Kegler’s Corner: Men with Balls wins Fraternal League to close out the season

At Hood River’s Orchard Lanes on Wednesday, May 13, the Fraternal League had its season-ending championship roll-off between three round winners: Men with Balls, Team Hirata, Cardinal Glass and the wildcard, who didn’t win a round, but had the most points won: Myassis Dragon. Yes, you’ve got to hand it to them, there are some creative team names there!

The contest was conducted on a most-pins-knocked-down basis for the three-game match and Men with Balls squeaked in to the winners circle with 2,018 total pins — a mere 22 pins ahead of the second-place finishers, Team Hirata. Congratulations to the champs: Levi Phelps, Court Barker and Casey Barker. The incomparable father-and-son duo of Court and Casey Barker powered their team to the title with scratch 634 and 629 sets, respectively. Great bowling, you three — you can be proud to be the champs of the Fraternal League, the highest average and most competitive league from Pendleton to Gresham.

The 2014-15 bowling season is now in the books. Here are the high scratch scores for the season at Orchard Lanes: High Series: Men: Pat Olson (832). Women: Mary Finley (679). Senior Men: Lynn Spellman (750). Senior Women: Charlotte Severns (565). High Game: Men: Pat Olson (300). Women: Nancy Asai (289). Senior Men: Gordon Sim (279). Senior Women: Polly Bull (234).

Note, this past season was somewhat unusual as there was only one perfect 300 game and one 800 series rolled at the lanes, both by Pat Olson. Usually, we have several. That may indicate that scoring was a bit tougher this past season.

As we always do after every season ends, here are your city ALL-STAR teams for 2014-15 using the top five scratch averages (minimum 2/3 league games): Men: 1. Pat Olson (218); 2. Greg McDaniel (218); 3. Jeff Miller (214); 4. Bryan Mason (213); 5. Josh Worth (207). Women: 1. Nancy Asai (192); 2. Sandy Holmes (184); 3. Bernie Keys (178); 4. Jenna Hert (164); 5. Lee Montavon (164).

So, who do you think should be the most valuable player? If you use the season’s high game, series and average as criteria, clearly Pat Olson and Nancy Asai would be MVPs. But, there is more to value than just high games, series and averages. What if we factor in who bowled the best on the teams that won and did well in leagues? That’s mighty important. Let’s take a look:

The high-powered Fraternal League is discussed above and Men with Balls won it, paced by Casey Barker’s 205 average. In the Monday night Industrial League, Randy’s Painting won and the star on their team was Wally Jaksha, who averaged 188. In the Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers League, Nobi’s won and Nancy Asai led the team with a 183 average. The Tuesday nite Mixed League had two good teams. Team Nishi won the league and Rick Nishimoto led the team with a 177 average. But, the Take Ten team won the most points in the TNM and Carl Casey starred on that team with a 191 average. In the Thursday County League, the Flintstones team won the most points, led by Joyce Wilson with a 156 average. But. The Dudes won the County League and Matt Momboquette powered their win with a 149 average. That leaves the seniors. In their Wednesday Colts & Fillies League, the Mighty Ducks took the most points, led by Len Hickman, who averaged 180. And in their Thursday Lads & Lassies League the 3 Pugs team was the point leader, led by Clifford Beat with a 182 average.

Next, we’ve got to consider the bowlers who shined in the city tournaments, in the most valuable discussion, because these are big events. Karen Sneider and Quinton Cox each won two events in the senior tournament. In the city tournament, Electronic Assemblers (Bill Pullum, Dan Wahl, Stuart Kawachi, Jeff Miller and Brandon Kawachi) won the team event, Roger Montavon and Patrick Olson won the doubles event, Stuart Kawachi won the singles event and Brandon Kawachi won both the scratch and handicap all-events titles. So, that would work out to be three titles for Brandon Kawachi and two titles for Stuart Kawachi. In the women’s city tournament, Vicki Ross, Mary Boyle, Erma Hickman and Jackie Fishtrom each won two events.

Finally, who made the team of the week the most this past season? That was a tie between Len Hickman, Lynn Spellman, Carl Casey and Roger Montavon, who each made the team of the week five times this past season. For the women, Charlotte Severns and Kay Pratt each made the team of the week two times. It’s not easy to make the team of the week, as the bowlers who made the team of the week beat their averages by the most pins that week. That means they had excellent performances. So, now, who do you think should be the most valuable player? It’s kind of a toss-up, isn’t it? All of these bowlers could be the most valuable.

Wednesday night Fraternal League high scores: Levi Phelps: 267, 254, 246 games and 767 series; Jeff Miller: 269, 257 games and 740 series; Jeff Brittle: 266, 246 games and 712 series; Bill Pullum: 269 game and 698 series; Jann Halstead: 240, 238 games and 689 series; Mike Parke: 682 and 656 series; Roger Montavon: 257 game and 675 series; Michael Allen: 257 game and 657 series; Jenna Hert: 213 game and 538 series; Dan Wahl: 255 game; Court Barker: 246 game; Len Hickman: 245 game; Jeremy Bloom: 244 game; Aaron Troxel: 237, 236 games; Jason Degeus: 236 game; Woody Eskildsen: 235 game.

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