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Val Ciach-Link perfect at Bowlerama Stoney Creek


bowleramaIn 1976 Bill Ciach rolled a perfect five-pin game of 450 at Lucky Strike Bowlerama. His daughter, Valerie Ciach-Link, became the first woman in 2015 with a 300 as she rolled a perfect 10 pin game at Bowlerama Stoney Creek, the same 24 lane house across from Fiesta Mall. With a 204 average, she started with 171, then the magic “300”, followed by 201 for a 672 triple. Her brother, Joe, had a 300 in 1999 at Burlington Bowl.

There have been four men with 300s at Bowlerama – Phil Morris, Al Tone, Roy Katz and former manager, Bruce Cockburn with a pair. There had been 14 women with perfect games locally, -Joyce Campbell, Val Chastney, Patti Ellis, Dee Gallant, Christine Johnston, Chelsea King, Jen Olmsted, Catharine Rowe, Sioban Ryans, Connie Ward, Crystal Whitfield, Laura Wilmer and with a pair each, Amy Bouchard and Linda Higenell.

On the same day at Skyway Lanes, another perfect game by Travis Cauley at Skyway Lanes enabled him to tie Shawn Anderson’s record of four perfect games in a season. A perfect beginning gave way to 185, 200 and 236 games for a 921 set. One week later he almost had the record to himself but an eight count on his last ball gave him a 298 and 916 (298, 189, 207, 222) set. Also this season Cauley has two 800s – 806 (258, 300, 248) and 807 (259, 258, 290).

Roy Katz was almost perfect at Bowlerama Stoney Creek for the second time but a seven pin said no way and the result was a 299 game and 746 triple. Coming up three pins short of perfection was John Manel with a 297 at Skyway and a 955 (252, 297, 202, 204) set. A first frame spare by Ron Smith was followed by 11 strikes for a 290 and 972 (216, 290, 219, 247). Perfect game total this season now stands at 20 with Travis Cauley notching four and Art Oliver Jr. three.

Also with a 290 was Al Tone in a 972 (216, 290, 219, 247) set which raised his average to 219.

It has been more than five years but Ed Margueratt has recorded his seventh 700 triple or better and it just happens to be his highest triple ever. In V.S.L. action at Skyway Lanes, after an even 200 first game, a first frame spare in game two was followed by nine strikes for a 278. A four bagger and triple in game three produced a 245 for a 723 surpassing a 722 (267, 248, 207) from November 2007. The five other 700s are 720 (232, 267, 221), 719 (247, 247, 225), 713 (214, 277, 222), 710 (255, 212, 243) and 701 (248, 221, 232). He also rolled a 300 in March 2012.

On the same night, Don Fraser saw a tenth frame split give him a 243 and deprive him of his first ever 250 or better game.

Top scores in Jonarc play are Art Oliver Jr., 1016 (259, 280, 257, 220) and 1020 (248, 247, 258, 267); Lionel Lewis Jr., 1036 (279, 235, 266, 256) and 951 (266); Matt Lewis, 985 (223, 247, 258, 257); Ryan Dickenson, 977 (279, 258), 945 (259, 258, 257) and 942 (255); and super singles are Deric Curley, 289 and 279, David Adams, 287, Dickenson, 279, John Cherriere,, 277, and Ray Sakalas, 193 average, a strong 268.

In Skyway P & G action, S. & S. Hollands report that Jim Bartlett recorded his first ever 200, a 214. Charlie Blair finished with 201 and 201 for a 588, Kerry Fellows, 582 (216, 200), Phil Morris, 519, Linda Steplock, 450, Kerry Fellows, an even 200 and topping the action again was Mick Anderer at 748 (279,275,194).

Burlington Bowl’s 700s are Ron Verlann, 739 (268, 234, 237) and Dennis Parkin, 716 (248, 227, 241) with Chipper Cox close at 698 (278, 209, 211). Super singles are Adam Lilley, 246, Scott Dalley, 244, John Taylor, 222, Carolyn Gunby and Bernie Hann, 207, Sue Oxtoby, 206, Bill Jackson, 202, Steve Brown, 201, and John Maher slipped over 600 by three pins with a 213 and 210.

Back at Bowlerama Stoney Creek, Corey Raymer and Ho Chan, both with 200 averages, each rolled a season high 691 triple with Raymer scoring 211, 256 and 224 and Chan 235, 247, 209. Also with season high triples were Brian Harper, 603 (222), Rudy Van Amelsvoort, 563 (221), Albert Vecchioni, 546 (226), Doug Shortridge, 545, and Rick Squires, 146 average, tallied a season high 212. Rudolf Kloosterman, father of former Hamilton director, the late Rick Kloosterma , has passed away at age 88.

HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA

Next season Phil Morris will achieve 60 years in the City Tenpin League. The only other known 60 year member is the late Bill Bailey who reached it in 1967, and finished with 72 years which at the time was a world’s record. In honour of Bailey’s 60 years, the league renamed his team, Bailey’s Diamond. On his team were Dr. Lloyd Rymal, Harold Peace, Jack Maycock, Elmer Johnson and former Tiger football player Art Elford. He also bowled with former Hamilton Spectator bowling writer Dick Brett.

On the P.B.A. regional Tour in 1983, Bill Rowe Jr. of Hamilton fired 770 (259, 256, 255) in New Jersey and 722 (268) in Rochester. In Indiana he averaged 229 with a 280 single. The only Hamilton bowler with back-to-back 300 games is Don Schatz who fired 193, 201, 300 & 300 in Tonawanda, New York. The next year he scored another 300 in Toronto.

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