Cumberland Times-News

November 25, 2013

Dave Yates rolls 787

Joe Mullenax
Cumberland Times-News

— Dave Yates again led area bowlers with a 787 series at the Bowler which featured a high game of 280.  Troy Cubbage fired 767 at White Oaks, and Bobby Lannon  and Todd Simpson shot matching 757 sets while Tyler Mansfield had 755 at Rainbow.  Chad Gable shot 740 featuring a 290 game on the “shark” pattern in the PBA League at White Oaks.

Stephanie Miller led the lady bowlers with 629 at the Bowler.  Becky Torrington had 628 and Michele Hitchins had a 603 set for the week.  Among the Junior Bowlers, Zach Brobst led with 617.  Kasey Sullivan had 604 and Andrew Smith rolled 603.

White Oak Lanes will be hosting a four-game Handicap Tournament next Wednesday at 11 p.m..  I will do my best to post information about area tournaments, so please feel free to contact me if you know of any local events to promote.

Bowlers all know that no two lanes play the same, but for those of us who have travelled to leagues and tournaments over the years, we also know that no two bowling centers are the same.  Just in our area we have a 32-lane center at White Oaks and a small 6-lane center at Sherwood lanes in Frostburg.  Over the years I’ve seen some fairly unusual setups.  Due to some foundation shifting a center in Pennsylvania had two uphill approaches.  It was very disconcerting to see the foul line “uphill” from where you were starting.  At the old Somerset Lanes they experienced a similar problem and many times after your ball went past the pins, it would return to you by rolling back up the middle of the lane.  Gravity is a wonderful thing.

My all time favorite unique experience though, occurred in Clearfield, Pa., home of the Annual Snowball Classic.  When we arrived, it was a small 12-lane center.  As we signed up, they asked us to draw for a lane assignment.  

“The number you draw will be your starting lane.”  I drew 15.  

I figured I was in for a very long day until someone informed me that “you are in the other building”  This center had 6 more lanes, running perpendicular to the back of the first 12.  In order to get to them you had to either go behind the lane machines and use a maintenance door or you had to walk outside.  

Did I mention Clearfield gets a lot of snow in December?  The tournament rules stated that after each game you skipped two pairs of lanes.  So, my first game was on 15 and 16 and my second game was on 5 and 6… in the other building.  I got to stay indoors for game three but had to go back through the snow to lanes 13 and 14 for my final game.  

To this day, no matter how badly I’m bowling, I’m at least thankful if I get to stay indoors for the entire tournament.

Joe Mullenax is the Cumberland Times-News bowling columnist. Write to him at monktd@yahoo.com