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Post-Tribune sports writer Steve Gorches

Jeffrey D. Nicholls/Post-Tribune Post-Tribune sports writer Steve Gorches

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Updated: January 6, 2013 10:11AM



The high school bowling season is well underway with several teams off to great starts.

Which ones? You’ll have to check out the region’s best high school bowling coverage every Tuesday. But most of those young bowlers are starved for tough competition, as proved by their contribution to the inaugural Post-Tribune Winter Sport Shot Classic last January.

That’s why Stardust III manager Shaun Ciesielski and I brought it back in September. The turnout wasn’t as big, but the fall is always tougher for tourneys. The Thanksgiving Eve Baker Doubles King of the Hill proved that once the calender turns to November, bowlers want to bowl in tournaments.

By the way, congtratulations to the duo of Bob Kammer Jr. and Eugene McCune for winning that event. I know, big surprise those big hitters did well.

So we’re just a month away from the third P-T Sport Shot Classic (PTSSC) and second annual winter event at 9:45 a.m., on Jan. 6 at Stardust III. Like the other two PTSSC tourneys, there are three divisions — men, women and youth — with and entry fee of $30 prepaid ($40 day of event) and first place paying $600, based on 120 entries in each.

Now we haven’t gotten 120 entries in any division yet, but if we do, maybe Ciesielski will cut off his ponytail like he’s said he would do if there were ever more than 100 entries in a King of the Hill finale. Heck, I might shave my head if we get 120 men’s entries since that’s the most likely division to achieve that lofty number.

PTSSC champions in the past year were Darrell Gilbert Jr., Alice Veenstra, Matt Staninger, Rob Krooswyk, Kim Bridges and Mitchell Katic. Will any win again?

November No-Tap: Speaking of Stardust III tourneys, the November No-Tap ended with John Riffle taking first place with the only 800 series at 824 — now that’s how a no-tap tourney should be instead of having an easy shot and hundreds of enhanced 800 series due to nine pins counting as a strike. With that caveat in no-tap tourneys, wouldn’t you think a tougher lane condition is warranted? As Mr. Spock would say in Star Trek, that’s very logical.

Sean Jackson finished second in the tourney with 789 while Scott Kaszubski was third with 776. The top woman was Gerly Sabin in fourth with 767.

Frank Arndt Memorial event: The annual Frank Arndt Memorial Scholarship tourney was held this past weekend at Camelot Bowl in Portage. Jim Dailey, who had a great tournament season last year after recovering from a stroke, took first place in the adult division. Maryssa Carey finished on top in the youth scholarship division.

Snow around the corner: The 17th annual Snow Bowl no-tap singles tournament will be held at 10 p.m., on Jan. 13 at Stardust II in Hobart. The late-night event has a $25 entry fee (through Jan. 5 with a $5 late fee after that date).

The tourney is open to men and women, 18 years and older, with handicap based on a 215 average. Out of every entry, $5 goes toward the Lakeshore Association scholarship fund.

And by popular demand, the late-night breakfast portion of the tourney will be back. For more details, contact tourney manager Ken Laviolette at 741-4915 or kdlcsl89@hotmail.com.

8-game triples still going: The inaugural Eight Game Triples is ongoing at Hobart Lanes on various Sundays. The next squad will be at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16 with four games in the morning and four more after an hour break.

The cost is $150 per three-person team with handicap based on 230 average. First place will pay $1,080 for scratch and handicap separately, based on 72 team entries. For more details, call 942-0906.



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