Abel Garcia writes a weekly bowling column for the Victoria Advocate.

Rene Silgero rolled the week’s high series with three clean games to his credit during Rolling Thunder League play.

His individual games were 235, 246 and 234 for a very nice 715 set and the only 700 for the week.

While the name Silgero has made the bowling headline several times, it is usually Jacob Silgero who has achieved the high weekly honors. This week, the headline is earned by Rene, who has really improved his bowling during the last two years to earn the top spot for the first time. He has previously bowled a sanctioned 700, but it has been a while.

Also breaking the 250-650 mark this week were Justin Tweedle (258-675), Tom Crowe (674), Rob Lyman, 258-673), Jacob Silgero (664) and Tamarcus Bennett (657).

The only other league to compete last week was the Funtappers, a league where if you knock down 9 pins on the first ball, it counts as a strike. Jacob Silgero rolled back-to-back 300 games after starting with a 253 for an 853 total. Another note in the league: After the ninth week of competition, the team Easy Spare finally lost a team point and has a 35-1 record.

A reminder from VUSBC Association manager Trudy Wortham that the VUSBC will hold its annual Hall of Fame induction and director installation dinner Saturday at the VeraCruz Restaurant. Hall of Fame members and VUSBC directors (current and incoming), please remember to RSVP to her by Wednesday. Call or text 361-648-0509 or email trudy.wortham@victoriausbc.com. We hope to see as many of you as possible; come by 6:30 p.m. and meet and greet old friends.

I mentioned in last week’s column that PBA bowler Norm Duke had won his fifth ESPY Best Bowler Award at the age of 54. I remember reading an article several years ago about his early start in bowling and the necessity of bowling under pressure on the pro tour. He related a story of how he and Joe Vito Buenostro, of San Antonio, would pair up and participate in action bowling throughout the bowling hot spots when he was living in Ft. Worth. Action bowling is bowling for money in head-to-head competition. The story was that they were bowling in an out-of-town house for some big money and their sponsor had not shown up with the money, and they were concerned for their safety if they lost. That, he said, “is bowling under pressure.”

As fate would have it, Joe Vito was in Victoria for the Latin Bowlers Tournament last weekend, and I related the story to him to see if it was accurate. Joe smiled and said that he has fond memories of those days in the early 1990s, and they did bowl a lot of action wherever they could find competition. Joe, by the way, was inducted into the Texas Bowling Hall of Fame in 1991 for his bowling achievements.

Fox Sports televised the PBA League Elias Cup Finals this past week with the Portland Lumberjacks defeating L.A. X in two straight two-game Baker format matches in the finals to win the Elias Cup for the first time in its seven seasons. Pflugerville’s Wes Malott anchored the Lumberjacks and was voted the Mark Roth PBA League most valuable player by rolling 20 strikes out of a possible 22. The Lumberjack team players were Kyle Troup, Mitch Hupe, Kris Prather, Ryan Ciminelli and Malott.

The CBS Sports Network will televise the Go Bowling Barbasol PBA Tour Group 1 Step-ladder Finals starting at 2 p.m.Sunday. The Group 2 Stepladder Finals will start 4 p.m., and the Finals Championship will start 6 p.m. Enjoy.

FUNTAPPERS 1ST EASY SPARE Women: J. Reyna 259-688; R. Wortham 254-663; C. Wilson 569; H. Peters 560; Men: J. Silgero 300-853; M. Pesek 268-741; M. Brown 264-725; M. Svatek 265-709; B. Matula 255-709; L. Strling 252-701; C. Flood 700; J. Holbert 254-669; C. Hoff 669; J. Mitchell 290-660; R. Silgero 266; S. Gritta 256; A. Rester 251; ROLLING THUNDER 1ST THE DOG POUND Women: O. Jackson 568; J. McNary 522; Men: R. Silgero 246-715; J. Tweedle 258-675; T. Crowe 247-674; R. Lyman 258-673; J. Silgero 244-64; T. Bennett 242-657; G. Hatter Jr. 227-641; J. Cass 625; J. Talbott 235-623; M. Banda 236-622; C. Hammack 229-619; M. Stacy 238-615; E. Smith 611; M. Purifoy 606; R. Vivero 235-599; T.J. Mooney 596; S. Zeplin 225-593; L. Conner 592; M. Svatek 235-585; N. Picard 229-583; B. Hyden 579; B. Bonewald 226-576; R. Vannostrand 576; M. Conchola 574; A. Rolette 567; D. Matthews 552; H. Tesch 234;

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