Gamblers, Guaranteed Skyway champions

Two more Skyway Lanes leagues have crowned league champions.

For the Thursday Commercial, George Sarnelli reports that Gamblers composed of Mark Barbieri, Chris Cicero, Anthony Scandinavo and Vince Iacozza Sr. and Jr. were No. 1. The Gamblers were followed by the Soprano’s, Carstar, Quality Trophies, Wright Men, and the XMen. High average went to Vince Iacozza Jr. at 199.

Topping the Sunday Jonarc Classic for both the first and second halves were Guaranteed with Mike Ellis, Scott Grunau, Doug Schatz and Chris King. On the last day, Aaron Bouchard smashed a 967 (227, 269, 244, 227) and with 278s were Schatz and King.

On the last night, top shooter in Prime Time Bowling’s Monday Classic was Travis Cauley at 1,061 (258, 279, 256, 268). Matthew Lewis blasted a 981 (268) and with super singles were Brian Vandelan, 279, John Cherriere, 278, Lionel Lewis, 275, and Matt Lewis, 268 and 981 series.

At a YBT Tournament in Mississauga, Matt Lewis, who turns 20 in September, fired a 299 game and 981 (239, 246, 197, 299) series.

At the Pan Am Championships in Mexico, Hamilton’s George Lambert won two bronze medals in teams and trios and averaged 213 for 24 games. He made the round of 16 but lost to U.S. Pro Bill O’Neill. Art Oliver Jr. averaged 203 for his 24 games. The Masters Champ by 115 pins was Dan MacLelland of Windsor who also won four silver and one bronze medal.

Canada almost had its first ever perfect 900 series as a Quebec teenager fired 300, 300 and 282 for an 882. He started with 34 strikes in a row before leaving five pins, and then hit two, for a 282 and the 882. There have been 19 sanctioned 900s in the U.S.

MacLelland also dominated the Canadian Nationals in Montreal as he topped the field of 142 men by over 300 pins with a 220 average, which also included a 300 game.

Hamiltonian Art Oliver Jr., was ninth with a 201 average and high games of 246, 244 and 244. Also from our city were Travis Cauley, Matt Lewis and Bill Hicks. Lambert missed Montreal due to the passing of his grandfather.

Caroline LaBrange dominated the women, also winning by over 300 pins with a 208 average. Crystal Maurer placed ninth with a 190 average and 246 high game while Sioban Ryans was 19th.

HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA: Hamilton’s first certified 700 was fired by Bert Hillock in April 1953. But according to a 1959 story, Les Slater hit a 736 (275, 257, 204) and Harry Shaver 732 (217, 278, 237) in 1915. Super singles back then at the Hamilton Bowling and Athletic Club on James St. N. were Hughley Hope 296 (left up the “big four” split) and H. Taylor 290.