Bouchard has a hot hand in run to perfection

bowling_alleySix years ago when Aaron Bouchard fired his 12th perfect game he was so happy with it that he slipped to a 150. When he rolled number 13 two years ago, it was preceded by a 289. Now after an opening 172, Bouchard notched perfect game number 14 at Skyway Lanes. A six-count spare, in game three was followed by 11 strikes in a row for a 290 finish.

Bouchard started game four with a triple for a 191 and 953 set. In the four games he had 12 strikes in a row, a spare, then 15 strikes in a row.

Two weeks later, Bouchard’s teammate Ryan Dickenson had his own chance for perfection but a seven count – he left the 4-7-9 – on his last shot in game two left him at 297. With an opening 262 game, Dickenson had a 559 double and needing a 241 for the coveted 800 triple, he surpassed it by 27 pins as the 268 gave him an 827. Then a 216 finale for a 1,043 set.

Our fourth perfect game of the season was tripped by Bill Lishinski at Skyway where he opened with the 300 followed by 197, 191 and 224 for a 912 set. After opening with an even 200 game, Tony Urciuoli rolled 11 consecutive strikes for a 290 game, followed by a 157 for a 647 triple. Tom Johnston, trying for perfect game number four, started with 10 strikes before a “ringing” tenpin left him at 289. The two previous 300 games were recorded by Roy Katz and Steve Ferguson.

Facing the difficult 6-7-9-10 split in the tenth frame, and needing to spare it to win the game, Ed Margueratt did just that and M&M& A Smartie won by four pins in VSL action. Top average is Mike Ellis at 209 after triples of 633 and 625, followed by Ed Margueratt at 203 after triples of 605 and 600. Ellis spared the 2-4-6-10 split twice and Barb Roy and Jim Margueratt both rolled even 200 games. Travis Fraser was plus 75 with a big 218 single.

Kenton Schatz, 18, of Winona improved on his 200 average with a super 711 (238, 247, 226) at Skyway Lanes.

The annual Alibi No-Tap tournament was contested in three divisions. In “A” division, Schatz tripped a no-tap 300, along with 278 and 277 to win over Colin Duncan and Austin Gottlieb. The “B” division winner was Ilya Ziborov with Nicole Raymer second and Jorge Valdes third. Topping “C” division was Aidan Mountain followed by Damon Stanfield and Isabella Renzella.

Super singles in the Jonarc Classic at Skyway Lanes included Ryan Dickenson, 289, Bill Hicks, 288, Travis Cauley, 280, Steve Smith, 266, Crystal Whitfield, 265, Chase Oliver, 257, Ed Maurer and Bill Lishinski, 256s, Ian Colby, 247, Ray Beitz, 246, Corey Raymer, 245 and Ray Sakalas, 241.

London Lewis, six years old, son of Lionel and brother of Matt, rolled his highest game ever, a 132, on the way to a 322 triple with his 79 average. His high triple is 328 and in a practice match later, Lionel finished with 11 strikes in a row for a 279.

Burlington Bowl action featured a pair of 700s by John Stanisz 719 (279) and Shauna Corcoran 703 (289). Close to 700 were Scott Doyama, 692 (257), Harold Jacques, 688 (268), Cameron Ryerson, 685 (253), and Brian DeFrancesco, 682 (278). Super singles included Art Davies, 236, Scott Dalley and Doug Duncan, 235, Rick Fumerton, 229, Jerry Iwaskiw, 226, John Price, 224, Jim Fenbow and George Stajov, 220s, and John Waito topping them all at 266. Top three averages are John Stanisz, 207, Matt Bernard, 206, and Scott Doyama, 204, with Shauna Corcoran topping the women at 195.

Proud father Tom Johnston reports that his daughter Christine, and bowling teammates at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky, have won their last three tournaments. Christine is averaging 195 which is 44th in university rankings. She has a 300 game to her credit back here in Hamilton.


In 1976 Dorothy Green won a trip to the Women’s World Invitational Open in Baltimore, Maryland by rolling 956 for five games in Toronto. Dean Howard, 20, with a 148 average, fired a 278 at Skyway Lanes, Al Tone a 701 triple with a 278 single and Mike Zinger tripped a 680 (256). Burlington resident Wally Gay, 35, rolled his first ever perfect game in Toronto.

In five-pin trivia, in 1976, Bill Ciach, 46, manager of Lucky Strike Lanes in Stoney Creek, after 14 games over 400, including a 440, finally achieved perfection with a 450 after scores of 208 and 253. Bill’s son Joe and daughter Valerie, both have 300 games in ten-pin play. In 1972 Chester Pintwala rolled a 450 at Bar-Don Lanes. In 1976 he started with nine strikes for a 418. Mary Fletcher was oh so close with a 448 at Sherwood.

From The Hamilton Herald of March 11, 1910 is this item. “There was at the corner of John and King St. in 1852, a bowling alley. It may well be in the basement today. It was run by Tom and Jerry, Tom Young a hotelkeeper and Jerry Hogan, a clothier. The bowling alley was well patronized. There is no game so free from trickery and there is no game so healthy”.

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