Kegler's Corner: Nancy Asai rolls 299 game

In recent Fraternal league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, Nancy Asai continued her blistering assault on the sticks with another out-of-body performance on the lanes. She led all scoring for men and women in league action for the second week in a row with a nifty 725 three-game series that was capped by a prodigious 299 game. To quote the great Yoda, “Oh, so close to perfection, that second game was.”

She began with 11 straight strikes and then, on the final toss in her quest for a perfect game, the ball hooked into the 1-3 pocket but came up just a little light, leaving what we call a half-pocket 10 pin. It’s too bad, to roll that ball in the pocket, just like you’re supposed to do but not get all 10. The game can be fickle at times — and a little luck always helps — but, Nancy has rolled 300 before so it’s not too crushing a blow.

Still, for a bowler it’s one of the greatest feelings, so no matter how many you have on your résumé, you always want another. By the way, with the big 747 set she shot in the Fraternal two weeks ago coupled with this 725, it means she has averaged over 245 in the league for the past two outings.

Nancy was 155 pins over her average, which is outstanding. Not to be overlooked by those stats, however, was a really good performance by young Derrick Osborne, who fired a fancy 647 series in the Fraternal that was highlighted by a 247 game. Double kudos are due to Derrick because that was his first-ever sanctioned 600 series — a milestone he will never forget. His 647 set was 167 pins over his average, which topped everybody in that department last week.

The Hood River Women’s city tournament was also concluded at Orchard Lanes. Here are the winners:

A Division: Becky Beckner, Shaiyan Brittle, Nina Kruckenberg, Nancy Asai; B Division: Joyce Martin, Esther Yarnell, Bonnie Ternahan, Verna Smith; Doubles: Vicky Ross and Peggy Dunn, Priscilla Slegers and Loveta Zigenbien; Singles: Shaiyan Brittle, Priscilla Slegers; All Events: Bernie Keys, Loveta Zigenbien.

Congratulations to these champions. It looks like a toss-up as to who had the best tournament since two titles each were won by Shaiyan Brittle, Priscilla Slegers and Loveta Zigenbien. Let’s declare a three-way tie for the MVP of the tourney. It’s really encouraging for women’s bowling in Hood River to see two of our recent stars from last year’s HRVHS girl’s team, Becky Beckner and Shaiyan Brittle, doing so well after graduating from juniors to adult bowling.

You may remember that Shaiyan also had a super showing in the open city tournament that was held last fall where she got second place finishes in team and singles. That was really special because in that tourney the competition is open to all the men and women from Hood River leagues. The best bowlers in the Gorge compete in the open city tournament. Doing well at that lofty level shows grit, determination and talent.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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