Jim Ferguson & Sean Richard win NAT doubles at Westgate

June 2017 NAT doubles finalists

Finalists of NAT doubles event on June 11, 2017 at Westgate Lanes (L-R): Champions Sean Richard & Jim Ferguson, runners-up Clay E. Hill & Tom Hedding (Photo courtesy of NAT)

The Northeast Amateur Tournament reported on their Facebook page that Brockton Bowling Association Hall of Famers Jim Ferguson & Sean Richard won the handicap doubles event yesterday at Westgate Lanes after defeating Clay E. Hill & Tom Hedding, 479-464 (with handicap), in the final match. The event drew 37 entries, with Brian Egan & Kevin Thibeault, Stan Lewis & Zach Thompson, and Chuck Paige (with partner Jim Handy) also cashing for Westgate.

Westgate Warriors defeat Phoenix at Lucky Lanes

The Westgate Warriors were in need of a good day to get back into playoff contention with the season tour’s position round coming up, and they got it in the form of a 36-4 victory over Phoenix at Lucky Lanes in Berlin, CT. On a day when it was tough to score, the first handicap trio of Mark Zimmerman, Jim Ferguson, and Sean Richard had their stars shine brightest, sweeping all 10 of their points thanks to a 644, 637, and 629 respectively. Brian Egan and Danny Khuu also did well in the scratch trio (684 and 674), and Jon Hester led the second handicap trio with a 655.

The Warriors hold the last playoff spot by two points over Phoenix, and will be bowling the Auburn Maulers in the position round, which will be Saturday at Wallingford Bowl.

Zach Thompson bowls 300, Chuck Paige 298 in NAT doubles

As usual with the Northeast Amateur Tournament, I’ll post the scores from the tournament first; these were both in the same group of the second squad, Zach Thompson first in the second game with a 300, then Chuck Paige’s 298 game following that.

Good bowling guys! 🙂

Jake Tobin fires 300 game in Adult/Junior

Jake Tobin bowled his first 800 series this past winter season in the Brunswick Mixed league, and can now add a 300 game to that, bowled tonight in the Adult/Junior league. Ken Gerraughty got the video, which he let me download and share here:

Congrats Jake…I know you’ve been wanting one of those! 🙂

Buddy Wilt bowls first 300 in Hanover history

I didn’t find out about it until today at the Brockton Bowling Association’s annual meeting, but congratulations to my fellow board member Buddy Wilt, who, last Nov. 28, bowled the first 300 game in the history of Boston Bowl Hanover in the Monday Mixers league. WTG! 🙂

Mark Zimmerman wins 2016-17 Bay State Open Bowler of the Year

As detailed in the latest newsletter, Mark Zimmerman made the finals of four events, getting to the final four in two, and won the trios title at East Providence Lanes to earn the Bay State Open’s Bowler of the Year title. With Sean Richard having won it last season, two of the three Bay State Open Bowlers of the Year have been Westgate Bowlers.

To save a separate Facebook post, I’ll also note that Brittany Sheridan defeated Matt Robichaud 222/310 to 264/302 to win the season-end event at Town Line Luxury Lanes. You can watch the final match below:

Sean Richard throws 300 game at Wonder Bowl

With his Brockton Bowling Association Hall of Fame induction only days away (finally), “$eany Ka$h” added to his resume last night with a 300 game in the Columbia 300 Summer Classic league at Wonder Bowl in New Bedford, in which he was subbing. This was #86 for him, so the count-up to #100 is close to being, if not actually, on.

Nice bowling! 🙂

2017 TNBA East Junior Regional results

This year’s TNBA East regional youth tournament was hosted by Westgate Lanes on Apr. 8 & 9, and I finally found the official results (separate files for each event). The champions in each event are below, with the senate represented in parentheses; scores are with handicap:

Team

Div. 1: First State I (Delaware) 2,781
Div. 2: Ft. Meade #6 (Washington) 2,787
Div. 3: The Jersey Lanes Boys (Metropolitan) 2,500
Div. 4: Boston Bowl #6 (Boston) 2,078

Doubles

Div. 1: S. Palmer & D. Hudson (Philadelphia) 1,477
Div. 2: A. Torres & K. Knox (Metropolitan) 1,497
Div. 3: X. Wilson & A. Warner (Providence) 1,307
Div. 4: I. Tucker & S. Tucker (Washington) 1,083
Div. 5: E. Wilson & V. Tucker (Washington) 737

Singles

Div. 1: Dylan Bowers (Delaware) 735
Div. 2: Kieryn Knox (Metropolitan) 746
Div. 3: Hollis Warner (Providence) 668
Div. 4: Aunja’Juell Swails (Washington) 539
Div. 5: Ellis Wilson (Washington) 357

Congrats to all. 🙂

2017 Mass. open state tournament results

The Greater Gardner Bowling Association has posted official state tournament results here, and, as usual, I’ll recognize the state champions below:

Handicap

Team: Dudley Duds 3,823
Doubles: Zakery & Ed White 1,670
Singles: Tom Lear 855
All-Events: Zakery White 2,410

Scratch

Team: Patch 3,576
Doubles: Mike Colby & Bill Green 1,549
Singles: Matt Coe 824
All-Events: Corey Umbrello 2,289

Congratulations to all! 🙂

Ed Roberts wins May SEMBA in Auburn

As detailed in the post above, Ed Roberts took down the May SEMBA title, his third, at AMF Auburn Lanes while celebrating his 74th birthday. Ed went undefeated in match play after leading qualifying with an 836 (four games) for a total of 1,743. Darrell Guertin was second with 1,673. The lane condition was the World Bowling Atlanta pattern.

2016-17 Westgate season recap

With all of the winter leagues having wrapped up, I now devote my annual post to the final high scores of the winter league season. As a refresher, average is based on a minimum of 72 games in the league, and youth bowlers are included with their gender, where applicable. I am doing something different with one category this time:

Men

Average: 240.60; Tom Hedding (Thursday Night Patriots, 102 games)
Series: 837; Harry Thibeault, Tom Hedding (Thursday Night Patriots)
Game: 300; 65 total during season

Women

Average: 194.69; Tasheka Douglas (Boston Rhythm & Bowling, 96 games)
Series: 711; Tasheka Douglas (Boston Rhythm & Bowling)
Game: 290; Debbie Major (His & Hers)

I don’t recall seeing as many 300 games during a league season as there were this season, so I didn’t want to attempt to list all of the bowlers who had one.

Congrats to all! 🙂

NEBA announces 54 members of inaugural Hall of Fame class

As detailed in the video above, 54 bowlers covering 54 years of NEBA’s history will comprise the inaugural induction class of its Hall of Fame. 49 will be recognized for bowling achievement and five for meritorious service, and, rather than go through the entire list, I will note that Brockton Bowling Association Hall of Famers Tony Attardo, Fred Delfino, John Ellis, and Ed Roberts, along with Coke league bowler Steve Dale Jr., are in the class, with all but Delfino being inducted for bowling achievement (Delfino is being inducted for meritorious service).

The induction dinner will take place on Aug. 26 in Glastonbury, CT, in conjunction with the $50 tournament at Hall of Fame Silver Lanes.

2016-17 Coke league last quarter, overall results

The Coke league wrapped up its season last Monday, and Young & Old ended up winning the last quarter, and my photo of the team is below:

Young & Old 2016-17 Coke last quarter

2016-17 Coke league last quarter winners, Young & Old (L-R): Rob Young, Mike Carter, Jim Young, “Hawk” Earle

In the overall points, Rick O’Shea came out on top with 667 points, with first quarter winners Prime Time second with 646.5 points. Congratulations to the members of Rick O’Shea, Brian Egan, Nathan Crouse, Brian Gaskill, and Steve Dale Jr.

Shawn Hagan posts 815 set in Coke league

The highest-scoring Coke league in memory was not going to end without a score in the last week, it seemed, and it was Shawn Hagan who provided it, going 279-268-268 for a personal-best 815 set. Way to end on a high note! 🙂

I will have one more post to make about the season in this league, but it’ll have to wait until next week, when I’ll have the content I want.

Tom Hedding fires 300 in Patriots, sets new Brockton Bowling Association record average

“TomTom” Hedding threw a 300 second game in the Patriots league tonight, but that may not be the most important thing that happened. He bookended the night with a 226 and a 193 for a 719 series, and with that, ended the season with a 240.60 average for 102 games in the league. It is, in fact, a new Brockton Bowling Association record, as well as the first 240 average in the association, as the old record was held by Nate Abdow, who posted a 238.93 average in the 2009-10 Silver City league at AMF Taunton Lanes (now defunct).

Congratulations! 🙂

Sean Richard fires 300 in Westgate Mixed

It’s been a while between scores for “$eany Ka$h”, but he ended his honor score drought last night with a 300 in the Westgate Mixed league. I don’t remember if his team won the first half of that league, but it was their position night for the second half last night.

WTG $eany! 🙂

2017 Brunswick Mixed roll-off

My Facebook coverage of my Wednesday league’s roll-off is below, including the “live recap”, which, hopefully, actually gets updated after saves:

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.