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Updated: 6/27/2008 - 2:42 PM

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A THUNDERBALL IN THE MAKING: Alfie Brigham has his eye on the ball and maybe some help for his dad, Al, whose team last week was fourth in the Mens League standings.
Beverlea Walz photo
By Hans Schmid

The Sparks & Spares started the week against the Thunderballs needing a big win. Despite Lance Willumsen's carrying the S & S with his high series of the week of 515 and high game of 195, the

S & S were held to a 7-point win. Jim Olinkiewicz's 475 series was the third high for the week. Unlike Denny Clark, I knew Keith Clark wouldn't roll over. For the Tballs, Keith rolled third high game of 181 and second high series of 489 for the week. Bob Reylek rolled the second high game of 188. A tough break for the S & S as Ian Weslek went on the DL, missing the last two games of the season.

Talk about rolling over, it appears that the Terminators did so this week, allowing the Clippers to escape out of last place. With only three bowlers, the Clips came away with an 11-point win. They did this by themselves without the help of Steph filling in a spot.

Behind the leadership of George “Slick” Ehrman, the Misfits had a 7-point win over the Captain Spaldings. This win keeps them in the running for a final second place position. George, tying Keith's third high game, rolled 72 pins over his average. For the second week in a row George earned Bowler of the Week honors. For the Misfits, Pete Needham picked up the 8-10 split.

Due to poor preseason scheduling, the Pharmaceuticals had the week off.

Week 23

Team:    W    L    PCT.    Pins

Pharmaceuticals    146    74    .664    58461

Sparks & Spares    137    83    .623    57982

Misfits    132    88    .598    58217

Thunderballs    117.5    102.5    .534    57573

Terminators    99    121    .450    57699

Louie's Clippers    76    144    .346    52523

Capt. Spaldings    73.5    146.5    .334    55667

Kontje and Fabs sweep most honors

By ‘Phantom' Fay Walker

In like a lion, out like a lamb. That's what Betty Kontje showed us the week before Easter. Fabulous Five captain Betty tore up the alleys with a turkey and a strong 169 game, 58 pins over her average. Her second game was tamer at 141. Her third game was most modest with a 127, bringing her in at 104 pins over average for her series. With her handicap she made high bowler with a handicap score of 623.

Pin Pals bowled the Odd Balls early Sunday. In the first game OB's Kelly Michalak and Lee Oliver played mark for mark and found two ways to get to the same score. Pals captain Theresa Andrew tried everything she could for a turkey, but she still bowled an extra 40 pins and took the first game. Odd Ball Mary Beth Phillips bowled a second 147 for the second game, but the Pals took it with only 4 pins. Theresa tried for a turkey again as did Ceil Surerus, but Lee Oliver swept in with all her boldness and stole the last game for the Odd Balls. Lee left not one frame open for a score of 189, making her highest scratch bowler of the week. She also took high handicap game and most over average with an extra 72 pins.

Later that night, the Guttersnipes played the Fabulous Five. The Snipes didn't have a chance; the Fabs were on fire. Besides Betty's beautiful bowling, Donna Cass added some heat, marking all but two frames and bringing in a 184 game in the first. In the second game, Jackie Brewer and Donna both bowled in the 170s. Essie Simovich brought it home in the last game with a hot 170 even. The Fab Five took team weekly honors for scratch game, scratch series, handicap game and handicap series. Jackie Brewer took honors for high scratch series. The Fab Five almost had a full sweep of the weekly honors. If only Lee Oliver hadn't bowled so well and taken those last three titles.

Monday we had Spare Us and Paint by Numbers. The Paints had a 6-mark lead that they used to their benefit in the first game. Spare Us got up off their haunches and took the second game by 3 pins. Ellie Labrozzi and Sue Klenawicus of Spare Us took turns trying for turkeys in the last game, neither reaching their goal. Ellie beat Sue out by 1 pin, but both pulled out the win for Spare Us. They only took 8 points and left 3 for the PbNs.

Tuesday was a quick night for the Rockettes and Brick Laying Babes. Both teams had only three bowlers. Babes' Shelley Clark-Rohde and Laura Marcello each bowled 30 pins over average. Shelley got the 5-8-10 split in the eighth frame. All that fancy bowling helped take the first game. In the second frame of game two, Shelley got another split, the 2-3-10. The Babes started to lose momentum and no one made a mark in the sixth or the seventh frames. On the other hand, Sherri Surozenski of the Rockettes had her team doing the Seven Dance. Sherri opened only two frames and took the second game. The last game was bad. Neither team was able to make its average but the Rockettes did take the win. The Babes lost their hold on first place.

We are down to the wire now — there is only a month left. We still have six contenders for first place. Bowl your hearts out ladies.

Week 24 team standings

Team    Won    Lost    Pins

Rockettes    150    114    30533

Spare Us    149    115    36745

Brick Laying

     Babes    147.5    116.5    33725

Guttersnipes    140.5    123.5    34451

Pin Pals    140    124    28816


     Five    138    126    36918

Paint By

     Numbers    118.5    145.5    34068

Odd Balls     72.5    191.5    33435

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