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! 🙂

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Jon Hester wins scratch title in Ace Mitchell tournament

According to this post in the Facebook event, the team 2 Lefts And A Right, with members Jon Hester, Bill Beck, and Tommy Scherrer, won the scratch title at the Ace Mitchell Team Tournament East yesterday at Hall of Fame Silver Lanes, posting a score of 2,919 for four games. Congrats “Hoss”! 🙂

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! 🙂

Mark Zimmerman shoots 300 in Patriots league

The Patriots league, except for the playoffs, couldn’t end without one more honor score, and it was Mark Zimmerman who provided it, with a 300 game. I got my own video, which is below (my apologies for the quality, or lack thereof):

Nice bowling! 🙂

Shawn Hagan bowls 297/813 in Malden

Shawn Hagan reported on Facebook that, on his position night in the Trios + 1 league at Town Line, he posted 297-289-227 for an 813 set. Great bowling! 🙂

May 9 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 35 bowling, frame-by-frame

After three consecutive open frames in the middle of the first game, I was chasing the score a little bit, but I still had a shot at my +1 if I could go sheet after the strike in the 8th third game, which fizzled by missing a 2 pin and chopping a baby split. My spare game was balanced by making every 10 pin, as well as a couple of tougher splits.

Result: 150-194-204=548
Final average (99 games): 179
Average for last 9 games: 176

Final composite average (183 games): 179

We would have moved ahead of our opponents with a third game win, but my failed baby split conversion cost us, as their anchor went spare-strike to win by one pin.

2017-18 Week 35 league standings update

Just one league to update:

  • Brunswick Mixed: After winning three points from Spare Change, Let’s MixEm Up is in 6th place, seven points behind Creeden’s Mustangs, who are a half-point ahead of Sweet Rolls, a point-and-a-half ahead of Last Empire, and four ahead of Minds In the Gutter. Tonight is a position round, so the team in 5th place is Striking Gentlemen, whom we’re a point behind. Kathy had the high handicap game and series last week in the women’s “C” division.

2018 Brockton city tournament official results

Results of the 2018 city tournament are now official, with the prize lists linked below (PDF format):

Team
Doubles
Singles
Handicap All-Events
Scratch All-Events

The champions are as follows (team champions listed as individuals in parentheses):

Handicap

Team: Late Comers (Hakim Emmanuel, Bob Dimuccio Sr., Paris Cook, Bob Dimuccio Jr.) 3,041
Doubles: Michael Kwan & Phong Tran 1,583
Singles: Pat Carrara 907
All-Events: Alex Major 2,331

Scratch

Team: Kash Krew (Sean Richard, Steve Huntress, Jim Ferguson, Ryan Yelle) 2,794
Doubles: Steve Huntress & Ryan Yelle 1,495
Singles: Jayme Silva 804
All-Events: Stephen Major 2,232

And some notes:

  • “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel is now an association champion, and that could be used to make a Hall of Fame case.
  • Steve Huntress & Ryan Yelle, the only two-time Bowler of the Year champions, got together to win the scratch team and doubles titles.
  • Finally, Stephen Major took the scratch all-events title in his first year as an adult bowler.

The Brockton Bowling Association would like to thank all who participated in the tournament, and congratulate all of the winners.

Jim Ferguson rolls 300 in state tournament in Chicopee

He’s done it enough for me to expect it now: Jim Ferguson had a 300 game in doubles today at the open state tournament at AMF Chicopee Lanes, which makes it his third in that tournament that I can remember. Sean Richard got the video this time:

Nice bowling! 🙂