Team of the Week:
(pins over average, series with handicap)
Zach Mohun: +156, 807
Rod Pratt: +134, 734
Mary Finley: +132, 786
Wynn Winfield: +125, 776
Sue Spellman: +124, 769
3,872 total pins
League bowling action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes was terrific last week. As always, the five stars who bowled the most over their averages last week making our team of the week is a special group, a diverse mix of our league bowlers from the very best to the unheralded.
Young Zach Mohun tops our talented five after bowling 156 pins over his average in the Wednesday night Fraternal League, where he logged a mighty fine scratch 651 series that included a big-time 257 game. Zach has only been rolling the rock for a few years, but this is his second appearance on the team of the week this season, so it appears he’s found the key to success. He’s bowling a couple of leagues a week which helps and his average just keeps on improving. He’s definitely in the race for the most improved bowler in town.
Rod Pratt is mowing down the sticks too. He’s starred in the Thursday County League for years. This season he also joined the Monday night Industrial League, becoming a key member of the Mid-Columbia Diesel five. Rod notched a beautiful scratch 683 set in the County League last week, which was 134 pins over his average, making the team of the week for the second time this season.
Mary Finley is, without question, one of the top bowlers in town. Mary — who literally pulverizes the pins with that pro-style, big, high backswing and powerful down-and-in game of hers — did it again, rocking the house in the Tuesday Nite Mixed League with another milestone-setting scratch 714 series that was 132 pins over her average. Mary has rolled so many scratch 700s, we’ve lost count — a good indicator of just what a talented bowler she is. This is her second appearance on the team of the week this season and her scratch 714 set was the highest series rolled at the lanes last week. This is what makes bowling such a great game: women can and do excel at it. Hey guys, Mary throws like a girl, right? And, she beat every one of you last week, how about that?
Our last two stars join the fab five for the first time this season. Wynn Winfield sure had a winning outing in the Fraternal, where he was 125 pins over his average after racking up a fine scratch 635 series and Sue Spellman played the role of super sub, helping keep her past champs, the stellar 3 Fingers Deep team, in the race in the Monday night Industrial League, where she was 124 pins over her average. Welcome to the big-time, Wynn and Sue, enjoy the limelight, you deserve it, we’re glad you made it.
So, who else was hot last week? There were a bunch. Rafe Lehner was 122 pins over his average in the County, just missing the team of the week. Gene Spooner was clicking in the Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies League, where he popped scratch 233 and 201 games, ending up 118 pins over his average. In the same session, Stuart Sneider rolled a nifty scratch 215 game and finished up 103 pins over his average for his afternoon’s work.
Three top shooters who have been really hot lately, Joey Sheirbon, Alex Frazier and Kevin Harris, continued mauling the maples. Joey was 101 pins over his average after firing a scratch 665 set in the Industrial; Kevin was 100 pins over his average with a classy scratch 697 series that he tossed in the same session, which also raised his average over the noteworthy 200 mark, a level that separates the men from the boys and hasn’t been attained by many bowlers in this difficult scoring season; and Alex was top man in the Fraternal once again with a solid scratch 659 set that was also 101 pins over his average. Alex and teammates Paul Weatherly and Lynn Spellman put the hurt on their opponents in the Fraternal last week, putting a 22.5-2.5 shellacking on them to stay in the lead for the second round with only one week to go. This terrific trio has a solid 15.5-point lead, which will be hard to overcome, but it’s still possible with the scrappy Five minus Two and Orchard Lanes teams lurking behind. Good bowling, everybody!
Monday night Industrial: Kevin Harris, 240, 238 games & 697 series; Joey Sheirbon, 243, 236 games & 665 series; Sue Spellman, 192 game & 520 series; Lynn Spellman, 245 game; Travis Adams, 235 game; Carl Casey, 235 game. Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers: Nancy Asai, 201 game & 565 series; Nina Kruckenberg, 201 game. Tuesday Nite Mixed: Mary Finley, 247, 234, 233 games & 714 series; Bryan Mason, 268, 265 games & 693 series; Bob Reid, 651 series; Mike Parke, 255 game; Aron Asai, 246 game; Patrick Olson, 236 game; Bill Morrissey, 235 game; Becky Beckner, 202 game. Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies: Lynn Spellman, 246, 236, 200 games & 682 series; Ed Busick, 232, 203 games & 600 series; Karen Baumsteiger, 505 series; Gene Spooner, 233, 201 games; Stuart Sneider, 215 game; Alan Ross, 205 game; Joyce Ebersole, 201 game; Len Hickman, 200 game. Wednesday night Fraternal: Alex Frazier, 248 game & 659 series; Lynn Spellman, 652 series; Zach Mohun, 257 game & 651 series; Bernie Keys, 231 game & 586 series; Josh Worth, 246 game; Wynn Winfield, 244 game; Fred Bergren, 244 game; Patrick Olson, 243 game; Casey Barker, 236 game; Jan Halstead, 235 game; Jenna Hert, 215 game. Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies: George Buck, 214, 203 games & 589 series; Jackie Fishtrom, 183 game & 447 series; Marc Eldridge, 213 game. County: Rod Pratt, 248, 220, 215 games & 683 series; Joyce Wilson, 193 game & 490 series; Ryan Pratt, 200 game.