Since league play was significantly interrupted during the holiday season at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, we’ll combine the last few weeks of highlights into this report.
For Team of the Week action, it’s nice to see some different but still familiar names on the fab five. For the first week of the New Year, we saw Jan Halstead, Gail Larsen Jeff Miller, Jason DeGeus and Bob Reid rise to the top of league action.
Mr. Smooth (Halstead) mowed down the sticks to the tune of a fine 674 series in the Wednesday night Fraternal league. Jan bumped up his average to 205 pins per game with that solid outing. It’s true, Jan’s game is a throwback to the old classic styles of yesteryear that put an emphasis on accuracy, but no matter what you may think, he is living proof that it still works really well.
There are almost as many effective styles to knock down pins as there are bowlers; you don’t always have to fire the ball with muscled-up speed and a ton of revs to be successful. That’s why it’s such a great game; it’s for everybody and for life.
Larsen, who has long been one of the premier bowlers in the Gorge, is rebounding after a deep slump this season. He took dead aim in the Fraternal with a 659 set to break out of those doldrums. Anchoring our big five is none other than Mr. Reid with a 646 set that he fashioned in the Fraternal. Bob is a classic down-and-in bowler who plays the lanes just off the right gutter.
The ultimate crankster, Casey Barker, led everybody in the high game department in the past two weeks with a breakout 264 game he looped in the Fraternal. Casey rolls one big bender from deep inside with considerable loft that arcs way out toward the right gutter and then curves back into the pins.
For the most recent Team of the Week, we see a rise to the top by Jeff Hasegawa. With a unique back swing where he flares his hand wide open and then spins it back at his release point, “Hass” has been pounding the pins for many years in the mainstream of Hood River bowling. He’s been mired in a scoring slump for most of this season but showed signs of life with one of his better outings last week in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league, where he topped everybody with a blazing 707 series. That’s the way to bust out of a slump, climbing over the magical 700 mark always feels good. The famous Hood River orchardist is clearly our most recent Bowler of the Week.
Greg McDaniel, Bill Pullum, DeGeus and Josh Worth accompany Hass on this week’s top list.
We’ve also got to take our hats off to young Doug Arnell, who popped a super 629 series in the senior Colts & Fillies league on Wednesday afternoon. The main man on the Windermere real estate team really found location, location, location in his second game of the session by hitting the pocket time after time after time to notch a big 256 game. That stellar effort carried him over the 600 series threshold which is a mighty fine tally for just about any of our seasoned bowlers. Doug ended up 164 pins over his average with that outstanding performance.