Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Just missing the elite Team of the Week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes were Rod Pratt and Mark Chabotte. Pratt rolled a nice 671 set in the first outing of the Thursday afternoon County league with a fine opening series capped by a big 255 game. The question is, how did he do that after not bowling league since last spring? Has he been practicing? Or, maybe he’s simply got talent.
We’ve seen Pratt post many big numbers in the past, so we know he’s got talent. Perhaps it’s time to expand his horizons and get into some more competitive arenas; he might want to try the Fraternal league or a few tournaments.
Chabotte clicked for a fine 669 series in the Monday night Industrial league during his first time ever on the friendly maples at Orchard Lanes. His great start was highlighted by a solid 250 game. Rumor has it that the U.S. Bank staffer is an excellent bowler; he recently joined the crew at Orchard Lanes and we’re glad to have him on board.
Welcome to the bowling wars you two; it’s great to see some new faces stringing strikes.
Bernie Keys has been one of our top women bowlers for a few years now after bowling operations ceased in The Dalles. She’s posted many nice scores and did so once again in her first night in the fast-paced and explosive Wednesday night Fraternal league. She topped all women in scoring last week at the lanes with an excellent 590 series that was capped by a 219 game. Welcome to the Fraternal league, Bernie; you’re going to enjoy the competition in the best league in the Gorge; that alone will make you better, so we expect to see bigger and better things from you now. You will also find the pace of the three-person format helps your momentum to produce bigger scores. We need more women to step up to the plate and get in on the competitive aspect of this great game.
On a sad note, we lost Bob Hanel last week. He had been fighting serious illness for the past few years. The Indian Creek Golf Course entrepreneur was an avid bowler and one of our favorites. He was a mainstay on the Indian Creek team in the Fraternal league, a special crew of guys that you could always count on to keep things interesting and competitive. Bob always looked forward to bowling his league sessions, and he was a heck of a bowler who usually averaged around 200 pins per game.
He was the glue that kept his team together for decades. We will miss him greatly. Our condolences go out to the Hanel family.
Team of the Week:
Greg McDaniel (2), 700
Michael Allen (2), 690
Roger Montavon (3), 683
Brandon Kawachi (2), 678
Gordon Sim (4), 677
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