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Local bowling: Don Draia, Mark Millsap win Lakeshore doubles again

Mark Millsap (left) DDraiwanother Lakeshore Bowling Associatidoubles title as well as being top team. | Steve T. Gorches~Post-Tribune

Mark Millsap (left) and Don Draia won another Lakeshore Bowling Association doubles title, as well as being on the top team. | Steve T. Gorches~Post-Tribune

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Haven’t they won enough titles? Well, that’s a stupid question. Winning never gets old. Just ask Don Draia and Mark Millsap.

The duo have some more hardware coming their way after the Lakeshore Bowling Association tournament completed this past weekend.

Results are unofficial until averages are confirmed, but Draia and Millsap have no handicap, so winning their 100th association doubles title is all but official.

OK, it’s not really 100, but it seems like it.

“I have no idea how many ... ask Don,” Millsap said.

“I don’t know ... ask Mark,” Draia said.

So their memories aren’t in unison, but their bowling as double partners is legendary with at least seven Lakeshore titles off the top of their heads, and that doesn’t include the Moose Tournament and Indiana State Tournament doubles titles.

They combined for 1,407 on Sunday with Millsap shooting a 724 and 300 game, which fits into their secret to winning.

“He can’t beat me or we don’t win,” Millsap said. Draia rolled a 683 series.

The best example of the rule working on the negative side was a Moose Tournament in which Draia shot a nice 790 set, but they finished second.

Draia and Millsap were also part of the unofficial Lakeshore team champs that almost set a record. Along with Chad Swierc, who rolled 811, Dave Fowble and Jay Bridges, they rolled a 3,738 series to win by more than 150 pins. According to board members Ken Laviolette and Paul Miller, the tourney record is somewhere around 3,450.

Other Lakeshore winners (unofficially, of course) are the team of Bill Pruitt, Andy Gardner, Trini Sanchez, Jeff Winnick and Dan Reid in pins over average (+377), Bob Kammer Jr. in actual singles (817), Adam Carlisle in singles POA (+180) and all-events POA (+382), Pat and Michelle Isabell in doubles POA (+129) and Dave Fowble in actual all-events (2,207).

GCABA senior tourney: The Greater Calumet Area Bowling Association seven annual senior championships at LanOak Lanes also came to its conclusion recently with the Class A title coming down to the last day with a couple high scores. Tom Lombardo rolled an 809 series in the final squad to edge Rick Woloszyn’s 804 from the morning squad.

The tourney had its second female winner as Diane Johnson rolled a 666 to win Class D. Other division winners were Bill Slusarczyk in Class B (764) and Ephraim Martin

Camelot Valentine’s tournament: Camelot Bowl in Portage will hold the 13th annual Shirley’s Valentine’s No-Tap Tournament at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20 (sign-ups at noon). The format is mixed singles at $25 per bowler with handicap based on 80 percent of 200. This year’s even is now United States Bowling Congress sanctioned. For details or to sign up, call Shirley at 762-8558.

Stardust III 8-pin Love Tap: There are three squads left in the Stardust Bowl III 8-pin Love Tap tournament (eight pins count as a strike) — 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 10:45 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $30 pre-paid, $35 for walk-ins with a format of four games (two games on one pair of lanes, two games on another). For more details, call 322-3666.

Lakeshore St. Pat’s Tournament: The Lakeshore Association will hold its annual St. Pat’s Open Tournament at noon (sign-ups at 11 a.m.) on March 10 and 17 at Cressmoor Lanes in Hobart. The event is open to all sanctioned men’s and women’s bowlers and handicap is based on 100 percent of a 215 average. The cost is $30 per bowler with $5 of each entry going toward the association’s scholarship fund. For details, contact Laviolette at 741-4915 or kdlcsl89@hotmail.com.



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