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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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge