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Kegler's Corner: League races tightening

The league season is winding down at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

With just one week left in the regular schedule of the Monday night Industrial League, Tinman Heating is the favorite to win the third round. Then, in the following three weeks, the league goes into its bracket matches for the championship — our version of April madness! The top seeds who get an advantage in the elite eight brackets are the round winners: Hood River Supply, Team #8, and probably Tinman Heating.

There is also just one week left in the second half of the Hood River County League, where the Incredibowls have a slim half-point lead over the Alley Cats. These two teams bowl each other this week, so the round winner could emerge from that match. However, there are three other teams who could also win it: Mt. Adams Wishful Thinking, Body by Bowling, and Stumblin and Bumblin. Don’t you just love these creative team names? The Incredibowls are the league powerhouse team who also won the first round, so they will be favored, but underdogs often prevail.

The Thursday afternoon Lads and Lassies League has two weeks to go in its second half and it’s a three-team race right now, with only three points separating Kimchee’s, The Cripples, and S.O.S. This league doesn’t have a roll-off to determine an overall champ, but instead, honors its first- and second-half winners as co-champions. S.O.S. won the first half.

Two stars emerged out of last week’s league action. Jim Green seems to have found bowling nirvana in the Lads and Lassies. He finished up his session 120 pins over his average — the best performance of all league bowlers last week. This is the second week in a row that Jim has shined. And, Dave Baumsteiger had an outstanding outing in the Wednesday afternoon senior Colts and Fillies League, where he busted the sticks to the tune of scratch 234 and 208 games on his way to a blistering 635 series that was 101 pins over his average. Think strikes and spares, everybody!

League Reports:

(high scratch scores)

Monday evening Industrial: Jason Degeus: 258 game and 663 series; Patrick Olson: 248 game and 657 series; Mark Chabotte: 655 series; Shaiyan Brittle: 204 game and 536 series; Rod Pratt: 248 game; Joey Sheirbon: 240 game.

Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers: Nancy Asai: 212, 203 games, and 585 series.

Wednesday afternoon senior Colts and Fillies: Lynn Spellman: 254, 201 games, and 643 series; Dave Baumsteiger: 234, 208 games, and 635 series; Len Hickman: 223, 204 games, and 609 series; Poly Bull: 500 series; Kim McCartney: 210 game; Jim Bull: 204 game; Sue Spellman: 203 game.

Wednesday evening Fraternal: Patrick Olson: 269, 248 games, and 738 series; Mike Parke: 247 game and 674 series; Casey Barker: 244 game and 674 series; Bernie Keys: 226 game and 570 series; Matt Hodges: 258 game; Bill Pullum: 249 game; Ciena Brittle: 243 game; Jeff Brittle: 243 game; Shaiyan Brittle: 202 game.

Thursday afternoon senior Lads and Lassies: Bernie Keys: 191 game and 564 series; George Buck: 544 series; Kim McCartney: 193 game.

Thursday HR County: Rod Pratt: 225, 203 games, and 609 series; Joyce Wilson: 196 game and 515 series.

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