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Willliam VanAken Scores Third 300

Ed Townsend - Columnist
Posted 1/28/21

William “Bill” VanAken scored his third career 300 January 18 in the Kiamesha Lanes Monday Men's league on lanes 1 and 2 using a Storm IQ bowling ball.

Bill, 42, of Mongaup Valley is a member …

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Willliam VanAken Scores Third 300

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William “Bill” VanAken scored his third career 300 January 18 in the Kiamesha Lanes Monday Men's league on lanes 1 and 2 using a Storm IQ bowling ball.

Bill, 42, of Mongaup Valley is a member of the T21 Tribe team and bowled this 300 with teammates Jim VanAken, Daniel VanAken and George VanAken.

His current average is 198 in the Monday league and 200 in the Tuesday Mixed Firemen's league.

Bill has been bowling for 25 plus years and his total series on January 18 was a 721 off single games of 222, 199, 300.

Asked if all strikes were in the pocket he said, “yes.”

VanAken is married to his wife, Allison, and they have two children, Logan and Jenna. He is employed by the Town of Fallsburg Highway Department.

700 Score Board

Paul Minton brought his scoring talents to our 700 scoreboard this past week with single game scores of 236, 269, 247 for a 752 in the Monday Men's league at Kiamesha Lanes. Minton, president of the Monday Men's league currently holds down a 214 average in this league.

Other 700 Sullivan County series scores include Vinny Collura with a 709 off single scores of 207, 246, and 256; Bill VanAken clipped the maples for a perfect 300 game while adding a 199 and a 222 for a 721 series; Jack Rustic scored a 702 off single games of 235, 246, 221; Pedro Agapito III hit a 735 off single games of 211, 245, 279; David Graham scored a 713 off single games of 232, 267, 214; and William Schubert scored a 705 off single games of 225, 222 and 258.

Up at the Fox Bowling Center Shane Dirig clipped the maples for a 701 off single games of 237, 268, 196.

Ed's Outlook

New Title Sponsor

For PBA Tour

The Profesionnal Bowlers Association (PBA) announced last week that Guaranteed Rate, one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the country, has signed on as the Title Sponsor of the 2021 PBA Tour season.

“We're thrilled to expand our partnership with Guaranteed Rate and welcome them as the Title Sponsor of the 2021 PBA Tour,” said Colie Edison, Chief Executive Officer of the PBA. “Guaranteed Rate has proven to be a great partner of the Tour and our players, and we look forward to continuing the momentum into the new season.”

The expanded agreement provides Guaranteed Rate with an array of exclusive marketing rights and opportunities to connect the brand even further with the PBA Tour, its fans, and its events. The 2021 Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour on FOX began Jan. 24.

But that's not the only prize money on the line. The PBA and FOX have partnered to once again present the $1 Million Bonus incentive for any player who bowls a perfect 300 in the Title match in one of four key PBA events on FOX Broadcast Channel.

“We're excited to build upon our partnership with the PBA,” said Guaranteed Rate Chief Marketing Officer Steve Moffat. “The players on the PBA Tour are the best athletes in the sport and believe anything is possible. We're proud to be part of the excitement as they compete not only for the win, but for the perfect game.”

Only three televised 300 games have ever been accomplished in a title match in the history of the PBA Tour, most recently this time last year, when Tommy Jones bowled a perfect game at the 2020 PBA Hall of Fame Classic on FS1, the day after being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The $1 Million Bonus will be up for grabs for a 300 game in the title match of each of the following events: PBA Players Championship Finals - Sunday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. on FOX; PBA Tournament of Champions - Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX; PBA World Series of Bowling XII World Championship - Saturday, March 13 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX; PBA Super Slam - Sunday, April 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

The complete 2021 Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour schedule through April is available now at PBA.com, with additional details on PBA Tour events, including the PBA League and PBA King of the Lane Series to be announced at a later date.

Fans can catch all the action of the 2021 Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour on FOX and FOX Sports' FS1, and live stream the PBA on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

The PBA's online streaming partner, FloBowling, will live stream the PBA Tour's qualifying rounds competition and provide in-depth interviews with the Tour's players. International fans of the sport can watch the TV telecasts live on FloBowling.com.

PBA Players Championship TV Schedule: Southwest Region Finals - Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1; Central Region Finals - Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. ET on FS1; East Region Finals - Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1; South Region Finals - Sunday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1; Championship Finals - Sunday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

During this uncertain time, the PBA's main priority continues to be the health and safety of its players and staff. The PBA is taking all necessary precautions and following local and federal COVID-19 guidelines to reduce risks and modify procedures as needed.

Bowling Tip

By Mike Luongo

Bowling has reached a real fork in the road. Never has the gap between league bowler and the elite professional bowler been larger.

Some league bowlers routinely average 230-plus on lane conditions that are engineered by bowling centers to allow recreational bowlers to get maximum pleasure from their league experience by carrying inflated averages that mean absolutely nothing in the real bowling world.

The USBC does absolutely nothing to preserve the integrity of the game, they only minimally regulate bowling balls and allow bowling centers to put out conditions that are so forgiving that honor scores are really a thing of the past as they are so common today for league bowlers.

When these same league bowlers go to the USBC Nationals each year, they are routinely deflated when they have to bowl on a lane condition that requires accuracy and repeat ability to yield high scores.

On the other hand, you have the PBA. Each year the Professional Bowlers Association comes up with new and more difficult oil patterns to challenge the game's elite players.

The newest patterns, introduced a couple of years ago, challenge the players to unheard of degrees. From the 32 feet Wolf pattern that reduce the greatest players in the world to using non-aggressive urethane equipment, to the 54 feet Badger pattern that leaves only eight feet of friction past the pattern for the ball to react.

The new patterns have put elite bowlers in the unenviable position of looking like rank amateurs on televised matches that are routinely viewed by league bowlers who have no understanding of the impact of oil patterns on bowling performance.

Something needs to happen at this critical fork in the road for bowling. Either the USBC needs to start regulating oil patterns at the league level, or the PBA needs to start putting out variations of house shots and let the best bowlers in the world carry 260 averages.

As putting out tougher house shots would undoubtedly result in the loss of a large percentage of house bowlers ... the PBA softening up the pro patterns is really the only viable alternative.

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 at mikel@stormbowling.com.

Local Scores

Kiamesha Lanes

Monday Men's

Jason Jones Sr. 235, 620, Kyle Matthews 279, 673, Bob Feeney Sr. 248, 621, Paul Wilbur 218, 612, Russell Bivins 246, 604, Bobby Patel 237, 631, Charlie Tuttle 268, 666, Pedro Agapito III a 225, 226, 653, Tom Belgiovene 234, 616, Jonathan Wilhelm 247, 685, Jon Wilhelm 256, 649.

Tuesday Mixed Firefighter

Tom Belgiovene 226, Jonathan Wilhelm 234, 649, Jon Wilhelm 254, 618, Sil Boldiis 157, Wendy Swan 161, Jacklyn KImmes 166, Charlie Tuttle 244, 223, 626, Bobby Patel 221, Connie Beach 173, Nicole Beach 168, Trasey Barres 184, Shane Cunningham 215, 604, Stanley Gilmore 258, 190, 611, James VanAken 269, 621, David Graham 228, 222, 646, Anne Kaplan 152, Kevin Stackhouse 221, 225, 246, 692, Keith Smith 212, 257, 192, 661, David Doty 204, 204, 604.

Friday Mixed

Shane Cunningham 223, Nate Goldsmith 234, 221, 661, Greg Kuchar 249, Laresko Niifa 213, Bobby Patel 210, Serafin Rodriguez III a 232, 215, 226, 673, Bill Schubert 235, 256, 691, Trevor Scott 277, 606, Tom Skiff III a 221, 238, 636, Keith Smith 213, 203, 606, Kevin Stackhouse 228, 233, 666, Charlie Tuttle 244, 224, 224, 692, Lisa Cartwright 183, 189, 524, Nicole Feller 176, Anne Kaplan 185, Michele Macedonio 170, 173, 502, Helen McCombs 205, Valerie Mott 170, Victoria Sawall 173.

Fox Bowling Center

Wednesday Independent

Doc Bolduc 269, 229, 648, Andrew Bullis 211, 215, 602, Shane Dirig 212, 227, 226, 665, Mike Dufton 202, 235, 636, Randy Evanitsky 247, 242, 206, 695, Bill Gleim 220, 205, 210, 635, Paul Gordon 252, 608, Ben Green 209, 210, 611, Pete Green 213, 255, 628, Rob Johnson 214, 213, 268, 695, Donnie Marino 233, 216, 643, Wayne McClenon 223, 611, Mitch Persbacker 235, Aaron Phillips 269, 617, Zach Russell 200, 251, 646, Roger Widmann 228, Zuke Wormuth 235, 225, 659.

Thursday Night 3

Dale Conklin 225, 243, 645, Bill Gleim 215, 224, 211, 650, Dan Keesler 231, 666, Rick Mills 202, 278, 672, Neil Mosher 234, 603, DanWormuth 235, 684.

Friday Couples

Andy Bullis 248, 236, 684, Dale Conklin225, 620, Melinda Conklin 231, 190, 182, 603, Shane Dirig 224, 258, 684, Janel Ellis 212, 542, Hope Jones 180, 181, Dan Koch 223, 638, Brianna Meres 204, 236, 592, Dean Price 211, 247, 638, Tia Robinson 182, Jen Smith 204, 207, 187, 598, Lori Walker 192, Dan Wormuth 200, 248, 233, 681, Jeremy Wormuth 258, 234, 203, 695.

Sat. Fox Youth Mixed

Landon Fuller 158, 136, 101, 395, Ashbee Gately 128, Olivia Johnston 102, 106, 113, 321, Alex Mosher 163, 108, 146, 417, Landyn Robinson 112, Cooper Wormuth 115.

Sunday Mixed

John Fish 202, Landyn Fuller, (youth) 121, 130, 143, Don Marino 236, 213, 642, Rick Mills 263, 214, 631, Gabe Rynearson (youth) 181, 128, 146, 455, Paul Siegler 204.

Port Jervis Bowl

Thursday Women's

Kim DeGarmo 196, 169, 180, 545, Carol Flynn 185, 178, 171, 534, Celeste Fitzpatrick 167, 198, 158, 523, Sherri Laird 193, 158, 167, 518, Lori Stelecki 157, 147, 178, 482, Maureen Decker 178, Rachel Rivera 178.

Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of bowling and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in 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 to bght75@gmail.com or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's photos at http://bght.blogspot.com We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

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