Thompson rolls 299 honor score, joins six others with 700s
By LARRY MASON

April 13, 2004 -- Jerry C. Thompson rolled his first ever honor score, a 299 game, and collected his first 700 series of the season at the same time.

Thompson rolled his 299 in Game One, came back with a 256 in Game Two and hung on for a 184 in Game Three. He'll receive a 299 ring, a watch, for shooting 100 pins above his series average, 570, a senior patch for shooting 150 pins over his series average and being between the ages of 65 and 69. Thompson is now averaging 192, good enough to claim 25th place on the high average list, tied with Mike Fletcher for second place on the high game list and is now 13th on the high series list with his 739. He rolled 25 strikes, seven spares and had two open frames, one of those a split. The first open occurred in the seventh frame of Game Three when Thompson missed an eight-pin leave.

Robert Cleghorn actually rolled the top series of the week with a 751, consisting of games of 246, 226 and 279. It elevated him to ninth place on the high series list and is his first 700 series this year. Cleghorn is tied with Thompson and Deana Hale for 25th place on the high average list, and holds ninth place on the high game list with a 279, a distinction he shares with 13 other bowlers.

Cleghorn rolled 24 strikes, eight spares and had no open frames.

Andy Priest shot his first 700 series of the year Thursday, with games of 257, 223 and 268 for a 748 series. The performance moved him to 11th place on the high series list and raise his average to a 199, which boosts him to 18th place on the high average list. Priest has a high game of 268, which ranks 15th on the high game list and ties him with seven others. He tossed 25 strikes, seven spares and had one open frame.

Harold McClure collected his second 700 series of the season Sunday, rolling games of 225, 290 and 213 for a 728. The only thing standing between him and a perfect game in Game Two was a single seven pin. McClure did roll 11 consecutive strikes and will receive a plaque from ABC. He raised his Sunday average to 205, moving him into 12th place on the high average list, where he joins Turk Morgan. McClure's 290 game pushed him into a fourth-place tie with Mike Gilliland on the high game list. His 728 series is his season high and ranks 18th on the list. McClure threw 27 strikes, four spares and three open frames, two of them splits. He holds the center's 10th highest average this season with a 207, where he is tied with Ken Hood.

Nevil Solomon bowled games of 247, 212 and 259 to register a 718, his first 700 series of the season. He now ranks 21st on the high series list and is carrying a 193 average after Thursday night's action and claims 24th place on the high average list. Solomon's highest game, a 267, ranks 16th on the high game list. He rolled a total of 24 strikes, six spares and had three open frames, two of them splits.

Darreyl Dixon managed to shoot his fifth 700 of the season Thursday, a 714, made up of games of 267, 243 and 204. He holds the center's highest current average at 228, ranks fourth on the high series list and has a 297 high game, which places him third on the high game listing. Dixon rolled 23 strikes, four spares and had four open frames, two of them splits.

Dickie Harrison managed to toss games of 266, 226 and 220 Sunday night to finish the evening with a 712 series, his fourth 700 series of the season. He ranks 20th on the high series list with a 723 and ranks eighth on the high game list with a 280, an honor he shares with Sam Johnson and Alan Roberts. Harrison tossed 24 strikes, seven spares and had two open frames.

Cliff Whitney came close to shooting his ninth 700 of the year Tuesday but had to settle for a 697, rolling games of 163, 279 and 255. He's averaging 215 and ranks seventh on the high average list. Whitney is one of two men who have recorded an 800 series honor score this season. He has hit the 279 plateau three times this year.

The center's top high series producer, Mike Fletcher, came close to nabbing his 14th 700 series of the season Sunday but had to settle for a 697. His series comprised of games of 222, 237 and 238. Fletcher has two 800s to go with his 13 700s and is now averaging 226 on Sunday, two pins behind center averaging leader Dixon. Fletcher holds claim to the highest series of the season, an 813, and is tied with Thompson for second place on the high game list with a 299 honor score.

Julita Richardson registered a 654 Monday with games of 255, 178 and 221. She now ranks 23rd on the men's and ladies' combined high average list with a 194, which is third among the ladies. She trails Marilyn Smith by four pins and Becky Spelman by 19. Richardson's 288 high game, shot during the ladies' city tournament, ranks sixth on the combined high game list. She has yet to break the 700 barrier this season, having to be satisfied with a 697, which ranks 32nd on the combined high series list but is fourth among the ladies.

Spelman had to settle for a 609 series Tuesday evening, 30 pins below her series average of 639. She sports a 213 average, eighth on the men's and ladies combined high average list. Her highest series is a 732, which places her in 16th place on the combined high series list, first among the ladies. Spelman has rolled five 700 series this season, compared to the 15 she rolled last year. Her top game to date is a 268, which places her in 13th place on the high game list.

Others who bowled well last week included: Gilliland (688), David Strain (681), Nathan Crist (670), Bruce Michaelson (661), Jason Parmer (660), James Parmer (653), Joey Kirkpatrick (644) and Russ Nuss (642).

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

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