It can definitely be said that the Monday Summer Doubles league is the summer season’s version of the Patriots league because of the quantity of high scores, and this summer’s league didn’t disappoint on its first night. I’ll start by noting Joe Bourhill’s 300 game, which was the first one in Massachusetts for this New York transplant. Joe’s wife Stephanie (Hamilton) got the video below:
The third game saw two more 300s, by Danny Khuu and Stan Lewis, with the latter having added that to games of 257 and 247 for an 804 set. Sean Richard got both of these videos, staring with Stan’s:
And now Danny’s:
Nice bowling, guys! 🙂
With the last of the winter leagues now over, I can now recap the season with the high scores for the season for both the men and women. As usual, average will be based on a minimum of 72 games in the league, with youth bowlers included with their gender, where applicable. Also, I’ve decided not to try to list all of the men with 300 games, as there were 17 of them in the Thursday Night Patriots league alone.
Average: 240.83; Jim Ferguson (Thursday Night Patriots, 102 games)
Series: 835; Jim Ferguson (Thursday Night Patriots)
Game: 300 (consult individual league standing sheets)
Average: 212.52; Sandi Litchfield (Thursday Night Patriots, 72 games)
Series: 740; Jessica Lowe (TNBA Mixed)
Game: 300; Jessica Lowe (TNBA Mixed)
Note: Jim Ferguson’s 240.83 average stands as the new association record.
Links to the league standings indexes on Bowler Express and LeagueSecretary.com are in the sidebar for all who are interested in a particular league.
Two 300 games by the same bowler in a Pepsi league season is a feat, and accomplished by Bill Briggs last night. The game followed up one in the last league week (with no bowling last week because of the Memorial Day holiday) by his Eklund Electric teammate, Tim Riordan, making it three of the seven this season bowled by that team.
I had my camera out for this one because I’d forgotten I got Bill’s other one, and he noticed that fact, telling me at the end of the night that that made him nervous. I’m posting it anyway, as he made a great shot to finish it.
Congrats again Bill! 🙂
It had been rumored that Westgate Lanes will close this summer for renovations, but they’ve announced that they’ll remain open during said renovations and offer summer leagues. The schedule will be the ones Westgate has been offering under the Minassians, Monday Summer Doubles, Summer His & Hers on Tuesday, Wednesday Summer Mixed, and Adult/Junior on Thursday. Please check the Westgate Lanes website (newly redesigned) for meeting and starting dates.
I’ve learned that Pepsi league bowler Bob Dimuccio (Jr.) started his summer league, the Pete’s Doubles league at Lang’s Bowlarama, with a 300 game last night. Nice bowling! 🙂
Tim Riordan only bowls the Pepsi league, but he’s made the most of it, as, last night, he posted a 300 game, which is now the third one of his that I’ve written about. WTG! 🙂
UPDATE: Zach Thompson has made the video below available.
The Rhythm & Bowling league had their final night last night, but, to catch up on last week in the league, Paris Cook had a 299 game and Donald Graves a 290. Good bowling! 🙂
This season in the TNBA league may be best remembered for Jessica Lowe’s 300 game and Hakim Emmanuel’s first 800 series, but Mike Griffin put a “bow” on that league’s season last Friday with a 290 game. Good job! 🙂
Meanwhile, the Westgate Mixed league had a couple of 300s on their position night, led off by Jim Simon’s (Sean Richard’s video is below):
That 300 was followed in the second game by one by Mike Botelho, with video below:
This was Mike’s first 300 at Westgate, but he told me he’d previously bowled 300s in Taunton and Somerset.
WTG guys! 🙂
Dawg Pound used an 1,113 third game (with handicap) to erase a 33-pin deficit and win the championship of the Brunswick Mixed league over Sweet Rolls, 3,050-2,980. Ken Gerraughty (663) and Jake Tobin (675) led the way for Dawg Pound, while Shawn Coles (648) was high man on Sweet Rolls.
Congrats to Dawg Pound, who are in Ken Gerraughty’s photo below:
2017-18 Brunswick Mixed champions, Dawg Pound Front (L-R): Rob Eicher, Ken Gerraughty, Ed Miller, William Gerraughty; Back: Jake Tobin
Just one league to update, and it’s about the final second half standings:
- Brunswick Mixed: As a result of splitting 2-2 with Striking Gentlemen, Let’s MixEm Up ended the second half in 6th place. Sweet Rolls swept all four from Creeden’s Mustangs and are the second half winners, bowling against Dawg Pound tomorrow night for the league championship. I’ve given the roll-off “live blog” coverage in the past, but may not tomorrow night, as I’m not sure about the status of the wifi connection. I’ll still make sure I post the result of the roll-off.
There were a couple of big games in the Pepsi league last night, not the least of which was a 300 by Gino Beniamino, and he made another close approach to one later in the night with a 289. A more notable game than that, however, was bowled by “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel, who had his very first 299 game after the run of 300 games that started with the 900 series. As happens often, a 10 pin stood on the last shot.
Nice bowling guys! 🙂
Tom Hedding’s hold of the association record average lasted just one season, as Jim Ferguson, despite shooting only 643 last night, hung on to post a 240.83 average in the Thursday Night Patriots league, which is, presumably, the new association record by a fraction of a pin. Congrats! 🙂
The Patriots league, except for the playoffs, couldn’t end without one more honor score, and it was Mark Zimmerman who provided it, with a 300 game. I got my own video, which is below (my apologies for the quality, or lack thereof):
Nice bowling! 🙂
Shawn Hagan reported on Facebook that, on his position night in the Trios + 1 league at Town Line, he posted 297-289-227 for an 813 set. Great bowling! 🙂
My Week 35 bowling, frame-by-frame
After three consecutive open frames in the middle of the first game, I was chasing the score a little bit, but I still had a shot at my +1 if I could go sheet after the strike in the 8th third game, which fizzled by missing a 2 pin and chopping a baby split. My spare game was balanced by making every 10 pin, as well as a couple of tougher splits.
Final average (99 games): 179
Average for last 9 games: 176
Final composite average (183 games): 179
We would have moved ahead of our opponents with a third game win, but my failed baby split conversion cost us, as their anchor went spare-strike to win by one pin.
Just one league to update:
- Brunswick Mixed: After winning three points from Spare Change, Let’s MixEm Up is in 6th place, seven points behind Creeden’s Mustangs, who are a half-point ahead of Sweet Rolls, a point-and-a-half ahead of Last Empire, and four ahead of Minds In the Gutter. Tonight is a position round, so the team in 5th place is Striking Gentlemen, whom we’re a point behind. Kathy had the high handicap game and series last week in the women’s “C” division.
Congrats to John Camara, one of the subs in the Patriots league this season, for a 300 game in that league last week. 🙂
Sean Richard’s bowling son, Matt, has been close to 300 a few times, and was again with a 290 last night in the Patriots league. Keep plugging away, Matty! 🙂
Shawn Hagan posted on Facebook that he had 300 game #17 last night in the Trios + 1 league at Town Line in Malden. He and Jim Ferguson have had a friendly competition between them for the 300 games, and Shawn, after several attempts to go one-up, finally got that.
Nice bowling! 🙂
My Week 34 bowling, frame-by-frame
I mostly struggled with my release last night, failing to connect on a double and leaving multi-pin spares more often than not. The third game had a chance to be clean, but I missed the pocket in the 10th, leaving a tough spare.
Average (96 games): 179
Average for last 9 games: 165
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 581
Composite average (180 games): 179
Team won a close second game (by two pins) and the third by enough for total.
No really high scores in the Pepsi league last night, but I did want to note that Rai Doblmeier of the Lang’s Crew team converted the 7-10 split. Nice job! 🙂
Update on my league standings after Week 34:
- Brunswick Mixed: After winning all four from Knock Em Down, Let’s MixEm Up is in a tie for 5th place with Striking Gentlemen, six points behind Creeden’s Mustangs, who are a half-point ahead of Last Empire and Sweet Rolls and three points ahead of Minds in the Gutter. Spare Change will be our opponents tomorrow night; for the leaders, Creeden’s Mustangs bowl against Minds in the Gutter, Last Empire against 5 Spares, and Sweet Rolls against Gutt Er Done.
- Sunday Niters: The 4-4 split against We Don’t Give a Split enabled The Three Stooges to remain in 6th place in the final second half standings. Broads With Balls won the half by four points over Ten Is Enough.
My Week 30 bowling, frame-by-frame
I had a bad first game, missing consecutive 10 pins in it, but ended my season with two decent games thanks to strings of strikes. The 179 final average is still an improvement from last season.
Final average (84 games): 179
Average for last 9 games: 167
Composite average (177 games): 179
Team won second game and held on for total by one pin.
It was known at the time of his 900 series that Hakim Emmanuel never had an 800 series. But, tonight, in the TNBA Mixed league, he bowled his first 800 series by going 278-237-300 for an 815. There have been many coincidences surrounding Hakim, and his first 800 series came on lanes 47 & 48, the 900 pair, which this video of Hakim’s last two strikes recorded by Kris Higgins confirms:
Congrats Hakim! 🙂
Last night was such a crazy scoring night in the Patriots league that I felt the best way to present the scores would be in list form:
- Hall of Famer Jim Ferguson had the best night of all, going 299-279-257 for a personal high 835 set.
- Hall of Famer Bill Major posted 266-258-300 for an 824 series.
- No honor game for “TomTom” Hedding, but he threw 269-277-268 for an 814 series.
- Finally, “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel put up a 300 game first game, as did Ralph Dahlgren. Hakim’s was on 25 & 26, meaning he now has a 300 game in the original building (up to lane 32).
Nice bowling all around guys! 🙂
UPDATE: Sandi Litchfield got this video of Ralph’s last shot:
This is my first mention of this bowler in some time: Association Hall of Famer Bill Major had a 299 game last week in the Patriots league. Nice going! 🙂
My Week 33 bowling, frame-by-frame
I bowled well enough to get my +1 tonight, but I also left some pins out there in single-pin misses, especially the two 8 pins I left on great shots. However, to provide the balance, I converted a couple of splits.
Average (93 games): 180
Average for last 9 games: 181
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 625
Composite average (174 games): 179
Si pre-bowled a 580, which provided us the foundation with which to win all four.
Sean Richard reported tonight that he pre-bowled 246-300-279 for an 825 series for tomorrow night in the Westgate Mixed league. WTG! 🙂
Updating my league standings after Week 33:
- Brunswick Mixed: After splitting 2-2 with Sweet Rolls, Let’s MixEm Up is in 8th place, nine points behind Creeden’s Mustangs, who lead Last Empire by a point-and-a-half, Sweet Rolls by 2.5 points, and Minds in the Gutter by five points. Knock Em Down will be tomorrow night’s opposition.
- Sunday Niters: After failing to win points from Ball Busterz, The Three Stooges are in 6th place and will bowl against We Don’t Give a Split to end the season Sunday night. Broads With Balls are leading by four points over Ten Is Enough, seven points over Suzy’s Crew, and ten points over Here For the Beer.