Classic bowlers add nine 700s; Total moves to 196
Larry Mason

April 19, 2005 - Keith Ethridge's 759 series led a pack of nine bowlers in the pursuit of 700s this week. Joining Ethridge on the 700 list were Nathan Crist, Darreyl Dixon, Bo Duncan, Jason Keller, Mike Gilliland, Harold McClure, Larry Siegert and Greg Pullen. Mark Smith came within one pin of making the week's total climb to 10.

Randy McKnight rolled his first ABC-sanctioned 600 on Thursday, and 11-year old Douglas student Colby Pullen rolled a 550 series in only his second week of men's league competition.

Keith Ethridge started Sunday's action with a 207 average. When play was complete, Keith was averaging 209 and had collected the week's highest 700 series, a 759, and his fifth of the season. Keith rolled games of 248, 245 and 266 in the process. The series elevated Ethridge to 11th place on the high series list. His Thursday night average, a 214, holds ninth place on the high series list. His 277 high game ranks 13th on the high game list.

Nathan Crist claimed the week's second-best 700 series by shooting a 751 on Sunday night. Nathan rolled games of 223, 250 and 268 to garner this his first 700 of the season. The series moved Crist to the 15th position on the high series list, up 38 places from a week ago. Nathan holds the 21st ranking on the high average list with a 198, and ranks second on the high game list, having shot a 299 just two weeks ago.

Third place honors for the week went to Darreyl Dixon and his 737 series on Sunday. Dixon rolled games of 239, 289 and 209 to register his 18th of the season. His highest series is a 782 which holds third place on the high series list. Dixon's closest competitors in the production of 700s are Wes Campbell and Mike Gilliland, each of whom has tossed 15 on the year. Darreyl is averaging 221 on Thursday, 220 on Sunday and 204 on Tuesday. His 221 ranks third on the high average list, two pins behind league-leading scorer Bobby Matthews' 223. Darreyl highest game this season is a 290 honor score, which ranks fifth on the high game list. He has tossed 12 games of 270 or higher.

Our fourth 700 of the week belonged to Bo Duncan. It was Bo's first 700 of the season, and moved him into a tie for 21st place on the high series list. The series, a 721, was made up of games of 237, 268 and 216. Bo, one of our retired Air Force veterans, is averaging 200, which places him in the 19th position on the high average list, and has a high game of 275, 14th on the high game list.

Jason Keller collected his fourth 700 of the season on Thursday, rolling games of 223, 268 and 223, ending the night with a 714. Jason ranks 18th on the high series list with a 743, is averaging 214, ninth on the high average list, and is one of the eight individuals who has rolled a perfect game at the center this season.

Mike Gilliland shot his 15th 700 of the season on Thursday night, a 709. Mike tossed games of 254, 213 and 232. He ranks 11th on the high series list with a 758, is seventh on the high average list with a 216, and has one of those eight perfect games this season. Mike rolled a 605 on Tuesday.

Harold McClure gave us our seventh 700 of the week on Sunday night, rolling games of 213, 246 and 247 to finish the night with a 706. It was Harold's fourth 700 of the season. His highest, a 729, occupies the 25th position on the high series list. McClure is averaging 207 on Sunday, 205 on Thursday, and ranks 14th on the high average list. Harold's highest game is a 279, placing him in 10th place on the high game chart.

Next up was Larry Siegert. Larry shot a 705 comprised of games of 248, 233 and 224 in Tuesday's mixed league. Siegert is averaging 201, which puts him in 18th place on the high average list. His top series so far this season is a 749, which holds 16th place on the high series list. Larry has tossed four 700s this year. Siegert is one of those eight individuals who has rolled a perfect game this season. Larry came very close to firing another 700 on Sunday when he rolled a 693.

Greg Pullen bagged his first 700 of the season on Thursday night shooting a 704, which landed him in the 35th position on the high series list. Greg ranks 23rd on the high average list with a 196 average in both Sunday and Thursday's leagues. His highest game to date is a 277, which ranks 12th on the high game list.

Mark Smith came as close as one could to hitting 700 without doing so when he shot a 699 series on Thursday comprised of games of 227, 222 and 225. Mark is averaging 221 on Thursday, 218 on Sunday. He ranks third, tying him with Darreyl Dixon. He has thrown 700s 11 times this year, with his highest being a, 753, which ranks 14th on the high series list. His highest game is a, 280, which places him in the No. 9 position on the high game listing.

Our top lady performer of the week was Julita Richardson. Julita, who is averaging 205 on Sundays, fired games of 236, 204 and 188 to complete the evening's competition with a 628 series. She holds the ladies' top average. Her highest game is a 242 this season, and her biggest series is a 649, fifth on the ladies' high series chart.

Tracie Chapa finished second to Julita this week, rolling a 604 on Sunday. Tracie, who holds the ladies highest series of the season, a 680, rolled games of 218, 192 and 194 this time around. Tracie is averaging 185 on Sunday and 184 on Tuesday. Her highest game this season is a 257.

Tammy Haley tossed a 603 series on Tuesday. Ms. Haley rolled games of 191, 206 and 206 in the process. Tammy is averaging 186, sixth among the ladies. She has a high series of 655, which fills the fourth position on the ladies' high series listing. Haley has a high game of 263, fourth among the ladies.

Randy McKnight is the son-in-law of the center's manager, Ace Wiginton. He gets an occasional lesson from his pop-in-law, and they seem to have helped, because he shot his first sanctioned 600 series on Thursday night, a 621. Randy fired games of 255 (his highest of the season), 193 and 173.

Two weeks past, Colby Pullen shot a 431 series, setting a 143 game average. That may not sound like a great deal, but one must remember that this youngster is a mere 11 years old and a student in the fifth grade at Douglas Intermediate School. He is the youngest bowler in our current league. On Thursday this young man rolled a 550 series, shooting games of 198, 146 and 206. He raised his average from 143 to 163.

Others who bowled well this week included: Cliff Whitney (687), Bruce Michaelson (685), David Strain (677), John Lambert (675), Turk Morgan (671), Wes Campbell (676 Tuesday/667 Sunday/610 Thursday), Dave Gholson (675 Thursday/666 Tuesday), Neldon Smith (672 Thursday/666 Sunday), David Soeder (659), Joe Kirkpatrick (659 Thursday/649 Tuesday), Mike Fletcher (658), Michael Carter (656), Danny Burns (652), Bryan Gelwick (644) and Bobby Matthews (641).

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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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