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Dwayne Hanna is due for a perfect game.
Dwayne Hanna is due for a perfect game.
Fred Eisenhammer

Thoughts while waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for an opposing bowler to return to the lanes to take his turn:

Want to greatly improve your scores? Try bowling with an ace on your team – like a Bill Plummer, Richie Gardner, Dwayne Walker or Alfonso Alvarez. Their sheer presence will make you better . . .

Dwayne Hanna recently recorded his first “Clean 30,” a feat in which a bowler scores a strike or spare in every frame of a three-game series. Hanna seems primed to blast his first perfect game, having raised his average to 224. One more thing about Hanna: He’s now bowling with super elite bowler Johnnie Englehart. Coincidence? . . .

Englehart’s two longtime teammates, Bob Adams and Marsha Martinez, have seen their scores soar as well. So it’s not too surprising that their “We Let You Have It” team in Canoga Park Bowl’s “River Maniacs” summer league is sporting an amazing winning percentage of nearly 90 percent . . .

Bowlers are great quote-meisters – much better than athletes from any other sport. Bowlers Kelly Gold, Rick Auerbach, Mike Weekley, Kristen Carroll, Siena Cawelti and Ken Borshell are among the best locally . . .

One of the best all-time quotes came courtesy of Newbury Park’s Diane Marie a couple of years ago. She had just suffered a deflating injury to her right throwing shoulder while lifting a box at work. Diane was forced to the sideline for several weeks and was asked if she would be returning to the lanes soon. Said Diane: “Of course, I will. I am woman, hear me roar.” . . .

Bowling plays a huge part in many lives. Carol Tucker likes to say that visiting her bowling centers is comparable to the television show “Cheers” – meeting close friends and enjoying a bonding experience for several hours. Jeanette Griffin, who is moving to San Bernardino County from Woodland Hills, recently expressed that same sentiment when she said: “I surely had an awesome time and had an awesome team. Love the sport.” . . .

Don’t be greatly surprised if the Professional Bowlers Assn. League gives in and spices up its eight teams with some women players for the 2015 season. The league, which enjoyed some special moments on ESPN this past season, showed a lot of glitz but needs some glamour to go with it . . .

Best term in bowling? “Grandma’s teeth.” Those words have a certain bite to it . . .

Wouldn’t it be fun if they brought back that old TV show “Make That Spare?” How many people remember it? . . .

There’s always something to write about in bowling . . . even when there isn’t.