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Kegler's Corner: Weatherly, Frazier & Spellman triumph

Last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, the determined kegling trio of Paul Weatherly, Alex Frazier, and Lynn Spellman won the second round in the high-scoring Wednesday night Fraternal League with ease, taking it by a whopping 26.5 points over the second-place team. That’s such a wide margin, they could have all gone to Cancun instead of bowling and they still would have won!

By taking the second round, they join the first-round winners: the energetic threesome of Levi Phelps, Court Barker, and Casey Barker in the roll-off for the league championship at the end of the season. It won’t be easy, as Messrs. Phelps and the Barkers will be shooting for a repeat as they are the defending league champions, having won it all last season. These are two formidable teams, but everybody else still has a chance to get in the mix as there is one more round to go before we get to the roll-off in the best league in the Gorge.

There’s only two weeks to go in the second and final round in the popular Tuesday Nite Mixed League. This league is so close right now; eight teams are still in the battle. Last week, the tough Montavon’s Berries quartet swept into a tie for the lead after putting the collar on their opponent with a 4-0 shellacking. The next two weeks feature matches of current contenders, pitting Montavon’s Berries against Gut-Er-Dun and then Take Ten vs. Gut-Er-Dun. It’s likely the second-round winner will arise from those contests. Then they will have to face the always successful, tough in the clutch, Team Nishi — first-round winners for the championship of the league. This is going to be fun!

Last week’s individual stars include our number-one guy for the second week in a row: the up-and-coming youngster, Zach Mohun, who topped his average by 142 pins. Zach scattered the sticks to the tune of a nifty scratch 640 set in the Monday night Industrial League. His outing was highlighted by solid scratch 232 and 231 games. Zach’s effort was the best by far of any league bowler last week. Zach has clearly kicked up his game a bunch of notches; he’s a threat to shoot big numbers just about any time now. We’re betting that it won’t be long and he’ll be cracking that magical 700 barrier — a mark of excellence that takes real skill at this great game.

Bennie Lopez also found the range in the Industrial last week, where he notched a beautiful scratch 223 game and finished up 107 pins over his average for his night’s work. Bennie is a newcomer to the bowling wars and after toiling for weeks, it sure is a breath of fresh air to get in the scoring zone like the big boys. A 223 game is mighty good, Bennie! You’re on your way now that you’ve unlocked a few of the secrets to scoring. Nice bowling, everybody!

League Reports

Monday night Industrial:

Jan Halstead, 645 series; Patrick Olson, 249 game.

Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers:

Bernie Keys, 223 game & 597 series; Nancy Asai, 217, 212 games.

Tuesday Nite Mixed:

Roger Montavon, 237 game & 689 series; Bryan Mason, 246 game & 672 series; Levi Phelps, 247 game & 656 series; Patrick Olson, 243 game & 651 series; Nancy Asai, 215 game & 565 series; Mike Parke, 256 game; Rick Nishimoto, 235 game; Sandy Holmes, 208 game.

Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies:

Lynn Spellman, 243, 227 games & 650 series; Erma Hickman, 472 series; John Lyon, 202 game; Esther Yarnell, 176 game.

Wednesday night Fraternal:

Jeremy Bloom, 265 game & 670 series; Casey Barker, 235 game & 664 series; Aaron Troxel, 661 series; Jeff Miller, 257 game; Patrick Olson, 244 game; Mike Parke, 237 game.

Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies:

Kim McCartney, 234 game & 558 series; Joyce Hert, 461 series; George Buck, 236 game; Dee Hert, 174 game; Sue Spellman, 174 game.

County:

Joyce Wilson, 194 game & 488 series; Rod Pratt, 197 game & 486 series.

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