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:
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).
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):
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! 🎳👏
Two of these names will be familiar, but one not so much: Congrats to Brian Egan, who ran the back 11 in the first game, and followed by games of 260 and 232 for a 782 set last week in the Patriots league (see recap, Lane 46). Danny Khuu also went 251-247-258 for a 756 (recap, Lane 34), and Omar Butcher threw a 277 game (see week’s high scores).
By Kevin Thibeault’s recent standards, he had an off night last night in the Pepsi league, “only” putting up a 263 high game in a 716 series (reporting threshold adjusted for the lane condition). It was his teammate, Dan Esdale, giving him margin for error, however, with a 267 high game in a 728 set of his own (check the recap, Lane 59). Nice bowling, guys! 🎳👍
He’d been taking time away from bowling for his college studies, but, on Thursday night, Shane Litchfield returned to the Westgate fray in a big way with a 277 game in the Patriots league (see week’s high scores). Welcome back! 🎳😎
Stephen Major was kind enough to let me use (with editing 😉 ) the recap he posted on Facebook of his qualifying for the Scratch Doubles tournament he competed in with his cousin Aaron over the weekend at Kingpins Alley in South Glens Falls, NY, which shows above that he posted a 300 in his second game on the way to the pair leading the squad Saturday for “bonus bowling” on Sunday, which resulted in a top eight finish. The tournament was on the 2011 USBC Open Championships pattern, always demanding (as patterns at nationals are). As for Aaron, Stephen told me none of the lefties in the tournament could find anything, so Aaron could at least be excused this time.😁
Team SEER might as well keep Kevin Thibeault in their lineup for the rest of this Pepsi league quarter, it seems, as he’s shot over 750 in two of the three weeks on Beaten Path so far. This week, he only went 248-258-246 for a 752, per the recap (Lane 52). Nice bowling, Kev! 🎳👍
“Ka$h” may have had only a semifinal finish in the Ripping the Rack Singles Championship last Saturday at East Providence Lanes, but he had a big day leading up to it. First, in the second qualifying squad, he opened with 257-258-290 for an 805 (an award score, because the Ripping the Rack series is certified), finishing with a 223 and 1,028 for the four games. Then, to start the match play bracket (follow “Finals” link on page linked above), he put up a solid line of 12 Xs for the 300. Good bowling, $eany! 🎳👍
January ended with Chris Zalewski posting a 277 game in the Rhythm & Bowling league, per the high scores from Jan. 31 (Note: The league doesn’t usually upload results until later in the week.). WTG! 🎳👌
The scoring in the Patriots league last week shifted to a team bowling on the other end of the league, as Joe Bourhill put up a 279 game in a 773 set, and Kevin Thibeault, bowling as Joe’s teammate, had a 279 game himself (check the recap, Lane 35). Along with those, Brian Egan and Mike Mayo each also had 278 games (see week’s high scores).
Aside from the 300 and pair of 800s previously reported, Sean Richard had a 776 set (see recap, Lane 43; coincidentally, the 800s are also on this page, Lane 48), and Danny Khuu a 279 game (see weekly high scores). Nice bowling guys! 🎳🙂
Last night was a huge night for a pair of Patriots league teammates, as Stephen Major went 258-300-246 for an 804 and Jon Hester followed him with 289-249-279 for 817. Stephen was subbing for one member of the team while another pre-bowled. My video of Stephen’s last shot is below:
Great bowling, guys! 🎳🔥😎💯
Editor’s note: “Hoss” didn’t want me to note the 289 game after he bowled it, but he think he’s resigned to me doing so after recording the 800. 😜
Many bowlers need a game or two, or even a full night to get comfortable on a new lane condition. On the first night of the third quarter of the Pepsi league, on Kegel Beaten Path, all Kevin Thibeault did last night, however, was go 269-245-259 for a 773 set, a monster by that league’s standards (see recap, Lane 60). WTG Kev! 🎳🔥
I still like to congratulate bowlers for 11 in a row, and that was the case last night, as Brendan Litchfield had (apparently) the back 11 for a 290 in the His & Hers league last night (see the weekly high scores). Great bowling! 🎳🔥