Kirkpatrick shoots two of this week's eight 700s; total hits 135
Larry Mason

March 21, 2006 - Joe Kirkpatrick didn’t shoot this week’s highest 700 series, that distinction belonged to Wes Campbell, but Joe did shoot two 700s, and just barely missed shooting a third. Kirkpatrick was joined in the 700 series chase by Jason Keller, Tarry Davison, Vincent Smith, Ray Howser, Nevil Solomon and, Campbell. Davison came close to shooting two 700s himself, but came up nine pins short on Sunday night.  

Becky Bowden led the ladies again this week, shooting a 684 series on Sunday.  Twelve-year-old Colby Pullen, our youngest USBC-sanctioned bowler, shot a whopping 653 series on Thursday night.

 Joe Kirkpatrick collected his eighth and ninth 700 series of the season this week, shooting a 726 on Sunday and a 724 on Tuesday. He came close to getting a third on Thursday, but had to settle for a 685. On Sunday, Joe tossed games of 241, 259 and 226. Tuesday, he rolled games of 245, 276 and 203. On Thursday, Joe fired games of 236, 258 and 191. In total, Kirkpatrick accounted for 2,135 pins over the course of the week, giving him a 237 average for the seven-day period. Not too shabby.

Joe is averaging 213 on Tuesday, 208 on Thursday and 207 on Sunday. He ranks eighth on the high average board.  Kirkpatrick sits atop the high game list by virtue of the fact that he has two honor games, a perfect 300 as well as a 298. Four other men join Kirkpatrick with perfect games. Joe ranks seventh on the high series chart with a 772.

Wes Campbell recorded this week’s top 700 series, a 740 from Tuesday night. To get his season-leading 15th 700 series, Wes rolled games of 213, 268 and 259. He shot a 684 series on Thursday and a 623 on Sunday to average 227 for the week. Wes carries a 219 average on Tuesday, a 218 on Sunday and a 206 on Thursday. His Tuesday average ranks fourth on the high average board. This week’s series is Campbell’s second best of the season.  His best series, a 755, ties him for 11th place on the high series chart. Wes’ best game is a 298 honor game, which ties him for third on the high game listing. 

Jason Keller was close on the heels of Campbell, shooting a 738 series on Thursday night. Keller rolled games of 258, 213 and 267 to book his 12th 700 series of the season. He ranks second on the high series board with a 791, 13 pins behind high series leader, Mark Smith’s 804. Jason is the center’s most consistent bowler, carrying averages of 218 on Thursday, and 216 in both the Tuesday and Sunday leagues. He ranks fifth on the high average chart and second on the high game list with a 299 honor game. 

Tarry Davison bowled twice this week. On Thursday, he recorded a 720 series made up of games of 248, 257 and 215.  On Sunday, he missed shooting his 10th 700 series of the season by a mere nine pins. Tarry rolled games of 191, 211 and 289, giving him a 691 series for the evening. Tarry, like Keller, is a very steady bowler, carrying a 214 average in both the Tuesday and Sunday leagues. He ranks seventh on the high average board. His highest series is a 760, which is 10th on the high series chart.  Tarry’s best game to date is a 290 honor game, which ranks fourth on the high game list.

Vincent Smith came through with his fourth 700 series of the season last Thursday, shooting games of 279, 205 and 225 to finish with a 709. Smith is averaging 213 on Thursday, which ranks eighth on the high average board.  Vincent’s best series, a 730, places him in 18th place on the high series chart, and his best game (279) places him in 10th place on the high game list. 

Ray Howser, captain of the Campbell Soup quintet, shot his fifth 700 of the season on Thursday, tossing games of 212, 239 and 256. Ray averages 211 on Tuesday, 206 on Thursday and 203 on Sunday. He ranks 10th on the high average board. Howser holds sixth place on the high series chart with a 774. Ray is one of those five men who have rolled a perfect game this season.

Nevil Solomon moved into 30th place on the high series chart by shooting his first 700 of the season, a 703 that he manufactured on Thursday. Nevil rolled games of 228, 236 and 239 in the process. Solomon is averaging 200 on Thursdays, placing him in 20th place on the high average board. Nevil’s highest game is a 266, tying for 19th place on the high game list.

Bruce Michaelson came within three pins of recording his seventh 700 of the season, but had to settle for his 697 from Thursday’s action. Bruce rolled games of 246, 196 and 255. He is carrying a 217 average on Tuesday and a 214 on Thursday, ranking him sixth on the high average board.  Bruce ranks 13th on the high series board with a 738. Bruce is one of those five individuals who have rolled a perfect game this season.

 Becky Bowden shot her first 700 of the season two weeks ago, and she came awfully close to doing it again on Sunday night. This time, however, she could only manage a 684 comprised of games of 223, 277 and 184. Becky leads the ladies in all three of the categories we track here at the center: high average 205, high series 702, and high game 277. On the men’s and ladies’ combined listings, Becky ranks 15th in average, 31st in high series and 12th in high game.

This week’s top “over series average” honors go to our youngest league bowler, Colby Pullen. Colby is 12 years old, and is a student in the sixth grade at SSMS. Colby came into Thursday’s play carrying a 159 average, but he ended the night with a very impressive one-night average of 217. Pullen shot games of 227, 203 and 223, finishing the night with a super 653 series and 176 pins over his series average. His series places him in 58th place on the high game list, ahead of 25 adult bowlers. Not too bad.

 Justin Haggerty finished Tuesday action 149 pins over his series average, shooting a 686. Justin rolled games of 278, 205 and 203. Justin’s best series of the season is a 694, his best game this week’s 278 and he is averaging 181.

Travis Sutton averages 150 on Thursdays, but last week he averaged 189, shooting a 568 series. He rolled games of 227, 203 and 138, ending the night 138 pins over his series average. 

Travis’s bowling partner, Chris Pearsall, also averages 150 on Thursdays, but this week he averaged 185, shooting a 555 series. Chris rolled games of 180, 220 and 155, completing the evening 105 pins over his average.

Clinton Cline was 110 pins over his series average Thursday night, rolling a 674 series made up of games of 238, 211 and 225.  He averages 188, and his best game is a 257.    

Others who bowled well this week include: Mike Gilliland (689), David Gholson (683), Darreyl Dixon (679), Mark Smith (674 Sunday/641 Thursday), Roy Schutz (669), David Strain (660), Dewayne Roach (658), Justin Parmer (657), Eric Barba (655), Darrell Green (649 Sunday/639 Tuesday), Harold McClure (648), Chad Dailey (645), David Soeder (641) and Nathan Crist (640). 

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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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