Eight 700 series runs Classic Lanes total to 79
Larry Mason

Feb. 14, 2006 - Eight men registered 700s at Classic Lanes this week, Tarry Davison, Bruce Michaelson, David Vansickle, Stephen Spence, Eric Barba, Joe Kirkpatrick, Mike Fletcher, and Ken Sharp, to bring this season’s total to 99. Chad Dailey and Brad Stone both came close to joining this week’s 700 club, shooting 697 and 695, respectively. Duane Anspon continued with his hot hand, rolling a 689 on Tuesday.

Tarry Davison, who works in Dallas and has to make that long drive to Sulphur Springs to bowl at Classic Lanes on Thursdays, came through with the week’s highest 700 series, a 759. Tarry shot games of 247, 279 and 233 to register his sixth 700 series of the season. The series raised Davison’s Thursday average to a 211, the same as his Sunday average, which gives him claim to eighth place on the high average chart. This week’s 759 series is Tarry’s second-best of the season. He shot a 760 earlier in the season that series ranks ninth on the high series list. Davison’s best game is the 279 he shot on Thursday night. It ties him for 10th on the high game list. 

Bruce Michaelson, our retired Air Force sergeant and L3 employee from Greenville, delivered the week’s second-highest series, a 738, and, like Davison, did so on Thursday. Bruce rolled games of 243, 206 and 289 to book his third 700 series of the season. It ties him for 12th on the high series list. Michaelson is one of three men who have tossed perfect games during this fall/winter season, which ranks first on the high game list. Thursday’s performance raised Bruce’s average to a 213, which places him in the No. 7 position on the high average chart.

David Vansickle, on occasion, will come through with an electrifying performance. It could be that he does this because he works for TXU as an electric line repair supervisor, or it could be that he gets lucky at times. Whatever the reason, he finished Sunday’s action with his third, and season’s highest series, a 733, and his best game of the season, a 265. The series moved him into 15th place on the high series board, and raised his Sunday’s average to a 204, which moved him to 15th place on the high average chart.  Vansickle rolled games of 210, 258 and 265 in the process.

Stephen Spence, another of our bowlers from Greenville, finally garnered his third 700 series of this season, a 729, after shooting 695s in both of the previous two weeks. To get his third 700 series, Spence fired games of 279, 214 and 236. The fact that Stephen has only tossed three 700s at this point in the year, but still holds the center’s highest average, a 225, says a lot about his being a very consistent bowler. In addition to being first on the average chart, Spence is fourth on the high series board, and is tied for sixth on the high game list. 

Eric Barba produced his first 700 series of the current season this past Sunday night, shooting games of 266, 194 and 264, to finish the evening with a 724. The series bumped Eric into the No. 19 position on the high series board, and raised his Sunday’s average to a 195, up two pins from a week ago. His best game to date is this week’s 266, which raised him to a tie for 19th place on the high game list. Since Eric stopped wearing that hands-free telephone contraption on his head, his game has been steadily improving.

Joe Kirkpatrick finally got back on track, shooting his fifth 700 series since August. Kirkpatrick’s series was identical to Eric’s, a 724. Joe rolled games of 225, 256 and 243. Kirkpatrick ranks ninth on the high average chart with a 210 average in the Tuesday mixed league.  He shares this slot with proud new grandfather, Harold McClure (it's a girl) and Vincent Smith. Joe holds the sixth spot on the high series board with a 772, and ranks third in a tie on the high game list with a 298 honor score. 

Greenville resident Mike Fletcher claimed his sixth 700 series of the season this past Thursday, rolling games of 227, 268 and 224. Mike's best series this season is a 768, which places him seventh on the high series board. Mike is averaging 224, one pin behind another Greenville bowler, and the center’s first-place average holder, Stephen Spence. Fletcher is tied for ninth on the high game list with a 280. 

One Ken Sharp provided our final 700 series of the week. Ken’s name has been missing from this column for quite some time, but he found his game this past Sunday, shooting a 713 series made up of games of 248, 269 and 196. He was averaging 175 when the evening started, but his average Sunday was a whopping 237. He was 188 pins over his series average, a 525. Even with the new USBC rules, Ken probably still has an award in there somewhere. This week’s series moved him to the 24th position on the high series board, and this week’s 269, his highest game of the season, puts him in a tie for 16th place on the high game list.

Chad Dailey came within three pins of hitting his seventh 700 series of this season, having to settle for a 697, comprised of games of 248, 225 and 224. Chad ranks fourth on our high average chart, is 13th on the high series board with a 736, and is seventh on the high game list with a 286.

Brad Stone tossed a 695 on Thursday, missing what would have been his first 700 of the year. He is tied for 34th place on the high series board with a 697. His highest game is 275, 14th on the high game list and his current average is a 205, 14th on the high average chart. 

Duane Anspon just keeps on keeping on. This week, Duane shot 119 pins over his series average, registering a 689 this time around. Duane shot games of 256, 190 and 243.  Duane averages 192, has that 697 for a high series, and has a high game of 280.  All this, and he’s a nice guy, to boot. 

Malva Shugert shot a 447 series on Monday night, 123 pins over her series average. Malva recorded games of 130, 173 and 144, while carrying a 108 single game average. 

Jan Painter finished Tuesday’s league 94 pins over her series average, shooting a 538 series, comprised of games of 158, 167 and 213. She averages 148. 

Donna Soeder shot a consistent 578 series, Tuesday, shooting games of 195, 192 and 191. She was 92 pins over her series average, and averaged 192 for the evening. 

Others who bowled well this week include: Cliff Whitney (676 Thursday/660 Tuesday), Nick Painter (672), David Gholson (670 Thursday/652 Sunday/623 Tuesday), Larry Stovall (668 Thursday/659 Sunday), David Strain (668), Wes Campbell and Vincent Smith (661), Darrell Green (653), Larry Siegert and Dewayne Roach (651), Steve Edwards (645), Russ Nuss (637), Turk Morgan (634), and McClure (633). 

---

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

Older Archives

Looking for News-Telegram Sports and News Archives for January 2004 - November 2008