Chelsea King rules the lanes

Chelsea King, 17, became the 11th woman and second Hamilton junior bowler with a 300 game at Skyway Lanes.

With a 210 average, she started slowly with a 157. Then came perfection, followed by strong 235 for a 692 triple. The first Hamilton junior with a 300 was Jen Olmsted, who was 15 years old in 2001.

Other perfect women are Joyce Campbell, Val Chastney, Patti Ellis, Catharine Rowe, Connie Ward, and with two, Linda Higenell and Amy Bouchard. Only Olmsted and Rowe still bowl locally.

King, a Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School student, works part-time at Skyway as a pin-chaser, and is aiming for a United States bowling scholarship, which could be worth up to US$100,000. She will be visiting universities in Chicago, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Her friend, Valerie Calberry of Brampton, is on a bowling scholarship in Nebraska. King started bowling 11 years ago and currently practises up to 70 games a week.

King’s father, Jeremy, fired an 827 (270, 279, 278) triple almost 13 years ago, and her mother, Nancy, averaged 174 last season.

In Skyway Men’s Commercial action, Chris Cicero, 151 average, picked up a Century award for a brilliant 267 single en route to a 597 (173, 267,157) triple. Vince Iacozza Jr., blasted a 707 triple with a big 277 single while Bob Johnstone and Carmen Sarnelli each tripped 254s. In Jonarc play, Ryan Dickenson and Ray Beitz belted 289 games. Conrad Merkir stirred a 277, Doug Schatz and Mike Ellis rolled 258s, and Aaron Bouchard scored a 257.

The same day as King’s 300, Matt Lovell was plus 96 with a brilliant 278 game then tallied a 245 the next week. Ben Konyi dealt a 221 and Steven Craig posted a 211. Alexandra Amey, 135 average, pitched a 476 (167), P.J. Cheyenne-Miller, 90 average, tossed a 349 (134) and Meagan Downey, six years ago with a 30 average, rolled games of 56 and 55.

Competing as a spare at Prime Time Bowling, Ed Maurer blasted his second career 800 triple with games of 279, 268 and 254 for an 801. Super singles included Jeff Lofft (279), Matt Lewis (268), Mark Hebert (267), Shawn Anderson and Lionel Lewis (266 and 257), Marc Worothy (263), and William Parker (258).

At Bowlerama Stoney Creek, top averages are Greg Schultz, 209, Tony Palango, 207 and Corey Raymer, 203.

Back at Skyway, Teresa Boyd, carrying a 129 average, cranked a fine 207 single and Denise Margueratt spared the unusual 3-4-7-10 split. Nobby Herchenroder bagged a 692, Wendell Harrison hit a 679, Art Oliver Sr. reached 667, Tim Enoksen was good for 665, and Doug Stickney impressed wife, Carole Anne, with a 243 single.

HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA: In 1998, Bill Rowe Jr., of Hamilton, now on a one-year term as coach of the Qatar Men’s Bowling Team, was ranked as the sixth top amateur bowler in the world. In 1991, his wife, Catharine, was the World Bowling Writers Female Bowler of the Year.