Close, but not quite perfect, games fired by Tenpin Bowlers


There has been 11 perfect games rolled this season, but there has been many close calls as evident by four 289 games, a pair of 288’s and a 285.

At Skyway Lanes, Nick Murphy started with 10 strikes in junior action before leaving a four pin for his 289 and a 718 (235,194,289) triple. Also starting with the first 10 at Skyway for 289 games were Sunny Lockhart & Ryan Dickenson. At Prime Time Bowling, Lionel Lewis Jr. also had the first 10 for his 289 game to go along with efforts of 280 & 279 on other occasions. The 288’s were recorded twice by William Russell with the first 10 strikes at Prime Time and back at Skyway, Dave Dyson left a big split after 10 strikes for a 285 game. For the first nine at Prime Time were Dee Gallant for 279 and a 718 triple and Art Oliver Jr. & Shawn Anderson for 278.

Back at Skyway Lanes, Mark Ward smoked a 750 (266,219,265), Luke Muilwyk 719, Mike Ellis 658 (243), Ed Margueratt 650 & 637, Jeff Lang 644, Aleta Manning 640 (237), Fred Bird 624 and before enjoying holidays down south Joe Borkovic dealt a 683 & Chris Marquette 676. Nobby Herchenroder edged brother Mark 259 to 257 and other fine singles were Derek Hannah 267, Val Noble 248, Mary Scandlan 247 & Karen Nicol 236.

In the Happy Gamg Mixed League, Al Berg reports that Sean Elley started with nine strikes before a four pin refused to fall for a 279 game and 642 triple. The 279 is the highest ever in this Wednesday night league.

At Burlington Bowl, Mike Braet 723 (232,212,279), Todd Downey 707 (245,206,256), Bob Graham 705 (248,194,263) & Duncan Craig with a 138 average, 558 with a 238 high game for a CTF Century award.

In the annual Mixed Doubles tournament at Prime Time Bowling, Lil McManus, 80, bowled with her great grandson Matthew Lewis, 16. Bill Rowe Jr. flew to Las Vegas for a tournament and proceeded to turn in a near perfect 297 game.

In Edmonton at lanes in the West Edmonton Mall, Jules Soetart, 77, became the oldest person in North America to roll back to back perfect 300 games. He is also only the sixth person to Canada to roll consecutive 300’s.

In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia, on Buffalo’s popular Beat The Champ TV show in 1982, Wendy Zielonka lost by 40 pins as her opponent threw a 289 last game, and Don Wira lost by 87 pins as his opponent tossed a 280 last game. Wendy’s sister Laura placed fourth in singles with a 636 (217,246,173) triple in the 1984 WIBC tournament in Las Vegas and won $1300. Debbie Downs won $700 for her 632 triple.