Kegler's Corner: Jason DeGeus rolls a 298

The pins took a beating in league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week. The two hottest bowlers in town kept up their torrid pace with a nearly perfect game and big series numbers. New bowlers also found the range and familiar names in women’s play hit pay dirt, too.

Hot on the hunt for perfection and big numbers was young Jason DeGeus, who just tugged his 12th ball a bit high in the last game of his set in the Wednesday night Fraternal league for a 298 game. The 6-10 refused to fall, standing up in defiance to the superstar power ball artist.

Jason still racked up a fine 714 series in the session to go with a 725 that he posted in the Industrial league. Jason is simply busting those 3-pound, 6-ounce pins to smithereens and his average is soaring to close to the heady 230 mark.

And, once again, like a fine-tuned racing engine, lefty star Greg McDaniel absolutely pummeled the pins in the Monday night Industrial league with a huge 771 series.

In a class by himself, Greg toyed with that 220-plus average of his, topping it by more than 110 pins. McDaniel is clearly the real McCoy around here, easily the best in town and as good as anybody in the Northwest.

Week after week, Jason and Greg have been piling up those 700s like crazy. They make a difficult thing look so easy; without a doubt, they have emerged from the pack as the cream of the crop this season.

But let’s talk about some new faces who found the range last week. Bill Paull slapped the pins silly in the Industrial with a super 665 series that he capped with a big 278 game. That fine effort was 119 pins over his average. By only a couple of pins, Bill just missed making the Team of the Week. That is a tip-off as to how well he bowled, as it’s not easy to make the team of the week around here because there are so many fine bowlers that you have to beat to get that honor.

Even with all the big scores, the Bowler of the Week has to be Randy Tumlinson, also a new bowler this season, who rolled a 624 series in the Industrial League. That put him an incredible 231 pins over his average. All you can say about that is wow, nice going Randy. It’s wonderful to see the realization of potential with a good score. That first 600 series is something you will never forget.

Peggy Dunn, one of our top women bowlers, also had a nice week. She led all scoring in the Tuesday morning Workshirkers league and followed that by beating everybody, including all the men, in the Wednesday afternoon Colts and Fillies League with a fine 611 series. Her 611 series was also the top score posted by all women last week.

Great bowling everybody.

Team of the Week

Greg McDaniel, 771

Jason DeGeus, 725

Brandon Kawachi, 687

Jeff Miller, 677

Roger Montavon, 667

League highlights


Greg McDaniel, 771 series

Bill Paull, 278 game


Peggy Dunn, 213 game and 587 series

Tuesday Nite Mixed

Brandon Kawachi, 687 series

Nancy Asai, 244 game and 610 series

Jeremy Bloom, 277 game

Colts & Fillies

Peggy Dunn, 215 game and 611 series

Ron Baumsteiger, 570 series

Steve Nance, 232 game


Jason DeGeus, 298 game and 714 series

Mary Finley, 235 game and 605 series

Lads & Lassies

Jim Block, 212 game and 584 series

Vicki Ross, 447 series

Joyce Ebersole, 194 game

Hood River County

Rod Pratt, 606 series

Ellen Davis, 189 game and 508 series

Ed Cannon, 230 game

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