With his second perfect 300 game of the season, William Russell is rapidly approaching first place in all-time perfect games in the Hamilton Tenpin Association. After games of 198, 269 and 220 for a 687 triple, Russell saved the best for last with his fifth 300 game for a 987 series. His first perfecto of the season was Sept. 26, also at Prime Time Bowling.
This is only his second year in adult competition. Last season in his first he recorded a pair of 300 games. He also has one 300 as a junior for his total of five. Holding first place with eight local 300 games are four of Hamilton’s top bowlers – Bill Rowe Jr., Troy Demers, Art Oliver Jr. and Aaron Bouchard. Jamie Russell has six and tied with Russell with five are Al Tone, Ed Maurer and Sam Gualtieri.
John Cherriere almost made it seven 300 games at Prime Time this season but the six and ten pins refused to fall after the first 11 strikes for a 298 game and 960 series. The previous week he threw a 279 game. Lionel Lewis Jr. is making up from a slow start this season as evident by games of 247, 265, 277 and 256 for a 1045 series to raise his average to 226 and in a tie with Art Oliver Jr. who dealt a 959 with a 279 high game.
After a 961 series with a 278 high game,William Russell is hitting the pins at 223. Dee Gallant finished with 10 strikes for a 279 game. Paul Kressman started with nine strikes for a 279, Shawn Anderson also grooved a 279 and Jeff Lofft stirred a 278. Twenty year old Jeff Plumbley improved each game with 229, 240 and 247 for a 716.
At Skyway Lanes, Mike Ellis after grooving a 697 a few weeks back, came close to 700 again with games of 212, 255 and 232 for a 699. In another league he started with eight strikes for a 279. Chris Marquette belted a 631 and Hamilton Association President Karen Nicol was steady with 202, 211 and 208 for 621. Denise Margueratt spared the 5 – 7 and 3 – 10 splits in her first year of bowling.
On a sad note, Rick Kloosterman, 45, a former member of the Hamilton Board of Directors from 1993 to 1999, passed away suddenly. For many years he was the hard working Director of the Youth Survivor Tournament which attracted bowlers from all over Southern Ontario and the Northern United States. Rick had a 299 game in 1995 at Bowlerama Stoney Creek.
In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia, At Skyway Lanes on Feb. 19, 2004 in the same league, firing 11 strikes in a row were Barry Tate at 298 and Bill Stadnik 290 while Laura Wilmer hit 287 with the first ten.