Wiginton shoots three game 697; Dixon shoots four game 947

Larry Mason

Aug. 14, 2007 - Ace Wiginton shot the week's highest three-game series on Thursday night posting an almost 700 series of 697, his highest of the summer season. He also tossed his first 900 four-game set of the summer, a 925. Darreyl Dixon registered the week's best four-game set, a 947.

David Strain and Neldon Smith contributed 900s as well, shooting 916 and 907, respectively. Colby Pullen, our youngest league bowler, posted his second 800 series of the summer, this one an 823, while Shawn Ashby had a great night, ending the evening 93 pins over his three-game series average, and 82 pins over his four game series average.

Melvin “Ace” Wiginton, one of our retired veterans - out of the U.S. Marine Corp - must have decided this past Thursday that he had lain around long enough this summer, and that it was about time he do something constructive for his team, A.D.D., because he shot his best three and four game sets of the summer league, booking a 697 for his three-game series, and 925 for his four-game series. He also collected his best single game of the summer, a 276. He shot games of 174, 276, 247 and 228 for the evening. Had he done anything in Game 1, he might well have shot the center's second 1,000 series of the summer - but, unfortunately, he didn't.

Wiginton's 697 series moved him to ninth place on the three-game high series chart, up nine places from one week ago, where he now finds himself in a two-way tie with “Gas Man” David Gholson. Wiginton's four-game series total, the 925, propelled him up the four-game high series chart 11 places, into sole possession of fourth place.

Wiginton began the night hauling a 196 average, but after the evening's play had concluded, he was averaging 199, and had moved into a two-way tie with Greg Pullen for 12th place on the high average board. Ace's second game of the night was that 276, which carried him into seventh place on the high game list.

Wiginton had one of three 900s shot by his team Thursday. The rest came from Darreyl Dixon, who shot the week's best 900, 947, and teammate David Strain shot a 916. The team won three of the five points up for grabs Thursday, which allowed them to stay in the hunt for the league championship, which will be decided this coming Thursday. Four teams are in that race, the Marble Shop, the Pin Busters, Team 3, and A.D.D.

Speaking of Darreyl Dixon, his 947 four-game series from Thursday was his fourth 900 series of the summer. The set consisted of games of 234, 224, 209 and 280. His closest competitor in this category, four-game high series, is David Gholson, who has produced three 900s. Dixon's best four-game set of the summer is a 985, which puts him in second place behind league leader, Jason Keller, and his 1,012.

Dixon has also shot three 700 series, and just barely missed a fourth, but had to settle for a 697. Allan Hague has produced one more 700 series than Dixon this summer, with a total of four. And, like Dixon, Hague had a shot at another, but ended up with a 691.

Darreyl ranks second on the high average board with a 217, trailing Jason Keller by three pins. Dixon's best game of the summer is this week's 280, which pushed him into sole possession of fourth place on the high game list.

David Strain gave us the week's third 900 four-game series, that 916 mentioned earlier. It is David's second 900 four-game series of the summer. The other, a 926, holds fourth place on the four game high series chart. This week's series consisted of games of 206, 227, 227 and 256. David's best three-game effort, a 671, ranks 16th on the high series list. Strain's best game for the summer is a 288, which ranks third on the high game list, and he is averaging 212 on Thursday, which puts him in a two-way tie with Nathan Crist for fourth place on the high average board. � �

Neldon Smith rolled the week's final 900, a 907. Smitty shot games of 235, 214, 214 and 244. His three-game set was a 663. The 900 was Neldon's second of the summer. His other, a 910, came just two weeks ago and ties him for eighth place on the four-game high series chart. Neldon is averaging 207, and is tied with Jason Parmer for the No. 6 slot on the high average board, while his best single game of the summer, a 256, ranks 17th on the high game list, where he is tied with Angela Allen.� � � � � � �

Wes Campbell broke out of his doldrums this week, shooting his highest three-game set of the summer, a 676, as well as his best four-game series, an 898. Campbell shot games of 215, 214, 247 and 222 for the evening. Wes moved to the 12th position on the four-game high series chart and to 14th place on the three-game high series chart. Wes is already in ninth place on the high game list with a 273. He raised his average to a 206, up one stick from a week ago, which bumped him up to seventh place on the high average board.

Wes's 676 was 64 pins over his three-game series average, and his 898 four-game set was 82 pins over his four-game series average. His 898, combined with those of teammates Charles Harred, (670/859), and Jeff Wright (627/788) were sufficient to propel their team, the Marble Shop, to a five point sweep of their opponents, the Crew, and moved them into first place in the league standings by three points over the Pins Busters.

Shawn Ashby, a recent addition to our center's list of bowlers, averages in the low 160s. He is the third member of the Pins Busters, which means he is bowling with a couple of the center's big shooters, high average leader Jason Keller, and Greg Pullen. Until last Thursday, the Pin Busters were in first place in the league's standings, leading the Marble Shop contingent by one point. As you already know, the Pin Busters lost four of five points this past Thursday, and now find themselves three points behind the Marble Shop going into next week's finals. The two squads will do combat against one another on lanes 1 and 2.

This past Thursday, Jason and Greg both shot below par. Shawn, on the other hand, helped the group salvage at least one of the five points in contention, which enabled the team to stay within striking distance of the Marble Shop in the forthcoming championship round. Shawn shot games of 171, 234, 174 and 151 to finish the night 82 pins over his four-game series average, which helped to counter, somewhat, Greg's minus-109 pins, and Jason's minus-78 pins. It will be interesting to see how Shawn fares this coming Thursday.

Colby Pullen, our SSMS league bowler, who goes head-to-head against the big guys several times a week, turned in a 632 three-game series on Thursday with games of 222, 186, and 224. His fourth game was a 191, which allowed him to finish the night's play with an 823 four-game set. Colby finished Sunday's league with a 177 average and is toting a 172 on Thursday. This week's 823 is his summer's best for four games, while this week's 632 is his summer's best three-game set. His best game is a 258, which ties him with Richard Allen for 15th place on the high game list.� �

Others who bowled well this week include: Charles Harred (670/859), Duane Anspon (669/851), Michael Burnett (635), Allan Hague (631/851), Jeff Wright (627), Justin Haggerty (616/803), Jason Keller (609/802), David Gholson (609), and Buddy McClendon (603/807).

Falls leagues begin the last week in August or the first week in September. Individual and team slots are still available in all leagues. Call or come by to reserve yours.� � � � � �

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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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