Skyway quartet set Canadian record

skywaylanesThe fifth Canadian record by Hamilton bowlers has been set by Amanda Lupton, Lionel Lewis Jr., Art Oliver Jr., and Matt Lewis in Jonarc action at Skyway Lanes.

They fired a 3,743 total for a one woman, three men, four-game series, surpassing by 62 pins the previous record of 3,681 set in Kingston five years ago. After starting with a first game of 853, they exploded for an almost record 1,059 second game which featured Matt Lewis’s sixth career perfect game. The 1,059 missed the Canadian record by only 12 pins. A third game effort of 870 gave them a 2,782 score. Needing a 909 fourth game, they easily managed that dealing a 961 with a 279 by Matt Lewis leading the way.

Not only did they set the Canadian record, Matt Lewis surpassed by two pins the oldest record in the Hamilton books, a 1,090 (289, 299, 234, 268) by Troy Demers on Feb. 26, 1995. In tripping his third 800, Lewis stroked games of 246, 300, 267 for an 813, then added a 279. Lionel Lewis Jr., contributed a 1,015 (222, 277, 258, 258), Oliver 891 (191, 257, 195, 248), and Lupton 745 (194, 225, 150, 176).

For the last two games, Matt Lewis had 15 straight strikes, a nine count, then finished with eight more strikes. He Lewis also has a Canadian record with a 279 triplicate.

Also having 15 strikes in a row was Brent Andrecyk with 219, 279, and 252 for a 750 in P&G play. Carrie Steeves slipped over 600 by five pins with games of 214, 203, 188. Bruce Todd pitched a 584 (243), Fred Bird a 582 (206), Bill Ryce a 517 (190), Dwight Young a 512 (211), Lynda Hirschman a 503 (184), Harry Hikida a 558 (199), Alaine Young a 464 (181), Linda Steplock a 454 (178), June Najbor a 450 (180), Sarah Craine a 412 (154), and fine singles by Kate Hysert, 214, Kerry Fellows, 201, Sheila Moser, 195, Charlie Leclair, 188, Carrie Lennox, 167, and Jim Hollands, a 186 and 491 triple.

For the V.S.L. collection of dedicated bowlers, Mike Ellis, 628 (248, 225), Ed Margueratt, 611 (216), Don Fraser, 207, Barb Roy, 184, and Jim Margueratt spared the six – seven split.

A pair of big triples in City play as Mick Anderer missed the magic 800 by four pins with 289, 241, and 266 for the oh so close 796. Tim Gamble missed 700 by 11 pin as 244, 226 and 219 produced a 689 triple.

Recently it was reported that Gary Reid Jr. fired a 734 triple at Skyway. That was wrong. It was Gary Reid Sr. who fired the 734.

Top junior at Skyway was Austin Gottlieb with a stunning 631 (207, 199, 225) with super singles P.J. Cheyne-Miller, 189 , Lindsay Pearce, 167, Brooke Nelson, 164, and Drake Kotecki, a plus-51 at 138. Robert Griffin, six years old, tripped a 408 (133, 149, 126).

In junior play at Burlington Bowl, Brianna Chrysler stroked a 609 (225) and good singles came from James Morin, 246, Ben Lynes, 215, Derek Neumann, 206, Bryan Fairbank, 205, Dean Lashley, 200, and Linda Leon, 180 and 173.

Leading the B.B. adults were Michelle Martin, 227, Mike Scargall, 200, and Laurie Morin 189.

The top league at Skyway, the Jonarc Classic, also produced fine sets from Steve Smith, 1,062 (267, 258, 258, 279), 962 (276, 264); Ryan Dickenson, 1,000 (242,,254,,246,,258) and 960 (280); and Nicole Raymer, 152 average, smashed a 244 single.

Carol Nalborczyk, 89, the widow of Emil, who was the co-founder of Skyway Lanes in 1957, has passed away in Barrie. Another co-founder, Stan Dumala, also known as “Buddy”, turns 90 in two months. Emil passed away 47 years ago and his brother, Ed, passed away 19 years ago after 30 years behind the counter. Skyway Lanes has been in the Nalborczyk family since it opened with Ed’s widow, Helen, at Skyway most days, along with bowling Wednesday nights.


Skyway Lanes officially opened on Sept. 21, 1957, with both five and ten-pins for a few years, and pin-boys. The location was chosen because it was mostly an empty lot, except for a small house. It was only going to be 16 lanes, but to make it the biggest in Hamilton, it was expanded to 24 lanes. Emil and Carol owned the Beach Road meat market and Ed was an oil company salesman and teacher before they moved to Skyway Lanes. Stan Dumala previously worked at Dofasco until 1972.

Bob Green of Winona, who rolled the first 300 at Skyway in the mid 1970s, passed away two weeks ago at 77.