For those wondering about the start of the Pepsi-Cola Classic League, that league will still start. Westgate Lanes management is currently in negotiations with Pepsi on the sponsor fee for this year, which have a set fee per team, not a hard total amount, as in years past, but capped at $5,000 (the total of two seasons ago). Westgate hopes to have a minimum of 10 teams ready to start the season, with a meeting to be held on Sept. 13, the usual starting date of the league, to sign up teams. We hope to see you then.
As I was very busy running the side action most of the Monday Summer Doubles season, and away for Lions Club meetings on the other Monday nights, I hardly had any time to keep track of award scores, much less do write-ups. So I’ll just write a bulk post of all of them for the season in chronological order, with only 300 games and 800 series (first three of four games) considered:
- July 5, Ray Fischer, 300 2nd game
- July 19, AJ Voisine, 283-266-278=827 series (1st career 800 series)
- July 26, Joe Bourhill, 300-288-237=817 series
- Aug. 2, Sean Richard, 300 3rd game
Congrats and great bowling everyone! 🎳🔥
One of my Pepsi league bowlers, Steve Charlot, accounted well for himself the other night in the Rhythm & Bowling league, with a 279 game (see high scores). Well done! 🎳😁
They say, “It ain’t how you start, it’s how you finish,” and Tyrell Thompson ended his TNBA league season on a good note Friday night with a 279 game (see high scores). Nice game! 🎳👍
Although there were no big series on the Patriots league’s last position night of the season, there were four good games, led by a 288 thrown by Roland Sandefur, followed also by Aaron Major (279), Jason Sherwood (277), and Sean Richard (270) (see high scores). Nice bowling, everyone! 🎳🙂
This pandemic season was certainly a strange one for my league, but Sammy Wong (in photo above, courtesy of Strike F/X Pro Shops) made sure it ended up being a special one by throwing his first 300 in the first game of the roll-off to spark his team, Last Empire, to the league championship win. I hope to get the team photo tomorrow when the league pays out for the season. One thing I did get, however, was the video, which I actually went live on the Facebook page with for the first time, which will be below:
Congrats Sammy! 🎳🥳
I knew I needed a great night to raise my average, but I was only almost exactly that, average. The strikes just weren’t there, with my double near the end being just “too little, too late” for even my team, as that couldn’t save the point, which we needed to even have a chance to move up.
Final average (87 games): 168
Average for last 9 games: 167
10th Frame Magic ended up being the team that moved into the roll-off with Last Empire, and that will be tonight.
With the Patriots league season winding down, Aaron Major and Keith Kaestner had consistently good games last week in the Patriots league, with the former going 269-245-245 for a 759 (recap, Lane 51), and Kaestner bowling 264-236-257 for a 757 (recap, Lane 33). In addition, fine games were turned in by Shane Litchfield (279), Mike Trent Jr. (279), and Stan Lewis (278) last week (see high scores).
Nice bowling everyone! 🎳🔥
I relax the standards for the Pepsi league a little because of the lane conditions, of course, which allows me to write up this game from this other night, Dennis Johnson’s 266 (see high scores). WTG Dennis! 🎳👍
After having a “house of cards” come crashing down the previous week, I had three more nearly “normal” games last week and did manage to recover the pin in average that I lost the previous week. It was also mostly ground out, as I only doubled twice, both in the second game.
Average (84 games): 168
Average for last 9 games: 168
Tonight’s AVG+1 score: 571
We didn’t have Randi, but Kevin had a good enough third game to win that point. One more week left.
My team (Creeden’s Mustangs) needs to win all of our points against the vacant tonight and Maggie’s Warriors cannot win more than one point if we want to climb out of the 2nd half cellar alone. At the top, Last Empire can force a one-game roll-off for the 2nd half by sweeping BBOB and the first place match splits 2-2, and Last Empire would then have to win that roll-off to avoid a roll-off next week for the championship. Any other scenario at the top would mean a roll-off for the championship next week.
It’s been a matter of public record that Hakim Emmanuel had at least three 300 games (all in the same series, of course) before shooting his first 299, but he picked one of the latter up last week in the His & Hers league. Good bowling, sir! 🎳👍
Here’s a nod to Paris Cook for a 279 game Friday night in the TNBA league, per the week’s high scores. Good bowling! 🎳😎
As noted by the guys at Strike F/X Pro Shop, Ethan Rosenberg put together games of 289, 279, and 233 for an 801 series last Thursday night in the Patriots league (see recap, Lane 49), his first 800 series. Congrats Ethan! 🎳🔥
Also notable that night were Joe Bourhill’s 278-253-257 for a 788 set (recap linked above, Lane 52) and Jim Ferguson’s 288-247-220 for a 755 (also on recap, Lane 50). Nice bowling! 🎳👍
More on the 300 game mentioned above later. 😉
April in the Rhythm & Bowling league ended on a strong note for Lewis Bennett, as he rolled a 297 game, and Tom “T-Bone” Roberson had a good 277 game of his own. Nice bowling, guys! 🎳🙂
I seemed to be at least decent through two games, except that I couldn’t make a 10 pin to close it out, and I hit the skids in the third game, to the point where I thought I needed a ball change. Whatever it was, I was definitely fishing for the pocket, and it hurt us.
Average (81 games): 167
Average for last 9 games: 166
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 509
It turned out my team got the worst of bad lanes, but we managed to win the second game.
Creeden’s Mustangs are in 11th, 18 points behind the leaders, Last Empire, who lead Never Lucky by a point, 10th Frame Magic by a point-and-a-half, and BBOB, our opponents tomorrow night by 5.5 points. As this is the penultimate week of the 2nd half, here are the other matchups: Last Empire vs. 10th Frame Magic, and Never Lucky vs. Maggie’s Warriors.
Kevin did manage to sweep the board in the men’s “B” division last week (see standing sheet page).
Going the opposite of the usual and recognizing my league secretary first, with the trey last week, which his wife captured not just the last strike, but the three strikes in the 10th, on video and sent my way. As the only thing he wasn’t on yet was Instagram, I decided to put him there first:
Congrats buddy! 🎳😁👍
Creeden’s Mustangs are in 11th place, 17 points behind the leaders, Never Lucky, who lead Last Empire by a point and 10th Frame Magic and BBOB by 3.5 points. Maggie’s Warriors are the opponents tonight.
Note: If Last Empire wins the second half, there would be no roll-off, as they won the first half.
Happily for me, my 218 was good for the high scratch and handicap (246) game of the week in the men’s “D” division last week (see standing sheet page).
Nobody had a good set a week ago in the Rhythm & Bowling league, however, for four of their games, they did their best Patriots league impression: Chris Zalewski led the charge with a 288, John O’Donnell posted a 280, Mo Wideman a 277, and Kris Higgins, not least, a 276 (see high scores). Good job guys! 🎳😎
This was one of those cases when all of my score was in one game, because I either couldn’t make shots or lost carry after the first game. The unkindest cut was at the end, with three open frames (the last two splits) when I still could have saved something out of it.
Average (78 games): 168
Average for last 9 games: 163
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 563
Kevin did return last week, which was why my spirits were immediately better. The team did manage to take first and third games and total.
And a member of the first half winners, Last Empire, Sammy Wong, posted a 278 game last week in my league. WTG! 🎳👍
Creeden’s Mustangs are in 11th, 17 points behind the leaders, Never Lucky, who lead Last Empire by a point, BBOB by 2.5 points, and 4 On 9 Man and 10th Frame Magic by 3.5 points. Motley Crew will provide our opposition tonight. Note: There are four weeks remaining in the second half, as we count our roll-off as our 32nd week.
Randi did have the high handicap series in the women’s “A” division last week (noted on this page of the standing sheet).
Here’s a shout-out to Anthony Green for a 277 last week (Apr. 11) in the Rhythm & Bowling league (see high scores). WTG! 🎳👍
I might have had a little bit of a “hangover” effect from last week in the first game, but I cleaned up the single-pin mistakes the rest of the night and had better games the rest of the night from there. The second game was about as hard as I can ever remember working for a clean game, except for maybe one (I don’t remember exactly when) in which I had to convert a couple of splits to stay clean.
Average (75 games): 168
Average for last 9 games: 168
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 565
Lisa was officially removed from the team (😢), and we were again without Kevin. Our fortunes were brighter, however, winning second and third games and total.
He can comment on Facebook about how he got to the score, if he wishes, since it’s an unusual one, but Junji Zhang posted a 274 game the other night in the Pepsi league, which he suggested was also his personal high (see high scores). Good bowling! 🎳🙂
Backlogged due to posting lag: Kris Higgins had a 278 game on Easter Sunday (Apr. 4) in the Rhythm & Bowling league (see high scores). Good shooting, man! 🎳😎
Taylor Sinkler continued to have the best season of the Westgate women last Friday in the TNBA league, posting 213-247-213 for a 673 set (recap, Lane 52; Note: Was bowled on different pair because of league’s social distancing rule). Nice bowling! 🎳🙂
(Editor’s note: I finally did get up to Westgate last Friday night to visit with Taylor.)
There was a relative paucity of scoring in the Patriots league last week, but both Paris Cook and Tom “T-Bone” Roberson flirted with perfect games, both leaving one on the deck with the last shot. Also, Aaron Major had one of his more usual good games with a 279 (see high scores). Good bowling guys! 🎳😎