Nine 700 series runs Classic Lanes total to 111
Larry Mason

Feb. 28, 2006 - Nine individuals broke the 700 series barrier this week, running the seasons total to 111. Brad Stone and Koy Cline topped the list with duplicate 726s, their first 700s of the season, while Keith Ethridge chipped in with a 718, his first 700 series of the season.  Chad Dailey collected his seventh 700, a 717, as did Tarry Davison, a 708.  Wes Campbell produced his 13th 700 of the season, a 705, while Bruce Michaelson registered his fourth, a 706.  Jason Keller joined the party, shooting a 704, his 10th of the fall/winter schedule, while Mark Smith finished with a 701 series, his second 700 of the season. Two of our ladies found the 600 series range, Deana Hale, 626, and Becky Bowden, 620. 

Brad Stone comes to Classic Lanes from Mineola.  He has been averaging 200 or better for seven months, but he just couldn’t find the key to shooting more than a 697 with his best effort during that span.  That all changed on Thursday night when Brad collected his first 700 series of the season.  To get there, Mr. Stone rolled games of 234, 268 and 224, finishing the night’s action 111 pins over his series norm.  His performance was instrumental in Classic Lanes’ team winning four games from the R.J. Hauling squad.  Stone’s series raised his average to a 207, 11th place on the high average chart, and moved him from 34th to 18th place on the high series board.  Brad ranks 14th on the high game list with a 275.  

Koy Cline registered his first 700 series of the season on Thursday also, shooting games of 286, 208 and 232, tying him with Stone for the week’s high series, 726, finishing the night 141 pins over his series average.  Koy came into the evening averaging 195 on Thursdays, but when the night was over, he had averaged 242 for the evening.  Koy’s best average comes from the Sunday league where he holds a 206 that places him 12th on the high average chart, where he joins Cliff Whitney, Dewayne Roach, Billy Painter and Wayne Womack.  Thursday’s series raised his men’s league average to a 196.  Koy’s previous high series was a 666, done twice, that ranked 52nd on the high series board.  After Thursday’s play, Koy moved into a three-way tie with David Gholson and Brad Stone for 18th position.  Cline’s best game of the season is a 286, which ranks seventh on the high game list, tying him with Dewayne Roach and Chad Dailey. 

 On Thursday, Keith Ethridge must have decided it was time to get past 698, his previous high series, shooting his first 700 of the season, a 718, comprised of games of 229, 268 and 221.  The series moved him 12 places on the high series board, from 33rd to 21st place, a position he shares with Joe Freeman.  Keith was exactly 100 pins over his Thursday’s series average this week.  Ethridge bowls in two leagues, Sunday and Thursday.  He averages 209 in the former, and 208 in the latter and ranks ninth on the high average chart, tied with Ray Howser.  He shares 10th place on the high game list with Nathan Crist, Cliff Whitney, Jesse Haggerty, and Tarry Davison, at 279.  

Chad Dailey fashioned his seventh 700 series of the season on Thursday, shooting a 717.  Dailey rolled games of 202, 279 and 236 in the process.  Chad, one of our Greenville bowlers, is averaging 221 on Thursday, which places him in third place on the high average chart, one pin behind second place holders Mike Fletcher and Mike Gilliland, and four pins behind average leader, Stephen Spence.  Dailey’s highest series this season is a 736, 13th on the high series board, and his best game, a 286, places him seventh on the high game list, where he joins Roach and Cline. 

Tarry Davison is the brother of Saltillo’s girl’s head basketball coach, Gary.  Both are great bowlers, but Gary’s a little too busy coaching to bowl right now, so that task falls to twin brother Tarry.  Sunday night, Tarry shot his seventh 700 series of the season, this one a 708, made up of games of 194, 247 and 257.  Tarry ranks seventh on the high average chart with a 212, which ties him with Joe Kirkpatrick and brother-in-law, Harold McClure.  Davison best series is a 760, ninth on the high series board and his best game is a 279, 10th on the high game list, where he joins four other men. Davison rolled a 656 on Thursday.

Bruce Michaelson, that retired Air Force guy from Greenville, produced his fourth 700 of the season on Tuesday night, a 706. Bruce rolled games of 213, 204 and 289.  His 289 could well have been his second honor game of the season, but for a single pin that just refused to fall.  Michaelson averages 213 on Thursday and 212 on Tuesday, and ranks sixth on the high average chart.  Bruce’s best series is a 738, 12th on the high series board, where he joins Harold McClure, and his best game is a perfect 300 shot a few weeks ago. Bruce shot a 642 series on Thursday. 

Wes Campbell, pain and all, keeps on shooting 700s.  On Sunday night, he shot his 13th of the season, a 705, consisting of games of 225, 258 and 222.  Campbell ranks fourth on the high average chart with a 218, is 10th on the high series board, tied with Billy Painter at 755, and has an honor score game of 298, placing him third on the high game list. 

Jason Keller had set a goal of shooting ten 700s in a row.  He missed out on one night, but Tuesday got back on track with a 704, shooting games of 245, 258 and 201.  Keller is averaging 217 on Thursday and Tuesday, and has a 216 on Sundays.  He ranks fifth on the high average chart.  Jason holds the season’s highest series, a 791, and his 299 honor game ranks second on the high game board.

Mark Smith contributed the center’s final 700 series for the week, this one a 701, and collected his second of the season, in the process.  Smith tossed games of 196, 247 and 257.  Mark ranks 10th on the high average chart with a 208, is 27th on the high series board with a 710, and is 11th on the high game list with a 278.  He is tied with Richard Thompson and Steve Edwards in the latter.  Mark rolled a 665 series on Thursday. 

Two of our ladies broke through the 600 barrier this week, Deana Hale and Becky Bowden. Hale tossed a 626 on Tuesday, while Becky accounted for a 620 on Sunday.  Deana tossed games of 168, 211 and 247 on Tuesday; Becky rolled 202, 182 and 236 on Sunday.  Bowden continues to hold first place on the ladies’ high average chart with a 203, is first on the ladies’ high series board with a 698, and is first on the ladies’ high game list with a 270.  Deana ranks fourth on the ladies’ high average chart with a 181, tying her with Laura Ballard, is second on the ladies’ high series board with a 657, and is second on the ladies’ high game list with a 269.

Ken Sharp shot a 657 series on Sunday, 123 pins over his average, rolling games of 204, 235 and 218.  He was averaging 178 at the time.  For the night, he averaged 219. 

Terry Kozeluh finished Sunday’s play 122 pins over his series norm, shooting a 665, made up of games of 248, 207 and 210.

Duane Anspon did it again, shooting 122 pins over is average this time around.  Duane rolled a 683, giving him a 227 average for Thursday’s effort. 

Gary Schaffer averages 151 on Thursdays.  This past Thursday, however, he averaged 184, shooting a 553 series, 100 pins over his series average, by rolling games of 175, 177 and 201. 

Wendy McFarland shot a 423 series Tuesday, 87 pins over her average, by rolling games of 127, 155 and 141.  She averages 112, currently, and is a first season bowler. 

Others who bowled well this week include: Michael Carter (683), Joe Kirkpatrick (677 Tuesday/636 Thursday/634 Sunday), Nick Painter (675), Darreyl Dixon (665), Harold McClure (663 Thursday/649 Sunday), Nathan Crist (661), Alan Roberts (650), Joe Freeman (642) and Darrell Green (641).

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

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