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October 31, 2013

Andrew Smith high for the week

Junior Bowler Andrew Smith from White Oaks led all area scoring this week with a 772 series, featuring a 279 game. Kasey Sullivan had a 653 set, also at White Oaks. There were a number of good scores from women this week with Amanda Greene leading the way with 693 at Wilson Lanes. Autumn Grant had 692 and Becky Torrington had 672 at White Oaks. Missy Yates rolled 665 at the Bowler

Chad Gable led the men with 750. This was Chad’s 6th consecutive 700 series in the Wednesday Men’s Industrial league at White Oaks. CP Sines shot 747 at Rainbow Lanes, a nice follow up to last week’s 800 series. Corey Shirey had 740 and Bobby Lannon rolled 738 to round out the week’s top scores.

Is bowling a skill or a sport? Or is it a combination of both? Bowling has fought for respect over the years but has an interesting new ally this week. The World Series of Bowling is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are four separate tournaments consisting of 14 games of qualifying. The tournaments have been conducted on the Scorpion, Cheetah, Chameleon and Viper lane patterns. Normally, the top scores get all the attention, but this week a name at the bottom has raised a lot of eyebrows: Terrell “T.O.” Owens.  That’s right, former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens is attempting to make the transition from NFL Pro Bowler to PBA Pro Bowler. Thus far, he hasn’t met with much success finishing at the bottom or close to last on all 4 patterns. This is in no way a knock on T.O. however. By all accounts, he is doing everything he can to learn and improve from the best in the world and has been incredibly gracious in handling interviews and helping to promote the sport. Several other professional athletes have been very capable bowlers, including Jerome Bettis of the Steelers and former Giants’ pitcher John Burkett. Owens is the first superstar athlete to make a full transition into a PBA series like the World Series. The PBA has struggled with sponsorship the last decade and Owens is providing a much needed shot of publicity.

In the coverage I’ve seen online, Owen’s struggles are typical of many bowlers. His “A”­ game is a fairly big hook. When that doesn’t work, he doesn’t have many options. Bowlers need to be able to play many lines and different angles. When practicing, try things you aren’t comfortable with, such as throwing the ball closer to the gutter or playing straighter lines than you are used to playing. Most people can bowl well when the lanes are set up exactly to their liking. The bowlers who are really successful can compete on all conditions, not just their specialty.

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