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Craig Kisro claims his fourth WCST bowling title

Craig Kisro, middle, is flanked by Hall of Famers Glenn Allison and Larry Gray.
Craig Kisro, middle, is flanked by Hall of Famers Glenn Allison and Larry Gray.
Courtesy of Craig Kisro

It had been a while since Craig Kisro of Ganada Hills had won a West Coast Senior Tour title, but he remained confident his time would come.

And it did Saturday when the 61-year-old righthander claimed the WCST championship at La Habra 300 Bowl in La Habra, Calif.

“The way things were going, it was just a matter of time until I got to the right format and the right time,” said Kisro, who pocketed $600 for his first-place finish. It was his fourth WCST championship.

Kisro hadn’t won a WCST title since Oct. 1, 2011, when he won the top prize in the regular division in Montclair, Calif. He finished first three times that year and was named co-bowler of the year in that division with Eric Forkel.

He hasn’t bowled in that many WCST tournaments recently, competing in only three in 2013 – and earning prize money in two of them.

“Some people are surprised I’m getting better as I’m getting older,” said Kisro, who passed credit to his coach, Mark Baker.

Kisro qualified sixth Saturday with a 229.5 average during his eight games in the preliminary round. Eight bowlers advanced to the finals out of the 24-player field.

His scorching 278 game in Game 10 catapulted him to the first seed in the stepladder finals. In that game, he rolled strikes on his first seven shots before missing the head pin in the eighth frame, leaving the 1-2.

After converting the spare, he posted strikes the rest of the way.

Kisro, who has smoked 13 perfect games and five 800 series, defeated Dick Baker of Henderson, Nev., in the championship match by a score of 226-182.

Baker was gunning for his second consecutive WCST championship, having finished first in Las Vegas last month.

Baker, who took home $450 for his second-place finish and was the top qualifier, defeated John Sowell of Vista to reach the championship match.

Sowell was bowling in his first WCST tournament after sitting out a year because of injuries. He won $350 for finishing third.

For more information, contact WCST owner and director Dick Sanders at 760-363-6064.