Manbelloway claims Sunday Summer Mixed Championship
Larry Mason

Aug. 11, 2005 - The summer mixed league champions, Manbelloway, didn’t have a great deal of pressure going into the last night of competition, because they held a substantial lead over the second place team, the Poke Club. However, the fight for second through fifth place was another matter.

Manuel Barela, Wes Campbell, and Jim and Sybil Galloway started Sunday’s championship round of play already aware that they couldn’t lose by virtue of the six game lead they held over the Poker Club. It wouldn’t have mattered had they lost all four of Sunday’s games; all they had to do was bowl. But, true competitors will always accept a challenge, and this team did just that, taking three of four games from the Poke Club, to claim the league championship by eight games. This team had the league’s second highest pinfall (22,386), third highest series (2193) and fourth highest game (758).

The second place finishers, the Poker Club, a team comprised of David and Dana Strain, Willie and Julita Richardson and Cliff Whitney, held a one game advantage over the third place squad, the Goof Offs, Ricky and Mary Steele, Chris Johnson and Joe Kirkpatrick, when Sunday play began. By virtue of the fact that both of these squads could only muster one win against their opponents, the Poker folks held onto second place, and the Goof Offs maintained their grasp on third place.

The Poker Club may have finished second, but they completed the season boasting the highest pinfall (23,897), the highest game (880), and the highest series (2430). One has to wonder how they ever lost.

The Goof Offs finished the season with the third highest pinfall (22,325), fifth highest game (757) and the fourth highest series (2134). They also claimed the highest single game by a member, 299, and the highest league average, 219.

The fourth place team going into Sunday’s play, Temporary Insanity, the team of Ace Wiginton, Richard Doty, and David and Barbara Ingram, won three of four games from the Goof Offs, but finished in fifth place due to the fact that the Flintstones, Angie and Mike Booth, Joy and Terry Kozeluh and David Gholson, took all four of their games against the Gutter Busters, Nancy and Zach Attaway, Donny Attaway and Bob Shockey.

Two individuals broke the 700 series barrier on Sunday, Ricky Steele, 726, and Wes Campbell, 703. But there was more to come.

One would think that shooting his second lifetime 700 series might have been enough for Steele, but it wasn’t. Not only did Mr. Steele shot a 700, but he also rolled the center’s second 299 honor game of the summer. It was Ricky’s first ever USBC sanctioned honor score. Steele had already won his first ever 700 series patch a few weeks back, so he won’t get another this season, but he will receive a 299 honor ring, a century patch for being 100 or more pins over his single game average, (299/188) and a wrist watch for being 150 or more pins over his series average (726/564). All in all, not a bad day’s work for our Mr. Steele.

Not only did Ricky win all of these awards on the last night of play, but he also claimed the men’s version of the league’s Most Improved Bowler award, raising his average by eleven pins. Cathy Malone claimed the women’s Most Improved Bowler award, raising her average by 4 pins.

So, to finish the league’s stats, Steele had the men’s high game at 299, Becky Spelman the ladies’ high game with a 277. Ace Wiginton claimed the men’s high series with a 756, Julita Richardson the ladies’ with a 685. Joe Kirkpatrick claimed the men’s high average at 219, Becky Spelman the ladies’ with a 205.


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

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