11th Frame Blog (9/28/2017)

11th Frame By Bill Ryan  9.28.17

Everyone has heard about passing the torch – There is one torch you might not want to pass by. I am speaking about the Torch tracking and training system which Al-Mar Lanes has installed on lane 1 of its new synthetic lanes.

“If you want to improve your bowling skills we can help,” said Mickey Higham about the Torch system.

The system uses an L E D light bar over your down lane break point to train your swing to stay in line with your target. It can also be used to improve spare shooting skills. More info www.kegel.net

Mickey along with Bill Wammes, proprietor will have the Torch system running on Saturdays around noon for bowlers who want to practice and train with the system. The cost is $20 per person or $75 for a team of five to all come together to work on their skills.

In the pros

The Professional Bowlers Association recently announced plans to introduce a newly-revamped library of 16 different lane oiling patterns for the PBA’s 60th anniversary season, creating a wide variety of challenges to test players’ skills at the highest level. Several of the revised patterns will make their debuts during the World Series of Bowling X which will be held Nov. 7-19. Shows will air at later dates.

The new line-up will include eight animal patterns and seven “legends” patterns which will include those used in major championships. There will also be the “Chris Paul pattern.”

Two new-named patters wills debut in 2018. The Dragon is a 45-foot pattern in the animal library and is expected to provide a very high level of difficulty for the players. And for the first time, the PBA will have an official “house shot” design named in honor of longtime celebrity bowling partner, Chris Paul.

Find more on these at pba.com

In the leagues

There were several 700 series rolled last week including three in the American League and two in the Eagles League.

Ron Steinman had two of those 700 series, recording 722 in the Eagles and 718 in the American. Kyle Waynick notched the weekly high across all leagues with a 279 game and 771 series in the American League. Chris DeLuca Jr. had the third 700 in the American League with his 710; while Kris Kolk notched 702 in the Eagles. Kirk Starkey bowled a 279 game in his 732 in the Jack & Jill Leauge; while Brent Norris knocked down 718 pins in the Elks League Pancha Melendrez led the ladies in the Ladies Major with her 667 set. Anita Dilsaver had the high game in the league at 234 for her 589 series.

Team 4 leads the Rally’s Junior All Stars with a 19-2 record five points better than two other teams. Conner Main was high in the league with his 126 game and 327 series. Adylynn Babock led the girls with a 76 game and 175 series.

In the Bobcat 2 a Days, Avery Latta bowled a 211 for a 574 set to lead the boys; while Kelly Miller recorded a 200 and 526 to pace the girls. Latta is now averaging 203 in the league.

In the Tuesday coffee league Team 4 leads at 11-3, with three teams close behind at 9-6. Lorraine Miners led the league last week with her 201 game and 392 two-game total.

Three teams are tied at the top of the standings for the Mixed Up Guys and Gals at 10-4. They are Family Tradition, T&A and Stoudinger-Glick. Doug Trumbull had the high series with 654, followed closely by Josh Crawford, 643. Roger Pierstorff had the high game of 245 with Trumbull hitting 242. For the women, Cindy St.Peter was high with her 474 and Lori Hutton had a 187 game.

A-Split Happens leads the Jack and Jill league with a perfect 14-0 record after two weeks. Kirk Starkey is leading the league with a 232 average boosted by his 732 last week.

The East division of the American League is paced by Jug’s South at 20-9, followed closely by Thayer Ford0Nissan and BG’s Handy Man, both at 19-9. Al Smith Chrysler is atop the west division at 19-9. Kyle Waynick has the top average at 228.5 Frisch’s Big Boy N. Main has a 22-6 record atop the east standings of the Eagles League Gerdeman Insurance is one game back at 21-7. Nugle is 17-11 and leads the west division while Tin Man Heating and Colling is one game back at 16-12. Ken North leads the league in average at 226.75.

Mills Jewelry, 83-25 and Bob Lee Insurance, 61-47 lead the division in the Elks Leauge. Gary Wacheter has the high average for men at 23; while Sam Wiley leads the women at 197.9 Marsh & Marsh is tied with Beckett’s at 17-4 atop the Division 1 of the Ladies Major. Or’s Sunoco has a similar record to lead Division 2, followed by Al-Mar Lanes at 12-9. Pancha Melendrez leads the league in average at 213.4 The two-person Randy Miller league is led by Mitchell-Otte at 62.5-17.5, followed by Crusa-Miller at 49-31. Last week’s high four-game totals were rolled by Bill Wammes, 858, Shaun Crusa, 850 and Denise Miller, 848. Wammes had the high game of 258.