Old Folks claim Sunday's Summer Mixed League championship
Larry Mason

August 5, 2004 - The "Old Folks" shot a team series of 2,256 made up of games of 749, 732 and 775 during Sunday night's position round roll-off , while their opponents, "Gary's Misfits," rolled a 2,737 combined of games of 815, 779 and 742, which resulted in the Old Folk's losing three of the night's four points. Still, due to the fact that the summer's champions held a six-game lead over the second-place finishers going into Sunday's play, the roll-off was more to determine the rankings for the remaining 14 teams to determine the league champions.

The Old Folks, comprised of members Nancy Daniels, Brian Stegall, Dorothy Harrison and Wes Campbell, led the Sunday Mixed League throughout most of the summer once the dust settled after week three's competition. These team members didn't overpower the league, but they were steady performers, with three of the four ranking in the top five in average in their respective categories. Campbell led the league in average with a 217, while Harrison ranked second among the ladies with her 162, and Nancy ranked fifth with her 150.

Campbell shot the league's second-highest series of the summer with a 738, while Dorothy finished fifth among the ladies with a 525. Wes ranked fourth on the men's high game list with a 267; Harrison ranked fifth on the ladies' list with a 204. The team's fourth member, Stegall, finished the summer season with a 174 average and was instrumental in helping the squad win several of their league-leading 32 victories. Old Folks lost just eight games over the course of the summer.

The Sunday summer mixed league was made up of a number of teams whose members had never bowled in league play prior to this year. A number of them were recruited from the folks who just enjoyed Classic Lanes' Wednesday promotion, Family Night. One such individual is Chris Williams.

Chris bowled with the "New Kids," a team made up of first time league bowlers. They were pulled from our Wednesday night pool of open bowlers. Joining Chris were his parents, David and Barbara Ingram, and best friend, Richard Doty. Chris began the season throwing a house ball, in which he refused to place his thumb. Before league play began, however, experienced bowlers convinced him that his thumb needed to be in the ball, or his average would never improve. By the time the season ended, Chris had his own ball, and finished fifth on the high game handicap list with a 285, and had won the Most Improved bowler award for men.

Seventeen-year-old Justin Miller joined his mother, dad and Justin Parmer to form a team they called the Rejects. Dad and son had never bowled in a league before, and, in fact, had not bowled much at all. Justin finished the season on a roll, so-to-speak, winning an ABC patch for bowling 152 pins over his series average some two weeks ago, and found himself ranked third on the Most Improved bowler list, having raised his average by 14.58 pins. Justin's mother, Debbie, has bowled before, but even she had room to improve, and she did just that. Debbie finished the summer league ranked second on the ladies' Most Improved bowler list, having raised her average by 8.91 pins in 10 weeks.

Jill Barber's team, the "Moonlighters," was made up of Jill and fellow members Manuel Barela, Mark Trejo, and Eric Barba. The latter two had bowled prior to this summer, but Jill and Manuel came to league play from our Wednesday open bowler's pool. They finished the season in sixth place, winning 19 games, while losing 21. Jill finished the season with the league's fourth-highest handicap game for women, a 250, and was averaging 121. Rookie teammate Barela completed his first ever league sporting a 134 average and won an ABC patch for throwing a triplicate, three 136 games. Trejo and Barba completed play with averages of 147 and 151, respectively.

David Soeder had been away from bowling for several years before returning last fall. His summer mixed team, "Attitude to Spare," completed the summer program in third place, winning 28 games while losing only 12. In fact, David's squad finished in a tie with Gary's Misfits for second place, but lost the tiebreaker, total pins, by a mere 535 pins. David and his wife Donna were teamed with Larry and Barbara Siegert. The highlight of the summer season for David was his first ever ABC-sanctioned 700 series, a 714, that landed him in fourth place on the high scratch series list. David finished the season with a very impressive 196 average. Siegert had the distinction of claiming a multitude of awards. She claimed the ladies' high game scratch with a 234, the ladies' high series scratch with a 632, as well as the ladies' high average with a 178.74

Joe Kirkpatrick won the league's high scratch game award by rolling a 298 honor score. He also ranked third on the high series scratch list with a 737. Joe finished third on the leagues' high average list with a 207.36.

Mark Smith rolled the league's second highest scratch game, a 279, an honor he shared with Parmer. Smith rolled the league's highest scratch series, a 741, and claimed the league's second highest average with a 216.23.

Parmer laid claim to the league's fourth highest average, a 204.33. He also ranked third on the league's high game scratch listing with a 277.

Other men who turned in impressive performances during league play included Ace Wiginton, who bowled a 702 series, and a 267 high game, good enough for fourth place on the league's high scratch game listing. Ace shared the latter honor with Nathan Crist. Also making the list was David Strain, who finished the league with the fifth highest average, a 202.13. James Allen squeezed onto the awards list by finishing fourth on the Most Improved bowler listing with an increase in average of 12.03 pins.

For the ladies, Tammy Davidson placed second on the high series list with a 591, was second on the high game scratch list with a 214, was third on the high average list at 160.10, and took fifth place on the Most Improved bowler's list with an increase in average of 7.43 pins. Becky Darden ranked third on the ladies' high scratch game list , while Joy Kozeluh finished fifth on the ladies' high scratch game list at 204, and third on the high series scratch list with a 534. Lisa Rodriguez took fourth place honors on the high scratch game list, while Mary Steele captured fourth on the high scratch series list. Stella Holley claimed fourth on the high average list with a 156.62, and Wanda Stovall was first on the Most Improved bowlers list with a plus of nine pins in her average, while Angie Booth laid claim to third place on the list with an increase of 8.06 pins. Sharon Callahan was fifth on the Most Improved bowlers list with an increase of 6.05 pins.

It was a great summer season, and we look forward to seeing many of these folks in our next slate of leagues.


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

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