Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The 62nd annual City bowling championships were completed at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last Sunday. Taking the crown in the team event was the fab five Hood River Supply crew from the Monday night Industrial league. The Supply quintet won by a mere two pins with a team total of 3,501 pins, to 3,499 sticks posted by team Miller Time.
Bowling for the champs were Joey Sheirbon, Ken Kramer, Carl Casey, Jeremy Bloom and Jeff Chenier. The win was sparked by young Bloom, who pounded the pins with a super 735 series that was capped with a great 264 game.
It was just as close in the doubles event where the duo of big-hook artist Brandon Kawachi and powerful Bryan Mason took the title by two pins over the second-place finishers, super-stars Jeff Miller and Greg McDaniel, 1,467 pins to 1,465. That was definitely a battle among heavyweights in the local bowling scene! Third place went to Jesse Flores and Gail Larsen with 1,437 pins.
In the singles event, our local pro’s pro Jeff Miller proved his dominance once again winning with a mighty fine 770 pin total. Jeff won handily; there was a tie for second place with 736 pin totals between young Shaiyan Brittle and super star lefty Greg McDaniel, one of the top bowlers in the Northwest. Shaiyan is the big story of the tournament; the newcomer is just out of juniors, still a teen-ager, having starred on the champion HRVHS girl’s team last season. Shaiyan also bowled on the Miller Time team that took second place in the team event, so she had a super showing in her first big-time adult tournament. What a great future she has in the game! Fourth place in singles was garnered by Nancy Asai with a 733-pin total and that’s news too, as Nancy just happens to be Shaiyan’s mother! There are some good genes going on here. Nancy is a star in her own right around here, one of our best. She has a sparkling resume in this great game, including a perfect 300 game. Isn’t it great to see two women in the top four singles spots in this, the biggest tournament in town that used to be dominated by men? You bet it is, and that is one of the prime reasons why bowling is such a special game; women are on a par with men! Guys, when you take your date bowling, get ready, she may just beat you.
The scratch and handicap all events crowns for the top bowlers in team, doubles and singles combined is still to be determined as this report is filed. We will notify you on the city all-events winners next week.
Bill (The Real Deal) O’Neill won the Cheetah championship on TV last Sunday, hope you got to see it. Bill was dominant but a bunch of spares were missed, especially 10 pins. Shows all you rightys out there, you’ve just got to make that 10 pin; don’t use your strike ball and normal delivery, go straighter at that 10 pin if you want to make it consistently. Next week is the Viper championship on ESPN at 10 a.m.
Team of the Week:
Brandon Kawachi, 737
Joe Krug, 700
Russ Frazier, 682
Josh Worth, 655
Chad Mason, 645
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge