Gord Howarth rolls into new year perfectly

bowleramaIn the over 50-year history of Bowlerama Stoney Creek, there had been only five perfect 300 games in 10-pin – now there are six. Gord Howarth followed a 209 first game with the 300 and avoided a letdown as happens so often, as he tripped a 231 for a 740 triple.

The first perfecto was tallied by Phil Morris on lanes one and two way back in 1971, only our second-ever after Harvey Bray’s 300 in 1963 at Hamilton Centre Bowl. What followed was a long dry spell until former manager Bruce Cockburn dealt a 300 in April 1996, and 13 months later, scored his second 300 at the 24-lane house. Less than a year later, Al Tone notched the fourth perfect game. Then another long wait until the first month of the 2011-12 season when Roy Katz was perfect.

Another former manager, Bill Ciach, threw a perfect 450 (five pins) in the 1970s. Perfect 300 games this season now total five with Conrad Merkir, Art Oliver Jr., Matt Lewis, and Jeff Easton the others. There have been no 299s or 298s, but Conrad Merkir threw a 296 and Jeff Easton a 295.

800px-BowlingballEd Margueratt has fired his sixth 600 triple in the last seven weeks with a 661 (245) in CSL play at Skyway Lanes and Mike Ellis bagged a 648 (246), and 628 (248); Derek Hannah had a 598, and Jim Margueratt scored a 213 single. Lisa Howard blasted a 245 for the Skyway ladies. Dylan Herchenroder slapped his highest ever triple in Las Vegas league action with games of 232, 237, 228, for an impressive 697. Jeff Laing topped 700 with games of 259, 212, 233 for 733 in P&G play. Tracey Rooke scored a big 650 (227, 225, 198), Paul Ward had 632 (255), Mark Winger posted 642 (243), and Mick Anderer had no open frames in a 677 (220, 241, 216) set. Super singles included Carrie Steeves, 225, Lynda Hirschmann, 213, and Kerry Fellows, 201.

Reliable June Najbor reports for the Skyway juniors that Carter Bailey stirred a 617 (187, 205, 225) and Austin Gottlieb had 563 with a 221 game. Oreston MacDonald, 60 average, improved every game with 82, 108, and 115 for a 305. Brady Renaud raised his 99 average over 100 with games of 111, 129, and 109 for a 349. Joshua Hanes, 59 average, scored a 270 triple with high games of 106 and 94 and Leigha Hanes, 33 average, slapped a 94 game. Norman Walton was consistent with games of 94, 94, 95.

The “Strike Out For A Cure” Bowl-A-Thon for the Canadian Diabetes Association is set for Skyway on Jan. 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For the Burlington Bowl Men, Rhys Westmoreland had 656 and 632 (226), Dave Perovich had 643, George Grant scored 630, John Lush posted a 626, Don Lupton was good for 602 (223). Other highlights included Rick Garant, 266, Rick Watkinson, 258, Rick Gurman, 247, Daryl Woodjetts, 244, and Steve MacKinnon, 226. Also at this 48-lane house, John Neskovic had 233, Duncan Robson, 232, Scott Charles, 230, Charlie Mahy, 229, Steve Wagg, 226, Greg Salo, 214, Murray Alexander, 211, Peter Winstanley, 210, Wanda Watson, 208, Bill Campbell, 200, and Jim Fenbow was close to a 200 with a 199, 58 pins over average.

Joey Welling saved the best for last as a 247 slipped him over 600 to a 603. Mike Fisher hooked a 220 single and Mike Scargall was seven pins better at 227. Penny Hazi was just over her 160 average with 167 and 177, before exploding for a 232 for a 576.

Matt Havens gave 800 a go at Star Lanes but came up 12 pins short at 788 (268, 264, 256). With a 129 average, Joel St. Onge-Richard was plus 174 after two games as scores of 221 and 211 gave him a 432 double. A plus-12 in game three of 141 lifted him to a 573 triple, a staggering plus-186. Mike Malecki also started strong at 225 for a 540 triple.


A nun as a pin-setter? Yes. Sister Irene set up for five-pin play at Notre Dame Academy Annex on Snake Road in Waterdown. The lanes were featured in a Hamilton Spectator story on July 15, 1998 when the balls, pins, etc. were auctioned off. They were installed in the annex basement in the early 1960s.

Hamilton’s former “Mayor of the Morning”, Paul Hanover was also a pin-setter at the lanes in the old Lister Building basement.

If a Queenston Bowl pin-boy had to take a break, owner Carl Balon was behind lanes one and two until the break was over. Why lanes one and two? They were the closest to the front counter if his service was needed there.