Bowling

Custeau, Anderer latest to find perfection on the lanes


bowling_alleyOne month after Ryan Dickenson fired his second ever 300 game with a ball drilled by his brother-in-law, Dave Custeau, it was Custeau’s turn as he fired his second ever perfect game. After his 300, Custeau tripped 185, 226, 203 for a 914 series. His first 300 was in March 1997 while Dickenson’s was in April 2010.

Three days later, also at Skyway Lanes, Mick Anderer notched his third ever 300 game after 248 and 244 efforts a 792 triple. According to super secretary Barb Hollands, it is the first ever 300 game in the P&G league. Earlier this season Anderer threw a 290 game and 785 triple along with a 798 with 289 and 279. His two previous 300s were in April 2010, which was also three days after Dickenson’s 300, and November 2012. Mick’s father, Mike, collected a 300 way back in October 1994.

The same day as Custeau’s 300, Jim Kompare had the last 11 strikes for a 290 for an 891 series. Other super singles are Chase Oliver, 286, Bill Hicks, Lionel Lewis and Terry Mees, 279s, Deric Curley, 268, Corey Raymer, 266, Ryan Dickenson, 259 and 259, Matt Lewis, 257, Steve Smith, 257 and 256, and the week before Custeau’s 300 he scored a 289. Del Belanger, 191 average, slipped every game but still managed a 908 (248, 235, 223, 202).

When Anderer was throwing his 300, other highlights reported by Barb were Mark Winger, 274, Kerry Fellows, 234, Kate Hysert, 223, Wayne Dion, 215 and 210, Charlie Blair, 213 and 201, Rodney Brazeau, 296, Frank Bartlett with a stepladder 140, 141,142. June Najbor, 212, Jim Hollands, 210 and 208, Barb Hollands, 202, Paul Moser, 200, and Michelle Anger hit the score sheet instead of big brother Art Oliver with 614 (215, 208).

Carrie Steeves improved on her 170 average in a big way with 636 (245) and Bruce Todd beat his average by over 100 pins with triples of 651 (256) and 638.

The Skyway City Tenpin is still recording big scores in its 112th. season as evident by Mick Anderer 785 (290), 708 (268), 705 (260), 677 and 669; Mark Ward, 754 with a 284; Steve Cowie, 685 (251), 667 (245) and 667 (245); Pete Haveman, 713 (258); Randy Bukowski, 696 (248), 695 (258) and 665; Randy Latendre, 672; Ivo Colnaric, 668 (236); and John Cooper 684 (257) and 658 (255).

Three times this season Anderer has come close to his second 800 triple. The first was 821, with fantastic triples of 798, 792 and 685. He also spared the 7-10 split.

In V.S.L. action, highlights included Pat Horton 608 (224), Don Travis 593 (224), Mike Ellis 562 (222) and Jim Margueratt 542 (201).

A belated happy 91st birthday to Skyway Lanes co-founder Stan Dumala. He was inducted into the local hall of fame in 1986. Grandson Gary Reid has three perfect games and Gary’s wife, Sherry, currently bowls Mondays at Skyway. Lou Higenell, a dedicated Skyway Lanes bowler and father of Brenda and Linda has passed away at age 80. Linda is currently living in the U.S. and is one of only two Hamilton women with 300 games. Amy Bouchard is the other. Linda had a 300 in Wisconsin in 2008.

Topping the Splitsville Juniors was Louis Kiss, 180 average, 638 (205, 223, 210); Colin Duncan dealt a 205; and Devon Manning, 65 average, 110 and 103 games. With averages between 82 and 93, Emelia Delves and Michael Demerchant scored 138s; Ryan Morrow, 131; Petton Delves, 118 and 116; and earning the Century award was Morgan Walker, with a 183 game that was 103 pins over average. More details on a pair of 300 games at Splitsville by Tom Johnston and Len Garinger Jr. next time.

HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA

For over 40 years the City Tenpin League put out a small booklet for each bowler with a “caption” or “motto’ on some. They included, “Where Good Fellows Meet”, “A League of Good Sports”, “Bowl and Make Friends”, “Bowl for Health” and in 1942 an appropriate “Bowl for Victory.”

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

For many years due to shift work, teams were permitted up to eight on a team.

Linda Higenell’s pair of 300 games at Burlington Bowl were on Oct. 31, 1987 with 205, 183, and the 300 for 688 and on Feb. 23, 1988, with 223, 300 and 179 for 702. Amy Bouchard was perfect on Feb. 17, 1998 with 233, 139, 300 and 245 for 917, and Aug. 31, 1999 with 187, 211, 158 and 300 for 856, both at Hamilton Mountain Bowl.

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