By Dean Acker
Register Bowling Columnist
John Hickam continued his flirtation with a perfect game with a 290 score in the Galaxy Classic League last Monday.
Hickam opened the second game in his series with a spare followed by 11 strikes.
Hickam has rolled games of 289, 299 and 290 during a 10-day period.
Hickam also rolled his fourth 700 series of the season with an even 700 score.
Aaron Rose bowled the top series of the week at 711. This was the second 700 series of the young season for Rose.
Regina Barton led the women at Galaxy again with a game of 246 and series of 664 — nearly equaling the season-best scores of 247 and 669 which she had rolled the previous week.
Barton is the only woman with a 300 game to her credit in Galaxy leagues. Her perfect game was bowled in the Galaxy Classic League on Feb. 26, 2007.
John Hickam and Regina Barton led the men and women in this league again last week with the outstanding scores noted at the top of this column.
Aaron Rose (711) and Hickam (700) rolled the best series scores for the night.
The second-best men’s game was 249 by Tyler Morgan, while the second-best women’s scores were a 179 game and 504 series by Beverly Shearer and a 179 game and 501 series by Andi Daly.
Bowlers who rolled a 600 series were Morgan (664), Mike E. Bryant (643), Bruce Watson (638), Lewis Jones Jr. (631), Barry Miller (619), Joe Reichel (614), Scott Kaylor (613), Gary Cromer (611), Spider Weaver (602) and Paul Dapkus (601).
The names and best scores of the 26 persons who bowled one or more of the 42 200-level games at this session are included with the week’s top scores at the end of this column.
The top games in this league last Tuesday were 193 by Narita Rose and 191 by Beverly Aleshire, while the best series scores were 505 by Brenda Marcum and 504 by Shella Cobb.
Women who converted splits included Rita Roberts (2-7), Betty Lou Masters (3-10), Mary Marcum (7-9), Bridget Settles (4-5) and Linda Bowles (4-7-10).
Doris Gish led this league last Tuesday with 182 game and 503 series. Linda Bowles bowled the second-best game (172) and Bridget Settles the second-best series (452).
Billie Moberly, Janell Williams and Barbara Hendren each converted a 5-10 split, while a 3-10 split was picked up by both Betty Morris and Margie Isaacs.
The top games in this league last Wednesday morning were 218 by Genny Bryant and 211 by Gail Campbell.
Campbell (548), Beverly Shearer (543) and Bryant (510) rolled the best series scores for the day.
Splits were converted by Beverly Brassfield (2-10) and Joyce Kearns (5-6-10 and 6-7-10).
Tyler Morgan led this league last week with a 276 game and 681 series.
Lewis Jones Jr. and David Norman tied for the second-best game (256), and Jones Jr. rolled the second-best series (658).
David Kendrick bowled a 622 series.
Miranda Reffitt led the league’s ladies with a 203 game and 547 series, followed by LuAnn Bryant at 193 and 507.
Splits were converted by Pat Holtzclaw (3-7-10) and Kymmi Bowles 6-7-10).
Friday Night Mixed
Neil Haggard (263) and Glenn Masters (244) bowled the top games in this league last week, while the best series scores were 663 by Masters and 624 by Mark Rogers.
Miranda Reffitt led the women in the league with a 194 game and 530 series, followed by Lisa Ball at 158 and 420.
Ollie Gasser led the male members of the league with a 225 game and 575 series last week, followed by Michael Wood at 201 and 539.
The league’s women were led by Sandy Reynolds with a 214 game and 523 series. Margaret Tilsley rolled the second-best women’s game (180) and series (482).
Substitute Randy Burgess Sr. bowled a 245 game and 656 series.
Al McKnight converted a 3-10 split. Tib Congleton, Sue Hegelmeyer and Margaret Tilsley each picked up a 5-7 split.
Mike Aldrich and substitute Pete Stamper each rolled a 201 game to lead this league last Monday.
Aldrich (569) and Ronnie Norris Sr. (546) bowled the top series scores for the night.
Lanette Rosales led the women in the league with a 161 game and 403 series. The second-best game was 157 by Beth Voorhees, while the second-best women’s series was 393 by Debra Robertson.
Bad Bowlers No-Tap
Nine pins down with the first ball in a frame counts as a strike in no-tap leagues.
Kyle Shultz led this league last Tuesday with a 279 game and 656 series, followed by David Robinson at 236 and 654. Ed Maggard bowled a 611 series.
Pat Taulbee (219) and Tina Hisle (214) rolled the top women’s games for the night, while the best women’s series were 555 by Hisle and 523 by April Brumfield.
State bowling tournaments
The seventh annual Kentucky Women’s State Tournament will be held in Paducah on Oct. 26 through 28 and Nov. 3 and 4. The deadline for entering this tourney is Oct. 13.
The 57th annual Kentucky State Bowling Association Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 3-4, Nov. 10-11 and Nov. 17-18 in Louisville. Entries for this affair close on Oct. 31.
Entry forms for both tournaments are available at the Galaxy Center.
Is this the “new math”?
The Big 10 Football Conference now includes 12 teams, the Big 12 Conference currently has 10 members and the Atlantic 10 basketball conference includes 16 teams.
How does an elementary school teacher explain this to her students?
Teaching geography is also problematic as the Atlantic 10 Conference includes four schools which are located far from the Atlantic Ocean — Xavier and Dayton in Ohio, Butler in Indiana and St. Louis in Missouri.
Also, the Southeastern Conference now has three members from west of the Mississippi River — Arkansas, Missouri and Texas A&M.
Last Week’s Top Scores
John Hickam 290
Tyler Morgan 276
Neil Haggard 263
Lewis Jones Jr. 256
David Norman 256
Aaron Rose 248
Randy Burgess Sr. 245
Glenn Masters 244
Gary Cromer 244
David Kendrick 243
Scott Kaylor 237
Paul Dapkus 235
Peanut Johnson 234
Ronnie Hurd 234
Joe Reichel 233
Mike E. Bryant 232
Mark Rogers 226
Ollie Gasser 225
Chris Walker 224
Gary Holtzclaw 223
Bruce Watson 222
Robbie Richmond 221
Cody Dapkus 218
Lewis Jones Sr. 214
Ray White 213
Joe Bailey 213
Bill Bowles 212
Barry Miller 212
Joe Sageser 212
Spider Weaver 211
Patrick Wells 210
Ronald Richmond 209
Keith Nash 206
Matt Joyce 205
Bobby Abrams 204
Terry Jackson 203
Shawn Barton 203
Mark Daly 201
Michael Wood 201
Mike Aldrich 201
Regina Barton 246
Sandy Reynolds 214
Miranda Reffitt 203
LuAnn Bryant 193
Narita Rose 193
Beverly Aleshire 191
Brenda Marcum 190
Shella Cobb 190
Amy Barker 187
Beverly Shearer 183
Doris Gish 182
Charlotte Hackworth 182
Karen Hendrix 182
Margaret Tilsley 180