Thursday, May 30, 2013

BSB Continue Rampage With Another Sweep
Three 600 Sets In Week 4; Brady Best With 627

"You talkin' to me?"

South Glens Falls - Fire And Ice were edging closer, but they ran out of time. Boston Strong Balls (formerly known as the Dredgers) won the opener by a comfy 59, then hung on for 23- and 8-pin victories to sweep the match and push their record to a superb 14-2 in the Forever Young league on Thursday afternoon at Pine Lanes. The losers retained a share of the runner-up spot with a 10-6 mark. Floyd Butler finessed an outstanding 616 on consistent games of 201, 204 and 211 but the league leaders countered with a huge handicap-fueled performance from leadoff man Patrick Scanlan (538 scratch which became 712 with assistance).

The Lady Slippers slid into a tie with the Butlers via a 3-1 win at the expense of The Singers. The Tomahawks fell to The Last Two 2½-1½ despite a league-best 627 from Roy Brady, who put 258 in the middle and finished strong with 207. Tommie anchor Don Williams had myriad problems with sticky approaches, shooting a sub-par 561 series. However, the Hadley superstar lived up to the legend by throwing a clutch tenth-frame bomb in the finale to salvage a half-point.

Ray Davignon had the circuit's other 600, a 606 on games of 170, 219 and 217.

The league voted unanimously to boycott the lanes next week and extend the season a week, due to a scheduled influx of 275 Queensbury Middle Schoolers. According to sources, it was the first unanimous vote ever recorded in any bowling league, anywhere.

Brady and Williams each sport 203 averages after a dozen games, with Roy having a 6-pin overall advantage. Floyd and Ray are in the 190s, at 195 and 193, respectively.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Boston Strong Balls Sweep; Tied With Fire And Ice At 10-2 After Three Weeks
Williams (650), Brady (633) Pace Tommie Triumph

South Glens Falls - Boston Strong Balls (formerly known as the Dredgers) continued to mow down all opposition in the venerable Forever Young league, sweeping the Marauders 4-0 Thursday afternoon to move into a share of first place with a 10-2 record.

Fire And Ice took three from the vacancy behind Floyd Butler's 203-567 and stayed even with BSB. The Tomahawks and C & P each tallied three points and are tied for third at 8-4. The Lady Slippers also took three to move to 7-5. Three teams are tied for sixth with even marks of 6-6.

The Tommies' Don Williams and Roy Brady registered the only 600 or better sets of the day. Williams shot 650 on games of 236, 217 and 197 to raise his league-best average to 208, while Brady went 224-215-194 for 633. The Toms looked to have an easy sweep in hand, but the BCs stellar leadoff man Bob George (575) rolled 259 in the finale and got some capable backup from Chuck Boykin's 204 in a 559.

Mark Basso of the Yanks came oh-so-close to the magic mark, putting 223 and 213 games at the end of his 598. Ray Davignon had 203-563 and partner Chuck Winney 193-536 for Leftover. Tracy Clemmons put 189-504 on the bottom for the league leaders.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fire And Ice Rises To Top, Dredgers Close
Nine 500 Sets 'Highlight' Crazy Week

South Glens Falls - Fire And Ice (7-1) went 3-1 versus the Lady Slippers as the Butlers continued their strong play to go into first place as the Forever Young league wrapped up its second session. Linda put 147 and 159 in front of her 424 while Floyd began with 208 and leveled off to 565.

Dredgers (6-2) leadoff man Patrick Scanlan had 231 within a 538 total, pacing his team to a 3-1 win over The Singers.

The BCs split with the Head Pins as Bob George and Chuck Boykin shot 542 and 543 respectively.

The Tomahawks rode a five-strike finish by anchor Don Williams in the finale to pull out a 3-1 triumph over C & P. Cathy Pribis assured her duo a late point with a great 154 finish (30 over average). Williams shook off a four-split third game with the five-bagger to manage a 593 set, best of the day, after beginning with 223 and 193. Partner Roy Brady had a consistent 188-201-181 for 570.

Ray Davignon fired 579 on games of 193, 213 and 173 but his Leftover team was spanked by the Gutter Dusters 3-1 behind Jerry Johnson's 480 (60 over his average).

Wyman Swinton had the best single game of the afternoon, an opening 232 for Last Dance. Bill Eddy put 221 in front of his 529 effort for the Bills while Richard Minor finished his 529 for The Last Two with a fine 202 as the two teams fought to a 2-2 draw.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Fifteen Teams Kick Off Forever Young Campaign
Two Unbeatens; Williams (634), Three Others Hit 600

"Haggen... Festus Haggen"

South Glens Falls - The fifth edition of the Forever Young league hit the starting gate Thursday afternoon, with a robust complement of fifteen teams taking their marks. When the dust cleared, a pair of squads were still unblemished.

Floyd Butler fired an even 600 series on games of 198, 219 and 183 and got some help from better-half Linda to sweep Last Chance 4-0. This, despite a spectacularly consistent 575 rolled by anchor Ray Davignon (194-190-191).

The C & P duo (Cathy and Paul Pribis) weren't the best of hosts as they welcomed the new team of Lois Bennett and Ellen Marcantonio (Head Pins) with a whitewashing, as well.

Five teams went 3-1 on the day: the BCs got 222-587 from anchor Chuck Boykin and 208-526 from Bob George to beat the Bills (Eddy and Pike); the Lady Slippers rode a 201 opener by Cathy Tracy and an 8-pin squeaker in the finale to top the short-handed Marauders; the Dredgers had a relatively easy time against the Gutter Dusters as Tracy Clemmons kept building on his Tuesday Classic league win; The Singers took three from the BYE team and would have had the sweep if not for their 2-pin loss in the opener; and The Last Two outpointed The Last Dance notwithstanding 182-204-226 for 612 by Wyman Swinton.

The marquee matchup had two old foes doing battle once again, the defending champion Yanks and the two-time titlist Tomahawks. It looked like a Yank romp was a given after Ingrid and Mark Basso took Game 1 by ten and Game 2 by half-a-hundred. At that point, Roy Brady and Don Williams put the hammer down, bombing 257 and 229 respectively in the finale to win by 102 and salvage a split. Brady put a putrid 151 between 206 and the 257 to finish with 614, while his partner had 187 and 218 for starters in his league-best 634 outing.