Keller, Whitney, Michaelson and Campbell roll 700s
Larry Mason

Nov. 1, 2005 - Jason Keller, Cliff Whitney, Bruce Michaelson and Wes Campbell each fired 700s this week, Jason on Tuesday, Cliff and Bruce on Thursday and Wes on Sunday. Two individuals came close to hitting 700s, Keith Ethridge and Jason Parmer, while two ladies registered 600s, Becky Spelman and Amanda Green. 

Classic Lanes’ bowlers got back on track this week, especially Thursday night, when the men accounted for two 700s, 26 series of 600s, 36 scores of  500s, 11 series of 400s and four 300s. Last week the men had zero 700s and only 10 series of 600. The lane conditions this week were much improved. 

Jason Keller led all center bowlers this week, shooting a 751 series on Tuesday evening. Jason rolled games of 237, 257 and 257. Keller has been on a string of late, shooting 700s in three of last five weeks. Keller now finds himself averaging 226 on Tuesday, good enough to lay claim to first place on the high average chart. Keller’s 751 pushed him into fourth place on the high series list. Jason occupies first place on the high game list with a 299 honor score. 

Retired Air Force veteran Cliff Whitney came in second in the 700 chase this week, shooting a 747 on Thursday. Cliff rolled games of 279, 279 and 189.  Cliff moved to 11th place on the high average chart with a 206, and climbed to seventh place on the high game list with his 279. Cliff moved into fifth place on the high series list with his 747. 

Another of our retired Air Force veterans, Bruce Michaelson, collected his first 700 series of the season on Thursday, shooting a 707 made up of games of 221, 228 and 258. Bruce is now averaging 210 and ranks eighth on the high average chart, where fellow Greenville bowler, Wayne Womack, joins him. Bruce’s 707 moved him to the No. 14 position on the high series list. His best game of the season, a 258, places him 18th on the high game list. 

Classic Lane’s mechanical genius, Wes Campbell, rounded out this week’s list of 700 shooters, registering a 705 on Sunday. Wes rolled games of 210, 246 and 249 in earning his league leading fourth 700 series of the season. Wes is averaging 220 on Tuesday, 212 on Sunday and 200 on Thursday. He ranks second on the high average chart, tied with another Greenville bowler, Mike Fletcher. Campbell ranks third on the high series list with a 755, and is in seventh place on the high game list with a 279. He is tied with Nathan Crist and Cliff Whitney in the latter category. Campbell shot a 673 series on Tuesday. 

Keith Ethridge shot his highest series of the season on Thursday, firing games of 246, 223 and 229, ending the night with a 698 series. He moved to 17th place on the high series list. Keith is averaging 209, which places him in the ninth position on the high series list. Keith is tied with fellow teammate, Mark Smith. Keith’s top game of the season is a 268, ranking him 13th on the high game list, where the Parmer twins, Justin and Jason, join him. 

Speaking of Jason Parmer, he came close to booking his first 700 of the season on Tuesday, but had to settle for a 692, comprised of games of 225, 243 and 224. Jason ranks 21st on the high series list. He is tied with Darreyl Dixon. Parmer is averaging 194, which places him in the No. 21 slot on the high average list. Parmer is tied with Laura Ballard, Billy Painter and Jerry C. Thompson on the average chart. As noted earlier, Jason ranks 13th on the high game list with his 268. 

The ladies had two ladies who shattered the 600 series barrier, Becky Spelman and Amanda Green. Becky rolled a 663 series on Sunday, with games of 207, 225 and 231. Amanda fired a 630 series on Tuesday, rolling games of 183, 236 and 211. Becky is averaging 201, tops among the ladies, and 16th on the combined men’s and ladies’ combined high average chart. Spelman’s 663 moved her to the top of the ladies high series list, while Amanda’s 630 eased her into fourth place on the series list. Becky is now third on the ladies’ high game list with a 254, and Amanda is fifth with her 236.

On Tuesday night, Donna Soeder produced a 594 series, 123 over her average series of 471. Donna’s games of 189, 256 and 149 exceeded her single game average of 157. Donna’s 256 second game moved her into second place on the ladies’ high game list. Donna finished the evening with a 198 average, 41 pins over her entering average of 157. 

Pam Nordin rolled a 486 series on Sunday, 96 pins over her average series of 390. Pam rolled games of 174, 149 and 163, each exceeding her single game average of 130. Pam averaged 162 on Sunday.   

On Monday night, Penny Shelton tossed a 518 series, 90 pins over her series average of 438. Penny’s games were 207, 168, and 143. Her average for the night was a 172. Her entering average was a 146.  

Dana Strain is expecting the arrival of a little girl in December, but that didn’t stand in her way Sunday evening. Dana rolled a 489 series, shooting games of  176, 147 and 166. Dana was averaging 137 when the night began, but she averaged 163 for the evening. 

Others who bowled well this week include: Mike Fletcher and Chad Dailey (682), Mark Smith (677), Nevil Solomon (668), David Soeder (656 Thursday/624 Tuesday), Justin Parmer (650), D.J. Kast (644), Mike Gilliland (642 Thursday/638 Tuesday), Tarry Davison (639), Jerry C. Thompson and Jeff Wright (633), Tommy Fletcher (632), Vincent Smith (628), and Russ Nuss (624). 

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Larry Mason writes a weekly column on the bowling action at Classic Lanes. His column appears on Tuesday.

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