Five men and a lady capture seven 700s
By Larry Mason

March 16, 2004 -- Bruce Michaelson, Mike Gilliland, Darreyl Dixon, Eloy Chapa, Cliff Whitney and Marilyn Smith bagged 700s this week, keeping the four-year-old uninterrupted string of 700 series on line for another week.

Michaelson tossed two 700s in the week, a 705 Tuesday followed by a 716 Thursday, his seventh and eighth 700s of the season. He rolled games of 244, 257 and 204 Tuesday with 21 strikes, nine spares and one open frame and games of 247, 260 and 209 Thursday with 23 strikes, eight spares and had two open frames, one of those a split.

Michaelson holds a 220 average Tuesday and a 215 Thursday. He ranks fourth on the high average list, fifth on the high series list with a 759 and eighth on the high game list with a 279.

Gilliland rolled his 14th 700 series for the year, shooting a 733 in men's league action Thursday night with games of 238, 257 and 238. He's now averaging 221 Tuesday, third on the high average list and 219 Thursday. Gilliland's highest series at this point in the season is a 786 shot two weeks ago, third on the high series list, while his 290 ranks fifth on the high game listing. Gilliland tossed 24 strikes, seven spares and had one open frame, a split he left in the eighth frame of Game Three.

Dixon uncorked his third 700 series of the season, a 717, with games of 236, 297 and 184. He receives a plaque from the ABC for 11 straight strikes and finds himself atop the high average list with a 228 from Sunday's league, tied with Wes Campbell and David Strain for third place on the high game list with his 297 and in eighth place on the high series list with a 749 shot earlier in the year. Dixon tossed 24 strikes, five spares and had two open frames.

Chapa, a lefty, captured his fourth 700 of the year Sunday night, with games of 256, 256 and 195 for a 707 and is currently averaging 216, sixth on the high average list. He has a 279 high game, which ties him with 13 others for eighth place on the high game list and rolled 24 strikes, six spares and had three open frames, two of them splits. Chapa also ranks 15th on the high series list with a 731, where he is tied with Marilyn Smith.

Speaking of Smith, she bagged her second 700 series of the season Monday evening, hitting the pins for games of 256, 244 and 216 for a 716, tying her with Michaelson's high for the week. Smith and Becky Spelman now share the distinction of being the only women who have rolled multiple 700s at Classic Lanes. Her 200 average ranks second among the ladies and ranks 15th on the combined men's and ladies' high average list. Smith trails Spelman in average by 13 pins and has a high game of 268, placing her in 14th position on the high game list. She rolled 26 strikes, six spares and had one open frame.

Whitney shot games of 245, 220 and 236 for a 701, his sixth 700 of the season to combine with his 801 honor series about a month ago. He ranks ninth on the high average list with a 212 in the Tuesday mixed league, second on the high series list with his 801 and eighth on the high game list with a 279. Whitney rolled 24 strikes, five spares and had three open frames, two of them splits.

Neldon Smith shot a 699 series Thursday with games of 205, 247 and 247 and is currently averaging 201, 14th on the high average list. He ranks 24th on the high series list with two 699 series to his credit this season. Smith's top game to date is a 259, placing him 21st on the high game list. He rolled 22 strikes, nine spares and had one open frame.

Jason Parmer claimed a 691 series Sunday night, firing games of 213, 277 and 201. He claims the 13th position on the high average list with a 204, while his highest game is a perfect 300, obviously first on the high game list, where he is tied with Darrell Green. Parmer's top series, a 752, ranks seventh on the high series list. He struck 21 times, spared 10 times and had two open frames, both splits.

Julita Richardson put together games of 166, 248 and 228 for a 642 series Monday night. Neice Heavin rolled games of 174, 230 and 198 for a 602.

Others who bowled well on the week were: Tommy Fletcher (683), Mike Fletcher (668), Dave Gholson (662), Turk Morgan (661), Kelly Shields (659), Campbell (658) and Jerry C. Thompson (655).

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

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