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First of all, I want to thank Columbus USBC President Dirk White for his article that he wrote for last week’s bowling column.

This week we’ll take a look back to last season and check out all the top individual and team scores. All of the scores from last season can be found in the yearbook. The new yearbooks will be coming out soon. A big thanks goes out to association manager Gary Muth and the local USBC board of directors for putting together one of the finest yearbooks in the state.

The top women’s team scores from last season were shot by Gus’s Pro Shop of the Sundowners league with a 1061 game and a 2979 series. For the men, it was JP Trucking of the All-Star league setting a new city record with a 3601 series. Affordable Overhead Door of the Centennial shot the high game with a 1275.

On the individual side for the ladies, Emily Hoefer had the high series with a 740 and high average with a 211.81. Shawna Woosley’s 279 game was the season high. For the men, John Eckholt had the high average with a 242.17, while his 827 series was also a season high.

As for the men’s high game, there were 27 perfect games rolled last season by 20 different bowlers. Three bowlers had multiple 300 games. Eckholt led the way with six perfect games, while Jon Faltys and Zach Martensen each shot two perfect games.

Matt Burbach, Darin Christensen, Wyatt Ellis, Cole Fleming, Shawn Henk, Steve Hoenk, Roy Kranz, George McCarthy, Dennis Meyer, Jim Murcek, Jeff Nitz, Gerald Ortiz-Rodriguez, Robert Rurup, Brandon Silvey, Todd Szatko, Rick Zywiec and yours truly each shot a 300 game. 

In the seniors division, Barb Sampson led the ladies with a 267 game, 680 series and a 179.82 average. Marlin Rieck had the high series with a 801, while Gary Muth had both high game and average with a 290 and 215.17, respectively.

In the junior ranks, Taylor Krings claimed the triple crown for the girls with a 278 game, 677 series and a 193.70 average. As for the boys, Winton Gassmann, Landon Barcel and Tim Beisner shared the high game with a 279. Colby Dallman rolled the high series with a 720. Congrats to all the top performers from the 2016-2017 bowling season.

And now for our top bowlers from the past week. Terry Henke named Randy Birchem, Gary “Taco Technician” Slizoski and Luis Rodriguez as the bowlers of the week at Boulevard Lanes. Birchem rolled the high game for the week with a 278, while finishing with a 716 series. Slizoski shared the men’s selection with a 725 series on games of 232-258-235. Rodriguez took home the senior honor with a 202 game and a 547 series. Emily Hoefer led all the women for the week with a 235 game and a 651 series. Jeff Nitz rolled the high series for the week with a 739 on scores of 267-240-232.

Eckholt selected George McCarthy, John Heule, Connie Wachal and Steve Reichmuth as Westbrook Lanes' bowlers of the week. McCarthy rolled the high game with a 300, the 22nd perfect game of his career. He finished with a 757 series. Heule shot a 245 game and a 702 series to share the men’s pick. Wachal earned the ladies nod with a 242 game and a 536 series. The senior honor went to Reichmuth for his 717 series on games of 257-257-203. Barb Sampson had the high series for the women with a 583, Eckholt had the high series for the men with a 780.

Until next week, may you never leave a split that you can’t pick up.

Bowlers of the Week

Boulevard Lanes

Randy Birchem 278 – 716

Gary Slizoski 258 – 725

Luis Rodriguez 202 – 547

Westbrook Lanes

George McCarthy 300 – 757

John Heule 254 – 702

Connie Wachal 242 – 536

Steve Reichmuth 257 – 717

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


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