Ryan Dickenson, trying for his fifth 300 game, missed the headpin on 11 strikes and settled for a 296. Less than a month later Dickenson was again on 11 strikes. This time no mistake as a solid strike gave him his fifth 300. Mark Ward has a pair of 300 games, and now brother Brian has his first 300. Two weeks later Mick Anderer notched his fifth 300 for a 790 triple. Steve Smith has his fourth 800 triple with games of 289, 258 & 262 for an 809. With his first 300 was Nick Murphy for a 790 triple.
The top Hamilton League performs Sundays at Skyway Lanes with Art Oliver Jr., & Travis Cauley, both former Team Canada members, tied for high average at 230 and top singles lately are Art Oliver Jr. 288, Roy Ward 279, Lionel Lewis Jr. & Ray Sakalas 277, Mick Anderer 278 & 275, Del Belanger 268 and Ivo Colnaric 267. Recent top singles in the City Tenpin League, Canada’s oldest at 114 years, are Brent LaCroix 289 & Kevin Kartonchik 279, with high triples Matt LaCroix 792 & Mick Anderer 780.
Two unusual split conversions for the V.S.L. men are Pat Horton the 3 – 6 – 7 – 9 and Ed Margueratt the 1 – 2 – 4 – 6 – 10. Seventy two pins over his average was Travis Fraser at 222. With his first 600 of the season was Derek Hannah at 619. Sympathy is extended to Hannah on the recent passing of his father-in-law Jim Stevenson. Mike Ellis blasted a 645 (246) to raise his average to 201. Missing 200 by two pins was Barb Roy at 198.
In our annual Tournament of Champions, the adult winner was Pete Haveman who blasted a 720 (255,251) scratch triple to win by one pin over Rhys Westmoreland. Sean Bailey scored a 289 single. In the two youth divisions, Colin Duncan won the 15 and over by two pins over Ashley Nelson and Stephen Nissan drove to first in the 15 and under to win by 12 over London Lewis, the seven year old son of Lionel. London’s average is now over 100. Kenton Schatz rolled a 255 single.
A trio of 11 strikes in a row at Brantford’s Star Lanes with Rich Parker & Bruce Tyler notching 290’s and Jeff Easton a 279. Tyler’s triple was 777 and close behind were David Novak 761 (278) & Easton 755. Just missing 700 were Rob Heaton 696, Dave Adams 684 (266), & Preston Novak 673 (268). Last minute addition is Matt Havens 789 (289).
Burlington Bowl, which replaced six lanes of ten pin with six lanes of five pins from closed Roseland Bowl, witnessed these triples over 700. Matt Bernard 738 (258), Chris McDonald 761 (259) & 724 (268) and John Stanisz 705 (244). Super singles are Rob May 279, Jeff Therrien 269, Ted Coady 268, Ed Jenner 267, Steve Todoschuk 265, Brianna Chrysler 258, Vic Prohaska 257, John Stanisz 256, Barry Stanisz 254, Brianna Chrysler 237 & 234 for a 629, Michelle Martin 235, Doug Duncan 227, Michael Briks 223 and Geddes St. Hill almost doubled his first game with a stunning 263. Larry Doucet used a 266 for a 654, Charlie Mahy 232 for a 630 and James Ball was plus 80 for a 202.
With games 200 or better were Mark Brunette 246 & 224, Daniel Whiteside 239, Becky Clemens 235, Doug Thompson 230, Kim Ouellette 226, Tina Babic 229, Jody Horrelt, Alvin Carifelle & Frank Bartlett 225,Ben Fowler 224, Tracy Murdoch & Bob Love 244, Katie Morrison 216, Sophie Turnbull, Marina Stewart, & Barb Hill 204, Guillaume 202 & Jim Margueratt 201.
With 700 triples or better were Chris King 772 (267), David Novak 761 (278),Jeff Easton 755 (278), Joe Hudecek 727 (289), Jim Morrison 719 (289), David Frizzell 704 (266) , Pat Elo 712 (247), and Dylan Herchenroder 708 (256). Seth Stark, with a 58 average started with games of 101 & 102, then Noah Stark, 59 average, followed that with a 102 in his third game. Brian Lehman finished with a 240 for a 608 triple, Tammy Marchington started with 232 & 239 for a 663 and Kristine Bartlett started with 234 and finished with 233 for a 633.
Rolling one game without an open is good, but imagine rolling three games without an open. Becky Clemens did just that with games of 207, 189 & 235 for a 631. A pair of triplicates by Jason Johns at 168 & Janice McBain at 142. With a 156 average Paula Waldner was plus 108 with a sparkling 264. Earning C.T.F. Century awards are Bruce Tyler at 290, Josef Hudecek at 289 and Paula Waldner at 264 with her 156 average. Just missing by one pin were Doug Stickney 279, Ben Fowler 224 & Don Lupton 208 . With a 156 average Daniel Powless scored a 242. With matching 171 averages, Ted Coady hit 268 & Ed Jenner 267. With a 174 average, Pat Elo was plus 190 at 712 (247,231,234).
HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA:
- In 1963 the high averages in the Hamilton Classic League at Hamilton Centre Bowl were Andy Toth 189, Joe Nardi 186 & Hal Schatz 186 with Nardi’s 656 the high triple. Even though they were five man teams, some teams had eight bowlers due to shift work and no bowl offs allowed.
- Sixty years ago there were outdoor lanes close to Lake Ontario, and mid- way between Hamilton & Burlington. Now we have a name. They were called the “Ringside Bowling Alleys” managed by a local well–known wrestler Jimmy “Red” Sims. There was also a penny arcade, Bar-B-Q and miniature golf.
- Two former Hamilton Spectator writers were bowlers. Dick Brett at five-pins and Bob Coulter at both five, at Lucky Strike Lanes, and ten-pins at Skyway Lanes.
- When the $90,000 Canadian Open was held at Hamilton Mountain Bowl in 1980, competing were Wayne Webb, Mike Durbin, Ernie Schlegel, Guppy Troup, Tom Baker, George Pappas, Mike Aulby, Larry Laub, Pete Weber, Pete McCordic, and others, plus four Canadians, Jim Kelly, Steve Naylor, Russ Serwetnyk and Wayne Dubbs. Kevin Gillette won his only P.B.A. title by defeating Mike Aulby 248 to 227 in the final game. Previous Canadian Open winners when it was held in Montreal were1963 Harry Smith, 1964 Bill Allen, 1968 Skee Foremsky and 1969 Dave Davis. One week before the Hamilton stop, the winner in Buffalo was Joe Bernardi with Mike Aulby third.
- In March 1981 Gerry Hruska bowled out one game. It was a 300. Then in regular league play he added 236 & 203. On November 7, 1981, in Ed Burt’s first game he started with 10 strikes for 289. In his fourth game, all 12 for a 300. In between 190 & 202.
- On January 17, 1982, future C.T.F. Hall of Famer Bill Rowe Jr. rolled back-to-back games of 276 & 287.
Source: Jim Margueratt