Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Bowling proved challenging for most in last week’s Orchard Lanes leagues, but it sure wasn’t for Brandon Kawachi. The young star continued to dominate the boards, popping a 719 in the Tuesday night Mixed league and a 706 in the Wednesday night Fraternal league. With his hard-charging hook, Kawachi seems to have his way just about every week. It’s not easy to make the elite team of the week in Hood River but he seems to be there every time we pick up the paper. And, as you might expect with all of his high scores, Kawachi is carrying a ridiculously good 233 average in the Mixed league.
The other half of our dynamic duo of hot shots, Nancy Asai, continues in the groove also. She nailed a couple more solid sets last week; a 627 in the Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers league and a 635 in the Tuesday night Mixed league. The latter included a big 263 game, once again topping all women in scoring last week. Nancy’s game is down and in, and there are not many better at it. She makes it look so easy you have to ask yourself, “Why don’t we all bowl like that?”
As we all know, everything is relative; really big scores may have been elusive last week but there were still several fine outings by some of our up and coming newcomers.
Young Levi Phelps struck pay dirt again with a solid 622 series in the Fraternal league, which was 79 pins over his average. Aaron Troxel cranked up a 616 series in the Monday night Industrial league, capping his set with a 234 game that put him 89 pins over his average. And just behind those two was Josh Sorrels, who fired a nice 602 set that was highlighted by a 226 game in the same session to break 77 pins over his average.
Perhaps the most notable performance was the 588 series notched by Jim Block in the Industrial league. Block was a whopping 120 pins over his average. That’s excellent in anybody’s book, but what really makes it special is that he is fresh off knee replacement surgery. Now that he’s got those new knees, he’s bowling like a kid again. If that doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.
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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