One pin eludes David Novak and a perfect game in youth tourney

David Novak, 14, of Brantford fired a near perfect 299 game in the Youth Scratch Tournament at Skyway Lanes, winning Division Five by eight pins over Christine Johnston. After starting with the 299, Novak, who has a 168 average, rolled 137 and 164 games for an even 600 triple to top Johnston’s 592, which included a super 230 game.

Novak almost became the youngest Hamilton bowler with an honour score as Matthew Lewis tripped a 299 at Skyway at 13 years, eight months on May 1, 2005.

Ryan Melanson, 177 average, topped Division Six (highest average juniors) when a 243 finish gave him a 571 triple and a 26 pin advantage over Matthew Lovell. Billy Craig, 154 average, used a 225 game to score a 610 triple and a 37 pin win over Brett Starrs in Division Four. Jerrillyn King-Russell, 124 average, was the best in Division Three as a 178 game gave her a 459 triple and a 19 pin win over Carter Bailey. Spencer Johnston, 110 average, started with a 173 game and was victorious by 29 pins over Laurie Bailey 449 to 420 in Division Two. Josh Downey, 89 average, saw a 157 game give him a 362 to 350 victory over Joey Ranson in Division One.

In junior league action at Skyway, Melanson, 17, blasted 711 and 669 (249) triples; David Doolittle, 14, had 676 with a 266 game; Colton Williams, 17, rolled a 657 (243); Nick Murphy, 19, hit 652 (245); Matt Lovell, 15, scored 625 (233); Chelsea King, 14, posted 605 (231); Billy Craig, 13, with a 153 average was plus 123 with a brilliant 276 game; and Dylan Williams, 14, recorded a 171, 172, 173 stepladder series. Thanks to Tom Johnston and June Najbor for the junior results.

In adult Skyway play, Brent Andrecyk started with 10 strikes for a 288 game and 709 triple and a 267 game for a 698 triple. Doug Schatz dealt a 752 (269), Chris King rolled 750 (278), Todd Downey hit 735 (268), Ed Maurer bowled 724 (267), Aaron Bouchard notched 707 (258), Sean Elliott had 688 (279), Ed Margueratt was 634 and yours truly with his fourth 600 of the season, hit 618.

Super singles are Sam Westlak’s 268 and 258, Ed Margueratt’s 246, 243 and 242 and Barb Hollands used six straight strikes for a 232. In a previous column listing perfect 300 games in the Skyway City Tenpin League, a fifth 300 game shooter was missing. That was Bill Lishinski who rolled a 300 game on March 5, 2007. The other four are Dave Clark, Dave Peacock, Mike Ricker and Tim Enoksen.

At Prime Time Bowling, John Cherriere twice started with nine strikes for 279 and 274 games. The fifth annual Divisional Scratch Tournament is set for Hamilton Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 25 at noon and 2:30 p.m.

In Tenpin Bowling Trivia: Three long-gone bowling magazines are Canadian Bowling Association in the early 1930s, Canadian Bowler with editor Jimmy Morris in the early 1940s, and Canadian Tenpin Bowling News in the early 1960s.