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This week’s featured league is the Centennial League from Boulevard Lanes.

Centennial earned the title of best league in town by having the highest average score last season. The league averaged a 197 game.

They bowl 36 weeks with the league divided into thirds. The winners of each third meet in the roll-offs, along with the team with the best overall record that didn’t win any one of the thirds. This is one of my favorite leagues due to the unique point system. The Centennial uses the 40-point system. There are ten points for each game, five points for the winning team and one point for each individual matchup. Also the team that ends up with the most total pins gets five points. New this season, there are five additional points for best individual series, equaling the 40-point total.

Each bowler receives a handicap of 95 percent based on a 220 average. The highest handicap anyone can receive is 57 pins, any average under 160 will not receive anymore than that. Anyone with an average higher than 220 does not receive any handicap.

With 17 weeks in the books already, Stenger Plumbing has earned one of the roll-off spots by winning the first third. Ardean Stone, Duane Stenger, Jerry Crilly, Dave Neemeyer, Terry Henke, Joey Stenger, Tom Kozak, Rob Brunken and Jamie Held make up Stenger Plumbing. They look to dethrone the defending champions, JnJ Vapor. Corey Rieck, Derek Birman, Nathan Bordy, Brian Wunderlich, Jason Jakub, Chris Scheel, Nathan Bernstein and Tyler Thomson bowl for JnJ Vapor.

Prior to league play on Dec. 6, Boulevard Lanes sat in first place with a 134.5-65.5 record. Ken Kozisek, Steve Reichmuth, Randy Birchem, Gary Stenger, Marlin Rieck, Keith Gottschall and Dave Westfall bowl for Boulevard Lanes. The high team game and series belong to Affordable Overhead Door with a 1,218 and a 3,476. Rob Lawrence, Luke Humpal, Paul Hansen, Jake Lawrence, Kyle Brestel, Lee Aschoff and Andy Kallhoff have bowled for that team.

Two bowlers have rolled 300 games this year. Teammates Brestel and Aschoff both have found perfection this season. Nick Leick holds the high series with a 794, set during league play last week. Patrick Meyer holds the league high average with a 221. One other stat that is kept in the league is the best win percentage for individual points. Marlin Rieck leads the way by winning 68.38 percent of his matches.

Leick ripped up the lanes on Dec. 6. The 201-average bowler set a new season high series with a 794 (+191) on games of 257-290-247. His 290 (+89) was the high game for the evening. Leick’s team, Gottschall Flooring, rolled both the high team game and series with a 1,154 and a 3,301. Leick’s teammates were Rick Gottschall, Mike Woelfel, Garrett Birchem and Shane Gottschall.

There were other noteworthy performances turned in during league play. Two other bowlers not named Leick passed the century mark as well. Jake Lawrence’s 714 series was 117 pins over his average. Rick Gottschall was 113 pins above with a 680 series.

There were eight bowlers to roll games at least 50 pins above their averages: Chris Scheel, 284 (+89); Matt Burbach, 266 (+76); Doug Adamy, 235 (+74); Brestel, 279 (+66); Humpal, 255 (+65); Craig Whitmore, 267 (+63); Sterling Staack, 237 (+58); Cody Schilling, 267 (+57). Nice bowling to one and all.

Henke was on vacation last week, so Wyatt Ellis named the bowlers of the week from Boulevard Lanes, selecting Leick, Tiffany Rerucha and Carol Nicholson. Leick had both high game and series for the men with his 290 and 794 in our featured league. Rerucha earned the ladies honor by rolling a 619 series and the high game for the week with a 267. Nicholson took home the senior honor with a 180 game and a 490 series. Shayla Long tossed the high series for the ladies with a 643. Honorable mention goes to Matt Lien for shooting 100 pins over his average with a 269 game.

John Eckholt picked Ed Brezenski, Jim Beck, Rich Morgan and Winton Gassmann as Westbrook Lanes' bowlers of the week. Brezenski shot a 258 game and a 671 series to earn a share of the men’s honor. Beck earned his share with a 265 game and a 715 series. Morgan claimed the senior pick with a 256 game and a 630 series. The fourth bowler of the week comes from the junior ranks. Gassmann became just the 11th junior to roll a 300 game. His perfect game was his second of the season, as he shot his first one just over a month ago at Boulevard Lanes.

Until next week, the entry blanks are out for the Open and Women’s city tournament. You can pick them up at either bowling center.

Bowlers of the Week

Westbrook Lanes

Ed Brezenski 258 – 671

Jim Beck 265 – 715

Rich Morgan 256 – 630

Winton Gassmann 300 – xxx

Boulevard Lanes

Nick Leick 290 – 794

Tiffany Rerucha 267 – 619

Carol Nicholson 180 – 490

Chuck McCarthy is a local bowler whose columns are featured weekly in The Telegram during bowling season.


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