The Richmond Register


May 29, 2014

BOWLING: Father-son duo shine at Galaxy

RICHMOND — Because of the Memorial Day holiday, the no-tap doubles league was the only one in action this week. In addition to regular strikes, nine pins down with the first ball in a frame counts as a strike in no-tap leagues.

There were several outstanding performances recorded by the members of this 30-team league on Tuesday.

Lewis Jones Sr. turned in the most impressive performance as he opened his series with two no-tap 300 games. He then started his third game with three strikes before a 4-6 split in the fourth frame ended his string of 27 consecutive strikes.

Although Jones Sr. rolled eight strikes in the third game, three splits caused him to settle for a 218 score. His 818 series was the highest for the night.

Lewis Jones Jr. fell just short of a no-tap 300 game as he left three pins on the final ball in his third game for a 297 score, which was part of a 780 series. The father and son series score of 1,598 set a new team high for the season in this league.

Lynn Estes also rolled a no-tap 300 game as part of a 783 series. This was the second no-tap 300 game of the summer for Estes.

A 700 series was also bowled by league members Bill Bowles (739), Rich Wells (723) and David Robinson (715). Two substitutes — John Hickam (798) and Ronnie Thomas (757) — also reached the 700 series level.

The next-best men’s games were 288 by Thomas, 280 by Steve McKnight, 279 by Robinson and 275 by Hickam.

Narita Rose led the league’s ladies with a 290 game and 674 series, followed by Kymmi Bowles at 262 and 657.

A women’s 600 series was also rolled by Sandy Reynolds (622), Donna Fourre (618), Sara Zuercher (612), Sue Hegelmeyer (609) and Beverly Shearer (600).

The next-best women’s games were 255 by Renda Roberts and 245 by Hegelmeyer.

Local bowlers head for Reno

Three local teams plan to participate in USBC national championship tournaments in June.

The team of Bobby Abrams, Randy Burgess, John Hickam, Narita Rose and Brandon Simpson will bowl in the U.S. Open at the 78-lane National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

Two local teams of ladies will take part in the U.S. Women’s Championships at the Sparks Convention Center in Reno.

One of the women’s teams will be comprised of Velma Cruse, Betty Lou Masters, Rita Roberts and Narita Rose, while the second team will include Brenda Marcum, Jelemia Sanders, Jamie Sowder and Margaret Tilsley.

The U.S. Open requires teams to include five bowlers, but the Women’s Championships has changed to four-person teams.

Robert “Peanut” Johnson and Janie Secchi have qualified to bowl in the Seniors National tournament, which is set for July 7 through 9 at the National Bowling Stadium.

The wishes of the local bowling community include safe travel, a great experience and high scores for these men and women.

Local 300 games

The men who have bowled an 800 series at the local bowling centers were recognized in last week’s column.

The limited league activity this week makes space available to recognize the bowlers who have rolled one or more 300 games at the local venues.

All bowlers start a game hoping to roll 12 strikes for a perfect score of 300. Some non-bowlers have asked me why a bowler must bowl 12 strikes for a perfect game when there are only 10 frames in a game.

A bowler who rolls a strike gets credit for the 10 pins knocked down in that frame plus the number of pins knocked down with the next two balls. Thus, if a strike is followed by two more strikes, the score for the original frame would be 30.

If a bowler rolls a strike in the 10th frame, he/she gets to bowl two additional balls to reach a possible score of 30 for the 10th frame, since there are no more frames to bowl. Thus, 12 consecutive strikes are required to post a score of 30 in all 10 frames.

There were 34 perfect games bowled at the Maroon Lanes before it closed in Feb. 2007, and there have been 36 300 games bowled at the Galaxy Center to date, according to records maintained by MCBA manager Lewis Jones Jr.

Several men have reached the 300 level more than once on the local lanes.

Roger Childress was the most prolific local bowler of 300 games as he rolled six perfect games at the Maroon Lanes from 1989 through 2000. Sadly, Childress succumbed to cancer in 2001 at the age of 34. The plaque at Galaxy listing the names of those persons who have bowled a 300 game locally is dedicated to the memory of Childress.

John Poynter and Brandon Simpson have the next largest number of 300 games among local bowlers at four each. Poynter bowled two perfect games at Maroon Lanes and two at Galaxy, while Simpson’s have all come at Galaxy, including two this season. Lewis Jones Jr. and Joe Sageser have bowled three perfect games locally.

 Nine men — Tom Schultz, Lewis Jones Sr., Richard Rogers, Ron Elliot, Dustin Woolery, Tony Mason, Ron Gugel, Neil Haggard and Shawn Barton — have two local perfect games on their resumes.

Bobby Burton bowled the first 300 game at Maroon Lanes in Sept. 1974, and the final perfect game at that venue was bowled by Mark Rogers in Mar. 2001.

From 1978 through 1988, a single 300 game was rolled at the Maroon Lanes by Billy Bales, Bruce Agee, Billy Hopper, Robby Bales, Gary Portwood, Marion Johnson, Frank Hussman, Russell Benge, Byron Childers and John Hamilton.

Bill Vinson, Troy Conner, Lynn Estes, Jon Hilleary, Steve Neeley, Brian Wallace and David Whittamore bowled one 300 game each during the 1990s at Maroon Lanes.

From 2001 through 2008, Eric Grimes, Terry Cooley, Mike Owens, Linwood Armstead, Randy Johnson, Ron Roberts, Rocky Anglin, Bill Pianovski and Gary Wagoner rolled one 300 game at Galaxy.

The most recent 300 games were bowled by John Hickam in 2012, Raymond White, Lewis Jones Jr., Shawn Barton and Brandon Simpson in 2013, and Simpson and Gary Cromer in 2014.

Regina Barton bowled the only women’s 300 game at Galaxy in Feb. 2007.

Kentucky — Bluegrass State       or bowling state?

 An organization by the name of Estately ran hundreds of search queries through Google to determine what words and phrases are searched for most often in each state.

 It was found that people in Kentucky used Google to search for bowling more often than the citizens of any other state.

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