Congratulations to Aaron Major, who, as reported by the PBA, won the East Region Colony Park Lanes Challenge, an event for non-champions, Saturday in York, PA after defeating Michael Martell of Brooklyn, NY, 247-172, in the position round match of the round-robin match play finals. Aaron qualified 13th, but went on an incredible run in match play, winning all eight of his matches with only one game under 200 on a tough Viper lane condition.
Aaron had great company at this event, as his cousin, Stephen, finished 4th, and another Westgate bowler, Kevin Thibeault, grabbed the last cash spot (28th). Great bowling, everyone! 🎳🎉🥳🔥
Did I mention Ethan Rosenberg wasn’t done after his first 800 set on Thursday night? All he did last weekend after that was go to Auburn for state tournament and put up his first 300 game in the doubles event there. Many thanks to Stephen Major for getting the video above to me, which first appeared on the Strike F/X Pro Shops Brockton Facebook page. Congrats again, Ethan! 🎳🔥
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.😁
“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! 🎳👍
This is a long video. However, as Chris Viale stated in it Thursday, NEBA will return to Westgate Lanes on the weekend of Nov. 6 & 7 for the Brockton Bicentennial Open. After Westgate wasn’t scheduled to host an event in 2020, it was my thought to try bring NEBA back for one of the Brockton bicentennial years (I’ll address it in an addendum note below.). The pandemic brought an element of uncertainty, but our proposal came together late in NEBA’s scheduling process and we are happy to have been added.
We’d originally hoped for a July date that would lead into our Hall of Fame Weekend and Mid-Summer Celebration, but the November weekend we are scheduled for also works for us, as it leads into Veterans Day, which is also important to our Bicentennial Committee. For more information about our plans for the weekend, you may follow the Downtown Brockton Museum page on Facebook, but I will also try to share any pertinent details on this website’s page, as Bill Hogan, the museum’s president, tends to like to use groups on Facebook for everything more than pages.
We look forward to having the best in my sport in New England return to my hometown this fall.
Addendum note: The City of Brockton’s official seal notes that it became “A Town” in 1821, and Brockton was then known as North Bridgewater. The Downtown Brockton Museum’s reasoning behind having a bicentennial celebration now is that many people alive now will not be alive in 2081, which will be when the bicentennial of the city’s incorporation will be celebrated, and so may not get a chance to experience a celebration of this scope.
Per the post above, Jon Hester and Kevin Kelliher, both members of Westgate’s Patriots league, along with Nikki Fletcher, won last Sunday’s Reloaded event at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden, defeating a team that included Westgate bowlers Jim Ferguson and Stephen Major, in the final match (no score was given). Additionally, it was noted that Westgate’s Aaron Major threw a 300 game in qualifying, and the aforementioned Stephen Major had a 299 in the match play portion of the tournament.
It almost escaped me when I was wrapping up posting, but I remembered seeing that Joe Bourhill of the Patriots league threw a 300 game Sunday at Town Line in the first round of the elimination finals of the NAT Year-End Doubles. I’m not certain who recorded the video that’s above, but it was on Joe’s timeline. WTG man! 🎳💯
Per the post on Facebook (must be logged in to view), the Northeast Amateur Tournament reported Westgate bowler Danny Khuu, along with partner David Gordon, as the winners of the Over/Under (45) doubles event last Sunday at Westgate Lanes, taking the final match 450-416 (with handicap) over father & son Jeff & Jim Handy. The NAT reported 41 teams entered the event.
Westgate bowlers were big factors in the inaugural Ocean State Championship Tournament at Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston, RI, which was originally scheduled as a summer event, but was pushed back to the fall due to the COVID pandemic. Jon Hester made the most noise, taking the all-events title as well as doubles with Zach Thompson, while Sean Richard teamed with Bob DiMuccio Sr. & Jr. and Jayme Silva Sr. in capturing the team event. The Facebook album above has photos of all of the winners, with full standings available at TournamentBowl.com.
Per the Facebook post above, BPUSBC Hall of Famer Sean Richard, along with partner Bob DiMuccio Jr., were the winners of the Bay State Open’s Over/Under (45) doubles event on Nov. 7 at Bowlero Lowell, defeating Jon Hester & Kevin Kelliher 434-407 (with handicap) in the two-game Baker format final match. The title bumped his BSO leading total to seven. Congrats Ka$h! 🎳🔥
The event was also the BSO’s last for the foreseeable future, as they have decided to suspend operations until the pandemic has reached a point where it is better managed. What metrics that involved, however, were not stated.
The Patriots league’s Kevin Kelliher, on Sunday of the penultimate weekend of the inaugural Ocean State Championship Tournament at Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston, RI, threw his second 300 game in the doubles event. Kevin released his video to me, which he originally shared as a Facebook story, and is below:
Per the post above, Westgate bowler Joe Bourhill was a member, along with Derek DuBois and Daniel Nazzaro, of the winning team in Sunday’s Reloaded Scratch Tournament trios event at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden. Reloaded, formed by Jose Perez within the last year, is a different format in that they use average caps to equalize the competition rather than handicap, while the scoring is always on a scratch basis.
Aaron Major, the reigning NEBA Rookie of the Year, may have come up just short of his first title yesterday in Auburn (which I shared live on the Facebook page), but he did something else notable: He had a 300 game bowling against Jim Dumas in the first match play round (of 16). Good work, Aaron! 🎳😎
Per their post above, Patriots league bowler Jon Hester won the Bay State Open event Saturday at AMF Auburn Lanes, scoring a 228-217 (with handicap) victory over Paige Bacci in the final match. I’d shared it on the Facebook page, but the video of the match is included here:
The Northeast Amateur Tournament reported on Facebook (must be logged in to view) that Matt Jackson was the winner of the Old School Singles event held yesterday (Sept. 13) at Westgate Lanes, defeating Calvin Scott 245-210 (with handicap) in the final match. In the “Old School” format, all of the qualifiers bowled two games, with the top four scores advancing to the stepladder final round (qualifying pins did not carry over). Joe Bourhill, Danny Khuu, Bob Goulart, Ethan Reyes, Cameron Kaestner, Mike “Sensae” Reed, and Chris Zalewski were the Westgate bowlers cashing.
Calvin Scott, the runner-up, had a 300 game during qualifying for the event on the second squad, the final strike which was recorded by Sean Richard and sent to me for posting here:
The event drew a healthy 91 entries, a good number, considering the current public health situation.
Congrats to Matt and Cal, and all of the other cashers. .🎳😎
The Digital Bowling Society reported in the post above that Westgate’s Sean Richard was the winner of the season-opening Digibowl Tournament Series event at Old Mountain Lanes in Wakefield, RI with a 288-195 (with handicaps added) victory over Greg Tack in the title match.
Per their Facebook post (must be logged into Facebook to view), Westgate bowler Danny Khuu paired with Dave Gordon to win the Northeast Amateur Tournament’s Over/Under (45) Doubles tournament Sunday at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden, defeating Daquan Holley & Joe Austin 486-457 in the final match.
Per the posted final prize list, Westgate bowler Kevin Thibeault has won the scratch doubles title at the 2020 Northeastern Open Championships at Yankee Lanes in Keene, NH with Chris Viale, and Patriots league sub Jon Hester won handicap doubles with Shawn Hagan. I was also told Hester additionally was a member of the winning scratch team, Massholes, as was were Hagan and Brian Egan, along with Bill Beck and Dave Chalifoux.
Per the post in their Facebook group, Westgate bowlers Sean Richard, Bill Briggs, and Danny Khuu won titles in a shortened Southeastern Mass. association tournament, which took place last month at Holiday Lanes in Westport. Richard and Briggs were on the winning scratch team with Ralph Dahlgren, John Camara, and Tiler Levesque, with Richard additionally winning handicap all-events and Khuu taking down the scratch singles title.
Per the Facebook post above, Westgate league bowler Ed Grossett, along with partner Derek DuBois, won the Bay State Open’s Over/Under (age 45) doubles event last Saturday at Bowlero Lowell with a 498-470 (with handicap) final match victory over Chuck Malatesta and Joe Bouchard. I did not share the live stream due technical problems, but the match was also recorded and uploaded, which is shared here:
It took until the very last squad of the tournament, but there was one 300 in this year’s Bristol-Plymouth USBC association tournament, and it was by Kevin Thibeault in the singles event yesterday at Kingston Ten Pin. The video I got below was the first one posted here that I got on my current cellphone and not on my “good” camera.
Per the Northeast Amateur Tournament’s Facebook post (must be logged in to view), Jayme Silva Sr. & Ed Grossett won the One-Ball Doubles event yesterday at East Providence Lanes with a 541-475 victory (handicap added) in the final match over Jim Ferguson & Sean Richard. This was the first NAT doubles event with the One-Ball format, meaning a competitor used his same ball for all shots in qualifying and in match play if his team qualified.
A notable game was turned in by Sean Richard in qualifying, a 300, the video of which the BPUSBC obtained from Sandi Litchfield and made the first video on their new Instagram, which can be found here.
As reported by the Bristol-Plymouth USBC above, Ricky LaRouche became their first ever Masters tournament champion today at Westgate Lanes by defeating Kevin Thibeault, 246-202, in the championship match.
I hadn’t planned on it, but, at the suggestion of some of the bowlers, Danny Khuu and AJ Voisine in particular, I decided to make this tournament the association’s first live stream event for the match play portion. Three matches appear in the Facebook event discussion, but I also transferred the title match to the main page, and it appears below:
For the record, Kevin did win our first live stream match, over Mike Griffin. Rob Young, our president, has always wanted me to live stream something for us, so I was happy I was able to make it happen for him in a way that made our first Masters tournament even more special. I hope we’ll get better at this as we gain experience.
Kevin also had the tournament’s first 300 game this morning to open the round of 16, so congratulations to him, as well as Ricky for winning the tournament.
I have one more trick up my sleeve for tonight, which I’ll also give a heads-up for on Facebook before I do it.
Per their post on Facebook (must be logged in to view), the Northeast Amateur Tournament reported Stan Lewis as the winner of the “Old School” singles event on Jan. 19 at East Providence Lanes, prevailing over Sean Richard, 257-239 (with handicap), in the final match for his first NAT singles title. The “Old School” format meant that all qualifiers bowled two new games (no pins from qualifying carried over), with the top four reaching the stepladder finals.
Additionally, the NAT reported that Sean Richard had an 825 series in qualifying, and a 300 game in the semifinals.
Per the current newsletter, Dan Robinson & Chuck Paige won the Northeast Amateur Tournament’s year-end doubles event on Dec. 15 at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden, prevailing 521-469 (with handicap) over Mike “Sensae” Reed & Ed Grossett in an all-Westgate final match.
I learned from Jay Mantere yesterday that the Northeast Amateur Tournament will be returning to Westgate Lanes, with the first date obtained from Tim Major being Mar. 1. I have added “stub” events to the Google Calendar, and Facebook events set up on the NAT page as they approach.
As announced on the NEBA live stream of the year-end wrap-up show shared on the Facebook page, Westgate’s Aaron Major clinched the organization’s Rookie of the Year title for 2019 with a semifinal finish in the event this weekend at Apple Valley Bowl in Plantsville, CT. He will be presented with the award at NEBA’s annual Hall of Fame and awards dinner next month.
Sean Richard added to his perfect game count Saturday in the Northeast Amateur Tournament’s year-end singles event at East Providence Lanes, an event in which he finished second, as was shared on Facebook. Sean’s video follows: