Steve Smith keeps his hot hand in 10-pins

800px-BowlingballThree weeks after recording his second career 800 triple, Hamilton’s Steve Smith has fired his fourth ever perfect game. He finished the quad with 22 strikes in a row and missed the Hamilton record by one strike.

Jayson Legg, Ed Maurer and Stewart Shea each have rolled 23 strikes in a row. Smith finished his first game with nine straight strikes for a 257, then tripped a 199 second game. Two spares to begin game three was followed by 10 strikes in a row for a 277 and 733 triple. No stopping for Smith in his last game as 12 more consecutive strikes followed for the magic 300 and 22 strikes in a row.

Bill Hicks drove down from Brantford to Skyway Lanes and started with nine strikes for a 278 and Del Belanger moved games of 248 with the first six, and 226.

In Monday night VS. action, Ed Margueratt tossed a 268 game for a 643 triple one week and a 234 game for a 622 triple the next. Derek Hannah carded a 234, Travis Fraser, 222, and Denise Margueratt celebrated her birthday a day early by sparing the difficult six-seven split. High averages are Mike Ellis, 199, and Ed Margueratt, 198.

Sasha Lumsdon was plus 90 in one game and blasted a sparkling 224.

June Najbor is back with her Skyway juniors and reports that Carter Bailey, 172 average, bagged an even 600 (185, 212, 203); Dylan Robertson, 117 average, scored a 445 (159, 145, 141); Drake Kotecki, 97 average, served a 340 (130); and Davina Clark, 68 average zapped a 255 (105).

Splitsville junior play saw Kaitlyn Dixon, 126 average, score a 427 (159); Eric Smith, 102 average., rolled a 369 (135); and Kendra Titus, had a plus 47 with a 182 single. Burlington Bowl fine singles included Nick Klowak, 240, Rick Beckwith, 234, Adam Lilley, 226, Joey Welling, 220, Nancy McGrath, 206, Fred Renaud, 203, Colin French and Eddie Gravelle, 202, Ron Rynka, 200, and Don Lupton, 602 with 223 and 211.

With 900 sets in Jonarc play at Skyway are Matt Lewis, 994 (268, 268); Lionel Lewis, 994 (258, 257); Ryan Dickinson991 (276, 266) and 978 (264, 258); Art Oliver, 989 (288); Matt Lewis, 977 (268); Dave Custeau, 976 (288); Conrad Merkir, 952 (257); and Lionel Lewis spared the seven- ten split again. Ian Colby scored a personal high 936 (223, 255, 209, 249) set.

Wednesday action had Doug Griese starting slow with 137 and 154 before exploding for a 234. Other super singles were Doug Stickney, 200, Carrie Steeves, 192 and 181; John Christie, 189, Merk Sokolow, 188, Bill Ryce, 192, Pauline Tonaj, 180, and Charlie Blair, plus 45 at 180. “Scoop” Morris showed Phil how to do it with a 203.

Charlie Blair and Laurie Wells won the annual seniors tournament. Blair won by 16 pins over Bruce Todd with Lee Oliver and Allan Oliver tied for third three pins back. High games were Allan Oliver, 243, Al Tone, 242, and Bruce Todd, 238. Wells topped the ladies with a 15-pin margin of victory over Joan Faulds. The adult annual association tournament takes place at Burlington Bowl on March 22-23 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.


Looking for the locations of long gone bowling houses in downtown Hamilton? Connaught and Midtown at 25 John St. S.; Central, 46 King St. E., and 28 Park St. S.; Crown, 181 James St. S.; MacDonald’s, 66 James St. N.; Olympia, 42 James St. N.; Tivoli, 112 James St. N.; and YMCA at James and Jackson streets.

The Kenilworth Alleys at 10 Kenilworth were also known as Cinderella, Eagleton & Handley.

In five-pin bowling in the 1950s it was possible to have a “minus” game by leaving up the “counter” pin. No record of a minus game but a Mrs. Gurk had a “zero” game at the Olympia.

In 1999 Tim Easlick at Skyway went from 179 to 279 and back to 179.