James Bessette bowls 300/814 in UBA position match at Silver Lanes

The lack of posting about the Westgate Warriors from me is indicative of a disappointing Underground Bowling Association season for them, but they did end it on a high note today at Hall of Fame Silver Lanes in E. Hartford, CT by winning 32 of 40 points against Norrage in their position round match. The bowler doing the most damage in the match was James Bessette, who had 22 strikes in a row bowling in the scratch portion of the match en route to an 814 series that had a 300 game in it.

Of course, I’m hoping for a better season next year. Something I can already post about next season is that there will be two UBA districts in New England, North and South, with the Westgate Warriors set to bowl in the North district.


Westgate Warriors sweep home match; Wayne Toutain shoots 300

The Westgate Warriors rebounded from a couple of bad recent outings in their home match today by sweeping Norrage, 40-0. Zach Thompson, bowling in one of the handicap groups, set the tone for the match with a 289 first game on the way to a 784 scratch set.

About the only thing spoiling the day was Norrage’s Wayne Toutain throwing a 300 game in the second game bowling in the other handicap group, but the Warriors still won the two points out of the game.

WTG everyone! 🙂

2015 UBA Westgate schedule change note

For anyone planning their bowling for Westgate’s UBA weekend on Dec. 5 & 6, please be advised that the UBA matches have been rescheduled for that Sunday at 1 PM. As a result, the NAT and the Bay State Open have also swapped dates, with the NAT scheduled for Saturday with a 1:15 PM first squad time, and the Bay State Open running at 3 PM Sunday following the UBA matches.

2015-16 Westgate Warriors schedule posted

The Underground Bowling Association has released the season tour schedule for this season, and I’ll list the Westgate Warriors’ schedule below (if following link, click on “CT-NE” at the bottom for schedule):

  • Sept. 12: AMF Cranston Lanes v. Pound For Pound
  • Oct. 3: Bowl-O-Rama v. New England Heat (New England Heat home match)
  • Nov. 7: AMF Auburn Lanes v. Machine
  • Dec. 5: Westgate Lanes v. Norrage (Westgate Warriors home match)
  • Jan. 9: Spare Time Lanes v. Hounds of War
  • Feb. 7: AMF Circle Lanes v. Gorilla Warfare
  • Mar. 5: Laurel Lanes v. Ice Nation
  • Apr. 3: AMF Milford Lanes v. Auburn Maulers
  • Apr. 30: Wallingford Bowl v. Mop Nation Militia
  • May 15: Brunswick Colony Lanes v. B.O.A.
  • June 18: Position round at Hall of Fame Silver Lanes (neutral house)

The Warriors’ home match on the linked schedule is an error because the schedule is listed as Dec. 6, but it is actually the day before.

Playoff details will be posted here if the Warriors qualify.

Mop Nation Militia finishes 2nd in 2014-15 UBA Season Tour

I’ve been waiting for a good time to mention this, but the Westgate Warriors have a friendly rivalry with another Underground Bowling Association team, Mop Nation Militia, which also has some Westgate bowlers in the franchise (Steve Dale Jr., Chuck Paige II, Roland Sandefur, Eric Durden, and Rich Fulton are the Westgate bowlers on the team known to me). Mop Nation Militia was bowling for the UBA Season Tour Championship this weekend at the UBA’s signature event, Battle Bowl, at Brunswick Zone Carolier in N. Brunswick, NJ, eventually finishing runner-up to Synergy.

Congrats to everyone in the “Mop Nation”. 🙂

Westgate Warriors advance to UBA Playoffs

The Westgate Warriors, in their first season in the Underground Bowling Association, advanced to the UBA Playoffs today with a 36-4 win over Apocalypse in the NY/CT district position round at AMF Circle Lanes in East Haven, CT. Highlighting the day’s action for the Warriors were a 690 from Zach Thompson and a 688 from Charlie Unthank, both in handicap matches.

The Warriors will take on SWAT in the district semifinals on July 11 at Bowler City Lanes in Hackensack, NJ.

Westgate Warriors win first ever home match; Shawn Hagan throws 290 game

The Westgate Warriors defeated Pound For Pound 30-10 in their first ever home match by a score of 30-10 (points are given game and series for each match, scratch and two handicap, and also for the overall team total). The effort was paced largely by Shawn Hagan’s 290 game in the second handicap match, though the scratch match, with Sean Richard, Brian Egan, and Danny Khuu competing for the Warriors, was won handily by the Warriors, as well.

Elsewhere in the building, a 300 game was posted by Jesse Pickett, a member of the New England Heat, in the second game.

Westgate Lanes debut of UBA set for Jan. 4

I’ve been quiet about it until now, but some of you may have seen references in the sidebar and calendar to the Underground Bowling Association (UBA) in recent weeks. What is the UBA? It’s sort of a travel league, but a lot of urban culture influences the organization. Among other things, bowlers in the UBA are known by their nicknames, much like rappers are known by their stage names (more on this later).

Westgate Warriors logo

What this has been building up to is that the UBA is about to make its formal Westgate Lanes debut Sunday, and the center’s own UBA team, the Westgate Warriors (their logo is above), will face Pound for Pound in their first home match ever in the UBA. Paris “P-Nyce” Cook is the team’s president, and some of the better Westgate bowlers, including Seany Ka$h (with this nickname being a natural for Sean Richard to use in the UBA), are on the team. Matches consist of one scratch and two handicap match-ups of three bowlers each, with a points system determining the match winner as well as counting in the conference standings (the Westgate Warriors are in the NY/NE Conference). Note: I said formal debut because bowlers in the UBA also participate in head-to-head individual ranking matches, and some of those have already been at Westgate Lanes.

There is much administrivia for this post, including an item that has already been in the sidebar for a couple of months: The UBA’s homepage (under the “Bowling Sites” category). The Westgate Warriors also have their own page, which has been added to the “Local/New England” list. I have also started a “Westgate Warriors” post category for posts related to the team (this post being the first one in the category).

Also, I was hoping to have a special project for the Warriors off the ground by now, which was why I’ve been delaying this post, and I will be an honorary member of the team. Some of the project requirements haven’t been completed, however, and we hope to complete these after Sunday’s match.

Finally, with teams coming in from all over the Northeast, UBA events are actually weekend-long affairs, with side events taking place the Saturday before matches. The Bay State Open and the Eliminator have committed to Saturday afternoon, and in the evening, there will be the inaugural four-game Warrior Sweeper.