Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Team of the Week
Greg McDaniel (7), 733
Gordon Sim (11), 715
Mark Chabotte (5), 693
Jeremy Bloom (7), 693
Pat Olson (10), 690
This report covers the last two weeks of league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Topping everybody in scoring was lefty Greg McDaniel, who unleashed that McDevastating ball of his in the Wednesday night Fraternal league to rack up a whopping 733 series that was capped by a fine 268 game.
We wouldn’t be far out on a limb to also note that Flash Gordon Sim was mighty hot as usual, notching a solid 715 set in the Thursday afternoon Lads & Lassies league, capped nicely with a 695 series in the Monday night Industrial league. Mark Chabotte’s robot-like tosses were X-box perfect as he tossed a strong 693 series — including a big 256 game — in the Industrial.
Also striking pay dirt in the Industrial with a robust 256 game was Pal Joey Sheirbon, who is enjoying a solid season on the maples, while George “state no-tap champ” Buck notched a scratch 232 game in the same session. George earns the title of most practiced bowler just ahead of stellar pro Jeff Miller. That’s how you get to be good, just emulate the champ! The big gun in the outing, however, was Rocky Linebarger, who rolled a super 631 series that was 148 pins over his average. Finally, the amazing Jim Block bowled like a kid in a candy store on those new metal knees of his, climbing over that magical 600 mark with a fine 601 set that was capped by solid 223 and 211 games. Jim is truly back in prime form and was 109 pins over his average for the night’s work.
In addition to superstars Jeremy Bloom and Pat Olson, who had the pins dancing in the aisles as always to make the Team of the Week again, Dan Wahl put the pedal to the metal and continued his assault on the sticks with a great 684 series that he rolled in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league, raising his lofty 200-plus average by a couple more sticks.
By only a mark, Dan just missed making the vaunted Team of the Week. In the same session, Rick Nishimoto, who puts everything he has on cranking up that ball of his, logged a big 244 game and young star Ciena Brittle splashed a 213 and a couple of 200 games with her customary consummate ease.
The topper in recent action, and clearly our most inspirational story, has to go to everybody’s man about town, the indomitable Stuart Kawachi, who bowled 102 pins over his average. It’s nice to see Stu back in form after fighting off a stroke that he suffered last year.
We can’t overlook Dave Aiken, who spurred his team in the TNM to a four-point sweep because he was 112 pins over his average. That’s the way to win!
In the senior set, John Lyon was once again king of the jungle as he found the range in the Wednesday afternoon Colts & Fillies league, where he popped big 244 and 224 games to climb over that magical 600 mark with a super 604 set. Not far behind that, in a most impressive performance, was one of our most avid and enthusiastic bowlers, the irrepressible Larry Scroggins, who blasted a strong 235 game and 590 series.
Hey, everybody, party at Scroggies. Larry was a whopping 152 pins over his average which makes him the latest Bowler of the Week and the undisputed champ. Doesn’t it feel good to get a nice tan in the limelight in the bleak, cold Hood River winter, Larry? You can’t beat it, there’s nothing like bowling well! Speaking of giving the pins a beating, Clifford Beat was pretty spectacular too as he simply beat up the sticks with nice 221, 219 and 216 games in the Lads & Lassies.
As usual, big scores abounded in the hot shot Wednesday night Fraternal league. The session saw Bernie Keys playing a world-class tune on the sticks with a great 607 series to top the women’s scores. In the same stint, smooth Michael Allen used those talons of his to toss a fine 257 game and Mac Proffitt was hot too, blasting a prodigious 256 game. The bottom line for Mac showed he was 119 pins over his average for the night’s work, a whole lot better than the DOW last week.
But, perhaps the biggest news of the week belongs to recent Orchard Lanes junior graduate and key man on the award winning HRVHS boys team of only a couple of years ago, Zach Mohun, who also climbed over the magical 600 mark. Young Zach shot a stellar 233 game on his way to an excellent 605 set which was 113 pins over his average. Zach was chatting recently about how excited he was to try the new high-tech ball that he just got. Obviously it worked!
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