Kegler's Corner: Bloom rolls a 300; Yarnell tallies 235

It was quite a week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

First, Esther Yarnell blasted a 235 game in the Tuesday morning Workshirkers league and then Jeremy Bloom struck for a perfect 300 game in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league.

Yes, it’s always a red-letter day when a bowler rolls a perfecto. That’s 12 straight strikes in one game, and this was young Jeremy’s second in his brief bowling career. He becomes the third person to roll a perfect game at Orchard Lanes this season.

But, consider this: Esther Yarnell is our own poet laureate of the maples, the nonagenarian rules the boards with amazing aplomb. She is as spry as any of our league bowlers and often beats “kids” a third her age. She is a truly amazing person who happens to love to bowl and you’ll find her up at the lanes several times a week.

Do you think she’s found the fountain of youth right here at Orchard Lanes? We do.

Bowling is a game that you can do all of your life. Never mind these imitations that you play in your living room with a TV screen; why not try the real thing? It sure has been good to Esther!

As you will quickly note, it was quite a scoring week up at the lanes. You had to shoot a 700 series just to make the team of the week. It appears Pat has been doing the right thing with the oil pattern. Big numbers as usual for the irrepressible powerful lefty Greg McDaniel, who topped everybody in scoring last week — as he so often does — with a 748 series that he posted in the Wednesday night Fraternal league.

Then we have our white-hot shining star of the week, smooth stroking Bloom, with a 734 series that included his perfect 300 game.

Next, comes the ultimate big curve artist Jeff Brittle, who tossed a fine 726 in the Fraternal. If you haven’t caught Jeff in a pin spilling session lately, he hasn’t changed; he makes that ball of his hook from the left gutter all the way out to the right gutter before it charges back to the 1-3 pocket. It’s absolutely amazing to watch that ball of his nearly take a u-turn every time he fires it.

Our clean-up man is none other than our pro’s pro, Jeff Miller, the most renowned bowler in the Gorge with a 702 series that he notched in the Fraternal. Jeff is such a great bowler that a 702 series is just about average for him; that’s how good he is.

And, anchoring our big five this past week was lanky, up-and-coming star Matt Hodges, who had just enough gas in the tank to climb over that magical 700 mark with a nifty 701 series.

Great bowling everybody!

Team of the Week:

Greg McDaniel, 748

Jeremy Bloom, 734

Jeff Brittle, 726

Jeff Miller, 702

Matt Hodges, 701

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