the winter leagues now over, I can now recap the season with the high scores for the season for both the men and women. As usual, average will be based on a minimum of 72 games in the league, with youth bowlers included with their gender, where applicable. Also, I’ve decided not to try to list all of the men with 300 games, as there were 17 of them in the Thursday Night Patriots league alone.

Men

Average: 240.83; Jim Ferguson (Thursday Night Patriots, 102 games)
Series: 835; Jim Ferguson (Thursday Night Patriots)
Game: 300 (consult individual league standing sheets)

Women

Average: 212.52; Sandi Litchfield (Thursday Night Patriots, 72 games)
Series: 740; Jessica Lowe (TNBA Mixed)
Game: 300; Jessica Lowe (TNBA Mixed)

Note: Jim Ferguson’s 240.83 average stands as the new association record.

Links to the league standings indexes on Bowler Express and LeagueSecretary.com are in the sidebar for all who are interested in a particular league.

2018 Mass. open state tournament results

Results of the Mass. open state tournament, held at AMF Chicopee Lanes, are also presumably official as posted on the Mass. Tri-County association website, with the state champions noted below:

Handicap

Team: We Are Family (Worcester County) 3,963
Doubles: Arthur Ragland & Horace Williamson Jr. (Mass. Tri-County) 1,581
Singles: Robert MacDonald (Greater Boston) 879
All-Events: Zach Crowley (Mass. Tri-County) 2,374

Scratch

Team: The Green Team Landscaping (Mass. Tri-County) 3,514
Doubles: Dave Juzba Jr. & Dan Duford (Mass. Tri-County) 1,523
Singles: Tarik Joyner (Mass. Tri-County) 786
All-Events: Bob Greene Jr. (Mass. Tri-County) 2,263

Congrats everyone! 🙂

2018 Mass. youth state tournament results

Although they haven’t been marked as such on the Mass. youth association website, results from the state tournament at Westgate Lanes are presumably official in the PDF linked here. As usual, I will note Westgate’s state champions below:

Team, 641-720, scratch: Glenn Rucker (with Megan Richardson, Megan Ku, and Nate Purches from Town & Country) 2,240
Singles, 61-80, scratch: Antonio Inniss 341

Congratulations to everyone! 🙂

Reppin’ my city

jersey final

I’d always thought about it, and, thanks in part to Danny Khuu and the team at Solstice Sports Gear, I now have the custom-designed Brockton-themed jersey you see above. The basic color scheme of black & red is based on the Brockton High School colors, and the boxer dog sketch on the back is, I believe, one by a member of the Class of 1982 that has been used extensively by Brockton High School groups online. The logos of Strike F/X Pro Shops (left) and Westgate Lanes (right) appear on the sleeves, with the Storm logo on the front being the only thing (maybe other than my name) on the jersey not related to Brockton in some way.

Solstice worked off of the proof I present below:

jersey proof

I had hoped to have it for my last nights of bowling this season, but you’ll definitely be seeing me wear it next season.

Bill Briggs shoots 2nd 300 of season in Pepsi league

Two 300 games by the same bowler in a Pepsi league season is a feat, and accomplished by Bill Briggs last night. The game followed up one in the last league week (with no bowling last week because of the Memorial Day holiday) by his Eklund Electric teammate, Tim Riordan, making it three of the seven this season bowled by that team.

I had my camera out for this one because I’d forgotten I got Bill’s other one, and he noticed that fact, telling me at the end of the night that that made him nervous. I’m posting it anyway, as he made a great shot to finish it.

Congrats again Bill! 🙂

“Sensae” Reed & Ed Grossett win June NAT doubles at Westgate

June 2018 NAT doubles finalists

Finalists of June 3 NAT doubles (L-R): Champions Mike “Sensae” Reed & Ed Grossett, runners-up David Gordon & Louie Petrillo (Photo courtesy of NAT)

The Northeast Amateur Tournament reported on Facebook (must be logged into Facebook to view) that Mike “Sensae” Reed & Ed Grossett won the doubles event on June 3 at Westgate Lanes, defeating David Gordon & Louie Petrillo, 493-480 (with handicap), in the final stepladder match. Other Westgate bowlers cashing were Chuck Paige (with Jayme Silva), Sean Richard & Jim Ferguson, and Dan Robinson & Mike Peirce.

Jim Ferguson did have a 299 game in the first stepladder match, and Christian Fletcher had a 299 game in qualifying.

Congrats to all! 🙂

Westgate Lanes to offer summer leagues during renovations

It had been rumored that Westgate Lanes will close this summer for renovations, but they’ve announced that they’ll remain open during said renovations and offer summer leagues. The schedule will be the ones Westgate has been offering under the Minassians, Monday Summer Doubles, Summer His & Hers on Tuesday, Wednesday Summer Mixed, and Adult/Junior on Thursday. Please check the Westgate Lanes website (newly redesigned) for meeting and starting dates.

Bob Dimuccio Jr. rolls 300 at Lang’s

I’ve learned that Pepsi league bowler Bob Dimuccio (Jr.) started his summer league, the Pete’s Doubles league at Lang’s Bowlarama, with a 300 game last night. Nice bowling! 🙂

Tim Riordan fires 300 in Pepsi league

Tim Riordan only bowls the Pepsi league, but he’s made the most of it, as, last night, he posted a 300 game, which is now the third one of his that I’ve written about. WTG! 🙂

UPDATE: Zach Thompson has made the video below available.

Jon Wilbur wins 3rd NEBA title at Westgate

As noted in the above post, Jon Wilbur took home his 3rd NEBA title by winning the Harry’s Pub & Grill Open at Westgate Lanes, defeating Tyler Perry by a score of 208-166 in the final match. The lane condition, Kegel Winding Road, proved difficult, as I have no high scores to report from this event.

Westgate bowlers inside the cut were Steve Dale Jr., who lost to Tyler Perry in the semifinals, Shawn Hagan, and Brian Egan.

Below will be the video of the final match (not sure where they picked up match play, but earlier rounds are shown), as well as the interview of Jon Wilbur.

Felix Chan wins Bay State Open at Westgate

As noted in the post above, Felix Chan defeated Alex Major 238-233 (with handicap) to claim his second Bay State Open title Saturday at Westgate Lanes. Honor scores from that tournament were Jason Dean and Christian Fletcher, both with 300 games in qualifying, Sean Richard (299) and Alex Major (290), with 11 in a row games in qualifying, and Matt Robichaud, with a 300 game during the single-elimination finals.

Video of the final match will be added when it is available.

Mike Griffin fires 290 in TNBA league

This season in the TNBA league may be best remembered for Jessica Lowe’s 300 game and Hakim Emmanuel’s first 800 series, but Mike Griffin put a “bow” on that league’s season last Friday with a 290 game. Good job! 🙂

Jim Simon, Mike Botelho shoot 300 in Westgate Mixed

Meanwhile, the Westgate Mixed league had a couple of 300s on their position night, led off by Jim Simon’s (Sean Richard’s video is below):

That 300 was followed in the second game by one by Mike Botelho, with video below:

This was Mike’s first 300 at Westgate, but he told me he’d previously bowled 300s in Taunton and Somerset.

WTG guys! 🙂

2018 Brunswick Mixed roll-off

Dawg Pound used an 1,113 third game (with handicap) to erase a 33-pin deficit and win the championship of the Brunswick Mixed league over Sweet Rolls, 3,050-2,980. Ken Gerraughty (663) and Jake Tobin (675) led the way for Dawg Pound, while Shawn Coles (648) was high man on Sweet Rolls.

Congrats to Dawg Pound, who are in Ken Gerraughty’s photo below:

Dawg Pound 2017-18

2017-18 Brunswick Mixed champions, Dawg Pound Front (L-R): Rob Eicher, Ken Gerraughty, Ed Miller, William Gerraughty; Back: Jake Tobin

2017-18 Week 36 league standings update

Just one league to update, and it’s about the final second half standings:

  • Brunswick Mixed: As a result of splitting 2-2 with Striking Gentlemen, Let’s MixEm Up ended the second half in 6th place. Sweet Rolls swept all four from Creeden’s Mustangs and are the second half winners, bowling against Dawg Pound tomorrow night for the league championship. I’ve given the roll-off “live blog” coverage in the past, but may not tomorrow night, as I’m not sure about the status of the wifi connection. I’ll still make sure I post the result of the roll-off.

Gino Beniamino bowls 300, “Mr. 900” 299 in Pepsi league

There were a couple of big games in the Pepsi league last night, not the least of which was a 300 by Gino Beniamino, and he made another close approach to one later in the night with a 289. A more notable game than that, however, was bowled by “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel, who had his very first 299 game after the run of 300 games that started with the 900 series. As happens often, a 10 pin stood on the last shot.

Nice bowling guys! 🙂

May 2018 NEBA lane condition note

Per the post above, NEBA has released the lane condition for this weekend’s Harry’s Pub & Grill Open at Westgate Lanes, which I checked against Kegel’s pattern library and found it to be Winding Road.

NEBA has posted pre-reserved lane assignments for recent tournaments on their Facebook page, and I expect this event to be no different. Also, a source told me they expect to bring a long network cable to plug into the router at the desk, so, hopefully, they’ll have a smooth stream of match play on Facebook.

My 2017-18 season in review

This post has been the “by the numbers” post in the past, but I decided call it “season in review” since I started bowling in a second league. I showed a two-pin improvement on Sunday night and a five-pin improvement on Wednesday night, so, once again, I’ll use the BowlSK reports to see if there are any trends. First, comparing my Brunswick Mixed first-ball stats (last season’s numbers before the pipe):

Strike percentage: 36.4% | 39.8%
Pocket shots: 65% | 71.1%
Carry percentage: 52.2% (378/724) | 53.1% (404/761)
Double rate: 36.1% (139/385) | 40.3% (165/409)
Average first-ball count: 8.7 | 8.9
Average first-ball non-strike count: 8.0 | 8.1

What stands out is that I repeated shots better, as shown by the improvement in my double rate. I also left more manageable spares, so let’s see if I took advantage of that:

Overall spare percentage: 57.6 (389/675) | 56.9% (353/620)
Single-pin spare percentage: 66.7% (204/306) | 67.8% (206/304)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 60.3% (170/282) | 60.0% (129/215)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 63.6% (374/588) | 64.5% (335/519)
Split conversion percentage: 17.2% (15/87) | 18.4% (18/98
Washout conversion percentage: 29.4% (10/34) | 11.8% (2/17)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 59.5% (72/121) | 54.9% (62/113)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 56.9% (41/72) | 69.5% (57/82)

I made my 10 pin less often, but didn’t leave as many, and was much better on my 7 pin, and better on my single pins overall. The rest of the dip in my overall numbers was multi-pin spares and washouts.

Now, my Sunday Niters numbers:

Strike percentage: 37.9% | 38.0%
Pocket shots: 69.8% | 69.2%
Carry percentage: 51.4% (348/677) | 52.6% (333/633)
Double rate: 36.4% (127/349) | 42.9% (141/329)
Average first-ball count: 8.8 | 8.8
Average first-ball non-strike count: 8.1 | 8.1

Overall spare percentage: 57.4% (331/577) | 58.1% (316/544)
Single-pin spare percentage: 67% (203/303) | 70.7% (183/259)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 57.4% (117/204) | 60.9% (126/207)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 63.1% (320/507) | 66.3% (309/466)
Split conversion percentage: 15.7% (11/70) | 9.2% (7/76)
Washout conversion percentage: 19% (4/21) | 13.3% (2/15)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 50.4% (69/137) | 56.3% (63/112)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 71.2% (47/66) | 72.1% (44/61)

I was definitely a better spare shooter on Sunday night, and I’m not really sure why. I did improve on both corner pins in that league, and that’s something I hope carries over into next season.

Jim Ferguson sets new association record average

Tom Hedding’s hold of the association record average lasted just one season, as Jim Ferguson, despite shooting only 643 last night, hung on to post a 240.83 average in the Thursday Night Patriots league, which is, presumably, the new association record by a fraction of a pin. Congrats! 🙂