Sean Richard wins TPS title in first attempt

The Tournament Players Series posted on Facebook that Westgate’s Sean Richard defeated Greg Green, 226-204 (with handicap), to win yesterday’s event at East Providence Lanes for his first TPS title in his first attempt.

WTG Seany! 🙂

UPDATEThe TPS only has a Facebook group, which is now in the “Local/New England” sidebar list.

Advertisements RSS feeds removed

As some of you know, the well-known bowling news site ceases operations after 20 years today, so I’ve had to remove the RSS feeds from the site from the sidebar. It had been a go-to site for international bowling news, and so will be missed, and I wish founder Herb Bickel all the best. The site’s link will be removed shortly.

Link to reinstated

I recently learned that the state association actually retained for use by the association’s youth committee, so I have reinstated the link to that website in the “Local/New England” sidebar list.

Sept. 23 Sunday Niters recap

I think I did mention that I’d be subbing on my Sunday Niters team instead of being a regular bowler, and my first opportunity to sub was last night, for Peter.

Last night’s bowling, frame-by-frame

Back-to-back good nights, but a little more consistent last night. My biggest problem seemed to be chopping the 6-10, but I also only missed one single pin (a 10, but I didn’t leave it often).

Result: 194-161-199=554
Average (3 games): 184
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 556

Composite average (12 games): 169

If our anchor (Eric Healy) got the second hit in the 10th second game, it would have been all eight, but we had to settle for six.

As administrivia, a limited number of Sunday Niters-related links are back in the “Author’s links” list, but standings likely won’t be there.

State association sidebar links updated

The Mass. State USBC Bowling Association has launched a new website, so the “Local/New England” sidebar list has been updated with the link to the new website, removing the others that reflected an unmerged association. The Brockton local association site in the list is still the old one, but we’re working on that, as well.

Xtra Frame sidebar link updated to FloBowling

With the PBA having changed its video streaming from Xtra Frame to FloBowling, the Xtra Frame sidebar link has been updated accordingly. FloBowling has promised additional coverage of PBA regional events, so the new FloBowling should be worth checking out.

Link to Strike 12 Creations added to sidebar

My bowling apparel company list grew by another with the addition of Strike 12 Creations, which, while not New England, is a sponsor of the California state tournament this year. The company was found on Facebook, and their website is now linked in the sidebar.

Links to Mike Shady’s Peak Performance Bowling, The Solid Nine added to sidebar

A couple of links that Jeff Richgels alerted me to are now in the sidebar:

Coach Mike Shady, who has been a recent contributor to The 11th Frame, now has his own site, with a few blog articles currently available focusing on the mental game. This link can be found in the “Coaching/Tips” category.

I’m not sure how new it is, because there have been 55 episodes, but The Solid Nine podcast is now linked in the podcasts category. The latest episode features a wrap-up of the PBA Players Championship, and they also discuss the USBC ball technology study. The link is to SoundCloud, but the podcast is also available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Link to Solstice Sports Gear added to sidebar

At least a couple of bowlers, Danny Khuu and Tim Major, are sporting custom jerseys made by Solstice Sports Gear, whose Facebook page can now be found in the sidebar (under Other equipment/apparel). Danny is on Solstice staff, so he can be contacted if you have ideas for a jersey design.

Link to Tri-State Bowlers added to sidebar

Via the Digital Bowling Society, Justin Sorel’s new Tri-State Bowlers site came to my attention. It appears to be a Timely calendar with bowling events in southern New England, which can be subscribed to (for your own calendars), and events can also be added to it on the site. I gave it a “Local/New England” sidebar link, not being sure if I can merge it with the calendar on this site.

Link to Target Line Bowling added to sidebar

It is a skeleton site right now, but Target Line Bowling, the site of bowling instructors John Wilson and Bill Hall, has come to my attention via the IBMA’s Facebook group, and I’ve added a link (in the Coaching/Tips category) with the promise of more content to come.

Link to Many Styles of Bowling added to sidebar

Recently, I became aware of LaRue “Stylesssss” Marlow’s Many Styles of Bowling apparel site through their sponsorship of NEBA, and the link is now in the sidebar under the “Other Equipment/Apparel” list. If they have a Facebook page, I will also “Like” it as The Tenth Board.

Strike F/X Pro Shops to open at Westgate

I’ve been sitting on other Westgate transition news, but I got the go-ahead to post this: Jon Van Hees has informed me that they hope to have a “soft” opening of a new Strike F/X Pro Shops location here by this weekend, with a grand opening of sorts coming next week. Many of Westgate’s good bowlers have already been using Strike F/X at other locations, so a Westgate location seems natural for them.

Jon and Alex Aguiar will be around at times, but it will mostly be Kevin Thibeault, who had been working at USA Pro Shop for Ray DiSanto, present at the Westgate location. I will certainly miss Ray, but I’m looking forward to the new shop.

Administrivia for the post is the addition of the link to the Strike F/X website to the sidebar, in the “Local/New England” list, but please be aware that each location also has its own Facebook page, and I will “Like” the Brockton page as the blog’s page.

Link to Digital Bowling Society added to sidebar

I just became aware of another organization, named the Digital Bowling Society, which had the season opener of their Digibowl Tournament Series yesterday at Lang’s Bowlarama, the result of which I shared on the Facebook page. They plan on running several events at Lang’s, but, on their Facebook page, I also noticed one tournament planned for Erie, PA, and they also run online leagues and tournaments, which you can find out more about on their website, which is now linked in the sidebar (in the “Local/New England” list).

Link to bowlersKrate added to sidebar

As posted about on The 11th Frame, a new company called bowlersKrate is testing the convenience of ordering bowling accessories (tape, tools, cleaners, towels, shirts, etc.) online by modeling itself after Birchbox (cosmetics) and Threadbeast (clothing) and offering monthly subscriptions, called Krates. Krates geared to the recreational/league and serious bowler are available in 3-month, 6-month, and one-year lengths. The items available to choose will depend on which Krate you’re subscribed to, and are shipped to your door at no additional cost. giftKrates, for the bowler in your life, are also available.

For those interested in this service, there is now a link to bowlersKrate in the sidebar under “Online Pro Shops”, which I thought was the best fit.

Sidebar link for AXS updated

I shared the news story announcing it on the Facebook page, but AXS now has its own domain name, and I have updated their sidebar link to reflect that. Bowlers can register for next weekend’s AXS opener at the new address in the coming week.

Link to the Dutchman tournament added to sidebar

Facebook has done it again, although with something different. I saw NEBA regular Jon Wilbur check in at the Dutchman bowling tournament at Palmyra Bowling in Pennsylvania (outside of Harrisburg), and, after finding the website, the tournament is now linked in the sidebar in the “Tournaments” catch-all list. The tournament runs from March through August, and could be done by New Englanders in an overnight trip.

Link to US High School Bowling Foundation added to sidebar

Facebook has provided me another site link, but it’s something different this time, as the US High School Bowling Foundation puts on the US High School Bowling Championships annually, typically on the last weekend in June. As the site covers more than just the tournament, but also high school bowling news from everywhere, I decided to link the site in the national organization category.

Bowling Podcasts links category added to sidebar

I hinted that I may do it as a “summer project”, and I got to it tonight: I created a new links list category for bowling podcasts and moved the links in “Bowling Streaming/Videos” that seemed to fit the new category there. I hope to be adding other bowling podcasts in the future.

Link to Monster Bowling added to sidebar

The “Ball Sites” sidebar links category is something I try to take pride in, and I made an addition to the list tonight with Monster Bowling, which I found via Facebook. The Loch Ness Monster appears to be their maiden offering, and they’ll apparently have a list of honor scores bowled with their equipment on their website in the future.

Link to Average Joe Reviews added to sidebar

It’s been a while since I added a new YouTube bowling channel to the sidebar, and I came across Average Joe Reviews on Facebook. Most of the current videos in the channel are reviews of recent EBI and Motiv balls, but they’re also venturing into bowling tips, with the first one featuring PWBA Tour player Sandra Gongora on spare shooting. The link is in the “Bowling Streaming/Videos” sidebar category.

Link to SCN Action Bowling added to sidebar

Rolltech has been linked in the sidebar for some time, and they now have a competitor, SCN, that is advertising their online contests this PBA television season. They offer many of the same types of contests, as well as heads-up (you vs. one opponent) and 50/50s (half of the field cashes), and others. SCN is available to bowlers whose leagues are uploaded to, as well as leagues in SCN partner bowling centers. Like Rolltech, the link is in the “Tournaments” sidebar list, with the SCN Action Bowling mobile apps linked on their homepage.

Link to Creating the Difference added to sidebar

I found their website from a “sponsored” post on Facebook, but I actually learned of Creating the Difference from a recuperating Brunswick Mixed bowler, Paul Felci. It is a coaching page for Ron Hickland out of Chicago, but they also sell two types of bowling products, one a cleaner and the other a product that adds length while still being USBC-approved for anytime. I anguished over whether to place the link in the “Coaching/Tips” sidebar list or “Other Equipment/Apparel” (for miscellaneous bowling products), but since you might be able to get Ron Hickland to run a clinic at your center if you can get enough bowlers to sign up, I thought the former being the best fit, especially where coach Ron Clifton also sells his “Magic Carpet” thumb inserts on his coaching site.

Link to SE Mass. Junior Scratch Travel League standings added to sidebar

I’d long suspected they existed online, but didn’t really know where to look until one of the Southeastern Mass. Junior Scratch Travel League’s current bowlers told me their standings were on, but listed as a Wonder Bowl league. Having found them, they’re now linked in the “Local/New England” sidebar list, and I’ll now be able to follow events in the league. Note: Two of Westgate’s teams are currently 1-2 in the standings. 🙂

Link to Bowling Beyond 200 added to sidebar

If you look at Bowling Beyond 200’s URL, it appears to be another blog. In fact, it is actually serving as a landing page for the podcast of that name, and the link has been added to the sidebar in the “Bowling Streaming/Videos” category. To reiterate, however, there may be enough podcast content in the category to move bowling podcasts to their own category, but that decision will be made this summer.

Link to Track My Roll added to sidebar

I’ve come across a promising new bowling mobile app, Track My Roll, on Facebook and have added its web homepage to the sidebar in the “Bowling Software/Apps” category. What this app appears to do is something that used to take a full CATS system to do, track a ball’s path, giving laydown board, breakpoint, ball speed, launch angle, and entry angle, all using the camera in almost every smartphone and tablet. Endorsed by USBC Gold coach Ron Hatfield (whose coaching site I’ve also added, under “Coaching/Tips”), it is currently available for iOS (link to iTunes page on website) and, hopefully, soon for Android.

Link to Bowling Illustrated Radio added

IBMA member Craig Elliot has launched a podcast, TVS Bowling Illustrated Radio, on, and I have added a link in the “Bowling Streaming/Videos” sidebar category. There may be enough podcast content linked to give podcasts their own category, but I’ll make that determination this summer.

Link to 3G Bowling Shoes added to sidebar

My readers seeking an alternative bowling shoe source are in luck, as Facebook has brought 3G Bowling Shoes to my attention. I think you’ll be able to order direct from the company, and their link is in the sidebar in the “Other Equipment/Apparel” category.

Link to added to sidebar

Facebook has once again yielded an online pro shop link. This one,, appears to specialize in closeout merchandise, so this would be one site to check out for anyone bowling on a budget and looking for deals. Of course, the link is in the “Online Pro Shops” list.

Links to MIST, added to sidebar

In the process of following the Maine Invitational Scratch Tournament (MIST), their tournament director, James Goulding, has informed me about their homepage, which has been added to the “Local/New England” sidebar list.

The MIST site is hosted by, which I’ve known about as an alternative bowling forum site, but the webmaster of my favorite site told me years ago about spamming problems on his site, and the reason why is a filtered URL on that site. I’d be willing to reason, however, that the spamming was coming from troublemakers and not the more responsible members of Keeping that in mind, as well as the fact that there are some great articles there, including Mo Pinel’s oft referred to article on dual-angle layout, I gave it a link in the “Bowling Sites” catch-all list.