Wednesday, January 8, 2014
We’re at the midseason point in league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes so as we do at this time of the year, let’s see who are our top five men and women bowlers by average:
Bryan Mason, 220
Jeff Miller, 218
Pat Olson, 218
Jeremy Bloom, 217
Greg McDaniel, 215
Mary Finley, 196
Sandy Holmes, 182
Nancy Asai, 195
Bernie Keys, 180
Karen Shortt, 169
The top-five-average men are at the peak of an impressive mountain of talented bowlers in Hood River. The ability to maintain a 200 average means you’re pretty darned good at the game; you don’t hold an average like that without being able to roll strikes and make spares. You have to excel physically and mentally to succeed in this game. You can’t be a couch potato and get real strikes and spares. This is not a computer game; you actually have to roll a heavy ball down a lane and knock over 10 big pins 60 feet away. And you have to do it with power or finesse, using precision and repetition, to be considered good.
In addition to the names above, the rest of our talented 200 average bowlers who all deserve special recognition are as follows: Roger Montavon 215; Josh Worth 211; Casey Barker 211; Lynn Spellman 210; Brandon Kawachi 210; Mark Chabotte 208; Gordon Sim 207; Wally Jaksha 205; Jan Halstead 203; Dan Wahl 201; Rod Pratt 201; and Levi Phelps 200.
To sum it up, we have 17 bowlers at Orchard Lanes who are averaging 200 or better. They are quite an impressive and elite group, indeed.
Congratulations are also in order for the following teams who won the first round in their league:
Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers league — Beware everybody, the dynasty Nobi’s team has returned to form by swamping team 2 x 2 who finished a distant second. Bowling for the infamous Nobi’s squad are legendary Hood River bowlers Shirley Thornhill, Nina Kruckenberg, Charlottle Severns and Nancy Asai.
Wednesday afternoon senior Colts and Fillies — Team Rock n’ Rollers, consisting of Nanci Sayler, Michael Ross, Ross Bluestone and Lyle Sayler, just nipped team Mixed Nuts by two points to take the round.
Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies — Team 2 Lassies and A Lad, consisting of Barb Johnson, Lela Smith and Neil Johnson, edged The Three Pugs team by three points to win the round.
Thursday County League — Team Pin Busters, consisting of Sandi Lain, Joella Dethman and Paul Dethman, thoroughly thumped team Yogi’s, who was second.
League action was abbreviated during the past two weeks due to the holidays. This week we’ll have a full slate of leagues. Good luck and good bowling to everybody in 2014, may you roll big strings of strikes and make all your spares in the new year.
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