Link to bowlersKrate added to sidebar

As posted about on The 11th Frame, a new company called bowlersKrate is testing the convenience of ordering bowling accessories (tape, tools, cleaners, towels, shirts, etc.) online by modeling itself after Birchbox (cosmetics) and Threadbeast (clothing) and offering monthly subscriptions, called Krates. Krates geared to the recreational/league and serious bowler are available in 3-month, 6-month, and one-year lengths. The items available to choose will depend on which Krate you’re subscribed to, and are shipped to your door at no additional cost. giftKrates, for the bowler in your life, are also available.

For those interested in this service, there is now a link to bowlersKrate in the sidebar under “Online Pro Shops”, which I thought was the best fit.

Sean Richard posts 801 in Monday doubles

“$eany Ka$h” hasn’t had 300s since his release from Radical staff, but he’s making up for those with a bigger number…800, with Sean putting up 289-268-244 in the first three games of the doubles league tonight for an 801. WTG! 🙂

Sidebar link for AXS updated

I shared the news story announcing it on the Facebook page, but AXS now has its own domain name, and I have updated their sidebar link to reflect that. Bowlers can register for next weekend’s AXS opener at the new address in the coming week.

Khuu posts 811, Hester, Egan 300, Hamilton 299 in Monday doubles

I usually don’t hang around the Monday Summer Doubles league all night unless the Red Sox are idle, and I was happy they were tonight, because there was plenty of scoring. Danny Khuu had the biggest “number”, by way of posting 278-277-256 for an 811 set, but there were also a couple of 300 games, one by Jon “Hoss” Hester, and the other by Brian Egan. I’ll share Hester’s video first, as I “owe him one” for not sharing his UBA scores:

And now Egan’s:

Finally, association Hall of Famer Bob Hamilton stuck a 10 pin in one of his games for a 299.

Nice bowling tonight! 🙂

Stephen Major shoots 300/854 for Brockton youth record

Stephen Major’s youth days may be coming to an end, but he’s at least going out with a bang, as, tonight, in the Adult/Junior league, he posted 289-300-265 for an 854 set, which is believed to be a new Brockton youth association record. It was also memorable for him because he’d never had an 800 series until tonight.

WTG Steve! 🙂

BBIS to hold pre-season match play tournament Aug. 25

The BBIS league will hold a pre-season match play tournament on Aug. 25 at 8:30 PM. Format is four games of match play (30 bonus pins), with the field placed in two divisions based on average, and will be followed by semifinals (1 game between top two in each division) and finals (winners of semifinals). Flyers are at the desk, and John Hayes and Eric Lam can be contacted through links in calendar event (see full calendar linked in sidebar).

Bob Hamilton rolls 300 in Wednesday Summer Mixed

Joe Bourhill has had the high game in the Wednesday summer league up until now, but one of his teammates in that league, association Hall of Famer Bob Hamilton, went one pin better, with a 300 game last week. Nice going! 🙂

Mike Peirce rolls 299 in Adult/Junior

It’s been a rather quiet season in the Adult/Junior league this summer, but adult Mike Peirce had a 299 second game last Thursday night. WTG! 🙂

Link to the Dutchman tournament added to sidebar

Facebook has done it again, although with something different. I saw NEBA regular Jon Wilbur check in at the Dutchman bowling tournament at Palmyra Bowling in Pennsylvania (outside of Harrisburg), and, after finding the website, the tournament is now linked in the sidebar in the “Tournaments” catch-all list. The tournament runs from March through August, and could be done by New Englanders in an overnight trip.

Wayne Andrews throws 297 in Monday Summer Doubles

Thought I’d mention a couple of scores from last night, but only one was a real honor score, that being Wayne Andrews’ 297 game. The non-honor score I found notable was a 799 for the first three games by Danny Khuu, with a solid 9 at the end of the third game thwarting the 800 bid.

Good bowling! 🙂

Anthony Pepe wins 7th NEBA title at Westgate

As noted in the post above, Anthony Pepe defeated Jon Van Hees, 258-202, in a battle of PBA Tour champions to capture his 7th NEBA title yesterday at Westgate Lanes. 142 entries competed on the Kegel Great Wall of China pattern, with Brian Gaskill, Danny Khuu, Keith Tantillo, and Ed Roberts the Westgate bowlers who cashed.

It turned out that NEBA couldn’t stream match play due to difficulties with Westgate’s wifi, but Keith Kaestner stepped in to stream the final match on Westgate Lanes’ Facebook page. If NEBA posts a video later, as they’ve said, it will replace the video from the Westgate page embedded below:

There were a few other scores during qualifying, as Pepe threw a 300 game, as did Jeremy Cyr, and Gino Beniamino added a 299 game. I missed Cyr’s 300 game, but did record the last strike of Pepe’s, which is below:

For those who were wondering what my family obligation was, it was my little sister’s 50th birthday, but I managed to squeeze in the celebration after watching most of yesterday’s qualifying, returning from that in time to see the final match.

Thanks go to NEBA for putting on another great tournament at Westgate. 🙂

Tyler Perry, John Kirker shoot 300, Scott Hubert 296 in NEBA

As was my plan, I was around for the NEBA squad tonight, and saw three notable games, a couple of 300 games by Tyler Perry and John Kirker, and a 296 by Scott Hubert. I got video of both 300 games, starting with Tyler Perry’s:

And John Kirker’s:

Nice going guys! 🙂

My plan for tomorrow has been altered a bit, with my family meeting me later in the day, so I should be around for the 9 AM squad and at least most of the 12:30 squad, but I’ll probably miss match play. If I have scores to post, those will be done when I get home, and a wrap-up post with whatever NEBA does on Facebook will come later.

Aaron Major among leaders after Junior Gold qualifying

Qualifying for the 2017 Junior Gold Championships has wrapped up, and, according to the posted standings after 16 games, Westgate bowler Aaron Major sits in 9th place in the U20 boys division with a +88 score (205.50 average). The first advancers round takes place later this morning.

Here are the other New England bowlers making the first cut, by division (standings linked on division):

U12 boys: Andrew Robitaille (Pittsfield, MA; 35th, -618)
U12 girls: Caitlyn Cairns (Trumbull, CT; T18th, -676)
U15 boys: Xavier Bamford (Rochester, NH; 48th, -279)
U15 girls: Kyra Smith (Fall River, MA; 6th, -171), Danielle McKerracher (Warwick, RI; 24th, -348)
U20 boys: Andrew Hall (Westborough, MA; 28th, -3), Tom Hankey, Jr. (Great Barrington, MA; 31st, -6)
U20 girls: Rachel Bamford (Gonic, NH; 7th, +35), Sarah Gill (Attleboro, MA; 16th, -13)

Additionally, New Yorkers Lauren Piotrowski (Schenectady; T30th, -74) and Kasey Kosier (East Greenbush; 79th, -195), who are connected to the New England-based Junior Bowling Sport Challenge program, have made the first cut in U20 girls.

Feel free to correct me on Facebook if I missed anyone. Good luck & good bowling to all of the above in the morning. 🙂

Mike Klosin captures SEMBA match play title

As noted in the above post, Mike Klosin defeated Bruce Hall 279-181 to capture the SEMBA July match play title Sunday at Westgate Lanes. It was Klosin’s second title. The format was six games of match play with bonus pins, with two divisions based on age; the two high scores in each division after six games bowled each other to determine the final match. Lane condition was Kegel Boardwalk.

July 2017 NEBA notes

NEBA has posted the lane condition for the coming weekend’s singles event at Westgate Lanes below:

I don’t think it’s a secret that Junior generally likes a Coke shot for NEBA, and Great Wall of China was the shot for the last quarter of that league this season.

The other thing I wanted to mention here that I’ve already shared on Facebook is that Westgate is discounting NEBA’s lineage to $1/game for the event, which should mean about $900 additional in the prize fund, maybe more, depending on entries. Also, many of you know that NEBA’s been streaming match play live on their Facebook page, and I’ve been sharing the final matches on this blog’s own page when I’ve been able to, but I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to share it as the page on my phone, so it’s probably best you have notifications on for NEBA’s page. Also, they’ve recently been streaming the entire match play (with a featured pair), so you may wish to follow NEBA’s page for that.

It’s possible that I have a family obligation this coming Sunday, but I do hope to be there all day Sunday, and if my obligation does arise, I hope to be there for at least some of match play. The 6:00 squad Saturday should be a definite for me, however.

I hope to see everyone in the coming weekend. 🙂

Westgate Warriors win UBA division playoffs; Khuu bowls 300/803, Yandek 299

I’ll just leave the recaps here:

2017 division semifinals recap

2017 division finals recap

After a hard-fought 24-16 win over Mop Nation Militia in the semifinals, the Westgate Warriors secured the UBA New England North title today at East Providence Lanes with a 34-6 victory over the top seed, The Machine. The standouts in the final match were Danny Khuu, who shot 246-300-257 for an 803, and Matt Yandek, who posted a 299 game en route to a 796 effort.

Next for the Warriors are the All America Conference playoffs, which will take place next Saturday at Hudson Lanes in Jersey City, NJ.

Additional information: The Westgate Warriors will bowl matches vs. Dynasty (MD/DC/VA Division) and Hounds of War (New England South) on Saturday. The format is a double-elimination round-robin, with a team winning the conference by winning their first two matches (21+ points). If all three teams go 1-1, the first elimination match will be between the teams with the two lowest point totals.

Update: Zach Thompson got video of the last strike of Danny Khuu’s 300 game in the finals, which he’s allowed me to share here:

Joe Bourhill bowls 299 in Wednesday Summer Mixed

He has been spending his first season at Westgate, and I’m mentioning him for a score for the first time: Joe Bourhill shot 299 last night in the Wednesday summer league. Good job! 🙂

“Mr. 900” shoots 300 in Monday Summer Doubles

He hasn’t quite tripled the total of 300 games from Feb. 19, 2015, but “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel did get close to it with #8 tonight in the summer doubles league. Because it was available, Shawn Hagan’s video of the last shot is below (Shawn is Hakim’s partner in this league):

Nice going Hakim! 🙂

Sean Richard slams 801 in Somerset

“$eany Ka$h” struck again tonight in the summer doubles league in Somerset, going 278-256-267 for an 801, his second 800 set in as many weeks in that league. Nice going! 🙂

Zach Thompson bowls 299 in Monday Summer Doubles

Zach Thompson posted on his Facebook last night that he had a 299 game in the third game, and 814 for three games, but that was starting with Game 2 of four. Nice bowling, still! 🙂

10th anniversary post

It all started on a lark.

Ten years ago today, my brother offered to take me bowling, which I’d only done once in the previous seven years coming off of heel fractures. I took my brother up on the offer, however, and, while I wasn’t having much success knocking down pins, I at least found I was able to get the ball down the lane better than the previous time. It planted a seed that I could come back, and I started working on getting my bowling legs back, hopeful that I could become a league bowler again. A summer league came the following year, and, since then, all of my highs pre-injury had been bested, and I have been a league bowler continuously longer in my second bowling life than when I was originally one.

At the time, I’d been a computer user for more than ten years, and had had personal websites before, but I’d wanted an efficient way to keep my chat friends updated on my bowling progress. Some of my friends had blogs about their hobbies, so one of my own seemed to be the answer, and I started this one four days after my bowling outing. I was starting to see the possibilities, one of which was being able to link different bowling sites in the sidebar, so the concept of a bowling portal as part of the blog was the fruit, later adding the RSS feeds for national and international bowling news sites in order to stay connected to the latest bowling news. My Westgate Lanes home was not forgotten, and I found that I was able to convey the Westgate tournament schedule in the sidebar, as well. However, back to the bowling portal concept, it was noted by the founder of BowlingSeriously.com, who linked the blog on her site for the benefit of getting new bowlers started, which was really the point of it. If this has helped even one new bowler, it’s been a success.

Another thing I noted was that the local newspaper was no longer running a bowling column, so, seeing an opportunity to give something back to bowling for getting a second chance in the sport, I started posting local bowling news, and my regular readers know the result. It led to me offering to start a Facebook page for the Brockton Bowling Association in an effort to become involved on a larger scale. The late Bob Young, seeing my potential, recruited me for the board, and I’ve been able to help out at association events since, including the state tournament at Westgate two years ago. As a side note to this, I recently gave the blog its own Facebook page, which, in the last year, I’ve also been using to share bowling news in the larger New England region.

I didn’t want to write this post without noting how harmoniously my bowling and computing interests have merged, and I’ve told more than one person that I love being a bowler in the information age. Part of that also was becoming a user of bowling software, starting with Perfect Secretary when I offered to become the secretary of the online league on the BowlingCommunity forums. When the opportunity presented itself, I started using bracket software, first for association events, and, eventually, the Coke league. I need to mention, as well, that my media involvement also included becoming an amateur digital photographer and videographer, which has come into play both for this blog and on Facebook.

It is a happy coincidence that my half-sister came into my life at this time five years ago, and even that has had an impact on my bowling life, as her daughter is a Special Olympics bowler, and I’ve been able to cheer her on since Westgate Lanes started hosting the qualifier for the state games.

Looking ahead, my bowling world is in a state of transition right now, but hopefully to something good, and it is my hope that I’ll be able to continue to serve bowling in the area for at least another 10 years.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who’s been part of my bowling life, both in my real life and online. Knowing all of you has made my decision to make a comeback worth it. 🙂

Sean Richard shoots 299/812 in Somerset

These should be Sean Richard’s first scores after his official Brockton Bowling Association Hall of Fame induction: He had 277-238-299 tonight in Steph’s Summer Doubles league in Somerset for an 812 set. Nice going! 🙂

Link to US High School Bowling Foundation added to sidebar

Facebook has provided me another site link, but it’s something different this time, as the US High School Bowling Foundation puts on the US High School Bowling Championships annually, typically on the last weekend in June. As the site covers more than just the tournament, but also high school bowling news from everywhere, I decided to link the site in the national organization category.

2017 Mass. women’s state tournament results

The Massachusetts USBC Women’s Bowling Association recently sent out official results of their state tournament, held last month at Westgate Lanes, which I’ve obtained from one of my contacts and link here. As usual, I’ll recognize the state champions below:

Team

Div. 1 handicap: Pin Pushers (Berkshire County) 2,905
Div. 2 handicap: The Flying Monkeys (Berkshire County) 2,845
Scratch: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter (Foxvale) 2,537

Doubles

Div. 1 handicap: Katelyn Olds & Stephanie Chiera (Southern Berkshire) 1,530
Div. 2 handicap: Valerie Armstrong & Lourine Brown (Greater Boston) 1,558
Div. 3 handicap: Eva Thompson & Harriet Grant (Greater Boston) 1,464
Scratch: Katelyn Olds & Stephanie Chiera (Southern Berkshire) 1,380

Singles

Div. 1 handicap: Traci Bourdon (Berkshire County) 816
Div. 2 handicap: Pat McAfee (Soutneastern Mass.) 814
Div. 3 handicap: Joyce Cozzaglio (Berkshire County) 785
Scratch: Christine Belsky (Foxvale) 704

All-Events

Div. 1 handicap: Lourine Brown (Greater Boston) 2,334
Div. 2 handicap: Valerie Smith (Foxvale) 2,224
Div. 3 handicap: Joyce Cozzaglio (Berkshire County) 2,230
Scratch: Stephanie Chiera (Southern Berkshire) 2,027

Note: The listed scratch champions are those who entered the optional scratch events.

Of note elsewhere in the file is that Lourine Brown had a 290 game in the tournament.

Congrats to all! 🙂

Bowling Podcasts links category added to sidebar

I hinted that I may do it as a “summer project”, and I got to it tonight: I created a new links list category for bowling podcasts and moved the links in “Bowling Streaming/Videos” that seemed to fit the new category there. I hope to be adding other bowling podcasts in the future.

Aaron Major posts 298 in Adult/Junior

Last Thursday in the Adult/Junior league, a more familiar name made some noise, as Aaron Major, home from his freshman year at Wichita St., posted a 298 game. WTG! 🙂

Chuck Kalasinsky bowls 300 in Monday Summer Doubles

I’m not sure if this is his first honor score, but I believe I’m mentioning him here for the first time: Chuck Kalasinsky had a 300 game last week in the Monday doubles league. Nice bowling! 🙂

Westgate Warriors defeat Auburn Maulers to qualify for UBA playoffs

The Westgate Warriors survived a sweep of the scratch points (with Troy Labrie putting up an 818) by taking 18 of the possible 20 handicap points and getting overall total to defeat the Auburn Maulers 28-12 in the UBA position round yesterday at Wallingford Bowl in Wallingford, CT. Leading the way for the Warriors were James Bessette (751, in scratch), Kevin Thibeault (729, in scratch), Jim Ferguson (716, in handicap 1), Mark Zimmerman (707, in handicap 1), and Zach Thompson (707, in handicap 2).

The Warriors ended the season tour in 3rd place and have qualified for the division playoffs, which will take place on July 15 at East Providence Lanes, with the Warriors taking on Mop Nation Militia in the semifinals.

Ed Roberts & John Gant take SEMBA Century Doubles title in Cranston

As noted in the above Facebook post, Brockton Bowling Association Hall of Famer Ed Roberts teamed with past PBA Tour champion John Gant to win SEMBA’s first of two Century Doubles (sum of ages must be at least 100) titles for the year last Sunday at AMF Cranston Lanes, defeating Jesse Cote & George Tignor, 821-761 (two games) in the final round. Gant also threw SEMBA’s second 300 game in its history in the semifinal round. Kegel Abbey Road was the lane condition.