Paris Cook wins NAT doubles at Town Line

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Finalists of the Jan. 2017 Northeast Amateur Tournament handicap doubles event at Town Line Luxury Lanes (L-R): Winners Paris Cook & Mike Macedo, runners-up Sean Richard & Dave Chalifoux (Photo courtesy of NAT)

The new Northeast Amateur Tournament held its first handicap event, a doubles event, yesterday at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden, and they reported on Facebook (must be logged into Facebook to view link) that Westgate bowler Paris Cook teamed with Mike Macedo to win, defeating to-be-inducted Brockton Bowling Association Hall of Famer Sean Richard, with partner Dave Chalifoux (who has bowled in the Coke league), 460-452 (with handicap), in the final match.

Jan. 15 Sunday Niters recap

My Week 17 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

I will always take a night like tonight. I didn’t really have long strings of strikes, but I made most of the spares I was supposed to, missing on only one single pin on the night (a 10 pin in the third game). My third game was good enough to get my +1 for this league on the button, and it also raised my composite average.

Result: 180-192-204=576
Average (51 games): 180
Average for last 9 games: 180
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 594

Composite average (105 games): 177

Unfortunately, Peter really struggled tonight, but the team did win the third game. Ed had the only game of my teammates that was higher than one of my games (181 first game).

Jan. 14 Adult/Junior doubles results

It was pretty much a family affair in today’s Adult/Junior doubles tournament, as all but one of the winners were members of the Litchfield family. Shane Litchfield teamed up with Dan Robinson to post a winning 1,411 score in the Senior division, and brothers Cody & Brendan Litchfield won the combined Bantam/Prep/Junior division with a 1,481. Nice job guys! 🙂

Tom Hedding, Nick Grossi roll 300s in Patriots league

“TomTom” Hedding is currently leading the house in average, and he’s doing everything in his power to try to stay there, as he had a 300 game last night in the Patriots league. Sean Richard’s Facebook video of “TomTom’s” last shot in the 300 game is below.

“TomTom” wasn’t the only bowler with a 300 game last night, however, as Nick Grossi also bowled his very first one. WTG to both! 🙂

2016-17 Coke league 3rd quarter lane condition

Junior has selected the Kegel Big Ben pattern as the lane condition for the 3rd quarter of the Coke league, which starts Monday night. It is a 44′ pattern with 24.7 mL total oil at a 7.33:1 ratio. The top view graph is linked on the pattern name.

As an additional note, the flyer for the Dan Hamilton Memorial Tournament has been revised a number of times, and I’ll be updating the Google Calendar event with the latest one shortly.

Update: The Coke league pattern, as posted on the bulletin board next to the pro shop (and not the one that’s in the pro shop), is actually a modified version of Big Ben, with a ratio closer to 5:1.

Greg Andrews bowls 299 in Westgate Mixed

This is the first time I can report a score by Greg Andrews in one of his winter leagues, as he had a 299 game tonight in the Westgate Mixed league. Good job! 🙂

Jan. 11 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 19 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

The lanes were playing tighter than in recent weeks tonight, and it really took me a game to adjust, but I had two games over average after that. The good thing was I didn’t hurt myself by missing single pins.

Result: 161-176-179=516
Average (54 games): 174
Average for last 9 games: 168
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 560

Composite average (102 games): 176

With Jeff pre-bowling, team took three of four, with Barry high man on the pair. Si was also over average tonight.

Richard, Ferguson, & Zimmerman win Bay State Open trios

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Sean Richard, Mark Zimmerman, and Jim Ferguson, winners of the Bay State Open trios event (Photo courtesy of Bay State Open)

As reported to me by the Bay State Open, Sean Richard, Mark Zimmerman, and Jim Ferguson, all Westgate bowlers, won their first-ever trios event Sunday at East Providence Lanes by defeating John Gant, George Jones, and Calvin Scott by a score (with handicap) of 525-486 in the two game, Baker format final match. The Bay State open has posted a video of the final match, which is below.

Tim Major shoots 300 in Have A Ball league

The new Have A Ball Scotch Doubles league is hoping to attract new league bowlers, but some familiar faces are in the league, as well. One of them, Tim Major, showed the newcomers what’s possible by bowling a 300 during one of the two games the bowlers bowl a complete game in. Westgate Lanes’ Facebook video of the last shot is below.

2016-17 Week 18 league standings update

As part of this week’s update, I’ll “introduce” my winter virtual league team.

  • Brunswick Mixed: Lane Ducks finished the first half in 9th place, 16 points behind Sweet Rolls, who finished 7.5 points ahead of Creeden’s Mustangs. We start the second half tonight vs. Spare Us.
  • Sunday Niters: As previously mentioned, The 3 Stooges won all eight from Ten Is Enough, and Ball Busterz was the only other team that won all eight to begin the second half. Here For Beer will be the opposition Sunday night.
  • Virtual league: Bwlnggd (a holdover from the fall team), champ, Kwik8, and Mikestormbowler91 are my teammates for the winter virtual league. The team has no name as of yet.

Steve Dale Jr. wins MIST at Strikers East

According to a post in the Maine Invitational Scratch Tournament’s Facebook group, Coke league bowler Steve Dale Jr. won his second MIST title, both this season, by defeating top seed John Bercier 186-171 in today’s event at Strikers East in Raymond, NH, which was the first MIST event held outside of the state of Maine. The 2015 MSBS Anvil pattern was the lane condition for the tournament, which had a MIST record 94 entries.

Update: The final match video is below.

Harry Thibeault posts 290/837 in Patriots league

Harry Thibeault was able to carry his recent hot bowling into the Patriots league this week, as he put up games of 279, 290, and 268 for his second 837 series of the season. WTG! 🙂

Jan. 8 Sunday Niters recap

My Week 16 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

Really was close to my high series ever in the Sunday Niters league (I had a 612 last season), and it did feel good to get back into the 600s tonight. In particular, the six-bagger in the middle of the second game was some of my best bowling all season.

Result: 193-233-184=610
Average (48 games): 179
Average for last 9 games: 165
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 576

Composite average (99 games): 176

Team started the way we did the first half, riding on my back for all eight points.

Inaugural Dan Hamilton Memorial Tournament set for Jan. 21

The family of the late Dan Hamilton is organizing a memorial tournament for him, which will take place at Westgate Lanes on Jan. 21. I have placed the tournament on the calendar, which will have the flyer attached (go to the full calendar, click on the event link, then “more details” for the link to the flyer).

Bill Hill, John Mayo post 299s in Patriots league

In a league that often sees a 300 game and/or 800 series a week for stretches, I had thought the Patriots league was quiet last week, and saw only tonight that Bill Hill and John Mayo each had 299 games that week. Good work! 🙂

Link to Bowling Illustrated Radio added

IBMA member Craig Elliot has launched a podcast, TVS Bowling Illustrated Radio, on spreaker.com, and I have added a link in the “Bowling Streaming/Videos” sidebar category. There may be enough podcast content linked to give podcasts their own category, but I’ll make that determination this summer.

Link to 3G Bowling Shoes added to sidebar

My readers seeking an alternative bowling shoe source are in luck, as Facebook has brought 3G Bowling Shoes to my attention. I think you’ll be able to order direct from the company, and their link is in the sidebar in the “Other Equipment/Apparel” category.

Jan. 4 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 18 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

Two decent games tonight, anyway, and if I had finished the second game better, it might have been three. Most of the spares I missed were ones I really should never have left, and my only single pin miss was a 7 (I made every 10).

Result: 185-155-188=528
Average (51 games): 174
Average for last 9 games: 167
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 551

Composite average (96 games): 175

Barry was over 500, as well, but the opposing team’s woman and anchor both had good nights, with my team salvaging the third game thanks to my late string of strikes.

Harry Thibeault bowls 299/814 in Westgate Mixed

I told him he could have told me earlier, but Harry Thibeault last week had games of 279, 236, and 299 for an 814 series in the Westgate Mixed league, his second 800 series in that league in as many weeks. WTG! 🙂

2016-17 Week 17 league standings update

Updating just one league, but reminding everyone about my team’s opposition for Sunday night with that league returning from the holiday break:

  • Brunswick Mixed: After winning four points from the dummy, Lane Ducks are in 8th place and will bowl against Has Beens tomorrow night in the position round ending the first half of the league. Sweet Rolls have already clinched the first half, being currently 6.5 points ahead of Creeden’s Mustangs with only four points available to the teams each week.
  • Sunday Niters: As I’ve posted previously, The 3 Stooges start the second half of the season Sunday night vs. Ten Is Enough.
  • Virtual league: I already know my team’s composition for the winter virtual league, which begins next week, but I will wait for next week’s update to formally post it.

Kevin Thibeault wins AXS title in doubles marathon

The Amateur Experience Series reported in a Facebook post that Scott Bourget & Billy Tessier (right two in linked photo) won their New Year’s Day Doubles Marathon at Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket, RI. That wasn’t all, however, as AXS titles could also be earned by winning one of the day’s two singles sweepers, and Westgate Lanes’ Kevin Thibeault (left in linked photo) won the afternoon sweeper for his first AXS title, and believed to be the first AXS title for a Westgate bowler (Billy Tessier won the morning sweeper).

Good job, Kevin! 🙂

2016-17 mid-season round-up

As usual on New Year’s Eve, I devote a post to the high scores (average, series, and game) for the men and women in Westgate’s leagues up to this point. I note again that high average is based on a minimum of 36 games in the league, and that youth bowlers are included with their gender, where applicable.

Men

Average: 242.6, Tom Hedding (Thursday Night Patriots, 45 games)
Series: 837, Harry Thibeault (Westgate Mixed)
Game: 300, Stan Gibbs (His & Hers), Ed Godino III (Brunswick Mixed), Sean Richard (Westgate Mixed), Dan Robinson, Tom Hedding, Brian Egan, Steve Travers, Rob Young, Jim Ferguson, Tim Woodley, Sean Richard, Chuck Paige, Carl Hanson, Danny Khuu (Thursday Night Patriots), Mike Henrikson (TNBA), Stephen Major, Kyle Egan, Aaron Major (Saturday Seniors), Paris Cook (Boston Rhythm & Bowling), Mike Carter, Hakim Emmanuel (Coke Classic)

Women

Average: 193.0, Debbie Butler (Thursday Handicap Doubles, 45 games)
Series: 682, Laura Beaudet (Brunswick Mixed)
Game: 269, Sheila Barrows-Gibbs (His & Hers), Hollis Solorzano (Brunswick Mixed)

Note: Some of the men bowled 300 games twice in the same league, particularly in the Patriots league.

Those who are interested in a particular league may look for individual standing sheets on Bowler Express and LeagueSecretary.com, which are both linked in the “Local/New England” sidebar list.

Dec. 28 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 17 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

I seem to be stuck in a rut right now with my bowling. You can definitely blame the first game on bad spare shooting, and I had a double in the other two games (lucking into the one in the third game), but splits and washouts to go along with those.

Result: 141-151-178=470
Average (48 games): 174
Average for last 9 games: 166
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 554

Composite average (93 games): 175

The third game was really the only one I “pulled my weight” for against the vacant, but Barry and Jeff had good nights to compensate, and the team won all four.

Sweet Rolls needed just two points tonight to be sure of clinching the first half, and one of their members said they won their first two games as I was headed out, so they’ve indeed won the half.

2016-17 Week 16 league standings update

Only one league to update, with the others on hiatus for the holidays:

In the Brunswick Mixed league, after failing to win points from Sweet Rolls, Lane Ducks are in 9th place, 15 points behind Sweet Rolls, who are seven points ahead of Spear the 10 Pin, 7.5 points ahead of Creeden’s Mustangs, and 8.5 points ahead of Eileen On Me. My team bowls the vacant tomorrow night, with Sweet Rolls vs. Team 12, Spear the 10 Pin vs. Spare Us, Creeden’s Mustangs vs. 5 Spares, and Eileen On Me vs. Has Beens.

Jim Ferguson bowls 300/811, Tom Hedding 805, Carl Hanson 300 in Patriots league

There was no lack of pinfall again in the Patriots league tonight, with the biggest chunk being put up by Brockton Bowling Association Hall of Famer Jim Ferguson, who had 224-287-300 for an 811, with the best part, he said, being having his brother, Steve, finally witnessing one of his.

It wasn’t all, because “TomTom” Hedding once again posted an 805, with games of 279, 247, and 279. “TomTom” is now the bowler bearing watching, as he now leads the Patriots league with a 242 average.

Finally, Carl Hanson also had a 300 game tonight. Congrats all around! 🙂

Harry Thibeault posts 837 in Westgate Mixed

I’ve mentioned him in connection to his subbing on my Sunday night team recently, but, for scores, Harry Thibeault’s been relatively quiet until tonight, when he put up a consistent 279-278-280 for an 837 in the Westgate Mixed league. WTG buddy! 🙂

Dec. 21 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 16 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

An otherwise mediocre night in my return to this league after being absent last week was salved by three split conversions, including the 4-6-7-9 for the first time (and I probably would have converted the full Greek Church if the 10 was also standing), and better bowling overall in the third game.

Result: 147-162-202=511
Average (45 games): 175
Average for last 9 games: 169
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 547

Composite average (90 games): 176

Team lost all four, the third game by approaching 200 pins when the opposing second bowler posted a 198 (averaging 135).