Bill Lishinski has “joined the club” after returning to 10-pin bowling after an absence of 10 years. Competing in the City Tenpin League at Skyway Lanes, he rolled his first perfect game with the fifth 300 game in the 105-year-old history of Canada’s oldest sanctioned league.
After a 233 first game, the 203 average kegler ran off 12 consecutive strikes, including a perfect twelfth after a so-so eleventh. A 181 third game gave him a 724 triple, his fourth 700 in the last five weeks. In achieving the bowlers dream, Lishinski surpassed his previous high game of 290. A few weeks previous he started with 10 strikes for a 287.
Last year in his first year returning to one of his passionate hobbies, he averaged 183 to 193 in three leagues. This season he has improved to 196 to 204. His highest four game series is 1021 set 20 years ago. Lishinski’s 300 was the first at Skyway this season. The other four perfect men were Dave Clark, Dave Peacock, Mark Ward and Mike Ricker.
The Hamilton-born Lishinski had a very early interest in art as a child and was influenced by his uncle, Bruce Emilson, a very successful artist in the early 1970s. He has always been passionate about art, tenpin bowling and snooker. He competed in the 2001 Canadian Snooker Championships and finished in the top 16.
In July 2001 he retired his cue for a paintbrush. Many of his landscape and abstract paintings are found in corporate or private collections as far away as India. He loves painting local scenes as evident by three of his works, Coote’s Paradise, Storm Over Flamborough and Dundas Valley and has been featured in the local media. By day he is a Union Energy Service Technician where he has been for 20 years. Check out his website at www.billyvangogh.com.
In other league action at Skyway, Nick Murphy, 18, fired triples of 728 (225,248,255) and 704. Mike Ellis tripped a 676, Tom Cowles had a 643 and super singles were Mark Herchenroder (246), Jamie Gamble (241), Randy Bukowski (236), and Vicki Creechan was plus 81 at 232.
At Hamilton Mountain Bowl, Chelsea King, 13, was plus 179 at 629 (200,197,232). Sam Gualtieri tripped a 974 (266), Corey Davies counted 921, Steve Smith posted a 905 and Lishinski warmed up for his 300 with a
In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia, former Spectator bowling writers Dick Brett and Bob Coulter both bowled in the City Tenpin League.