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Kegler's Corner

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


Double A Wins


Last week Double A Orchards won the first half of the eclectic Tuesday Nite Mixed league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.  As always, it was a family affair for the fab four Double A crew starring daughter Ciena Brittle who just edged mom Nancy Asai in the scoring department.  The gifted Ms. Brittle got better as the match progressed with scratch 224 and 243 games that propelled her to a vital 647 series.  Nancy started and finished strong, bookending a couple of solid scratch 230+ games around a forgettable one for a solid 627 set.  It’s tough to beat a team that puts up numbers like those! Congratulations to the Double A crew that also includes key teammates Trevor Johnson and sponsor Aron Asai, the other critical cogs in this emergent dynasty. This is big stuff because by winning the first half, Double A Orchards earns a top spot in the roll off for the league championship at the end of the season. 


Young Levi Phelps and Hood River’s legendary Stuart Kawachi led the individual highlights last week.  Levi’s magic touch roared to the forefront once again in the Fraternal where he topped all scoring last week with a smooth scratch 720 three game series.  Levi’s finesse game is really shining bright this season.  He has raised his average to a heady 210 pins per game which puts him in the top five averages in the city.  Welcome to all-star status Levi, you’ve earned it! 


Stuart is also pounding the pins like a kid again. Last week after his first game in the Tuesday Nite Mixed, he jumped into an old phone booth and changed into a blue speedo with a big red S on the front. Then, faster than a speeding train he amassed eleven strikes in his second stanza for a pro-like scratch 279, the highest game in all leagues last week.  Stuart went on to fashion a nifty scratch 696 series which was a whopping 165 pins over his average.  That outdid everybody in the most pins over average department in league play last week.  Great bowling everybody! 





Monday night Industrial:

Lynn Spellman           244,238 games & 676 series

Matt Hodges                  256 game & 663 series

Nancy Asai                  211,210 games & 617 series


Tuesday Nite Mixed:

Stuart Kawachi              279 game & 696 series     

Chad Mason                248 game & 672 series   

Ciena Brittle               243,224 games & 647 series

Nancy Asai                 236,235 games & 627 series

Mary Finley                221,203 games & 606 series

Patrick Olson              248 game  

Carl Casey                  241 game    

Bryan Mason                 237 game

Joey Sheirbon               235 game

Dawnell Espersen         206 game



Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies:

Lynn Spellman           247,216,205 games & 668 series

John Miller                      233 game & 613 series     

Ken Kramer                225 game

Ron Baumsteiger           224 game

Mick Sherrell              213,200 games 



Wednesday night Fraternal:

Levi Phelps                 258,236,226 games & 720 series

Jeff Miller                         248,235 games & 716 series

Casey Barker              653 series 

Bryan Mason               267 game

Roger Montavon         247 game

Ted Rosenberg           241 game    

Josh Worth                 239 game

Bernie Keys                215 game

Ciena Brittle               214 game


Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies:

Lynn Spellman                     236 game & 604 series

George Buck                         213 game

Len Allen                               212 game

Neil Johnson                         205 game

Bernie Keys                          200 game


Thursday County:

Rod Pratt                               207 game

Gordon Pillon                                    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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