Quartet smashes way to 10-pin record


The fourth and fifth team records of the season have been set at Skyway Lanes.

Earl England, 290, Ray Beitz, 279, Mike Ellis, 267, and Greg Schultz, 236, fired a team game of 1072, surpassing the previous high of 1033. Beitz was also a part of that score with a 288, along with Conrad Merkir, 279, John Cherriere, 258, and Mike Zinger, 208. Besides England’s 11 strikes in a row, Schultz and Ellis both threw seven straight strikes and Beitz tallied six consecutive aces. After the 1072, the talented quartet fired team games of 850 and 936 for a four-man team, three-game record total of 2858.

It marked the third time this record has been broken this season after earlier efforts of 2823 and 2827, beating the long time score of 2737. Their triples were Schultz, 736 (236, 255, 245), England, 734 (290, 199, 245), Beitz, 712 (279, 195, 238) and Ellis, 676 (267, 201, 208). A fourth game score of 862 left them 15 pins short of another record, the four-man team, four-game score of 3735, set earlier this season.

A pair of 299 games to report by Merkir at Star Lanes in Brantford and Jeff Lofft at Prime Time Bowling. Merkir started with the 299, followed by 214 and 216 for a 739 triple. Lofft opened with a 176, then tripped his 299, followed by 213 for a 688 triple. For both it’s their first 299 games with Merkir having five perfect games and Lofft four perfectos. Merkir was hot on another night at Star Lanes with a 724 (290, 223, 211). Practice games at Star are Merkir, 299, and Walter Balog, 300.

At Prime Time Bowling, Marc Worotny fired his first ever 700 with games of 236, 242 and 257 for a 735, then added a 229 for a 964 set. Jen Lewis, 15, with a 177 average, started with a 265, then 201, 156 and 193 for an 815 set.

Lofft surpassed 1000 by 10 pins with games of 269, 247, 237 and 257 and Kevin Picott was over 1000 by eight pins with 247, 241, 255 and 265. Other top scores are Kevin Picott, 993 (278), Crystal Maurer 970 (227, 243, 233, 267), Howard Sculnick and Ian Hazelton both at 938, and Lionel Lewis Jr. 1024 (279, 245, 263, 237) for a 230 season average.

At Skyway Lanes, Lewis Jr. smashed a 1012 (258, 259, 257, 238) to raise his average to 235. Super singles are Doug Schatz, 268, John Cherriere, 267 and Crystal Maurer, 265. The Fifth Annual Divisional Scratch Tournament is set for Sunday, Jan. 25. at noon and 2:30 p.m. at Hamilton Bowl. At the PBA Tour stop in Oregon, George Lambert of Hamilton finished 35th with a 207 average and won $1,800.

Hamilton Tenpin Trivia: Across the street from the Hamilton Herald daily paper, which lasted from 1889 to 1936 at 13 King St. W., were the Iron Duke Bowling Alleys. In 1932 bowling alleys were also called “drives”.