Kegler's Corner: Jeff Miller rolls 299

The bowling season is nearing its exciting and frenetic close at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. We’re down to the wire in the Monday night Industrial League, with only one week remaining in Round 3.

The second-round winner, ERS (Excavation Rental Supply), has a commanding 18-point lead over Hood River Supply and a 20-point lead over E&L Auto Parts. Theoretically, the fourth-place LENADORES, who are 21.5 points behind, still have a shot. To make that happen, all three trailing teams will need big wins over their opponents this week — that is, if ERS doesn’t win too.

By a significant margin, ERS is the season’s overall leading point-getter in the league, which means they don’t lose very often! There will be pivotal matches: ERS bowls Mid-Columbia Diesel, who has the second-best record in the league, so that will probably be a tight match, but anything could happen — a big win for the Diesel crew is very possible. HR Supply bowls E&L Auto Parts, so if either of these two teams wins big, it will have a good chance to catch ERS, but there won’t be much of a chance without a big win. LENADORES bowls Randy’s Painting, a formidable team who won the first round, so it’s going to be a tall order for them to win big.

If ERS prevails, they become the top seed in the ensuing three-week bracket matches for the league championship. That means they will have the advantage of bowling the eighth-place team in the first week of the bracket. Yes, it’s March mayhem at Orchard Lanes! It doesn’t get any better than this.

In the Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers League, the renowned Nobi’s quartet has already clinched the title even though there are still three weeks left in Round 2! Nobi’s has been utterly dominant for so many years in this league and this season is another many-peat for them as they won both halves, going away. Bowling for the champs are Hood River legends, Shirley Thornhill, Nina Kruckenberg, Charlotte Severns and Nancy Asai. League highs include: high average, Nancy Asai, 184; high scratch series, Nancy Asai, 613; and high scratch game, Nancy Asai, 234. Ellen Cochran finished as the most improved bowler, raising her average eight pins from the beginning of the season.

There are three weeks to go in the second half of the Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies League and the Trout Lakers have a solid six-point lead over the Mixed Nuts. They are still in it as are Da Spare, who are 8.5 points behind in third; Rock n Rollers, who are 10 points back in fourth; and the first-half co-winners, the Mighty Ducks, who are 12 points off the lead. Several of these contenders are scheduled to bowl each other in the next three weeks, which could really make or break their title chances.

There are six weeks left in the hot-shot Wednesday night Fraternal League and all 12 teams are still in the race for the third round. The same is true for the Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies League, who have three weeks left in the half.

In individual action last week, three bowlers starred. Two of them shined in the Industrial. Jeff Furlong notched his first scratch 600 set of the season with a nifty 639 that was capped by fine scratch 236 and 235 games. Jeff finished up 123 pins over his average — the best performance by all league bowlers last week.

Not far behind was scrappy Rowan Sharkey, who topped his average by 104 pins. In top scratch action, superstar Jeff Miller nearly rolled the first perfecto at Orchard Lanes this season. Bowling in the Fraternal, Jeff racked up the first 11-straight strikes in his second game and then he put that all-important 12th and final ball right in the 1-3 pocket just like it says in the textbook and the pins exploded, but the bowler’s nemesis, that troublesome 10-pin stood, there in defiance. So Jeff had to settle for a 299 game and he went on to post a nice 708 series, which is really good for most of us, but not so much for Jeff, as he is currently carrying a heady 220 average — tops in town! Good bowling everybody!

League Reports:

Monday night Industrial: Jeff Furlong, 236, 235 games & 639 series; Mark Chabotte, 235 game; Wally Jaksha, 235 game. Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers: Nancy Asai, 205 game & 525 series. Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies: Ed Busick, 220, 207 games & 586 series; Jackie Fishtrom, 502 series; Lyle Sayler, 207 game; Lynn Spellman, 201 game; Bonnie Ternahan, 199 game. Wednesday night Fraternal: Jeff Miller, 299 game & 708 series; Bernie Keys, 239 game & 563 series; Jeremy Bloom, 246 game; Lynn Spellman, 245 game; Josh Worth, 235 game. Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies: Kim McCartney, 206 game & 568 series; Linda Green, 182 game & 455 series; Alan Ross, 214 game; Joyce Hert, 182 game.



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