A fresh start (includes 2020-21 Brunswick Mixed Week 9 standings update)

I’d mentioned previously that I’d be filling a vacancy on another team in my league after Donna had to withdraw from the league, and that the team is one of the longer standing teams in the league. That team is Creeden’s Mustangs, which have been in the league in some form at least since I’ve been in it (and longer, in fact). The team is currently comprised of (in lineup order) Lisa Davis, Randi Sullivan, and Kevin Stiger, the latter whom I’ve mentioned here occasionally for scores.

A long-standing tradition with this team is that all of the members of the team change their names on the scorer before bowling to something like a nickname (you have to kind of think like the tradition at Bayside Bowl in Portland, ME for this). Lisa is typically “Newbie,” Randi is “Mo,” and Kevin is “Bud.” Where one of my newer projects has to do with a Star Wars space combat simulation game (and really a classic series of such games before the one that just launched that I was involved with before I returned to bowling, as well), I’ve chosen to take on “Ace” as my Mustangs name. Hopefully, the vibe carries into my bowling as well as the new project.

Currently, Creeden’s Mustangs stands tied for 8th with Spare Us, 10.5 points behind Last Empire, who lead 10th Frame Magic (Creeden’s Mustangs’ opponents tonight) and Sweet Rolls by a half-point and 4 On 9 Man by a point and a half.

Nov. 12 Patriots league scoring addendum

The scoring pace last week in the Patriots league was very high, and I didn’t get to all of the scores when I posted about the high honors Sunday, but I will list the others, starting with the games:

  • AJ Voisine 278
  • Ray Fischer 278
  • Cody Litchfield 275
  • Ethan Rosenberg 274

And the series (links will be to the recaps on the lanes):

  • Jon Hester 791 (Lane 41)
  • AJ Voisine 782 (Lane 52)
  • Brian Egan 766 (Lane 41; see above)

Nice bowling everyone! 🎳🔥

Sean Richard victorious in Bay State Open Over/Under Doubles in Lowell

Per the Facebook post above, BPUSBC Hall of Famer Sean Richard, along with partner Bob DiMuccio Jr., were the winners of the Bay State Open’s Over/Under (45) doubles event on Nov. 7 at Bowlero Lowell, defeating Jon Hester & Kevin Kelliher 434-407 (with handicap) in the two-game Baker format final match. The title bumped his BSO leading total to seven. Congrats Ka$h! 🎳🔥

The event was also the BSO’s last for the foreseeable future, as they have decided to suspend operations until the pandemic has reached a point where it is better managed. What metrics that involved, however, were not stated.

Stan Lewis posts 277/814, AJ Voisine, Jon Hester 300 in Patriots league

The highest scoring Patriots league session of the season to date on Thursday night saw Stan Lewis post 277-276-261 for an 814 set, while AJ Voisine and Jon “Hoss” Hester both added 300 games to the mix. I felt it appropriate to post on the association’s Instagram, where Stan’s photo and both videos could appear in the same album and could be properly credited.

Nice bowling, guys! 🎳😎

Angelino Castro shoots 160 in youth leagues

I’m late getting to this, but it’s the first youth score of note: Angelino Castro’s 160 game on Halloween wouldn’t seem like much, but, given that he only has a 98 average on the sheet, that’s pretty impressive. Keep it up, kid! 😎

And, so nobody thinks I’m pulling the scores out of the air, I’ll include a photo of the high scores that week (I couldn’t get the averages in the same photo without making both too small to read.):

Nov. 11 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 9 bowling, frame-by-frame

This was a little more solid effort than I’ve had this season, so far. I did miss a couple of 10 pins, but I figured out that I was just missing a little right and made the adjustment to make the rest of them from that point. I put strikes together on a couple of occasions for the two 18X games.

Result: 182-159-187=528
Average (24 games): 167
Average for last 9 games: 172
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 505

I did lose my only teammate, Donna, for good, due to COVID concerns. The upshot is that there is one team in the league with a vacancy, so I will be joining them next week (I couldn’t this week because it was a position round.). I’ll have more in the coming week, but the vacancy is with one of the league’s most established teams.

“Mr. 900” tosses 279/779 in His & Hers

For the first time in my memory, “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel is not bowling in the Patriots league, the league in which he placed himself in bowling immortality over five years ago. He is still bowling, however, only in the His & Hers Doubles league on Tuesday night this season. Last week, in that league, he posted a 279 high game in a 779 series, evidenced on the recap sheet (Lane 56). WTG Hakim! 🎳😎

Nov. 4 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 8 bowling, frame-by-frame

With my old wrist brace showing signs of wear, I replaced it last night with a Storm C2, and it did take getting used to for spares, as you can just move the anchor out of the way to take my wrist out of the shot and just throw your normal shot. Where it did help was in the first game, as I wasn’t worried about the strap coming undone and helping me focus on staying under it, helping my carry enough to string a couple of turkeys.

Result: 208-161-143=512
Average (21 games): 166
Average for last 9 games: 165
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 505

Donna was again absent, but my first game was good enough to win a point, at least.

Ed Roberts shoots 289 in BBIS league

There was a great game turned in by multiple (Bristol-Plymouth & Mass. State USBC, Brockton Athletic, and NEBA, among others) Hall of Famer Ed Roberts last week in the BBIS league, with a 289, which is even more worthy of note given the nature of the lane condtion (the Beaten Path challenge condition, as reported to me by Aaron Major); evidenced in the week’s high scores, of course.

Nice bowling! 🎳😁

Oct. 28 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 7 bowling, frame-by-frame

I bowled much better last night, even though my scores didn’t necessarily show it, and that was because I was only lacking carry in the third game. My improvement later in the night was due to going back to what I was doing before the lockdown, focusing more on my finish position and shot posting, which also carried into my spare game after the missed 10, my only single-pin miss of the night.

Result: 158-173-181=512
Average (18 games): 166
Average for last 9 games: 164
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 516

With Donna again absent and none of the opponents shooting under 600, I was unable to win points.

Oct. 21 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 6 bowling, frame-by-frame

A little bit of my early trouble was getting used to a new slide sole, since I had to go to a #8 slide sole tonight and I didn’t have one prior to then. Mostly, however, the shot tonight was touchy with the speed, and, except for the times I put strikes together, I either didn’t have my good speed control or threw bad shots entirely.

Result: 139-159-171=469
Average (15 games): 165
Average for last 9 games: 166
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 509

I finally got Donna back tonight, but Shawn had a good night for my opponents, in particular. His teammates backed him up well enough to take all four.

Joe Bourhill wins Reloaded trios event at Town Line

Per the post above, Westgate bowler Joe Bourhill was a member, along with Derek DuBois and Daniel Nazzaro, of the winning team in Sunday’s Reloaded Scratch Tournament trios event at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden. Reloaded, formed by Jose Perez within the last year, is a different format in that they use average caps to equalize the competition rather than handicap, while the scoring is always on a scratch basis.

Nice bowling guys! 🎳😎

Oct. 14 Brunswick Mixed recap

My Week 5 bowling, frame-by-frame

I was looking pretty good after two games, but the last one proved to be a case of “when it rains, it pours.” The killer was converting the split I needed to save my 500 to end the night, but then failing to get the count I needed for it. The positive I’ll take out of this is that I’m still limiting my single-pin spare mistakes, and, if I do that, my spare game should hold me in good stead.

Result: 196-171-131=498
Average (12 games): 167
Average for last 9 games: 165
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 510

Donna was here last week before the postponement, but had to be absent again tonight. My first game ended up to be good enough for that game’s point.