BOWLING: Month-long streak without a 700 game over
The last time a bowler broke the 700 mark in weekly league play was in mid June, when Victor Thomas posted a 703 set.
Thomas was back in form with another 700-plus set bowled during Rolling Thunder play.
He rolled games of 233-254, and 227 for a 714 to top all the bowlers.
Jacob Silgero came close to a 300 game, when he started his second game of league play with 10 strikes in a row before a nine pin spare count stopped his bid for a perfecto. He finished with a 289 game, which contributed towards a 687 and the second highest total.
Chris Martinka with a 656 and Tony Bennett with a 649 also rolled good sets.
Great individual games were achieved by Craig Hoff's 269 and Jesse Longoria's 265.
Joanna McNary had the high score for the women bowling a 522 set in Sundowner League play.
The Victoria USBC will hold its annual installation dinner of new directors and Hall of Fame inductees Saturday at the Vera Cruz Restaurant. All former Hall of Fame winners and directors should have received their invitation by now. If not contact Jim Mooney at 361-550-6917. The starting time will be at 6:30 p.m. with 30 minutes of social time before dinner is ready at 7:00 p.m.
The fall bowling season gets started on Sunday afternoon Aug. 11 at 2:00 p.m. with the Cuero Turkey Trotters. It is a four-member ladies league that bowls on the second Sunday of each month. Contact Georga Birchum at 830-236-5757 for more information.
The Cuero Wild Turkey League is a four-member mixed league that bowls monthly on the fourth Sunday of the month and will start Aug. 25. Contact Kim Kuecker at 361-799-9302 for more information.
The Captain's League (contact Linda Davidson 361-575-8091), Sundowners (Contact Sharon Guinn 361-938-7037), and the Dow Mixed (contact Bobby Banda 361-572-3494) are holding their meetings on Aug. 22. The Captain's League meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. and the other two leagues will have their meetings at 6:30 p.m.
The Friday Nite Mixed will hold its meeting on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. Georgia Blake (361-652-4306) is the contact for this league.
The Over The Hill will hold its meeting on Aug. 26 at 1:00 p.m. (contact Bobbie Long 361-649-5034) and the Red River (contact Larry Stroud 361-648-0480) and Monday Mixed Leagues (contact Irma Garcia 361-218-9111) will meet at 7:00 p.m. on the 26th.
The Sugar & Spice League meeting is scheduled for August 28 at 6:30 p.m. (contact Larry Stroud 361-648-0480) and the Wednesday Youth bowling season will meet and start on September 11 at 6:00 P.M.
On Tuesday evenings, a new Collegiate League will get started, which is open to all Victoria College or UHV students. It is a four-member mixed team league that will have its first meeting on Sep. 10 at 7:00 p.m. Contact Bailey Koebrick at 576-1166 or 361-550-7327 for more information.
The Red River League is still looking for bowlers to complete a team or add additional teams to its schedule.
If you are interested in joining the league, contact, Larry Stroud at 361-648-0480 or Mike Wortham at 576-1166.
The Woodlawn Lanes has been closed for remodeling for several weeks. I have not been able to contact the new management to see if bowling is in the future after the remodeling is complete.
Last Saturday's ESPN telecast of the U.S. Open was a good one, featuring the women's and men's finals along with the battle of the sexes. The men's and women's champion bowled an extra game to claim a $10,000 prize on top of the $50,000 they each had already earned.
Liz Johnson defeated top seed Kelly Kulick for the women's title to win her third U.S. Open title.
Johnson's ball reaction was great, striking almost at will to roll to a 257-195 victory over Kulick. They both struck in the first frame but Kulick left a pocket 7-10 split in the second frame and could never recover from Johnson's string of strikes.
Texan Wes Malott had knee surgery earlier this year but earned the fourth and final seed to bowl against a young Marshall Kent. Malott won 200 to 193.
Malott then went head to head with Pete Weber in the second match. With Weber striking and sparing in the first two frames, Malott started with a split nine out in the first frame but then regrouped to string 11 strikes in a row for a 279-182 victory over Weber.
In the finals, Malott faced the dangerous and bowler of the year contender, Australia's Jason Belmonte.
Belmonte had poor ball reaction from the start leaving, hard splits, 3 out of the first five frames. He did not get a strike until he changed balls in the 6th frame.
Malott was solid with only one split in the game to finish with a 214-156 victory to win his first Major and 8th PBA title of his career.
Johnson and Malott then faced off for the battle of the sexes between the two champions.
With fresh oil and changing lanes, this time it was Malott who had poor ball reaction. He split in the first frame and did not record his first strike until the 7th frame.
With Johnson unable to double but staying clean, Malott had a chance to close Johnson out by adding to his string of strikes in the 7th, 8th, and 9th frames. He pulled the first ball in the 10th frame to leave the 3-6 pins and spared and struck for a 188 game. Johnson just needed a mark and count in the 10th for the win.
After leaving the 10 pin and sparing, Johnson left the 7-10 split on a pocket hit for a 194 game and a victory.
SUMMER SUNDAY STRIKERS 1ST IT'S NOT MY FAULT Women: S. Garrett 498; Men: J. silgero 235-575; E. Smith 224-564; M. Osterson 559; M. Michalec 557; K. Rosales 550; J. Holbert 550; G. Hatter Jr. 546; ROLLING THUNDER 1ST HOT STUFF Women: J. McNary 522; Men: V. Thomas 254-714; J. Silgero 289-687; C. Martinka 234-656; T. Bennett 224-649; B. Marques 242-635; M. Osterson 631; J. Bryant 226-630; K. Blake 249-625; J. Longoria 265-624; J. Cass 616; J. Talbott 233-614; G. Verduzco 612; C. Hoff 269-594;S. Brinegar 232-584; C. Flores 582; S. Miller 565; J. Blount 557; E. Smith 557; R. Vasquez 556; M. Michalec 554; W. Reyna 549; D. Guerrero 231;
FUNTAPPERS (No Tap) 1st NO CLUE Women: A. Cano 255-644; B. Long 243-627; Men: B. Hartman 298-785; R. Kalmus 300-753; S. Schmidt 277-746; J. Cano 262-740; R. Rendon 268-691; R. Cooper 278-652;