Cumberland Times-News

December 12, 2013

Mansfield leads area by shooting perfect game at Rainbow Lanes

Joe Mullenax
Cumberland Times-News

— Kevin Mansfield’s perfect game at Rainbow Lanes highlighted area scoring this week. C.P. Sines with 784, also at Rainbow, produced the high series.

Kyle Poindexter shot 750 at the Bowler and Josh Oates had a 290 game on his way to a 745 series at Wilson Lanes. Jeremiah Howsare had a 298 game at White Oaks on the PBA Cheetah pattern and finished with a 759 series. This is the highest game and set thus far this season on the “sport” patterns at White Oaks. Jason Skipper had a 297 game at the Bowler this week as well.

On the women’s side, Crystal Uhl had 609 and Becky Torrington 605, both at the Bowler to lead the scoring. Missy Yates rolled three consecutive 192 games to earn a rare triplicate. Tyler Iser from Rainbow was high Youth Bowler with 645 featuring a nice 255 game.

A special note from Senior bowling this week: Therm Rexroad had a 183 game on his way to a 438 series. I have mentioned several times that bowling is a sport that can be enjoyed regardless of your age. Therm is 96. The next time you complain that you are too old or tired or sore to bowl, think of Therm.

Although bowling takes place indoors, cold weather can have an effect. Cracked sore fingers need attention. Nuskin or even superglue can help heal wounds and keep you bowling. An old remedy for a sore bowling thumb is to stick it inside a potato. A movie about bowling entitled “Dreamer” had the star getting on a bus with a potato on his thumb as he headed to a tournament. As silly as it sounds, it actually does work.

If cold weather (or indoor heat) makes your thumb shrink or swell, then you can use bowler’s tape to help your ball fit properly for each session. Taping is definitely personal preference. Some bowlers get by with using it very infrequently and others will use 10 pieces or more during one evening to get a proper fit. Professional bowler Norm Duke spends an incredible amount of time cutting tiny strips of tape to get the proper feel for his thumbhole. Don’t spend an evening dropping the ball when a little tape can prevent this problem.

Rain and snow can cause problems as well. Any moisture on your shoe can cause you to stick. A pair of shoe covers can let you walk around the bowling center without fear. Also, take a little test slide on the back of the approach before each frame while you are waiting your turn to bowl. Sticking at the foul line because your shoe is wet can cause you to throw a bad shot or even injure yourself if you aren’t careful. Even if your feet stay dry, cold wet air outside can cause the approaches to feel a little stickier than normal. Modern bowling shoes allow you to change soles to one that will slide better as necessary.

Carrying around some tape, some superglue and a few changes of soles can help you adjust to the lanes and the weather. I’d probably leave the potato at home.

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