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Kegler's Corner

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

Miller & Spellman are Perfect!

2017 went out with a bang for Jeff Miller and Lynn Spellman as both notched perfect 300 games in bowling league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.  Both pin busters are among the elite keglers in town and both have resumes that include multiple perfectos.  Jeff’s pro-style slants found the range in the hot-shot Wednesday night Fraternal league and smooth Mr. Spellman went off the sheet in the Thursday afternoon senior Lads and Lassies league.  Jeff topped Lynn in the three game scratch series department by only a mark, 734 to 723.  Both are fine sets, for sure.  The Fraternal has seen a plethora of tall totals lately, mighty Casey Barker racked up a nifty scratch 721 set that was 124 pins over his average, postman Bryan Mason completed a special delivery scratch 704 series and Electronic assemblers prez Bill (Big Bender) Pullum returned to his all-star form with a cool scratch 701 series that was 116 pins over his average.  It’s a big order to top this quintet but hot on their heels is newcomer Austin Dehart who continues to improve by leaps and bounds.  Austin fired a sharp scratch 684 set in the Fraternal that was a whopping 174 pins over his average, tops in league action.  Here’s to more spectacular bowling in 2018 and happy new year everybody!

League reports:

Wednesday afternoon Senior Colts & Fillies league:

Lynn Spellman                   234,212 games & 638 series

Ken Kramer                      218 game & 603 series 

Mick Sherrell            212,201 games

Len Hickman            201 game


Wednesday night Fraternal league:

Jeff Miller                          300,244 games & 734 series

Casey Barker           263,235 games & 721 series    

Bryan Mason            247 game & 704 series  

Bill Pullum                         279 game & 701 series      

Jeremy Bloom          258 game & 696 series

Austin Dehart          244,235 games & 684 series   

George Buck                     247 game & 655 series

Patrick Olson            652 series

Josh Worth                        651 series              

Woody Eskildsen                245 game

Jeff Brittle                         236 game

Bernie Keys                       230 game

Ciena Brittle                      200 game


Thursday afternoon Lads & Lassies league:

Lynn Spellman                   300,225 games & 723 series

Ed Busick                          222 game

Phil Wilson                        213,209 games

Jolene Randall                    200 game              


Thursday County league:

Rod Pratt                          260,257 games & 650 series   

Andrew Hoffman                212,209 games 

Nate Lain                          209 game

Paul Dethman          206 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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