Wednesday, February 8, 2006
January 28, 2006
Team of the Week:
Dan Homer 737
Brandon Kawachi 714
Stuart Kawachi 687
Jann Halstead 680
Otto Byers 669
Last week’s Tuesday Night Mixed league was smoking hot, as four of its members made the vaunted Team of the Week. Dan Homer led the parade of big shooters with a very nice 737 series that included games of 267, 245 and 225. The construction man has been using a ball that came from my arsenal and I’d say he likes it. I’ve noted that Dan’s power game is looking on form once again, after being in a slight slump this season. I’m sure my old ball made the difference.
Brandon Kawachi — Hood River’s living legend of bowling and owner of more award rings than he has fingers — found the range once again, throwing a 714 series that was capped by a big 257 game.
Although Brandon has been struggling a bit with the tougher conditions this season, he still carries the highest average in the city at 215 pins per game. Brandon’s uncle, Stuart Kawachi, a guy who can flat out-bowl just about anybody when it counts, is next on the list after slapping the sticks silly with consistent games of 233, 228 and 226, leading to a 687 series.
Sprint’s main man had a solid week, as he scattered a 677 series in the Wednesday night Fraternal league to lead the Skamania Lodge team to a come-from-behind win in the second round over the always tough Stevenson Eagles crew.
Congratulations are in order for Jeff Hasegawa, Todd Sanguras, Ron Ward, Dan Nakamura, Rick Nishimoto and Stuart, from the Skamania Lodge team. Skamania Lodge now joins Cliff Smith Motors, which won the first round as the top seeds in the Fraternal league championship.
And, Jann Halstead makes the big team once again after pummeling the pins with a fine 680 series, which included a huge 279 game. Jann sure has made the game look easy lately. I think this is his second Team of the Week performance in the last month.
Finally, how about our anchor man? It’s nice to see Otto Byers make the big team because he has been white hot lately. Want to see a ball hook, check out Otto’s seemingly effortless but dangerous big-breaking curve ball. You won’t find a bigger or smoother hook anywhere.
Otto just missed making the Team of the Week two weeks ago. Last week he tossed a pair of big 246 games on his way to a 669 series in the Fraternal league, which was just enough to make the elite crew. I think this may be Otto‘s first appearance in the limelight. But the way he makes the ball talk, I expect we’ll see more of him now that he has cracked that elusive barrier.
Other notables and just misses:
JR Brooks fired a 667 series, including a big 256 game. Jeremy Bloom continued his streak with a 269 game and a 661 series in the Monday night Industrial league. Karen Shortt tossed nice 225 and 221 games in the Tuesday afternoon Pin Queens, but she just missed the elusive 600 barrier with a 595 series. Finally, Doug Arnell fired a huge 252 game in the Wednesday afternoon Seniors league. Nice bowling everybody.
Bowling on TV:
Watch the pros bowl the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Classic from Trussville, Ala. On ESPN, Sunday at 10 a.m.
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