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Kegler's Corner

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

Leagues Begin

Fall league action has begun at Hood River’s tenpin palace, venerable Orchard Lanes.  There’s nothing quite like a little friendly competition that leagues provide.  When there is a little on the line we tend to do better.

Starring in our first week of pin wars was Randy Tumlinson who stirred the sticks big-time in the Monday night Industrial league, finishing up with a nifty scratch 708 series.  Folks, that’s some mighty fine bowling.  A score that tops the magical 700 barrier is and always has been something to be proud of!  Randy was a whopping 177 pins over his average for the session.

The talented mother and daughter duo of Nancy Asai and Ciena Brittle also started like gangbusters as they usually do.  This family can bowl!  Nancy racked up a spiffy scratch 259 game and 615 series in the ladies Tuesday morning Workshirkers league. She is and has been one of our top bowlers for as long as we can remember.  Ciena pummeled the pins to the tune of a slick scratch 222 game and 601 series in the high powered and fast paced Wednesday night Fraternal league.  Young Ciena has all the tools to be one of the best bowlers in the state so we expect even bigger things from her this season.  Nevertheless, a scratch 600 series mark is outstanding.

As we have always done, league reports will highlight top scratch scores including men’s games 235 and over plus 650 series and better.  Seniors and ladies 200 games and over plus 600 series and better will be featured too.  Good bowling everybody!

Monday night Industrial league:

Randy Tumlinson                    260,246 games & 708 series

Kevin Harris                            665 series

Lynn Spellman                        267 game & 664 series


Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers league:

Nancy Asai                              259 game & 615 series


Wednesday afternoon Senior Colts & Fillies league:

Lynn Spellman                        237,209 games & 629 series

Mick Sherrell               238,210 games & 618 series

Ken Kramer                             241 game

Verna Smith                            202 game

Quinton Cox                            201 game

Ron Baumsteiger                    200 game


Wednesday night Fraternal league:

Jeff Miller                                257,248 games & 674 series

Bryan Mason               249 game & 662 series

Ciena Brittle                            222 game & 601 series

Lynn Spellman                        267 game

Patrick Olson              236 game

Bernie Keys                            202,201 games


Thursday afternoon Senior Lads & Lassies league:

Ken Ingram                             212 game & 565 series

Joyce Hert                               167 game & 444 series

George Buck                           204 game

Jolene Randall                        167 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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