VSL, Jonarc crown league champions at Skyway Lanes

Two more Skyway Lanes leagues have declared their champions. It took a one-game roll off in VSL play for Mo’s Morons to claim first place over the Steel City Slickers. A five-six split conversion by Maureen Cooper enable her, Derek Hannah and Brian Cooper to win by eight pins over Don Fraser and Roger and Barb Roy. High average winners were Ed Margueratt, 191, and Jen Olmsted, 166.

Top triples were Derek Hannah, 643, and Ev Olmsted, 516, while super singles were Jim Margueratt, 222, and Denise Margueratt, 210. Most improved bowlers were Dan Lieberman and Jen Olmsted. The John Rees Memorial Trophy was presented by Lynda Rees to Ron Olmsted.

A last-week, four-game sweep in Jonarc action gave Doug Schatz, Shawn Anderson, Art Oliver Jr., and Scott Grunau the title by one point over Aaron Bouchard’s team. The winners were helped by Oliver’s sets of 1003 (286, 257, 258, 202), Schatz’s 985 (246, 249, 249, 241), and Anderson’s 983 (241, 257, 238, 247). The 801 by Oliver for his first three games is his second 800 of the season and the seventh of his career. He threw an 812 last month and he also has a pair of 300s for an overall total of 15. Ryan Dickenson finished with 280 and 278 for a 1005 set, Chase Oliver ran down a 920 (247) and Bill Lishinski scored a 275. The week before Scott Grunau dealt a 991 (257, 256) and Ray Sakalas was plus-111 at 286 for a Century award. Thanks to Aaron Bouchard for the season scores.

Wanda Ward reports these top scores from Skyway’s Sunday Nite League. Brian Ward was tops with his 713 (244, 257, 212) and Mark Ward tripped a 663 (221, 206, 236) and a 289 game while Paul Ward tallied a 632 (213, 203, 216) and a 257 game. Jamie Rogers smoked a 678 (215, 269, 194), Tracey Rooke 649 (230, 255,174), Norm Walker 614 (259,178,177) and John Burke started with a strong 246 for a 640 triple.

Oliver Jr. wins bronze at Canadian Tenpin Championship

Art Oliver Jr.

Art Oliver Jr. of Hamilton has won the bronze medal at the Canadian Tenpin Federation National Championship at Classic Bowl. George Lambert the Fourth, formerly of Hamilton, now living in Texas was fifth and Joe Ciach, formerly of Stoney Creek now living in Mississauga, was sixth. In the last match of the tournament, Oliver finished with six strikes to defeat Lambert 228-201. During the competition there were two perfect games and a 299.

Mark Hebert at Splitsville Centre came up three pins short of perfection with a 297 game en route to an 838 (175,187, 297,179) set. It is Splitsville’s second 297 of the season as Joshua Colwell has the other. John Stanisz collected a 296 at Burlington Bowl earlier this season. There were nine unsanctioned honour scores of four games of 300, two 299s, a 298, and a pair of 800 triples this season. Christine Johnston spared the difficult seven-ten split at Splitsville.

Hamilton Bowling History

Twenty eight years ago… Connie Dreher captured her sixth Canadian singles title in five pin play in Newfoundland. Jim Jeffrey rolled back-to-back 1000 triple – 1014 and 1032 – in five pin play at Bar Don. The late Earl Anthony averaged 221 for 10 games during a stop at Hamilton Mountain Bowl with high games of 262, 258 and 255. Jim Margueratt rolled a 171 triplicate at Skyway. Former Spectator bowling contributor Bob Coulter left three consecutive “Big Four” splits at Skyway. Al Tone won six matches in a row in Buffalo’s Beat The Champ TV show.