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Kegler's Corner

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

 

Josh Worth Rolls 300

This is how it feels to get spanked.  For years you have been the renowned best bowler in our region.  You are a heavily experienced successful tournament bowler. You are still the highest average bowler in town, currently you are carrying a 219 pins per game average which is mighty good, pro-like, in fact.  OK, in last week’s hot-shot Wednesday night Fraternal league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, you were assigned to bowl a head-to-head match with long-time bowling center staffer, Josh Worth, who just happens to be a heck of a bowler too.  In the first game of the session, Josh just nipped you 222 to 215.  You got a bad break in the first frame of the second game leaving a light pocket 7-10 split but then you turned it on and your big, booming powerful round-house hook scattered the sticks to the tune of eleven straight strikes for a beautiful 279 game.  It was not enough!  Josh one upped you by rolling twelve straight machine-like strikes for a perfect 300 game!  As an aside, you tossed a strike in the first frame of the next game which, in bowling parlance, is called a Veripapa 300, quite an oddity.  It was named after a famous bowler in the 40’s who often did exhibitions around the country showcasing his trick shot skills.

 

This was Josh’s fifth perfecto in his long career on the lanes.  But he was not done there.  In a quest for a magical 800 series, he went on in the third game to notch the first seven strikes in a row!  At that point Josh had rung up 19 straight strikes!  A stubborn 10 pin refused to fall on his eighth toss which was right in the 1-3 pocket, just like the previous 19 balls but that’s bowling, even seemingly perfect hits do not always result in strikes.  He needed a 278 game to get that 800 but a couple more 10 pin taps spoiled that attempt.  Josh ended up with a fine 259 to post a great 781 series which is the top three gamer bowled at Orchard Lanes this season.  His flawless 300 game is also the highest.

 

There were several more notable scores in the past 2 weeks.  The down an in crew who play the lanes just off the right gutter are notching big numbers.  Fireballer Chad Mason racked up a pile of wood in the Mixed with a nifty scratch 721 set.  Chad, who has been a dependably solid scratch bowler for many years, is now carrying a fine 208 average.  In the same session, two smooth operators, down the middle finesse specialist Jeremy Bloom put together a 10 strike run for a big 287 game that keyed his 717 series and easy going Ken Espersen also cracked the elusive 700 barrier for the first time this season.  Ken rolled a cool 712 set.  In this game we have essentially three kinds of styles, crankers, tweeners and strokers. Those labels are basically self-explanatory but if you want to see the definition of a stroker in action, catch Ken in a pin spilling session.  He is pure.  Jeremy is mostly a stroker but he plays the lanes more toward the middle whereas Ken is down the right side.  Jeremy method for success is to barely put his fingers and thumb in the ball, how he holds onto that heavy sphere like that is simply amazing but it is fun to watch him roll strike after strike!

 

 

LEAGUE HIGH GAMES AND SERIES

 

MONDAY NIGHT INDUSTRIAL:

Randy Nieto: 265, 684

Jeff Miller: 268, 681

Patrick Olson: 237, 657

George Buck: 255                  

Joey Sheirbon: 250

Matt Hodges: 243,236

Lynn Spellman: 237 game

Mike Bosse: 236

Nancy Asai: 212

 

TUESDAY NITE MIXED:

Chad Mason: 268, 259, 248, 721

Jeremy Bloom: 287,717

Ken Espersen: 246,239, 237,236, 712

Carl Casey: 249

Patrick Olson: 236

 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SENIOR COLTS AND FILLIES:

Bernie Keys: 237, 214

Mick Sherrell: 226, 215

Jesse Flores: 216

Lynn Spellman: 214, 201

Mike Parke: 213

John Lyon: 207

Dick Sherrell: 204

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT FRATERNAL:

Josh Worth: 300, 259, 781   

Bryan Mason: 246, 244, 674

Jeff Miller: 279, 235, 664

Jeremy Bloom: 258, 654

Bill Whetstine: 252, 249, 654          

Lynn Spellman: 256     

John Riggleman: 255

Stan Pratnicki: 247

Patrick Olson: 245, 244

Roger Montavon: 242                      

Bernie Keys: 224, 219, 212

 

THURSDAY AFTERNOON SENIOR LADS AND LASSIES:

Bernie Keys: 206

Ed Busick: 203

George Buck: 201                  

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

     

    

            

   

Jeff Miller 724

 

Scores were fair-to-middling from the tenpin league bowling wars at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week.  Pro Jeff Miller led everybody with the first 700 set of the season, a solid, strike filled scratch 724 that he rolled in the hot-shot Wednesday night Fraternal league.  He also tossed a warm-up 683 set in the Monday night Industrial league.  We’ve come to expect numbers like that from The Dalles Mr. Miller because he’s the best around these parts.  So, it seems fair to note that Miller time is back, strong as ever.  Jeff could average 200 in the parking lot!

 

Things are kind of interesting for the rest of us.  Have you ever heard the phrase, “Horses for courses”? A few of our Sunday best are perfect examples.  Their games fit Orchard Lanes perfectly.  Ex-New Yorker Stan Pratnicki is simply “En feugo”!  This past week he busted the pins to the tune of a scratch 698 series in the Fraternal which added to the 695 that he notched in the first week’s action, means he is now averaging 232 sticks per game! Folks, an area code like that in bowling is heady stuff.  How does he do it?  Well, Mr. Pratnicki turns into the hulk when he bowls because he projects his ball faster than seems humanly possible. Thus, the hook on his ball is just right, not too much so he can easily play the lanes down and in around the ten board (second arrow) which just happens to be the perfect entry angle into the 1-3 pocket at Orchard Lanes.  And, so, he is an awesome strike machine.  Ten pins down, over and over, stringing strikes like nobody’s business. It’s absolutely jaw-dropping to watch him bowl.  The pins get blasted to smithereens and his opponents don’t have a chance. 

 

Here’s the other side of that coin. If you can do it, there are varying degrees of horses for courses.  You can overwhelm the pins with speed and hook power if you can play the lanes in the proper spot like Stan does or you can do it with a gentle, slow rolling spinner that hardly hooks at all like George Buck does.  George releases the ball on the top like a suitcase. He plays the lanes on the same line as Stan does and his easy style works beautifully too.  George is an avid bowler who practices a bunch.  Just a few years ago George was lucky to hit 160 but he has now joined the big boys club as he is averaging well over 200 in his leagues.  George is a horse of a different color! What an amazing game.   

  

LEAGUE REPORTS:

 

Monday night INDUSTRIAL:

Matt Hodges                           248,236 games & 684 series

Jeff Miller                                245 game & 683 series

Kevin Harris                            655 series

Joey Springs                           246 game

 

Tuesday Nite MIXED:

Jeremy Bloom             237 game & 662 series

Brandon Kawachi                   237 game & 654 series

Stuart Kawachi                       256 game

Nancy Asai                             212 game

 

Wednesday afternoon senior COLTS & FILLIES:

John Miller                              213 game

Mick Sherrell                           204,202 games

Dave Baumsteiger                  200 game

 

Wednesday night FRATERNAL:

Jeff Miller                                248,238,238 games & 724 series

Stan Pratnicki             245,236 games & 698 series

Jeremy Bloom             677 series

Jeff Brittle                                254 game & 671 series

Bill Whetstine              256 game & 652 series

Patrick Olson                          244,236 games & 650 series

Bill Pullum                               267 game

Ciena Brittle                            200 game

 

Thursday afternoon senior LADS & LASSIES:

George Buck                           216,213 games & 622 series

Bernie Keys                            202 game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

     

    

            

            

  

 

 

  

Jeff Miller 724

 

Scores were fair-to-middling from the tenpin league bowling wars at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week.  Pro Jeff Miller led everybody with the first 700 set of the season, a solid, strike filled scratch 724 that he rolled in the hot-shot Wednesday night Fraternal league.  He also tossed a warm-up 683 set in the Monday night Industrial league.  We’ve come to expect numbers like that from The Dalles Mr. Miller because he’s the best around these parts.  So, it seems fair to note that Miller time is back, strong as ever.  Jeff could average 200 in the parking lot!

 

Things are kind of interesting for the rest of us.  Have you ever heard the phrase, “Horses for courses”? A few of our Sunday best are perfect examples.  Their games fit Orchard Lanes perfectly.  Ex-New Yorker Stan Pratnicki is simply “En feugo”!  This past week he busted the pins to the tune of a scratch 698 series in the Fraternal which added to the 695 that he notched in the first week’s action, means he is now averaging 232 sticks per game! Folks, an area code like that in bowling is heady stuff.  How does he do it?  Well, Mr. Pratnicki turns into the hulk when he bowls because he projects his ball faster than seems humanly possible. Thus, the hook on his ball is just right, not too much so he can easily play the lanes down and in around the ten board (second arrow) which just happens to be the perfect entry angle into the 1-3 pocket at Orchard Lanes.  And, so, he is an awesome strike machine.  Ten pins down, over and over, stringing strikes like nobody’s business. It’s absolutely jaw-dropping to watch him bowl.  The pins get blasted to smithereens and his opponents don’t have a chance. 

 

Here’s the other side of that coin. If you can do it, there are varying degrees of horses for courses.  You can overwhelm the pins with speed and hook power if you can play the lanes in the proper spot like Stan does or you can do it with a gentle, slow rolling spinner that hardly hooks at all like George Buck does.  George releases the ball on the top like a suitcase. He plays the lanes on the same line as Stan does and his easy style works beautifully too.  George is an avid bowler who practices a bunch.  Just a few years ago George was lucky to hit 160 but he has now joined the big boys club as he is averaging well over 200 in his leagues.  George is a horse of a different color! What an amazing game.   

  

LEAGUE REPORTS:

 

Monday night INDUSTRIAL:

Matt Hodges                           248,236 games & 684 series

Jeff Miller                                245 game & 683 series

Kevin Harris                            655 series

Joey Springs                           246 game

 

Tuesday Nite MIXED:

Jeremy Bloom             237 game & 662 series

Brandon Kawachi                   237 game & 654 series

Stuart Kawachi                       256 game

Nancy Asai                             212 game

 

Wednesday afternoon senior COLTS & FILLIES:

John Miller                              213 game

Mick Sherrell                           204,202 games

Dave Baumsteiger                  200 game

 

Wednesday night FRATERNAL:

Jeff Miller                                248,238,238 games & 724 series

Stan Pratnicki             245,236 games & 698 series

Jeremy Bloom             677 series

Jeff Brittle                                254 game & 671 series

Bill Whetstine              256 game & 652 series

Patrick Olson                          244,236 games & 650 series

Bill Pullum                               267 game

Ciena Brittle                            200 game

 

Thursday afternoon senior LADS & LASSIES:

George Buck                           216,213 games & 622 series

Bernie Keys                            202 game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

     

    

            

            

  

 

 

 Jeff Miller 724

 

Scores were fair-to-middling from the tenpin league bowling wars at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week.  Pro Jeff Miller led everybody with the first 700 set of the season, a solid, strike filled scratch 724 that he rolled in the hot-shot Wednesday night Fraternal league.  He also tossed a warm-up 683 set in the Monday night Industrial league.  We’ve come to expect numbers like that from The Dalles Mr. Miller because he’s the best around these parts.  So, it seems fair to note that Miller time is back, strong as ever.  Jeff could average 200 in the parking lot!

 

Things are kind of interesting for the rest of us.  Have you ever heard the phrase, “Horses for courses”? A few of our Sunday best are perfect examples.  Their games fit Orchard Lanes perfectly.  Ex-New Yorker Stan Pratnicki is simply “En feugo”!  This past week he busted the pins to the tune of a scratch 698 series in the Fraternal which added to the 695 that he notched in the first week’s action, means he is now averaging 232 sticks per game! Folks, an area code like that in bowling is heady stuff.  How does he do it?  Well, Mr. Pratnicki turns into the hulk when he bowls because he projects his ball faster than seems humanly possible. Thus, the hook on his ball is just right, not too much so he can easily play the lanes down and in around the ten board (second arrow) which just happens to be the perfect entry angle into the 1-3 pocket at Orchard Lanes.  And, so, he is an awesome strike machine.  Ten pins down, over and over, stringing strikes like nobody’s business. It’s absolutely jaw-dropping to watch him bowl.  The pins get blasted to smithereens and his opponents don’t have a chance. 

 

Here’s the other side of that coin. If you can do it, there are varying degrees of horses for courses.  You can overwhelm the pins with speed and hook power if you can play the lanes in the proper spot like Stan does or you can do it with a gentle, slow rolling spinner that hardly hooks at all like George Buck does.  George releases the ball on the top like a suitcase. He plays the lanes on the same line as Stan does and his easy style works beautifully too.  George is an avid bowler who practices a bunch.  Just a few years ago George was lucky to hit 160 but he has now joined the big boys club as he is averaging well over 200 in his leagues.  George is a horse of a different color! What an amazing game.   

  

LEAGUE REPORTS:

 

Monday night INDUSTRIAL:

Matt Hodges                           248,236 games & 684 series

Jeff Miller                                245 game & 683 series

Kevin Harris                            655 series

Joey Springs                           246 game

 

Tuesday Nite MIXED:

Jeremy Bloom             237 game & 662 series

Brandon Kawachi                   237 game & 654 series

Stuart Kawachi                       256 game

Nancy Asai                             212 game

 

Wednesday afternoon senior COLTS & FILLIES:

John Miller                              213 game

Mick Sherrell                           204,202 games

Dave Baumsteiger                  200 game

 

Wednesday night FRATERNAL:

Jeff Miller                                248,238,238 games & 724 series

Stan Pratnicki             245,236 games & 698 series

Jeremy Bloom             677 series

Jeff Brittle                                254 game & 671 series

Bill Whetstine              256 game & 652 series

Patrick Olson                          244,236 games & 650 series

Bill Pullum                               267 game

Ciena Brittle                            200 game

 

Thursday afternoon senior LADS & LASSIES:

George Buck                           216,213 games & 622 series

Bernie Keys                            202 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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