News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 13, 2011

KEGLER’S KORNER: Bowlers still rolling on ice

Dennis Clark
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — While many sporting events around the Wabash Valley fell victim to the recent snow and ice storm, not so for bowlers. But we’re not surprised. Bowlers are a hardy breed.

Overcoming treacherous travel conditions down S.R. 46, Terre Haute South’s boys and Terre Haute North’s girls teams placed third in the Indiana High School Bowling Regional at Classic Lanes in Bloomington on Feb. 5.

Both teams plus a pair of South Vermillion individuals qualified for the Lafayette Semistate at Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl yesterday.

In the boys team regional, South was third in qualifying with a score of 2,668, then was defeated by Mount Vernon 439-302 (Baker scoring) in the stepladder finals to determine the regional champion. Evansville Reitz won the regional.

D.J. Wood of South placed second in the boys singles. Wood rolled a 651 three-game series, then competed in the stepladder finals. Wood defeated D.A. Wilson of Mount Vernon 202-155, before falling to Matt Sanders of Reitz in the championship match.

Wood and Scott Johansen of South Vermillion (sixth with a 596 series) qualified for the semistate. Sectional champion Adam Smith (535) is a second alternate for the semistate.

In the girls team regional, North tallied 2,163 to place third in qualifying. In the stepladder finals, North slipped past Jasper 280-271, then was eliminated by Seymour 305-258. Southridge topped Seymour for the regional title.

In the girls singles, Allene Swick rolled a 460 series to qualify for the semistate with a ninth-place finish. Brittany Wence of North (439) was a second alternate.

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Imperial Lanes hosted Super Bowl IX, a tradition in it’s ninth year — if you don’t read Roman — on Super Bowl Sunday.

The team of Jason Hiddle, Fred Modesitt, Pat Bemis, Jason John and Scott Barbour emerged victorious with a score of 5,462. Second place by just 39 pins was Mike Fisher Jr., Tom Brown, Adam Hauser, Mike Gambill and Kenny Bosc (5,423).

Rounding out the top six were Sean Pepper, Jeff Saleh, Todd Hart, Mike Grayless, Dave Alumbaugh (5,293); Jason Downs, Scott Higginbotham, Josh Snowden, Don Alumbaugh, Bill Barnes (5,285); Steve Lang, J.C. Dressler, Jason Wright, Dave Williams, Jon Royer (5,281); and Trey Minnett, John Fugate, Jay Grayless, John Akers, Kenny Carmichael (5,199).

Top five averages individually were Hiddle (252), Tom Barr (239), Austin Marsh (235), Scott Hill (233) and Brown (232). Top five high games were Barr (299), Brown (279), Hill (279), Hiddle (278) and Crystal Sullivan (278).

Imperial Lanes expressed special thanks to Sandy Alumbaugh for feeding 300 people that day and to Bill and Ann Barnes for donating $350.

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Vigo Bowl hosted tournaments recently:

• Brian Taylor won its Super Bowl Sweeper Tournament, also on Feb. 6. The top five were Bryan Barton, Richard Rich, Brandy Leturgez and Mark Pruett.

• Megan Friars was crowned champion of the Terre Haute Youth Scholarship Sport Shot Open on Jan. 1-2.

Friars rolled a three-game series of 685, earning  $350 in scholarship prize money. Runner-up was Kara Ringham, while third-place went to Emily Cuffle. Roarke Harden had high game of 272.

• Mike Foster and Jay Grayless teamed up to win the New Years Eve No-Tap Doubles Tournament. Foster-Grayless totaled 1,665, followed by April White-Troy Bogard (1,496) and Scott Auler-Theresa Straw (1,490).

High game winners for the men were perfect games by Foster (twice), Grayless, Chuck Fields and John Phillips. High games for the women were Machelle Garrett (253) and Ruth Thompson (243).

• Next up at Vigo Bowl is the Mixed Team Shootout at noon on Feb. 20. Cost is $50 a couple.