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Art Oliver Jr. rolls near record 848 triple


bowling_alleyArt Oliver Jr. used a Hamilton record 24 strikes in a row to almost surpass Bill Rowe Jr.’s 14-year-old record 852 (275, 277, 300) triple.

The front five and the last six led to a 279 opener. In game two he again finished with six strikes for a 269. Twelve more strikes in game three, for an overall run of 18, gave Oliver his 20th perfect game, and fourth this season. His 848 (279, 269, 300) triple is Hamilton’s second highest behind the 852.

Game four started with another six strikes and the 24 in a row record, before an eight count stopped him en route to a 246 for another near record 1,094 set, missing Steve Smith’s 1,100 (255, 278, 289, 278) from last month. Oliver now has a Hamilton-leading 20 perfect games, seven games of 299, a pair of 298s and 10 triples of 800 or better for 39 honour scores.

Travis Cauley has 27, Lionel Lewis Jr. 21 and Aaron Bouchard 20. The four perfect games this season by Oliver and Cauley tied Sean Anderson’s record. Oliver’s 24 strikes in a row is one better than the 23 by Jayson Legg, Ed Maurer and Stewart Shea.

Late season 200 games from the Skyway P&G league include Kerry Fellows, 216 and 201, Jim Bartlett, 214, Charlie Blair’s pair of 201s, and Gord Evans, 200. End of season biggies from the VSL are Mike Ellis, 669 (238), 632 (234), and 612 (218); Ed Margueratt, 636 (236) and 631 (243); Pat Horton, 653 (235), 632 (222), and 619 (248); Don Fraser, 627 (244, 234) and 599 (225); and Travis Fraser, 233. Super singles for the Jonarc men are Terry Mees and Bill Hicks, 279, David Adams, 267, Jason Plumbley, 265, John Giordano, 263, 253, and Del Belanger, 257.

Burlington Bowl’s outstanding games are John Neskovic, 256, Adam Maduri, 245, Daryl Woodjetts, 235, Bill Campbell, 234, Dean Lashley, 230, David Musgrove, 216, Sherri Gregoire and Rob Ebert, 214, Ed Orlowski, 213, Wayne Langlois, 211, Norma Walter, 204, John Taylor and Harold Blake, 203, Keith Cameron, 201, and John Taylor, 222 (after a pair of 133s).

At Bowlerama Stoney Creek, Roy Katz followed up a 299 game two months ago with a stunning 750 (269, 257, 224) triple. Val Ciach-Link, who rolled the first 300 by a woman at the lanes, fired a season high 706 (248, 246, 212) triple and with an even 700 (220, 225, 255) was Gordie Howarth. Stephen Born was two pins better with a 702 (191, 257, 254). Super singles were Walter Balog, 245, Mario Giordano, 233, Sandra Guthrie, 225, Tom Beckingham, 212, John Leger, 209, Debbie Whitfield, 204, Stephanie Colvin, plus 54 with a 174, and Joel Conron missed a Century award by two pins with a 250. A big 254 single gave Ron Link a 630 triple.

HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA

In June 1986, Don Schatz rolled back-to-back 300 games in Buffalo and less than one year later, rolled another 300 in Toronto where Bill Rowe Jr., also was perfect. In May 1986 Loretta Wallace rolled a 299 at Burlington Bowl after games of 147, 167, 173 and in April 1987 Val Chastney fired a 298 after 184 and 211. When Ed Buckingham, 92, retired from bowling in 1994 with a 115 average, his bowling shoes were 40 years old.

At 12 Kenilworth in east Hamilton the bowling lanes were known as Cinderella in 1928, Handley in 1934 and Eagleton in 1941 as the proprietors named the lanes after themselves. The City Tenpin League at Skyway Lanes is 113 years old and it took 85 years before their first honour score, a 298 by Mike LaCroix on April 6, 1987 when he blasted a 760 (246, 298, 216) triple.

After 50 years in the league, Art Elford was finally on the winning team in 1974.

The first reference to bowling in Hamilton is in the City Council minutes of Sept. 28, 1838 as a request was received for a “licence for bowling alley”.

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