Larry Scroggins is the latest Bowler of the Week

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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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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