The bowlers of the Guys and Dolls league were on fire last Tuesday night as Brian Hickman and Neil Barcellos both rolled a 299.
To top it off, both came close to the magical 800 series. Hickman just missed with a 799 and Barcellos a 794. It was a family affair in the Commercial Classic, as Deanna Riley rolled a 580 and husband Kevin had a 644. Last Wednesday night in the Central Valley Nisei league, Jim Mullings posted a strong 759.
Unofficial results – Stephanie Thompson and Suzanne Dallas Couture should be named the official winners of the women’s doubles event for the 49th annual Livermore Valley Tournament (LVT) at Granada Bowl in Livermore with a 1,453.
They have been leading by six pins for more than four weeks, and no team has come close since. Tom Crane, tournament director, said that checks will be released March 9. He also said that next year, “The 50th will have bells and whistles to cerebrate the event and added money.”
Couture has placed in the combo singles and the women’s all-events. She also placed eighth in the recent Diablo Valley’s 44th annual Invitational in Danville for $30. Not bad. I hear that Courture has only been rolling full time less than a year.
USBC tournaments – A few changes have been made to the cutoff date for this year’s USBC Open and Women’s Championships. The Open entry deadline has been extended to Feb. 28. The Open has two divisions based on skill levels.
The regular division is for those who are higher than 180, and classified division for 180 and under. The men’s is still a five-person team. The Open will be held at the National Bowling Stadium in downtown Reno. The Women’s deadline has been extended to April 1.
The team event has four divisions, doubles has six divisions, and singles and all-events have six divisions. The women will have a four-person format. The women will compete at the recently refurbished Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Next year the women’s will move downtown to the National Bowling Stadium.
Williams signs with Ford Motor Company – Walter Ray Williams Jr. is now a spokesman for the Ford Motor Company’s Driving Skills for Life, and initiative to promote safe driving for teenage drivers. Williams will help create awareness and hopefully reduce automobile crashes among newly licensed drivers. Automobile accidents are the No. 1 killer of teenagers in the United States. Inexperience and distracted driving are major factors in many crashes.
Williams will wear special “Ford Driving Skills for Life” jerseys when he bowls, and will be involved in additional activities in the support of the project. Ten to 15 hands-on Ford Driving events are planned for 2014.
The Assassin – Black Widow was the most popular series of bowling balls produced by Hammer, and now it’s back. Black Widow Assassin pairs two of their most popular components ever, the Widow core and the First Blood cover stock. Sanded in a 1,000-grit polished finish, the Assassin will be one of the most aggressive and continuous hooking balls on the market.
Chip Aki, assistant tournament manager for USBC championships contributed to this article. Don Surdich is a Sun-Star correspondent. He can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or via e-mail at email@example.com.