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.
Congratulations to Aaron Major, who, as reported by the PBA, won the East Region Colony Park Lanes Challenge, an event for non-champions, Saturday in York, PA after defeating Michael Martell of Brooklyn, NY, 247-172, in the position round match of the round-robin match play finals. Aaron qualified 13th, but went on an incredible run in match play, winning all eight of his matches with only one game under 200 on a tough Viper lane condition.
Aaron had great company at this event, as his cousin, Stephen, finished 4th, and another Westgate bowler, Kevin Thibeault, grabbed the last cash spot (28th). Great bowling, everyone! 🎳🎉🥳🔥
Although there were no big series on the Patriots league’s last position night of the season, there were four good games, led by a 288 thrown by Roland Sandefur, followed also by Aaron Major (279), Jason Sherwood (277), and Sean Richard (270) (see high scores). Nice bowling, everyone! 🎳🙂
This pandemic season was certainly a strange one for my league, but Sammy Wong (in photo above, courtesy of Strike F/X Pro Shops) made sure it ended up being a special one by throwing his first 300 in the first game of the roll-off to spark his team, Last Empire, to the league championship win. I hope to get the team photo tomorrow when the league pays out for the season. One thing I did get, however, was the video, which I actually went live on the Facebook page with for the first time, which will be below:
I knew I needed a great night to raise my average, but I was only almost exactly that, average. The strikes just weren’t there, with my double near the end being just “too little, too late” for even my team, as that couldn’t save the point, which we needed to even have a chance to move up.
Result: 156-157-190=503 Final average (87 games): 168 Average for last 9 games: 167
10th Frame Magic ended up being the team that moved into the roll-off with Last Empire, and that will be tonight.
With the Patriots league season winding down, Aaron Major and Keith Kaestner had consistently good games last week in the Patriots league, with the former going 269-245-245 for a 759 (recap, Lane 51), and Kaestner bowling 264-236-257 for a 757 (recap, Lane 33). In addition, fine games were turned in by Shane Litchfield (279), Mike Trent Jr. (279), and Stan Lewis (278) last week (see high scores).
I relax the standards for the Pepsi league a little because of the lane conditions, of course, which allows me to write up this game from this other night, Dennis Johnson’s 266 (see high scores). WTG Dennis! 🎳👍
After having a “house of cards” come crashing down the previous week, I had three more nearly “normal” games last week and did manage to recover the pin in average that I lost the previous week. It was also mostly ground out, as I only doubled twice, both in the second game.
Result: 177-191-161=529 Average (84 games): 168 Average for last 9 games: 168 Tonight’s AVG+1 score: 571
We didn’t have Randi, but Kevin had a good enough third game to win that point. One more week left.
My team (Creeden’s Mustangs) needs to win all of our points against the vacant tonight and Maggie’s Warriors cannot win more than one point if we want to climb out of the 2nd half cellar alone. At the top, Last Empire can force a one-game roll-off for the 2nd half by sweeping BBOB and the first place match splits 2-2, and Last Empire would then have to win that roll-off to avoid a roll-off next week for the championship. Any other scenario at the top would mean a roll-off for the championship next week.
Did I mention Ethan Rosenberg wasn’t done after his first 800 set on Thursday night? All he did last weekend after that was go to Auburn for state tournament and put up his first 300 game in the doubles event there. Many thanks to Stephen Major for getting the video above to me, which first appeared on the Strike F/X Pro Shops Brockton Facebook page. Congrats again, Ethan! 🎳🔥
It’s been a matter of public record that Hakim Emmanuel had at least three 300 games (all in the same series, of course) before shooting his first 299, but he picked one of the latter up last week in the His & Hers league. Good bowling, sir! 🎳👍
As noted by the guys at Strike F/X Pro Shop, Ethan Rosenberg put together games of 289, 279, and 233 for an 801 series last Thursday night in the Patriots league (see recap, Lane 49), his first 800 series. Congrats Ethan! 🎳🔥
Also notable that night were Joe Bourhill’s 278-253-257 for a 788 set (recap linked above, Lane 52) and Jim Ferguson’s 288-247-220 for a 755 (also on recap, Lane 50). Nice bowling! 🎳👍
Last week’s Patriots league scores were headlined by a 290-226-269 effort by Jon “Hoss” Hester (see recap, Lane 38), and also featured a 279 game from Ray Fischer and a 270 from Cam Kaestner (see high scores). Great bowling! 🎳😊
I seemed to be at least decent through two games, except that I couldn’t make a 10 pin to close it out, and I hit the skids in the third game, to the point where I thought I needed a ball change. Whatever it was, I was definitely fishing for the pocket, and it hurt us.
Result: 186-177-114=477 Average (81 games): 167 Average for last 9 games: 166 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 509
It turned out my team got the worst of bad lanes, but we managed to win the second game.
Creeden’s Mustangs are in 11th, 18 points behind the leaders, Last Empire, who lead Never Lucky by a point, 10th Frame Magic by a point-and-a-half, and BBOB, our opponents tomorrow night by 5.5 points. As this is the penultimate week of the 2nd half, here are the other matchups: Last Empire vs. 10th Frame Magic, and Never Lucky vs. Maggie’s Warriors.
Kevin did manage to sweep the board in the men’s “B” division last week (see standing sheet page).
Going the opposite of the usual and recognizing my league secretary first, with the trey last week, which his wife captured not just the last strike, but the three strikes in the 10th, on video and sent my way. As the only thing he wasn’t on yet was Instagram, I decided to put him there first:
Creeden’s Mustangs are in 11th place, 17 points behind the leaders, Never Lucky, who lead Last Empire by a point and 10th Frame Magic and BBOB by 3.5 points. Maggie’s Warriors are the opponents tonight.
Note: If Last Empire wins the second half, there would be no roll-off, as they won the first half.
Happily for me, my 218 was good for the high scratch and handicap (246) game of the week in the men’s “D” division last week (see standing sheet page).
Nobody had a good set a week ago in the Rhythm & Bowling league, however, for four of their games, they did their best Patriots league impression: Chris Zalewski led the charge with a 288, John O’Donnell posted a 280, Mo Wideman a 277, and Kris Higgins, not least, a 276 (see high scores). Good job guys! 🎳😎
Mike Trent Jr. had the biggest night of last week in the Patriots league, going 256-228-278 for 762 (see recap, Lane 38), and Jim Ferguson (as usual), also checked in with a 279 game (see high scores). Nice bowling! 🎳🙂
This was one of those cases when all of my score was in one game, because I either couldn’t make shots or lost carry after the first game. The unkindest cut was at the end, with three open frames (the last two splits) when I still could have saved something out of it.
Result: 218-147-144=509 Average (78 games): 168 Average for last 9 games: 163 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 563
Kevin did return last week, which was why my spirits were immediately better. The team did manage to take first and third games and total.
Creeden’s Mustangs are in 11th, 17 points behind the leaders, Never Lucky, who lead Last Empire by a point, BBOB by 2.5 points, and 4 On 9 Man and 10th Frame Magic by 3.5 points. Motley Crew will provide our opposition tonight. Note: There are four weeks remaining in the second half, as we count our roll-off as our 32nd week.
Recapping last week in the Patriots league, Jim Ferguson had the biggest night, going 225-279-247 for a 751 (recap, Lane 47), with Stan Lewis also checking in with a 279 and Shane Litchfield a 278 (per the high scores). Good bowling, guys! 🎳😁
I might have had a little bit of a “hangover” effect from last week in the first game, but I cleaned up the single-pin mistakes the rest of the night and had better games the rest of the night from there. The second game was about as hard as I can ever remember working for a clean game, except for maybe one (I don’t remember exactly when) in which I had to convert a couple of splits to stay clean.
Result: 148-195-171=514 Average (75 games): 168 Average for last 9 games: 168 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 565
Lisa was officially removed from the team (😢), and we were again without Kevin. Our fortunes were brighter, however, winning second and third games and total.
He can comment on Facebook about how he got to the score, if he wishes, since it’s an unusual one, but Junji Zhang posted a 274 game the other night in the Pepsi league, which he suggested was also his personal high (see high scores). Good bowling! 🎳🙂
Taylor Sinkler continued to have the best season of the Westgate women last Friday in the TNBA league, posting 213-247-213 for a 673 set (recap, Lane 52; Note: Was bowled on different pair because of league’s social distancing rule). Nice bowling! 🎳🙂
(Editor’s note: I finally did get up to Westgate last Friday night to visit with Taylor.)
There was a relative paucity of scoring in the Patriots league last week, but both Paris Cook and Tom “T-Bone” Roberson flirted with perfect games, both leaving one on the deck with the last shot. Also, Aaron Major had one of his more usual good games with a 279 (see high scores). Good bowling guys! 🎳😎