Kegler's Corner: MWB threepeats

Last week, MWB won the high-scoring and competitive Wednesday night Fraternal League at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. This is MWB’s third championship in a row, which is quite a feat in a tough league like this one. Congrats to the threepeaters: smooth Levi Phelps and Ma Barker’s boys, Casey and Court Barker.

MWB pulled off a stirring finish to overtake Montavon’s Berries, who had a 57-pin lead going into the third game of the roll-off. And once again, this happened because of the most enthusiastic bowler in town, Casey Barker. Mr. Excitement racked up a whole pile of strikes and went off the sheet with a big-time finish, shooting a scratch 248 while son Court chipped in a solid scratch 220 in that last game of the championship roll-off. MWB beat the Berries by 75 sticks to take the total-pin match by a mere 18 pins.

Casey was better than good as he pounded his ball into the 1-3 pocket all night long with that characteristic lofty style of his, which resulted in so many strikes we lost count. He started fast out of the gate with a stirring scratch 269 game and finished as the unanimous MVP, notching a sweet, timely scratch 729 series.

Many thanks to everybody who bowled in this exciting league. Have a wonderful summer, but please come on in to see us and roll a few games to stay in touch with your game until next season starts in September.

The completion of the Fraternal League signals the end of the 2016-17 league bowling season at Orchard Lanes. It was challenging but fun, as it should be. In general, the new synthetic lanes proved to be a tad bit tricky for some, especially compared to the old worn-out wood surface of the past that could be overcome with speed. The synthetic lane surface is pristine, so it’s not as forgiving to mistakes.

Nevertheless, the cream still rises to the top. Nine men averaged 200 and over. There were two perfect 300 games. One each by proprietor, Patrick Olson, and mega-curve artist, Brandon Kawachi, who played the super sub role this season. Big shooters Jeff Miller and Bill Pullum came as close as you can with 299 games that could have easily been 300s.

There were no 800 three-game series. Patrick Olson just missed and had the high scratch three-game series for the season, a 791. And it comes as no surprise that one of the elite bowlers in the Northwest, the indomitable, tall, textbook stylist, Jeff Miller, had the high average at 224 pins per game. That is definitely a pro-like number and Jeff is easily that good. He works hard and practices often to maintain his quality game. We should all be like Jeff! His average actually went up this past season.

Now, as we always do at this time, here are your all-star bowling teams based on highest averages with a minimum completion of 67 percent of league schedules:

Men top averages

Jeff Miller: 224; Pat Oslon: 220; Mark Chabotte: 209; Josh Worth: 207; Lynn Spellman: 204.

Women top averages

Mary Finley: 195; Nancy Asai: 194; Bernie Keys: 179; Ciena Brittle: 172; Jennifer Bloom: 164.

The sixth man award goes to the inimitable Casey Barker, the most excited bowler in town, who also averaged 204, but just missed making the all-star team because Lynn Spellman bowled more games.

In addition to top averages, games, and series, our all-stars had other significant bowling accomplishments: Mark Chabotte and his partner won the 2017 City Tournament doubles and Mark also took the coveted scratch All-Events title, which we always say makes him unofficially the best bowler in town, at that moment.

Nancy Asai rolled the highest three-game series for women with a milestone-breaking 709. It’s always quite an honor to break that 700 barrier and Nancy was the only woman to do it this past season!

Up-and-coming star Ciena Brittle bowled on the 2017 City Tournament-winning team and Bernie Keys did the same in the 2017 Women’s City Tournament. Nancy, Mary Finley, Mark, and Casey Barker led their teams to league titles. Bye everybody, see you next September for another season of pin-busting fun!

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