By Dean Acker
Register Bowling Columnist
Matt Cracraft bowled the best game and series for the men at Galaxy this week, while the highest women’s game and series were bowled by Narita Rose.
Details are included in the league highlights.
Monday Night Summer
Matt Cracraft led this sanctioned league this week with a 279 game and 706 series. John Hickam rolled the next-best scores with a 247 game and 700 series.
A 600 series was bowled by Brandon Simpson (682), Andrew Magedanz (656), Bruce Watson (632), Tyler Magedanz (632), Lewis Jones Jr. (630), Todd Young (620), Mark Rogers (618), Zach Neikirk (618) and Neil Haggard (602).
Narita Rose led the league’s ladies with a 235 game and 657 series. Beverly Shearer rolled a 201 game and a 500 series was bowled by Miranda Reffitt (562) and Shearer (531).
John Hickam led this non-sanctioned league last week with a 257 game and 691 series, followed by Steve McKnight at 222 and 557.
The best women’s scores were a 138 game and 370 series by Beth Smith and a 118 game and 321 series by Sonia Smith.
Summer Cash Money
The high game (241) and series (629) in this league were bowled by Steve McKnight on Monday.
Ronnie Norris Sr. rolled the second-best game (237) and Russell Jones bowled the second-highest series (607).
Tuesday No-tap Doubles
Nine pins down with the first ball in a frame counts as a strike in no-tap leagues.
Ron Roberts led the members of this league with a 298 score in his first game. He nearly matched the no-tap 300 game he had bowled the previous week, but he left two pins with his 12th ball.
Gary Cromer bowled the high series for the night (746), and he rolled the second-best game for league members (279). Roberts recorded the second-highest series (729).
Substitute Randy Burgess bowled a no-tap 300 game.
Donna Fourre led the women in the league with a 269 game and 688 series. Pam Bennett rolled the second-best women’s game (250) and Novel Davis bowled the second-highest women’s series (642).
A 600 series was also bowled by Lynn Estes (686), Jim Collins (682), Gary Holtzclaw (673), Bill Bowles (673), Bobby Abrams (648), Jim Hisle (644), Todd Young (638), Beverly Shearer (618) and Russell Truesdale (602).
This 24-team league has reached the midpoint of the season with three teams tied for first place.
Hammer Time (Todd Young and Gary Cromer), Low Rollers (Kymmi and Bill Bowles) and MM & RR (Mary Mink and Ron Roberts) have identical records of 28 wins and 4 losses.
Seniors tournament scheduled for June 23
The next monthly seniors tourney will be held on Sunday, June 23, at 2 p. m.
This tournament is open to all men and women aged 50 or higher. Bowlers will be granted a handicap of 90 percent of the difference between their best 2012-13 average and 220.
The entry fee is $15 to bowl three games. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Blast from the past
While rummaging through some of my “stuff”, I discovered a program for the 1973 banquet of the Arlington Women’s Bowling League. The names of several prominent ladies who are current or former residents of Richmond were included in this program.
Marlene Hino was the president, Ima Lee Catinna the vice president and Louise Ridgley was the secretary-treasurer of this league.
Catinna had the highest average, while the best game and series scores were bowled by Ridgley, Bobby Clawson, Peggy Coy and Roz Eldot.
Several women received honor awards for bowling achievements including Ruth Acker, Doris Allen, Debbie Barkley, Dixie Gibbs, Shirley Gibson, Ruth Henson, Janie Hicks, Mae Higgins, Jeanie Jett, Tabitha Kunkel and Marcia Luy.
Honor awards were also earned by Louise McCord, Donna Meade, Phyllis Otero, Peggy Pope, Norma Robinson, Pauline Shindelbower, Linda Sweet, Joan Taylor, Cindy Webster and Betty White.
Some of these ladies are deceased or no longer living in Madison County.
I would encourage those who are still living in this area, but not currently bowling, to dust off their bowling balls and roll back into action.
Galaxy is currently offering a pass for $19.95 which allows unlimited bowling from now through Aug. 31.
This provides an excellent opportunity to rekindle your bowling fun at a bargain rate.
This week’s top scores
Matt Cracraft 279
John Hickam 257
Brandon Simpson 246
Lewis Jones Jr. 244
Steve McKnight 241
Ronnie Norris Sr. 237
Zach Neikirk 236
Mark Rogers 235
Ollie Gasser 231
Gary Cromer 230
Andrew Magedanz 223
Neil Haggard 223
Tyler Magedanz 221
Mike E. Bryant 219
Carl Daniels 217
Bill Bowles 217
Todd Young 216
Glenn Masters 214
Bruce Watson 213
Terry Jackson 213
Russell Truesdale 212
Russell Jones 210
Aaron Rose 208
Colin Green 207
David Norman 204
Charlie Glodt 204
Ronnie Hurd 202
Narita Rose 235
Beverly Shearer 201
Miranda Reffitt 199