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, 2019-08-03 18:26:15
As a Boston Bruins fan, it was a very sad night for Charlie Macomber.
“I’m a big-time fan,” the 37-year-old Taunton resident said. “So, June 12 was not a very good night. When the Bruins lost to the St. Louis Blues, who won the Stanley Cup that night, I was devastated.”
Something else happened that night, however, to take the sting out of the Bruins loss – at least a little.
Macomber ended up throwing his ninth-career 300 game (first at Wonder Bowl) and a career-high second 800 series, an 822.
“I was surprised,” Macomber said, “because I didn’t do well in practice before league began.”
When the first game of the night in the Summer Classic League began, the right-handed bowler started with a strike and didn’t stop striking until the fourth frame of the second game.
In that frame, he left a pocket 10-pin that he converted for the spare. He didn’t miss until the second ball in the 10th.
For his efforts that game, he scored a 269.
“At that point I was thinking an 800 series,” he said, “but in this league, we change lanes after the second game. I was afraid the lane conditions would be different and I would lose my momentum. I didn’t know what I would walk into. I was dialed in on the first pair.”
He found that he needn’t fear, however, when he started the third game with a strike. He then left a couple of 10 pins and struck out after that for a 253 game and an 822 series.
“Out of 36 possible strikes,” said Manchester, “I bowled 31. I guess that will have to make up for the Bruins losing.”
He started bowling at 17 years old with his best friend, John Ventura, in an adult league at the former AMF Taunton Ten Pin.
The Taunton center closed about five years ago, but a year before it did, Macomber joined the Baker Pali League at East Providence Lanes with friend Nate Abdow.
After Taunton shuttered, he joined the Somerset Doubles League with Abdow at AMF Somerset Lanes. He’s still bowling in both those leagues.
He bowled his first 300 about 10 years ago at Taunton, bowled one in a tournament at Keene, New Hampshire and one in his league at East Providence. The rest of his nine were at Taunton Ten Pin and AMF Somerset Lanes.
A highlight of his career was when he and Abdow bowled a 600 doubles game at the Somerset lanes a few years ago. Macomber went on that night to bowl his first 800 series, an 805.
He’s been bowling with his life-long friend Ventura in the Summer Classic League at Wonder Bowl for four years and has a 221 average. He ended the previous fall/winter league with a 220 average.
Macomber claims he strives to increase his average. He also would like to bowl more tournaments and be more successful in them.
In the meantime, he still mourns the Bruins loss.
A NEBA Singles Tournament is Sunday in Keene, New Hampshire. An additional $1,000 has been added to the prize fund. For more information and to register, visit www.BowlNEBA.com.
Southeastern Massachusetts USBC has a league kick-off meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday at 7 p.m. at Holiday Lanes in Westport. All league secretaries are urged to attend to receive their packets for the fall/winter season. Also, new rules and secretary responsibilities will be discussed.
A Summer Scratch Classic Tournament is August 17 at noon at Wonder Bowl. Entry fee is $75 per bowler. An additional $1,000 will be added to the prize fund via sponsors and ball raffles. Also, first place will pay $1,000 based on 64 entries. There will be five games of qualifying and one out of four bowlers will advance to the finals and cash. The tournament will be contested on a challenge pattern to be announced.
The NFL Seniors League (men ages 50-plus) at Wonder Bowl has a fall/winter league kick-off meeting on August 12 at 1 p.m.
The Splice Girls Mixed League at Wonder Bowl has a fall/winter kick-off meeting on August 19 at 6:30 p.m.
USBC News: New rules that started on Aug. 1 were: Rule 18 – In addition to not using abrasives, rosin or powder on a ball during competition, no cleaners can be used after competition has started. This includes new balls brought into competition. Should the ball be returned with a substance on the surface that cannot be removed with a dry cloth, the bowler must get permission from a league or tournament official to use an approved cleaner.
Rule 102e, item 9 – Duties of the secretary, requires the secretary to send all final averages to the local association (Dale Carroll) within 15 days of the completion of the league (used to be 20 days).
Bowling ball drilling requirements-new ball drilling specifications went into effect August 1. To learn about future bowling ball drilling requirements, go to bowl.com.
USBC will lower the membership maximum age from 20 to 18 starting with the 2020-2021 season. The reason for the change is to align bowling with other youth sports. More information is available on www.bowl.com.
Jonathan Clough, in the Summer Tuesday Night Mixed League at Wonder Bowl, bowled a 264 game that was 109 pins over his average on July 23.
On a sad note: Rick Baptiste, who bowled leagues at Wonder Bowl and other local centers, passed away on July 30 after battling cancer for quite a while. Condolences to his family, friends and teammates. His presence will be missed at the lanes.
AMF Somerset Lanes
John Grobe Mixed Seniors: Ron Rusin, 222; Diane Letourneau, 213; Kelly Van Hees, 216, 204/602; Jay Pereira, 214, 205/602; Joe Santos, 235; Chris Mercer, 211.
Wednesday Summer Seniors: Don Rowell, 211; Sandra Smusz, 515.
Friday Senior Mixed Tournament (July 26): 1st (tie), Bob Loureiro and Steve Finnerty, 675; 3rd, Andy Trahan, 662; 4th, Pat Bithell; high woman out of the money, Lucy Langlois, 645.
HOLIDAY LANES, WESTPORT
Friday Summer Doubles: Bruce Garnett, 206, 216/618; Ken Pelland, 247, 205/634; Bill Efthimiades, 235, 231/665; Mike Monast, 236, 234, 234/705; Steve Raymond, 202, 244/622; Victor Soto, 223; John Zeb, 216; Mike St. Son, 204, 237601.
Summer Classic: Charles Stewart, 245; Phil Berube, 245; Shawn Childs, 276/951; Cortney Rebello, 223; Bobby Rebello, 236; Dale Carroll, 234; John Oliveira, 258, 259; David Saucier, 257, 245/905; Vinnie Furtado, 239; Tyler Perry, 279; Charlie McConnell, 245; Stan Gibbs, 237; Billy Drury, 256; Mike Schrems, 250/949; Erik Beaudoin, 256, 247; Joe Bourhill, 243, 268; Mike Dupuis, 255, 289; Josh Pires, 224; Matt Guerreiro, 250; Derrick Silva, 258, 236/848; Brent Brewer, 242; Siso Ranuga, 210, 220/807; Matt Heywood, 257, 252/984; Charlie Macomber, 247, 258/949; John Ventura, 265; Tony Avylla, 257, 247/931; John Camara, 278, 244/955; Eric Lombard, 258; Jayme Silva, 270, 258/965; Eddie Souza, 259.
Summer Adult Child: Dennis Clark, 178; Ava Gomes, 142; Tarina Pilling, 213/571; Ethan Souza, 202.
Summer Tuesday Night Mixed (July 23): Willian Avila, 242; Nina-Marie Batten, 211; Katie Bobola, 199; Debbie Camara, 201/554; Brian Carvalho, 215, 202, 213/630; Sandi Charis, 227/589; Tom Charis, 203; Patrice Coholan, 539; Tony Furtado, 240, 243, 258/741; Bruce Garnett, 221, 276/678; Rick Holmes, 223; Sandi Litchfield, 200; Shane Litchfield, 267/680; Kelly Luiz, 213/562; Ronald Maciel, 252/645; Norm Mendes, 202; Tiffany Oliveira, 528; Ozzie Oswald, 224, 246, 204/674; Peter Pelletier, 203; Arthur Peirce, 223, 244/668; Steve Riccardi, 224; Amy Shoorens, 204/568; Steven Shoorens, 208; Jayme Silva, 255, 280/716; Karl Thompsen, 268/641; Richard Trahan, 202; Tony Vieira, 231, 219.
Summer Tuesday Night Mixed (July 30): Derek Audette, 212; Kim Brittain, 500; Debbie Camara, 522; Fran Cambria, 523; Brian Carvalho, 203; Tom Charis, 205; Patrice Coholan, 518; Ray Colvin, 258, 225/681; Karen Henriques, 502; Dave Lewin,224; Sandi Litchfield, 205; Kelly Luiz, 526; Ronald Maciel, 238, 237/681; Ozzie Oswald, 247, 240/691; Peter Pelletier, 224; Artie Peirce, 223, 206; Adam Portrait, 208; Cameron Rogers, 215; Jayme Silva Jr., 258, 279/768; Jayme Silva, 248, 279/737; Derek Simmons, 210; Tim Sousa, 223; Karl Thompsen, 222; Richard Trahan, 203; Tony Vieira, 204.
Vicki Prevost covers bowling for The Standard-Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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