Allan Hague registers his third 700 series of the summer

From Staff Reports

July 10, 2007 - Allan Hague posted the week's only 700 series to lead all of Classic Lanes' bowlers in week six of summer league competition. Four bowlers came within a whisker of joining Hague. Nathan Crist shot a 679, Greg Pullen a 675, Michael Burnett a 673 and Jason Keller a 670. Angela Allen led the ladies with a 539, followed by Joy Kozeluh's 538 and Shannon Hague's 526.

Allan Hague has accounted for three of the six 700 series shot since the summer leagues commenced six weeks ago. This week, dairyman Hague shot a 719 series, tossing games of 193, 248 and 278. The series raised his Sunday's average to a 219, which moved him into a tie with Jason Keller for first place on the high average board. Keller holds his 219 average in the men's Thursday trio league. Allan's 719 slipped him into second place on the three-game high series chart, one pin ahead of third-place holder Darreyl Dixon, and 23 pins behind first-place claimant Greg Pullen. On the four-game series chart, Allan ranks fifth with a 918 series. Sunday's third game, the 278, moved Allan into third place on the high game list, where he joins Justin Haggerty.

Nathan Crist compiled the week's second-best series, a 679, on Sunday night. Nathan shot games of 187, 225 and 267. Crist started the evening's play with a 212 average, but when the dust settled and his 679 was factored in, he had raised his average to a 214 and had moved into third place on the high average board. Nathan's best series of the summer is a 687, which gives him claim to seventh place on the three-game high series chart. On the high game list, Nathan ranks fifth with a 267, a score that ties him with three others, Jason Parmer, James Allen and Jason Keller.

Close on Crist's heels was Greg Pullen, who shot a 675 three-game series on Thursday. Greg registered games of 254, 226 and 195 in Games 1-3, and then finished the night's action with a 233 in Game 4, to give him a 908 for his four-game series. Greg's best three-game effort is a 742, which leads the center's three-game high series chart. His best four-game set is this week's 908, which holds eighth place on the four-game high series chart. Pullen's average on Sunday is a 206, and on Thursday is a 201. His 206 Thursday average ranks sixth on the high average board. Pullen's best game of the summer is a 260, which holds seventh place on the high game list.

Michael Burnett is one of those “sleepers,” meaning that he just sorta, kinda lays around for a while, lulling everyone to sleep, then jumps up and pounds on his opponents relentlessly. That's exactly what he did Sunday night. Burnett started the night averaging 192, but he didn't average 192 for the evening. He started play with a 231, then followed that with a 245, and finished with a 197, giving him a 673 series for the night, and an average of 224. He was 97 pins over his entering series average. His series, coupled with Allan Hague's 719, helped his team win all four of the competition points available Sunday. Michael raised his Sunday average to a 197, and moved to 10th place on the high average board, where he joins Nevil Solomon. Burnett's best series of the summer is a 683, which lands him in a two-way tie with Jeff Wright for ninth place on the three-game high series chart. Michael's highest four-game high series is an 838, and his highest game is a 254, good enough to claim 11th place on the high game list.

Jason Keller posted the fifth best three-game series this week, shooting a 670 on Thursday night. Jason rolled games of 179, 224 and 267 in the process. His fourth game, a 257, propelled him to a 927 four-game high series, which moved him to second place on the four-game high series chart, and gave him the highest 900 series of the week. Just like David Gholson did earlier this summer, Keller actually shot a 700 series, a 748 in fact, if one throws out his first game from Thursday, the 179. Unfortunately, the USBC won't do that. Only the first three games count for series awards. Still, the 927 series did raise Jason's Thursday average to a 219, which ties him with Allan Hague for first place on the high average board. One should probably note that Keller's average is based on four games each night, while Allan's is based on three. Jason's best three game series is a 682, which ranks 10th on the three-game high series chart. His best game is a 267, fifth on the high game list, where he joins three others.

Jason Parmer rode a roller-coaster on Thursday night, shooting a 658 three-game set with games of 266, 176, and 216, followed by a fourth game of 176, to finish the night with an 834 four-game series. Still, he raised his Thursday average by three pins to a 194. Then, on Sunday, Parmer posted a 654 series shooting games of 210, 232 and 212. He raised his Sunday average to a 207, up two pins from a week ago. Parmer currently holds fifth place on the high average board, where he joins David Strain and Neldon Smith. Parmer's best game of the summer is a 267, which ties him with three others for fifth place on the high game list. Jason's best four-game series to date is an 834, which gives him sole possession of 16th place on the four-game high series chart.

Colby Pullen is, as most of you know by now, our youngest league bowler. He, much like Michael Burnett, can put a pounding on his opponents when he has his game face on, and has been doing so for some time now. On Thursday, Colby, who averages 189 on Sunday and 170 on Thursday, shot his first 800 series of the summer, an 805, and his first 600 series, a 608, as well as his highest game, a 258. Pullen rolled games of 165, 185, and 258 for his 608, and tossed a 197 in Game 4 to get his 805. Colby's highest game, this week's 258, ties him with Richard Allen for eighth place on the high game list.

Others who bowled well this week include: David Gholson (654/859 Thursday/649 Sunday), Justin Haggerty (646/842 Thursday/610 Sunday), Duane Anspon (632/832), David Strain (626/817), Neldon Smith (623/860), Jeff Wright (606/824), Brian Stegall (606), Darreyl Dixon (605/824) and Larry Stovall (605).

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

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