Bowling: State record almost broken last week
By Steve T. Gorches email@example.com | Twitter: @SteveTGorches April 16, 2013 10:12PM
The team "Murphy's Law" shot games between 250 and 299 for a near-state-record 1,373 total last week at Stardust II. | Steve T. Gorches~Post-Tribune
Updated: May 19, 2013 7:29AM
Past Post-Tribune tournament champ Kevin Sims was in a precarious situation last Wednesday night during his men’s league at Stardust Bowl II.
To cheer for a fellow league team or not to cheer, that was the question.
He was watching the team called Murphy’s Law — consisting of Herman James III, Drake Cheatham, David Stiff, Shon Washington and Lee Hill — as they completed their 10th frame of the second game. They were on fire with strikes galore, and after Cheatham left a 7-pin on his last ball for a 299, some quick math told onlookers that the team could finish with a score of 1,387.
That would have been a state record, beating Sims’ team that also included Jay Kaurich, Mark Owens, Brian Czapla and Brett Jacobs. That group shot 1,378 on March 2, 2004 at Camelot Bowl in Portage.
Both Stiff and Washington struck out to put the onus on Hill, who got the first one but missed on the second ball. Sims politely clapped after strikes in the 10th frame, but cheered loudly as Murphy’s Law finished with 1,373 — a house record, for sure, but not higher than Sims’ team.
It turns out that 2004 squad was actually beat by one pin in January by a team in Evansville.
“Now I wish they really would have gotten it,” Sims said the day after.
Either way, it was great to witness how good those guys bowled, and hopefully James (who most know by his nickname of “Hammer”), Washington and Hill will bowl that well in next month’s P-T tournament.
Region summer leagues: As most of you know, the majority of Northwest Indiana bowling centers have summer leagues. Heck, even Camelot, which has been closed in summers past, has a couple leagues on Mondays and Thursdays (call 762-8558 for details). A handful of area centers have some new summer leagues in addition to their regular itinerary.
Hobart Lanes has leagues on Tuesday through Friday, but the Thursday Triples Classic is a new version of the house’s former Monday Triples in the summer. Teams of three men, women or mixed will bowl four games against two different teams each night, with individual match points. The meeting is at 6 p.m. on May 2 with the league starting May 9. For details, call 942-0906.
Plaza Lanes still has its Monday ball league and Thursday adult-junior, but the Highland center is trying to add a Friday Beer Buddies mixed league and a twist of its Tuesday night sport shot events. Instead of holding a pair of sweepers each Tuesday on tougher lane conditions, Plaza wants to turn them into weekly sport leagues for adults and youth at 7 p.m. starting May 21. For details, call 923-3800.
Stardust III will still have its Sunday baseball leagues — one for White Sox fans and another for Cubs fans, with tickets to a game in the late summer for all members — as well as Monday Money Doubles and Tuesday youth-adult. But this year the Dyer center has a hav-a-ball league on Wednesdays. For details, call 322-3666.
Hall of fame nominees: The Greater Calumet Area Bowling Association is looking for men and women who have had an impact on the local bowling community for its hall of fame. Nominees should be at least 45 years of age and have been sanctioned league bowlers in GCA centers for at least 10 years. Hall of fame applications can be found on the hall of fame page of the GCA website, greatercalumet.com.
Nomination deadline is June 1. Send nominations to: GCA USBC, c/o Mike Kozy, GCA president, 8133 Kennedy Ave., Highland, IN 46322. For more details, call Kozy at (219) 933-6677.
Post-Tribune tourneys: The P-T youth and adult invitational tournaments are right around the corner. The 11th annual youth event will be May 11 at Stardust Bowl II in Hobart (girls and boys in separate tourneys), while the adult events will be on May 25 and 26 at Stardust Bowl III in Dyer — women on Saturday and men on Sunday. The qualifier lists have been posted at post-trib.com/sports and will be updated each week. Entry fees have changed with all youth entrants costing $10, while the highest adult entry will be $15, based on qualification (women who roll 600 series or higher in league play, men who have rolled 780 or higher, 300 game or won local sport shot tournament). For more details, call or text (219) 331-5600 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.