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Ed Townsend - Columnist
Posted 1/14/21

We have listened to our local bowlers who have requested that we highlight big scoring efforts they are making on the lanes each week.

In this feature we will list bowlers who have recorded a 700 …

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We have listened to our local bowlers who have requested that we highlight big scoring efforts they are making on the lanes each week.

In this feature we will list bowlers who have recorded a 700 series or higher.

So here we go.

Leading the big scoring column this week is Pedro Agapito III with a big 794 series off single games of 267, 268 and 259 in the Tuesday Mixed Firefighter league. Pedro presently maintains a 234 average in this league.

Other 700 or above scores were recorded by Charlie Tuttle with a 744 off single games of 255, 214, 275, Jonathan Wilhelm with a 738 series off single games of 258, 245, 235, Vinnie Collura with a 737 off single games of 269, 233, 235, Pedro Agapito III again got into the 700 column with a 767 off single games of 279, 258, 230, Jonathan Wilhelm a 704 off single games of 223, 256, 225, Jaryl Scott with a 707 off single games of 258, 227, 222, Shane Cunningham a 776 with single games of 250, 251, 275, David Graham a 713 off single games of 254, 191, 268 and Zuke Wormuth with a 732 off single games of 208, 266, and 258.

Ed's Outlook

As I noted in last week's column the bowling world continues to make changes and this week I highlight the addition of a new bowling ball company and the fact that PBA bowler Marshall Kent, a four-time PBA Tour champion, has left Storm after eight years and signed with upstart Big Bowling heading into the 2021 PBA Tour season.

The move is a significant get for Big Bowling, which launched last year just before the coronavirus pandemic began. Other staffers for the company include Rhino Page, Andrew Cain and Pontus Andersson.

“It was a very difficult decision, but I feel this is a decision that is better for me in the future,” said Kent, who was the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year. “I've gotten to throw the bowling balls the last few days, and I'm extremely impressed with what I've seen so far. I'm really excited to see what we can come out with in the future.”

Kent's decision to change ball companies comes on the heels of one of the most lucrative events in years on the PBA Tour.

The 2021 PBA Players Championship will begin Jan. 16 with regional qualifying live on FloBowling with an overall prize fund of $1 million, including $250,000 going to the winner.

As a new company, Big Bowling currently only has four balls plus a spare ball approved for competition, though Kent said more are on the way.

Despite having a limited arsenal and not having access to the ball reps he has used for years, Kent said he wasn't concerned.“We're going to figure out the ball rep situation before the event comes because three of us are in the same region,” Kent said. “For me personally, I've always been kind of independent and tried to figure things out on my own. If I really get to the point where I can't figure things out, I go to a ball rep. It's not going to be as big of a deal for me as it might be for other players who make a switch and have to figure out how to communicate with reps.”

Kent picked up his first PBA Tour title in 2014 at the Kingdom International Open in Saudi Arabia and won his second at the PBA Team Challenge in 2016.

In 2017, Kent had the best season of his young career, winning the PBA Lubbock Sports Open and the PBA Oklahoma Open.

In recent years, Kent has struggled to break through despite making numerous shows. He made a pair of stepladders in 2020, finishing second at the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and fifth at the PBA Players Championship.

So it will be interesting to see what Big Bowling has to offer to bowlers and what success they have with the new bowling balls.

Next week I'll talk about a new bowling concept.

Bowling Tip

By Mike Luongo

In order for everyone to enjoy the bowling experience, it's common courtesy to follow a few simple guidelines. Here are some of the unwritten rules of bowling etiquette.

1. Always wear bowling shoes. Street shoes will ruin the approaches.

2. Keep nasty language and outbursts in your head. Nobody wants to hear it.

3. Keep any food or drinks away from the lanes. Spilling anything can damage the equipment and is dangerous for others.

4. Be ready to take your turn, don't make everyone wait.

5. Don't step over the foul line. It's against the rules and can result in you tracking oil all over the approach.

6. Don't use someone else's ball unless given permission.

7. Yield to the bowler to your right if you're both up at the same time.

8. Stand off the approach and out of the line of sight of the other bowler until that bowler finishes.

9. Do not intrude on the adjacent lanes in any way. That includes throwing your ball onto the wrong lane, standing or playing on another lane's approach, or doing anything that infringes on the adjacent bowlers' lane.

Mike Luongo is a Certified IBPSIA Pro Shop Operator, Master Instructor, USBC Silver Level Coach and an Advisor-Special Events Assistant with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. Have a question, email him at mike.luongo@stormbowling.com.

LOCAL SCORES

KIAMESHA LANES

Monday Men's

Kevin Stackhouse 236, 237, 213, 686, Joe Smith 224, 602, Michael Calazzo 223, 243, 653, Paul Minton 214, 227, 640, Robert Feeney Jr. 210, 213, 608, Bob Feeney Sr. 242, 190, 224, 656, Charlie Tuttel 234, 623, Dan VanAken 258, 637, Jon Wilhelm 244, 235, 682.

Tues. Mixed Firefighters

Steve Belgiovene 221, 210, 209, 640, Neil Bell 235, Carena Collura 179, 169, Wendy Swan 184, Debbie Saunderson 179, David Graham 208, 605, Daniel VanAken 244, 611, Jaclyn KImmes 193, 236, 576, Rachel Feller 166, Dennis Rundle 242, Anne Kaplan 183,, Kevin Stackhouse 279, 689, Bobby Patel 216, 604, Keith Smith 222, 612, Kathy Bradley 175, Connie Beach 181, Karen Martin 202,

Friday Mixed

Pedro Agapito III a 222, Greg Kucher 247, Laresko Niifa 259, Jason Rogers 238, 609, Bill Schubert 243, 603, Trevor Scott 220, Keith Smith 227, 227, 669, Kevin Stackhouse 256, 234, 208, 698, Anne Kaplan 192, 498, Michele Macedonio 164, Wendy Swan 175.

FOX BOWLING CENTER

Wednesday Independent

Doc Bolduc 243, 225, 641, Andrew Bullis 234, 610, Brian Drumm 264, 613, Mike Dufton 213, 231, 606, Pete Green 212, 235, 633, Rob Johnson 228, 607, Dan Keesler 208, 605, Donnie Marino 233, 634, Mitch Persbacker 255, 655, Dick Price 254, 687, Paul Siegler 226, Scott Wahl 255, 664, Scott Wormuth 223, Zuke Wormuth 266, 258, 732.

Thursday Night 3

Dale Conklin 239, 666, Ray Cornwall 237, 603, Shane Dirig 237, 665, Bill Gleim 227, 649, Scott Wahl 232, 603, Dan Wormuth 235, 682.

Saturday Morning Youth Mixed

Landon Fuller 142, 137, Ashbee Gately 102, Landyn Robinson 105, Cooper Wormuth 116, 137, 114, 367.

Sunday Mixed Fun

Landon Fuller (youth) 113, 146, 125, Anthony Gately 223, 570, Donnie Marino 214, 205, 611, Brian Mills 203, Rick Mills 213, 264, 622, Gabe Rlynearson 204, 210, 190, 604, Fred Shakelton 222, 571.

Port Jervis Bowl

Thursday Women

Carol Flynn 146, 184, 215, 545, Kim DeGarmo 136, 182, 134, 452, Donna Flugel 146, 147, 133, 426,, Carmela Montaperto 191, 183, 173, 547, Maureen Decker 143, 183, 195, 521, Karen Kehlenback 181.

Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of bowling and brings over 60 plus years of sports journalism experience writing and compiling the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, bowl a 300 game or 800 series, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email at bght75@gmail.com or fax to 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's photos at https://bght.blogspot.com We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

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