Kegler's Corner: Showdowns loom in Orchard Lanes bowling leagues

In the blink of an eye, the main bowling season at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes will reach a climatic conclusion this month as we determine team champions. This is really what it’s all about, conquering those ever-changing invisible lane conditions, holding each other up through the grueling season and striking out in the tenth to win points for the team. The intensity of it all is what makes bowling so much fun.

It’s not easy to win a league championship; it’s something to be really proud of. Let’s review the teams that have won rounds so far and are in the hunt for the season’s coveted titles.

In the Monday night men’s Industrial league two rounds have been completed. Round one was won by Buntings’ Bob Mason, Wynn Winfield, Mike Bosse, Ken Espersen and Brandon Kawachi; round two was won by Hire Electric’s JD Blackford, Dan McHale, Scott Pritchard, Ted Rosenberg, Fred Bergren and Bob Rosenberg. Columbia Hills RV is currently leading in round three.

This league concludes its season with a unique March madness-like bracket tournament for the title, which is an exciting way to end the season.

In the Tuesday morning women’s Workshirkers league, the first round was won by, for the umpteenth time in a row, the Nobi’s crew of Shirley Thornhill, Nina Kruckenberg, Charlotte Severns and Nancy Asai. Ain’t We Tweet is currently leading in round two, but Nobi’s is just a smidgen behind them. Keep on trucking Tweeters, don’t turn around to see who’s behind you.

In the action-packed and wildly popular Tuesday Nite Mixed league, the first round went to Got Sand, comprised of Heather Mitchell, Russ Frazier, Matt Webber, Bryan Mason and Matt Mitchell. Currently the second-round is a toss-up between Team Nishi and Valley View Appliances.

In the Wednesday afternoon senior Colts and Fillies league, the first round was won by In the Pocket’s Eric Plimmer, George Eastwood, Linda Cope and Gerry Cope. Charlie’s Angels is currently leading the second round. The seniors bowl mainly for camaraderie and to socialize with each other, so they don’t have a roll off to determine an overall league champion. The winners of each half stand together as co-champs of this popular league. Many thanks to the inimitable Joyce Ebersole for always keeping the senior action filled to the brim.

In the powerful Wednesday night Fraternal league two rounds have been completed. Round one was won by the Montavon’s Berries crew of Jeff Brittle, Roger Montavon and Pat Olson; round two went to the Hood River Sports Club’s Jason DeGeus, Ken Kramer and Josh Worth. We expect a big finish in this league, as it is the best in the Gorge.

In the Thursday afternoon senior Lads and Lassies league the first round was won by 3 Pugs’ Minnie Allen, Clifford Beat and Gordon Sim. The second round is a close race between On the Ball and the Crazy Three. And, finally, in the exciting Thursday evening County league, the first round was won by Damfinos trio of Hoby Hansen, Nate Lain and Beri Davidson. Coming down to the wire in the second round are the Gutter Sweepers and Incredibowl’s.

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