The 2008-09 bowling season has come to a close and for me personally, the end brings mixed emotions. Perhaps I should be glad that it is over, because I struggled much of the season. My average was nearly 10 pins lower this year than last.
Each week I waited for my game to return to normal (whatever that may be) and like tomorrow, the day just didn't come. Then, without warning, things started clicking.
Of course, there was only a month left in the season by then. I had only four 600 series all season, but three of those happened in the last four weeks. Now you know why I have mixed emotions.
My team did not fare as well this season as last. I suppose my struggles had something to do with that. We failed to make the roll off. I could argue for more teams to be in the one night "winner takes all" format, but since more teams in my league made it than didn't
The season did see some remarkable personal accomplishments. As usual I would like to highlight those achievements. Let's start with the ladies individual scores.
Robin Dickman topped the 700 plateau again this season by firing a 704 series. Dawn Davis just missed that magic number by throwing a 696 set. Brenda Birmingham shot 673, Beth Jones 672 and Janice Young 616.
For the first time in Heritage Lanes history, a female shot a perfect game. That honor goes to high school junior Samantha Wiley. Other top games for the season belong to Robin Dickman (266), Maryanne Boehler (252), Dawn Davis (246), Carla Siebenaller (244) and Brenda Birmingham (244).
Jamie Davis will get a patch from USBC for converting the 7-10 split.
Carl Bishop had the top series score for the men this year, as he tied the Heritage Lanes record of Mark Baxter by shooting a whopping 846. Steve Steinmetz Jr. and Randy Bishop each topped the 800 mark by firing 802 series. Ben Hoyda came close, as he shot 795.
Carl Bishop and Ben Hoyda each had two 300 efforts on the season, with one of Hoyda's games coming in the Sportsman League roll off. Others to shoot 300 this season were Rich Yates Sr., Gary Golden, Steve Steinmetz, Jr., Dave Hohman and Aaron Sherman. Two others came oh-so-close, as Matt Kerschner shot 299 and Tim Krupp 297.
Carl Bishop converted the 7-10 split and Mark Phillips the Big Four (4-6-7-10).
If you are looking for a name that might well show up on league honor rolls in the future, try Zach Gaietto, who fired a nice 650 series in Saturday Morning Major play.
Now let's salute the league champions for 2008-09. R&I Construction took the Alley Cats title. Team members included Peggy Start, Karen Mates, Margie Watford, Deb Cessna, Mindi Miller and Kristi Elchert.
Tiffin Moose took the Sportsman League crown, as Ron Yentzer, Phil Neikirk, Rich Yates Sr., Rich Yates Jr., Ben Hoyda and Ken Butturff Jr. took center stage. Robins Klassic Karaoke nabbed the top spot in the Imperial-Majorette League. Bowlers for the songsters included Steve Steinmetz Jr., Jeff Potts, Steve Steinmetz Sr., Katina Steinmetz and Brian Jakupca.
Buy Me A 12-Pack won both halves in the Twilight League and avoided a roll off. Team members included Nate Lofay, T.J. Morrow, Wes Smith Jr., Chad Snyder and Aaron Johnson. Gary Shane, Sue Coppus, Phyllis Swander, Ryan Coppus and Mike Coppus representing Bascom Fertilizer took the Rocket League championship.
The Sunday Night Rock N Roll League winner was the Bad Boys, consisting of Bob Steele, Skip Steele, Jim Hershberger and Kit Spanfellner. Fluff U won the Big 8 League title as Denny Angelbeck, Ben Hoyda, Dan Grover, Rich Yates Jr. and Alex Wagner get the hardware.
Heritage Lanes won the Wednesday Morning League crown with Dave Jumper, Beth Jones, Dale Dickson, Justin Dickson and Chris Rhodes throwing the rock. The Westgate League champs were Landers Photography. Chris King, Dave King, Joe Steinmetz, Ken Bauman and Jim Hershberger made up the team.
Congratulations to all the teams who won league titles this season. I know I have missed a few leagues and I do apologize. I guess you will have to settle for the trophies and prize money.
So the bowling season is over and now its time to start chasing the little white ball around. No mixed emotions on that front. I'm ready to tee it up.
Al Stephenson is The A-T's bowling columnist.
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