Bouchard, Willis set Hamilton records


Aaron Bouchard and Catherine Willis have set two Hamilton tenpin bowling records. Bouchard broke a four-way tie for local perfect games with his ninth at Skyway Lanes and Willis established a new women’s high triple with a 773 at Burlington Bowl.

When Art Oliver Jr. rolled his eighth 300 game over one year ago, it made a four-way tie for first place for local perfect games at eight among Oliver, Bill Rowe Jr., Troy Demers and Bouchard. Now Bouchard stands alone at nine after rolling 268, 300, 222 and 217 for a 1017 set at Skyway. He recorded 21 consecutive strikes during the night, just two short of the the record 23 held by Jayson Legg, Ed Maurer and Stewart Shea.

Willis used games of 279, 215 and another 279 for the 773 which surpassed Sioban Frey’s 771 (246, 269, 256) from almost two years ago. Before that the record was shared by Nadine Hamilton and Laura Wilmer at 770. Willis, the World Bowling Writers Bowler of the Year in 1991, is currently averaging 213, just under Connie Ward’s record of 215.

Also at Burlington Bowl, Vic Riding slapped a 768, Mike Braet a 723 with a 279, Jack Moss had 722 with a 287, Paul Gibson showed 709 with a 267 and Gary Hyde rolled a 279 single. Riding holds a 211 average and Gibson a 210.

Back at Skyway Lanes, Scott Grunau started with 257 and 258 and had a shot at Mark Jackson’s 257, 258, 259 stepladder record before a 236 third game gave him a 751 triple. Kevin Lenko started with nine strikes before a distraction caused him to leave a split for a 264 game. Art Oliver Jr. tallied a 958 set with 277 and 266 games and Ron Smith dealt a 253. Jim Margueratt tallied his second 600 of the season as a 223 third game lifted him to a 606 and Mike Ellis dealt a 665 with a 259 high.

Two months ago,John Cherriere came close to perfection with a 298 game and last week he came closer with a 299 count at Prime Time Bowling. Russell Ross tossed a 290, William Russell started with 10 strikes twice for 288 games, Pat Desjardins dumped a pair of 279s and Matt Lewis, in his third week in an adult league, fired a 256 game and in his last week as a junior fired a 279 game. Fern Anderson pitched a 263 and Ian Hazelton started with eight strikes for a 254. With 299 games out of town were Troy Demers in St. Catharines and Travis Cauley in Rochester. The annual mixed doubles tournament is this weekend at Prime Time Bowling with two squads each day.

In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia, Dick Brett wrote bowling columns for the Hamilton Spectator under his own name, “Alley Action” and “Timber Topper” and for the Hamilton News, late 1940s and early 1950s, as “Picking Headpins”.