Cano rolls first 700 of new season
By ABEL GARCIA
Sept. 9, 2017 at 9:45 p.m.
Jerry Cano opened the Sundowner League in grand fashion by posting the first 700 of the local 2017-18 season. His game improved with each game as he rolled individuals of 206, 244, and 257 for a 707 total and the top score for the week.
T.J. Mooney blasted the pins for his second big set in the week. He had started Sugar & Spice League action with a 266-659 score and then improved to a very nice set of 696 in Sundowner competition. He rolled individuals of 248, 220, and 228 for his total.
Other bowlers breaking the 250-650 mark were Scott Snow (247-656), Kyle Stasny (245-651), Mike Stacy (266-651), Mike Osterson (251), and Rob Lyman upgraded his bowling ball during the summer and scored a great 275 individual game.
Lori Hammack led the women with a nice 588 series during Sundowner League play.
Other nice scores for the ladies were Sharon Guinn 224-567, Karisa Miller 219-563, and Elena Fuhrman 560.
The Over The Hill League still needs two bowlers to complete a team roster. If you are a bowler 50 years of older and would like to join a senior league, contact Cecilia Wilson at 361-572-9359. The league bowls on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m, any average is acceptable.
It is with sorrow that I note of another Victoria bowler having passed away. Norman Watkins died on September 2 in a San Antonio hospital after a long fight with cancer. Norm was diagnosed with cancer four years ago but he continued to bowl until he no longer had the strength to do so. He would however continue to visit his bowling friends during league play.
Norm had competed in several leagues through out his bowling career but he enjoyed the senior leagues at the Century and Woodlawn lanes the most. He won the Victoria Seniors City Championship in the year 2000 and he was very proud of that title.
One thing he wanted to pass on to his bowling friends was that when you hear thunder from the sky, think of Norm bowling a red headpin strike in heaven.
There will be a celebration of life for Norm at Colonial Funeral Home, 1801 E. Red River at 1:00 pm on September 30.
My condolence and sympathy go out to his wife Loretta, daughters Kathy Mansur, Rebecca Davis, Dorothy Re, and the rest of the family.
Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship to be televised
The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship was televised live by CBS Sports last Wednesday evening featuring two semi-final matches to determine who would advance to the championship finals.
As the top two players on the season's point list, Liz Johnson and Kelly Kulick earned automatic berths to the semi-finals. In the first match Kulick blew away Shannon Pluhowsky 247-191 with a display of great shots.
The second semi-final between Johnson and Shannon O'Keefe was a thriller, after both bowlers finished with in a tie with 222 games. In a one ball roll-off O'Keefe started with a strike and Johnson matched her to continue the battle which lasted three frames. In the third frame Johnson failed to match O'Keefe's third pocket strike when she left the 10 pin on a crossover hit to lose the match.
O'Keefe was determined and focused in her match against Kulick to win the title by a score of 222-203.
This was the 38-year-old O'Keefe's sixth PWBA tour title and first major.RESULTS
OVER THE HILL 1ST TEAM 11 Women: C. Wilson 479; Men: A. Garcia 578; M. Almendarez 214-538; E. Lopez 528; SUGAR & SPICE 1ST (tie) BREW CREW and EN FUEGO Women: S. Guinn 224-567; O. Jackson 503; Men: T.J. Mooney 266-659; M. Osterson 251-643; T. Crowe 638; J. Tweedle 628, M. Wortham 243-626; M. Michalec 621; M. Stacy 610; B. Jackson 225-594; L. Hall 585; S. Miller 581; C. Aiken 581; M.