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Kegler's Corner

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

 

Turkey Time 

Last week’s bowling league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes was shortened by Thanksgiving which was all good because we stuffed ourselves with delicious turkey. Bowlers love turkey.  In bowling jargon, a turkey is synonymous with three strikes in a row and there were lots of them last week.

 

Bill Whetstine piled turkey upon turkey to lead everybody in the scoring department with a mighty fine scratch 720 three game series that he fired in the Fraternal.  The show me guy from Missouri has been unfazed with the trickier lane and pin conditions this season as he is currently carrying a solid 216 average which is only one pin less than he averaged last year.  Bill has a compact style, always keeping his ball in play around the 2nd arrow track by putting lots of speed and revs on it.  He is one heck of a strike machine! 

 

Brandon (Buzz saw) Kawachi also lit up the lanes last week with a score like his favorite store.  That’s right, he pounded out a cool 711 set in the Tuesday Nite Mixed.  We call Brandon Buzz saw because he plants at the foul line, twists into contorted knot and cranks his ball into a big hooking rev monster that shreds the helpless 3 lb. 6 oz. pins into a pile of sawdust.  Brandon gets more double pin messengers down at the deck than anybody which clears out so many 7 and 10 pin taps we just watch in amazement.

 

OK, its December now, 3 months into league action, so let’s take a quick informal check to see who is really unfazed by the tricky conditions and has improved their average.  In the Industrial, Steve Byers and Kevin Harris have improved 16 and 15 pins respectively and both are currently carrying a splendid 206 average.  That’s really impressive to improve that much at their level.  Bowlers, it would be smart to watch these two and find out the secrets to their success. In the Mixed, Paul Dethman and Bill Morrissey are up 30 pins.  They both had a tough start but they’ve sure found the range lately. In the senior Colts and Fillies Gordon Pillon and Tony Teschner lead the way 15 pins up.  Bernie Keys is up 11 sticks, Mick Sherrell is up 9 and Lee Rogers is up 6.  It’s no wonder All-Star Ms. Keys is doing so well as she led all scoring by the women last week with another scratch 600 series, a nice 611 that she notched in the Colts & Fillies. Bernie has already tallied a bunch of 600’s this season. Professor Rogers continues to impress week after week holding that spiffy 202 average.  Folks, seniors who average 200 are rare and Mr. Rogers is a darn good bowler in this neighborhood!  Always think strikes and spares everybody, let the good times roll.

 

LEAGUE REPORTS:

 

Monday night Industrial:

Steve Byers--657 series 

Jeff Miller--245 game and 650 series

George Buck--245 game

Brian Ford--244 game

Joey Springs--243 game

Nancy Asai--206 game

 

Tuesday Nite Mixed:

Brandon Kawachi--255 game and 711 series

Dawnell Espersen--212 game

 

Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies:

Mike Parke--257 game and 635 series

Gordon Pillon--245 game and 613 series

Bernie Keys--266 game and 611 series  

Lee Rogers--214,205 games and 606 series

Tony Teschner--223 game

Dave Baumsteiger--213 game

Jesse Flores--206 game

Mick Sherrell--204 game

 

Wednesday night Fraternal:

Bill Whetstine--247,237,236 games and 720 series

Patrick Olson--667 series

Stan Pratnicki--651 series

John Riggleman--247 game

Roger Montavon--237 game

Ciena Brittle--236 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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