I’ve been meaning to post since Thursday, but, Wednesday night, Sean Richard converted the “Greek Church” split (4-6-7-8-10 lefty) in a situation where he needed it for points for his team. WTG! 🙂
The New England Bowlers Association, the USBC’s longest running scratch tournament club, is approaching its 58th year of existence. Westgate Lanes has been a big part of that history, hosting 55 of their tournaments, so, when the opportunity presented itself to compile a history of NEBA here, I had to jump at it. Much of it comes from NEBA’s 50th anniversary booklet, which I was seeing for the first time and Kevin Thibeault agreed to loan out to me. Of course, the later tournaments could be pieced together from the archives of this website.
The table below will have the list of NEBA champions at Westgate, annotated where appropriate:
It is little surprise that the winningest NEBA bowler at Westgate is the bowler who has come to be the embodiment of the organization, Mike Lichstein, whose first of a record 31 NEBA titles came here. Aside from Mike Lichstein’s four NEBA titles at Westgate, the other multiple NEBA winners at Westgate are Tony Attardo (with three of his four), Steve Travers, Bill Webb, Stephen Dale Jr., and Tony Reynaud (two each).
The group includes 19 members of the NEBA Hall of Fame, four NEBA Bowlers of the Year who won the year they won at Westgate (Paul Moser, Mike Lichstein, Bill Webb, with one of his record eight, and Ryan Graywacz), and each of the top three all-time in NEBA titles (Lichstein, as well as Alex Aguiar and Bill Webb). The national credentials of Westgate’s NEBA champions include two members of both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame (Mark Roth, along with newly-elected USBC Hall of Famer Patrick Allen), three other PBA Tour champions known to me (Paul Moser, Jon Van Hees, and Anthony Pepe), two bowlers who won PBA majors as amateurs (Moser, along with Brian Boghosian), two winners of the High Roller, the original Las Vegas megabuck amateur tournament (Lichstein, along with Ed Roberts), and one member of the “900 Club” (not Hakim Emmanuel, but Jon Wilbur).
Two of these bowlers, Ed Roberts and Patrick Allen, also have experience on Team USA: Ed Roberts was a member of the men’s squad for the 1995 FIQ World Championships held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, the year the facility opened, and was also on Team USA for the inaugural WTBA World Senior Championships in 2013, winning multiple medals in that tournament. Ed also has won multiple medals, including gold, at the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, the American zone’s biggest annual tournament. Patrick Allen was a member of the 2008 American “Dream Team” at the 2008 WTBA World Men’s Championships in Munich, Germany, the first world championship tournament that allowed professional participation. Allen was the emotional leader of that team, which won the gold medal in the coveted team of five event.
From a local perspective, four members of the Bristol-Plymouth USBC Hall of Fame, Tony Attardo, Steve Travers, John Ellis, and Ed Roberts, have won at Westgate. Three other Westgate NEBA winners, Alex Aguiar, Rick Cashell and Stephen Dale Jr., are known to me to have bowled regularly in leagues at Westgate Lanes. Westgate has had a reputation of being a lefty-friendly center, and Tony Attardo, Paul Moser, Mike Lichstein, Steve Travers, Patrick Allen, and Anthony Pepe are the Westgate NEBA champions known to me to be lefties. You could also count Ernie Hoestery, a right-handed back-up bowler, as a lefty.
One will also note that in 2017, Anthony Pepe defeated Jon Van Hees in a match-up of PBA Tour champions in a NEBA championship match at Westgate. Another notable NEBA final match at Westgate took place in 2015, when Ed Roberts became NEBA’s oldest champion by defeating Tyler Perry, the youngest champion in NEBA’s history. The previous year, NEBA’s GOAT, Mike Lichstein, faced Alex Aguiar, #2 all-time, recording his 28th title.
As a bonus, I decided to also include the history of two other centers in the Brockton (now Bristol-Plymouth) association:
This list picks up PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Wayne Webb, whose family had owned the center in Taunton (listed as Cranberry Bowl for him), one other BPUSBC Hall of Famer, Dan Robinson (a Westgate bowler who won at North Bowl), and Bryan Cahill (who had held the Westgate house record prior to Hakim Emmanuel’s 900 series). Gary Shultis is the only NEBA Hall of Famer in this list who did not also win at Westgate. Ed Roberts is the only BPUSBC Hall of Famer who won at two centers in the association (also having won at North Bowl).
Finally, many of the Brockton/Bristol-Plymouth association’s NEBA champions never won at a center in the association, Joe Picanzo (NEBA’s very first champion), Nate Abdow, Bill Briggs, Fred Delfino, Brian Egan, Gary Erickson, Jim Ferguson, Ray Fischer, Rich Fulton, Brian Gaskill, Dan Hamilton, Bill Major, and Tim Riordan among them (there may be others).
Per the post above, Westgate league bowler Kevin Kelliher bested Corey Hanson, 277-264 (with handicap), to win the Bay State Open’s Mulligan Singles event last Sunday at Gardner Ten Pins. The tournament’s format allowed bowlers to redo one first ball in any frame (including second or third ball in the 10th following a strike) of each game.
Congrats Kevin! 🙂
Per the post above, Westgate bowler Chris Zalewski was one of the division winners of the second annual Bristol-Plymouth USBC Youth Championships, which were held last Sunday at North Bowl Lanes. Other Westgate bowlers winning scholarships were Brenda Murphy, Aiden Delehoy, Jessica Blyth, and Corey Major (who finished second to Zalewski in the 181 & over division). Good bowling!
And, finally, Aaron Major figured in the His & Hers high scores again with a 279 game. Nice bowling!
Meanwhile, in the Rhythm & Bowling league, Cindy Cabral continued her good bowling with a 670 set, while Shonta Cooks checked in with a 266 game, per the high score lists. WTG!
Sunday night, in the Sunday Niters league, Patrick Dolan continued to find a good game with a 275, per the weekly high scores. Nice going!
Found out about this late, but here are the results of the Adult/Junior doubles tournament on Nov. 23:
- Ethan Reyes & Sean Richard 1,409
- Chris Zalewski & Brendan Litchfield 1,408
Good bowling! 🙂
The night after Aaron Major’s 300 game in His & Hers, his cousin Stephen followed up with one in the Trio + One league at Town Line in Malden, per the recap. Nice bowling! 🙂
I also noticed in the top scores that Michael Simmons had a 278 game last Friday night in the TNBA league. Good bowling!
And a nice night Sunday night for Cindy Cabral, with a 654 set in the Rhythm & Bowling league, per the recap. Just don’t ask her what happened in the last game. 😉
A look at the top bowlers of the week shows Patrick Dolan had a 277 game this past weekend in the Sunday Niters league. Nice bowling! 🙂
Chalk up another one for Aaron Major, as the recap shows that he had his second 300 in three weeks last night in the His & Hers league. WTG! 🙂
Ralph Dahlgren has subbed at least once this year in the Patriots league, so, technically, he’s still a Westgate bowler, but, last night in one of his regular leagues, the Westport Trios at Holiday Lanes, he had a 300 game, the scoresheet of which was captured by Sean Richard in the photo above. Nice bowling! 🙂
Per the post above by the bowling center, cousins Stephen & Aaron Major, the 2016 USBC Youth Open doubles champions, won their first adult doubles tournament by taking the inaugural Turkey Doubles last night at Broadway Bowl in Ft. Edward, NY. The Majors defeated Steve Wagoner & Craig Taylor 247-237 in the Baker-format final match, in which Stephen delivered the clinching double in the 10th frame.
Congratulations guys! 🙂
Per the recap on LeagueSecretary.com, Aaron Major connected for a 300 for the second week in a row en route to a 778 set.
Also, by suggestion, I’m relaxing the thresholds for reporting scores, and this allows me to recognize Manny Silva, with a 279 game (his recap is on the page previous to the one I linked for Aaron).
Nice bowling to both. 🙂
Last night, Jayme Silva Sr., a veteran SEMASS bowler, recorded his first 300 game in a Westgate league, the Patriots league (not surprisingly). Jennifer Mydlack sent me the video below of the last shots:
As an aside, Alex Major proposed to his girlfriend and teammate, Samantha Gustin, as she was finishing up for the night (her team had her bowl anchor last night to set it up). It was the first time, including my former bowling stint, that I’d been witness to a marriage proposal at Westgate. Congrats to the couple.
A quick shout-out also to Sandi Litchfield, who had a 279 game Friday night in the TNBA league. 🙂
Sean Richard sent me the photo above, which shows that Aaron Major went 300-279-248 for an 827 set last night in the His & Hers league. Aaron previously had an 814 in the league and an 813 in Raynham, but this was his first 300 of the season, the final shot of which Sean Richard also got this recording of.
As announced in the above post, Sean Richard won a record 6th Bay State Open title Saturday in the “Throw the Low” (bowl four games, drop low score of the four) event at Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket, RI, winning the final match 261-202 (with handicap) over Bill Josephson. Sean posted on Facebook that he was actually an alternate for match play, and got in when bowlers left thinking they’d missed the cut. It just goes to show you that it pays to stick around a tournament until cuts are announced.
I’d shared the video of the final match on Facebook, but I’ll include it below.
WTG Ka$h! 🙂
As the photo shows, Hakim Emmanuel had a slow start, but finished with a 300 game in the team event of the TNBA East regional tournament, taking place at AMF Norfolk Lanes in Virginia. It is Hakim’s first perfect game away from Westgate Lanes.
Nice bowling! 🙂
Aaron Major messaged me last night that he had put up 256-279-278 for an 813 in the Thursday Night Mixed league at Ryan’s Amusements in Raynham, which should be his first score in a center away from Westgate that is still in the Bristol-Plymouth association. I was also able to confirm it on LeagueSecretary.com. Congrats! 🙂
Note: Aaron bowls with Barry & Donald Wood, two of my former Brunswick Mixed teammates.
Brian Egan reported to me last night that he had a 300 game the other night in Malden, which I was able to confirm on LeagueSecretary.com. Congrats! 🙂
I shared the unofficial results of the Rhode Island USBC city tournament on Facebook Monday, but overlooked that Sean Richard had a 299 in the singles event, which apparently was bowled Saturday. Good work! 🙂
The photo above shows the recap of Sean Richard’s 804 set last night in the Westport Trios league at Holiday Lanes. Nice bowling! 🙂
Last night in the Patriots league saw Keith Kaestner strike 12 times in the third game and Mike “Sensae” Reed get close to one with a 297 game. For Keith, it had been two years between perfect games.
Congrats to both! 🙂
Belated congrats to Ed Godino III, who had a 290 game last week in the Brunswick Mixed league. 🙂
He lost his 800 bid in the final frame last night, but Sean Richard did start the night with the first 16. Good bowling! 🙂
Per a report he gave me on Facebook, Kevin Kelliher, who bowls in the Pepsi and Patriots leagues at Westgate Lanes, bowled his first perfect game in tonight’s NEBA qualifying squad at AMF Auburn Lanes. Great bowling! 🙂