Credit his smooth delivery, steady pace and keen awareness to ever-changing lane conditions all added up to a great day of bowling for former local youth standout, Donald Benner, who won his first Central Valley Masters title on August 16th in front of family and his new baby girl, Kiera, at AMF Southwest Lanes.
A gathering of local league secretaries took place on Aug. 15 at AMF Southwest Lanes where they not only met many of the GEUSBC Officers and Directors but met James McCarter, who is the manager of both AMF Southwest Lanes and AMF Westchester Lanes.
The five teams that made the Mega Ball roll-off came to compete last Monday, Aug. 17, at Regency Lanes. They were comprised of the top two teams from the first half, the top two teams from the second half and the wild-card team.
The first one-game match started with the wild-card team, Team 17-Wall Babies (Carlie Medina III, Barb Francisco & Zack Newman) against fourth seed/second round winner, Team 4 (Larry Lloyd, Valerie Hall & John Lloyd). Zack Newman, fresh back from his recent arm injury, came out striking with the front five and this set the pace for team 17 who defeated team 4, 691 to 598.
Next up for Team 17 was third seed/Team 12 (PD Richardson, Lenore Espinoza & Kenny Branch). This match had Carlie Medina III rise to the occasion by stringing strikes from the second frame through the ninth to help Team 17 win 727 over Team 12’s 580.
Team 17 then took on the second seed/Team 13 (Bette Addington, Chris Addington & Damon LaBlue). This match didn’t really have anyone set the lanes on fire, but a 191 game contributed by Chris Addington and Damon LaBlue’s 217 stopped Team 17 from advancing. Team 13 won the match 694 to 529.
The final match was between Team 13 and the top seed Team 32 (Kelsey Curtis, Lisa Isbell & Ian Byers). Damon LaBlue was on fire with the front ten strikes and finished with a 288 game which sealed the win for the league for Team 13. Team 13 won this match 705 to 587.
Sat. Aug. 1-Nov. 1: Storm Open National Mixed Tournament, National Bowling Stadium, Reno. For info, got to www.nationalmixed.com.
Tues., Aug. 4: Ebonite Demo Day at Regency Lanes. Starts at 4pm. Open to all local bowlers and it is FREE. Come out and test the newest balls on the market. Bring your favorite ball for span sizing.
Taft’s youth stand-out bowler, Zack Long, long season of practice and bowling paid off this past weekend as he was honored for all his achievements by being recognized for not one but three big awards—Handicap Bowler of the Year (Southern CA Conference); Handicap All Star (Mojave Conference) and Bowler of the Year (All Conference)!!
Long was awarded these honors at the JBT (Junior Bowlers Tour) Banquet held in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 25. This truly has been quite a year for this young man, who attended this banquet with his parents, Mike and Michelle.
This was not just a weekend for this banquet as Long also bowled in the TPC (Touring Players Championship) on Sunday. Long entered with the highest average of the participants and ended up placing 6th.
Long, who just turned 16, said he started the JBT season with a 178 average and his current average is 185. Through his experiences in bowling JBT, Long has been exposed to all kinds of sport patterns, a lot of them are Kegel patterns, and said he has “gained a lot of knowledge and good sportsmanship from bowling JBT.” His future plans are to advance to the Scratch division next season in JBT and do more USBC tournaments. Congratulations, Zack!!
Bowlers wanting the best of the best instruction and evaluation of your bowling equipment, here’s a chance for you! Coming back again this year, Chris Barnes and Mark Baker will offer two clinics here in Bakersfield on Mon., Sept. 14 at AMF Southwest Lanes or Tues., Sept. 15 at Regency Lanes. The clinic runs from 11am to 5pm and the cost is $200. You pick what day you want and the center you would like to receive instruction on.
The Baker-Barnes Clinic features both classroom instruction and on-lane instruction with equipment evaluation. Lunch will be provided. Squads are filling up fast (about half full right now), so sign up early. If you are interested, please contact Diz Francisco at (661) 599-3097.