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McDaniel, DeGeus win city All-Events

The results are in for the All-Events winners in the 62nd annual Hood River city bowling championships last week at Orchard Lanes. We announced the winners in the team, doubles and singles events in last week’s column; All-Events is a combination of the nine games bowled in team, doubles and singles.

Taking the coveted scratch All-Events crown was the talented lefty from The Dalles, Greg McDaniel, with a 2,077-pin fall total and a 230 average for the nine games.

The unofficial title that goes along with the scratch all-events crown is, “Best Bowler in the City.” Second place in the scratch division was garnered by another local superstar, Jeff Miller, with a 2,065-pin fall total. Jeff has long been regarded as the best bowler in the Gorge, only now he has some competition.

Taking the handicap All-Events crown was young Jason DeGeus with a 2,112-pin fall total. The powerful right-hander is only a couple of years out of juniors having starred on the championship HRVHS boys team for three years. During that time Jason also won several elite junior tournaments around the state. He’s the real deal, now one of the best around.

In league action last week, the nod for Bowler of the Week has to go to Rick Nishimoto, who found some of that old-time magic in the Tuesday Night Mixed league, where he popped a super 708 series. No matter who you are, it’s always a very satisfying, special feeling to climb over the magic 700 barrier for a three-game series. Long a member of the elite bowlers around here, Rick sure found the groove last week, ending up 183 pins over his average!

On the distaff side, the women cuffed the pins silly last week. How about a huge 252 game for Dana Branson in the Tuesday Night Mixed League? That’s simply a super game. Peggy Dunn wasn’t far behind that tall total with a sparkling 245 game that she rolled in the Tuesday morning Workshirkers league. And Nina Kruckenberg also found some of that old-time rhythm again with a big 222 game.

Finally, topping our savvy seniors this past week was lefty Len Allen in the Thursday afternoon Lads & Lassies, where he fired a solid 625 series. It’s always significant when one of our seasoned stars tops that 600 mark.

Great bowling, everybody.

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