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Kegler's Corner

By Jeff Olson
as published weekly in the Hood River News Sports Section

Ciena Brittle Booms 

Talk about March Madness, we’ve got it every week with prime time league bowling, right here at Hood River’s venerable Orchard Lanes.  Tenpin bowling doesn’t get any better than here in home town USA.  That’s right, Hood River is definitely an All American City and our own Ciena Brittle is an All American bowler.  The youngster did it again last week, firing a nifty scratch 702 three game series in the high powered Wednesday night Fraternal league.  The smooth right hander had a strike fest to begin the session, upending those formidable 3 lb. 6 oz. pins like they were itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie Lego toys, racking up eleven strikes for a near perfect 279 game.  With a great start like that, the sky is the limit and Ciena finished up like the all-star she is with a 231 game to get that milestone 700 series.  Oh, how sweet it is! How good is that you say, well for her night’s work, Ciena averaged a pro-like 234 pins per game, our women bowlers have rolled three 700’s this season and Ciena has two of them and she’s only a few years out of high school but she’s already one of the best bowlers in town.  Many bowlers never shoot a 600 series in their life! Ciena is simply a breath of fresh air for women’s bowling in Hood River and for all of us really. She has injected youthful energy back into our local scene.  

Ciena topped everybody in league action last week, beating her average by 138 pins.  A couple of other ten pin trundlers also found the zone last time out.  Dave Baumsteiger had a field day in the Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies league where he notched a nice scratch 641 series that was 125 pins over his average.  And, Roger Montavon, our recent City singles champion, flashed more of that same brilliance in the Fraternal, topping his average by 108 pins.  Here’s to big strings of strikes and clean games, good bowling everybody!

League reports:

Monday night Industrial league:

Aaron Troxel               267 game & 628 series

Lynn Spellman                        628 series

George Buck                          267 game 

Joey Sheirbon             235 game


Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers league:

Nancy Asai                              238,211 games & 620 series


Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies league:

Dave Baumsteiger                  233,209 games & 641 series            

Quinton Cox                           224,210 games

Ken Kramer                            224 game

Lynn Spellman                        222 game

Mick Sherrell               216 game


Wednesday night Fraternal league:

Jeff Miller                                 267,245 games & 735 series

Ciena Brittle                            279,231 games & 702 series   

Roger Montavon                     257 game & 693 series   

Patrick Olson              657 series

Len Hickman               268 game

Ken Kramer                            241 game

Jacque Long                           236 game

Court Barker                           236 game


Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies league:

Bernie Keys                            258 game & 607 series






























































































































































































































































Christy Hillen’s Chillin’

Team of the Week: (pins over average/series plus handicap)

1.    Christy Hillen                      +158                753

2.    Woody Eskildsen    +130                781

3.    Nina Kruckenberg  +126                726                 

4.    Jeff Drennan                      +116                751

5.    Alex Frazier                        +115                766                                                       

3,777 total pins

They say it’s lonely at the top?  Newcomer Christy Hillen might be able to tell us if that’s true because last week in the Thursday afternoon Hood River County league at Orchard Lanes, Christy discovered that bowling wasn’t so tough.  She had the sticks dancing to the tune of “all fall down” and when she finished her three game series Christy ended up 158 pins over her average, the top performance of all league bowlers last week.  That means Christy was our No. 1 bowler in town last week, thus she lands atop our vaunted team of the week.  Congratulations Christy, you probably didn’t realize it but you accomplished quite a feat last week as it’s not easy to beat all of the talented league bowlers we have in this town.  You just proved to everybody that you have a future in bowling should you choose to really get involved.  Christy bowled so well she was the driving force that moved her Stumblin and Bumblin team into second place in the league after sweeping their opponent 4-0.

Our other four stars of the week are league regulars who have tasted fame many times before.  They all had outstanding league sessions last week. Woody Eskildsen and red hot Jeff Drennan shined in the Monday night Industrial league.  Woody finished his set with a huge scratch 252 game that gave him a nice 631 total which was 130 pins over his average.  His fine effort helped his Hood River Supply team move into first place in the league.  Jeff Drennan may have found the key to success in this great game as he made the fab five for the second week in a row.  Jeff found the range in his third game with a smart scratch 231 that enabled him to beat his average by 116 pins for the evening.  Former Bowler of the year Nina Kruckenberg really found the keys to the castle last week in the HR County league as she cracked one of bowling’s milestone with her first scratch 600 series of the season.  Nina put together solid and consistent scratch 212 and 202 games to finish up 126 pins over her average. Last week Nina was easily “the straw that stirred the drink” as she led her Alley Cats team into first place in the league.  Alex Frazier found pay dirt in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league (TNM) where he fired slick scratch 235 and 228 games while fashioning a solid 646 series to top his average by 115 pins.  He and his young teammates, Shaiyan Brittle, Levi Phelps and Court Barker vaulted into second place in the league after wiping their opponents by a whopping 239 sticks in a 4-0 sweep. With only one week to go in the second round these talented youngsters are only 1 point out of first place.  Next week will be big!

Just missing the team of the week were all-star Bernie Keys and young power player Levi Phelps.  Bernie notched her umpteenth scratch 600 set of the season in the Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers league where she rolled a lofty scratch 257 game and mighty fine 628 series that was 109 pins over her average.  And, Levi Phelp’s pin crushing hook wreaked havoc on the poor pins in the TNM, where he blasted a big scratch 259 game and 682 series, which was 100 pins over his average.  Great bowling everybody!


League reports (high scratch scores):

Monday evening Industrial:

Jeff Miller                    237 game & 701 series

Patrick Olson  245 game & 650 series

Woody Eskildsen        252 game     

Carl Casey                  246 game

Randy Tumlinson        241 game   


Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers:    

Bernie Keys                257 game & 628 series   

Nancy Asai                  224 game


Tuesday Nite Mixed:

Levi Phelps                 259 game & 682 series   

Court Barker               242 game & 675 series

Nancy Asai                  245 game & 606 series     

Alex Frazier                 235 game    

Shaiyan Brittle 206 game

Ciena Brittle                200 game


Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies:

Dave Baumsteiger      252 game & 596 series          

Janet Harrington         505 series

Steve Nance               220 game

Sue Spellman 192 game


Wednesday evening Fraternal:

Court Barker               235 game & 678 series

Jeff Miller                    251 game & 661 series

Bernie Keys                238 game & 603 series

Ciena Brittle                226 game

Kristen Kawachi          208 game

Jenna Hert                  201 game


Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies:

George Buck              202,200 games & 538 series

Joyce Hert                  166 game & 463 series

Len Allen                     215 game

Alan Ross                    205 game


Thursday HR County:

Nina Kruckenberg                   212,202 games & 600 series

Rod Pratt                                 226 game & 600 series     

Joyce Wilson               222 game

Duane Schneeberg                 202 game

Jeff Craven                             201 game

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