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Long standing four-game record toppled


bowling_alleyBill Hicks, who started bowling at age 20, waited 34 years until the ultimate happened. The former Hamilton’s Men’s Association President recorded the elusive 300 game at Splitsville Centre in his fourth game of the night for a 931 series. Three weeks later he started game one with 10 strikes before a solid nine pin denied him perfection again with a 289 game.

But there was no stopping the Brantford resident in game two as 12 strikes in a row led to another 300 game and an impressive 589 double. Then he changed lanes and tripped a 192 for a personal high 781 triple followed by a 226 for a 1,007 series and a 212 average for the season.

For 18 years, Troy Demers’ four-game record of 1,090 has survived many challenges with several 1,080 or better recorded including one by Al Tone last November. Then Matt Lewis finished his fourth game with eight strikes for a 279 and 1,092 set, which included a 300 game. Four months later Travis Cauley gave it a go with a 1,060 (244, 258, 299, 259) at Splitsville. Four days later, Cauley stood at 821 (267, 279, 275) after three games at Skyway Lanes. In the crucial fourth game he started with six strikes, then a single pin spare. Needing four more strikes to set a record, he did just that, followed by an eight count for a 277 and a record 1,098 series.

In the four games, he rolled 41 strikes, one open and two spares. One week later Cauley fired his third 800 triple in less than two weeks with games of 247, 268 and 289 for an 804 at Skyway to give him a 230 average. No other Hamilton bowler has ever recorded a trio of 800s in one season. Cauley accomplished his in only 11 days. One week before this amazing streak began he scored an 1,032 (236, 269, 258, 269) at Skyway. The oldest record is now Bill Rowe Jr’s 852 (275, 277, 300) from April 2001.

Art Oliver Jr. continues to shine with 1,030 (267, 276, 268, 219) at Splitsville and 1,004 (268, 234, 258, 244) and 1,008 (287, 238, 268, 215) at Skyway. Just over two years after Marcel Barrette was perfect at Burlington Bowl, Mannix Delaire rolled 12 strikes in a row and scored a 722 (204, 300, 218) triple. Brent Andrecyk turned in a 300 bowl out at Skyway and Ron Hill came up three pins short of perfect at Star Lanes with a 297. Another 300 at Star but it was unsanctioned.

Margaret Frame from Hamilton’s east Mountain had high triple with 439 (169, 142, 128) and second place overall at the Special Olympics Five-Pin Invitational in Mississauga.

John Stanisz is pleased to report from Burlington Bowl that Jim Fenbow, with his 152 average, finished with a strong 203 for a 544 triple. Jamie Martin started with a 503 (236, 267) double en route to a 661. Colin Gunn shot a 645 (242), Carol Shrubsall, 611 (234), Mike Fitzgerald, 597 (234), Dave Perovich, 595 ( 255), Frank Hribjan, 594 (221), Dennis Parkin, 591 (234), and with 200s were Nancy McGrath, 215, Allan Gowling, 210, Kathy Gurman, 209, Robert Ebert, 209 and 204, David Roick, 208, Teresa Potter, 202, Jerry Kennie, 201, Norm Bothen and Scott Dalley, 200s, and Geddes St. Hill, 253, 221 and 205 for a super 679.

June is back with the Skyway juniors as Brady Renaud, 103 average, had a 385 (139, 123, 123), Ashley Nelson, 122 average, rolled a 198 single, Shelbie Smith-Rizzi, 89 average, tripled a 331 (126), Preston MacDonald, 72 average, totalled 287 (116), Davina Clark, 70 average, had a 282 (112), Dylan Robertson, 120 average, was good for a 424 (162), and Allan Nelson almost doubled his 34 average with a 67 game. Consistent was Drake Kotecki with 121, 125 and 123.

For the Splitsville juniors, Harizah Elias, 11-years-old and carrying a 125 average, scored a 508 with a 186; Kendra Titus, 12, dealt a 182, Nathan Elias, 10, a 376 triple, and eight-year-old Emelia Delves, 51 average, was plus 125 for her three games.

For the Jonarc collection at Skyway, lovely games were Wayne Clark, 288, Art Oliver, 287, Lionel Lewis, 279, Aaron Bouchard, 277, John Cherriere, 269, Conrad Merkir and Matt Lewis 268s, Jack Luke and Crystal Whitfield, 266s, Deric Curley, 262, and Ryan Dickinson, 973 (258).

Highlights from Thursday action at Skyway included, Crystal Whitfield, 990 (267, 262, 247, 214), John Stenekes 942 (285, 226, 227, 204) and Ron Smith, 900 (203, 206, 205, 286). Pacing the VSL mighty 16 were, Mike Ellis, 258 and 221, Travis Fraser, 224, Chuck Ellis, 221, and Jim Margueratt 201. Mike Ellis has high average at 199.

TENPIN TRIVIA

At age 93, a Texas woman switched to an eight pound ball and spared the “Big Four’ split and a 101-year-old Florida man fired games of 257 and 211.

The oldest bowler ever was a 107-year-old New York state man last season while the oldest woman was 103. A Michigan man fired a 224 at age 104. Hamilton’s oldest bowler was Russell Lee at 95.

The 24th perfect 900 triple has been fired in Delaware. The first 900 was in Nebraska in 1989.

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