KEGLER’S CORNER: Aron Asai Stars

Team of the Week:

(Pins over average, series with handicap)

Aron Asai, +168, 816

John Miller, +152, 800

Bryan Mason, +147, 804

Bob Mason, +146, 794

Coby Henning, +142, 784

3,998 total pins

Last week was a good one in league action on the friendly boards at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. In fact, it was probably the best one this season as scores were significantly higher.

Leading the fivesome of our team of the week stars was Double A orchardist Aron Asai, who excelled in the Tuesday Nite Mixed League, where he popped a solid scratch 639 series that included outstanding scratch 235 and 223 games. Aron’s spinning sphere sure solved the slippery shot on the lanes as he was a whopping 168 pins over his average to lead everybody in the most pins over department last week. By the way, Aron earned family bragging rights last week, because he even topped his all-star bowling spouse, Nancy, who rolled a scratch 617 series in the same session. Way to go, Aron!

Grabbing the No. 2 spot on our big five is lefty John Miller, who really found the range in the Monday night Industrial League, where he blasted big-time scratch 231 and 202 games on his way to a dandy scratch 611 series. That fine effort was 152 pins over his average. John has become very comfortable with his new high-tech ball and the added hook it generates, combined with all that speed he’s got, puts the pins in deep trouble. Nice bowling, John; we knew you could do it!

Our big hitter in the No. 3 slot is none other than brawny Bryan Mason, one of the best bowlers in town. And why not, as his power game sure delivered last week in the Wednesday evening Fraternal League, where he lambasted a huge scratch 759 series that was highlighted by an 11-strike scratch 279 game. Bryan was 147 pins over his average for the night and that 759 set is the highest scratch three-gamer rolled at Orchard Lanes this season; a monstrous series for most of us, but just a ho-hummer for Bryan, who has logged many big ones just like it!

Buntings’ main-man Bob Mason bats No. 4 in the clean-up position on our fab five after rolling a cracking scratch 620 series in the Tuesday Nite Mixed. Bob notched fine scratch 236 and 223 games along the way and finished up 146 pins over his average. Who said the conditions were tough? They were no problem for Bob — he liked them!

Anchoring our starring squad this week is newcomer Coby Henning, who bowled 142 pins over his average in the Industrial. Nice going, Coby. This is something to be proud of; making the team of the week is a big deal in Hood River, because there are so many talented bowlers here. Way to go, enjoy the limelight; you have a bright future in bowling — keep it up.

Those were five very good performances, but there were more. In fact, a total of 11 bowlers beat their averages by more than 100 pins last week, so we could have had two teams of the week!

Orchardist extraordinaire and avid bowler Joey Sheirbon fired a bang-up scratch 640 series that included a big scratch 263 game in the Industrial. That was 133 pins over his average. And, in the same session, Randy Nieto of first-round winner Randy’s Painting was 112 pins over his average. Randy shot a nice scratch 631 set that included strong scratch 231 and 203 games.

In the Tuesday Nite Mixed, smooth Ken Espersen had that easy down-and-in game of his in the groove as he posted a solid scratch 686 set that was highlighted by a nifty scratch 259 game. Ken was 125 pins over his average. Also in the TNM, Dakine’s key man, Bill Morrissey, found the boards at Orchard Lanes to his liking, notching a personal milestone scratch 614 set that included skillful scratch 214 and 202 games. That was Bill’s first-ever scratch 600 series and he was 101 pins over his average. That new high-tech ball Bill recently purchased is working great.

Finally, in the County League, Ellen Davis continued her hot streak, bowling 109 pins over her average, but she was outdone in the same session by Steve Carroll, who was 112 pins over his average.

Congratulations are also in order for the Men with Balls trio, who won the first round in the high-powered Fraternal League. This same group won the league last season, so they are now in position to win it all again. A repeat in this tough league would really be something! Bowling for this stellar squad are youngsters Levi Phelps and Court Barker along with the most excitable bowler in Hood River, the energetic Casey Barker. Great bowling everybody!

League Reports:

Industrial: Jeff Miller, 258 game & 673 series; Joey Sheirbon, 263 game; Jeff Chenier, 257 game; Bob Reid, 245 game. Workshirkers: Bernie Keys, 202, 200 games & 559 series; Nancy Asai, 215 game; Mary Neville, 212 game. Tuesday Nite Mixed: Ken Espersen, 259 game & 686 series; Mary Finley, 216, 212, 203 games & 631 series; Nancy Asai, 235, 223 games & 617 series; Mike Parke, 241 game; Bob Mason, 236 game; Aron Asai, 235 game. Colts & Fillies: Len Hickman, 200 game & 577 series; Polly Bull, 181 game & 485 series; Kim McCartney, 203 game; Fraternal: Bryan Mason, 279, 247 games & 759 series; Pat Olson, 286, 248 games & 735 series; Court Barker, 258, 236 games & 682 series; Jeff Miller, 257, 236 games & 661 series; Len Hickman, 245 game & 658 series; Bernie Keys, 204 game & 564 series; Michael Allen, 243 game; Ron Ward, 235 game. Lads & Lassies: Kim McCartney, 210 game & 565 series; Bernie Keys, 215, 210 games & 554 series; Joyce Ebersole, 201 game. County: Rod Pratt, 214, 204 games & 562 series; Deanna Lainhart, 179 game & 507 series; Ryan Pratt, 211 game.

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