KEGLER’S CORNER: League bowling action starts up at Orchard Lanes

The 2016-17 league bowling season started last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Most bowlers had to fight off considerable rust after being away from league action since last season ended four months ago and there was a fresh twist awaiting them: Brand-new, state-of-the art synthetic lanes.

That’s right, the old friendly wood lanes were gone, worn out after 55 years of use. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this modern change to the game of bowling, it’s a big one. Synthetic lanes present a perfect man-made, diamond-like surface that’s hard and smooth, unlike the old wood lanes that were soft and grainy. Bowling on synthetics vs. wood is like night and day. Synthetic lanes are here to stay — they are the standard used in the game around the world today and you will find them at nearly all of the major bowling tournaments. Hood River bowlers will be challenged by the change to synthetics, but it won’t take long before we see record scores from our talented keglers.

Our star bowler last week was Dave Baumsteiger, who finished his three-game series 117 pins over his average in the Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies League. Dave rolled a fine scratch 211 game in his set.

As usual, the high-powered and fast-paced Wednesday evening Fraternal League produced a hat full of fine scores. Newcomer John Riggleman found the new synthetics to his liking as he notched a nifty scratch 256 game and 662 series. And smooth all-star lefty Mike Parke logged the high game of the week in the same session with a strike-filled 266. Nice bowling, everybody!

League Reports:

Tuesday morning Ladies Workshirkers League: Nancy Asai, 213 game & 577 series; Verna Smith 213 game.

Wednesday afternoon Senior Colts & Fillies League: Dave Baumsteiger, 211 game & 591 series; Sue Spellman, 208 game & 549 series; Ed Busick, 207 game; Lynn Spellman, 206 game; Bonnie Ternahan, 201 game; Mick Sherrell, 201 game.

Wednesday evening Fraternal League: Pat Olson, 235 game & 678 series; John Riggleman, 256 game & 662 series; Lynn Spellman, 262 game & 660 series; Len Hickman, 256 game & 651 series; Levi Phelps, 650 series; Bernie Keys, 214 game & 565 series; Mike Parke, 266 game; Josh Worth, 258 game; Mike Bosse, 249 game; Casey Barker, 235 game.

Thursday afternoon Senior Lads & Lassies League: Sue Spellman, 206 game & 550 series; Len Allen, 213 game & 519 series.

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