Join Email Club

Email Field


Kegler's Corner

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


Riggleman 733


For 2019 our dedicated league bowlers at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes resolved to get better.  To do so in this great game, you’ve got to put some effort into it.  Bowling is a real, big-time game, unlike that phony stuff on the X-box or computer.  Is your game hurting?  Try to right the ship with some practice.  Practice always helps, get sharp making those spares and turn that approach into a well-oiled machine with solid, smooth foot work and a big, loose arm swing. It wouldn’t hurt to emulate our stars from last week’s action. 


John Riggleman led the parade of big shooters with an impressive scratch 733 three game series that he posted in the high scoring, competitive Fraternal league.  In his session, John racked up 11 strikes in his last game for a big 277 game.  Folks, that’s 11 strikes out of a possible 12!  John is a cool cat with a textbook game, solid, nicely measured foot work and a smooth, traditional, controlled arm swing.  He makes it all look easy.   


Week in and week out, Lynn Spellman remains one of the hottest bowlers in town.  He notched a scratch 708 set in the Colts & Fillies, one of many 700’s that he’s rolled this season!  Lynn is a fine bowler who has many award scores in his long career, he knows what he’s doing on the lanes.  He plays the oil pattern perfectly at Orchard Lanes.  Yet, he’s willing to experiment and push the envelope.  This season he’s logging the results on every ball he rolls!  And, he’s been working hard using a plastic ball for spares and even strikes.  Folks, these things make you better, pay attention to what you’re doing!


Bernie Keys led the ladies in scoring last week as she often does with a nifty scratch 626 series that she rolled in the Lads & Lassies.  Bernie ends up on the all-star team every year because she does several things correctly that all women bowlers should try to do.  She plays the lanes correctly, more outside, down and in with a nice, controlled hook.  That method gives her maximum angle into the pocket, so she gets more strikes.  Sure, it helps that she rolls a hook but more importantly, Bernie generates good ball speed which is essential in our modern game to get effective pin action.  And, when those stubborn sticks refuse to fall, Bernie is a good spare shooter.  Have some fun, go bowling everybody!  




Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies:

Lynn Spellman           246,237,225 games & 708 series

Mick Sherrell              235 game

Sue Spellman                  230 game

Jesse Flores                    214 game

Bernie Keys                     213 game

Lee Rogers                      205,200 games


Wednesday night Fraternal:

John Riggleman               277 game & 733 series 

Patrick Olson                   268 game & 689 series

Josh Worth                       266 game & 679 series

Jeff Miller                     238 game & 673 series

Casey Barker                    245 game & 655 series

Bill Whetstine        655 series

Bryan Mason                     245 game

Ciena Brittle                204 game


Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies:

Bernie Keys                            214,206,206 games & 626 series

Neil Johnson                           214 game

George Buck                           214 game


Thursday County:

Gordon Pillon                          223,202 games

Paul Dethman             213 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

1141 Tucker Road
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-1326


Orchard Lanes Bowling Center is a non-smoking entertainment center offering an automatic state-of-the-art scoring system, video arcade, video poker and snack bar.