Perfect bowling dry spell washed away

800px-BowlingballAfter a dry spell of no perfect games in Hamilton – although there were a few close calls – four were rolled in less than a week, including three in 24 hours at Skyway Lanes.

Jay Jones started it off at Splitsville with a 224 start, followed by the 300, then 213 and 215 for a 952 set. His previous high games were a trio of 290s. Then, a week later it was perfection times three at Skyway Lanes. In the City Tenpin, Canada’s oldest league at 112 years, Gord Fickley followed a 396 double (206, 190) with 12 strikes for his ace and 696 triple. Also on Fickley’s team, Randy Bukowski dealt a 247 for a 667 triple and his brother Rick had a 236 for a 633. Petey Pie Haveman left up the 5-7-10 split and the next night Nick Murphy, in his return to bowling, left up the same split.

Susie Hollands report that in the P & G league, Barb Hollands spared the 3-10 split twice in one game.

Twenty fours later there were a pair of 300 games 19 minutes apart in the Brightside league. Ted Rittenhouse rolled only two strikes in a 189 first game. Then 12 strikes in a row in game two for his 300. Only three strikes in game three for a 183 and a 672 triple.

But 19 minutes later, Matt Smith used four strikes in a row in game one for a 201. Then, with twin brother Mike and dad Ron looking on as teammates, 12 strikes in a row for his 300 followed by six strikes for a 213 and a 714 triple.

Also in game two, Mike Smith rolled 11 strikes around a fourth frame spare for a 278. Dylan Herchenroder, who earlier this season collected a 290, this time recorded a 280 and 694 triple.

Almost a fifth 300 was recorded as Hamilton’s leading honour score bowler now has 36 as Art Oliver Jr. tallied his second 299 of the season at Splitsville in a 1,008 (299, 227, 224, 258) set. Although Oliver’s 299 wasn’t the fifth 300 of the week, a fifth 300 was reported as Dan O’Brien’s perfect game at Star Lanes from earlier this season was approved. There was also another 300 to report, but it was in a Skyway bowl out by Anthony Waldner.

June reports for the Skyway juniors that with a 154 average, Kenton Schatz, 16, son of Doug, earned a Century award for a brilliant 258 game. After a 207 game in league play, Austin Gottlieb rolled the first eight strikes in a practice session. Drake Kotecki, 112 average, dealt a 185, Shelbie Smith-Rizzi a 125 and Cameron Sicard was plus 70 with a 310 triple.

Top averages in the P & G league are Mick Anderer 216, Brent Andrecyk, 197, Carrie Steeves, 170, and Michelle Anger, 168. High singles are Andrecyk, 290, Anderer, 289, Steeves, 234, and Kate Hysert, 223.

In V.S.L. play, Ed Margueratt dealt four 600s in five weeks, 663 (279), 683 (267), 601 (225), and 629 (254). Pat Horton scored a 674 (245, 224, 205), Jim Margueratt almost tallied a 600 as 230 and 206 games gave him a 598, and Mike Ellis smashed a 256. A very tight fit for Jonarc high average as Ryan Dickenson is at 223, Conrad Merkir, Travis Cauley, Art Oliver and Matt Lewis, tied at 222, Steve Smith 221 and Lionel Lewis 220.

At Burlington Bowl Ron Verlaan was the best at 671 (258). Neil Pichora zapped a 612 (226, 216) and with impressive games of 200 or better were Fred Renaud, 236, Ken Clewer, 233, Sue Graves, 211, Fred Renaud, 210, Paul Bernaski, 203, and Penny Hazi, 202. Coming close were Jordan Bernaski, 198, and Dean Lashley, 189 and 184, while Barb Laczny, 111 average, moved a 390 (159). Visiting Hamilton over the holidays is former Hamiltonian George Lambert the fourth, his son George the fifth and wife Samantha.


Twenty-five years ago when 1989 was coming to a close, Joyce Campbell rolled a perfect game on the birthday of her mother, Alice. In his second ever game in adult competition, Doug Schatz also rolled a perfect game. Wendy Zielonka, at 26, became the youngest member of the local Hall of Fame. Bill Chase doubled his 139 average with a stunning 278 game. Hamilton’s oldest bowler at the time was Ed Buckingham, who, at the age of 87, had only missed three of the first 15 weeks. When he started his bowling career shortly after the start of the 20th century, most bowling balls had only one finger hole. Ed first bowled at Cooper’s, later known as Tivoli, then the Iron Duke, where every five-pin ball was a different size. Five pins were on the first floor and ten-pins on the second. In 1984 at age 82 he rolled 13 strikes in a row over two games at Skyway Lanes.

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