For bowlers, we are all in the let's get over the hump time, spring is 'nearly' here...oh yes as of this writing it is snowing, tournament time means the season is winding down and there is approximately one quarter left of bowling.
I am a bit apologetic that I haven't posted in a while...as with many of you, I got hit with the dreaded 2 week flu bug...tournament work has kept me and the LBA crew busy and with the addition of the Chronicle Telegram covering Lorain Bowling I am spending double the time writing and placing scores in the papers. But with the Chronicle coverage this season and the Journal stepping up a bit more, I think news and scores are getting out to the masses, which is great for bowling and the LBA,
Remember the Chronicle posts scores and news generally in Saturday mornings paper and the Journal on Tuesdays.
Let's take a look at the first half: LBA has crowned a new 800 champion: Mark Frazier, Mark established a new house record at our host center Park Lanes including a Perfect game and outlasted a final 5 of Rick Delserone (2nd), John Gregory, Mike Plato and Brian Hensley to capture the title. The Amherst Eagles stepped up big time to be our Title Sponsor and Chris Loschetter and Ronnie Russel provided Brunswick and DV8 equipment to be our Equipment sponsors. The LBA welcomed Ed Money Live as a new local sponsor so check him out and his show via facebook.
The 700 Tournament lived up to all the pre-tournament hype, with well over 150 bowlers competing at our host center Lake Erie Lanes. For the second year Bowled Solutions and Griips Gloves were title presenting sponsor of the 700. Lake Erie welcomed Superior Beverage and Miller Lite. Coors Light as sponsors and did a great job hosting. Welcome gifts, prizes and a hospitality party at the end of each squad as well as a chance to win a new TV greeted all bowlers. Brad Uhl continued his hot bowling by capturing the Scratch Title and Rick Adkins won the handicap side. Chet Kelling fired the tournaments lone 300.
The LBA partnered with a number of new sponsors this season to support our tournaments, bowlers and charitable giving causes. To that end, the LBA and LWBA teamed up with our member bowlers to present over $2,600 this year in support of our Lorain Bowlers for Vets charity. The LBA in coordinated effort with the Amherst Eagles and Baldo's Bash contributed $1000 in scholarship support to the youth association.
Other sponsors on board for the first half this year with the LBA include: Turbo Grips, Intralot and OH lottery, ACE Mitchell and Dean Billings, Lorain County.com, LC visitors bureau, First Federal, Moosehead Grill, Ole Roys, Adam Mishak for all your equipment needs and Special Presenting Sponsor MOTIV Bowling and Rick Zakrajsek. The list continues to grow as we continue to Grow our Sport, so stay tuned for more updates in the following weeks.
Good Shooting first half highlights: Perfect Game 300's for Rick Barry, Vic Bellan, Ron Bowman, Jack Cook, Tim Daub, Rick Delserone, Dave Difilippo and Mark Frazier. Chris Hester was on target as well as; Brett Locher, Steve Loos, Jay Lute, Billy Mannillo, Chris Neiding, James Nunnally, Adam Pettry, Mike Plato, Brian Denman and Duane Sagert. On the ladies side reported we have Shelly Bodak who went 300 on back to back nights.
800 Honor Series include: Ron Bowman, Jason Falish, Mark Frazier, Joe Ksenich, Billy Mannillo who went back to back on consecutive Wednesday nights, Dempsey Miller, Duane Sagert and Brad Uhl.
Be sure to check out lorainbowling.com for updated individual and league highlights and info. As always our facebook page: Lorain Bowling is updated daily with top scores and information as well pictures and videos from around the LBA.