Jesse Hawver and Chase Clark got this week's area bowling off to a near-perfect start at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes on Monday, and along with a 300 game rolled by Alan Monacelli at Treasure Lanes in Port Charlotte, they provided the headlines in the latest Examiner.com high-score report.
Bowling on adjacent pairs of lanes in the JDB International Mixed League at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes, Hawver and Clark each began their first game with 11 consecutive strikes before falling short in quests for perfection.
Hawver, a 25-year-old lefthander, has had his share of high-score awards, including seven career perfect games, but when his final ball resulted in a 7-10 split despite a pocket hit, he settled for a 298 game.
"Unfortunately, it was the third sanctioned 'pocket 7-10 298' of my career," Hawver said. "The previous two were in tournaments, and thankfully, I won both of them."
Meanwhile, on the pair to Hawver's right (Lanes 31-32), Clark -- in only his second season out of junior league competition -- saw his perfect-game effort fall short when he posted a 296 score resulting from a 2-4-5-8 "bucket" left on his last delivery.
Hawver went on to post games of 178 and 195 to complete a 671 series that upped his 12-game league average to 228, as compared to the 225 yearbook average he compiled last season. In addition to his seven 300s, Hawver has now collected a dozen 11-in-a-row awards with scores ranging from 279 to 299.
Clark started the 2012-13 season in the Saturday Morning Junior League at AMF Gulf Gate before switching to the JDB adult league, where he compiled a 190 average over 30 games.
Monacelli rolls 300 game at Treasure Lanes
The only perfect game reported in the area this week was by Alan Monacelli, who turned the trick in the Broad Street Bar & Grill League at Treasure Lanes. The perfecto came in the middle game of a 679 series.
The top performance by a female bowler was a 709 series on games of 248, 213 and 248 by Jennifer Peacock, who now carries a 215 average in the Beef O'Brady's/Parquette Insurance League at Treasure Lanes.
David Williams finished with 11 strikes in a row for a 290 game that completed a 734 series in the Friday Night Mixed League at Englewood Bowl, and Thomas Lindenberger had 10 in a row for a 289 game to jump=start a 740 series in the Al Davis Memorial League at Bowland Port Charlotte.
In other high-score accomplishments reported from area bowling establishments:
- BOWLAND PORT CHARLOTTE: James Creutz 270-765, Bob Feeney 269-715, Steve Maher 269, Mike Janosik 268-752, Bob Ernst 268, Felipe Hassell 268, Jon Cuebas 267, Steve Spicher 266, Gary Krowka 716, Bill Grimm 702; Jill Harper 237, Lisa Molitor 225-642, Rosie Gassera 225-619.
- TREASURE LANES: Mike Aleshire 279-736 and 728, Dennis Gonthier 275, Mike Janosik 268, Jason Jones 268, Jordan Ray 267, John Davis 265-703, Joe Catropa 700; Renae Gross 247-687 and 229-615.
- ENGLEWOOD BOWL: John Stempien 279-770, Guy Jones 268-722, Bob Kellogg 268, Peter Bates 267, Dave Phillips 266, Kevin Craycraft 728.
- AMF GULF GATE: Chuck Souzer 279, Dave McCoy 278, Vito Prezioso 270; Janet Romig 234-601.
- AMF VENICE: Bill Meyers 274, Jim O'Gorman 270-728, Dave Cottrill 267.
- SARASOTA LANES: Jessica Hendrickson 225.
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