I seem to be having a problem with a feature in the new editor on the blog’s host (actually with something that’s worked before), so I’m writing this demonstration post for them. This post will be deleted once the issue has been resolved.
I would have gone on Facebook Live today if Westgate Lanes changed drastically for the pandemic’s aftermath, but they didn’t install anything special, so I decided just to write a normal post. I was briefed by Yogi Patel and Tim Major, however, and they were able to report that the roof and air conditioning were repaired during the shutdown (likely during Phase 1 of the reopening in Massachusetts), and the facility has been given a thorough cleaning.
Westgate’s capacity for bowling will be 300, and masks will be required as you enter the facility, and you don’t have to wear them while you are bowling (in the settee area), but you must when you are going through the building. For the bowlers using house balls, those will be disinfected and wrapped in plastic as they are returned. Westgate is also encouraging social distancing where they can, with markers on the floor at various places in the establishment:
Kevin Thibeault has also informed me that only two people other than staff (mostly he & Alex Aguiar) will be allowed in the pro shop at a time.
Welcome back, folks! 🎳🎉💖
Per the Facebook post above, Westgate Lanes announced that they will resume operations following the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, July 13, with hours from 12-9 PM. The center will follow all regulations and guidelines posted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for indoor recreation.
Looking forward to returning to bowling, finally! 😀
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Congratulations to Bill Briggs (left), the first member of the Bristol-Plymouth USBC Hall of Fame elected by the merged association. Bill won the Brockton USBC association doubles (with #BPUSBC Hall of Famer Tina Gannon) and all-events titles in 2016, is a NEBA champion (won in 2001 at Milford Lanes in a doubles event with Jon Norton), a two-time Enterprise Tournament and New Jersey Grandmasters champion, and has also won titles in the RI Open, Northeast Amateur Tournament, and Bay State Open. Finally, he won a scratch team title this year in the shortened Southeastern Mass. USBC association tournament. Details on Bill's induction will be announced at a later date.
As announced on Facebook and Instagram (the Instagram post was chosen here), the Bristol-Plymouth USBC has elected Bill Briggs to its Hall of Fame as the first elected by the merged association. Details on the induction will be announced at a later date, but much will depend, of course, on the public health situation.
Congratulations Bill! 🙂
Per the posted final prize list, Westgate bowler Kevin Thibeault has won the scratch doubles title at the 2020 Northeastern Open Championships at Yankee Lanes in Keene, NH with Chris Viale, and Patriots league sub Jon Hester won handicap doubles with Shawn Hagan. I was also told Hester additionally was a member of the winning scratch team, Massholes, as was were Hagan and Brian Egan, along with Bill Beck and Dave Chalifoux.
Congrats to everyone! 🙂
Per the post in their Facebook group, Westgate bowlers Sean Richard, Bill Briggs, and Danny Khuu won titles in a shortened Southeastern Mass. association tournament, which took place last month at Holiday Lanes in Westport. Richard and Briggs were on the winning scratch team with Ralph Dahlgren, John Camara, and Tiler Levesque, with Richard additionally winning handicap all-events and Khuu taking down the scratch singles title.
Congrats everyone! 🙂
Per the Facebook post above, Westgate league bowler Ed Grossett, along with partner Derek DuBois, won the Bay State Open’s Over/Under (age 45) doubles event last Saturday at Bowlero Lowell with a 498-470 (with handicap) final match victory over Chuck Malatesta and Joe Bouchard. I did not share the live stream due technical problems, but the match was also recorded and uploaded, which is shared here:
Congrats Ed! 🙂
Mostly happy with my spare game last night, particularly with my 10, where I missed only one. However, I’m not going to get much further if I don’t get my third game, in which I’m averaging eight pins under my full average, figured out.
Average (24 games): 164
9-game moving average: 174
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 501
Team won second game and was leading total after it, but we couldn’t put a good third game together, so that was the only point we won.
Team 6 is in 12th place, 10 points behind Sweet Rolls. The leaders are a point ahead of Party of Six and three ahead of a tie for 3rd between Still Stacked and Last Empire. Tuckin’ Fenpin are tonight’s opponents.
Dana Gomes was high scratch and handicap series in his division last week.
There was finally a 300 game in this season’s Pepsi league last night, thrown by Eklund Electric’s Tim Riordan. I wasn’t there due to a meeting about another service project, but Mike Dobrowolski sent along this video:
Great bowling! 🙂
“Ka$h” spent the day bowling association tournament Sunday, then returned to Westgate in the evening and put up a 278 game, evidenced in the high scores. Nice going! 🙂
I don’t mention John Hayes’ BBIS league much, but there was one notable game in it Friday night, that being Adam Johndrow’s 267 (with the threshold being lower due to the more challenging lane conditions). Great bowling!
Thursday night in the Patriots league saw “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel post a 278 game and Hal Brown a 270 game, per the weekly league high scores. WTG! 🙂
Per the league’s weekly high scores, “Ka$h” had a 279 last Wednesday night in the Westgate Mixed league. Good bowling! 🙂
It took until the very last squad of the tournament, but there was one 300 in this year’s Bristol-Plymouth USBC association tournament, and it was by Kevin Thibeault in the singles event yesterday at Kingston Ten Pin. The video I got below was the first one posted here that I got on my current cellphone and not on my “good” camera.
Congrats Kevin! 🙂
Some notable youth league scores from Feb. 22:
- Dylan Major, with a 279 game (207 avg.) in the Seniors league
- Aiden Delehoy, with a 246 game and 711 series (176 avg.), also in the Seniors league
- Ian Zalewski, with a 204 game (130 avg.) in the Juniors league
- Phillip Noonan, with a 164 game (99 avg.), also in the Juniors league
Nice bowling everyone! 🙂
Note: Aiden Delehoy is a younger bowler, but is allowed to bowl with the senior kids because he carries such a high average for his age.
This should have been a lot better, but I didn’t figure out the third game until it was too late. I also struggled with my 10 early, but, unlike a lot of times, I made the adjustment, and only missed one of the last six the rest of the night.
Average (21 games): 164
9-game moving average: 167
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 513
Team, with our anchor absent, only won the second game.
The Northeast Amateur Tournament reported on Facebook (must be logged in) that Joe Logel won the singles event at Westgate Lanes yesterday over Jon Sample, 228-218 (with handicap) for his first title.
Congrats Joe! 🙂
These two bowlers only bowl in the challenge leagues at Westgate, but shot scores last week in the Pepsi league worth mentioning: Dennis Johnson and Al Donato each had a 278 game. WTG! 🙂
Some good scores to report out of the TNBA league:
- Kris Higgins, with a 276 game in a 778 series
- Sandi Litchfield, who shot “the number” (666 series)
- Jessica Lowe, with a 254 game
Nice bowling everyone! 🙂
Team 6 is tied for 11th with We Don’t Give A Split, eight points behind the leaders, Sweet Rolls. Last Empire is a point behind the lead, Party Of Six and Creedens Mustangs are tied for 3rd, two points back, and Still Stacked and 10th Frame Magic are tied for 5th, four points back. Tomorrow night is a position round, so we get We Don’t Give A Split.
I had the high handicap game & series in men’s “C”, Ed Godino III the high scratch game & series in his division.
“Ka$h” was at it again Sunday night, with a perfecto in the Rhythm & Bowling league (see the weekly high scores), but he was joined by a new name to this website, Tony Sanderson, who had a 298 game himself. Good bowling! 🙂
Before I recap my bowling last night, I thought I’d put it on the record here, finally, that I won a ball, the Radical Conspiracy, from NEBA last year as a prize for sharing their live stream on Facebook. I’d already had the Alpha Crux at that performance point, so I was anguishing over what to do with the ball.
Hearing that NEBA was giving away a pair of 3G Sport Ultra shoes this year as the live-stream prize, I consulted with Kevin in the pro shop about a possible trade of the ball for the shoes, which he agreed to. The shoes have interchangeable heels and slide soles on the left (slide) foot, which might be overkill for me bowling just at Westgate, but I’m hoping these are also well-made and last me a long time. The trade was well-timed, as the sole was coming off of the upper on the right (trail) shoe of the pair of Etonics I bought from Ray DiSanto many years ago.
My team also made a lineup change, putting me in the leadoff spot. My reaction to it was that I’d like it, and remembered later that I was leading off when Brian Barksdale was on my team Wednesday night, and Eric Healy later that season. That had been my best season in a while in that league, so I was looking forward to the change.
All of the changes seemed to have paid instant dividends, as I had my best night of my short season so far. I finally put some strikes together, particularly in the first game, and, while I missed a 10 pin during the night, I made one later in a situation that might have ended up being important. The couple of bad shots at the end (including a missed spare) were me sticking at the line, but I felt my footwork was better overall with the new shoes.
Average (18 games): 163
9-game moving average: 164
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 506
Team won first two and total, with the elder Ed Godino shooting in the 190s in the 2nd game to help us get that point. Only two bowlers on the pair had a higher scratch series than me, the younger Ed Godino and one of the opponents, Ricky Chan.
Per the final standings, the Westgate 1 team of Corey Major, Chris Zalewski, Ethan Reyes, and Dylan Major, coached by Dan Esdale, won the 2019-20 Southeastern Mass. Junior Scratch Travel League title Sunday in the position round at AMF Somerset Lanes. In the final session,
Zalewski led the way with a 720 series, while Dylan Major also posted a 256 game.
Congrats guys! 🙂
Big scores are becoming commonplace on Tuesday night at Westgate for Aaron Major, as he had another 300 inside a 792 last night, per the week’s high scores. For those tracking average at home, it’s now 251.09.
Nice bowling also to Manny Silva, with a 278 game last night.
I’d never seen him throw a 300, and he came close last Thursday night in the Patriots league, but congrats to Rob Young, with a 299 game in the middle of a 773 set, referenced in the weekly high scores.
Nice bowling also to Jayme Silva Jr., with a 279 game.
Team 6 is in a tie for 11th with Great Ball of Fire, seven points behind the lead, which is shared by Sweet Rolls, Party of Six, and Last Empire. Four teams, Still Stacked, Creedens Mustangs, 4 Spares, and Move To Strike, are only a point behind the leaders. Team 6 is opposed by Team 14 tonight, with a position round looming next week.
Friday night in the TNBA league produced a notable woman’s score: Sandi Litchfield’s 674 set, per the league’s weekly highs. Great bowling! 🙂
I didn’t see these until today: Nice bowling to Alex Major and Kevin Thibeault, with a 289 game and a 279 game, respectively, as noted in last week’s high scores.
As “Mr. 900’s” anniversary was approaching, he threatened another 300 game last Friday night in the TNBA league, evidenced in the weekly highs. However, Kris Higgins had a great night, with a 279 game in a 778 series, and Devon McGregor also checked in with a 275 game.
Nice bowling everyone! 🙂