Thanksgiving week in league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, though shortened by the holiday, still saw plenty of strikes. Our vaunted Team of the Week was dominated by regulars like powerful lefty Greg McDaniel, cranker extraordinaire Brandon Kawachi and the stylish Jeff Miller. We have come to expect big numbers from these guys; they are among the top bowlers in town and can hold their own with just about anybody.
Nevertheless, it’s really refreshing to see some of our other bowlers make the big-time limelight. This past week both youth and experience found the range.
Matt Hodges did it with a fine performance in the Wednesday night Fraternal where he punched out a 677 series. This lanky youngster from The Dalles towers over the 6-foot level and has plenty of game. He’s only a few years out of juniors and has a great future in the game.
Also finding the groove was our ubiquitous man about town, Len Hickman, who stirred the sticks to the tune of a solid 673 series in the Wednesday afternoon Colts & Fillies league. Len, retired former HRVHS teacher and longtime avid bowler, started the session a bit slowly but finished on the money with big 256 and 237 games. The senior star is a specialist at letting the ball do the work. He also plays the lanes with a down-and-in style, using his trademark soft release and easy speed. It goes to show that there are many ways to successfully play this game.
League bowlers: Remember entries for our big city tournament are scheduled to close Nov. 30, so get them in to Pat Olson at the lanes ASAP.
TEAM OF THE WEEK:
Greg McDaniel, 723
Brandon Kawachi, 695
Matt Hodges, 677
Len Hickman, 673
Jeff Miller, 661
Greg McDaniel, 244 game and 588 series
Bob Reid, 252 game
Nancy Asai, 502 series
Polly Bull, 192 game
Tuesday Nite Mixed
Roger Montavon, 236 game and 649 series
Betsy Frazier, 216 game and 586 series
Nancy Asai, 213 game
Colts & Fillies
Len Hickman, 256 and 237 games and 673 series
Joe Krug, 233, 212 and 205 games and 650 series
Joyce Ebersole, 501 series
Gerry Cope, 202 game
Pauline Strange, 187 game
Greg McDaniel, 280 and 255 games and 723 series
Brandon Kawachi, 257 and 249 games and 695 series
Matt Hodges, 248 game and 677 series
Pat Olson, 235 game and 661 series
Jeff Miller, 661 series
Bryan Mason, 255 game and 657 series
Gail Larsen, 245 game and 653 series
Jeremy Bloom, 264 game and 651 series
Mary Finley, 256 and 218 games and 640 series
Roger Montavon, 264 game
Josh Worth, 245 game
Nancy Asai, 208, 202 games