Kegler’s Corner: Ross and Buck split as Bowlers of the Week

Alan Ross and George Buck were “en fuego” on the friendly boards in last week’s league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Bowling in the Thursday afternoon Lads & Lassies league, Alan Ross punched out his first 600 series of the season. Alan racked up nice games of 212 and 207 on his way to a fine 607 series to finish the session 121 pins over his average.

In the same outing, one of the hottest bowlers in town, George Buck, splashed a solid 622 series that was capped by a super 243 game. Gorge just happened to also finish the session 121 pins over his average. Alan and George bowled the most pins over their average in league action last week so they share Bowler of the Week honors.

Mr. Buck had a very nice week on the lanes as he also fired a 621 series in the Wednesday afternoon Colts & Fillies league. With his diligent practicing, George has raised his average nearly 40 pins a game over the past couple of seasons. That is truly impressive, indeed.

The real big shooter last week was Bryan Mason, who demolished the sticks in the Wednesday night Fraternal league, logging a huge 753 series that was highlighted by big 278 and 267 games. Bryan is now carrying a heady 218 average, which is only one pin off the high average in the city, currently held by lefty Greg McDaniel.

Pat Olson and Jeff Miller are also averaging 218 right now. With seven weeks to go in the Fraternal league season, the battle for high average in the city rages on. It’s going to be very interesting to see who wins this one.

Leading the women in scoring last week was Mary Finley, who pummeled the pins in the Fraternal with a near-perfect 288 game that helped her bag a 659 series. That 288 game included the first 10 strikes in a row, just missing the 11th one. You only need 12 strikes in a row to notch a perfect 300 game, so she was close.

Starting this week, the Monday night Industrial league will begin its version of March madness to determine the league champion. The Industrial has a bracket roll-off system that will be conducted during the next three weeks. The top seeded teams in the brackets are 3 Fingers Deep, Music 4 You, and Hood River Supply; each won a round in the league this season. By winning a round they get to bowl against the lowest-seeded teams.

But, the underdogs may prevail. They often do, and that is what makes this league special. You don’t have to win a round to win the league; everybody has a chance at the end of the season. It doesn’t get much better than that!

The women’s city tournament was held this past week at Orchard Lanes. We’ll have the results next week. Great bowling everybody.

Team of the Week:

Bryan Mason (12), 753

Gordon Sim (14), 706

Casey Barker (4), 673

Pat Olson (14), 669

Lynn Spellman (5), 663

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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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