This week ‘In the Zone’: Small leagues roll up big numbers, too
The NRV SuperBowl has had a large number of league bowlers and specialty leagues in 2012. There are senior leagues, youth leagues (even bumper leagues), a woman’s league, a blind league, traditionally large open leagues and even a Ball and Chain League (not restricted to husbands and wives).
Some of the leagues have as many as 36 teams while some are smaller in team numbers. This week, I will focus on those smaller leagues – teams of 10 or less – whose individual performances are nevertheless outstanding.
Let’s begin with the youngest league. Todd Jones and Andrew Carney were atop the boys leaderboard in the Bantam/Prep League. Brianna Boyd dominated the Jan. 28 session on the girls side.
Jones had the high game with a 198 score. Carney had a pair of solid performances with his scores of 168 and 167. Jones, Carney and Brandon Turman had the high series totals with totals of 510, 482 and 466 respectively.
Boyd’s games of 184, 146 and 140 set the stage for her league high 470 set among the girls. Boyd was joined by Makinsey Armstrong and Nikki Keith for top series scores.
In the 10 team Oldies But Goodies Senior League, Brian Atkinson paced an array of talented bowlers with a 207 game. Roger Thompson and Cecil Sowers continued their solid winter season with individual games of 195 and 188.
Larry Tryon had the high series with a 536 series. Atkinson added a 532 series and Bill Smith finished the Thursday league on Feb. 2.
Pat Swain led both male and females with her 218 and 211 games as well as her 589 series. JoAnn Britt, who is a member of the NRVUSBCA Hall of Fame, added to 190 game to battle her daughter for high game honors.
Judy Dowdy’s 538 series and Evelyn Melia’s 504 rounded how the high scoring trio in the league.
The Friday Night Church League, which is one of the longest running leagues at the SuperBowl, was led on Jan. 20 by Timmy Turpin with a 234 game. Don Strock rolled a 227 game and a league best 586 series.
The Wednesday Open League was paced by Josh Rickman and James Newman with matching 202 games. High series went to Newman. Other solid performances were turned in by Rodney Quesenberry and Doug McPeak.
Jessie Farley led a trio of highly competitive women who battled for high game honors. Fairley’s 226 game edged Karla Gragg who recorded a 211 game. Cindy Perdue added a 195 game.
The three ladies battled for high series honors as well. Gragg defeated Fairley by six total pins while Perdue added a solid 552 series.
In the Sunday Triples League, Carl Bishop had games of 278 and 226 to pace the eight team league. Danny Collins rolled a matching 226 game on his way to a 632 series. Bishop also set the high mark for series honors with his 682 set.
Amanda Collins was the top scoring female in the league with her 253 game. April Reed and Collins added 200 games to the Sunday session.
In the SuperBowlin’ Ladies League, Brenda Jones rolled a 193 game to lead the league on Feb. 6. Jean Cook added a 177 game and Marianna Fillmore added a 174 to the mix. Jones, Fillmore and Mary Ann Cole had the high series in this six team league.
Obviously, the size of the leagues do not affect the quality of top bowling performances.
Congratulations to all of the competitors. Until next week, good bowling to everyone!!!
-Randy Thompson, special to The Burgs
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