Trio bring perfection closer record mark

The first-ever perfect games by Ron McGuigan, Ryan Dickenson and Mike Howard at Skyway Lanes has raised the season total to 26. McGuigan saved the best for last adding his 300 to 213 and 197 efforts for a 710 triple.

Then it was Dickenson’s time as he followed a pair of 246 games with his ace for a 792 triple, and then added a 208 for 1,000 even in 10-pin play. Two days later, Howard took the spotlight after 208 and 206 games, rolling his gem for a 714 triple.

The 26 aces is seven under last season’s record of 33.

Century award winners are Marie Hudacek at Skyway, with a 280, and Butch General at Star Lanes at 287. Susie Hollands reports a 755 (226, 267, 262) in P&G play.

Five other men rolled 11 consecutive strikes resulting in a pair of 299s, a 297, a 290 and a 275.

Tim LaCroix left a two pin for his 299 in a 708 (195, 214, 299) triple at Skyway Lanes. Louis Sturm left a four pin for his 299 at Prime Time Bowling en route to an 889 (227, 299, 202, 161) set. One hour before Sturm’s 299, Richard Parker left up the 3-6-10 for a 297 and 913 set (297,191, 226,199).

Steve Smith rolled 11 in a row for his second 290 of the season at Splitsville in a 744 triple and Mick Anderer followed a first frame open with 11 strikes for a 279 game in City Tenpin action at Skyway. With a 157 average, Mark Matthews was plus 156 with a 627 (226). Top average in this 108-year-old league is 224 by Tim Enoksen, who also has a 288 game, with Anderer and Mike Ricker tied at 213.

Along with Dickenson’s 300 in Jonarc action, Art Oliver Jr. blasted a 1,014 (240, 268, 259, 247), Scott Grunau had a 985 (279, 257) and Ed Maurer recorded a 965 (289).

Aaron Bouchard reports 279 super singles from Matt Lewis and Dickenson; Earl England hit for 278 and 265; Rob O’Byrne and Crystal Maurer each scored a 269; Steve Smith was good for 268; Bouchard posted 268 and 264; Dave Custeau, Doug Schatz and Dee Gallant all rolled 267s; John Cherriere had a 266; Tim Enoksen posted a 264; Mike Ellis was good for 261; and E.J. Celani and Jack Luke showed 252s.

Top average is Oliver at 230.

Back at Prime Time, Mark Hebert started with 10 strikes for a 285 and 931 set while Oliver used a 266 to build a 942.

At Splitsville, top singles are Peter White, 279; Brad Male, 275; Bob Carter, 264; Shawn Legg, 256; Joe Drake, 264; Nick Gagliardo, 247; and Kevin Clarke, 241.

At Whitehorse Lanes, Cherie Ensminger, 102 average, smashed a 415; Hans Lutzi was plus 106 at 463; and Joe Joseph was plus 102 at 471.

Hamilton oldest active tenpin bowler, Russell Lee, has passed away in his 96th year, a couple of months after he stopped bowling in the Skyway Seniors league. The oldest bowler ever was a Florida man at 106. The oldest active Hamilton five pinner was age 100 from Sherwood Lanes.

TENPIN TRIVIA: In 1860, the 19-year-old Prince of Wales rolled a few games in Niagara Falls. He later became King Edward VII. Five years after Joe Carter homered off Mitch Williams to win the 1993 World Series, Carter beat him 588 to 488 in a charity bowling match in New Jersey. In Jacksonville Florida, 18 private homes have bowling lanes.