Crystal Maurer rolls 288 game

Crystal Maurer came close to becoming part of the first father-daughter duo with perfect games as she started with 10 strikes before leaving a pair of pins which she spared for a 288 game at Hamilton Bowl.

Her father, Ed, has five 300s in his remarkable career starting with a 300 in November 1980 and dealing his fifth in April 2003. Since Crystal was 104 pins over her 184 average, she will receive an Canadian Tenpin Federation century award watch. The next week Ed showed Crystal he still had it by tossing games of 256, 205 and 221 for a solid 682 triple. Of the eight Hamilton women with perfect games, only two are currently bowling locally – Laura Wilmer and Jen Olmsted at Skyway Lanes.

Also at Hamilton Bowl, Conrad Merkir helped his leading 217 average with a 959 (211, 266, 246, 234) set. Jayson Legg moved a 938 with a 265 game, Kevin Phillippo had a 921 with a best of 257 and Bill Hicks used efforts of 266 and 248 for a 915 set. Jim Dalgliesh started strong with 256 and 265 games before a 200 left him with a 721 triple. Super singles on the 46 Mountain lanes are Bob Wintonyk and Don Deveau (287s), Aaron Bouchard (280), Steve Smith, Jayson Legg and Roy Ward )279), Del Belanger (277), Luke Muilwyk (276), Tom , “Mr. T” Johnston (268 and 265), Mark Bojeski (254) and Paul Mitchell (251).

Another CTF century watch winner was Keith Patterson at Skyway Lanes as he made it with one pin to spare with a 254. Other fine singles at this 24-lane house are Kristy Toth and Mike Ellis (258), Art Oliver Sr. (254 for a 650 triple), Derek Hannah (246), Chris Marquette (243), Wendell Harrison (242 and 237), Nobby Herchenroder (238), Jeff Lang (235) and Lesley Ledger’s 235 lifted her to a 621 triple.

Herchenroder gave Marquette’s league-leading 695 a go but came up short at 668. Jim Margueratt spared the 6-7-10 split by bouncing the six pin out of the pit into the seven pin. Congratulations to Gary Reid and Sherry Sturtevant on their engagement with the wedding to take place early next year. Reid is the grandson on Skyway Lanes co-founder Stan Dumala who turns 84 next month.

The entry forms for the annual Mixed Doubles Tournament at Prime Time Bowling on Feb. 9-10 are now available.

In Hamilton Bowling Trivia, Ed Taylor, the manager of the Y.M.C.A. Lanes at Jackson and James, during World War Two, offered to” men in uniform”, free bowling instruction, dancing or roller skating and finishing the evening at five pin bowling at ten cents a game. In 1941 Garnet Ross rolled a perfect 450 game on the Y.M.C.A. lanes.