By Susan Jenior
It is a busy time for the sport of bowling, with leagues in full swing at Spins Bowl and Kent Lanes in Kent and Sky Lanes in Garrettsville.
High-school bowling competition gets underway this week and plans are set for the first tournaments sponsored by the Portage County USBC.
“The first tournament set for the PC USBC is Dec. 10 when the Junior-Senior Trio will roll off beginning at 9 a.m. at Spins Bowl in Kent,” said Amanda Kiss, Association Manager.
Entry forms are available on the Facebook Event page and at Portage County’s three bowling houses.
Next up, the Handicap Singles event set for Jan. 7 at Kent Lanes beginning at 2 p.m. Entries will be available on Facebook and at area lanes after Thanksgiving.
At Spins Bowl in Kent, several bowlers have already bowled perfect games in league play.
Kevin Kommel, bowling in the Elks and Friends League, rolled a 300 game on his way to a 677 series. Only Corey Daniels topped Kommel on the leaderboard for high series, a 741.
Tabitha Schlupe converted the 12 strikes for the perfect game, in the same league and captured high series, a 693. Schlupe is often at the top of the leaderboard in several leagues and carries a 224 average.
Bowlers in The Garden Spot League always enjoy solid competition and the 300 games, as well as high games demonstrate the bowlers’ abilities.
Sean Sullivan, Dennis Carden and Mark Lisa all rolled 300 games in the league that bowls on Wednesday nights.
Junior bowlers continue to post solid scores at area lanes, with many junior bowlers competing on Saturday morning in leagues.
High-school bowlers are enjoying their final weeks of bowling in the USBC leagues with the start of OHSAA prep bowling.
For the youngest-aged bowlers, bumpers fill the gutters to allow success as they learn to bowl. This season, at Spins Bowl, Bryson Horner rolled a high game of 117 and tossed a high series of 190 for the boys — as Lily Renkel led the girls with a high game of 135 and a high series of 214.
For the more advanced bowlers, in the junior league, Will Brown owns the high game of 219 and Dominic Madden, the high series of 529. For the girls, Emily Morrison owns the top of the leaderboard, firing a 212-598.
Bowlers: Information and scores for this column may be submitted to Susan Jenior, Portage Sports, via email (email@example.com) or text (330-206-9083). Looking forward to receiving your outstanding bowling scores and league play, both juniors and adults.