The Richmond Register

March 31, 2013

BOWLING: Simpson hits 700 three more times at Galaxy

By Dean Acker
Register Bowling Columnist

RICHMOND — Brandon Simpson continued his high-scoring pace with three more 700 series (773, 750 and 709) last week at Galaxy. Simpson has bowled eight 700 series in the past three weeks.

John Hickam (763), Tyler Morgan (704) and Neil Haggard (702) also bowled a 700 series last week.

Hickam and Brandon Lutes tied for the high game for the week, at 278.

Narita Rose bowled the top women’s game (257) and series (618) for the week.

Dause Memorial          Tourney a success

The second-annual Lemetta Dause Memorial Tournament was held on March 24. Lemetta, an avid bowler and member of the Galaxy 600 Club for women, was lost to cancer in December 2011.

The proceeds from the tournament ($1,235) were contributed to Hospice Care Plus in honor of Lemetta.

A total of 61 bowlers participated in the tournament, which used the 3-6-9 and no-tap formats. Bowlers were awarded free strikes in the third, sixth and ninth frames and nine pins down with the first ball in a frame counted as a strike. This scoring pattern contributed to higher-than-usual scores.

The 10 men and ten women with the highest scores selected one of the prizes which had been donated by local businesses and individuals.

Mark Rogers and Lewis Jones Jr. tied for first place among the men with a score of 1,163 for four games. Each man rolled two 300 games with the enhanced scoring system.

The other men who finished in the top 10 were: Mike Huser, David Norman, Bill Bowles, Carl Daniels, Steve McKnight, Randy Burgess, Terry Jackson and Jim Hisle.

Narita Rose bowled the high score for the women, at 1,074, which included two 300 games.

Brenda Marcum, Kymmi Bowles, Novel Davis, Beverly Shearer, Amy Felty, Margaret Tilsley, Velma Cruse, Tina Hisle and Jan Stepp completed the list of top women scorers.

More than 30 door prizes were awarded to those bowlers who did not place in the top 10, but whose winning ticket numbers were drawn.

Harvey Poynter, president of the Madison County Bowling Association, and Velma Cruse, manager of the Madison County Women’s Bowling Association, served as tournament directors.

Annual meetings set

The Madison County Bowling Association’s annual meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Galaxy. The agenda will include the election of officers and board members. All MCBA members are invited.

The annual meeting of the Madison County Women’s Bowling Association will be held on April 13 at 1 p.m. at Galaxy.

Plans for the state women’s seniors tournament at Galaxy in October will be discussed. All women league bowlers are welcome.

Last week’s league highlights

Galaxy Classic

Three men — John Hickam (763), Brandon Simpson (709) and Tyler Morgan (704) — bowled a 700 series on Monday.

Brandon Lutes (278) and Morgan (276) rolled the highest games.

Seventeen men bowled a 600 series led by Lutes, Lewis Jones Jr. and Mark Daly, at 694 each.

Others who reached the 600 series level included Glenn Masters (688), Matt Wieczorek (676), Shawn Barton (669), Bruce Watson (666), Ronnie Thomas (657) and Joe Reichel (650).

 Spider Weaver (642), Neil Haggard (629), Todd Young (629), Joe Bailey (624), Randy Burgess (619), Ron Gugel (618), Aaron Rose (608) and Mark Rogers (604) completed the roster of 600 series bowlers for the night.

Three women — Regina Barton (561), Andi Daly (514) and Kymmi Bowles (504) — rolled a 500-level series.

Galaxy Girls

 This league completed its 2012-13 season Tuesday. Narita Rose set a new high for the season with a 257 game on the final night. Rose also bowled the high series for the night at 618.

Michelle Ratliff rolled the second-best game (204) and series (555).

Splits were converted by Carole Bales (5-8-10), Brenda Williams (3-6-7-10), Emma Lee Tate (3-10), Velma Cruse (5-6) and Janie Secchi (4-5-7 and 3-10).

Substitute Beverly Shearer bowled a 189 game and 501 series.

Greenhouse Tech (Brenda Marcum, Shella Cobb, Velma Cruse and Linda Combs) finished as the champion team with 73 wins.

The runner-up was Snooty Fox (Mary Mink, Donna Haney, Narita Rose and Tammy Daniel) with 70 wins, while third place in the 10-team league was captured by Striking Beauties (Ellen Spurlock, Jan Stepp, Ruby Jo Ward and Amy Felty) with 68 wins.

Narita Rose swept the individual awards for the season with the high average (171), high series (638) and high game (257).

The best averages after Rose were compiled by Bridget Settles (163), Shella Cobb (159), Amy Felty (153) and Tammy Fourre (152).

Settles (577), Cobb (572), Michelle Ratliff (555) and Brenda Marcum (552) bowled the second through the fifth-highest series scores.

The best games after Rose were 237 by Keeley Gadd, 224 by Cobb, 222 by Carole Bales and 212 by Fourre.

Most improved honors went to Settles.


The high game (185) and series (507) were bowled by Connie Bowlin. Bridget Settles was next in both categories with a 181 game and 489 series.

Jan Barnes, Sherry Ernst and Dewey Locker each converted a 2-7 split and Merle Motley picked up a 4-5-7 split.

Wednesday Wonders

The best games by league members were bowled by David Norman (267), Lewis Jones Sr. (235) and Bill Bowles (232).

A 600 series was rolled by Bowles (648), Jones Sr. (620), Norman (617) and Lewis Jones Jr. (612).

Three substitutes achieved high scores. Brandon Simpson bowled a 267 game and 750 series, John Hickam rolled a 278 game and 682 series and Mark Rogers recorded a 234 game and 619 series.

The high women’s games were 180 by Pat Holtzclaw, a season-best 171 by Debbie Jones and 170 by Jenny Norman.

Holtzclaw (497) and Kymmi Bowles (422) bowled the highest women’s series.

Classic Doubles

Tina Hisle bowled the top game (228) and series (546). Beverly Shearer rolled the next-best women’s scores with a 168 game and 468 series.

The high men’s series were 543 by Carl Daniels and 537 by Russell Truesdale, while the best men’s games were 217 by Steve McKnight and 209 by Russell Jones.

Friday Night Mixed

Neil Haggard led the members of this league with a 255 game and 702 series. Lewis Jones Jr. rolled the second-best game for league members (238) and John Hickam the second-high series (680).

A 600 series was also bowled by Jones Jr. (643) and Donnie Barger (620).

Substitute Brandon Simpson rolled a 269 game and 773 series.

Narita Rose led the league’s ladies with a 222 game and 604 series, followed by Kymmi Bowles, at 189 and 471.


Merle Meade (652) and Ollie Gasser (568) bowled the high series, while the top games were 237 by Gasser and 227 by Meade.

Miranda Reffitt bowled the top women’s game (199) and series (561). Beverly Werner rolled the second-best women’s game (194) and Sara Zuercher the second-high series (495).

Splits were converted by Jennifer Richmond (6-7-10), Fred Tilsley (3-10), Margaret Tilsley (3-10 and 2-5-7) and Pat Harris (6-7-10 and 3-6-8-10).

Tim Wells bowled a no-miss 191 game.

Cash Money

Steve McKnight (607) and J. J. Reisig (601) bowled the high series scores, while the best games were 237 by Lance Dickert and 225 each by McKnight and Ronnie Norris Sr.

The best women’s series were 379 by Carolyn McKnight and 374 by Mary Mink. Mink (149) and McKnight (146) also bowled the high women’s games.

Steve McKnight picked up a 6-7 split.

Bad Bowlers No-Tap

Nine pins down with the first ball in a frame counts as a strike in no-tap leagues.

Anthony Taulbee bowled the high game (268) and series (745), followed by Gary Cromer, at 256 and 742.

Adam Cromer rolled a 704 series and Steve Dickey a 626 series.

April Brumfield led the league’s ladies with 198 game and 521 series, followed by Joanna Dickey, at 173 and 433.

Last week’s top scores

Men’s games

Brandon Lutes    278

John Hickam    278

Tyler Morgan    276

Brandon Simpson    269

Randy Burgess    268

David Norman    267

Mark Daly    266

Shawn Barton    259

Lewis Jones, Jr.    258

Neil Haggard    255

Matt Wieczorek    245

Joe Reichel    245

Spider Weaver    244

Joe Bailey    241

Glenn Masters    237

Ollie Gasser    237

Lewis Jones Sr.    235

Ronnie Thomas    235

Bruce Watson    234

Mark Rogers    234

Donnie Barger    233

Bill Bowles    232

Gary Cromer    231

Merle Meade    227

Patrick Wells    226

Steve McKnight    225

Ronnie Norris Sr.    225

Carl Daniels    223

J. J. Reisig    223

Lynn Estes    222

Todd Young    221

Ron Gugel    220

Raymond White    219

Ronnie Hurd    218

Aaron Rose    217

Ritchey Wilmot    217

Bobby Abrams    216

Ron Roberts    213

Tim Wells    213

Don L. Johnson    213

Ronnie Norris Jr.    213

Don R. Johnson    212

Mike E. Bryant    209

Russell Jones    209

John Rice    208

Russell Truesdale    208

Craig Richmond    207

Clifford Rose    205

Gary Holtzclaw    204

Anthony Taulbee    204

James Noe    204

Ronald Richmond    204

Tim Lainhart    203

Brian Ford    202

Colin Green    201

Women’s games

Narita Rose    257

Tina Hisle    228

Michelle Ratliff    204

Regina Barton    201

Miranda Reffitt    199

Mary Mink    195

Beverly Werner    194

Sue Hegelmeyer    191

Beverly Shearer    189

Kymmi Bowles    189

Andi Daly    188

Ruby Jo Ward    187

Shella Cobb    182

Pat Holtzclaw    180