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Kegler's Corner

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


Spellman Stirs Sticks

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?  Lynn Spellman has been an avid bowler for as long as we can remember and he’s a good one. This season he’s been trying some new tricks and they are working big-time!  Last week his efforts culminated in some very impressive scoring in league action at Hood River’s tenpin palace, Orchard Lanes.  The maestro of all this voodoo magic has been using a plastic ball for both strikes and spares.  What’s unusual about that you ask?  Well, plastic bowling balls are nothing special or new, they have been around for over 50 years and in our modern game they are commonly used for spares because they don’t hook much.  The current thinking is that a straighter line to spares is the easiest and best way to convert them.  Almost all the pros do it that way.  But you will only see a plastic ball used for strikes in rare circumstances, mostly when the oil on the lanes has dried up.  Then a plastic ball will hook enough to become a formidable strike option. That is precisely what Lynn is doing and the two reasons he’s been so successful at it are because he has moved his target line right which gives him maximum angle into the 1-3 strike pocket and since he’s using a plastic ball, he has less margin for error, so he must make better quality shots.  In doing so, he’s sharpened up his game.  Last week Lynn notched scratch 700 sets in both of his Wednesday leagues, a solid 727 in the afternoon senior Colts and Fillies and then he put a fine 713 on top of that in the Fraternal.  Previously he tossed a 644 series in the Monday night Industrial so for the week, Lynn averaged a cool 231 pins per game!  That’s impressive, indeed.  Maybe we should all use plastic for strikes?

More sharp shooting last week included one of our fav cherry and pear gurus, Joey Sheirbon, who picked a peck of pins in the Tuesday Nite Mixed with a nifty scratch 665 series. And, once again young Ciena Brittle led all the ladies in league scoring with a nice scratch 603 set in the high powered Fraternal.  Good bowling everybody!

League reports:  


Monday night Industrial league:

Jeff Miller                              279,241 games & 694 series

Rod Pratt                              255 game     

Nancy Asai                           201 game  


Tuesday Nite Mixed:

Joey Sheirbon                      245 game & 665 series     +125

Mary Finley                          277 game    

Mike Bosse                           255 game

Robert Reed                         248 game

Wynn Winfield                     235 game

Nancy Asai                           215 game

Ciena Brittle                         211 game     


Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies league:

Lynn Spellman                    255,237,235 games & 727 series     +124

Mick Sherrell                        226 game

Lyle Sayler                           203 game


Wednesday night Fraternal league:

Lynn Spellman                    279 game & 713 series     +113

Patrick Olson                       256,235 games & 707 series 

Chad Mason                         237 game & 689 series

Ciena Brittle                         213,205 games & 603 series

Casey Barker                       245 game     

Court Barker                        235 game


Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies league:

George Buck                        207 game


Thursday County league:

Rod Pratt                              223,209,209,204 games & 623 series

Steve Watt                           214 game     +161

Paul Dethman                      204 game

Joyce Wilson                        203 game

Gordon Pillon                       202 game

Andrew Hoffman                202,202 games














































































































































































































































































































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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