By Bill Ryan
There are a lot of theives in bowling leagues. No. I’m not talking about money nor merchandise, rather I’m talking abou the theft of something very valuable, the TIME of other bowlers.
There are some fair and legitimate reasons why a bowler may not be up and ready to bowl at their turn, but those are few and far between. More often than not, it’s the lack of paying attention that it is one’s turn to bowl.
Some bowlers may need a bathroom break, and that can be forgiven within reason. There are other times when smokers drift outside for a quick hit or 10. However, it has been my experience that most of the smokers do not abuse the time and plan to go for their smoke breaks between games when there is a little more time.
There are others that just plain ignore and don’t care that they are holding up the rest of the bowlers on their pair of lanes. Decades ago, it used to be the custom that the lead-off bowler of a team would not throw the first ball in a new frame until their anchor bowler had thrown their first ball in the previous frame. That custom went out 20 fashion trends ago. Those things generally work themselves out as the game progresses. If it’s your turn … bowl. It’s just that simple. There is no rule nor reccommendation to wait, so please don’t.
It is now expected that when it is your turn, you should be up and bowling. By not doing so you are wasting up to two minutes each frame. With 30 frames in a 3-game league that adds up and is not unusual to see one team or another be regularly 20 to 30 minutes behind other teams in the same league. With nine other bowlers on your pair of lanes, on a five-person team, one bowler can easily steal that time from the others adding up to the theft of an accumulation of three
Everyone’s time is of value. Some bowlers may need to get to work after bowling, or get home to their family or to watch their favorite television show or sporting event. Whatever the reason, why do you think you should steal their time from them? There is no legitimate answer. Team captains if your lead-off has a penchant for this blatant waste of time, rearrange the lineup and get that problem elsewhere in your lineup. Everybody can get sidetracked now and then. We are all guilty of this from time to time, but when it happens frame after frame, game after game, week after week, on a regular basis, you are a thief and when you steal my time, that is time that I will never get back. You’ve robbed me of that precious commodity. Stop it.
Walter Ray comes to town
There are a limited few openings left for the upcoming Walter Ray Williams Jr. bowling clinic to be held at Al-Mar Lanes on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $79 per person and this is an excellent way tosharpen your game. For younger bowlers who may not know Williams is a 7-time professional player of the year and the all PBA career money leader and title holder. He is also a silver certified coach. Don’t be shut out reserve your spot in the clinic soon.
League highlights through Oct. 7
- Jackand Jill:
Steve Burton, 289, 717; Kirk Starkey 258, 674; Billy Malik, 602; Steven Hoodlebrink 269; Women: Cindy StPeter, 186, 531; Brandi Binion, 191, 467
Standings: VinChar, 16-5; A Split Happens, We’re Broken, St.Peter and Binion-Stephenson, each 14-7
- DiagonAlley Cats,bg
Make Hachtel 128,334; Tim Brackenbury, 143, 301; Women Erin Hachtel, 123, 356; Gina O’Hare, 328; Robin Cagle,120.
Standings: Cagle, 12-9; Hachtel and Lapolt-O-Hare, both 11-10
- MixedUp Guys and Gals:
Josh Crawford, 264, 703; Jeff Sayre 618; Bob Johnson, 606; Stretch Stevems. 275’ Dave Dohanos 224; Women; Lori Hutton, 216,581; Andrea Blasius, 489; Tonia Blair, 474; Betsy Johnson, 193; Judy Lee, 179.
Standings: Time to Strike and Bowling for Booze,both 18-3.
- Bobcat 2 a Days:
Easton Duncan, 279; Conner Main
Standings: Boys Avery Latta 51 wins; Tyler Bowen, 44.5 wins Girls Kaylee Gonyer, 39; Savanah Garner, 34.
- Rally's Junior All Stars:
Conner Main, 126, 323; Easton Duncan, 258; Dakota Blasius, 97; Girls: Kyleigh Leu,92, 264; Adylynn Babcock, 75, 212.
Previous Week:Easton Duncan, 279; Conner Main, 271; Mason Melendrez, 107' Benito Baldonado, 102; Girls: Madisyn Duncan, 115, 292; Kyleigh Leu, 100, 250.
Standings: Strike Kings, 26-9; Three's Company, 22-13.
- Ladies Major:
Cheyenne Kolczynski, 234, 653; Mary Ann Dimick, 208, 591; Lori Hutton, 220, 574; Yogi Wammes, 544; Pancha Melendrez, 201.
Division Leaders, Marsh & Marsh, 25-10; Groom Room, 25-10
Brian Close, 268, 652; Dave Koons, 689; Gary Wachter, 675; Ryan Spangenberg, 279; Jay Haas, 278.
Division leaders: ASD Remodeling 40-2 and Cardiac Kids, 27-15
- Randy Miller Doubles (four games):
Kris Kolk, 875; Shaun Crusa, 237, 840; Joe Kolczynski, 267, 839; Jordan Franks, 236.
Standings Kolk-Wammes, 76.5-43.5; Crusa-Miller, 70-50
Ryan Spangenberg, 259, 714; Kyle Waynick, 256, 689; Mark Gruhlke, 686; Ron May, 672; Mickey Higham, 257; Jay Samelak, 256.
Division leaders, ASD I Remodeling 31-11; Gerdeman Insurance and South River Mechanical, both 24-18,.
Tony Iler, 659; Terry Leek, 245, 659; Jordan Franks, 245, 636; Gary Aring, 257; Women: Mallory Fritz, 188, 531; Yogi Wammes, 198, 528; Dawn Poirier 591 Celia Johnson-Aldrich, 206.
Division leaders, Iler, 110-52 and Palmer Excavating, 92-70.
- Tuesday All Stars: (two games)
Anthony Cicigoi, 159, 303; Will Dieter, 272; Thomas Binion, 263: Girls: Emily Lantz, 161, 283; Madison Ward, 269; Isabella Ewuzie, 151..
Standings, Team 12, 15-5; Team 6, 13-7
- Tuesday Coffee (two games)
Juanita Huss, 174, 222; Cathy Lowry, 165, 320; Phyllis Morelan, 293; MaryLou Martin, 172.
Standings: Team 7, 23-2; Teams 3 and 10, 20-5
- Monday All Stars (two games):
Conner Main, 149, 286; Jake Fletcher, 151, 270; Paige Wolf, 172, 272; Chloe, McGiffin,265; Isabella Starkey 139
Standings: Teams 14 and 15, both, 15-5
- Fantasy Doubles:
Brian Close, Eagles, 268, 752; Women, Cheyenne Kolczynski, 234, 653.
Standings: Kolczynski-Kolczynski and Steinman-Steinman, both 14-1.; Dilsaver-Close, 13-2.