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Kegler's Corner

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

Pin Busting Abounds

A wide mix of bowlers found the range in league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week.  Jeremy Bloom, Jeremy Ziegler and Matt Hodges topped everybody in most pins over average.  Smooth Mr. Bloom finished 111 pins over his average in the Wednesday night Fraternal league where he posted a sharp scratch 711 three game series.  Jeremy Ziegler notched a strike filled scratch 222 game in the Thursday County league and finished his session 102 pins over his average.  And, lanky Matt Hodges led the Monday night Industrial league with a workman-like scratch 661 set that was an even 100 pins over his average.  The hottest bowler in town, Chad Mason, rolled the high scratch series of the week, a mighty fine 714 set, which is just about average for the young shooting star.  Our odds on favorites for the women’s all-star team displayed impressive scratch bowling ability last week:   talented young Ciena Brittle shot 659 in the Fraternal, flame throwing Mary Finley had 656 in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league, brilliant Bernie Keys punched a 638 in the Fraternal, steady Nancy Asai rolled 634 in the Tuesday Nite Mixed and the most improved bowler in town who has all the tools to become one of the best, Shaiyan Brittle racked up a 614, her first 600, also in the Tuesday Nite Mixed.  Finishing things were long time league competitors Ken Kramer and Lyle Sayler who lit up the Wednesday afternoon senior Colts and Fillies league.  Ken tossed the sticks out of the game with a nifty scratch 621 set and Lyle sailed over the magical 600 mark by one lonely pin.  Good bowling everybody!      

League reports:

Monday night Industrial league:

Matt Hodges               661 series    

Nancy Asai                              226 game & 610 series          

Rod Pratt                                 255 game     

Aaron Troxel               247 game

Mark Chabotte                        235 game

Lynn Spellman                        235 game


Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers league:

Charlotte Severns                   200 game & 533 series

Nancy Asai                              206 game


Tuesday Nite Mixed league:

Chad Mason                           257,254 games & 714 series      

Patrick Olson              279 game & 676 series

Mary Finley                             233,220,203 game & 656 series

Nancy Asai                              246,209 games & 634 series

Shaiyan Brittle             232,212 games & 614 series

Stuart Kawachi                       237 game

Bryan Mason               235 game


Wednesday afternoon Senior Colts & Fillies league:

Ken Kramer                            243,202 games & 621 series   

Lynn Spellman                        255 game & 619 series

Lyle Sayler                              225,212 games & 601 series

Sue Spellman             192 game & 513 series

John Miller                              216 game

Mick Sherrell               214,214 games

John Lyon                               212 game

Dan Green                              209 game   

Ed Busick                                201 game


Wednesday night Fraternal league:

Jeremy Bloom            265 game & 711 series   

Bryan Mason               275 game & 692 series

Patrick Olson              244 game & 677 series

Ciena Brittle                            234,223,202 games & 659 series   

Bernie Keys                            236,211 games & 638 series

Jeff Brittle                                247 game

Josh Worth                              247 game   


Thursday afternoon Senior Lads & Lassies league:

Phil Wilson                              554 series   

Jolene Randall                        170 game & 465 series

Len Allen                                 197 game


County league:

Rod Pratt                                 245 game & 603 series

Nina Kruckenberg                   178 game & 480 series

Jeremy Ziegler                        222 game   

Brent Gleason             220 game

Andrew Hoffman                    203 game









































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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