Mike Griffin fires 290 in TNBA league

This season in the TNBA league may be best remembered for Jessica Lowe’s 300 game and Hakim Emmanuel’s first 800 series, but Mike Griffin put a “bow” on that league’s season last Friday with a 290 game. Good job! 🙂

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Jim Simon, Mike Botelho shoot 300 in Westgate Mixed

Meanwhile, the Westgate Mixed league had a couple of 300s on their position night, led off by Jim Simon’s (Sean Richard’s video is below):

That 300 was followed in the second game by one by Mike Botelho, with video below:

This was Mike’s first 300 at Westgate, but he told me he’d previously bowled 300s in Taunton and Somerset.

WTG guys! 🙂

2018 Brunswick Mixed roll-off

Dawg Pound used an 1,113 third game (with handicap) to erase a 33-pin deficit and win the championship of the Brunswick Mixed league over Sweet Rolls, 3,050-2,980. Ken Gerraughty (663) and Jake Tobin (675) led the way for Dawg Pound, while Shawn Coles (648) was high man on Sweet Rolls.

Congrats to Dawg Pound, who are in Ken Gerraughty’s photo below:

Dawg Pound 2017-18

2017-18 Brunswick Mixed champions, Dawg Pound Front (L-R): Rob Eicher, Ken Gerraughty, Ed Miller, William Gerraughty; Back: Jake Tobin

2017-18 Week 36 league standings update

Just one league to update, and it’s about the final second half standings:

  • Brunswick Mixed: As a result of splitting 2-2 with Striking Gentlemen, Let’s MixEm Up ended the second half in 6th place. Sweet Rolls swept all four from Creeden’s Mustangs and are the second half winners, bowling against Dawg Pound tomorrow night for the league championship. I’ve given the roll-off “live blog” coverage in the past, but may not tomorrow night, as I’m not sure about the status of the wifi connection. I’ll still make sure I post the result of the roll-off.

Gino Beniamino bowls 300, “Mr. 900” 299 in Pepsi league

There were a couple of big games in the Pepsi league last night, not the least of which was a 300 by Gino Beniamino, and he made another close approach to one later in the night with a 289. A more notable game than that, however, was bowled by “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel, who had his very first 299 game after the run of 300 games that started with the 900 series. As happens often, a 10 pin stood on the last shot.

Nice bowling guys! 🙂

May 2018 NEBA lane condition note

Per the post above, NEBA has released the lane condition for this weekend’s Harry’s Pub & Grill Open at Westgate Lanes, which I checked against Kegel’s pattern library and found it to be Winding Road.

NEBA has posted pre-reserved lane assignments for recent tournaments on their Facebook page, and I expect this event to be no different. Also, a source told me they expect to bring a long network cable to plug into the router at the desk, so, hopefully, they’ll have a smooth stream of match play on Facebook.

My 2017-18 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 showed a two-pin improvement on Sunday night and a five-pin improvement on Wednesday night, so, once again, 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: 36.4% | 39.8%
Pocket shots: 65% | 71.1%
Carry percentage: 52.2% (378/724) | 53.1% (404/761)
Double rate: 36.1% (139/385) | 40.3% (165/409)
Average first-ball count: 8.7 | 8.9
Average first-ball non-strike count: 8.0 | 8.1

What stands out is that I repeated shots better, as shown by the improvement in my double rate. I also left more manageable spares, so let’s see if I took advantage of that:

Overall spare percentage: 57.6 (389/675) | 56.9% (353/620)
Single-pin spare percentage: 66.7% (204/306) | 67.8% (206/304)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 60.3% (170/282) | 60.0% (129/215)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 63.6% (374/588) | 64.5% (335/519)
Split conversion percentage: 17.2% (15/87) | 18.4% (18/98
Washout conversion percentage: 29.4% (10/34) | 11.8% (2/17)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 59.5% (72/121) | 54.9% (62/113)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 56.9% (41/72) | 69.5% (57/82)

I made my 10 pin less often, but didn’t leave as many, and was much better on my 7 pin, and better on my single pins overall. The rest of the dip in my overall numbers was multi-pin spares and washouts.

Now, my Sunday Niters numbers:

Strike percentage: 37.9% | 38.0%
Pocket shots: 69.8% | 69.2%
Carry percentage: 51.4% (348/677) | 52.6% (333/633)
Double rate: 36.4% (127/349) | 42.9% (141/329)
Average first-ball count: 8.8 | 8.8
Average first-ball non-strike count: 8.1 | 8.1

Overall spare percentage: 57.4% (331/577) | 58.1% (316/544)
Single-pin spare percentage: 67% (203/303) | 70.7% (183/259)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 57.4% (117/204) | 60.9% (126/207)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 63.1% (320/507) | 66.3% (309/466)
Split conversion percentage: 15.7% (11/70) | 9.2% (7/76)
Washout conversion percentage: 19% (4/21) | 13.3% (2/15)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 50.4% (69/137) | 56.3% (63/112)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 71.2% (47/66) | 72.1% (44/61)

I was definitely a better spare shooter on Sunday night, and I’m not really sure why. I did improve on both corner pins in that league, and that’s something I hope carries over into next season.

Jim Ferguson sets new association record average

Tom Hedding’s hold of the association record average lasted just one season, as Jim Ferguson, despite shooting only 643 last night, hung on to post a 240.83 average in the Thursday Night Patriots league, which is, presumably, the new association record by a fraction of a pin. Congrats! 🙂

Mark Zimmerman shoots 300 in Patriots league

The Patriots league, except for the playoffs, couldn’t end without one more honor score, and it was Mark Zimmerman who provided it, with a 300 game. I got my own video, which is below (my apologies for the quality, or lack thereof):

Nice bowling! 🙂

Shawn Hagan bowls 297/813 in Malden

Shawn Hagan reported on Facebook that, on his position night in the Trios + 1 league at Town Line, he posted 297-289-227 for an 813 set. Great bowling! 🙂

May 9 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 35 bowling, frame-by-frame

After three consecutive open frames in the middle of the first game, I was chasing the score a little bit, but I still had a shot at my +1 if I could go sheet after the strike in the 8th third game, which fizzled by missing a 2 pin and chopping a baby split. My spare game was balanced by making every 10 pin, as well as a couple of tougher splits.

Result: 150-194-204=548
Final average (99 games): 179
Average for last 9 games: 176

Final composite average (183 games): 179

We would have moved ahead of our opponents with a third game win, but my failed baby split conversion cost us, as their anchor went spare-strike to win by one pin.

2017-18 Week 35 league standings update

Just one league to update:

  • Brunswick Mixed: After winning three points from Spare Change, Let’s MixEm Up is in 6th place, seven points behind Creeden’s Mustangs, who are a half-point ahead of Sweet Rolls, a point-and-a-half ahead of Last Empire, and four ahead of Minds In the Gutter. Tonight is a position round, so the team in 5th place is Striking Gentlemen, whom we’re a point behind. Kathy had the high handicap game and series last week in the women’s “C” division.

2018 Brockton city tournament official results

Results of the 2018 city tournament are now official, with the prize lists linked below (PDF format):

Team
Doubles
Singles
Handicap All-Events
Scratch All-Events

The champions are as follows (team champions listed as individuals in parentheses):

Handicap

Team: Late Comers (Hakim Emmanuel, Bob Dimuccio Sr., Paris Cook, Bob Dimuccio Jr.) 3,041
Doubles: Michael Kwan & Phong Tran 1,583
Singles: Pat Carrara 907
All-Events: Alex Major 2,331

Scratch

Team: Kash Krew (Sean Richard, Steve Huntress, Jim Ferguson, Ryan Yelle) 2,794
Doubles: Steve Huntress & Ryan Yelle 1,495
Singles: Jayme Silva 804
All-Events: Stephen Major 2,232

And some notes:

  • “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel is now an association champion, and that could be used to make a Hall of Fame case.
  • Steve Huntress & Ryan Yelle, the only two-time Bowler of the Year champions, got together to win the scratch team and doubles titles.
  • Finally, Stephen Major took the scratch all-events title in his first year as an adult bowler.

The Brockton Bowling Association would like to thank all who participated in the tournament, and congratulate all of the winners.

Jim Ferguson rolls 300 in state tournament in Chicopee

He’s done it enough for me to expect it now: Jim Ferguson had a 300 game in doubles today at the open state tournament at AMF Chicopee Lanes, which makes it his third in that tournament that I can remember. Sean Richard got the video this time:

Nice bowling! 🙂

Chris Zalewski bowls 300 in youth state tournament at Westgate

Chris Zalewski had the high game of the season on Saturday morning this season (289), but picked the doubles event of the youth state tournament today at Westgate to bowl his first 300 game. Ken Gerraughty provided me with a copy of the video, which I uploaded to the (new) association page and appears below:

Nice bowling! 🙂

Shawn Hagan throws 300 in Malden

Shawn Hagan posted on Facebook that he had 300 game #17 last night in the Trios + 1 league at Town Line in Malden. He and Jim Ferguson have had a friendly competition between them for the 300 games, and Shawn, after several attempts to go one-up, finally got that.

Nice bowling! 🙂

May 2 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 34 bowling, frame-by-frame

I mostly struggled with my release last night, failing to connect on a double and leaving multi-pin spares more often than not. The third game had a chance to be clean, but I missed the pocket in the 10th, leaving a tough spare.

Result: 154-154-180=488
Average (96 games): 179
Average for last 9 games: 165
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 581

Composite average (180 games): 179

Team won a close second game (by two pins) and the third by enough for total.

Link to Strike 12 Creations added to sidebar

My bowling apparel company list grew by another with the addition of Strike 12 Creations, which, while not New England, is a sponsor of the California state tournament this year. The company was found on Facebook, and their website is now linked in the sidebar.

May 1 Pepsi league note

No really high scores in the Pepsi league last night, but I did want to note that Rai Doblmeier of the Lang’s Crew team converted the 7-10 split. Nice job! 🙂

2017-18 Week 34 league standings update

Update on my league standings after Week 34:

  • Brunswick Mixed: After winning all four from Knock Em Down, Let’s MixEm Up is in a tie for 5th place with Striking Gentlemen, six points behind Creeden’s Mustangs, who are a half-point ahead of Last Empire and Sweet Rolls and three points ahead of Minds in the Gutter. Spare Change will be our opponents tomorrow night; for the leaders, Creeden’s Mustangs bowl against Minds in the Gutter, Last Empire against 5 Spares, and Sweet Rolls against Gutt Er Done.
  • Sunday Niters: The 4-4 split against We Don’t Give a Split enabled The Three Stooges to remain in 6th place in the final second half standings. Broads With Balls won the half by four points over Ten Is Enough.

Apr. 29 Sunday Niters recap

My Week 30 bowling, frame-by-frame

I had a bad first game, missing consecutive 10 pins in it, but ended my season with two decent games thanks to strings of strikes. The 179 final average is still an improvement from last season.

Result: 132-188-198=518
Final average (84 games): 179
Average for last 9 games: 167

Composite average (177 games): 179

Team won second game and held on for total by one pin.

“Mr. 900” slams 300/815 for first 800 series

It was known at the time of his 900 series that Hakim Emmanuel never had an 800 series. But, tonight, in the TNBA Mixed league, he bowled his first 800 series by going 278-237-300 for an 815. There have been many coincidences surrounding Hakim, and his first 800 series came on lanes 47 & 48, the 900 pair, which this video of Hakim’s last two strikes recorded by Kris Higgins confirms:

Congrats Hakim! 🙂

Jim Ferguson 299/835, Bill Major 300/824 lead wild Patriots league scoring night

Last night was such a crazy scoring night in the Patriots league that I felt the best way to present the scores would be in list form:

  • Hall of Famer Jim Ferguson had the best night of all, going 299-279-257 for a personal high 835 set.
  • Hall of Famer Bill Major posted 266-258-300 for an 824 series.
  • No honor game for “TomTom” Hedding, but he threw 269-277-268 for an 814 series.
  • Finally, “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel put up a 300 game first game, as did Ralph Dahlgren. Hakim’s was on 25 & 26, meaning he now has a 300 game in the original building (up to lane 32).

Nice bowling all around guys! 🙂

UPDATE: Sandi Litchfield got this video of Ralph’s last shot:

Bill Major rolls 299 in Patriots league

This is my first mention of this bowler in some time: Association Hall of Famer Bill Major had a 299 game last week in the Patriots league. Nice going! 🙂

Apr. 25 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 33 bowling, frame-by-frame

I bowled well enough to get my +1 tonight, but I also left some pins out there in single-pin misses, especially the two 8 pins I left on great shots. However, to provide the balance, I converted a couple of splits.

Result: 195-188-173=556
Average (93 games): 180
Average for last 9 games: 181
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 625

Composite average (174 games): 179

Si pre-bowled a 580, which provided us the foundation with which to win all four.

2017-18 Week 33 league standings update

Updating my league standings after Week 33:

  • Brunswick Mixed: After splitting 2-2 with Sweet Rolls, Let’s MixEm Up is in 8th place, nine points behind Creeden’s Mustangs, who lead Last Empire by a point-and-a-half, Sweet Rolls by 2.5 points, and Minds in the Gutter by five points. Knock Em Down will be tomorrow night’s opposition.
  • Sunday Niters: After failing to win points from Ball Busterz, The Three Stooges are in 6th place and will bowl against We Don’t Give a Split to end the season Sunday night. Broads With Balls are leading by four points over Ten Is Enough, seven points over Suzy’s Crew, and ten points over Here For the Beer.