For the Havre Daily News
If you didn't watch the pro's bowl Sunday, you missed history in the making. Walter Ray Williams Jr. finally tied Earl Anthony's win record. In my book, Earl was the greatest bowler that ever was, but Walter Ray is playing a close second right now. Earl garnered his wins in a much shorter time than Walter Ray, but given the lane conditions, the equipment, and the new format, making TV shows is much tougher for Williams Jr. Anthony reminded me of a machine in motion when he bowled. He was smooth, very smooth. Williams is far from smooth, but he sure gets the job done. Everybody has their own style and form, but in the end, the score is the only thing that counts.
In Rudyard, the Tuesday Men's Handicap ended its season with Bill Henry Construction taking the top spot, ten points ahead of Kelly's Pub. Brandt Accounting took third followed by Heydon Doors, Donoven Spreading, McNair Furniture, Grand Bar, Split Lichers and Bad Boys. Bill Henry Construction had the high scratch game of 876 and the series of 3,131. They also had the high handicap series of 3,467. McNair Furniture had the high handicap game of 967. Ron Turner's 266 was the high game and Brett Preeshl's 874 was the high series, both scratch. Marjie Spinler had the women's high game of 214 and Lana Herman had the series of 774.
Rose Ish and Pat Seidletz were the only reported split pickers. Rose converted a 4-5 and Pat picked a 3-10.
Bryan Watson fired the high game of 245 on his way to a 597. Terry Grant had the high series of 640 and a 613 with games of 228 and 226. Gordon Standiford rolled a 236.
Marjie Spinler rolled the women's high game of 199 and Jen Dahlke had the series of 523. Marjie Spinler had a 508, Dani Kline a 519 and Peggy Christofferson a 506.
The Regional Pepsi Scholarship Tournament was held on March 18 and 19 in Rudyard. There were 78 bowlers entered with an automatic two bowlers going to the state meet in each division, and one for four entries going in each category. Placers were as follows: Scratch Girls: Desarae Bergstrom from Lewistown, Scratch Boys: 1st: Kyle Surber, 2nd: Roman Surber, both of Havre. Eleven and Under Handicap Girls: Tylynn Rettig of Rudyard, 2nd: Summer Edwards of Chinook. 3rd: Sydne Smith of Lewistown, 4th: Whitney Wendland of Rudyard. Eleven and Under Boys Handicap: Lucas Berg of Lewistown, 2nd: Scott Smith of Lewistown, 3rd: Lane Seymour of Chinook. Twelve and Over Handicap Girls: Shelby Kokkeler of Chinook, 2nd: Samantha Larson of Lewistown, 3rd: Makayla Byron of Lewistown. 4th: Wendy White. Twelve and Over Handicap Boys: Dustin Hoffman of Chinook, 2nd: Colton Fowler of Lewistown, 3rd: Jason Haider of Chinook, 4th: Matt Finley of Chinook, 5th: Jesse Yargin of Lewistown.
The top youth bowlers in each division receive a $50.00 scholarship. All bowlers listed above have earned a berth to the State Pepsi Tournament to be held in Missoula on May 6-7. These keglers will be bowling for scholarships and a chance to advance to the National Pepsi Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida July 8-14. The top winners in each division will receive an all expense paid trip as well as earning state scholarships.
Monday Men: Tom Stokes had the high game of 277 along with a 201 for a 643 series. Jim LaBuda put together games of 226, 220 and 210 for the high series of 656. Chad Cook had a 236, 209 and 612, Jerry LaBuda a 225, Rusty Danreuther a 223, Doug Grubb a 204, 202 and 588, Colby Baumgarn a 217 and 574, Robin Pearson a 213 and Ron Andrade a 212. Mountain View Co-op had the team highs of 975 and 2,712.
Thursday Mixed: Mary Small had the women's high game of 195 with a 501 series and Ruth Vukasin's 505 was the
high series. Tom Stokes and Tim LaBuda tied for the men's high game with their 244's, and Stokes had the series of 642 which included a 220. LaBuda had a 624. Mike Grubb shot a 235, 225 and 626, Rex Vukasin a 227 and Neil Kulbeck a 204. Natural Resources had the high team series of 2,588 and Spray Foam Roofing the high game of 950.
There are only a few weeks left for most of the leagues in Big Sandy and Rudyard. I will try to get all the final results from their leagues before my time runs out.
On that note - it's been an interesting year to say the least. Another one of these and I won't have to worry about writing or bowling, my time will run out, along with my patience!
WOMEN'S 500's: Peggy Christofferson 506; Jen Dahlke 523; Dani Kline 519; Marjie Spinler 508.
MEN'S 200's, 500's: Randy Christofferson 200; Terry Hybner 203, 540; Bryan Watson 245, 203, 597; Shawn Rettig 208, 524; Todd Langel 211, 203; Chris Pappas 218, 209, 205; Fred Nelson 204; Darby Ditmar 215; Bill Henry 208; Arnie Shulund 204; Barry Zanto 205; Dave Watson 203; Pat Foster 202; Gordon Standiford 236; Terry Grant 228, 205, 226, 213, 640, 613; Chris Kline 513.
Sunday Doubles: High Team Game & Series: McNair Furniture 432, 1,236. High Women's Game & Series: Jen Dahlke 187, 523. High Men's Game: Bryan Watson 245. High Men's Series: Terry Grant 640. 1st: K-Lines. 2nd: Clausen & Sons. 3rd: Bryan and Vina. 4th: Twila and Terry Grant. 5th (Tie): McNair Furniture, Mary & Terry Hybner. 7th: G & R Land & Cattle Inc. 8th: Milk River Co-op #1. 9th: Albertsons. 10th: Milk River Co-op #2. 11th: Dave & Karen Watson.
Tuesday. Men: High Team Game: Grand Bar 853. High Team Series: Bad Boys 3,116. High Game: Gary Standiford. High Series: Terry Grand 613.
Wednesday Women: High Team Game: Bud Light 628. High Team Series: Box Cars 1,796. High Game & Series: Marjie Spinler 199, 508. 1st: Gallery Lounge. 2nd: Bud Light. 3rd: K-Lines. 4th: Florens Hill County Printing. 5th: Box Cars. 6th (Tie): Mariani Insurance, So-So Close. 8th (Tie): Generation 3, RPM's. 10th: Valley Furniture.