Lionel Lewis Jr. has set a new high average record in the Hamilton & District Tenpin Bowling Association, finishing the season at 235 in the Prime Time Trios at Prime Time Bowl.
He surpassed the 233 mark Bill Rowe Jr. set twice, in 1999-2000, and 2000-01, both at Skyway Lanes, and both with 112 games. With one week left in this season, Lewis was in a virtual tie with Art Oliver Jr. On the last night, he was superior with games of 234, 235, 238 and 286 for a 993 set while Oliver struggled with 169, 159, 170 and 210 for 708, his lowest set of the season. The result left Lewis with the 235.6 record while Oliver dropped to 232.8.
Lewis’ best game of the season was the third were he averaged 243 for 24 games. Lewis and Rowe are the only men to average 230 or better with Ryan Dickenson, 225, and Tim Enoksen, 222, the only others to surpass the 220 mark.
During the 92 games that Lewis rolled to set the record, he fired a 300 game and super singles of 286, 279, and twice rolled games of 278 and 277. Three times he surpassed 1000 with 1044, 1012 & 1005. His “low” game was only 180 and “low” set was 872.
Oliver recorded two 300 games and a 299 on his way to his 232 average for 110 games. He also chipped in with a 280, a 279 and a trio of 278s. Three times he went over 1000 with 1063, 1054 & 1035.
This is the fourth time that Lewis has held high average and third time in a row. The previous averages were 232, 227 and 217. Rowe holds the most high averages with eight ranging from 219 to 233. Ed Maurer is in second place with five high averages from 200 to 216. The first man to average 200 was Don Wira at 204 in 1980 while the next season Wendy Zielonka became the first woman to average 200 at 201. Connie Ward holds the record at 215, the fifth time she was the top woman. Joyce Campbell holds the record with 10 high average marks ranging from 181 to 201.
HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA
In 1965 four teams in the City Tenpin League at Skyway Lanes postponed their regular bowling night to take in an Edmonton-Hamilton football game. That same year, former Ticat great Angelo Mosca won high triple honours with a 691.