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Dickenson, Cauley end month-long perfect score drought


bowling_alleyAfter one month without an honour score in Hamilton, there were three in just two days along with a close call a week before. Starting it off was Ryan Dickenson at Skyway Lanes with career 300 game number two – the first was April 2010. After a 224 beginning, Dickenson tallied the perfect score, then started game three with four more strikes before a split stopped his run at 16 strikes in a row. A 239 and 195 finish left him with a 958 set.

Thirty minutes after Dickenson’s 300, Deric Curley finished game three with nine strikes for a 269 and 811 (279, 263, 269) triple. In the first two games, Curley rolled 11 strikes, stopped only by a fourth frame spare in game one and a fourth frame split in game two. A 215 fourth game lifted him to a 1,026 set.

Two months ago Curley came close to an 800 with a 789 (298, 245, 246). The 811 is the first in Hamilton this season after 10 last season.

The next day at Splitsville, Travis Cauley started off his night with a 300 – his second 300 of the season – followed by 224 and 257 for a 781 triple, then a 189 for a 970 set. Last season he finished the campaign with a trio of 800 triples, 801 (299), 821 (279) and 804 (289) in just 11 days.

The close call was registered by Bill Lishinski, when, trying for perfect game number three, a soft hit left the unusual 2- 4- 8- 10 split and a 296 game and 911 (222, 296, 171, 222) set.

Perfect game total with the season half over stands at 11.

Ryan Dickenson’s teammate and brother-in-law, Dave Custeau, tripped a 258, Terry Mees a 266 and Aaron Bouchard scored 256 and 255. Earlier this season, Dickenson smashed a 1,028 (222, 269, 258, 279), Custeau a 981 (267, 258), Steve Smith a 964 (268, 259), Aaron Bouchard a 960 (256), Travis Cauley a 959 (279), and Crystal Whitfield a 949 (256).

In Sunday night action, Brian Ward exploded for a 705 (236, 234, 235). In V.S.L. play, Pat Horton had 674 (245), 660 (257, 224) and 613 (216) while Don Fraser collected a 622 (235), Ed Margueratt a 629 (254), and 624 (213), Denise Margueratt was plus 70 with a 201 game for a 517 (201, 156, 160) triple and keeping it in the family, Jim Margueratt had a first ever 178, 179, 180 stepladder series with a strike on the last ball.

When Travis Cauley was rolling his 300 at Splitsville, John Cherriere smoked a 980 (269), Jason Jones posted 957 (258), Matt Lewis had 916 (259), Conrad Merkir a 279, Tom “Mister T.” Johnson scored 268 and Bill Hicks a 258. Top scores at Burlington Bowl included Ron Verlaan, 671 (258), and Neil Pichora, 612 (226) with 200s by Fred Renaud (236, 210), Ken Clewer (233), Sue Graves (211), Paul Bernaski (203) and Penny Hazi (202). With a 123 average, Linda Leon was plus 107 with a 476 (171).

For the Skyway Monday Knight Ladies, Brittney Tolsma, with a 157 average, earned a Canadian Tenpin Federation Century award for a brilliant 259 game on route to a so close 599 triple. Lisa Howard used a 265 single to post a 662 triple and Aleta Manning saw a 264 give her a 631. Karen Nicol dealt a 234 single.

For the VSL group, Ed Margueratt scored his tenth 600 of the season, a 614 with a 224 single to raise his average to 198.

First year bowler Rob Gombos started with a 62 average in week one and is now at an 88 pace after a 373 (103, 136, 134) triple. With 600s were Stephen Hagerty, 667 (210,236,221), Mick Anderer, 685 (265) and 618 (224), Mark Winger, 655 (246) and 645 (248), and Wendell Harrison, 624 (246) and 601 (206). With a 268 was Brent Andrecyk, Wayne B.N. Dion tripped a 559 (217) triple, John Frewin finished with a 205, Amy Anderer, 544 (194), and top gun was Rich Miller with a 710 (233, 242, 235). Barb Hollands likes doing things in pairs. She recently spared a pair of 3–10 splits in the same game and then last week fetched a pair of 170 games.

HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA

With Ivor Wynne stadium now history, only memories and a few pictures remain of a tenpin bowling match on the field on Friday Aug. 5, 1988 with former Tiger-Cats Ron Howell, Bob Krouse and Dave Marler.

In 1988, Paul Duncan of Hamilton competed in the National Football League Superbowl Tenpin Tournament in Boston and won a trip to Hawaii where he finished in the top ten. Of the 48 bowlers competing only three were Canadian. January in Hawaii, watching a football game and bowling: It doesn’t get better than that!

In March 1980, Jim Kompare rolled a perfect 300 game and Wayne Webb bowled a perfect (five-pin) 450 game. In 1980, Don Wira of Hamilton rolled a 296 in Sarnia, 290 in Hamilton, 289 in Mississauga and a 278 in Cincinnati.

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