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Kegler's Corner: Hood River Supply Wins City tourney

Results are in for the 52nd annual Hood River City Tournament that completed recently at Orchard Lanes. The tournament consisted of three games in team, doubles and singles, plus an all-events category. All-events is a combination of bowlers’ scores in the team, doubles and singles events; there divisions in this category, one for scratch scores and the other with handicaps.

The team title was taken by Hood River Supply, who swamped its nearest competitor by 253 pins. Bowling for the champs were Rocky Linebarger, Ken Kramer, Carl Casey, Jeff Chenier and Pat Olson. Matt Webber and Bryan Mason won the doubles event in a breeze; Ken Kramer took the singles crown; and Bryan Mason won both All-Event titles, easily taking the handicap division and squeaking by in the coveted scratch division, which is generally considered to be emblematic of the top bowler in town at the time.

Based on his three wins, the tournament MVP has to be Bryan Mason, with Ken Kramer a close second.

Here are the top three finishers in each event:

Team with handicap: 1st: Hood River Supply, 3,626; 2nd: Mid-Columbia Diesel, 3,373; 3rd: Montavon’s Berries, 3,353

Doubles with handicap: 1st: Matt Webber and Bryan Mason, 1,433; 2nd: Pat Olson and Mark Chabotte, 1,368; 3rd: Joey Sheirbon and Pat Olson, 1,358

Singles with handicap: 1st: Ken Kramer, 757; 2nd: Wally Jaksha, 742; 3rd, Jesse Flores, 736

Handicap all events

1st: Bryan Mason, 2,210; 2nd: Ken Kramer, 2,122; 3rd: Len Hickman, 2,118

Scratch all events

1st: Bryan Mason, 2,066 (229 average per game); 2nd: Pat Olson, 2,058 (228 average per game); 3rd: Jeff Miller, 1,974 (219 average per game)

Regular league update

Last week’s abbreviated league action produced a Team of the Week featuring four regulars from the short list of who’s who in the local bowling scene and one outlier, Erin Mason. Erin, as you probably know, is one of Hood River’s finest, and he’s a heck of a bowler. When we are lucky enough to get Erin to bowl, he usually shows up in rental shoes and he borrows a ball from somebody, and he never practices. Nevertheless, he rolled an outstanding 690 series in the Wednesday night Fraternal league, this time sparking the Orchard Lanes team to a big win over team Hirata. Most of us mortals who love to bowl have our own shoes and several modern high-tech bowling balls, all of which are usually required to excel at this game and we practice to stay sharp. But not Erin; he gets the job done and done well, on a shoestring, so to speak.

Erin was 165 pins over his average for the night’s work but that’s mainly due to the fact that he hasn’t bowled much this season. If he were a regular, we would expect him to be a solid 200-plus average bowler.

Other good efforts by our many bowlers last week included jaunty Jan Halstead, with a devilishly good 666 series he conjured up in the Monday night Industrial. Former bowler of the year Nina Kruckenberg found the range just like in the old days with a solid 220 game that she notched in the Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers league. Local star Nancy Asai slapped the pins silly in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league, where she logged a stellar 651 series. Among all the big shooters in the Fraternal league, there were none better than young Jenna Hert, who posted a 236 game, and Bernie Keys, who continued to bask in the bowling limelight with a nice 224 game.

Mike Bosse earns the consistency award this week after bossing the sticks around to the tune of 202, 203 and 209 games for a nice 614 series in the Monday night Industrial league. In the same session, Bennie Lopez rolled a super 234 game for his E&L Auto Parts team and that was probably the winning difference in a close match with Music 4 You.

Buntings’ main man, Bob Mason, shot a fine 610 series in the Tuesday Nite Mixed, which was 112 pins over his average, sparking his team to a sweep of team Nishi.

Congratulations are also in order for the Van Cleave Design team, which won the first round in the fast-paced and high-scoring Fraternal league.

It was a close one as Van Cleave Design edged out team Orchard Lanes by only two points. Bowling for the victorious Van Cleave Design Trio are Jenna Hert, Kyle Van Cleave and Matt Hodges.

It’s good to see new blood succeeding in this highly competitive league. Van Cleave Design now automatically qualifies to bowl in the playoff for the league championship at the end of the season.

Great bowling everybody!

Team of the Week

Pat Olson (6), 758

Jeremy Bloom (6), 710

Bryan Mason (7), 697

Erin Mason (1), 690

Gordon Sim (8), 690

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