Aaron Major shoots 755 in Raynham

I don’t know if he’s had an 800 in this league yet, but Aaron Major got fairly close to one in the Thursday Night Mixed league at Ryan’s Amusements in Raynham last night with a 755 set, per the league’s weekly high scores. Note: If I haven’t mentioned it here already, Aaron bowls in this league with two of my former Brunswick Mixed teammates, Barry & Donald Wood.

Nice bowling, Aaron! 🙂

Aaron Major throws 300/816 in His & Hers

Per the league’s recap sheet, Aaron Major Tuesday night went 300-268-248 for an 816 set in the His & Hers league. I’m not sure what the state record average is, but I want to say it belongs to Alex Aguiar with something in the 250s. If Aaron’s heater is extended, that record could be threatened.

I also need to mention Ray Fischer’s 279 game, which is on the same page of recap sheets. Nice bowling everyone! 🙂

Feb. 12 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 22 bowling, frame-by-frame

A little bit of a setback with my spare game last night, but I was also not helping myself with the pins I was leaving. For what it’s worth, I did get it together somewhat in the second game, so I guess I can take what I can out of that.

Result: 150-197-134=481
Average (12 games): 161
9-game moving average: 161
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 488

All the team won was the first game, with Ed Godino III absent.

2019-20 Brunswick Mixed Week 21 standings update

Current standings (after Week 4 of 2nd half)

Team 6 is in 9th place, four points behind a tie for 1st between Last Empire and Creedens Mustangs. The tie is a point ahead of a 3rd place tie between Still Stacked and 4 Spares, and three teams are two points behind the lead in a tie for 5th. Note: Last Empire was the first half winner. Team 6 bowls against 10th Frame Magic Wednesday night.

Weekly high scores

Ed Godino Jr. was high scratch game and series, and high handicap series in his average division, shooting “the number” with his handicap.

My day at 2020 Special Olympics qualifier

I’ve made it no secret since I connected with my half-sister Pam that I’m also connected to Special Olympics bowling through her daughter, Becky, and that I’ve been able to join them most of the times she’s bowled the Special Olympics qualifier since the event moved to Westgate Lanes after the closing of AMF Taunton Lanes.

This year, however, they decided to only bowl the Saturday morning league at North Bowl, which was featured in this month’s issue of Action, as shared on the Facebook page. I still wanted to support the qualifier with my presence at Westgate, as I try to do for everything here. However, NEBA was also at East Providence Lanes this weekend, and, with some of the Westgate bowlers taking part in that, I was conflicted. I decided that it would be Aaron Major who would indirectly make the decision by his performance last night, with the odds actually favoring me going to NEBA by Aaron missing the squad cut and bowling the 12:30 squad today.

Aaron did make the cut, however, so I was at Westgate basically first thing this morning. Becky’s Special Olympics team is named Heller’s Angels, and I knew one of the coaches, Becky Dean, from seeing her with my family. I did eventually introduce myself to the other coaches, Jim and Susan (I didn’t get last names). The summary of the day appears on the Heller’s Angels Facebook page as the post at the top of this article, but I’ll follow with some more detail in the next paragraphs.

Not being tied to family this time allowed me to network a bit with the other Special Olympics groups at the qualifier, and I particularly sought out the ones that practiced at centers in my association. I was hoping to find either websites or Facebook pages to connect to, and succeeded with a few of those, which I liked as the association page when I got home.

Also, wanting to play up some of Westgate’s history, I was able to tell the more fortunate groups, including Heller’s Angels, that their bowlers were on our most famous pair of lanes, 47 & 48, which, of course, we’ve affectionately dubbed “Hakim’s pair”. I also texted about that to Pam, who told me she thought that was very cool.

Finally, by pure chance, one of Ed Roberts’ daughters, Rachel, seeing that I was wearing the jersey I wore at his Brockton Athletic Hall of Fame induction (more on that in a future post), introduced herself to me as one of the day’s volunteers, and also introduced me to her daughter, Carlee, who was also volunteering. We talked a bit throughout the day from that point.

Again, it was a great day, as I said in the Facebook post I chose to open the article with. This post’s “administrivia” was linking both the Heller’s Angels Facebook page and the Massachusetts Special Olympics website in the Local/New England sidebar list. I ran a Mass. Special Olympics fundraiser on Facebook for my last birthday and would like to do so again, particularly if I can earmark it for Heller’s Angels.

Link to Action newsletter added to sidebar

Most of my readers already know about the Action e-newsletter, but I was on the fence between adding their Facebook page immediately and waiting until they had a website. However, a piece on the North Bowl youth program, which is in the Bristol-Plymouth association, that appears in this month’s issue has forced my hand, and I’ve added a link to their Facebook page in the Local/New England sidebar list. Jimmy Bessette, a member of the UBA’s Chyna Sindrome, is Action’s lead writer, but Vicki Prevost, the IBMA board member who recently retired from the New Bedford Standard-Times, is also a contributor. As a final note for this “administrivia”, the piece on the North Bowl kids also mentions the Heller’s Angels, who my big sister and niece are associated with.

Bowling Science YouTube channel added to sidebar

I rejoined one of my bowling groups on Facebook and saw a first post by Mikey Pinel, son of noted Radical ball designer Mo Pinel, of one of his YouTube videos on hand positions. It’s part of his new channel, Bowling Science, and, if anyone can explain the science of bowling, you’d figure it would be a member of the Pinel family, so I put a link to the channel in the video sidebar list. Enjoy! 🙂

Feb. 6 Patriots league note

I’ve been hanging around the Patriots league more because you never know what will happen. To wit, last night, Samantha Gustin, carrying a 134 average, threw off a century (100 over average) 235 last game, her very first game over 200, closing a 545 effort, also her first series over 500. And she even beat her fiance and teammate, Alex Major, by a couple of sticks in that last game. To be fair, Samantha has been taking lessons from one of Alex’s cousins, Stephen.

Nice bowling Sammi! 🙂

Feb. 5 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 21 bowling, frame-by-frame

This was a hard-won 500 because of my spare game, which may have been my best spare game night ever. I was definitely struggling first ball, but something John Zawalick told my table at the NEBA awards dinner last month (to take as much care on spares as you do first ball) clicked. Pretty much every spare I made felt good off my hand, and I made most of what I was supposed to. I suppose if I get my spare game back first, the strikes should follow soon enough. 🙂

Result: 162-167-176=505
Average (9 games): 162
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 495

Team won three of four, largely on Ed Godino Jr.’s first two games.

RSS feed for Bowlage.com added to sidebar

Where I wish to cooperate with Bowlage.com in bringing the Northeast bowlers news from around the region, I have added an RSS feed from that website to this one, and set it to show the 15 most recent articles rather than the usual 10. It also appears above my national RSS feeds in the sidebar, so I hope the bowlers like the addition. 🙂

Jan. 29 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 20 bowling, frame-by-frame

I felt better than I did last week, although my scores didn’t necessarily show it. My last game was better when I focused on being better at the foul line, something I need to concentrate more on overall. The couple of times I actually made the 10 were just better executed shots, something I need to keep consistent with my first-ball shots.

Result: 167-124-173=464
Average (6 games): 159
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 484

Team won the first game, but the other two were both cases of too little, too late, also losing the point for total in the process.

The bonus note here is that Shawn Coles, after leaving it many times in his years of bowling, finally converted a 7-10 split in the 3rd frame of the first game. WTG! 🙂

2019-20 Brunswick Mixed Week 19 standings update

The improved LeagueSecretary.com allows me to do different things with the standings presentation, so I’ll get to it:

Current standings (after Week 2 of 2nd half)

Team 6 is in a three-way tie for 9th, five points behind Creeeden’s Mustangs. Spare Us is two off the lead in 2nd place, with three teams each three and four points behind the lead.

Weekly high scores

Ed Godino III swept the high scores in his division last week.

Move to Strike will oppose Team 6 tomorrow night.

Jan. 22 Brunswick Mixed recap

Before making my decision to start the league, I bowled a practice game first to remove any doubt in my mind that I could bowl and stay on my feet, which became two when it was clear I only needed to get my timing and release back.

My Week 19 bowling, frame-by-frame

It’s going to be a process, but at least my 195 second game showed some promise for the near future. I wasn’t expecting much last night, but I was bowling, and that was, indeed, the important thing.

Result: 142-195-155=492
Average (3 games): 164
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 498

My only job for my new team will be to make things easier for Dana Gomes and Ed Godino III, the 4th and 5th spots in our lineup, respectively, and I did do that in the last two games to allow them to finish out for those points and total.