Allan Hague leads Classic Lanes' bowlers with 762 series

Larry Mason

Sept. 11, 2007 - Classic Lanes bowlers accumulated nine 700 series this week, led by Allan Hague's 762 from the Tuesday Mixed league. Joining Hague in this week's 700 chase were Tarry Davison, Steve Edwards, Keith Ethridge, David Soeder, Alan Roberts, Wes Campbell, Chris Brooks and Mike Fletcher. Neldon Smith chipped in with a near 700, having to settle for a 698 series. Three ladies tossed 600 series. Becky Bowden led the trio with a 637, while Shannon Hague finished with a 608 and Angela Allen closed with a 604.

Allan Hague, our mint julep sipper from out Yantis way, can now claim the top men's average in two leagues, Tuesday Mixed and Thursday Men's Commercial. Hague is now carrying a 231 on Tuesday and 223 on Thursday. In the case of the latter, Hague is tied with Keith Ethridge. Allan ranks second on the high average board. His 762 moved him to second place on the high series chart, 37 pins behind leader Tarry Davison's 799. Allan has accounted for three of the center's current 16 700 series. Hague's best game to date is a 268, which places him in a five-way tie for fifth on the high game list.

Hague bowled three times this week, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. On Sunday, he managed to collect a 614. On Tuesday, he shot his 762, and on Thursday, he rolled a 641. For the week, Mr. Hague averaged 224. His 762 consisted of games of 246, 268 and 248.

The center's top average bowler, Tarry Davison, shot his third 700 series of the season on Sunday night, a 740, tossing games of 267, 247 and 226. As was the case last week, Tarry shot yet another 700 series, but once again, saw his average drop, this time by four pins, from a 258 to a 254. He is still atop the high average board, however. Davison also continues to hold first place on the high series chart, as well, with his 799 thrown in Week 1 of competition, and is one of three bowlers who have already booked at least one perfect game this season, a period of only three weeks. One of those bowlers, Michael Burnett has shot two perfect games. Tarry wasn't available to compete on Thursday. � � � � � � � � � � �

Steve Edwards bowled twice this week, Tuesday and Thursday. On Tuesday, Steve tossed a 662 series, which isn't all that bad. Still, he saved his best for Thursday. On that night, Edwards tossed a 739 series, consisting of games of 247, 268 and 224. He raised his Thursday average to a 218, which moved him to ninth place on the high average board, a jump of 15 positions from last week. This week's series, his first 700 of the season, moved Steve to fourth place on the high series chart. Edwards' best game is now a 268, bowled this week. It ties him with four other bowlers for fifth place on the high game list.

Keith Ethridge contributed our fourth-best series of the week, a 733. Keith rolled games of 270, 241 and 222. Ethridge was tossing strikes in bunches, but not in any one game. Starting in the fourth frame of Game 1, and continuing through the seventh frame of game 2, Keith rolled 16 consecutive strikes. He won't get any award, however. Maybe he'll put them together in one game next week. Keith's series did raise his average to a 223, tying him with Allan Hague for the best average in the Thursday men's league. He now ranks fourth on the high average board. His series moved him to fifth place on the high series chart, and his 270 first game moved him to fourth place on the high game list.

David Soeder finished fifth on this week's 700 series list, shooting a 724 on Tuesday. His games were 279, 266 and 179. Soeder is now averaging 212 on Tuesday, which holds 13th place on the high average board. His series moved him into sixth place on the high series chart. David's best game thus far this season is this week's 279, which ties him with Darreyl Dixon for third place on the high game list.

Alan Roberts posted the sixth-best series this week, rolling his first 700 of the season, a 720 on Sunday night when he tossed games of 259, 193 and 268. Roberts raised his average to a 230, third-best on the high average board, by virtue of this week's series. Alan's best game is this week's 268, fifth-highest on the high game list, where he is tied with four others. Alan's 720 holds eighth place on the high series chart.

Wes Campbell captured his first 700 series in some time on Thursday, rolling a 718 comprised of games of 226, 265 and 227. The series moved Wes to ninth place on the high series chart, and raised his average to a 215 on Thursday, 10th best on the high average board, where he joins Vincent Smith. Campbell's 265 in Game 2 is his season's best, placing him seventh on the high game list, where he is joined by Ace Wiginton. Wes bowled a 624 on Tuesday and a 621 on Sunday.

Two Greenville bowlers, Mike Fletcher and Chris Brooks registered identical 705s this week. Brooks rolled his on Sunday, while Fletcher shot his on Thursday. Chris tossed games of 268, 221 and 216; Fletcher rolled games of 263, 174 and 268. Chris now holds a 223 average, fifth-best on the high average board, where he is tied with two others. Mike raised his average to a 214, and now resides in 11th place on the board. The series are the first 700s for both men this season. They are tied for 10th place on the high series chart. Brooks and Fletcher are also tied with one another for fifth place on the high game list at 268.

Neldon Smith came very close to posting his first 700 of the young season on Tuesday, but came up two pins shy of the mark, ending the evening with a 698. “Smitty” shot games of 248, 246 and 204. Smith is now averaging 218, where he joins Steve Edwards in ranking ninth on the high average board. At the present, this week's 698 is his season's best, 12th on the high series chart, and his highest game is a 266, sixth on the high game list. Neldon shot a 674 on Tuesday.

Becky Bowden led the ladies this time around, shooting a 637 on Sunday. Becky shot games of 223, 178 and 236. Becky holds first place on the ladies' high average board (199), first on the ladies' high series board (637), and is tied with Debbie Carter for first on the ladies' high game list (244).

Shannon Hague, wife of Allan and mother of Lynzee Rae, finished Sunday's play with a 608 series consisting of games of 169, 214 and 225. Shannon ranks second on the ladies' high average board, is third on the ladies' high series chart, and is fifth on the ladies high game list.

Last, but not least, we find Angela Allen, daughter of Becky. Angela posted a 604 on Sunday with games of 192, 221 and 191. She ranks seventh on the ladies high average board, holds fourth place on the ladies' high series list, and has a high game of 221, fifth best on the ladies' high game list.� �

Others who bowled well this week include: Mike Gilliland (689), Greg Pullen (675 Sunday/604Thursday), Duane Anspon (671), Darreyl Dixon (665 Sunday/631 Thursday), Jason Keller (663), Jason Parmer (660 Tuesday/619 Thursday/610 Sunday), Richard Allen (659), David Strain (653), Justin Parmer and Vincent Smith (651), Nick Painter and Mark Smith (644), Joe Kirkpatrick (637 Sunday/636 Thursday), Ace Wiginton and Bruce Michaelson (637), Harold McClure (633), David Vansickle (617), Turk Morgan (616), Cliff Whitney (615), Roy Schutz and Larry Siegert (610), Rick Pearce (608), Red Skelton (607) and Wes Crist (606).

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

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