The Richmond Register

August 16, 2013

BOWLING: Schedules set for winter leagues at Galaxy

By Dean Acker
Register Bowling Columnist

RICHMOND — The Galaxy Center has released the schedule for its 2013-14 winter bowling leagues.

There will be eight sanctioned leagues and two non-sanctioned fun leagues, plus programs for youth bowlers and senior bowlers.

Membership in the United States Bowling Congress and the local association is required for participation in sanctioned leagues. Bowlers in these leagues can earn awards from the USBC and are   eligible to bowl in state and national tournaments.

The first league to open play will be the Early Birds women’s league on Aug. 21 at 9:30 a.m. The Galaxy Girls league will start on Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. and a third women’s league — Arlington — will open its season on Sept. 3 at 9:30 a.m.

All the other Galaxy leagues are open to both men and women.

The opening dates for the other sanctioned leagues are: Wednesday Wonders — Sept. 4; Classic Doubles — Sept. 5; Friday Night Mixed — Sept. 6; TGIF — Sept. 6; and Galaxy Classic — Sept. 9.

Each league will have an organizational meeting at 6 p.m. followed by the first night of competition.

The opening dates for the two non-sanctioned leagues are: Cash Money at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 and Bad Bowlers No-Tap at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 10.

There will be a Saturday morning youth league starting Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $8 per week per youth, which includes weekly instruction, three games of bowling, awards, scholarship money and an end-of-season party.

The informal senior social program will continue on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. The cost is $2 per game.

There is space available for individuals and teams in all leagues. Call Galaxy at 624-4444 or come early to the first session to join one or more of these leagues and enjoy America’s No. 1 participant sport.

League highlights

Summer Cash Money

Brandon Simpson led the members of this league with a 223 game and 593 series on Monday.

Tyler Harris bowled the second-best game (212) for the league members, while the second-highest series for a league member was 572 by T.J. Tudor. Substitute John Hickam rolled a 236 game and 617 series.

This league will complete its summer season next week.

Final 2012-13 Galaxy             leaderboards for men

The winter sanctioned leagues at Galaxy had completed their 2012-13 seasons by April 30, and the top performances to that date were reported earlier. MCBA members who participated in a sanctioned league in the summer had an opportunity to join the leaderboards or improve their rankings.

The final rankings, which include scores bowled in the sanctioned Summer Monday League, are presented in today’s column.

Brandon Simpson recorded the best average for the season at 228 for 90 games in the Galaxy Classic League.

The winners of this honor for the three previous seasons and their averages were Tyler Morgan in 2009-10 (200), Simpson in 2010-11 (225) and Brandon Lutes in 2011-12 (222).

The highest series bowled in 2012-13 was 794 by John Hickam. The best series bowled in the three previous seasons were 769 by Tyler Morgan in 2009-10, 812 by Brandon Simpson in 2010-11 and 814 by John Poynter in 2011-12.

Brandon Simpson bowled 25 700 series during the 2012-13 season and John Hickam reached 700 23 times. The next-highest number of 700 series rolled were 10 each by Tyler Morgan and Neil Haggard and nine by Lewis Jones Jr.

Five men — Shawn Barton, Ron Gugel, John Hickam, Lewis Jones Jr. and Raymond White — tied for the highest game of 2012-13 with perfect scores of 300.

The highest games bowled during the three previous seasons were 300 by Lewis Jones Jr. in 2009-10, 299 by Lewis Jones Sr. in 2010-11 and 300 by Brandon Simpson, Neil Haggard, Ron Gugel and John Poynter in 2011-12. Simpson and Haggard each bowled two 300 games during that season.

Best 2012-13 men’s averages

Brandon Simpson    228

John Hickam    222

Tyler Morgan    221

Daniel Benge    218

Mark Rogers    212

Lewis Jones Jr.    211

Brandon Lutes    210

Glenn Masters    209

Shawn Barton    209

Neil Haggard    208

David Norman    207

Mike E. Bryant    206

Aaron Rose    205

Joe Reichel    204

Barry Miller    203

Ronnie Thomas    203

Spider Weaver    202

Randy Burgess    202

Bill Bowles    202

Ronald Richmond    200

Best 2012-13 men’s series

John Hickam    794

Brandon Lutes    790

Brandon Simpson    788

Daniel Benge    776

Neil Haggard    773

Lewis Jones Jr.    768

Carl Daniels    766

David Norman    765

Joe Reichel    747

Mark Rogers    746

Ron Gugel    739

Spider Weaver    732

Joe Bailey    729

Mike E. Bryant    726

Ronnie Thomas    726

Barry Miller    725

Best 2012-13 Men’s games

Shawn Barton    300

Ron Gugel    300

John Hickam    300

Lewis Jones Jr.    300

Raymond White    300

Brandon Simpson    299

Mike E. Bryant    290

Neil Haggard    289

David Norman    288

Brandon Lutes    286

Terry Jackson    286

Joe Reichel    280

Cody Dapkus    280

This week’s top scores

Men’s games

John Hickam    236

Todd Young    228

Brandon Simpson    223

Tyler Harris    212

T. J. Tudor    209

Harlan Dyehouse    207

Sam Spangler    202

Ellis Fields    201

The leaderboards for women at Galaxy will be included in next week’s column.