Alan Ross and George Buck were “en fuego” on the friendly boards in last week’s league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Bowling in the Thursday afternoon Lads & Lassies league, Alan Ross punched out his first 600 series of the season. Alan racked up nice games of 212 and 207 on his way to a fine 607 series to finish the session 121 pins over his average.
In the same outing, one of the hottest bowlers in town, George Buck, splashed a solid 622 series that was capped by a super 243 game. Gorge just happened to also finish the session 121 pins over his average. Alan and George bowled the most pins over their average in league action last week so they share Bowler of the Week honors.
Mr. Buck had a very nice week on the lanes as he also fired a 621 series in the Wednesday afternoon Colts & Fillies league. With his diligent practicing, George has raised his average nearly 40 pins a game over the past couple of seasons. That is truly impressive, indeed.
The real big shooter last week was Bryan Mason, who demolished the sticks in the Wednesday night Fraternal league, logging a huge 753 series that was highlighted by big 278 and 267 games. Bryan is now carrying a heady 218 average, which is only one pin off the high average in the city, currently held by lefty Greg McDaniel.
Pat Olson and Jeff Miller are also averaging 218 right now. With seven weeks to go in the Fraternal league season, the battle for high average in the city rages on. It’s going to be very interesting to see who wins this one.
Leading the women in scoring last week was Mary Finley, who pummeled the pins in the Fraternal with a near-perfect 288 game that helped her bag a 659 series. That 288 game included the first 10 strikes in a row, just missing the 11th one. You only need 12 strikes in a row to notch a perfect 300 game, so she was close.
Starting this week, the Monday night Industrial league will begin its version of March madness to determine the league champion. The Industrial has a bracket roll-off system that will be conducted during the next three weeks. The top seeded teams in the brackets are 3 Fingers Deep, Music 4 You, and Hood River Supply; each won a round in the league this season. By winning a round they get to bowl against the lowest-seeded teams.
But, the underdogs may prevail. They often do, and that is what makes this league special. You don’t have to win a round to win the league; everybody has a chance at the end of the season. It doesn’t get much better than that!
The women’s city tournament was held this past week at Orchard Lanes. We’ll have the results next week. Great bowling everybody.
Team of the Week:
Bryan Mason (12), 753
Gordon Sim (14), 706
Casey Barker (4), 673
Pat Olson (14), 669
Lynn Spellman (5), 663