Wednesday, April 2, 2014
League and tournament action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes has been nothing short of spectacular lately.
The topper of them all has to be Gordon Sim, who notched his fourth career perfect game in the Thursday afternoon Lads & Lassies league. The smooth-stroking right-handed stylist put it all together in his second game of the session to toss 12 consecutive strikes. To commemorate this outstanding achievement, Gordon will receive an award from the United States Bowling Congress, the governing body of certified league bowling in America.
This hasn’t been an easy thing to do; Gordon’s perfecto is only the second 300 rolled this season at Orchard Lanes. In general, individual averages are better this season, but getting those award-winning scores has been quite a challenge.
Gordon is an excellent bowler, one of our best, and he’s been firing big scores all season. Bowling in three leagues and practicing often, the senior star stays sharp with this regimen and is carrying a solid 208 average. Gordon is a formidable opponent and can school the kids in this great game anytime. Congratulations Gordon!
Also shining in league action last week were Roger Montavon, Jeff Chenier, Carl Casey and Woody Eskildsen. Roger, Jeff and Carl broke out of mild slumps to make the Team of the Week. Roger stroked a nice 699 series in the Wednesday night Fraternal league to push his average back over the 200 mark where it belongs. The smooth right-hander has long been one of the best bowlers in town. Roger was 102 pins over his average for the session.
Jeff fired a solid 697 set in the Monday night Industrial league. The master carpenter has been a top bowler in the NW since his junior days, when he was pegged for future greatness. Jeff has been struggling a bit this season but his latest effort was 130 pins over his average, which bodes well for his future.
Carl rolled a fine 674 series in the Industrial, which was 107 pins over his average. Remarkably, this is Carl’s first appearance on the Team of the Week this season. It’s nice to see the smooth and steady right-hander back in the groove as he’s also been a longtime star on the lanes here.
Not to be outdone, Woody Eskildsen took the pins to task in the Fraternal, blasting a super 234 game and he ended up 120 pins over his average for his three-game series.
While we are on the subject of the Industrial league, how about the NCAA basketball bracket March Madness action: Aren’t the games great? The Industrial league is now in the process of its own March Mayhem bracket to decide its champion.
Last week the elite eight teams in the league met. Making the cut to the final four, who will fight it out this week, were Hood River Supply, Buntings, 3 Fingers Deep and Randy’s Painting. Randy’s Painting swamped the Pin Tricks, 26 to 4; 3 Fingers Deep squeaked by Columbia Hills RV, 16.5 to 13.5; Hood River Supply waxed E&L Auto Parts, 26 to 4 and Buntings took Music 4 You to the woodshed, 23 to 7.
The women’s city tournament was conducted at Orchard Lanes a week ago and the final results are now in. It certainly was a family affair for Nancy Asai and her daughters, Ciena and Shaiyan Brittle, as they literally cleaned house in the A Division of the tournament. Nancy ended up winning a grand slam, taking, team, doubles, singles and all events titles. What a performance by the local legend; she is one of, if not the best, woman bowlers in town.
Her daughters, Ciena and Shaiyan, joined her on the winning team and Ciena teamed up with Nancy to take the doubles crown. In the B Division, the tournament star was Rite Aid pharmacist Diane Kawachi, who took the doubles and all events titles.
Our favorite nonagenarian, Esther Yarnell, bowled on the winning B Division team. As far as we’re concerned that may be a record; Esther just keeps on bowling lights out. The Energizer bunny has a long ways to go to catch up with Esther.
2014 Hood River Women’s City Tournament Champions are as follows:
The A-division winning team was Nina Kruckenberg, Shaiyan Brittle, Cienna Brittle and Nancy Asai with 2,636 pins. A-division doubles went to Ciena Brittle and Nancy Asai with 1,271 pins. A-division singles went to Nancy Asai with 684 pins. A-division all events went to Nancy Asai with 1,892 pins.
In the B-division the team went to Pauline Strange, Bonnie Ternahan, Esther Yarnell and Verna Smith with 2,452 pins. B-division doubles went to Mary Neville and Diane Kawachi with 1,327 pins. B-division singles went to Pearl Munson with 680 pins. B-division all events went to Diane Kawachi with 1,978 pins.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge