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, 2020-01-11 18:15:00
With just a couple of weeks left in the 97th annual Brothers Tournament at Landmark Lanes, defending champions Joe and John Hinkle have yet to bowl.
Their appearance in the event might have been delayed by a recent bout of pneumonia by Joe.
But his twin brother said that they will probably be bowling either this weekend or next, making it their 31st straight appearance in the tournament.
Going into the final three weekends of the event, Dustin and Daren Lowery are leading both scratch and handicap in the brothers division. They totaled 1,376 scratch and 1,424 with handicap.
The Lowery brothers have a 26-pin lead over Kevin and Kris Audi (1,350) in the scratch division, and are 31 pins better than Randy and Jeff Hurst (1,393) with handicap.
In the brothers-in-law division, Landmark general manager Travis Anderson and Chad Tucker lead the handicap group with a 1,350 total, just six pins ahead of Jerry Ulrich and Dan Hoffman (1,344). Steven Miller and Rick Coy lead scratch with 1,280.
The tournament runs on weekends through Jan. 26, with squad times at 12:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Tony DeVita came through with a bit 289 game in the title match to help lift the trio of DeVita, Austin Markley and Brad Moore to the championship of the Winter Trios Tournament at Mt. Hawley Bowl last Sunday.
The winning trio totaled 723 pins in the finale, while Kenny Combs, Don Sweet and Bob Baker finished second with a 658 scratch total and 674 with handicap.
It was a total team effort for the winners. Markley got them going with opening games of 256, 280 and 256 for a 792 series. Moore had a 265 in Game 2 and closed with another 265 to help the team take the lead going into the stepladder finals.
DeVita was steady throughout qualifying (237, 255, 222, 237 and 216), and had the front 10 strikes before leaving a 4-pin on his 11th ball. But by then, the match was over and he knew they had won the $1,700 top prize.
Sweet was the high individual in the 22-team event with a 1,264 total for five games (252.8 average), which included an opening 300 game.
Justin Heilig, Johnny Reinheimer and John Flanagan placed third; Cheyne Raynor, Drew Furkin and Jordan Schwiderski fourth; Ambrose Medrano Jr. (who had back-to-back games of 286 and 300), Andres Torres and Greg Medrano fifth; and Adam Johnson, Will Keiser and Andy Stone sixth.
Last season, Mark Stenger and Will Keiser rolled 300 games against each other at Sunset Lanes in Pekin during the Bill Mastronardi/Aramark Masters traveling league.
They both rolled perfect games again on Monday night at Landmark Lanes, but not against each other.
Stenger opened the night with 18 straight strikes for the T&D Windshield team before a 7-pin stopped his run. He had games of 300, 247 and 222 to lead the league with a 769 series. His team still dropped a 32-18 decision to T-Shirt House.
Keiser rolled 17 straight strikes for Lannert Chiropractor before leaving a 10-pin on his 18th ball. He had games of 300, 266 and 183 for a 749 set. His team also lost its match, 30-20, to WingStop.
On Saturday, Feb. 1, Plaza Lanes will host a benefit for Steve Summer, who was diagnosed with stage 4 renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) the day after Christmas in 2018.
The benefit will include a “Summer Lovin’ 9-pin No-Tap Tournament,” 50/50 drawings and other fund-raising events. Cost for the tournament is $20, which includes three games and shoe rental. Check in is 5 p.m. and bowling starts at 6 p.m.
Johnny Campos is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at 686-3214 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnnyCampos59.
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