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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