10 straight strikes leads to weekly high score
Mike Osterson powered his way to the weekly high score, while competing in the Summer Sunday Strikers League this past week.
Osterson rolled 10 strikes during his second game in league play to post a 262-high game and help his series.
He started with a 216 game and ended with a 190 to total 668 for the night.
Josh Walker rolled a 235-high game and 628 total for second high.
With the July Fourth holiday falling on a Thursday, the Rolling Thunder League did not bowl, so the weekly league scores were limited.
Bridgette Ivicic was the women's high bowler with a 215-high game and 527 set.
The Texas State USBC Annual Women's Championship has posted a list of the unofficial final standings on its website with some areal bowlers making the final prize list. The tournament was held in the Houston area.
In the team event, Div. I, Stroud's Vending placed 17th on the prize list with a score of 3,320. Team members are Bailey Koebrick, Merideth Mulkey, Pat Robles, Carri Lee and Christine Speer.
In the doubles event in Div. I, Bailey Koebrick and Christine Speer won 17th-place money with a score of 1,429. Right behind them in 18th place were the sister duo of Meredith Mulkey and Carri Lee, who finished 18th in the money with a score of 1,423.
In Div. II, the mother-daughter team of Carolyn Ray and Shana Ray placed 16th with a score of 1,443.
Koebrick tied for 15th with a 759 in the Div. II singles event.
Congratulations to all of the ladies.
It is with sorrow that I report of another former Victoria League bowler having passed away.
George James Bartay III died last week at the age of 68.
He bowled in several leagues many years before a bad back curtailed his league competition. After not bowling for several years, he returned to bowl in a summer league and still averaged in the 190's.
George had two 300 games and two 298 games to his credit with the last 300 game being bowled in 2001.
He was also a director in the Victoria Men's Bowling Association in the late 1970s.
My sympathy and condolences go out to his family.
The Victoria Latin Bowlers annual tournament is scheduled to compete at Century Lanes this weekend. There will be 64 men's teams and 32 women's teams from across the state competing. As usual, exciting competition is expected.
The starting time for Saturday morning for the first men's squad will be at 8:30 a.m. and the women's squad following at noon. The second men's squad will be at 3:00 p.m.
The start times will be reversed for Sunday, with the last men's squad starting at 3:00 p.m.
Good luck to all the participants.
The GEICO PBA Summer King of the Swing was broadcasted last Tuesday night with Norm Duke providing clutch bowling in the 10th frame to beat Chris Barnes 222-213 for the title.
The final five competitors were previous winners of the Lucas Oil PBA Badger Open (Jake Peters), Lucas Oil Wolf Open (Chris Loschetter), Lucas Oil Bear Open (Jason Belmonte), Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open (Chris Barnes) and the top point earner who was a non-winner in these events, which was Norm Duke.
Duke, seeded fifth, climbed the stepladder finals by defeating Peters 220-190, Belmonte 258-226, and Loschetter 207-205. He faced top-seeded Barnes, who had defeated him last week in the Milwaukee Open 246-237.
In a rematch that was similar to last week, Duke needed two strikes in the 10th frame for the victory and this time he came through.
The next televised PBA event will be the U.S. Open, which will be televised by ESPN on July 27 at 11:30 a.m. local time.
SUMMER SUNDAY STRIKERS 1ST IT'S NOT MY FAULT Women: B. Ivicic 215-527; S. Garrett 515; Men: M. Osterson 262-668; J. Walker 235-628; J. Holbert 222-624; C. Bigham 621; G. Hatter Jr. 590; M. Michalec 586; T. Rutherford 222-568; J. Cass 562; E. Smith 556; I. Gomez 550;