KEGLER'S CORNER Gunter named Junior Star of the Week

November 12, 2005

Junior Star of the Week:

Brandon Gunter

Last week a lanky Gunter fired a 520 series, which was a whopping 166 pins over his average. The 18-year-old Cascade Locks resident is a longtime junior leaguer at Orchard Lanes and his latest performance indicates he may be ready to graduate to the big time. All Gunter has to do is slow down and not try to fire the ball so hard, which is a common mistake made by many men and strong youngsters.

In trying to throw too hard, bowlers lose control and sacrifice accuracy, which automatically causes scores to go down. Good speed is necessary but not more than one can easily deliver.

Bowler of the Week:

Court Barker

Barker was 118 pins over his average in his last outing in the Monday night Industrial league, where he tossed a 622 series capped by a solid 233 game. Court, who is a senior at Hood River Valley High School, graduated from Orchard Lanes’ junior program last season. I’ve been watching his progress over the past few years and he has developed into a fine bowler.

He fires a powerful hook at the sticks, which causes plenty of pin action and a lot of strikes. He also keeps the ball in play and is good at making those spares, which are the things bowlers have to do to be good at the game. I expect to see some really big scores from Barker very soon.

Team of the Week:

Jeff Olson 719

Mary Olson 672

Joe Krug 659

Carl Casey 643

Bob Hanel 641

It’s good to see some different people making the Team of the Week. Lane conditions have been difficult for the past few weeks and consequently, scores are lower. Bowlers, don’t get discouraged if you have been struggling lately. Tough conditions will make better bowlers out of you, I guarantee it. Hang in there and learn how to adjust.

I can’t explain how the top guy made the team, except that he got a few breaks in the Happy Foursome league last Friday night. Power player and probably the best woman bowler around, Mary Olson, makes the big five for the first time this season with a very nice 672 series that she fired in the Tuesday night Mixed league. Olson racked up 234 and 249 games during the session. And how about Joe Krug, who tossed a 659 series in the Senior league Wednesday afternoon? Krug has emerged as one of the top senior bowler around, as evidenced by his league-leading 205 average.

Once again we find the consistent Carl Casey making the crew with a 643 series from the Monday night Industrial league. It seems that when things get tough, Casey gets going.

Last but not least, we find Indian Creek’s main man, Bob Hanel, making the anchor spot on the team of the week after stroking a consistent 641 series in the Wednesday night Fraternal league. Hanel is a smooth player who lets the ball do all the work. He’s been one of the best bowlers around here for decades, so his style must work just as well as the big hook boys.

Bowling on TV:

The Professional Bowlers Association tour started a couple of weeks ago. As they say, “These guys are good.” They are bowling on very difficult conditions.

I hope you got to see power player Tommy Jones win the first tournament, which was his sixth title in less than a year.

This week the pros are in Iowa for the Greater Omaha Classic. The action will air on ESPN at 10 a.m. Sunday.

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