By Dean Acker
Register Bowling Columnist
The Friday Night Mixed and TGIF leagues have bowled simultaneously at opposite ends of Galaxy’s lanes on Friday nights for the past seven years.
These leagues have agreed to merge into one 12-team league for this season. This will result in a stronger league and an accompanying increase in the prize fund.
The TGIF league had bowled at the Maroon Lanes for several years, but the league had to move to Galaxy when that facility closed in February 2007.
The top scores in this league on the opening night are noted in the league highlights section.
This top-level league opened the new season on Monday with 14 teams.
Glenn Masters bowled games of 247, 235 and 236 to record the first 700 series of the 2013-14 season at Galaxy with a 718 score. John Hickam bowled the second-best series at 698.
The highest games were 279 by Shawn Barton, 258 by Ron Roberts and 253 by Neil Haggard.
A 600 series was also bowled by Brandon Simpson (691), Barton (687), Haggard (655), Roberts (652), Mark Rogers (650), Bruce Watson (629), Patrick Wells (612), Aaron Rose (609) and Mike Riley (604).
Andi Daly led the ladies in the league with a 213 game and 549 series.
Shella Cobb led this league with a 218 game and 582 series, followed by Narita Rose at 215 and 566. Rita Roberts also bowled a 500 series (526).
Splits were picked up by Carole Bales (3-10), Velma Cruse (4-5), Karen Hendrix (4-5 and 6-7-10), Brenda Marcum (3-10), Jelemia Sanders (5-10 and 3-10), Beverly Shearer (2-7) and Brenda Williams (3-10).
TGIF-Friday Night Mixed
Ron Gugel bowled the top scores on the opening night of the season for this merged league with a 265 game and 698 series. Glenn Masters rolled the next-best scores with a 226 game and 639 series.
Narita Rose led the league’s ladies with a 216 game and 547 series, while the second-best ladies game was 192 by Jan Farnstrom and the second-high series was 507 by Margaret Tilsley.
The top games in this league on Tuesday morning were 179 by Sue Hegelmeyer, 178 by Doris Gish and 176 by Dewey Locker.
Gish (507), Bridget Settles (468) and Tina Hunter (450) rolled the best series scores.
Nine women picked up splits at this session. Those converting splits were Hegelmeyer (5-7), Gish (3-10), Kim Owens (8-10), Jan Barnes (5-10), Sherry Ernst (4-5), Connie Bowlin (4-10), Yolanda Fritz (6-7-10), Linda Bowles (4-10) and Sue Higgins (5-7).
Karen Kensicki led this league with a 197 game and 566 series on Wednesday morning.
Beverly Shearer and Beverly Brassfield tied for the second-best game at 192. Shearer (543) and Brassfield (506) rolled the next-best series scores.
Splits were converted by Brassfield (2-7 and 3-10) and Charlotte Hackworth (3-10).
This non-sanctioned league opened its fall season on Monday with five teams.
Charles Glodt (199), Sam Spangler (191), Steve Dalton (188) and Donald Spivey (188) bowled the high games for the league’s members on the opening night.
The best series scores were 524 by Spangler, 491 by Glodt and 476 by Spivey.
The ladies were led by Christy Andrews with a 167 game and 432 series, followed by Jessica Bitnar at 159 and 381.
Substitute Gary Cromer topped all the league members with a 247 game and 646 series.
Bad Bowlers No-Tap
The start for this league was delayed until next Tuesday to provide an opportunity for more persons to join. This is a fun no-pressure league which allows bowlers with limited experience to develop their skills in friendly competition.
Persons of all skill levels are invited to come at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to join this league.
Galaxy’s youth programs will begin on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. There will be instruction and bowling for four groups of youngsters aged 3-4, 5-8, 9-12 and 13 and older.
Call Lucas Combs at 624-4444 for more information.
Senior state tournaments
Galaxy will be hosting the senior state tournament for men on Sept. 28 and 29 and the senior state tournament for women on Oct. 5 and 6.
There will be competition in six age groups ranging from 50-54 to 75 and older. The winners in each age group will advance to the national seniors tournaments in Reno, Nev. in July 2014.
It is anticipated that about 125 will participate in the men’s state tournament and about 200 are expected to bowl in the women’s tourney. The men’s tournament will have two sessions on Saturday and Sunday while the women’s tourney will hold three sessions on each day.
Registration forms and rules for these tourneys are available at the
This week’s top scores
Shawn Barton 279
Ron Roberts 258
Neil Haggard 253
Gary Cromer 247
Glenn Masters 247
Brandon Simpson 247
Bobby Abrams 246
Joe Reichel 245
John Hickam 239
Lewis Jones Jr. 235
Bruce Watson 235
Mark Rogers 227
Ron Gugel 226
Bill Bowles 224
Aaron Rose 224
Peanut Johnson 224
Mike Riley 221
Merle Meade 214
Charles Glodt 213
Patrick Wells 213
Steve Woltering 212
Nate Rosenbaur 210
Robby Bales 208
Lewis Jones Sr. 204
Ronald Richmond 204
Terry Jackson 203
Mark Daly 201
Barry Miller 201
Harvey Poynter 201
David Norman 200
Shella Cobb 218
Narita Rose 216
Andi Daly 213
Karen Kensicki 197
Beverly Shearer 192
Jan Farnstrom 192
Beverly Brassfield 192
Sue Hegelmeyer 191
Rita Roberts 189
Pat Harris 187
Linda Combs 184
Donna Fourre 180
Jelemia Sanders 180