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.
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:
Stephanie Bourhill posted on Facebook that her husband Joe shot a 299 game last night at Wonder Bowl. Nice bowling. 🙂
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.
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!
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
After I posted about Jim Ferguson’s 300 yesterday, Rob Young contacted me to say that Bob Hamilton also had a 299 the other night. Nice game! 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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! 🙂
This is a late post…
According to a post by Vincent Grzan in the Ace Mitchell Team Tournament Northeast group on Facebook (requires login to view), Westgate bowlers Sean Richard and Joe Bourhill, along with Jayme Silva, were members of JJS, the handicap team winners of this year’s tournament, held at Callahan’s Bowl-O-Rama in Newington, CT. Congrats! 🙂
“Ka$h” checked in with me today and reported that he had a 299 last night in the doubles league. Nice bowling. 🙂
Sandi Litchfield posted a video on her Facebook timeline (limited to friends) that showed her son Shane putting the finishing touches on a 300 game last night in Wonder Bowl’s Tuesday night summer league. Good job, Shane! 🙂
After the UBA match, Sean Richard went to Callahan’s Bowl-O-Rama in Newington, CT for the Ace Mitchell Northeast tournament and proceeded to put 300 #105 in the books. Sean’s video will be shared on the Facebook page.
James Bessette posted in the (closed) Westgate Warriors Facebook group that they won 22 points against Raging Bulls today at East Providence Lanes and have qualified for the New England North playoffs on July 7 at the Bowlero in Milford, CT, where they will face the Auburn Maulers. Leading the way today was Louis Bacci, with a 299 game.
UPDATE: The host center for the NE North playoffs has been changed to Callahan’s Bowl-O-Rama in Newington, CT.
I saw on Facebook (post was not shareable) that Keith Callahan of the His & Hers league (and bowling Monday Summer Doubles at Westgate) bowled his first 300 game in the Friday Night Doubles summer league last night at Kingston Ten Pin. Congrats! 🙂
Note: It is not known if this league is certified.
And Sean Richard related to me on Facebook that he had a 299 second game at Wonder Bowl last night. Also very nice! 🙂
I finally saw an update for the Wednesday summer league and learned that a member of the Brunswick Mixed league, Sammy Wong, had a 299 game last week. Very nice! 🙂
The Monday Summer Doubles league has been updating standings same-night, but I didn’t realize that until last night, when I saw that Keith Kaestner had a 290 for the high game of last week. Nice bowling, Keith! 🙂
I saw Stephanie Bourhill’s Facebook video of Sean Richard’s 300 attempt in the Wonder Bowl Summer Classic league last night, but left a solid 9 pin for a 299. Sean additionally reported that an open 8th frame in the third game cost him the 800, but bowled a 268 fourth game to go over 1,000 for the set.
Nice bowling! 🙂
On the first night of the Monday summer doubles league, Danny Khuu put up a 299 game, which was probably his last bowling before his Vegas nationals trip. WTG! 🙂
My coverage of Cambridge Credit’s team event at the USBC Open Championships on Facebook:
Tim Major reported to me that his son Aaron finished the His & Hers season with a 241.6 average. As Jim Ferguson’s record average last season was 240.83, Aaron becomes the new BPUSBC association record holder. Congrats Aaron! 🙂