Kegler's Corner

Finley, Kawachi hold top averages at mid-season

As we shift gears to begin the New Year, the end of 2012 also coincides with mid-season bowling league action. Let’s take a quick look to see who’s hot at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

The measurement we will use to make this determination will be the bowlers’ averages. Sure, there are other important metrics that can identify competency, such as bowling resumes that include perfect games and 800 series and those who did well in the recently completed city tournament. Bowlers who do well in tournaments are generally a step ahead in the game. And, sometimes it takes tournament motivation for them to take dead aim. You could call them money players, you know who they are, they are all top bowlers who participate in league action to stay sharp and to have fun. With that in mind, here are the top five averages for men and women from the first half in this league season:

Women top averages:

Mary Finley, 203

Nancy Asai, 194

Sandy Holmes, 181

Betsy Frazier, 176

Peggy Dunn, 167

Men top averages:

Brandon Kawachi, 229

Greg McDaniel, 221

Jeff Miller, 220

Pat Olson, 220

Josh Worth, 216

Any surprises? Not really.

These 10 keglers are all well-qualified to represent the best in bowling in Hood River. In the long haul, the cream does always seem to rise to the top, doesn’t it? As you may remember, several of these big names also dominated the city tournament. What is really amazing though, is that there are four bowlers who are currently carrying averages over 220 pins per game. That is a pretty lofty number any way you slice it.

Comparing the top bowlers from last season, that is the big difference as averages were way down last year. Many of this season’s stars were on top last year also; it’s just that their averages were lower. Probably, the main reason for the big rise in the top averages this year is due to the lanes being resurfaced this season. Yes, the lanes really needed to be resurfaced as bowling on them was getting very tricky and inconsistent.

Our 220 guys this season are all talented bowlers, but statistically they have done way better than most of us on the newly resurfaced lanes. So, it appears the newly resurfaced lanes are not equally good for everybody. It’s hard to explain why so many of our other top bowlers from the past have actually struggled a bit this season. But, that’s what makes it a challenging game and why we’ll all keep at it, trying to improve. Let’s make a resolution to get some practice in and then watch those strikes mount, that should boost our averages in 2013!

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