In the first week of the bowling season in Jonarc action at Skyway Lanes, Travis Cauley struggled for a 126 before changing balls and exploding for his fifth perfect 300 game.
Super singles came from Aaron Bouchard, 269, Allan Oliver, 265, Jason Stevens, 258, Matt Lewis, 255, Crystal Maurer and Ian Colby, 246s, David Adams, 232, Corey Raymer, 228, and Scott Grunau, 225.
The City Tenpin league, which is in its 109th season, saw Bill Lishinski start with 10 strikes for a 289 game and 683 (226, 289, 168) triple. Rick Bukowski finished with 10 strikes for a 280 game and 692 (280, 237, 175) triple. It looks like Bill and Rick ran out of steam in game three.
With consistent games of 247, 238, and 224, Matt Glidden posted a 709 and Randy Catendre started strong with 269 for a 667. Strong games were tripped by Randy Bukowski, 245, Tim Gamble, 244, and Mike Ricker, 236, while Phil Morris, who is a veteran of the league, tallied a 186 all-spares game. Before the City men take the lanes, the VSL is in action and Jim Margueratt started with a 224 in game one while Derek Hannah stirred a 216, Ed Margueratt, 204, Brian Cooper, 201, and Don Fraser, 199.
Nobby Herchenroder missed 700 by only two pins in Westinghouse action at Skyway with games of 225, 258, 215 for 698. Jeff Laing tossed a 674 (226), and a 210 game, Nobby also had a 647 (237) outing while Doug Stickney, 643, (239), Ed Margueratt, 635, (207, 215, 213), and Ron Elliott, 604 (223), impressed. With strong singles were Kyle Marquette, 245, Art Oliver Sr., 222, and Wendell Harrison, 219. In a family affair, Klaus Herchenroder and his son, Mark, and grandson, Dylan, all posted 213s. Fred Bird also had a 213.
High averages honours for last season went to Matthew Lewis at 226 and Catharine Rowe at 208. High triples included Randy Park and Shawn Anderson at 816 and Tegan Male with a 736. With 300 games were Marcel Barrette, Ray Beitz, Joshua Colwell, Jeff Easton, Mike Garinger, Ray Havens, Ron Hill, Roy Katz, Matt Lewis, Edward Margueratt, Art Oliver Jr., Russell Ross, Jason Stevens, and Marty Stokes.
Aleta Manning left a seven pin for a 299 for women’s honours. Most improved were Russell Dee at plus 41 and Stephanie Gillis at plus 22.
First tournament on the schedule for this season is the youth no-tap at Bowlerama Stoney Creek on Oct. 21 with the adult seniors set to go at Skyway on Nov. 25.
With the beginning of a new bowling season, it is worth remembering a dedicated tenpin bowling supporter who passed away 18 years ago this month, Ed Nalborczyk.
From 1965 until his passing in 1994, Ed was either behind the counter at Skyway Lanes, golfing at Southbrook or looking to land the “big one”. Before coming to Skyway, he was an oil company salesman and a teacher. During his 29 years at Skyway, Ed was always supportive of his Skyway bowlers and even went out of his way to cheer them on in various tournaments. Two examples are the World Championships in Finland in 1987 and the American Zone Championships in Kansas in 1989 where he went out of his way during a vacation with his wife, Helen, and showed up at the lanes late at night to see ”how his bowlers were doing.”
Helen still bowls Wednesday nights.
Four months before his passing, he fired his first and only 600 triple in tournament play in Mobile, Alabama. Ed’s picture is still proudly displayed behind the counter at Skyway Lanes.
HAMILTON BOWLING TRIVIA
The first two perfect 300 games during the 1994-95 season were tallied by Mick Anderer and Tim Barrell. Bill Rowe Jr., won the men’s all events at the Commonwealth Invitational in Victoria, B.C., and his future wife, Catharine Willis, was second for the ladies. Ed Buckingham retired from bowling at age 93. Matt Drugan rolled his second 450 five-pin game at Sherwood after a 450 four years earlier at Waterdown Lanes. Five pin bowler Blanche Hill, who retired from bowling at age 100, turned 103.