Kegler's Corner: Alley Cats win County

Spring is an exciting time at Orchard Lanes, Hood River’s 10-pin bowling palace. League champions are emerging. The Thursday afternoon Hood River County League ended last week with a dandy roll-off for the championship between the favored powerhouse Incredibowls and the underdog Alley Cats.

Guess what? The underdog Alley Cats prevailed by 114 sticks in a three-game total pin match, 1,920 to 1,814. Congratulations to the Alley Cats team: Jake Gilkerson, Cy Cannon and Nina Kruckenberg! You have earned county-wide bragging rights as league champions! Individual seasonal highlights in the league included: high average, Rod Pratt 194 and Nina Kruckenberg 160; high scratch three-game series, Rod Pratt 671 and Nina Kruckenberg 600; and high scratch game, Rod Pratt 245 and Joyce Wilson 222.

Many thanks for bowling league with us this past season; we hope you all had fun and will come back next year to resume these epic battles in the exciting HR County League!

The Thursday afternoon senior Lads and Lassies League also ended last week. The Kimchees made a valiant effort and won all four of their points last week, but it just wasn’t enough to overcome The Cripples, who won the second half of the league by a mere half point! Congratulations to The Cripples team: Linda Green, Kay Pratt and Jim Green. This league does not roll off for an overall league champion, but instead, honors both half winners, so congratulations are also in order to the S.O.S. team winners of the first half: Joyce Ebersole, Sue Spellman and George Buck!

Individual seasonal highlights in the league included: high average, George Buck 175 and Bernie Keys 167; high scratch three-game series, Sue Spellman 579 and Len Allen 579; high scratch game, Len Allen 237 and Bernie Keys 223. A great big thanks to the Lads and Lassies for bowling league with us this season; we hope all of you had fun in this fast-paced trio format and will join us again next season. Bowling is a perfect way to stay active, seniors!

The elite eight-bracket matches for the championship of the Monday night Industrial League were also conducted last week and three of the top four seeds lost! The No. 1 seed, Hood River Supply, lost to the No.8 seed, Mid-Columbia Diesel, 21-9; the No. 2 seed, Tinman Heating, lost to the No. 7 seed, Randy’s Painting, 18-12; the No. 3 seed, Team #8 beat the No. 6 seed, Orchard Lanes, 19-11; and the No. 4 seed, Jugadores, lost to the No. 5 seed, Columbia Hills RV, 19-11. This week’s final four matches will pit Team #8 against Randy’s Painting and Columbia Hills RV against Mid-Columbia Diesel.

Master bowler Bill Pullum starred in league action last week. Bill’s amazing big-bending power hook simply demolished the sticks in the Wednesday night Fraternal League, where he notched superb scratch 277 and 252 games on his way to a nifty big-time 752 series. It’s a pretty safe bet to say that a scratch three-game series over 750 is indicative of a talented bowler. You’re not going to luck into a lofty number like that. Granted, Bill is one of the best around here and this time he was a whopping 155 pins over his average, easily the best performance of all league bowlers last week. Good bowling, everybody!

League Reports

(high scratch scores):

Monday evening Industrial: Jeff Miller: 626 series; Wally Jaksha: 237 game; Kevin Harris: 235 game.

Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers: Nancy Asai: 225, 202 games and 612 series.

Wednesday afternoon senior Colts and Fillies: Lynn Spellman: 217, 206 games and 608 series; Joyce Ebersole: 184 game and 513 series; Dave Baumsteiger: 215 game; Mick Sherrell: 207 game; John Lyon: 201 game; Len Hickman: 203 game; Sue Spellman: 184 game.

Wednesday evening Fraternal: Bill Pullum: 277, 252 games and 752 series; Jeff Miller: 267, 243 game and 709 series; Bernie Keys: 200 game and 520 series; Jason Degeus: 258 game; Woody Eskildsen: 246 game; Casey Barker: 235 game.

Thursday afternoon senior Lads and Lassies: Len Allen: 195 game and 561 series; Bernie Keys: 199 game and 503 series.

Thursday HR County: Cy Cannon: 201 game and 576 series; Nina Kruckenberg: 473 series; Ryan Pratt: 214 game; Joyce Wilson: 192 game.

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