Perfection ‘strikes’ on first night of city bowling tournament

If I have learned one thing from all the years of watching local keglers compete in the Tiffin City Bowling Tournament, it would be to expect the unexpected. Perhaps the most typical comment during the week is to complain about lane conditions or bad breaks. Rustan Burks wasn’t harping about either of those things on opening night as he fired 12 consecutive strikes for a perfect game during singles competition.This year marks the 84th edition of the Tiffin Men’s Bowling Association sponsored city tournament. Singles and doubles start the week for the men and Burks was determined to make his mark. He started with a 192 game before rolling 188 in the second.He saved his best for last as the 300 led to a 680 series. With handicap he lodged a 731 total that was, believe it or not, only good for second place on the evening.

The leader after one night is Shawn Hoover, who rolled games of 172-181-201. With handicap, Hoover sits atop the leaderboard with 734.

The rest of the top five include Jim Ruess 696, Jack Berrier 687 and Steve Norman 685.

In the doubles portion Steve Steinmetz Sr. and Steve Steinmetz Jr. lead the way with 1,313 total pins. The younger Steinmetz shot 647 while ad rolled a 618. Paul Landers (615) and Tyson Shope (641) also broke the 1,300 plateau rolling a 1,304.

Mark Orians and Daryl Elchert with 1,281 pins rank third, while Jim Archer and Rustan Burks hold fourth at 1,278. Fifth in the standings thus far are Mike Shock and Aaron Scott with 1,277.

The 75th Tiffin Women’s Bowling Association City Tournament started with team competition. Too Much To Drink shot 2,983 to top the list. Body Works had 2,854 to rank second. Nita Doran has the high game of the tournament thus far with a 192. Carla Siebenaller and Heather Butler are tied for the high series with identical 492 efforts.

The women have another night of team competition before turning to singles and doubles while the men do just the opposite. Will Shawn Hoover’s 734 stand up? Will we see some more great scores?

If you are like me, you know what to expect. Check tomorrow’s A-T for the results from the second night of action.