News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 22, 2007

Kegler's Korner: Many high scores rolled on lanes this year

By Dennis Clark

TERRE HAUTE — Who is the best bowler in Terre Haute?

Without a definitive, specific tournament, one must turn to the Greater Terre Haute Bowling Association 2006-07 bowlers yearbook. This annual volume, worked up by Association Manager Tony Leturgez, is chock full of information.

In the 2006-07 numbers, did you know that there were 18 bowlers rolling an 800-or-higher series? Best last season was Scott Johnson with an 858 three-game series on Feb. 14, 2007. That ranks third all-time in the area, trailing only Ryan Nichols (859) and Chris Drake (859).

A total of 75 perfect 300 games were recorded last season, down a bit from the 91 in the 2005-06 season. Just missing perfect games were 59 299 games, while a dozen 298 games were rolled as well.

But who is the best individual bowler, what would be the top five-person team be?

Figuring a 210 average was a good cutoff to get possibly a pool of a dozen bowlers at each of the local bowling facilities, I was amazed to discover well over 30 bowlers qualified under that standard at Vigo Bowl (41), Terre Haute Bowling Center (35) and Imperial Lanes (39).

Also cracking the 210-plateau were bowlers at the John Curry Lanes, Elks (2), Brazilian Lanes (7) and Lucky Strike, Clinton (1).

A total of six talented area bowlers averaged 230-or-higher in a league last season.

So without further adieu, let’s honor these high scorers with an all-area first team — taken from the entire men’s association:

First Team

Scott Hill, Imperial Lanes — 235

Bryan Barton, Terre Haute Bowling Center — 231 (and 230)

Scott Johnson, Terre Haute Bowling Center — 231

Phil Cooper, Imperial Lanes — 230

Dave Paulin, Vigo Bowl — 230

Jeff Alford, Terre Haute Bowling Center — 230

Honorable mention

J.C. Dressler, Imperial Lanes — 227

Ryan Nichols, Vigo Bowl — 227

Ken Brownfield, Vigo Bowl — 226

Jason Hiddle, Vigo Bowl — 226

Larry Knight, Imperial Lanes and Vigo Bowl — 225

Trey Minett, Vigo Bowl — 225

Marc Pruett, Vigo Bowl — 225

David Monroney, Terre Haute Bowling Center — 225

Top females

Vicki Rich, Vigo Bowl — 219

Mandy Wilkins, Vigo Bowl — 213

Crystal Sullivan, Vigo Bowl — 209

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While on the subject of the GTH Men’s Bowling Association, officers for 2007-08 are President Gary Hiddle, Vice-president Kevin Bye, Association Manager Tony Leturgez and Treasurer Mike Zebrowski.

Directors include Dave Edrington, Matt Engle, Ernie Larrison, Chris Drake, David Fields, J.C. Dressler, Dave Elder, Bob Acree and Harold Maxwell.

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Julie Salyer e-mailed us an addition following last week’s column which featured a lengthy list of several high scorers in the Terre Haute area so far this season.

Her son, Chris Salyer, rolled his first 300 game Nov. 19 in the Monday Night Mixed Bush League at Vigo Bowl. This is Chris’ first year bowling as an adult after lighting up the lanes as a junior competitor. He started bowling in 2002.

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Parker Bohn III, now 44 years old, proved he is still a force to be reckoned with on the Denny’s Professional Bowlers Association tour.

Bohn III, a veteran left-handed bowler, won his 31st career title, defeating arguably the future of pro bowling left-handers, 24-year-old Rhino Page. Bohn won an thrilling and emotional championship match, 267-247, in the ESPN-televised finals of the Spartanburg (S.C.) Classic last Sunday.

Bohn started the match with six consecutive strikes for an early lead, then Page rallied with six straight strikes of his own later in the match. But Bohn’s experience — 103 TV appearances vs. just two TV appearances for Page — won out in the end.

Bohn’s triumph puts him three titles shy of Mark Roth and Pete Weber for third all-time. His last win was in the El Paso Classic nearly three years ago, entering last week winless in his last 10 championship rounds.

Page is a non-exempt bowler, advancing through the PBA Tour Qualifying Round six times in seven tries and last Sunday became the first bowler to advance to two championship rounds after qualifying through the TQR.

“I told Rhino this summer, ‘you’re a young gun and there’s no way you shouldn’t be on Tour,’” Bohn said. “He’s perked up everyone’s ears and shown that he’s a great player and he’s here to stay. He didn’t back down at all today. Fortunately for me I bowled my best game in the title match. But I guarantee he will be back.”

The PBA Tour takes a two-week break for the holidays before returning with the Championship on Jan. 2-6 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. The live ESPN-televised finals will be Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. EST.

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Just like the PBA tour, Kegler’s Korner will be on a two-week hiatus during the holidays. This is a request to all bowling officials to please make a New Year’s resolution to send this columnist any bowling information, scores, tournament results, etc.

It would be greatly appreciated.

See you again in 2008.

Dennis Clark can be reached by e-mail at; by mail at P.O. Box 149, Terre Haute, IN 47808; or by fax at (812) 231-4321.

Vigo County bowling leagues

Vigo Bowl

Affordable Awards — High games: Christina Smith 246, Wildlife Land and Resource Management 876. High series: Melinda Clark 657, Wildlife Land and Resource Management 2,498.

Wolfe’s Auto Auction — High games: Stephanie Weishaupt 245, Cliff’s Ladies 728. High series: Weishaupt 653, Cliff’s Ladies 1,976.

Thursday Senior Mixed — High games: Herb Gosnell 254, Clarene Fisher 215, Cobras 856. High series: Gosnell 704, Barbara Hills 528, Cobra’s 2,340.

Bell Welding — High games: Jeff Harvey 289, Bogey’s 1,096. High series: Harvey 767, Bogey’s 3,130.

Eagles Mixed — High games: Harold Welker 257, Crystal Sullivan 248, Four Skinz 906. High series: Welker 760, Sullivan 662, Four Skinz 2,526.

Distributor’s Terminal — High games: Jeri Jo Thomas 193, M&M;’s 628. High series: Jean Ellis 506, M&M;’s 1,816.

Mic’s Pics — High games: Jeri Russell 201, Bowling Belles 562. High series: Wee Patrick 560, Bowling Belles 1,578.

Springhill Wholesale — High games: Christina Bowles 192, Bell’s Bowlers 488. High series: Alusta Kneeves 481, Bell’s Bowlers 1,356.

School Staff — High games: Matt Lugar 234, Leah Shimer 206, Union Hospital 753. High series: Lugar 634, Marilyn Daniel 488, Union Hospital 2,176.

Church — High games: John Smith 267, Foursquare 736. High series: Smith 702, Foursquare 2,112.

Vigo Bowl Bantams — High games: Dayton Perry 74, Victoria McMillen 98, Hot Shots 249. High series: Perry 145, McMillen 181, Hot Shots 474.

Vigo Bowl Preps — High games: Bradley Travioli 163, Kianna Sweatt 164, Silver Dragons 582. High series: Travioli 427, Sweatt 384, Silver Dragons 1,648.

Vigo Bowl Juniors — High games: Joseph Gray 203, Brooke Howard 182, Team 3 789. High series: Dylan Wilson 497, Howard 517, Team 3 2,216.

Vigo Bowl Seniors — High games: Tim Wright 248, Sara Shepherd 207, Dirt Bags 989. High series: Wright 682, Siera Tanner 548, The Dirty Dogs 2,648.

The Bush — High games: Ryan Nichols 300, Maurizio’s Pizza 1,135. High series: Nichols 768, Maurizio’s Pizza 3,261.

Bush Seniors Mixed — High games: Tony Leturgez 300, Wee Patrick 215, Bush Restaurant 831. High series: Dave Paulin 774, Sandra Willis 587, Bush Restaurant 2,349.

Davison Service & Equipment — High games: Barry Nicoson Jr. 298, ReMax 1,162. High series: Gary Busiere 755, ReMax 3,366.

Terre Haute Bowling Center

THBC Seniors — High games: Andrew Reed 246, Mackenzie Pepper 231. High series: Reed 680, Pepper 570.

THBC Juniors — High games: Landry Kaufman and Jacob Vencel 203, Taylor Derickson 172. High series: Rodney Lockman 581, Erin Hazelrigg 455.

THBC Preps — High games: Cory Keller 149, Katie Goekler 159. High series: Dylan Davis 390, Goekler 427.

THBC Bantams — High games: Aiden Fellows 95, Madison Rice 93. High series: John Barbour 251, Rice 245.

THBC Majors — High games: Elijah Waterman 177, Brittany Wence 224. High series: Ian Huffington 495, Wence 572.

THBC Minors — High games: Devan Helmick and Cole Walker 172, Kadi Troxel 129. High series: Walker 462, Troxel 336.

Affordable Awards Ladies — High games: Sarah Tharp 278, Honey Creek Honies 891. High series: Tharp 724, Honey Creek Honies 2,637.

Guarantee Roofing — High games: Josh Snowden 289, Affordable Awards 1,147. High series: Brian Taylor 773, Foster Construction 3,239.

Wednesday Prime Timers — High games: Richard Stephens 268, Jo Miller 203. High series: Stephens 690, Carolyn Hall 560.

Wabash Valley Christian — High games: Ray Littlejohn 204, Heather Roberts 179, The Strikers 628. High series: Donald Vibbert 519, Janet Swalls 496, The Strikers 1,834.

ANG Mixed — High games: Arlo Hawk 258, Jodi Moan 268, Shear Madness II 791. High series: Estel Nightingale 695, Moan 683, Shear Madness II 2,271.

THBC Prime Timer — High games: Samuel Scamihorn 257, Pat Kays 195. High series: Scamihorn 743, Kays 574.

Chandler Construction — High games: B.L. Chandler 255, Letty Chandler 202, Lucky Strikes 760. High series: B.L. Chandler 625, L.Chandler 505, Lucky Strikes 2,140.

Affordable Awards Mixed — High games: Austin Marsh 278, Brittany Foster 300, Tony’s Cafe 906. High series: Marsh 735, Crystal Sullivan 711, Tony’s Cafe 2,607.

Russ Fisher Truck Parts — High games: Michael Fisher Jr. and Darrell Davis 279, Team 8 1,114. High series: Rick Rogers 744, Andy Mohr Brazil 3,248.


Tuesday Men’s — High games: Tim Tennant 245, Green Leaf 1,075. High series: Phil Cooper 679, Green Leaf 3,018.

Imperial Lanes

Archie’s Sports Bar — High games: Scott Hill 300, The Crock 1,234. High series: Brian Taylor 770, The Crock 3,384.

Wims Lounge — High games: Brian Taylor 286, Lindsay Jarvis 260, Fifth Third 977. High series: Taylor 778, Jarvis 761, Fifth Third 2,886.

Tuesday Ladies — High games: Laurie Harmon 192, Gene’s Gals 453. High series: Phyllis Grover 465, Gene’s Gals 1,321.

Pizza Works Mixed — High games: Danny Travelstead and Bob Laney 267, Sherry Morley 214, Imperial Lanes 1,002. High series: Travelstead 700, Jenny Tackett 563, Imperial Lanes 2,954.

Sunday Mixed — High games: John McWilliams 300, Tonya Maesch 269, Imperial Lanes Pro Shop 947. High series: Philip Cooper 742, Maesch 636, Imperial Lanes Pro Shop 2,514.

Smith Trucking — High games: Bob Barton 300, Al’s Sports Bar 1,260. High series: Jason Hiddle 784, Al’s Sports Bar 3,526.

Junior — Scott Higginbotham 244, Tiffany Fields 138, Team 6 591. High series: Higginbotham 618, Fields 377, Team 6 1,565.