Modesto's McHenry Bowl is hosting USA Bowling clinic

August 6, 2013 

— Modesto's McHenry Bowl is hosting a USA Bowling clinic on Aug. 17 starting at 3:30 p.m.

The clinic is a program of the Youth Development Team of the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.

Expert coaches from around the world put together the program in an effort to better coach youth bowlers. Even a non-bowler can learn the basic technique of coaching.

All attendees are provided material to take home and the chance to earn a coaching certificate. The class is free, but you must register in advance at or

Our local bowling center should have a few staff members attending the clinic to help in the future development of our youth bowlers in the area.

Silver Foxes venue change

The Silver Foxes Bowling Club has changed their Aug. 10 singles event to Rodeo Lanes.

It was scheduled for Sierra Lanes, but apparently a member of their staff over booked on the dates. It still will start at noon, with the check-in table opening at 10 a.m.

Wears two hats

Dave Egleston, of Ceres, who was elected as a director in our local Merced County USBC Association in the associations annual meeting in May, has now been elected to served as a director of the Modesto USBC Association last Sunday in Modesto.

He should serve both associations well.

Senior no-taps

Two senior no-taps are set for this Friday. Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne starts at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $15. The lanes payout the high game for men and women after every game.

The center always has coffee, cookies, and popcorn waiting for the seniors during the afternoon. This no-tap fills up fast, to make sure they have room or to get on the waiting list, contact Sandy at (209) 928-9419. ...

McHenry Bowl will have a senior fun day that features three games of different bowling — regular bowling, 9-pin and 8-pin no tap, and a who knows which game.

They have a potluck lunch at noon, with sign-ups at 12:30 p.m. Tourney starts at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $15. They pay out for men's and women's high games and total series.

Crazy Days a blockbuster

The Merced/Atwater Women's 500 Club had another successful fun tournament as 75 local and valley men and women bowlers were at Bellevue Bowl last Sunday the first ever Crazy Day tournament.

The event featured three different games of bowling during the afternoon. A total prize fund of $740 was given out during the day.

In the men's division it was Robert Featherstone of Modesto taking first for $77.

In second was Carey McFarlin ($68), third James Layton ($60), fourth Bradley DeHart ($55), fifth Josh Gray ($47), sixth Larry Valenti Sr. ($43), seventh Michael Stewart ($34), and in a tie for eighth place were Jim Hamilton and Neill Barcellos ($21 each).

In the women's division, we had Merced's Marie Herrera in first for $76, T.J. Jensen in second ($64), third was Dee Bayer ($54), fourth place was Elva Maltman from Hanford ($48), fifth place Mary Hamilton ($41), and in sixth place was Rikki Cascia ($35).

Up next for the club should be a very interesting Behind the Curtain 9-pin no tap on Aug. 25.

Note: Maltman is a member of the Silver Foxes Bowling Club.

Los Banos Bowl, Part 2

The short time I lived in Los Banos I enjoyed the top league at the bowl, the Western League.

The top bowlers from the city and the Dos Palos area bowled and great scores were shot every Wednesday night.

Then after the league was over, some of the bowlers could be seen in the lounge rolling Liar's dice for drinks. I remember a little "spark plug," who worked for PG&E, Louie Giampietro.

In the lounge, I can still hear Giampeitro saying if one of the dice landed on the top of another, "cocky."

The rest of the team who would join him in the lounge were Moe Giannone, Richard (Dick) Cascia, Dario (Dine), John D. Sousa, and Jim Cook.

The women had a super league that was lead by two future Merced County Bowling Hall of Fame members, Joyce Bigham and Rose Galli.

Others were Wilma Miles, Connie Lange, Peggy Sousa, Bea Freeman, Bev Iyassa, Jerry Cascia, and Lorraine Asher were the tops in their game.

The rest of the shooters came from Dos Palos where Joann Baker, Rennell Merrell, Billie Jordan, and Judy Coleman tore up the lanes. Baker still tears it up, now at Bellevue Bowl in Atwater. Part three next week.

Don Surdich is the Sun-Star's bowling columnist and can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or via e-mail at

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