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Kegler's Corner

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

 

Let's Go Bowling!

We’re back!  Woo hoo!  After a 3 month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, bowling has resumed at Hood River’s venerable Orchard Lanes.  The center is open under restricted hours from 4 to 9 pm, Wednesday thru Sunday.  Reservations are suggested and masks must be worn but the spacious design of Orchard Lanes easily provides generous social distancing.  So, for all of you bowling starved masses out there, let’s get back into the swing of things.  Orchard Lanes features Oregon Lottery games in a large, newly remodeled space and 12 new, state of the art synthetic lanes, all with automatic scoring.  We are located on the heights of beautiful Hood River at 1141 Tucker Rd., tel: 541-386-1326. The nearest bowling centers that are open in phase II are in Hermiston and the Salem area.  None of the big centers in the tri-county area are open yet as they haven’t been allowed into Phase II by the governor.  We’d love to see you before you go stir crazy. We need to bowl to stay sane!

 

To commemorate this auspicious restart of our great game in little old Hood River, we did it with a bang, we ran a Challenge Night last Wednesday featuring our house shot which is a relatively easy, high scoring oil pattern that we apply to the lanes using our state of the art, computerized lane machine.  It was a 4 game test with both scratch and handicap winners.  The handicap was based on 90% of a 220 average.  23 bowlers turned out for the fun.  Young, recent physical therapist graduate, Dr. Kristen Kawachi won the handicap section with ease, swamping everybody with a 970 pin total.  The Dalles man about town, the inimitable story telling Ted Rosenberg, finished a distant second with 930 sticks.  Dad Kawachi was third with 907 pins.  Our game is truly a family affair, those that bowl together, stay together! In the scratch section, the show me guy from Missouri, power player Bill Whetstine reasserted his mastery over Orchard Lanes, winning with an 860 total, a 215 average.  Everybody’s living legend on the lanes, all-star and all-pro Jeff Miller, the odds on favorite to win every time he laces up, finished second with an 835 total. We plan on running more Challenge Nights thru the summer.  The next one is scheduled for July 22 at 7 pm and it will feature a different oil pattern but it won’t be too tough.  Everybody is a bit rusty considering the 3 month layoff so we don’t want to make it too tough too soon.  However, we do have the capability with our lane machine to put down some of the most difficult tournament shots and we’ll make the Challenge tougher as we get closer to the restart of leagues in September.

 

The pandemic shut down also interrupted our 2020 Hood River City tournament, we were right in the middle of it when we had to close.  We have decided to accept the scores that were posted by then to make it a shortened tournament.  Here are the top results:

 

TEAM: ORCHARD LANES (Fred Bergren, Ron Ward, Mike Weaver, Jeff Olson and Bill Pullum), 3,333 total pins.  Obviously 3’s were wild this time and with a number like that, with all 3’s, nobody else had chance!  The winners were paced by Bill Pullum’s big hooking power ball that punished the pins to the tune of a scratch 679 series.  Jeff Olson chipped in a 637.  Mid-Columbia Diesel finished second with 3,289 pins. 

 

SINGLES: Roger Montavon, 773 pins (680 scratch).  Sarge’s easy going deep inside finesse game clicked at just the right time as he finished up in his third stanza with a huge scratch 278 game.  That won it for Roger!  Fred Bergren finished second just 4 pins back with 769 sticks (607 scratch).  Fred had a great tournament, looks like his recent orthopedic surgery has really helped!  Stuart Kawachi finished third with 733 pins; Joey Sheirbon got fourth with 729 pins (669 scratch!); and Nancy Asai ended up fifth with 718 pins (643 scratch).

 

DOUBLES: Matt Hodges and Dallas Spears, 1,432 pins. The Dalles dynamic duo had a big impact on the tournament.  Tall, lean and lanky Matt Hodges with his pro-like over the head back-swing was sharp as a tack.  And, since he’s so tall, he must look down to the 6’ 5” level, it’s no small feat to have such a high back-swing.  He’s got to have the biggest back-swing in town.  Many of the top PBA pros do it just like Matt. Mike Weaver and Quinton Cox finished second with 1,377 sticks.  Janet Kawachi and Kristen Kawachi got third with 1,356 pins.

 

HANDICAP ALL-EVENTS: Fred Bergren’s total of 2,099 pins from his team, doubles and singles events won with ease.  Everybody’s pal,

Joey Sheirbon, our local cherry and pear maestro, finished second, demonstrating perfect vision, with 2020 total and Matt Hodges got third with 2,010 sticks.

 

SCRATCH ALL-EVENTS: Patrick Olson won the coveted title that confers our “best bowler in town” honor with 1,968 pins.  His scratch 690 in singles and 692 in doubles carried him to the crown.  Matt Hodges was a distant second with 1,848 pins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

    

   

            

            

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

    

   

            

            

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

     

    

         

         

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

     

    

         

         

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

     

    

            

   

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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Hood River, OR 97031
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