Mike Raleigh kicked off the 2022-23 bowling season very strongly with games of 279, 255, and 267 in the PHL Early 4 Man league at Port Huron Lanes. The 801 series was Raleigh’s fourth time in the 800s in the Port Huron Bowling Association and 14th overall.
In that same session, Keith Crane bested his career high series by at least 70 pins while rolling a 799. Crane started great and got even better with games of 246, 266, and 287. The rest of the league was not so thrilled with the early-season lane conditions. While Raleigh and Crane were tearing up their respective and separate pair of lines, nobody else reached the 700s.
Kristin Winkler led the women with a very strong first week series of 640 that included a 247 game in the Don McIvor Memorial league. She would also pitch a 226 game in Friday Wanna Bees. Margy Christy posted the high game with a 263 on Wednesday Night at Colony Bowl. She finished with a 616 series. Heather Bombard tossed a 602 in Saturday Nite Bridge. Others quick out of the gate were Jackie Karl 599, Amanda Long 598, Tammy Forstner 585, Jill Friis 580, and Makayla Schroeder 570.
Scott Badley had third high series in the young season with a 751 in Saturday Nite Bridge, including a 289 game. Jeff Naz led the Cowboys & Indians with a 737 while Bruce Arnett led the McIvor league with a 728 and Colton Burns topped the Wanna Bees with a 725. Other high series were Jose Ganhs 721, Dale Camphausen 719, Jon Dean 717, Jeff Morrison 714, and Cliff Crawford 711.
Joe Schomburg rolled the high game of the week with a 290 in Wanna Bees. Ray Lavere shot a 280 in Cowboys & Indians. They were followed by Jim Hamilton 279, Steven Burns 279, Jeff McKay 279, Lenny McIntyre Sr 278, Dave Cox 277 and Jerry Hendrick 277.
Jackie Karl led the rest of the women’s high games with her 229 in the McIvor league. Jen Ojczyk had a 220 in PHL Early 4 Man and Alyssa Crampton matched her with a 220 at Colony Bowl.
All-Association Teams: Here’s one final look back to the 2021-22 season. Charles Ouellette Jr. and Scott Badley were co-leaders of the All-Association Team with 38 points. Ouellette finished with top average at 232, was third in Match Game Doubles and tossed an 820 series (third highest) and three 300 games. Ouellette is now tied for second in all-time appearances on the team with 15, tied with Ed Karwinski and two behind Jim Stewart. Badley was fourth in average at 229, fifth in Match Game Singles, 3rd in scratch All Events at the Association Tournament, had an 841 series (highest of the season), and three 300 games. This was his fifth time making the team.
Making his first appearance on the team, Ed Crampton was third in points (34) after accumulating the third highest average at 230, finishing fourth in Match Game Singles and throwing two 800 series and two 300 games. Cliff Crawford, in his ninth time making the team, had 31 points with the second best average at 231, sixth in Match Game Singles and third in Match Game Doubles. Mike Gossman rounds out the team with 29 points, finishing with a 227 average, sixth in Match Game doubles, first in scratch All Events and a 300 game. Gossman has made the team five times.
The second team included Jesse Hojnacki (27 points), Brian Krauss (22), Jeff Meldrum (20), Jose Ganhs (19), and David Klaas (17).
Kristie Lashbrook captains the women’s team, earning 34 points. She was second in average at 195 and had a 741 series and 280 game. Terry Crampton was close behind with 30 points, finishing with the high average at 202, and taking first in scratch All Events in the Association Tournament. Others making the team were Rosann Brachel (23 points), Heather Bombard (17), Amanda Long (14), and Joddy Swoffer (14).
Jeff Meldrum led the Senior All-Association team with 36 points on the strength of his fifth-best 223 average, 800 series, third in scratch All Events, first in Senior Doubles, and ninth in Senior Singles after posting the high scratch qualifying score in that tournament. Meldrum has now made the team eight times, tying him for fourth all time with Pete Lapka and Neil Sinclair. Steve Jakubowski has the most appearances with 12, while Lysle Smith and Fred Kuhr each made the team 11 times.
Scott Badley (34 points, fourth appearance) and Chuck Ouellette (20, second appearance) were second and third in points on the senior team. Brian Krauss (19 points) made his first appearance on the team, finishing third in average at 227 and throwing two 800 series and two 300 games. Bob Pihaylic made his second appearance, accumulating 17 points with a 224 average (fourth highest), ninth in Senior Doubles, an 800 series and a 300 game.
Upcoming Tournaments: Senior Singles will be Oct. 22 at Port Huron Lanes.Splits: 4-6-7-8-10: Kris Brunelle; 2-4-10: Mike Mullins, Lenny McIntyre Jr; 2-7: Mary Smith; 4-7-10: Steve Wassom; 3-4-6-7-10: Jerimah Conner; 3-6-7-10: Ric Lepine; 5-7: Kathy Johnson; 4-7-9: Crystal Dunn