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.
I got hit by the “Curse of the Vacant,” as I was feeling off-kilter at the start and never really got untracked all night, with no competition to motivate me. Of the six strikes I threw, only two of those were together, and I missed more spares than I made. The humor I saw in the night is that I hit a “slot machine” score with the fours.
Result: 160-137-147=444 Average (72 games): 168 Average for last 9 games: 171 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 572
Again, I was bowling with just Randi, but we did just well enough to win three points; yes, I cost us the second game. 😢
Creeden’s Mustangs are now 17 points behind the leading Never Lucky, who lead Last Empire by a point, BBOB by a point and a half, and 4 On 9 Man and 10th Frame Magic by 3.5 points. Strike Machine will be the opponents tonight.
Creeden’s Mustangs are in 11th, 18 points behind a tie for first between Last Empire and Never Lucky, with BBOB 2.5 points behind the tie in 3rd and 10th Frame Magic 3.5 points behind the lead in 4th. We will be bowling for our points against the vacant tonight.
With my handicap added, my 256 last week was the high game in the league’s men’s “D” division last week.
And a score worth noting because of the lane condiition: Ed Roberts had 238-228-234 Monday night in the Pepsi league for 700 on the button (recap, Lane 54; Note: This was actually bowled on 59-60 per the league’s social distancing rules). Nice bowling! 🎳🔥
The TNBA league last Friday night saw two big nights, with Chris Zalewski getting the front 22, finishing 300-287-190 for a 777 (recap, Lane 54), and Devon McGregor going 225-298-247 for a 770 (Lane 48 on linked recap). For the women, Jessica Lowe also had a 258 game (see high scores).
There was plenty to go with last week in the Patriots league, starting with “Ka$h” posting 278-245-268 for a 791 (see recap, Lane 45) and Jon Hester bowling 279-257-217 for a 753 (same recap, Lane 46; Note: Match actually took place on 53-54 due to breakdown). Keith Kaestner provided the other big highlight of the league’s week, with a 289 game (see high scores), with Mike Major and Stan Lewis also having 279 games, and Mike Trent Jr. a 276.
Sometimes, a good night in one league sets you up for a big night in another, and that may have been the case for Ray Fischer last week, as, prior to his 300 game in the Pepsi league, he put up 225-266-213 for a 704 set (see recap, Lane 54on the Broadway pattern, which is lane condition for the last quarter of that league’s season. Great night, Ray! 🎳😎
To my credit, I had my best game of the season (the second game) after a nearly two week layoff due to my feared (but unfounded) COVID exposure. However, with the single-pin spare misses, it was also a missed opportunity, as the fill from making all of my single pins would have given me a 600 series. The detox and polish of the Tropical is still proving to be a good call, however, as it’s giving me my best look, by far.
Result: 181-226-147=554 Average (69 games): 168 Average for last 9 games: 176 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 509
Team had two members absent, but still won the second game against the second half leaders.
As many of you have noticed, I’ve been away from Westgate for most of the last couple of weeks. This has been due to my possible COVID exposure two weeks ago, which was with a bowling contact. I was fully vaccinated at the time, but felt it my responsibility to stay away once I found out about the positive test in order to avoid possibly exposing anyone further, and that was just lengthened due to delays in my own testing.
The good news I have today is that I have tested negative, which means I can return today, which would have been two weeks out from the exposure. My bowling life was impacted, as I missed not only one Brunswick Mixed league session, but also one night of Patriots league brackets and two nights covering the Pepsi league as secretary, as well as the Northeast Amateur Tournament event here on Sunday. But I am looking forward to getting back to my bowling family.
Ray Fischer has been a great competitor at Westgate for many years, and continues to be one even today, proving it last Thursday night in the Patriots league, capping off a night in which he started 215-246 with a 300 for a 761 set (see recap, Lane 49). Brian Egan also had a 289 game that night, and Jon Hester a 279 (see high scores).
Stephen Major, Ray’s grandson, recorded and sent me the video shown below:
The Ripping the Rack Bowling Tour reported in their Facebook group (public post) that Sean Richard was the winner of their Mayhem Match Play Championship event Saturday at Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston, RI after defeating Justin Burrows, 212-188 (with handicap; match play brackets can be viewed on TournamentBowl.com). Congrats Ka$h! 🎳🏆👏
Time to give a nod to a Westgate bowler who brought an accomplishment away from Westgate to my attention: Stephen Major shot a 300 game in the Tuesday Trios league at East Providence Lanes (see league’s high scores for week). Nice bowling, Stephen! 🎳😎
Ed Grossett is probably the best back-up bowler (back-up = right-handed, but ball moves left-to-right) in Massachusetts, and maybe in New England. This will be my first mention of him here (at least for a score) since his first 300 game, which came here at Westgate six years ago at the state tournament, as he turned in a fine 255-253-255 for a 763 set Thursday night in the Patriots league (see recap, Lane 41). Also, Ethan Reyes posted a 279 game last week (see high scores).
My bowling was markedly better last Wednesday, particularly the first game, which was my best in quite a while, as it was clean (and you know how I treasure my clean games)! Some of the difference last Wednesday was biting the bullet and getting the Tropical Breeze detoxed and polished, but my spare game was also a bit better than the previous week, particularly where I didn’t miss any single-pin spares. A reset of my averages (overall and moving) and tomorrow night’s +1 score target follow:
Average (66 games): 168 Average for last 9 games: 170 Tomorrow night’s AVG+1 score: 556
The team only won one point in the last two weeks, the first game last week, so we remain in 11th (virtual last place). As tomorrow night is a position night, we’ll be bowling the vacant. BBOB have assumed the league lead by a half-point over Last Empire and Never Lucky, with 4 On 9 Man a point behind in 4th place.
I’m only noting this score now because this league’s standings sheets lag the others in posting: Chris Zalewski started the month of March in the Rhythm & Bowling league with a 275 game (see high scores). WTG! 😎🎳
If you thought Chris Zalewski’s 809 series last Wednesday night was something, the Patriots league wasn’t going to be outdone, as Aaron Major had 300-268-239 for an 807 of his own (Lane 47). While this wasn’t a bigger set than Zalewski’s, it was the scoring by the other bowlers that was the outdoing, as Brian Egan and Jon Hester both threw 300 games in the first game as teammates (see recap on Lane 50), with only Mark Zimmerman’s 224 preventing it from being a team award game (by a pin). All of this made Jim Ferguson’s 278/762 night look paltry by comparison (recap linked on Lane 47 above; see Lane 40).
800 series have historically (at least in my time in the league) been elusive. The other night, however, Chris Zalewski, the gentleman in the photo above, posted 256-278-275 for an 809 set, the recap at the end of the night which is shown below (indirect thanks to Chris’ mother, Tina):
I wanted to call attention to the above recap because another notable Patriots league bowler, joining the league for the first time this season, now has a higher series than me. While not notable as a bowler, this bowler is Peter Colombo (on Lane 37), the head football coach at Brockton High School, who, last week, bowled his first 700 series with a 710, beating my high series ever by three sticks. Peter used to only be able to bowl in the summer because of his fall football commitment. With the football season in some doubt this year due to the COVID pandemic, however, he could join a fall league, and chose the Patriots league because he’d bowled the Monday doubles league and many of the Monday doubles league bowlers were Patriots league bowlers.
As it turned out, Brockton High School will start a football season Saturday with a trip to Durfee in Fall River, and I want to wish Peter and his Boxers the best this season. 🎳🏈❤🖤
Creeden’s Mustangs is in 11th, 11.5 points behind 4 On 9 Man, who are a point ahead of BBOB, 2.5 points ahead of Spare Us, and 5.5 points ahead of Last Empire and Never Lucky. 10th Frame Magic will be the opponents tonight.
Taylor Sinkler has easily been the best woman at Westgate this year, and showed why again last Friday night in the TNBA league, going 202-199-265 for a 666 set (see recap, Lane 58). For the men, Paris Cook wasn’t about to be outdone, chipping in a 279 game himself (see high scores). Good bowling! 🎳👏
Recapping a big Patriots league night last week, Keith Kaestner had the biggest game of all, with a 299 (see high scores, but Joe Bourhill the biggest night, going 257-237-287 for a 781 (see recap, Lane 33). Wrapping it up, Hall of Famers Sean Richard and Jim Ferguson also had a 279 each as teammates in the first game (see recap, Lane 47). Nice bowling guys! 🎳👏
The splits were the story of the night, particularly the 4-5-7, which I couldn’t seem to get away from. If those balls finish like they’re supposed to, I definitely save the 500, and maybe have a chance to improve my average again.
Result: 159-185-152=496 Average (60 games): 167 Average for last 9 games: 174 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 514
Because this post was delayed, my recollection of my team’s night is a bit sketchy, but I think my team won the first game. That was it however. This may be edited.