Great storylines

Jack Hammill - Guest Columnist

I admit that I stole this from Dan Patrick but one of the things that I really like about bowling right now in our community is the great storylines. People can have the NCAA, the NFL and NBA but as for me I will take bowling.

The story lines are better.

I mean consider the following. The 53rd City Singles Classic was just held at 20th Century. The pattern was the same Taj Mahal that ripped the hearts out of high school bowlers during the Lima Senior Classic a little over a month ago.

The pattern did hold some hostage early and the ladies really battled in on Saturday evening but on Sunday it yielded great score after great score as Bethany Pellman and Chandler Stevens repeated as champions. In fact the yield actually began on Saturday evening on the first sixteen lanes as Scott Scalf and Jordan Schroeder rolled perfect games and Schroeder and Anthony Kennard rolled 800 3 game blocks.

“I was really out of my comfort zone for awhile. I am not used to playing that far outside. Donna [Childs] was really on today as well. I finally figured things out in the fourth game of match play and was able to bowl well.”

Pellman also revealed that she was intimidated some by Childs, long considered one of the areas more dominant performers.

That said, this is the last time we will see her as Pellman. She will be Mrs Brian Slaughter, the next time we see her. She will have to go some to top her time as Pellman. In the last five years she has two second place finishes, a fifth and now her second championship.

Stevens will never be called Chandler Kemp. He won last season and then married his college sweetheart Allison Kemp now Stevens. It worked for him. He cruised through qualification rounds but lapped the field on Sunday.

While others wanted to give credit to his superhero socks [cape and all] Chandler handled things differently. I really want to give credit to Derek Dukes at Southgate and the Motiv train.

The finals match with Anthony Kennard was one that the fans will talk about for awhile. There were not only some shots that topped 23 miles per hour there was a rock nine pin leave by Kennard that prevented the crowd from an extra game to settle the title.

The battle for bragging rights … Anthony could have regained some family bragging rights from brother Brandon with the title but instead he spent some of his post match time bragging up his brother.

“He came right in from college and never got the chance to get lined up!” What was Anthony referencing? – merely the efforts of his brother this past week.

Brandon hustled into Astro for league play and promptly rolled an uncharacteristic 170 game which he then followed with back to back 300 games, the first time anybody had accomplished the back to back perfectos at Astro.

Kennard was not done there was another league to be bowled. He moved to another pair and the teenager rolled another big set – 279, 289 and 175.

Ugly bookends I agree but there is not anybody that I know of that would turn away from two perfectos, a 279 and 289 in the same evening. 1168 – for those of you still adding – 292 for an average.

High School amazing times …

Over the last two weeks of bowling the high school scores have been amazing. Last week at Van Wert’s Olympic Lanes Dusty Haggard rolled a conference record pair of 279 games for 558. He topped the Kennard duo but there is still some work to do to top them in an ongoing way when we take the efforts of the Kennards into consideration.

Morgan Twining rolling for Lima Senior was about an area code behind but she did roll an impressive 493 two game set which was just inches short of a new conference record for the girls.

Thing did not slow down at Celina.

Gunner (what a great name for a bowler or a member of the Air Force) Kruse of St Marys and Nate Langenkamp of Celina each stroked a 274 game. The efforts of Langenkamp were instrumental in a 3243 set for Celina a new school record.

Langenkamp gained a great deal of support from Kolyn Wiehe who tallied games of 220 and 231 and Cole Cisco who joined in on the fun with a 235.

Clearly this team is benefiting from Mama Cisco’s meatloaf, the best you will find in northwest Ohio.

Amy Albert …

There were times as I spoke with Amy Albert during Sunday action of the Lima City Singles that I wondered what kind of a coaches clinic that she could put on for the youth of Kenton and beyond. The still young lady is absolutely brilliant. The youth of the Kenton team should consider themselves lucky to have her as coach. She is driven that the program will succeed.

Drew Ambroza …

This time of the year I always pay homage to an Ambroza it seems. This time it is Drew. While he came real close to joining at the least Kody Perrine as a three generation member to the City Singles final day – still researching to see if Jim Schroeder ever made it – it is for another reason we acknowledge Ambroza today.

He has always been one of my standard bearers when it comes to reversing the myth that some have the student athlete is an oxymoron for bowlers.

Congrats Drew for the Deans List and 4.0 at ONU

See you around the lanes

Jack Hammill

Guest Columnist

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