Jon Hester fires 824, Nathan Crouse 300 in Coke league

Congratulations to Jon Hester, who last night posted a 279-277-268 for an 824 in the Coke league, which teammate Zach Thompson said on Facebook came 21 years after Jon Hester’s last 800 series.

Not to be outdone, Nathan Crouse posted another 300 game last night as well. WTG! 🙂

May 9 NAT update

Updating the results of the two Northeast Amateur Tournament events at Westgate Lanes in April, as well as Sunday’s handicap singles event at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden, per the NAT web newsletter:

Apr. 2 NAT scratch finalists

Finalists of the NAT scratch mini-marathon doubles event on Apr. 2 at Westgate Lanes (L-R): Champions Tony Bennett & Darrell Guertin, runners-up Bill Briggs & Brian Egan (Photo courtesy of NAT)

Darrell Guertin & Tony Bennett won the NAT’s first scratch mini-marathon doubles event on Apr. 2 at Westgate Lanes after defeating Bill Briggs & Brian Egan, 411-368, in the final match. Guertin & Bennett defeated Joseph Bourhill & Jay Unthank, 485-438, in the first match of the three-team stepladder.

Apr. 23 NAT handicap doubles winners

Winners of the NAT handicap doubles event on Apr. 23 at Westgate Lanes, Edwin Grossett & Mike “Sensae” Reed (Photo courtesy of NAT)

Edwin Grossett & Mike “Sensae” Reed won the handicap doubles event on Apr. 23 at Westgate Lanes after defeating Bert & Jeff Santos in the final match. I have no score available. Also cashing out of Westgate Lanes were Tom Hedding & Ed Roberts, Jim Ferguson & Sean Richard, Hakim Emmanuel (with partner Mike Macedo), Shawn Hagan & Danny Khuu, and Mike Peirce & Dan Robinson.

May 7 NAT handicap singles finalists

Finalists of the May 7 handicap singles event at Town Line Luxury Lanes (L-R): Champion Tom Hedding, runner-up Phong Tran (Photo courtesy of NAT)

Finally, Westgate bowler Tom Hedding won the handicap singles event held on Sunday at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden, defeating Phong Tran in the final match. I had no score available for the final match.

2017 Sunday Niters roll-off

This has been “live blogging” in the past, but I decided to link a spreadsheet with the recap on Facebook and embed the Facebook post, so we’ll see how it goes. Facebook post, with comments as we go along, below:

My 2016-17 season in review

This post has been the “by the numbers” post in the past, but I decided call it “season in review” last year after bowling a second league for the first time. I definitely improved in both leagues year-to-year, so I’ll use the BowlSK reports to see if there are any trends. First, comparing my Brunswick Mixed first-ball stats (last season’s numbers before the pipe):

Strike percentage: 30.7% | 36.4%
Pocket shots: 58.0% | 65%
Carry percentage: 48.4% (317/655) | 52.2% (378/724)
Double rate: 30.2% (101/334) | 36.1% (139/385)
Average first-ball count: 8.5 | 8.7
Average first-ball non-strike count: 7.9 | 8.0

I’m not sure if my improvement is better shot-making or just matching up to the house shot better, but it’s clear that I got the pocket more often, and my carry was better, as well.

Now the Brunswick Mixed spare-related numbers:

Overall spare percentage: 59.1% (443/750) | 57.6 (389/675)
Single-pin spare percentage: 74.8 (208/278) | 66.7% (204/306)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 58.8% (221/376) | 60.3% (170/282)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 65.6% (429/654) | 63.6% (374/588)
Split conversion percentage: 14.6% (14/96) | 17.2% (15/87)
Washout conversion percentage: 26.1% (12/46) | 29.4% (10/34)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 69.8% (74/106) | 59.5% (72/121)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 72.7% (32/44) | 56.9% (41/72)

Weirdly, my single-pin numbers went down, while my multi-pin numbers went up. The weakness on single-pins is reflected in the makeable rate, as well.

Now, my Sunday Niters numbers:

Strike percentage: 29.0% | 37.9%
Pocket shots: 58.5% | 69.8%
Carry percentage: 45.3% (239/528) | 51.4% (348/677)
Double rate: 31.6% (79/250) | 36.4% (127/349)
Average first-ball count: 8.5 | 8.8
Average first-ball non-strike count: 7.9 | 8.1

Overall spare percentage: 54.5% (335/615) | 57.4% (331/577)
Single-pin spare percentage: 68.1% (177/260) | 67% (203/303)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 53.8% (147/273) | 57.4% (117/204)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 60.8% (324/533) | 63.1 (320/507)
Split conversion percentage: 13.4% (11/82) | 15.7% (11/70)
Washout conversion percentage: 12.1% (4/33) | 19% (4/21)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 54.7% (58/106) | 50.4% (69/137)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 70.4% (38/54) | 71.2% (47/66)

Roughly the same trend, though I actually improved on my 7 pin year-to-year. My first-ball numbers were also higher on Sunday night than Wednesday night. Clearly, however, buckling down on my single pins should be the best way to improve next season.

Tom Hedding slams 822 in Patriots league

“TomTom” Hedding tonight in the Patriots league had games of 278, 279, and 265 for an 822 set, and it puts him on the verge of making Brockton Bowling Association history, as it makes his average 240.63 for 99 games, which, if he maintains it next week, will be the first 240 average in the association.

WTG! 🙂

May 3 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 35 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

I was over average all three games tonight, but not enough over average to raise either my league or my composite average one more time for the season. The highlight of my night might have been my conversion of the 6-7, which some of my readers may remember I converted when my brother put money against me doing so one time.

Result: 198-177-178=553
Final average (102 games): 174
Average for last 9 games: 188

Final composite average (192 games): 175

My 553 was 84 pins better than the next highest on the pair (Barry), and, with Jeff also having a decent night, we won all four points. I didn’t know where this put us, because the next higher match had to be moved because of a breakdown. Update: We did move ahead of Striking Gentlemen for 14th place, as Solid 10 won three of the four.

Eileen On Me did win three points, so there will be a roll-off next week with Sweet Rolls, who won the first half.

Sunday Niters note: I did mean to mention that Here For Beer won the second half of that league, so the roll-off Sunday will be between them and first-half winners Suzy’s Crew.

2016-17 Week 34 Brunswick Mixed standings update

Only updating my active league…

After winning three points from Livin’ on a Spare, Lane Ducks are in 15th place and will bowl against Spare Us tomorrow night in the position round. Eileen On Me and Sweet Rolls are tied for the lead with Creeden’s Mustangs three behind, so the former two teams are bowling for first place, with the possibility of a tie and a one-game roll-off for the second half. I could be wrong, but there would be no roll-off next week if Sweet Rolls win, as they won the first half.

I am planning on giving my leagues’ roll-offs “live recap” coverage on the Facebook page, similar to what I did for the Cambridge Credit group’s team event at the USBC Open, but I would also embed the pertinent Facebook posts here.

2017 TNBA Boston Bowling Senate no-tap results

Here are the results of the TNBA Boston Bowling Senate no-tap tournament held last Saturday at Westgate Lanes (scores are with handicap):

  1. Paris Cook 943
  2. Eric Smith 933
  3. Lynell Smith 924
  4. Robert Crichlow 911
  5. Jason Harvey 895
  6. Kevin Coleman 883

Congrats to all! 🙂

Apr. 30 Sunday Niters recap

My Week 30 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

I feel like I left some pins out there with spare misses, including the 10 pin miss to end my season. It does still feel good to not only hit my +1 again to end the season, but to also improve on last week as my high series in over three years.

Result: 206-199-234=639
Final average (90 games): 177
Average for last 9 games: 198

Composite average (189 games): 175

Team needed to just win one game to secure 3rd place in the second half, but we won all eight, and I was high man on the pair, even with Ed bowling a 255 second game (and a 616 series).

In this league, I improved my average by 13 pins season-to-season, and it might be enough for league most improved. 🙂

Jim Simon fires 300 in Patriots league

I mentioned Jim Simon for a 298 game last week in the Westgate Mixed league, but he also bowls the Patriots league, and had a 300 game in it the other night. His teammate, Eric Derochers, got the video below, which he allowed me to upload to the Facebook page:

WTG Jimmy! 🙂

Apr. 26 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 34 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

Except for a bit of a “crash & burn” third game, it was another good night. Starting that third game with three open frames was tough to recover from, but I still put myself in position to get my 600 with two strikes in the 10th, but I didn’t get one. Second game was clean, and only one open frame in the first.

Result: 192-232-167=591
Average (99 games): 174
Average for last 9 games: 184
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 574

Composite average (186 games): 175

Team won second and third games and total, with Barry and Jeff over average, and Donald nearly shooting 400 (390).

2016-17 Week 33 league standings update

Updating my leagues after Week 33 of the season (including the final virtual league week):

  • Brunswick Mixed: After winning a point from Creeden’s Mustangs, Lane Ducks are in 15th place, 17.5 points behind Eileen On Me, who lead Sweet Rolls and Creeden’s Mustangs by three points, and Livin’ on a Spare by 3.5 points. We bowl Livin’ on a Spare tomorrow night, and, since the last week of the second half is next week, I’ll note the other leaders’ opponents: Eileen On Me vs. Spare Us, Sweet Rolls vs. Spear the 10 Pin, and Creeden’s Mustangs vs. Knock em Down.
  • Sunday Niters: After winning two points from Here For Beer, The 3 Stooges are in third place, 15 points behind Here For Beer, and will bowl Adam & Steve, who are seven points behind us, in Sunday’s position round. Here For Beer are four points ahead of We Found “B”, so the second half is still in doubt.
  • Virtual league: Lane Rangers needed to just win a game to lock up the championship, and did it in the first game vs. Splits & Washouts. Fin09 once again was the league’s high average, with a 237.16 for 45 games.

Nathan Crouse fires 300 in Coke league

I’ve seen him get close to having a game mentioned here a few times since I’ve started following the Coke league, and Nathan Crouse finally broke through last night with a 300 game. I have the last strike on video, below:

WTG Nate! 🙂

Tom Hedding shoots 814, “Mr. 900” 300 to lead Apr. 23 NAT scoring

I hope to have results from the tournament soon, but, to get the honor scores from today’s Northeast Amateur Tournament handicap doubles event out of the way, Tom Hedding led the way with 278-268-268 for an 814 set. “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel added to the scoring with a 300 game, and Jeff Santos (299), Matt Richard (299), and Stan Lewis (295) also had 11 in a row games.

Good work guys! 🙂

Apr. 23 Sunday Niters recap

My Week 29 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

This late in the season, it’s a great night when you can raise your average by two pins, and that’s what happened tonight. I mentioned my night on 9/18/2013 when I shot the 244 game in Brunswick Mixed a few weeks ago, and this is now my high game and series since then, as well as, of course, my highest game and series in this league. The kicker was that I only missed a couple of multi-pin spares in the first game, and was clean after the 9th frame in that game.

Result: 183-207-248=638
Average (87 games): 176
Average for last 9 games: 189
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 615

Composite average (183 games): 174

Unfortunately, Peter had a bad night, but recovered with a 201 third game, which we won by enough to only miss total by four pins.

Tom Hedding shoots 300/837 in Patriots league

“TomTom” Hedding had a big night tonight, posting a 300-280-257 effort for an 837 series. The night is potentially historic: It now puts his average at 239.82, over Nate Abdow’s association record 238, set at AMF Taunton Lanes in the 2009-10 season, with three weeks remaining. WTG! 🙂

Apr. 19 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 33 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

I’m mostly happy with how I bowled tonight, but my third game was punctuated by my inability to hit the left lane. I had at least a double four times, counting the four-bagger in the first game.

Result: 205-176-169=550
Average (96 games): 173
Average for last 9 games: 178
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 541

Composite average (180 games): 174

In my real league, team won the first game; I’m hoping the 205 is enough to win the virtual league first game.

2016-17 Week 32 league standings update

Updating my leagues (including virtual) after Week 32:

  • Brunswick Mixed: After failing to win points from Spear the 10 Pin, Lane Ducks are in 14th, 17.5 points behind Eileen On Me, who are four ahead of Sweet Rolls, five ahead of Creeden’s Mustangs (tomorrow night’s opponents), and six ahead of Livin’ on a Spare.
  • Sunday Niters: After winning six points from Ten Is Enough, The 3 Stooges are in 3rd, 11 points behind Here For Beer, who lead We Found “B” by six points, with Suzy’s Crew 20 points behind in 4th. We bowl the leaders Sunday night, with We Found “B” bowling against Suzy’s Crew; with just a position night left afterward, this week is important at the top of the standings.
  • Virtual league: Lane Rangers failed to win points from The Unbowlieveables; with Splits & Washouts winning two, that puts Splits & Washouts four behind, The Unbowlieveables six behind, and Big Guns 2.0 eight behind. Our scenario for the championship is two points against Splits & Washouts this week.

Felix Chan shoots 297 in Coke league

The only notable score from last night in the Coke league was a 297 by Felix Chan, who I recently posted about for a 300 game in the Bay State Open. Nice going! 🙂

Paris Cook bowls 290/805 in TNBA pre-bowl

This won’t be mentioned on the association’s Facebook page because it was in a pre-bowl, but Paris Cook posted that he bowled 236-290-279 for an 805 for the TNBA league this past week. Nice going! 🙂

Apr. 16 Sunday Niters recap

My Week 28 bowling, frame-by-frame (Linked to BowlSK sheet)

Tonight kind of went according to form: First game was the high game, second game the low one, and the third in the middle. I had problems with my 10 pin, but I also missed a couple of easier 3 pins.

Result: 193-151-161=505
Average (84 games): 174
Average for last 9 games: 172
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 548

Composite average (177 games): 174

Team lost the first game, but, with Ed’s 624 with a 245 third game, we won the other two and total.

Sean Richard fires 299 at Wonder Bowl

You almost expect Sean Richard to get his 300 game when he has a chance, but he showed me a near-miss of his tonight in the Twilight league at Wonder Bowl in New Bedford on Facebook. Good bowling, anyway. 🙂

Kris Higgins bowls 290 in TNBA league

It’s been a relatively quiet season in the TNBA league, but even that league’s had a few scores, and Kris Higgins posted a good number last week in it with a 290 game. WTG! 🙂

Nick Grossi shoots 300 in Patriots league

Per Sean Richard’s post on Facebook, Nick Grossi, who entered this season never having bowled a 300 game, had his second one last night in the Patriots league. Nice bowling! 🙂