June 30 marked the beginning of a six-week junior league in honor of past Classic Lanes bowler, Jim Mason. The junior league was named Jim Mason’s “Have a Ball” Junior League after Mason for contributions for youth bowlers made by he and his family. Mason was not only a competitor but a friend to many of the bowlers from the Thursday Men’s Commercial league. Mason was a Dallas resident and had traveled to bowl at Classic Lanes from the early 1980s until his retirement in 2005.
The league bowls three games on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The league started off with a bang, having eight teams compiled of 32 male and female participants ranging in ages from 5 to 17. At the conclusion of the league each participant will receive a new bowling ball to continue their practicing.
If you have children interested in participating in the league or would like additional information please contact Classic Lanes. Participants must complete a minimum of four weeks in the program to receive a new ball.
Notable efforts for the week, by league:
Sunday Night Mixed
Brian Gammill charted the first 700 series of his career during Sunday night‘s action. Gammill rolled a 237 his first game to start the night. Gammill followed up with a 244 for the second game of the set. Needing only a 219 his last game, Gammill booked a 236 to ensure a 700 series. Gammill finished the night 136 pins above his average with a 717 series.
Finishing just behind Gammill with the second highest series of the men for the night was Colby Pullen. Pullen fired a 661 series, opening the night 46 pins above his 196 average with a 242. Pullen stayed on track with a third game of 240.
Chad Dailey rolled out of Sunday’s competition with a series of 652. Dailey’s set included games of 256 and 203. Dailey ended the night 22 pins above his average series. Allan Hague compiled games of 213, 210 and 214 for his 637 series.
Rounding out the men’s top five for Sunday’s action was Richard Bursby. Bursby, bowling off a 182 average, tossed a 257 during the first game. Bursby completed the session 73 pins over his average series.
Angela Allen led the way for the women with her 634 series. Allen helped her team run away with their first game by shooting a 233. Allen, determined to end the night with more than one win, fired a 248 the last game to help claim a victory.
Brian Stegall fired a 608 series to finish the night 83 pins above his average series. Stegall went into Sunday night’s session with a 175 average and strung games of 203, 211 and 194. Teammate and anchor man Anthony Sweat chipped in a series of 616 to help the team dominate all four games.
Karla Dailey rolled two impressive games of 238 and 203, while just one pair of lanes over Deonna Watkins bagged a 235 for her second game. Richard Allen helped his wife during their first game with his 234. Gene Shelton fired a 591 series including a third game of 242. Shannon Hague booked two games of 215 and 214 for her 594 series.
Jim Mason’s Jr. League
Brothers Dakota and Tristen Painter set the pace for the boys during Tuesday’s afternoon session. Dakota finished the day with the highest average of 175 and a 527 series. Dakota opened with a game of 215, then finished a pair of 156 games. Tristen set a 148 average, rolling games of 145, 139 and 162 for a 446 series.
Dustin Joslin, son of Dana Strain, has evidently been taking notes from mom. Joslin finished with the third highest average for the boys with a 141. Joslin started off with a 147 game and then followed up with a 155 for his 424 series.
Another youth bowler taking after their parent was Corey Ogle’s daughter, Courtney Ogle. Ogle finished first out of the girls with her 296 series. Ogle fired games of 89, 114 and 93 to set an average just below 100 with a 98.
Finishing second was Mariah Goree with her 202 series. Goree staying consistent, rolling games of 68, 74 and 60. Goree’s second game of 74 was the third highest of the afternoon for the girls. Rounding out the girls top three was Ashten Burnett, setting an average of 61. Burnett booked a 183 series including a 76, the second highest game from the girls.
Nipping at Burnett’s heels was Kaci Powers with her 171 series. Powers set an average of 57 by shooting games of 51, 67 and 53. Alex Burney bagged a 412 series including games of 147 and 151. Burney ended the day with a 137 average.
Mitchell DeYong, Burney’s anchor bowler, help their team The Wildcats win three out of four games with his 405 series. DeYong booked games of 167 and 164. Trevor Williams set a 132 average during junior league play with his 396 series. Williams held a consistent line all afternoon to roll games of 131, 135 and 130.
Elsewhere on the lanes Lane Ogle bagged a 284 series, setting an average of 94. Cousin and teammate Bryce Ogle help their team, the Cowboys, take three out of four games with his 170 series. Blake Nolen had a 106 first game and set an average of 91.
Mason Virgel has been practicing during the kids day out events on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons and his practice paid off. Virgel charted games of 103, 94 and came back the last game with an impressive 120.
Virgel’s teammate Dylan Reed fired a 138 his first game. Landon Watkins also had his highest game during the first game of the day with 113. Hunter Burnett booked two games of 142 and 119 while five lanes over Hunter Manson fired a 102 his second game.
Tuesday Night Mixed Doubles
Larry White shot the highest game from the men with a 247 his first game. White ended the session with a third game of 199. White completed the night 49 pins above his average series. Wife Donna shot out of the gate with a 203 her first game and rolled two more games of 178 and 173 off her 174 average.
Husband and wife team Mark and Debbie Miller bagged three impressive games of 215, 206 and 205. We won’t tell that Debbie’s was the highest game of the three. Just one lane over, Dana Strain booked a 203 and 169 off her 134 average.
Bowling off a 198 average, Michael Burnett charted games of 194, 202 and 223 for a 619 series. Burnett’s wife, Amber, helped to win three out of four games with her 493 series and a third game of 178. Brian Breaux continued to improve this week with his 418 series. Breaux’s series was 49 pins above his average.
Chuck and Betty Russell dominated their opponents, winning all four games with their combined series of 1133. Chuck rolled two games over his 181 average, 194 and 198. Betty, bowling off a 167 average, strung games of 203, 179 and 202.
Kevin Sharp continued this week on schooling little brother Ken by shooting 146 pins over his average. Sharp opened the night with a first game of 197 and followed with 207. Sharp’s last game of 192 helped him raise his average 16 pin from a 150 to a 166.
Thursday Men’s Trio
Larry Stovall paced the men this week after giving them a break last week with his four game series of 952. He started the night with a first game of 244, then followed with a 247. Stovall continued the pace with a 224 and 237 to help his team win two games.
Tony Moffe finished just four pins behind Stovall with a 948 series. Moffe rolled games of 227, 223, and 218. Moffe’s second game of the night was a solid 280 that included 10 out of 12 possible strikes.
Jason Keller finished in third place for the men for top series with his 926 set. Keller opened Thursday night’s play with a 259 and followed with three games of 245, 221, and 201. Teammate Dewayne Roach fired three impressive games of 225, 215 and 258 to help his team take four out of five games.
Dave Gholson booked a first game of 253 and a respectable series of 868. Duane Anspon fired a 247 game and last game of 225. Smitty’s Bunch anchor man Neldon Smith help the team run away with the last game of competition by shooting a 232. Curtis Sewell posted two games of 232 and 267.
Gene Shelton fired 43 pins above his average during his second game of 199. Matt Parker bagged a 902 series including games of 220, 247 and 237. Buddy McClendon posted a 204 his first game. Ronnie Wooten rolled a third game of 210. Jesse Haggerty awoke from his summer nap to shoot 223, 202 and 201 for his first three games. David Holt bagged two respectable games of 236 and 234. Chris Pearsall shot 44 pins above his 171 average with a first game of 215.
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