Kegler's Corner: Jeremy Bloom rolls a 714 series

Silky-smooth Jeremy Bloom is the latest kegler at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes to climb over the 700 series barrier with a mighty fine 714 that he racked up in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league. This tall total comes as no real surprise; Jeremy has been one of our best for several years now so we expect big things like this from him. Jeremy’s fluid style makes things look so easy, and with a game like his he’ll have a long career in tenpins since there is very little wear and tear on his body, unlike the big crankers we often see in the modern game who try to emulate the pro power players.

Bloom’s fine outing was capped by a pin-smashing 263 game; he is now carrying a heady 222 average, which is one heck of a start to the new season.

Bloom is a high-average bowler, so even with his 714 series that topped everybody in scratch scoring last week, he was just 72 pins over his average. You’ll find that the higher your average is the more difficult it is to bowl scores over it. Nevertheless, every time we lace up, all of us bowlers always try as hard as we can to bowl as much over our average as possible.

Let’s take a quick look at bowlers who were at least 100 pins over their average last week; Shaiyan Brittle was 106 pins over her average in the Tuesday Nite Mixed. In the same league, Ken Espersen was on target all night long with a solid 665 set that was capped by 247 and 224 games. Espersen, who is another bowler from the finesse side of the game, was 107 pins over his average. He, too, will have a long career in bowling with that efficient style of his.

Next up is the tall and lanky Matt Hodges, who has had a slow start this season but looks like he’s nearly back on track. With that amazing back-swing of his, he rolled a 615 set in the Wednesday night Fraternal league for a score 117 pins over his average. Martin Kubitcheck was 127 pins over his average in the Monday night Men’s Industrial league. Former bowler of the year, Nina Kruckenberg, had things pretty much her way in the Tuesday morning Ladies Workshirkers league, where she fashioned a fine 205 game and 555 three-game series. Kruckenberg has long been one of the top keglerettes in town and for this outing she was a glitzy 129 pins over her average; just like old times.

Topping everybody by a huge margin in this department was Rocky Linebarger in the Industrial League. Linebarger, who is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, had those 3-pound, 6-ounce sticks dancing all over the place as he notched a nice 211 game and 581 series, which put him a whopping 182 pins over his average. This outstanding performance earns Rocky our Bowler of the Week award

It’s always a big deal to celebrate successful newcomers to our bowling world. Dan Wahl has put up some solid numbers in the Tuesday Nite Mixed, with his latest a cool 653 series highlighted by a nice 243 game. Wahl is now averaging an eye-popping 204 pins per game. It’s nice to see a fresh face in our 200 club.

Great bowling everybody!

Team of the Week:

Jeremy Bloom, 714

Jeff Miller (3), 694

Bryan Mason (2), 680

Pat Olson (2), 673

Roger Montavon (2), 671

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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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