Five men and a lady capture 700s
From Staff Reports

March 27, 2004 -- Mike Gilliland, Cliff Whitney, Mike Fletcher, Becky Spelman, Vincent Smith and Alan Roberts tossed 700 series last week, keeping Classic Lanes' string of uninterrupted 700s in tact for yet another week.

Gilliland grabbed top high series honors for the week, shooting a 739 Tuesday to register his league-leading 15th 700 series of the season with games of 253, 241 and 245. He ranks third on the high average list with a 222, fourth on the high game list with a 290 and third on the high series list with his lifetime high of 786.

Gilliland rolled 27 strikes, five spares and had two open frames, both of them splits.

Whitney rolled his second straight 700 series in Tuesday's mixed league action, with games of 204, 256 and 269 for a 729. It was his seventh 700 of the season, and Whitney ranks ninth on the high average list with a 213, second on the high series list with an 801 and eighth on the high game list, where he is tied with 14 others who have shot 279s.

Whitney rolled 23 strikes, eight spares and had two open frames, both of them splits.

This season's most prolific shooter, Fletcher, booked his 12th 700 series of the year Sunday night, shooting a 715 comprised of games of 244, 227 and 244. It raised his average by one pin to a 225, leaving him three pins behind average leader Darreyl Dixon at 228. Fletcher ranks first on the high series list with his 813 and claims second place on the high game list with his 299 honor score, one pin behind co-leaders Darrell Green and Jason Parmer.

He rolled 22 strikes, seven spares and had one open frame.

Spelman collected her fifth 700 series of the year, shooting games of 256, 175 and 275 for a 706. Three open frames in Game Two, including two disastrous splits in the ninth and 10th frames, ruined her shot of an 800 series.

Spelman ranks eighth on the combined high average list with her 214. That puts her first among the ladies, as does her 732 high series. Spelman also has a high game of 278, which ranks ninth on the combined high game list and third among the ladies. She trails leader Julita Richardson's 288 high game by 10 pins and second-place holder Barbara Siegert's high of 279 by one.

Spelman rolled 22 strikes, six spares and had three open frames, two of them splits.

Smith, who shot games of 246, 212 and 246 for a 704, ranks 11th on the high average list with a 208. He shares honors with David Gholson and Turk Morgan, is 23rd on the high series list at 704 and holds eighth position on the high game list at 279.

Smith rolled 22 strikes, 10 spares and had two open frames, one of them a split.

Roberts, who shot his second 700 of the season Sunday evening with games of 221, 236 and 245 for a 702, ranks 21st on the high average list at 198, 22nd on the high series list with a 705 and holds eighth place on the high game list with a 279.

Roberts' 702 consisted of 23 strikes, five spares and three open frames.

Duane Anspon, who teams with Smith, shot the highest series of his career Thursday, a 698, with games of 279, 211 and 208. He struck 23 times, had eight spares and left three open frames, two of which were splits. Anspon's 279 game moved him into eighth place on the high game list, while his 698 series moved him into 26th place on the high series list, tying him with David Strain and his average is a respectable 188.

Parmer came close to collecting his fifth 700 of the season Tuesday, finishing the night with a 694 series comprised of games of 205, 265 and 224. He struck 20 times, had 10 spares and left two open frames. Parmer ranks 14th on the high average list with a 205, is seventh on the high series list with a 752 and claims first place on the high game list with a perfect 300.

Larry Siegert turned in a stellar performance Thursday night, shooting a "clean series" with no open frames. He rolled 19 strikes and 13 spares on his way to a 690 series comprised of three very consistent games of 234, 223 and 233. Siegert ranks 19th on the high average list with a 200, 30th on the high series list with his 690 and is 14th on the high game list with a 268.

Three ladies registered 600s this week. Tracie Chapa was tops with a 636 shot Tuesday, Julita Richardson second with a 635 and Debbie Carter third with a 613 shot Monday.

Richardson's 635 series came on Sunday during the Hopkins County Women's Bowling Association's City Tournament. The most significant thing about this particular series is the fact that it included a 288 high game, consisting of strikes on each of the first 10 balls she threw and is her lifetime high score for a single game.

Richardson is currently averaging 190, while her top series of the year is a 697. Carter is averaging 185, has a high game of 255 and has a top series of 656. Chapa is averaging 180, has a high game of 247 and has a top series of 636.

Others who bowled well last week included: Harold McClure (684), Tarry Davison (680), Gholson and Nick Painter (673), Ray Howser (668), Russ Nuss (662), John Lambert (657), Bruce Michaelson (651), Dickie Harrison (647) and Wes Campbell (643).

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

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