It was a family affair for the winning team in the City Tenpin league’s 112th season, as the four Lacroixs – Brent, Tim, Mike, and Matt – also known as Team Krank – edged Mount Hope Heating & Cleaning by one point and Lakeport Orphans by two points in claiming the top prize. The Mount Hope quartet were Jerry Wicks, Roy Ward, Ivo Colnaric and Bill Lishinski; with the Orphans were Mark Ward, John Cooper, Chris Hicks, and Steve Cowie.
Mick Anderer was an easy winner for high average as his 224 was more than 10 pins higher than Mark Ward’s 212 and Pete Haveman’s 211. After only two bowlers surpassed 200 last season, this season eight were over 200, including Steve Cowie at 200.8. Top average in “B” division was Chris Hicks at 185. High triples in “A” division was a 785 by Anderer with Haveman next at 775 and Ward third with 757. A 680 by Colnaric was the best in “B” division. When Gord Fickley threw a 300 game it assured him of high single over Anderer’s 290, Haveman’s 287, Ward’s 284 and a trio of 278s by Matt Lacroix, John Cooper and Brent Lacroix. After a 139 average last season, Len Pierce was plus 30 this season at 169 for most improved.
To prove his dominant season, Anderer also recorded 11 triples of 700 or better, 18 triples of 600 or better and only five triples in the 500s. Eighteen times Anderer rolled a 250 or better game with a 290 high. With Anderer’s 11 triples of 700 or better leading the way, 32 triples of 700 or better were recorded.
With one week to go in the V.S.L. at Skyway Lanes, there was a three way tie for first. With a season high 627 (244, 234) triple by Don Fraser leading the way on the last night, the Steel City Slickers – Fraser, Barb Roy and Travis Fraser – edged the Bag Full of Hammers of Frances Earl, Pat Horton and Mike Ellis by one point. After a last night 631 (243) triple, his 15th 600 of the season, along with a career high 723 triple, Ed Margueratt captured high average at 198 with Ellis next at 197. Ellis tallied a 749 triple and singles of 289 and 287 while Margueratt tossed a 279. Top women were Denise Margueratt with a 142 average, 517 triple and 201 single, and Barb Roy, 139 average, 529 triple and 201 single. Most improved were Fraser, at plus 12, and Denise Margueratttat, plus nine. Thanks to Lynda Rees from the V.S.L. for her support.
HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA
In 1987 after a 116, Sam Gualtieri rolled his first of four 300 games.
In 1972, Harold Milford rolled a 169 triplicate and two weeks later his wife Mary rolled a 159 triplicate.
Steve Cowie is one of the few bowlers to convert both the 7 – 10 split and the 4 – 6 – 7 – 10 split.
Before Lucky Strike lanes was in operation in Stoney Creek, another Lucky Strike Lanes was in operation at King and James in 1920.
Linda Thompson, formerly of Hamilton now living in Wisconsin, fired four perfect games in Detroit in the early 2000s.
In 2005, Tim Enoksen rolled games of 298, 299 and 300, plus an 800 triple in only two months.