Bowling is coming down to the wire in two leagues at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. A four-way roll-off for the championship of the popular Tuesday Nite Mixed League is set per league rules between the top two teams in the second round, Take Ten and Montavon’s Berries, and the top two teams from round one, Team Nishi and Oh She Hit.
And, a two-team roll-off is set for the championship of the Thursday County League between the second-half winners, The Flintstones, and the first-half winners, The Dudes. The results from these two championship roll-offs will hit the presses next week, so stay tuned.
Team of the Week
(pins over average, series with handicap)
Rowan Sharkey: +141, 789
Jesse Davis: +120, 765
Randy Tumlinson: +115, 766
Kevin Long: +113, 761
Ron Baumsteiger: +106, 706
3,787 total pins
Our team of the week stars based on the top five bowlers from last week’s league action who bowled the most pins over their averages is definitely a wide-ranging mix. We’ve got three bowlers who made the limelight for the first time this season and two who have made it multiple times.
Our No. 1 shooter is Rowan Sharkey, who has only been toiling a short time in the Monday night Industrial League, but he’s a key member of the E&L Auto Parts team who are currently contending in third place in the third round and only six points out of first place. Rowan may just be the straw that stirs the drink on his team, as he sure found the friendly boards at Orchard Lanes to his liking last week, finishing his session 141 pins over his average — the best performance of all league bowlers. This is Rowan’s first appearance on the vaunted team of the week this season.
Jesse Davis is next, having also had things going his way in the Industrial, where he logged a scratch 203 game and ended his night’s work 120 pins over his average. Jesse is another relative newcomer to league action, but he’s had quite an impact on his team, as this is his fourth appearance on the fab five this season. That ties him with the skillful Lynn Spellman for the most Team of the Week appearances so far this season! That’s a pretty impressive statistic, as Mr. Spellman is one of the top bowlers in town and has been so for much of his lengthy career in the game. Jesse is definitely a mainstay on his ERS squad and a prime reason why they won the second round and are dominating the league in points won.
Randy Tumlinson grabs our third slot after another good outing in the Industrial. Randy mauled the poor, defenseless 3-pound-6-ounce tenpins with a beautiful scratch 263 game that boosted him to a solid scratch 634 series which was 115 pins over his average. Randy’s latest heroics moved his Tinman Heating crew into a tie for first place in the third round. This is Randy’s third appearance on the team of the week this season.
Batting cleanup is newcomer Kevin Long, who had a splendid showing in the Tuesday Nite Mixed, where he splashed a nifty scratch 234 game and finished up his stint 113 pins over his average. This is Kevin’s first time on the team of the week this season. Kevin’s efforts played a major role in his team’s 4-0 shellacking of the formidable Double A Orchards quartet last week. Kevin’s team is comprised of a trio of youngsters including himself and two former stars on the award-winning Hood River Valley High School girls bowling team, Shaiyan Brittle and Becky Beckner. These three have unlimited talent to do really big things in this great game. They are the future; they just need to keep bowling!
Anchoring our fantastic five is a man who really needs no introduction; everybody knows him, the friendly ambassador of bowling and Trout Lake’s main man, Ron Baumsteiger. Ron had a fine set in the Wednesday afternoon senior Colts and Fillies League, where he pummeled the pins to the tune of scratch 217 and 204 games that propelled him to a smart scratch 613 series. It’s always a feather in your cap to bowl over that three-game milestone 600 series. Ron ended up 106 pins over his average and this marks the first time he’s made the team of the week this season, but he’s having a mighty fine second half as evidenced by his Trout Lakers team, who are rolling along nicely in first place by five games over the second-place foursome.
Honorable mention goes to Ron Ward, whose workman-like scratch 234 and 200 games pushed him to a solid scratch 625 series in the Wednesday night Fraternal League. Ron was 100 pins over his average, just missing the team of the week. Nice bowling, everybody!
Monday night Industrial: Kevin Harris, 636 series; Randy Tumlinson, 263 game; Matt Hodges, 235 game. Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers: Nancy Asai, 223 game & 583 series; Nina Kruckenberg, 232 game. Tuesday Nite Mixed: Nancy Asai, 235, 210 games & 625 series; Mike Parke, 613 series; Kevin Long, 234 game; Mary Finley, 212 game; Sandy Holmes, 200 game. Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies: Ron Baumsteiger, 217, 204 games & 613 series; Charlotte Severns, 193 game & 521 series; Ken Ingram, 219 game; Jim Bull, 207 game; Lynn Spellman, 206 game. Wednesday night Fraternal: Patrick Olson, 255, 248 games & 727 series; Jeff Miller, 256, 244 games & 726 series; Lynn Spellman, 247 game & 654 series; Bernie Keys, 190 game & 527 series; Casey Barker, 250 game; Josh Worth, 247 game. Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies: Bernie Keys, 223, 203 games & 602 series; Jim Block, 211 game & 535 series. Thursday County: Rod Pratt, 562 series; Ellen Davis, 208 game & 510 series; Jeremy Ziegler, 197 game.