Smith ties record, Oliver breaks record

Steve Smith’s second perfect game tied the Hamilton record of 23 perfect games in a season, and Art Oliver’s ninth career perfect game set a new record of 24.

Smith recorded the first 300 game of the season at Hamilton Bowl by starting off with the 300, followed by 227, 257 and 236 for a 1,020 set. His previous 300 was at Skyway Lanes four days before Christmas.

Then Oliver, bowling as a spare at Prime Time Bowling, tacked on his 300 after 217 and 181 games for a 698 triple. The record of 23 was set 10 years ago. Second high was 18 recorded twice, including last season. There are now 275 perfect games in the Hamilton record books with Aaron Bouchard in first place with 10 and Oliver next with his nine.

Coming close to perfection were Corey Davies with a 298 at Skyway and Richard Parker with a 296 at Prime Time. Davies left up the four and seven pins when he rolled a 973 (235, 298, 214, 226) set and Parker left up the big four split for his 296. Two big games by Scott Grunau just revealed are a 297 in September and 299 in January. His triples were 742 (208, 239, 297) and 697 (193, 205, 299). Aaron Martin turned in a 300 bowl out at Star Lanes.

Several super singles in Skyway Jonarc action included Ryan Dickinson’s two 280s in a 976 set. Lionel Lewis dealt a 288, Mike Ellis had a 279, Ed Maurer rolled 276, Matt Lewis and Art Oliver Jr. hit 269 and Doug Schatz scored 259. The next week top singles were Ray Beitz at 279, Walter Balog hit 278, Mike Howard hit for 277, Ray Sakalas scored 275, Earl England and Schatz each scored 268 and E.J. Celani had a 267.

In the VSL, Jen Olmsted, 180 average, fired her highest triple ever, a brilliant 676 (237, 264,175). In 2001 she fired a perfect 300 game at Skyway at age 15, one of only three women to roll 300s at Skyway in 52 years. Rolling his 26th 600 triple of the season was Ed Margueratt with 600 (239) one week after recording a 654 (214, 206, 234). Walter Balog flipped s 665 (236) triple and 902 (278) series. Brian Ward zapped a 278, John Burke had 249 and Chris Marquette posted a 243.

The annual Hamilton adult tournament is set for the next two weekends, March 21-22 and March 28-29 at Skyway Lanes. The annual Cancer Assistance Program Bowl is set for Skyway Lanes on April 4 with Ken Welch of CHCH TV back as emcee.

In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia: Joe Nardi fired 803 (300, 290, 213) at the Rochester Lilac Tournament in 1992, claiming first in men’s singles and $22,000. Also in Rochester in 1992, Andrew Blagojevic rolled a 297.