Wilson, Bell, Keller, Bowden and Howser top scoring for week

Gene Shelton

Aug. 5, 2008 - Five bowlers put up some impressive numbers during the week ending July 31 in summer bowling competition at Classic Lanes, with two career firsts and a perfect game leading the way.

Shayne Wilson rolled his second 300 game of the summer season and 19th of his career; Joe Bell Jr. fired his first career 700 series; Jason Keller logged a Sunday to remember with a trio of 700-plus series scores; Becky Bowden authored a 659 series to lead the women’s scoring; and Zach Howser shot a steady 651 in the challenging PBA Experience League.

In addition, races for the championship tightened in all three leagues with two weeks to go in the summer season.

Bell’s first 700 sanctioned series came on games of 213-255-258 for a 726 on lanes 7-8 to open the Thursday Men’s Trio league. He added a 172 in the final game of the four-game block, missing a 900 series for the night by only two pins. In his 700, Bell averaged 242 after opening play with a 183 average for The Long Shot team.

Wilson’s 300 came in the final game of the set on lanes 9-10 with the King Pins team. In the first three games he hit a 689 on games of 206-270-211, closing with the perfect game for a 987 total for the night. While the USBC counts only the first three games of a four-game block for series honors, fourth game scores do qualify for individual game honors. Wilson, who averages 240 in the Thursday night league, previously hit a perfect game on July 3 in the same league.

It was the fourth 300 game of the summer season at Classic Lanes. Bruce Michaelson and Tarry Davison had perfect games earlier in the season.

Bowden, averaging 198 going in for the Long Horns team in the Sunday Summer Mixed on July 27, opened with games of 231 and 245 before losing the line a bit to finish with 183 in the final game for her 659 series. She has a high game of 279 and high series of 675 to lead all women bowlers this summer.

Also on Sunday, Keller bowled with two different teams in the Tri-County Autoplex Men’s Tournament at Classic Lanes, rolling 705 in the first shift and 737 in the second, then returned to the lanes a short time later to post another 737 in the Sunday league, firing games of 234-265-238 on lanes 1-2 with the No Mercy squad. Keller said it was his first time to hit three consecutive 700 series scores in a single day.

Howser fired his 651 set on games of 203-225-223 on the Chameleon pattern in the Tuesday PBA Experience league, where a serious horse race has developed in the season point standings league. At the close of play Tuesday, Keller and Keith Ethridge were tied at 26.5 points, with James Allen in third with 25 points. Howser picked up five points to move into a tie for sixth, five points behind the league leaders. Two weeks remain in the Tuesday league.

Other scores of note from around the leagues:

Sunday Summer Mixed

The Big Slick team of Margaret Morgan, Kari Arnold, Jeff Wright and Matt Arnold picked up a game on league leaders Split Happens - Shane Quinn, Laura Prewitt, Brian Stegall and Anthony Sweat - to climb within three points of first place with two weeks remaining. Big Slick won three points to Split Happens’ two points.

Split Happens boasts a 28-12 record, Big Split as at 25-15, with the Wabam Team third at 24-16 and No Mercy at 23-17 going into play on Aug. 3. Wabam posted the high team scratch game with 846 and had the top handicap game with 878. Gutter Busters rolled the high team handicap series with a 2,476 total.

Jesse Haggerty barely missed a 700 series, firing a 694 on games 245-234-215 for Wabam. In their high scratch game, Justin Haggerty rolled a 174, Debra Sutterfield a 173, Jesse Haggerty’s 245 and Jason Parmer added a 254.

Other top scores included Nathan Crist’s 246 game and 680 series, Sweatt’s 659 set that included a 243 game; Bobby Brown hit 652 with a 236 high; Wright chipped in a 234 game and 615 series; Matt Arnold rolled a 228 game, Brett Stovall a 224, Tarry Davison a 221, Shane Quinn a 212, Greg Pullen a 210, Jim Galloway a 201 and Larry Stovall a 200.

Danilee Ogle carded a 468 series and Kari Arnold a 457 on a 127 average, hitting games of 147-142-168 to round out the top scoring among women bowlers. Arnold’s teammate, Margaret Morgan, rolled a 173 game on a 131 average.

Matt Arnold narrowly missed a 600, compiling a 598 series; Michael Bowden, averaging 135, shot a 446 series with a 160 high; Martha Thompson posted a 383 series with a 149 high game on a 109 average; Keith Millsap had a 181-447 on a 119 average; Shawna Hall rolled a 179 on a 143 average; and Tina Crist put together a 124-121-138 set on a 110 average.

Tuesday PBA Experience

While Howser was firing his 651 series, Ethridge hit a 581 with games of 200-170-211, Jason Keller had a 224 game to pace a 598 set; James Parmer rolled a 219 game and 535 series; Darreyl Dixon had a 203 game and 543 series; David Strain rolled a steady 188-189-198 for 571; and James Allen shot 561 with a 183-188-190 block on the Chameleon pattern played in PBA events. In the Chameleon lane pattern, the oil is a bit “flatter” on the lanes - meaning more even oil distribution across the boards - and is a mid-length layout at 39 feet.

In the Tuesday PBA league, points are awarded on the basis of individual game scores, so bowlers are competing against lane conditions rather than facing each other in match play.

Thursday Men’s Trio

The Odd Bunch team of Dave Gholson, Bo Duncan and Mike Gilliland continue to hold the top spot in the standings with a 36-14 record, followed by the What The squad of Ron Braswell, Ace Wigginton and Dickie Harrison (with a fourth team member, Randy McKnight on the roster) at 34-16 with two weeks to play. Power Players - Colby Pullen, Greg Pullen and Tarry Davison - holds third with a 31-19 mark, with two other teams at 30-20 marks. In Thursday’s play, What The picked up a point on Odd Bunch with a five-point sweep to four points for Odd Bunch.

Power Players had the top team handicap series with a 2,754 and The King Pins rolled the high handicap game of 740. Wilson’s 300 game and 987 series topped The King Pins’ scoring, while Dewayne Roach added 226-242-225-184 for 877 and Smith chipped in a 225-228-212-182 block for 847.

Elsewhere around the league, Jason Parmer hammered out a 280 game and 891 set. Other high games included Duncan’s 269, Davison’s 255, Greg Pullen’s 247, Joey Kirkpatrick’s 247, David Holt’s 246, Mike Love’s 245, Mike Gilliland’s 236, Mike Miller’s 231, Colby Pullen’s 230, Darreyl Dixon’s 226, Mark Smith’s 225, Randy Youngs’ 225, Gholson’s 224, Jason Keller’s 223, Dickie Harrison’s 223 and Doug Brann’s 222.

Leading scratch series scores were Wilson’s 987, Davison’s 912, Greg Pullen’s 902, Joe Bell Jr.’s 898, Jason Parmer’s 891, Duncan’s 884, Roach’s 877, Gilliland’s 858, Mike Love’s 847, Mark Smith’s 849, Youngs’ 838, Koy Cline's 826, Harrison’s 823, Dixon’s 823, Brann’s 813 and Colby Pullen’s 800 even.

Also of note, Keith Millsap had a 160 game on a 120 average and Adam Thompson a 203 game on a 162 average.

Note: Fall league play is scheduled for the last week in August, with a mixed league on Sunday, a women’s league on Monday, mixed league on Tuesday and a Thursday men’s league. Spots remain open for teams and individuals in all leagues; interested bowlers may sign up at the Classic Lanes desk. Also, the center’s “laser tag” game is now in operation in the renovated game room.

Gene Shelton writes a weekly column on the bowling leagues at Classic Lanes. His column appears on Tuesday.

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