2019 NEBA Saturday notes

A couple of notes/observations from tonight’s NEBA squad:

  • Jim Savasta had the high game on the squad with a 299, with a 9 pin spoiling the perfecto.
  • Both lefties on the squad, Westgate’s Aaron Major along with Jalen Scott-Jones, made the squad cut. With PBA Tour champion Anthony Pepe, also a lefty, due at Westgate in the morning, tomorrow will be really interesting.
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Art of Bowling added to sidebar

I found a YouTube channel, Art of Bowling (not to be confused with Jason Belmonte and Diandra Asbaty’s International Art of Bowling), which belongs to New York City-based Silver coach Arthur O’Connor. The channel has lots of good tips, so I decided to place the sidebar link under the coaching category rather than the general one for videos.

“Roll” reversal

I’ve been having second thoughts about my Alpha Crux, which was originally a pin-down layout for an early roll. However, I roll a slower ball, so the early ball was not optimal. I had Kevin redrill the ball pin-up, with the thought that the surface will make it go harder off the spot.

My axis (PAP) has changed a lot since I learned a modern release, and is now 5.25″ over, 1.125″ up. The resulting layout is 75° X 4.5″ X 30° (if you want the older notation, 4.5″ X 6″ X 2″). The weight hole is also gone, as I wanted the ball to still be legal when weight holes become illegal in the 2020-21 season.

Trying out the ball today (thanks for the oil, Bobby), the ball does indeed go longer, but I wasn’t getting the back-end move I was hoping for, so Stephen took the ball surface up to 4000 Abralon. I found I was carrying a couple more mixer strikes, and my last shot on 57 was dead flush and carried all ten. I’ll need more practice, but the change looks promising.

Aaron Major posts 804 in His & Hers

As announced by the BPUSBC above, Aaron Major threw 279-268-257 for an 804 series tonight in the His & Hers league. Aaron actually needed a 266 third game to break Jim Ferguson’s association record average, but Sean Richard reported to me that Aaron left a stone 8 pin in the penultimate frame, which cost him the record.

Congrats again, anyway, Aaron! 🙂

Shawn Hagan rolls 300 in Pepsi league

The Pepsi league season also ended with a bang last night, with Shawn Hagan putting up a trey, the last shot of which is shown below:

Nice game! 🙂

Sean Richard throws 810 in Westport

“$eany Ka$h” has been bowling the Westport Trios league at Holiday Lanes on Monday nights rather than the Pepsi league. While it took him until the last night, he finally broke through last night, posting 267-266-277 for an 810 (see above). WTG! 🙂

My 2018-19 season in review

This post has been the “by the numbers” post in the past, but I decided call it “season in review” since I started bowling in a second league. I went back to bowling only on Wednesday night, so there will be no analysis of Sunday night (which I still had nine games in as a sub).

On Wednesday night, I was about eight pins under my 11-year average in the league (176.14), so let’s see if the BowlSK stats show a trend, first ball first (last season before the pipe):

Strike percentage: 39.8% | 32.5%
Pocket shots: 71.1% | 59.1%
Carry percentage: 53.1% (404/761) | 49.2% (304/618)
Double rate: 40.3% (165/409) | 32.9% (107/325)
Average first-ball count: 8.9 | 8.6
Average first-ball non-strike count: 8.1 | 7.9

I actually felt I was throwing better shots, but not really getting rewarded for it, though I missed the pocket more, as well.

Let’s see what happened on spares:

Overall spare percentage: 56.9% (353/620) | 56.0% (378/675)
Single-pin spare percentage: 67.8% (206/304) | 70.5% (208/295)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 60.0% (129/215) | 58.2% (163/280)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 64.5% (335/519) | 64.5% (371/575)
Split conversion percentage: 18.4% (18/98) | 7.0% (7/100)
Washout conversion percentage: 11.8% (2/17) | 29.0% (9/31)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 54.9% (62/113) | 56.0% (56/100)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 69.5% (57/82) | 71.9% (46/64)

What stands out here is that I improved on my single-pin spares, including both corner pins. I’d probably like to make 80% of my single pins, and I’m getting there. Note: I left 100 splits and only converted 7 of them, so, when I made a mistake on first ball, I generally paid for it.

If you’ll look at my spreadsheet log (in the sidebar), the 338 was an outlier. Conditions were bad, but I said nothing because it’s my job to adjust to the conditions, and, if I don’t, I deserve to lose, because, after all, both teams are on the same lanes. Also, 39 & 40 continued to be a favorite pair (180 average), but so was “Hakim’s pair” (47 & 48, on which I averaged 183). Final word: I’ll take my 170 composite average.

2019 NEBA lane condition note

As released by NEBA in the above post, the lane condition for the coming weekend’s Westgate Lanes Open will be Kegel Broadway, a pattern that was used in the Pepsi league this season. I hope to see everyone there.

Bob Hamilton throws 300 in Westgate Mixed

Congrats to BPUSBC Hall of Famer Bob Hamilton, who had a 300 game on the Westgate Mixed League’s position night, which was his second in the league’s last three weeks. I’m not sure, but his team may be in that league’s roll-off next week.

Congrats again! 🙂

Rose Hamilton wins Michael Z. Eramo Coach of the Year Award

Congratulations to Rose Hamilton, who was presented with the 2019 Michael Z. Eramo Coach of the Year Award last weekend at the youth state tournament. It’s a well-deserved honor. 🙂

Note: The post above also has links to the unofficial tournament results. I will post about results again when they become official.

2017-18 Mass. state youth award winners

Above is the list of state youth award winners for the 2017-18 season from the BPUSBC centers, as they were presented at the state youth tournament in Pittsfield. Blanket congratulations to all.

Hakim Emmanuel wins NAT Over/Under doubles at East Providence Lanes

NAT Over-Under April 28

Finalists of Apr. 28 NAT Over/Under (45) doubles event at East Providence Lanes (L-R): Champions Angel Hernandez & Hakim Emmanuel, runners-up Bob DiMuccio Jr. & Sr. (Photo courtesy of Northeast Amateur Tournament)

The Northeast Amateur Tournament reported on Facebook (must be logged in to view) that Hakim Emmanuel, with partner Angel Hernandez, defeated Bob DiMuccio Sr. & Jr., 499-464 (with handicap), to win their inaugural Over/Under 45 doubles event on April 28 at East Providence Lanes.

This is a first time for the NAT on this blog: Mike Montijo recorded the final match, which is linked here.

2018-19 Week 35 league standings update

With the four points from the vacant, Let’s MixEm Up finished the second half in 14th place. Last Empire won the second half, so Wednesday night’s roll-off will be between them and Party of Six, the first half winners.

May 1 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 35 bowling, frame-by-frame

With better carry late, this could have been in the 7s, but it’s still a higher 6 if I make my single pins. It turned out my best game of the season would come on the last night, my 255 in the first game. It was also my only 6 in this league this season.

Result: 255-203-157=615
Final average (96 games): 168
Average for last 9 games: 180

Final composite average (105 games): 170

We were bowling the vacant without Eric all night and Si for the first game, but we easily won all four, with the three of us all making contributions.

2018-19 Week 34 league standings update

After splitting 2-2 with Creeden’s Mustangs, Let’s MixEm Up is in 15th and will bowl the vacant tonight in the position round. Last Empire is the leader, three points ahead of Stacked, 10 points ahead of Sweet Rolls, and 11 ahead of Creeden’s Mustangs.

I had the high scratch and handicap game in my division last week.

Roland Sandefur wins UBA Last Team Standing

According to a Facebook post from Joey Nereu (which was not shareable), a member of Mop Nation Militia out of Westgate Lanes, Roland Sandefur, won the UBA Last Team Standing event yesterday at AMF Circle Lanes in East Haven, CT, along with Jim Handy and Jayme Silva. Congrats guys!

Sean Richard posts 290/804 in singles at Mass. state tournament

According to the recap he posted on Facebook, Sean Richard had 236-290-278 for an 804 in singles at the Mass. open state tournament in Auburn. He had decent scores in his other events, coming away with a 2,226 all-events score. Good bowling! 🙂

Ed Ashbaugh tosses 300 in Falmouth

Per the post above, Pepsi leaguer Ed Ashbaugh had a 300 game last night in the Thursday Night Mixed league at Trade Center Bowl in Falmouth, which, judging from his other recent posts, was his first in that house. Congrats! 🙂

Full disclosure: Ed Ashbaugh recently became the new proprietor of Trade Center Bowl.

Sean Richard rolls 297 in Patriots league

Sean Richard had a rare choke on a 300 last night, finishing a game out with a 297, but I can’t let it be said that he didn’t have an excuse: He became a grandfather for the first time this week, so congratulations to Seany, his son Matt, and Amanda, the mother.

Joe Fletcher wins Bay State Open Mulligan Singles at Westgate

As reported by the Bay State Open in the above Facebook post, Joe Fletcher defeated Ken Camille Jr., 300-202 (with handicap) to win the Mulligan Singles event on Apr. 13 at Westgate Lanes. The format allowed one “mulligan” per game on a first ball, including fill shots at full racks in the 10th frame. Note: 300 games where mulligans were used were ineligible for USBC certification.

You may watch the final match below:

Apr. 24 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 34 bowling, frame-by-frame

I mostly struggled early, but when I did find my good ball and line, I reeled off five in a row for what was close to my high game for the season.

Result: 137-156-230=523
Average (93 games): 167
Average for last 9 games: 167
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 536

Composite average (102 games): 169

We had our full four, but Eric had to leave after two games because of a family emergency. We lost the first game big, but won the other two to split the points.

2018-19 Week 33 standings update

After failing to win points from Livin on a Spare, Let’s MixEm Up is in 14th place, 22 points behind Last Empire, who lead Stacked by three points, and Sweet Rolls, 10th Frame Magic, and Creeden’s Mustangs (our opponents tomorrow night) by nine points. This being the last week before the last position round of the second half, I’ll run down the leaders’ match-ups below:

  • Last Empire vs. Great Balls of Fire
  • Stacked vs. Livin on a Spare
  • Sweet Rolls vs. Tuckin’ Fenpin
  • 10th Frame Magic vs. 5 Spares

Si had the high scratch game and series in his division last week.

Link to Brad & Kyle added to sidebar

Anyone who has regularly followed the PBA on FOX knows that PBA bowlers Brad Miller & Kyle Sherman have a popular YouTube channel, and the link to that is now in the streaming/videos sidebar list. I’ve admittedly got some catching up to do.

BowlingDigital link, RSS feeds restored

Seeing that BowlingDigital.com was still in operation, I’ve restored everything (link and RSS feeds) I had before, and, as a bonus, added their industry news feed.

The surprise was seeing a Facebook page plug-in available, and, after some experimentation, a feed of The Tenth Board Facebook page is now in the sidebar, so that blog readers who aren’t on Facebook can see what I post there. Hope everyone enjoys it. 🙂

UPDATE: Only one of the RSS feeds, the “Top Stories” one, was visible, and that one appeared out-of-date, so I’ve removed the RSS feeds, but the link to BowlingDigital.com remains in the bowling media sidebar list; after all, no one covers international bowling like BowlingDigital.com.

Brian Egan posts 300/811 in doubles at Mass. open state tournament

The state tournaments usually don’t start until after Easter, but Easter Sunday at the open state tournament in Auburn proved kind to Brian Egan, who went 300-253-258 for an 811 in the doubles event. He was bowling with Sean Richard, who recorded this video:

Nice bowling, Brian! 🙂