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Kegler's Corner

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

 

First Round Fireworks

Can you believe it, we are already nearing the conclusion of the first round in two top tenpin leagues at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes?  Seems like we just got started yesterday. In the Monday night Industrial league, the final night of the first-round looms large and shows Randy’s Painting leads Tinman Heating by just ½ point!  It cannot get any closer than that. One of these two teams will probably win the first round but if they get swamped, it is possible for Orchard Lanes, Pat’s Pro Shop or Hood River Supply to get first place.  This is when league bowling is the most fun.  Some bowlers do better under pressure and others wilt.  This will be fun to watch. Remember, it is nearly impossible to win a league without taking a round.

 

The hot shot Wednesday night Fraternal league will conclude its first round with a tense position match.  The Hood River Sports Club trio leads by only 2 points over second place BB’s.  This match of powerful teams features Sports Club’s muscle man, 207 average Josh Worth against BB’s perennial all-star pro, pocket pounding 218 average Jeff Miller. The results of this match should determine the first-round winner but if these two teams end up even, then the third and fourth place teams, 6th Street Bistro and Mt. Hood BBQ have a chance to take the first round with a big night.  This match features Bistro’s hot 221 average, Mr. Smooth, Jeremy Bloom against BBQ’s slick 204 average John Riggleman, who is having a great season.  Competitive league action does not get any better than this!

 

There was a hatful of mighty fine scores in league play in the past two weeks.  But, instead of focusing purely on the big numbers of high scratch games and series, it is always interesting to find out who topped their averages the most. Our No. 1 guy is a long time regular, a heck of a bowler who cranks out the biggest hook in town. And, by the way, he is proud of it. Just ask him. It almost seems that generating that big hook of his is more important to him than getting high scores.  He gets a lot of ink, so you probably already know who he is. If you guessed Jeff Brittle, you would be correct. That pin buster two-foot hook of his rattled the sticks to the tune of a cool scratch 267 game and 684 series in the big stuff Fraternal league which was 150 pins over his average.  This is kind of a statistical anomaly as Jeffrey normally knocks on the 200-average door, he simply got off to a slow start this season, which enabled him to easily beat his average by so many pins.  He is back in form now.

 

A close second is the ubiquitous Lynn Spellman who blitzed his average by 147 pins, notching a nifty scratch 726 three game series in the senior Colts and Fillies league.  Lynn is another stalwart local luminary on our lanes who has long been a solid 200 average kegler.  Recently, he has had back issues and surgery, yet he often posts impressive numbers like these.  As for style, he is diametrically opposed to Mr. Brittle.  Lynn plays the lanes near the corner, down and in, rolling a small but effective hook.  He is quite versatile and to our amazement he switches back and forth using a weak hitting plastic ball and modern hi-tech reactive resin.  He says his plastic ball helps get his game on track.

 

Kristen Kawachi has been bowling as a regular this season after recently graduating as a Doctor of physical therapy.  We are sure happy she is with us.  Kristen has textbook style and all the tools to join the local elite.  She plays the lanes smartly in exactly the right way, rolling her ball down and in from the right side.  The upshot of this is the talented Dr. Kawachi often racks up big numbers like the scratch 218 game she tossed in the Industrial league.  She finished that session 144 pins over her average!

 

Lefty Bill Morrissey has sure found the range in the Mixed league. His team won the league last season and he has raised his average 9 pins over last season which puts him on track to earn a “Reggie” because he is the straw that stirs the drink in his foursome. His latest effort shows some real gun slinger talent as he just popped a huge scratch 277 game and 643 series which was 121 pins over his average. Good shooting everybody!

 

LEAGUE REPORTS:

 

Monday night Industrial:

Patrick Olson                          278 game and 729 series

Jeff Miller                                269 game and 696 series

Nancy Asai                                          235,214,213,206 games & 607,605 series                                             

Matt Hodges                           256 game

Carl Casey                              242 game

Mike Weaver                           236 game

Kristen Kawachi                      218 game

Sue Spellman                         205 game

Liesl Weaver                           203 game

 

Tuesday Nite Mixed:

Patrick Olson                          279,259 games and 711 series

Jeremy Bloom             256,236 games and 695 series

Nancy Asai                              221,215,205 games and 618 series

Bill Morrissey                          277 game

Chad Mason                           247,237 games

Ken Espersen                         246 game

Ciena Brittle                            213 game

 

Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies:

Lynn Spellman                                    279,235,212,209,201 games and 726 series

Patrick Olson                          256,227,222 games and 705 series

Mike Parke                                          269,229,214,201 games and 664,614 series

Bernie Keys                            233,201 games and 615 series

Mick Sherrell                           211 game

John Lyon                               203 game

 

Wednesday night Fraternal:

John Riggleman                      248 game and 687 series

Jeff Brittle                                267 game and 684 series

Jeff Miller                                247 game and 675 series

Bill Whetstine              247 game and 667 series

Quinton Cox                            236 game

Bernie Keys                            203 game

 

Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies:

Paul Dethman             247,203 games and 600 series

Bernie Keys                            243,202,201 games

George Buck                           207 game

Linda Green                            201 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

     

    

            

            

  

 

 

 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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