Two leagues finished the season last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes with roll-off matches that decided their champions. A four-way roll-off was conducted in the Tuesday Nite Mixed League 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. The format was three games, with total pins deciding the winner.
Team Nishi jumped out of the gate with 933 pins in the first game thanks to Stuart Kawachi’s big scratch 225 game, taking a 48-pin lead over Montavon’s Berries. Team Nishi turned cold after that hot start, but Montavon’s Berries really heated up and took a commanding 111-pin lead after Game Two. Ryan Crowther keyed that big surge with a scratch 201 game which was a nifty 66 pins over his average. His stellar effort set the tone and Montavon’s Berries coasted to the title winning by a margin of 115 pins over the second-best team in the match, Oh She Hit, 2,728 to 2,613 pins.
Bowling for the champion Montavon’s Berries team was Ryan Crowther, Cheryl Kealaiki, Lee and Roger Montavon and Patrick Olson. Individual season records for the Tuesday Night Mixed League are as follows: High average, man: Bryan Mason, 209. High average, woman: Nancy Asai, 196. High series, man: Jeff Hasegawa, 728. High series, woman: Mary Finley, 714. High game, man: Jeremy Bloom, 290. High game, woman: Sandy Holmes, 278. Most improved bowler, woman: Kristen Kawachi +16. Most improved bowler, man: Mike Parke, +15.
A two-team roll-off for the championship of the Thursday County League took place between the second-half winners, The Flintstones, and the first-half winners, The Dudes. This was also a three-game format, with total pins deciding the winner.
The Flintstones bolted to a 45-pin lead after the first game, with Ellen Davis fueling the fire, topping her average by 47 pins. The Flintstones poured it on in Game Two, adding another 45 pins to their lead thanks to Joyce Wilson’s sharp scratch 192 game, which was 36 pins over her average. The Dudes gave it the old college try in the third game, narrowing the gap by six sticks but it just wasn’t enough. The Flintstones prevailed, taking the championship of the County League by 84 pins, 1,872 to 1,788.
Bowling for the champs were Ellen Davis, Brent Gleason and Joyce Wilson. Individual season records for the County League are as follows: High average, man: Rod Pratt, 186. High average, woman: Joyce Wilson, 157. High series, man: Rod Pratt, 695. High series, woman: Joyce Wilson, 517. High game, man: Rod Pratt, 259. High game, woman: Ellen Davis, 208. Most improved bowlers, woman: Ellen Davis +8. Most improved bowler, man: Jeremy Ziegler +6.
We want to take this opportunity to congratulate the champions and thank all of the bowlers in these two fun leagues. We are looking forward to seeing you all back next season. We miss you already; have a super summer, but don’t be strangers. Come on in to see us and bowl a few games for fun and practice. We will also have cool summer leagues you can join. Rumor has it that a big change is coming to the lanes this summer — one that you’re going to like! Stay tuned.
Last week’s individual stars in league action were Paul Dethman and Rod Pratt. Paul had a fabulous outing in the Thursday County League, where he climbed over that magical 600 series mark with a great scratch 608 series. That effort was 131 pins over his average — the top performance of all league bowlers last week. And, Rod scattered the sticks to the tune of a mighty fine scratch 667 set that was capped by a nice scratch 257 game in the Monday night Industrial League. Rod was 112 pins over his average for his night’s work. Good bowling everybody!
Monday night Industrial: Patrick Olson, 258, 235 games & 713 series; Jeff Miller, 257 game & 690 series; Rod Pratt, 257 game & 667 series; Lynn Spellman, 268 game; Mark Chabotte, 246 game. Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers: Nancy Asai, 194 game & 536 series. Tuesday Nite Mixed: Bryan Mason, 265 game & 682 series; Sandy Holmes, 204 game & 580 series; Mary Finley, 203 game. Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies: Len Hickman, 550 series; Polly Bull, 192 game & 502 series; Stuart Sneider, 221 game; Ron Baumsteiger, 202 game. Wednesday night Fraternal: Jeff Miller, 258, 248 games & 700 series; Lynn Spellman, 238 game & 665 series; Casey Barker, 246 game & 662 series; Bernie Keys, 197 game & 544 series; Levi Phelps, 246 game; Jeremy Bloom, 246 game. Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies: Ken Ingram, 540 series; Joyce Ebersole, 468 series; Len Allen, 209 game; Jim Block, 203 game; Joyce Hert, 191 game. Thursday County: Rod Pratt, 230, 207 games & 620 series; Paul Dethman, 209, 204 games & 608 series; Joyce Wilson, 192 game & 517 series; Don Hoffman, 215 game.