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Kegler's Corner

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

Buntings wins Fraternal


Last week, the uber underdog Buntings trio won the championship of the hot-shot Wednesday night Fraternal league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes in a real squeaker against the powerhouse, nearly 200 average three time defending champion MWB crew.  The match was a three game team, total pins battle.  To make things even more difficult for Buntings, their high average bowler was absent which cost them a penalty, because by rule they had to take the average of the missing bowler less 10 pins for each game.  That cost Buntings 30 pins right out of the gate.  Undaunted, the plucky Buntings duo won game one by 37 pins.  Buntings then won game two by a sliver of 4 pins, extending their lead to 41 pins.  MWB won game three by 34 pins, coming up short by a mere 7 pins mostly due to a weak 10th frame finish.  Congratulations to Buntings, champions of the Fraternal league!  Bowling for Buntings this season was John Riggleman, Mike Bosse and steady Eddie Busick. This concludes the Fraternal league and also marks the end of the 2017-18 tenpin bowling league season at Orchard Lanes.  Here are the individual highs for the season in the Fraternal league: men’s high average, Jeff Miller, 224; women’s high average, Ciena Brittle and Bernie Keys, 186; men’s high scratch series, Patrick Olson, 779; women’s high scratch series, Ciena Brittle, 715; men’s high scratch game, Mark Chabotte and Jeff Miller 300; women’s high scratch game, Bernie Keys and Ciena Brittle 279; and the individual match points winner was Court Barker with 62 points.  Many thanks to everybody who bowled this competitive league, the best in the gorge.  We miss you already and look forward to seeing you all again next season!

As we always do at this time to wrap-up the season, here are the highlights and proposed all-star teams.  The 2017-18 tenpin bowling league season was excellent.  Bowlers tend to grumble a bit, mostly about lane conditions and that’s perfectly normal as we all love the game and want to roll strikes.  Consider this: 15 of our league bowlers averaged 200 or better per game.  That’s scratch folks, no handicap included.  That’s pretty darn good bowling in anybody’s book, in fact, not too many years ago a 200 average was considered par for the game.  These bowlers deserve recognition for their excellent skills, here they are, Jeff Miller, Chad Mason, Patrick Olson, Jeremy Bloom, Lynn Spellman, Mark Chabotte, Josh Worth, Bill Pullum, Casey Barker, Mike Parke, Bryan Mason, Ken Espersen, Joey Sheirbon, Mary Finley and Nancy Asai.  Congratulations everybody, you made it!  Something to be really proud of.  Note that two of these 200 average bowlers are women, Mary Finley and Nancy Asai.  They both also shot a scratch 700 series.  Folks, those are near pro-like  numbers for women bowlers.  We can’t remember ever having two women bowlers average 200 in Hood River!  We also had three perfect 300 games by Mark Chabotte, Mike Parke and Jeff Miller.

Here are the 2017-18 season’s individual highs at Orchard Lanes:  men’s average, Jeff Miller, 224; women’s high average, Mary Finley, 201(Nancy Asai, 200); men’s high scratch series, Patrick Olson, 779; women’s high scratch series, Ciena Brittle, 715 (Nancy Asai, 701); men’s high scratch game, Mark Chabotte, Mike Parke and Jeff Miller, 300; women’s high scratch game, Bernie Keys and Ciena Brittle, 279.

And now without further ado, here are your 2017-18 all-star bowling teams strictly base on high averages: 

                                    MEN                                                     WOMEN

1. Jeff Miller, 224                       1. Mary Finley, 201

2. Chad Mason, 218                  2. Nancy Asai, 200

3. Patrick Olson, 215                 3. Ciena Brittle, 186

4. Jeremy Bloom, 211                4. Bernie Keys, 186

5. Lynn Spellman, 210               5. Shaiyan Brittle, 169         


Many thanks to everybody who bowled league at Orchard Lanes this season. You’ve all mae it special.  We’ll see you all next September!


























































































































































































































































































































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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