My COVID absence

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.


Westgate Lanes closed at least three weeks due to Brockton COVID rollback

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! 🎳🎄🎅

Bowling with the Baslers

I’d been looking for a spot to break out of my own bowling hiatus, and some dear friends and supporters who bowl in Kingston, the Baslers, provided the excuse when they told me they were about to move to Florida. A few planned meet-ups got postponed, but we finally did get together today. The Baslers, Larry & Shannon, with their son, Sean, had a little bit of an edge in having bowled since bowling reopened in the region. We worked it so that I would bowl one game as a doubles team with each of them, starting with Sean, then Shannon, and, finally, Larry.

It was clear during the first game that I hadn’t forgotten how to bowl, merely forgotten how to carry all ten pins. I missed a couple of single pins, but I’d be proud to say none of them were the 10, which I was actually leaving more of. The 153 that I ended with was a game I’d take basically going into it cold (we were graciously given the league standard 10 minutes of practice).

The first game was bowled with my Tropical Breeze, but I thought to dig out my Alpha Crux from my locker with the thought that I could carry with that ball, and was rewarded with five in a row starting with the 2nd frame on the way to a 219, which was better than any game that I had in my shortened league season. It still didn’t matter, because Larry also had a good enough game to not make my 10th frame matter.

Larry & I ganged up on Shannon & Sean in the last game, but I did lose the pocket at the end. However, my 165 was still better than my league average, and my 537 series was better than all but one of the eight series I bowled in my league. The adult Baslers, to their credit, bowled well, with Shannon having her only “clunker”, unfortunately, bowling in the second game with me.

It was a fun day, with the four of us posing for the photo below to mark the occasion:

Best wishes in Florida, guys! 🎳😎

Westgate reopening summary

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:

These are in front of the desk.
And these are in the snack bar and pro shop area.

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! 🎳🎉💖

Westgate Lanes to reopen Mon. July 13

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! 😀

Bill Briggs elected to BPUSBC Hall of Fame

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! 🙂

Ed Roberts inducted as first bowler into Brockton Athletic Hall of Fame

Ed Roberts Athletic Hall of Fame
The Tenth Board writer/editor Rich Vogel shown here presenting Ed Roberts with his trophy at his induction into the Brockton Athletic Hall of Fame on Dec. 22, 2019. (Photo courtesy of The Enterprise/Alyssa Stone)

I’ve taken on a few service projects on the side recently, and I’m proud of one of them that has a bowling connection.

I’ve developed an association with Bill “Hogie” Hogan, a Brockton native and resident who’s a big Brockton history buff, particularly in sports. He’s known I’m a bowler, so when his idea to develop a Brockton Athletic Hall of Fame for Brockton sports figures that would include the public high school’s Hall of Fame, but also those who can’t be in the BHS Hall of Fame because they didn’t graduate from BHS or their sport isn’t offered by the high school, came to being, he asked me about who would be worthy bowlers to include. Of course, I agreed to join the committee, but, because I also know a fair amount about other Brockton sports, I slid into a role as his lead researcher.

Our first official inductions started last summer with Mike Gordon, a late Brockton High School star in the 1970s who reached the major leagues in baseball as a catcher for the Chicago Cubs, and the Brockton High School Sports Foundation, AKA Save Our Sports, as an organization, at Campanelli Stadium before a Brockton Rox game. Former world welterweight boxing champion, and a friend of the late Rocky Marciano, Tony DeMarco, was recognized last October at the main Brockton Public Library at his book signing, which was part of the Downtown Fest Brockton event.

It was decided that we would induct our first bowler at last December’s Bristol-Plymouth USBC Holiday Doubles tournament at Westgate Lanes, and, with the cooperation of the center and association, the induction was for New England bowling legend Ed Roberts of Braintree, who has bowled in the Coke/Pepsi league at Westgate since the league’s inception over two decades ago, and, indeed, many of his more notable bowling achievements have come since becoming a Westgate league bowler. There will be more bowling inductions to come, so readers should keep an eye on the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page; we will have at least one to announce in the coming week, in fact. As this post’s “administrivia”, the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page is in the Local/New England sidebar list.

Finally, everyone will note the jersey I’m wearing in the photo, which is another design I wanted to promote the website and Facebook page. Although it’s not quite what I had in mind, everyone still seems to like it. Thanks again to Danny Khuu and Solstice Sports Gear, who helped me with my first custom design, the red & black Brockton Boxer design.

My day at 2020 Special Olympics qualifier

I’ve made it no secret since I connected with my half-sister Pam that I’m also connected to Special Olympics bowling through her daughter, Becky, and that I’ve been able to join them most of the times she’s bowled the Special Olympics qualifier since the event moved to Westgate Lanes after the closing of AMF Taunton Lanes.

This year, however, they decided to only bowl the Saturday morning league at North Bowl, which was featured in this month’s issue of Action, as shared on the Facebook page. I still wanted to support the qualifier with my presence at Westgate, as I try to do for everything here. However, NEBA was also at East Providence Lanes this weekend, and, with some of the Westgate bowlers taking part in that, I was conflicted. I decided that it would be Aaron Major who would indirectly make the decision by his performance last night, with the odds actually favoring me going to NEBA by Aaron missing the squad cut and bowling the 12:30 squad today.

Aaron did make the cut, however, so I was at Westgate basically first thing this morning. Becky’s Special Olympics team is named Heller’s Angels, and I knew one of the coaches, Becky Dean, from seeing her with my family. I did eventually introduce myself to the other coaches, Jim and Susan (I didn’t get last names). The summary of the day appears on the Heller’s Angels Facebook page as the post at the top of this article, but I’ll follow with some more detail in the next paragraphs.

Not being tied to family this time allowed me to network a bit with the other Special Olympics groups at the qualifier, and I particularly sought out the ones that practiced at centers in my association. I was hoping to find either websites or Facebook pages to connect to, and succeeded with a few of those, which I liked as the association page when I got home.

Also, wanting to play up some of Westgate’s history, I was able to tell the more fortunate groups, including Heller’s Angels, that their bowlers were on our most famous pair of lanes, 47 & 48, which, of course, we’ve affectionately dubbed “Hakim’s pair”. I also texted about that to Pam, who told me she thought that was very cool.

Finally, by pure chance, one of Ed Roberts’ daughters, Rachel, seeing that I was wearing the jersey I wore at his Brockton Athletic Hall of Fame induction (more on that in a future post), introduced herself to me as one of the day’s volunteers, and also introduced me to her daughter, Carlee, who was also volunteering. We talked a bit throughout the day from that point.

Again, it was a great day, as I said in the Facebook post I chose to open the article with. This post’s “administrivia” was linking both the Heller’s Angels Facebook page and the Massachusetts Special Olympics website in the Local/New England sidebar list. I ran a Mass. Special Olympics fundraiser on Facebook for my last birthday and would like to do so again, particularly if I can earmark it for Heller’s Angels.

My return (I hope)

I promised a post in the fall that I thought then that I wasn’t ready to make, but it’s a good time for it now.

As the Westgate bowlers know, and some of the other bowlers in New England also know, I’ve been dealing with a tremor in my right hand that is likely a long-term side effect of some of the medication I’ve been taking. I’d been bowling through it last season, and, indeed, into the video recording session that I had last Memorial Day weekend. It also had been affecting my typing, making long posts time-consuming. With this and some other issues on my mind, I decided not to start the fall bowling season in order to address my health. I was still around fulfilling my media role, of course, just not bowling myself.

With different medication, I’ve improved to the point where I can touch-type again, and I am now seeing a specialist in Boston, who has put me on another medication. After consulting with my brother, I’ve decided to at least give it a go for the second half of the season starting this coming Wednesday night, and I’ll be joining Team 6 in the Brunswick Mixed league, one of the members of whom is Ed Godino Jr., my old Sunday night teammate. I may miss some Wednesday nights because of other things I’ll be involved with, but I intend to finish out the season.

Looking forward to shoeing up again, and wish me well. 🙂

A history of NEBA at Westgate Lanes

The New England Bowlers Association, the USBC’s longest running scratch tournament club, is approaching its 58th year of existence. Westgate Lanes has been a big part of that history, hosting 55 of their tournaments, so, when the opportunity presented itself to compile a history of NEBA here, I had to jump at it. Much of it comes from NEBA’s 50th anniversary booklet, which I was seeing for the first time and Kevin Thibeault agreed to loan out to me. Of course, the later tournaments could be pieced together from the archives of this website.

The table below will have the list of NEBA champions at Westgate, annotated where appropriate:

It is little surprise that the winningest NEBA bowler at Westgate is the bowler who has come to be the embodiment of the organization, Mike Lichstein, whose first of a record 31 NEBA titles came here. Aside from Mike Lichstein’s four NEBA titles at Westgate, the other multiple NEBA winners at Westgate are Tony Attardo (with three of his four), Steve Travers, Bill Webb, Stephen Dale Jr., and Tony Reynaud (two each).

The group includes 19 members of the NEBA Hall of Fame, four NEBA Bowlers of the Year who won the year they won at Westgate (Paul Moser, Mike Lichstein, Bill Webb, with one of his record eight, and Ryan Graywacz), and each of the top three all-time in NEBA titles (Lichstein, as well as Alex Aguiar and Bill Webb). The national credentials of Westgate’s NEBA champions include two members of both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame (Mark Roth, along with newly-elected USBC Hall of Famer Patrick Allen), three other PBA Tour champions known to me (Paul Moser, Jon Van Hees, and Anthony Pepe), two bowlers who won PBA majors as amateurs (Moser, along with Brian Boghosian), two winners of the High Roller, the original Las Vegas megabuck amateur tournament (Lichstein, along with Ed Roberts), and one member of the “900 Club” (not Hakim Emmanuel, but Jon Wilbur).

Two of these bowlers, Ed Roberts and Patrick Allen, also have experience on Team USA: Ed Roberts was a member of the men’s squad for the 1995 FIQ World Championships held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, the year the facility opened, and was also on Team USA for the inaugural WTBA World Senior Championships in 2013, winning multiple medals in that tournament. Ed also has won multiple medals, including gold, at the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, the American zone’s biggest annual tournament. Patrick Allen was a member of the 2008 American “Dream Team” at the 2008 WTBA World Men’s Championships in Munich, Germany, the first world championship tournament that allowed professional participation. Allen was the emotional leader of that team, which won the gold medal in the coveted team of five event.

From a local perspective, four members of the Bristol-Plymouth USBC Hall of Fame, Tony Attardo, Steve Travers, John Ellis, and Ed Roberts, have won at Westgate. Three other Westgate NEBA winners, Alex Aguiar, Rick Cashell and Stephen Dale Jr., are known to me to have bowled regularly in leagues at Westgate Lanes. Westgate has had a reputation of being a lefty-friendly center, and Tony Attardo, Paul Moser, Mike Lichstein, Steve Travers, Patrick Allen, and Anthony Pepe are the Westgate NEBA champions known to me to be lefties. You could also count Ernie Hoestery, a right-handed back-up bowler, as a lefty.

One will also note that in 2017, Anthony Pepe defeated Jon Van Hees in a match-up of PBA Tour champions in a NEBA championship match at Westgate. Another notable NEBA final match at Westgate took place in 2015, when Ed Roberts became NEBA’s oldest champion by defeating Tyler Perry, the youngest champion in NEBA’s history. The previous year, NEBA’s GOAT, Mike Lichstein, faced Alex Aguiar, #2 all-time, recording his 28th title.

As a bonus, I decided to also include the history of two other centers in the Brockton (now Bristol-Plymouth) association:

This list picks up PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Wayne Webb, whose family had owned the center in Taunton (listed as Cranberry Bowl for him), one other BPUSBC Hall of Famer, Dan Robinson (a Westgate bowler who won at North Bowl), and Bryan Cahill (who had held the Westgate house record prior to Hakim Emmanuel’s 900 series). Gary Shultis is the only NEBA Hall of Famer in this list who did not also win at Westgate. Ed Roberts is the only BPUSBC Hall of Famer who won at two centers in the association (also having won at North Bowl).

Finally, many of the Brockton/Bristol-Plymouth association’s NEBA champions never won at a center in the association, Joe Picanzo (NEBA’s very first champion), Nate Abdow, Bill Briggs, Fred Delfino, Brian Egan, Gary Erickson, Jim Ferguson, Ray Fischer, Rich Fulton, Brian Gaskill, Dan Hamilton, Bill Major, and Tim Riordan among them (there may be others).

Jayme Silva tosses 300 in Patriots league

Last night, Jayme Silva Sr., a veteran SEMASS bowler, recorded his first 300 game in a Westgate league, the Patriots league (not surprisingly). Jennifer Mydlack sent me the video below of the last shots:

Congrats Jayme!

As an aside, Alex Major proposed to his girlfriend and teammate, Samantha Gustin, as she was finishing up for the night (her team had her bowl anchor last night to set it up). It was the first time, including my former bowling stint, that I’d been witness to a marriage proposal at Westgate. Congrats to the couple.

A blast from the past

Junior has allowed me to take possession of these photos from either a tournament or exhibition on Nov. 1, 1964. The bowlers in these have been identified as PBA Hall of Famer Harry “The Tiger” Smith and Roy Lown (the latter the lefty, who won the PBA’S first televised finals in 1961).

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Westgate Nov 1 1964 1

The originals will be donated to the Downtown Brockton Museum.

Reppin’ my city

jersey final

I’d always thought about it, and, thanks in part to Danny Khuu and the team at Solstice Sports Gear, I now have the custom-designed Brockton-themed jersey you see above. The basic color scheme of black & red is based on the Brockton High School colors, and the boxer dog sketch on the back is, I believe, one by a member of the Class of 1982 that has been used extensively by Brockton High School groups online. The logos of Strike F/X Pro Shops (left) and Westgate Lanes (right) appear on the sleeves, with the Storm logo on the front being the only thing (maybe other than my name) on the jersey not related to Brockton in some way.

Solstice worked off of the proof I present below:

jersey proof

I had hoped to have it for my last nights of bowling this season, but you’ll definitely be seeing me wear it next season.

My 2017-18 season in review

This post has been the “by the numbers” post in the past, but I decided call it “season in review” since I started bowling in a second league. I showed a two-pin improvement on Sunday night and a five-pin improvement on Wednesday night, so, once again, I’ll use the BowlSK reports to see if there are any trends. First, comparing my Brunswick Mixed first-ball stats (last season’s numbers before the pipe):

Strike percentage: 36.4% | 39.8%
Pocket shots: 65% | 71.1%
Carry percentage: 52.2% (378/724) | 53.1% (404/761)
Double rate: 36.1% (139/385) | 40.3% (165/409)
Average first-ball count: 8.7 | 8.9
Average first-ball non-strike count: 8.0 | 8.1

What stands out is that I repeated shots better, as shown by the improvement in my double rate. I also left more manageable spares, so let’s see if I took advantage of that:

Overall spare percentage: 57.6 (389/675) | 56.9% (353/620)
Single-pin spare percentage: 66.7% (204/306) | 67.8% (206/304)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 60.3% (170/282) | 60.0% (129/215)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 63.6% (374/588) | 64.5% (335/519)
Split conversion percentage: 17.2% (15/87) | 18.4% (18/98
Washout conversion percentage: 29.4% (10/34) | 11.8% (2/17)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 59.5% (72/121) | 54.9% (62/113)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 56.9% (41/72) | 69.5% (57/82)

I made my 10 pin less often, but didn’t leave as many, and was much better on my 7 pin, and better on my single pins overall. The rest of the dip in my overall numbers was multi-pin spares and washouts.

Now, my Sunday Niters numbers:

Strike percentage: 37.9% | 38.0%
Pocket shots: 69.8% | 69.2%
Carry percentage: 51.4% (348/677) | 52.6% (333/633)
Double rate: 36.4% (127/349) | 42.9% (141/329)
Average first-ball count: 8.8 | 8.8
Average first-ball non-strike count: 8.1 | 8.1

Overall spare percentage: 57.4% (331/577) | 58.1% (316/544)
Single-pin spare percentage: 67% (203/303) | 70.7% (183/259)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 57.4% (117/204) | 60.9% (126/207)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 63.1% (320/507) | 66.3% (309/466)
Split conversion percentage: 15.7% (11/70) | 9.2% (7/76)
Washout conversion percentage: 19% (4/21) | 13.3% (2/15)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 50.4% (69/137) | 56.3% (63/112)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 71.2% (47/66) | 72.1% (44/61)

I was definitely a better spare shooter on Sunday night, and I’m not really sure why. I did improve on both corner pins in that league, and that’s something I hope carries over into next season.

Ed Merriam elected to Mass. state USBC Hall of Fame

A source on the state board has informed me that the late Ed Merriam has been posthumously elected to the Massachusetts State USBC Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service. As noted in his obituary, Ed was association manager for the Pittsfield Bowling Association, was a member of both the Pittsfield USBC and Youth Halls of Fame, and was past president of the Berkshire County Youth Bowling Association. Ed was also known by me to have been state association manager briefly before his passing.

Ed will be inducted during the opening ceremony of the state tournament at AMF Chicopee Lanes.

Bristol-Plymouth USBC BA organizational meeting set for Feb. 25

As announced in the above post, an organizational meeting for the Brockton USBC BA, Tri-City and Foxvale USBC women’s associations, and Brockton and Greater Attleboro USBC youth associatons to form a Bristol-Plymouth merged USBC association will take place at Westgate Lanes on Feb. 25. The meeting is important, as the merged association’s by-laws, officers, and board of directors will be voted on, so we hope bowlers attend the meeting. The merged association will begin on Aug. 1, with the new USBC fiscal year.

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.

Westgate Lanes sold to Patel family

As reported by the Enterprise, a sale of Westgate Lanes to Patel Westgate Realty was executed last Monday for a reported $3.3M. The Patel family owns several bowling centers in New York state, with their flagship location in Kingston.

Fran Kaiser has been appointed as Westgate’s new general manager, and, in a meeting I was able to sit in on, she stressed that league and tournament bowling will continue to be important to their business model, and they also hope to build up the junior program as part of that effort. One other thing related to this I can pass along is that the Patels hosted a PBA regional event at their Kingston location this summer, and they hope to bring one to Westgate in the future.

I’d like to formally welcome the Patels and Ms. Kaiser to Westgate Lanes, and I look forward to working with you.

10th anniversary post

It all started on a lark.

Ten years ago today, my brother offered to take me bowling, which I’d only done once in the previous seven years coming off of heel fractures. I took my brother up on the offer, however, and, while I wasn’t having much success knocking down pins, I at least found I was able to get the ball down the lane better than the previous time. It planted a seed that I could come back, and I started working on getting my bowling legs back, hopeful that I could become a league bowler again. A summer league came the following year, and, since then, all of my highs pre-injury had been bested, and I have been a league bowler continuously longer in my second bowling life than when I was originally one.

At the time, I’d been a computer user for more than ten years, and had had personal websites before, but I’d wanted an efficient way to keep my chat friends updated on my bowling progress. Some of my friends had blogs about their hobbies, so one of my own seemed to be the answer, and I started this one four days after my bowling outing. I was starting to see the possibilities, one of which was being able to link different bowling sites in the sidebar, so the concept of a bowling portal as part of the blog was the fruit, later adding the RSS feeds for national and international bowling news sites in order to stay connected to the latest bowling news. My Westgate Lanes home was not forgotten, and I found that I was able to convey the Westgate tournament schedule in the sidebar, as well. However, back to the bowling portal concept, it was noted by the founder of, who linked the blog on her site for the benefit of getting new bowlers started, which was really the point of it. If this has helped even one new bowler, it’s been a success.

Another thing I noted was that the local newspaper was no longer running a bowling column, so, seeing an opportunity to give something back to bowling for getting a second chance in the sport, I started posting local bowling news, and my regular readers know the result. It led to me offering to start a Facebook page for the Brockton Bowling Association in an effort to become involved on a larger scale. The late Bob Young, seeing my potential, recruited me for the board, and I’ve been able to help out at association events since, including the state tournament at Westgate two years ago. As a side note to this, I recently gave the blog its own Facebook page, which, in the last year, I’ve also been using to share bowling news in the larger New England region.

I didn’t want to write this post without noting how harmoniously my bowling and computing interests have merged, and I’ve told more than one person that I love being a bowler in the information age. Part of that also was becoming a user of bowling software, starting with Perfect Secretary when I offered to become the secretary of the online league on the BowlingCommunity forums. When the opportunity presented itself, I started using bracket software, first for association events, and, eventually, the Coke league. I need to mention, as well, that my media involvement also included becoming an amateur digital photographer and videographer, which has come into play both for this blog and on Facebook.

It is a happy coincidence that my half-sister came into my life at this time five years ago, and even that has had an impact on my bowling life, as her daughter is a Special Olympics bowler, and I’ve been able to cheer her on since Westgate Lanes started hosting the qualifier for the state games.

Looking ahead, my bowling world is in a state of transition right now, but hopefully to something good, and it is my hope that I’ll be able to continue to serve bowling in the area for at least another 10 years.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who’s been part of my bowling life, both in my real life and online. Knowing all of you has made my decision to make a comeback worth it. 🙂

NEBA announces 54 members of inaugural Hall of Fame class

As detailed in the video above, 54 bowlers covering 54 years of NEBA’s history will comprise the inaugural induction class of its Hall of Fame. 49 will be recognized for bowling achievement and five for meritorious service, and, rather than go through the entire list, I will note that Brockton Bowling Association Hall of Famers Tony Attardo, Fred Delfino, John Ellis, and Ed Roberts, along with Coke league bowler Steve Dale Jr., are in the class, with all but Delfino being inducted for bowling achievement (Delfino is being inducted for meritorious service).

The induction dinner will take place on Aug. 26 in Glastonbury, CT, in conjunction with the $50 tournament at Hall of Fame Silver Lanes.

My 2016-17 season in review

This post has been the “by the numbers” post in the past, but I decided call it “season in review” last year after bowling a second league for the first time. I definitely improved in both leagues year-to-year, so I’ll use the BowlSK reports to see if there are any trends. First, comparing my Brunswick Mixed first-ball stats (last season’s numbers before the pipe):

Strike percentage: 30.7% | 36.4%
Pocket shots: 58.0% | 65%
Carry percentage: 48.4% (317/655) | 52.2% (378/724)
Double rate: 30.2% (101/334) | 36.1% (139/385)
Average first-ball count: 8.5 | 8.7
Average first-ball non-strike count: 7.9 | 8.0

I’m not sure if my improvement is better shot-making or just matching up to the house shot better, but it’s clear that I got the pocket more often, and my carry was better, as well.

Now the Brunswick Mixed spare-related numbers:

Overall spare percentage: 59.1% (443/750) | 57.6 (389/675)
Single-pin spare percentage: 74.8 (208/278) | 66.7% (204/306)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 58.8% (221/376) | 60.3% (170/282)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 65.6% (429/654) | 63.6% (374/588)
Split conversion percentage: 14.6% (14/96) | 17.2% (15/87)
Washout conversion percentage: 26.1% (12/46) | 29.4% (10/34)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 69.8% (74/106) | 59.5% (72/121)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 72.7% (32/44) | 56.9% (41/72)

Weirdly, my single-pin numbers went down, while my multi-pin numbers went up. The weakness on single-pins is reflected in the makeable rate, as well.

Now, my Sunday Niters numbers:

Strike percentage: 29.0% | 37.9%
Pocket shots: 58.5% | 69.8%
Carry percentage: 45.3% (239/528) | 51.4% (348/677)
Double rate: 31.6% (79/250) | 36.4% (127/349)
Average first-ball count: 8.5 | 8.8
Average first-ball non-strike count: 7.9 | 8.1

Overall spare percentage: 54.5% (335/615) | 57.4% (331/577)
Single-pin spare percentage: 68.1% (177/260) | 67% (203/303)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 53.8% (147/273) | 57.4% (117/204)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 60.8% (324/533) | 63.1 (320/507)
Split conversion percentage: 13.4% (11/82) | 15.7% (11/70)
Washout conversion percentage: 12.1% (4/33) | 19% (4/21)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 54.7% (58/106) | 50.4% (69/137)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 70.4% (38/54) | 71.2% (47/66)

Roughly the same trend, though I actually improved on my 7 pin year-to-year. My first-ball numbers were also higher on Sunday night than Wednesday night. Clearly, however, buckling down on my single pins should be the best way to improve next season.

David Umbrello elected to Mass. state USBC Hall of Fame

A source on the state board reported to me that David Umbrello, a bowler currently out of AMF Auburn Lanes, was recently elected to the Mass. state association Hall of Fame. Umbrello, who came out of the Boston Youth League organization, has since been a dedicated Worcester County bowler, having co-owned Bowler’s Edge Pro Shop at AMF Town & Country Lanes in Shrewsbury, and has several tournament titles, including a state tournament doubles title in 2013 and all-events and doubles titles in the Lilac City Tournament in 1994. David also held the house record (869) at Gardner Ten Pin for 10 years and has over 60 300 games and 35 800 series. He had also been involved with the Gardner youth program, also having started the high school bowling program there.

David will be inducted during the opening ceremony of the state tournament next month in Gardner.

Mar. 1 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 26 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

I was thinking “here we go again” after two games, but it was a better night than Sunday night, because the potential triplicate was 169. The double 9th & 10th in the third game, however, made sure I actually improved in the third game.

Result: 169-169-177=515
Average (75 games): 173
Average for last 9 games: 180
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 556

Composite average (138 games): 174

Team won four forfeit points, with Si having a strong night.

Wanting to do more for the association board, and noting that announcements weren’t really being made about our events on Wednesday night, I made my debut on the Westgate PA system tonight with an announcement about Sunday’s BBA Madness tournament. I wasn’t sure how I’d sound, but the feedback I got from the bowlers was encouraging, so I’ll likely be making the announcements for the association on Wednesday nights going forward.