Dickinson powers 813 series; Speer shines with 662
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Steve Dickinson has been overshadowed most of the year by other bowlers earning the headlines on weekly high scores, but, as the Victoria City Open Tournament draws near, the defending champion's game has ramped up.
Christine Speer has also demonstrated her ability to score with an excellent 268 high game, contributing towards the women's week high 662 series.
Speer added scores of 192 and 202 during Sugar & Spice competition for her big total.
During Sundowner League pin action, Dickinson was masterful with games of 278, 289, and 246 contributing towards a USBC award-winning 813 series. He started the second game with 10 strikes before a 9-pin count on the 11th ball stopped his bid for a 300 game.
This was Dickinson's 10th career 800 set, and he also rolled a 686 in another league for another good week on the lanes.
Mike Osterson posted the second high set with a great 277 game, contributing towards a 738.
Ray Polensky and Ron Gabrysch tied for the third high total with sets of 697. Gabrysch rolled a 279 high game in his total, and Polensky posted a 249 high.
Other scores of note for the men were Abel Garcia (691/652), Mike Wortham (690), Kenny Schupbach (681), Shawn Miller (673), Cory O'Brien (267-672), Miles Michalec (669), Justin Tweedle (257-665), Robert Pfeil (266-665), Randy Vivero (661), Tom Crowe (268-659), Brian Hyden (255-654), John Figueroa (267-651), Steve Zeplin (259-649), Darryl Mergele (266), Glenn Pitts (265), Abraham Flores (258), Duane Hayward (254), and John Rodriguez (253).
Carri Lee was also on target for the women with a 235 game and 639 total. Lori Heil broke the 600 mark with a 228 game, helping towards a 603 set.
Trudy Wortham, with a 584 set, and Jesseca Thomas, with a great 256 game, scored well.
Vera Cruz Restaurant bowlers for the week were Steve Dickinson (813, Sundowners) and Rebekah Martinez (699, Monday Mixed).
The annual Victoria USBC Open City Tournament entry deadline is midnight March 9. If you have not signed up, do so for a very competitive handicap tournament.
A couple of weeks ago, Pete Weber won the most challenging major title in bowling - the U.S. Open - for a record fifth time. He moved ahead of two bowling icons, Don Carter and his dad Dick Weber, who have four Open titles.
The final game against Mike Fagan went down to the last ball with Weber needing a strike on the last ball for a 215-214 victory.
While we can admire P.D.W.'s bowling greatness, his behavior towards some fans in the audience leaves a lot to be desired.
Jason Belmonte (Austraila) defeated Chris Barnes 243-213 in last week's GEICO Shark Open for his second World Series of Bowling title in three weeks.
Barnes was coming off a 300 game when he entered the final game. He matched Belmonte with strikes for the first three frames before three straight 10 pin leaves and a 7-10 split derailed his chances.
The next television broadcast of the PBA Tour will be on March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN for the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.
WOODLAWN DUO 1ST G SPOT Men: R. Pfeil 266-665/582; R. Gonzales 224-614; J. Holland 236-564; D. Jenkins 233-553; WINTER SUNDAY STRIKERS 1ST FOUR BALLS/TWO SPLITS Women: A. Nevarez 212-571; Men: T. Campbell 244-631; L. Hall 607; E. Smith 235-569; R. Silgero 236-564; D. Dye 553; OVER THE HILL 1ST CHALLENGERS Women: C. Goode 515; R. Roemer 508; Men: A. Garcia 239-691; J. Figueroa 580; S. Gritta 576; B. Buzzell 526; M Mathieu 520; MONDAY MIXED 1ST HANG THIS Women: N. Mergele 556; D. Stroud 544; J. flores 525; S. Garrett 213; Men: M. Redding 225-634; B.J. Rubio 234-618; T. Payne 609; T. Wash 581; J. Mayer 580; S. Dickinson 573; B. Redding 566; M. Lane 564; S. Kocian 562; K. Bryan 553; C. Flores 552; D. Padgett 552; B. Luerssen 551; RED RIVER 1ST RANDY'S RAIDERS Men: J. Tweedle 257-665; R. Vivero 258-661; T. Crowe 268-659; A. Garcia 237-652; M. Wortham 247-643; D. Blohm 235-639; S. Snow 237-633; K. Schupbach 226-632; L. Stroud 234-628; J. Cavazos 231-626; J. Matson 225-621; D. Marques 616; M. Stacy 225-609; D. Erdelt 230-608; J. Wittenburg 247-605; R. Martinez 247-597; L. Caballero 596; D. Matthews 589; S. Zeplin 586; J. Rodriguez 253-585; G. Mason 229-579; M. Ochoa 245-571; J.P. Reyna 553; SPRING GUYS & DOLLS 1ST PIT CREW/HONEY BADGERS Women: L. Heil 228-603; Men: M. Osterson 277-738; R. Kalmus 243-653; J. Figueroa 233-607; M. Mathieu 231-584; S. Gritta 577; E. Gonzales 561; SUGAR & SPICE 1ST Women: C. Speer 268-662; C. Lee 235-639; T. Wortham 218-584; M. Bonuz 570; D. Stroud 521; P. Jackson 519; L. Kurtz 519; Men: M. Wortham 243-690; K. Schupbach 228-681; B. Hyden 255-654; J. Figueroa 267-651; S. Zeplin 259-649; G. Pitts 265-628; J. Tweedle 225-627; M. Svatek 233-626; D. Flores 246-616; M. Rodriguez 600; J. Martinez 587; M. Osterson 587; J. Cano 236-586; J. Nevarez 578; R. Vivero 578; H. Johnson 237-570; R. Fissler 570; J. Gamez 561; B. Jackson 557; B. Hilbig 557; W. Lorance 552; CAPTAIN'S 1ST PURPLE ACES Women: J. Brown 513; J. Lambrecht 510; M. Curton 202; DOW LEAGUE 1ST Women: N. Matchett 201-548; E. Fuhrman 516; Men: J. Rhymer 235-622; P. Bowland 224-606; J. Molina 593; J. cuellar 227-591; W. Conaway 574; M. Rodriguez 572; B. Banda 568; J. Rodriguez 563; L. Fuhrman 559; B. Horelka 551; SUNDOWNERS 1ST HAVE FAITH Women: J. Sanders 213-572; J. Thomas 256-569; N. Mergele 546; K. Lovel 542; P. Robles 542; C. Wilson 526; D. Gabrysch 526; R. Martinez 521; J. Sims 521; Men: S. Dickinson 278-289-813; R. P. Polensky 249-697; R. Gabrysch 279-697; S. Miller 237-673; C. O'Brien 267-672; M. Michalec 236-669; K. Stacy 234-644; A. Flores 258-640; M. Stacy 233-633; D. Matthews 246-630; M. Unger 228-626; R. Brotze 626; G. Hatter Jr. 237-625; T. Pfuhl 611; D. Mergele 266-601; A. Hempel 598; B. Marques 596; D. Lovel 226-594; L. Boyd 226-588; H. McLemore 582; T. Bennett 578; D. Reissig 577; S. snow 573; J. Smith 571; B. Korczynski 564; G. Mason 563; J. Blount 562; J. Glass 560; E. Fingers 558; D. Garcia 557; J. Guerra 555; G. Hatter Sr. 552; FRIDAY MIXED 1ST BS NO WHAMMY Women: K. Garcia 216-572; C. Speer 548; N. Schmidt 541; Men: S. Dickinson 247-686; K. Blake 226-634; D. Hayward 254-622; D. Matthews 604; A. Hall 230-603; C. Aiken 244-596; B. Kitchens 595; S. Zeplin 587; M. Cantu 579; C. Flores 578; B. Mooney 572; J. Nevarez 568; R. Silgero 564; J. Hernandez Sr. 559; J. Tweedle 550; CENTURY YOUTH 1ST AMY & THE PINHEAD Girls: B. Koebrick 187-484; R. Wortham 175-425; Boys: T. Bennett 197-503; M. Soliz 198-498; T. Bassano 463.