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Kegler's Corner: A return to the bowling season, and our weekly Kegler’s Corner column

We’ve sung her praises many times before and even though we’re only a month into the current league season, it’s already time to do it again. To put it simply, Nancy Asai cleaned house last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

Bowling in the fast-paced and high-powered Wednesday night Fraternal league, Asai started the session with an imposing 252 game; then she got really hot. She started her second game rather inauspiciously with a spare in her first frame and followed that with 11 strikes in a row to notch a beautiful 290 game. Sure, you probably know that Nancy has gotten more ink in the past few years in the bowling limelight here in town than just about anybody and that’s because she is a heck of a bowler. She has logged so many high score awards in this great game that we’ve lost count. The great thing about her achievements is that she is equal to anybody in the game, and that is one of the many reasons why it is such a great game. Women can achieve parity with men. You can’t say that about many other sports; usually men dominate. We need to thank Nancy for motivating all of us to be better.

We had a plethora of mighty fine scores last week, including a glitzy 737 set from smooth Sgt. Roger Montavon and Lynn Spellman also climbed over the magical 700 mark with a nice 702. It’s good to see Lynn back in town after being away for a few years. In the past Lynn has racked up a number of biggies including several 300s. We expect he will get a bunch more soon as he has a knack for stringing strikes. He’s also carrying a fine 214 average in the Fraternal.

So, we’ve just barely started the new league season and many bowlers look to be in mid-season form already. How did they do that; how did they shake the rust off from the summer layoff so soon? Or, is it just that those old bad habits have been forgotten? Even though this is the first Kegler’s Corner column of the season, we have already completed several weeks of league action that have produced three teams of the week each comprised of five bowlers who rolled the top scratch scores during the week’s action at the lanes:

n Team of the week #1: Casey Barker, 739; Jeff Miller, 694; Josh Worth, 691; Gordon Sim, 671, Bryan Mason, 662

n Team of the Week #2: Jeff Miller (2), 724; Pat Olson, 685; Josh Worth (2), 680; Gordon Sim (2), 680, Tim Frulong, 662

n Team of the Week #3: Roger Montavon, 737; Nancy Asai, 727; Greg McDaniel, 710, Lynn Spellman, 702; Gordon Sim (3), 685

Making the team of the week is a big deal around here as we have so many excellent bowlers at Orchard Lanes who are not easy to beat. The first thing everybody does is check the paper to see if they made the team of the week. If you bowl good enough to make the team of the week it’s quite a feather in your cap.

This season we’re going to try and keep track of the number of times bowlers make the team of the week, we’ll do this with a number in parentheses by the bowler’s name. It should be interesting to see who has made the vaunted team of the week the most times this season. Do you think this would identify the best bowler in town?

This should be fun.

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