Stacy, Miller hammer competition

By ABEL GARCIA
Aug. 5, 2017 at 5:51 p.m.

Abel Garcia, bowling columnist

Abel Garcia, bowling columnist   Abel Garcia for The Victoria Advocate

Mike Stacy followed teammate T.J. Mooney in producing the top score for the week with a 244 high game contributing toward a 661 series in Rolling Thunder action.

Last week, Mooney led all bowlers with a great 797 series as their team continues to sit on top of the league with one week remaining on the schedule.

Senior bowler Jerry Brooks posted a nice 255 individual game.

Karisa Miller helped her team stay in second place with a tremendous 653 series based on individual games of 229, 244 and 180 in the same league. The big series was over 150 pins above average for her.

Congratulations to T.J. Mooney and Tom Crowe for both breaking the bank at the Century Lanes this past week. They split $1,326.

Doubles event

The Wednesday Night No Tap Jackpot Doubles will run one more time this summer with the last session scheduled for Aug. 16. No one bowled a 300 game, so there is a carryover of $110 for the last session.

Bowler remembered

Bill Lillard, one of the greatest bowlers to come out of Texas, died July 30 at the age of 89 in his hometown of Houston.

Before the PBA was formed, beer companies sponsored teams that were the showcase of bowling in the late 1940s through the '60s.

Throughout his bowling career, Lillard was a member of the famous Budweiser, Falstaff and Pfeiffer beer teams. He won eight USBC Open titles and holds the record for the most pinfall in USBC History.

In 2015, he competed in his 68th consecutive ABC/USBC Open Tournament and moved passed the legendary Joe Norris with 124,087 total pins.

He accomplished the feat despite having hip replacement shortly before the tournament in El Paso.

I met him a couple of times during the Texas State Hall of Fame dinners, and he was always courteous and a gentleman.

In 1972, he was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. In 1979, he was inducted into the Texas State Hall of Fame.

U.S. Women's Open

After 24 games of qualifying, Liz Johnson moved into the top spot of the U.S. Women's Open out of 114 competitors.

She has won the Open five times and is looking for her fourth consecutive coveted green jacket.

After a total of 56 games of competition, the top five seeds will determine the step-ladder TV finals at 11 a.m. Sunday on CBS Sports Network.

CBS Sports will televise the PWBA Orlando Open at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15.

RESULTS

ROLLING THUNDER 1ST LET IT ROLL Women: K. Miller 244-653; L. Hammack 200-549; Men: M. Stacy 244-661; P. Delgado 646; A. Whitehead 224-643; T.J. Mooney 641; T. Bennett 245-631; C. Hammack 226-626; F. Suniga 233-608; K. Stasny 606; T. Crowe 604; R. Silgero 603; S. Kocian 234-602; M. McDonald 230-601; R. Bassano 600; S. Zeplin 227-598; J. Wittenburg 595; S. Snow 595; L. Conner 588; J. Brooks 255-587; B. Hammack 583; S. Miller 581; R. Estrada 575; H. Tesch 568; M. Hernandez 563; R. Barnette 563; H. Hernandez 563; J. Shoup 561; B. Jackson 559; E. Smith 554; FUNTAPPERS (No Tap) 1ST GREAT BALLS OF FIRE Women: R. Wortham 203-540; Men: B. Turek 300-809; A. Whitehead 278-765; G. Brooks 249-704; J. Holbert 660; R. Lyman 651; C. DeLaGarza 253.


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