Darreyl Dixon and Charles Harred each score700s

Larry Mason

July 31, 2007 - Darreyl Dixon collected his third, and highest 700 series of the summer, a 735, Thursday night to lead all of Classic Lanes' bowlers for the week. Charles Harred joined Dixon in the hunt for a 700 by shooting his second of the summer, this one a 705. Charlie came within one mark of shooting what would have been his second honor game of the summer. As for the ladies, the top scorer was Shannon Hague, who finished Sunday's championship role-off action with a 578.

Darreyl Dixon is one of this center's very good bowlers, On any night, Dixon is capable of shooting lights out, and has on many an occasions. He has been at or near the top of all of the categories we track over the course of every league - average, high series and high game - for what seems eons of years. This summer is no exception.

At the moment, Darreyl ranks second on the high average board with a 218, four pins behind leader Jason Keller, is third on the three-game high series chart with this week's 735, ranks second on the four-game high series chart with a 985, and holds third place on the high game list with two 279s. And he still has three weeks left before the summer men's league ends.

This week, Darreyl tossed games of 277, 202 and 256 to give him his 735 for three games, followed by a 238 last game that gave him a 973 four-game series for the night, and the week's top bowler honors in both the three- and four-game high series categories. Darreyl finished the night 81 pins over his three-game series average, and 113 pins over his four-game series average.

Charles Harred shot his second 700 of the summer on Thursday with games of 279, 182 and 244, to finish his three-game set with a 705. It was the week's second highest three-game series. Charlie's 279 in Game 1 was just one mark shy of what he needed to give him yet another honor game for the summer. Charlie's fourth game was a 202, which was good enough to earn him a 907 series for four games, and the week's third highest four-game total.

It would seem that Charles is beginning to return to his old form, a form that saw him shoot 700s routinely, and made him a force to be reckoned with, as they say. His name was listed on banners all around the bowing center. He was the man. Well, he's a little older now, and his hair's a little grayer, but his resolve is as tenacious as ever, so one can expect to hear a great deal more from Sir Charles in the future.

At this point in the summer schedule, Charles is averaging 202 and ranks 11th on the high game board, where he finds himself tied with Becky Bowden and James Allen. Harred's first 700 this summer was a 709 that ranks ninth on the three-game high series chart, while his best four-game effort, this week's 907, holds ninth place on the four-game high series chart. Charles ranks first on the high game list with a perfect score of 300.

James Allen bowled in both of our leagues this week. On Thursday, he shot a 685 for three games, and 885 for four. His was the third best three-game effort, and the fourth best four-game total for the week. On Sunday, James shot a 667. Thursday's games were 223, 247, 215 and 200, while Sunday's were 210, 262 and 195. For the week, James averaged 221. He was 101 pins over his four-game series average on Thursday, and 61 pins over his three-game series average on Sunday. Mr. Allen is averaging 202 on Sunday, which ranks 11th on the higher average board, and 199 on Thursday. His highest three-game set is this week's 685, which ranks 12th on the three-game high series chart, while his best series for four games is this week's 885, which holds 11th position on the four-game high series chart. Allen's best single game performance this summer is a 267, which places him in a three way tie with Jason Parmer and Nathan Crist for ninth place on the high game list. James has steadily improved his game, and is rapidly becoming one of the “forces to be reckoned with,” as was mentioned with regard to Mr. Harred, earlier.

Neldon Smith bowled on Thursday and shot 90 pins over his four-game series average when the night was done. Neldon shot games of 198, 238, and 254 to finish his three-game set with a 684 then tossed a 226 in Game 4 to finish the night with a 910 four-game total. Smitty shot the week's fourth best three-game total, and the week's second best total for four games. Neldon is averaging 208 on Thursday, which ranks 12th on the high average board, is sixth on the three-game high series chart with a 702, and moved into 10th place on the four-game high series chart with the help of this week's 910. His best single game effort is a 256, 14th on the high game list.

Nevil Solomon is one of our senior bowlers, probably the most senior bowler bowling this summer. Thursday night, he duplicated Smitty's four-game total of 910 by shooting games of 233, 205, 226 and 246, while averaging 198. He finished the night 118 pins over his four-game series average. His current average is a 201, 12th on the high average board, while his best three-game series is this week's 664, 16th on the three-game high series chart, and his best four-game effort is this week's 910, seventh on the four-game high series chart, where he joins Smitty and Cliff Whitney. Nevil's best single game of this summer is a 268, which ties him with Jeff Wright and David Gholson for eighth place on the high game list.

Our top lady bowler this week was Ms. Shannon Hague. Sunday night Shannon tossed games of 172, 231 and 175 while averaging 179, to complete the evening's play with a 578 series, and a one night's average of 192. Not too bad for a girl type person. Shannon raised her average to a 181, second on the ladies' high average board behind leader, Becky Bowden. Ms. Hague's best series is a 611, third best on the ladies high series chart, while her best game is a 237, third highest on the ladies high game list.

Others who bowled well this week include: David Strain (661/868), Wes Campbell (645/846), Justin Haggerty (640), Ace Wiginton (632/864), Allan Hague (621/875), Michael Burnett (621), David Gholson (615), and Jeff Wright (605/817).

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

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