AJ Voisine rolls 300 in team at Mass. state tournament

Congrats to AJ “Big Country” Voisine, who had a 300 today in the team event at the Mass. open state tournament in Auburn. Chuck Paige provided the video below:

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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! 🙂

Jim Ferguson fires 300 in Patriots league

Shout-out to Jim Ferguson, who had a 300 game last night and which is his 4th such game since February. Sean Richard provided the video below:

WTG! 🙂

Bob Hamilton fires 300 in Westgate Mixed

Bobby Geddes wasn’t the only one with a variant of his first name who had a 300 at Westgate last night, as Hall of Famer Bob Hamilton had one in the Westgate Mixed league. Bob’s daughter, Stephanie Bourhill, usually gets his videos, and this one is below:

Nice bowling Bob! 🙂

Bobby Geddes bowls first 300 in Brunswick Mixed

My team was bowling against Livin on a Spare last night, and, in the last game, their anchor bowler, Bobby Geddes, bowled his first 300 game. All I could do was smile at the achievement…WTG Bobby. 🙂

UPDATE: It was a late submission, but Joe Sullivan recorded the video below:

Apr. 17 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 33 bowling, frame-by-frame

Strikes were elusive after my turkey in the first game, but I did make most of the easy spares, with motivation actually involved in my single-pin miss to end the night. And what might have been my best shot of the night left a Westgate 7-10.

Result: 189-141-158=488
Average (90 games): 167
Average for last 9 games: 146
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 555

Composite average (99 games): 169

Eric was absent, and we won no points.

The BowlSK notes refer to a notable league event, which will be in the separate post that follows.

Sean Richard fires 290/838 in Spring Holiday Doubles; team shoots 558/1579

The real story of the BPUSBC Spring Holiday Doubles tournament yesterday came in the first squad, in which Sean Richard went 259-289-290 for an 838, which, with Jim Ferguson’s 227-246-268=741, was good for a 558 high team game and a 1,579 series, both of which will be reported to USBC headquarters.

There was one other score yesterday, a 290 bowled by Mike Morrissey. Good bowling to all! 🙂

Westgate Special Award Tournament results

The former Westgate Memorial Scholarship Tournament is now running under the Special Award brand, but still awards scholarships. It was held Saturday, and, with eight entries, one $500 scholarship was awarded, to Alex Nicol, who shot 724 with handicap. Matt Hochberg was second, with a 716 score.

Apr. 14 Sunday Niters recap

Eric, one of my Wednesday night teammates, gave me one last opportunity to sub on his Sunday night team, for which I was a regular member for a couple of years, last night.

My Week 30 bowling, frame-by-frame

My night was really made in the third game, when I made a drastic move out, and a subtle hand position change after leaving a couple of 10s led to a six-bagger to end the night.

Result: 164-159-211=534
Final average (9 games): 191

Composite average (96 games): 169

Team, with my help, won the third game by enough for total and four points, with Peter telling me they hadn’t won more than two points against our opponents all season.

Ethan Reyes, Corey Major win Mass. Pepsi tournament

According to the final scholarship list (PDF format) posted by the Mass. USBC youth committee, Westgate bowlers Ethan Reyes and Corey Major won their respective divisions of the state Pepsi tournament, held last Sunday at AMF Somerset Lanes. Along with their scholarships, the two have earned the right to compete at the Junior Gold Championships this summer in Detroit.

Congrats! 🙂

Apr. 10 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 32 bowling, frame-by-frame

I was pleased to have a 183 triplicate alive after two, but it’s hard to score well when you fall off the virtual cliff, as I had no marks after the 5th frame in the third game.

Result: 183-183-126=492
Average (87 games): 167
Average for last 9 games: 149
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 539

Composite average (93 games): 169

With Si absent, we were assured of his average minus five bowling against the vacant. We barely lost the third game point, but won the other three.

2018-19 Week 31 league standings update

Let’s MixEm Up had to forfeit to Great Balls of Fire, so we’re now in 14th place, 18 points behind Last Empire, who lead by two points over Sweet Rolls and four over Stacked and 10th Frame Magic. We’re bowling for points against the vacant tonight.

Bill Briggs slams 300/833 in Pepsi league

It may be time to crown Bill Briggs “King of the (Middle) Road” at Westgate Lanes, because not only did he bowl his second 300 game of the quarter last night, but bookended that with games of 257 and 276 for an 833 set, rare territory for the Pepsi league. Great night, Billy! 🙂

Shawn Hagan wins NAT “Throw the Low”

NAT Apr. 2019

Finalists of NAT “Throw the Low” event on Apr. 7 at Westgate Lanes, runner-up Jim Ferguson, champion Shawn Hagan (Photo courtesy of NAT)

The Northeast Amateur Tournament  reported on Facebook (must be logged in to view) that Shawn Hagan defeated Jim Ferguson, 255-254 (with handicap) in the title match of  yesterday’s “Throw the Low” event at Westgate Lanes. In this format, the bowlers bowled four games of qualifying, with the high three only counting toward the total. It was Hagan’s first NAT singles title.

Congrats also to Kevin Kelliher, who had a 297 in qualifying.