Schatz perfect – not once, not twice… but three times


Five days before Christmas, Doug Schatz gave himself an early present and established Hamilton Tenpin history by rolling a pair of perfect 300 games in a 1,086 (238, 300, 248, 300) set at Skyway Lanes. Five weeks later he was perfect again, number six, in a 926 (236, 226, 300,164) set.

The 300 was number 19 this season, 14 behind last season’s record of 33.

A pair of 290 games ay Skyway lanes received attention. Chris Marquette and Art Oliver Jr., in a 1,051 (225, 290, 278, 258) collection, impressed the lanes.

The 75-year-old man who rolled a 300, and 747 triple – mentioned here – in an unsanctioned league last week was John Kersteins. The oldest bowler in the United States with a 300 is a Wisconsin man who fired a 300 three weeks ago at age 88.

In Skyway Jonarc action, pin leaders included Ed Maurer, 985 (247, 246, 223, 269), Earl England, 973 (181, 247, 279, 266), Matt Lewis, 963 (256, 246, 224, 237), and Aaron Bouchard, 961 (214, 257, 255, 235). Super singles came from are E.J.Celani, 278, Roy Ward, 268, Chris King, Steve Smith and Dave Custeau, 266, and Rob O’Byrne, 255. Brent Andrecyk, who earlier had 16 straight strikes in a 754 (231, 247, 276) triple, continued his hot shooting with a 730 (235, 249, 246). His other 700s this season are 752 and 705.

Another hot Skyway shooter is Nobby Herchenroder with a 736 (213, 254, 269) after a 737 (265, 266, 206) last week. Gary Reid Jr., fired a 679 (245), Sean Elley had a 650 (235), George Reid recorded 629 and Mark Winger scored 269.

The annual Cancer Assistance Program Bowl is set for April 10th at Skyway.

In Skyway junior action hot hands included Nick Murphy, 653 (233), Kyle Gilmour, 639 (235), Christine Johnston, 232 and Matt Lovell, 227. Stroking her second ever 200 was Laurie Bailey with a 207.

The juniors at Star Lanes in Brantford are also tossing super scores as Bill Hicks reports Dylan Williams with a 253, Mike Scargall had 247, David Novak hit for 235 and 226, Adam Henly, 12, rolled 211 and 203, and Charlee Hill, 11, scored her first ever 200, a 205.

At Prime Time Bowling, Gary Hyde started with eight strikes for a 278. At the Pro Bowlers Tour stop in California, Hamilton’s George Lambert is seventh after five games with a 226 average.

The annual association tournament for youth bowlers is Feb. 27-28 at Skyway Lanes and the same tournament for adults is late March at Burlington Bowl and Prime Time Bowling.

HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA: With triples of 700 common place these days, in the 1950s only four men rolled 700 or better. They are Bert Hillock, Andy Toth, Gabe Bihary and Gord McGaver. The 1960s saw 14 men with 700s with the highest a 781 by Paul Coates and 731s by Hal Schatz and Andy Toth. Unofficial triples from 1915 – that’s right 1915 – have Les Slater at 736 (275, 257, 204) and Harry Shaver 732 (217, 278, 237).