A blog (mostly) about tenpin bowling in the Bay State's "City of Champions"
I started "The Tenth Board" to chronicle my experiences during the road back to league bowling after my heel fractures in 1999 (it took me 7 years before I started thinking seriously about it). I now use the blog as a combination of a personal bowling journal and a news site mostly about Westgate Lanes (Brockton, MA) and its bowlers.
The way the night went, I might as well have titled this “Lost on the left side,” as that was where I left most of my spares and was missing most of them, as well. I was probably proud that I did pick up the one 10 pin I had all night, with the bonus being the washout conversion early in the night.
Result: 136-150-147=433 Average (39 games): 162 Average for last 9 games: 155 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 497
As bad as I was, the bottom of our order, Randi & Kevin (the latter in particular) was as good, relatively, and we did win all four.
Creeden’s Mustangs is 10th, 18.5 points behind Last Empire, who are a point-and-a-half ahead of 10th Frame Magic, 5.5 points ahead of 4 On 9 Man, and 8.5 points ahead of BBOB. Creeden’s Mustang’s are due to bowl against Strike Machine tonight, but the weeks lost to the rollback will not be made up later in the season.
Well, it’s done. In preparation for use in future projects, the website and Facebook page now have an official logo, which was my concept prepared for me by SS & Co. Media, recommended to me by former Pepsi league bowler Jeff Dawson, who uses them for his own business. The company presented four choices to me, of which I liked two of them (and actually the final one strongly), presenting them to a panel of three of the younger Westgate bowlers for their opinions.
Along with the new logo, I made a new website header and Facebook cover, and also changed the website theme again (to Independent Publisher 2). If you want insight into my thought behind the logo design, you can try my LinkedIn.
Per the post above, Jon Hester and Kevin Kelliher, both members of Westgate’s Patriots league, along with Nikki Fletcher, won last Sunday’s Reloaded event at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden, defeating a team that included Westgate bowlers Jim Ferguson and Stephen Major, in the final match (no score was given). Additionally, it was noted that Westgate’s Aaron Major threw a 300 game in qualifying, and the aforementioned Stephen Major had a 299 in the match play portion of the tournament.
This one is a couple of weeks old, but, since Westgate is out of action for the time being, I thought I’d save this for a “Christmas gift”: Peter Cappola had a 278 in the Brunswick Mixed league in our last night before the rollback, noted in the week’s high scores. Nice bowling Peter! 🎳👍
It almost escaped me when I was wrapping up posting, but I remembered seeing that Joe Bourhill of the Patriots league threw a 300 game Sunday at Town Line in the first round of the elimination finals of the NAT Year-End Doubles. I’m not certain who recorded the video that’s above, but it was on Joe’s timeline. WTG man! 🎳💯
Per the post above, Westgate Lanes, due to the reopening rollback issued by executive order of Brockton mayor Robert Sullivan, will be closed for three weeks from this past Wednesday (Dec. 16) for bowling, arcade, and billiards. They will, however, be allowed to remain open for dining, but with no bar seating. Please, if you can, stop in once in a while and enjoy dinner, and even do take-out dining, if you’re able to (I think Yogi & Tim will let you do that.).
In a separate post by the Brockton Strike F/X that I shared on the Facebook page, they have reported that Westgate has allowed them to remain open while Westgate is closed for bowling, and I have pinned the share of that post to the top of my page as a reminder to do your holiday shopping for the bowlers there if you can. Happy Holidays! 🎳🎄🎅
I’m not sure what pattern(s) the BBIS league has been on recently, but Hall of Famer Ed Roberts has had a good recent stretch where he went 279 and 270 on consecutive weeks (the week’s high score listings are linked to the scores). Nice bowling, Ed! 🎳👍
This is the first score of the season in the Pepsi league that has been noteworthy: Keith Seto put up a 260 Monday night, with Middle Road being the current lane condition. Nice bowling, Keith (and please note that he’s also in my Wednesday league). 🎳😁
Delayed with this last batch of scores, but here goes: Starting off with last week in the Patriots league, with Mike Major posting up 276-267-215 for a 758 (see recap, Lane 37) and Mark Zimmerman a 279 game (see week’s high games). Good shooting, guys! 🎳👍
This sort of felt like a missed opportunity, given how well I felt I was throwing the ball in the first game, and some of my second game struggles carried into the third game, as well. However, my late parallel move out gave me a chance to save the night if I could carry in the 10th.
Result: 185-146-167=498 Average (36 games): 164 Average for last 9 games: 155 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 519
We were facing an undermanned team, yet couldn’t win points because the bowler they had did well (Similar to me in the early season, one absent and two vacant, which is legal in this league.).
Creeden’s Mustangs are in 9th place, 16.5 points behind Last Empire, who are leading 10th Frame Magic by 3.5 points, 4 On 9 Man by 5.5 points, and Sweet Rolls by 8.5 points. Move To Strike will be tonight’s opponents.
Kevin had the high scratch & handicap game in his division (men’s “B”) last week (shown in the league’s weekly high divisional scores here).
Ladies first: Taylor Sinkler, last Friday night in the TNBA league, threw 245-203-255 for a 703 set, while Chris Zalewski added a 276 game. Both of these can be shown on the same LeagueSecretary.com recap (Taylor Sinkler on Lane 47, Chris Zalewski on Lane 50). Nice bowling, particularly to Taylor! 🎳👍🔥
Recapping last week in the Patriots league, Aaron Major had a rather consistent 264-246-266 for a 778 set, shown on his recap (Lane 38), while Mike Trent Sr. turned in a 277 game and Tom Roberson a 276, shown in the week’s high scores. Good bowling, guys! 🎳😁
Admittedly, I threw a few bad shots, but carry was a bit brutal tonight as well, the biggest case-in-point being the first game, when I threw two really great shots that left blower 7s, which I compounded the problem by missing. The Marvel Pearl seemed to look better than the Tropical, so I might take the latter ball in to Kevin in the shop when I get a chance.
Result: 148-167-154=469 Average (33 games): 164 Average for last 9 games: 154 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 522
Having Kevin means we’re usually good for a point, but that was all for us tonight against one of the leading teams.
With the Patriots league off for Thanksgiving last week, it was a relatively quiet week for Westgate’s leagues. Friday night in the TNBA league, however, Devon McGregor did check in with a 279 game, per the weekly high scores. Nice bowling! 🎳😁
This should be considered a throwaway night, although my routine spare game kept me somewhat in it for a while, because I was looking forward to something that was supposed to happen after bowling (but didn’t materialize because I got home too late for it). My good early spare game eventually deteriorated because I felt I just ran out of gas and I was just glad to be out of there at the end of the night.
Result: 142-152-135=429 Average (30 games): 164 Average for last 9 games: 160 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 496
I want to say we won the second game, but I’m writing this so late I forgot what the team points were and the results haven’t been uploaded yet.
Creeden’s Mustangs are tied with Never Lucky for 8th place, 10.5 points behind Last Empire, who lead 4 On 9 Man by a half-point, 10th Frame Magic by 2.5 points, and Sweet Rolls (tonight’s opponents) by 3.5 points.
The TNBA league’s notable scores Friday night included Kenny Lei’s 290 game, as well as Devon McGregor, who went 278-247-228 for a 753 set. Both can be viewed on the recap sheet (Kenny Lei on Lane 47, Game 2, Devon McGregor on Lane 51).
I’ll round up the other notable Patriots league scores last week below, but the ones worthy to lead off with are Jon Hester’s 300, which happened in back-to-back weeks for him, and a 298 for James Scales. Here are the rest, starting with the games:
Mike Major 279
Aaron Major 278
Ethan Rosenberg 278
Mike Trent Jr. 270
And the series (recap sheets are linked on the lane numbers):
Per the post on Facebook (must be logged in to view), the Northeast Amateur Tournament reported Westgate bowler Danny Khuu, along with partner David Gordon, as the winners of the Over/Under (45) doubles event last Sunday at Westgate Lanes, taking the final match 450-416 (with handicap) over father & son Jeff & Jim Handy. The NAT reported 41 teams entered the event.
Westgate bowlers were big factors in the inaugural Ocean State Championship Tournament at Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston, RI, which was originally scheduled as a summer event, but was pushed back to the fall due to the COVID pandemic. Jon Hester made the most noise, taking the all-events title as well as doubles with Zach Thompson, while Sean Richard teamed with Bob DiMuccio Sr. & Jr. and Jayme Silva Sr. in capturing the team event. The Facebook album above has photos of all of the winners, with full standings available at TournamentBowl.com.
My stint with my new team couldn’t have started better, as it was a strike as the lead-off bowler, and things were fairly promising after two, but I left more “ugly” leaves in the third game than I have recently, and couldn’t finish my 500. Some of that was also on me, however, as I’d missed a few of the more routine leaves, as well.
Result: 156-196-137=489 Average (27 games): 167 Average for last 9 games: 169 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 520
My individual bowling aside, it’s always a good night when the team wins three of four, and that’s what happened, because Kevin had a good night. The second game could have easily been won, as well.