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Up Your Alley: 300 reasons to enjoy Friday

Don Surdich

Leo Bush of Atwater, rolling in the summer Jubilee League at Castle Lanes, must look forward to Friday nights.

Bush has bowled two 300 games in consecutive weeks during the Friday night league. With his latest perfecto, it makes 19 career sanctioned 300 games. Bush's book average is 211, but in the Jubilee League he's rolling at a 231 pace. His 300 games have been rolled at Century Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Saratoga Bowl, Bellevue Bowl, Castle Lanes and a few centers in the San Diego area.

Bowling legend and PBA Hall of Fame member Mark Roth suffered a severe stroke on May 31, and is just beginning the long journey of rehabilitation.

He will need long-term care, which will be a difficult time for his family.

You can join in helping the Roth family through this tough time. If you'd like to make a donation, you can send a contribution to: Mark Roth Support Fund, c/o The Bowling Foundation, 621 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, TX, 76011. Remember, it's bowlers helping bowlers.

Castle Lanes is hosting a Saturday night special with two hours of bowling and three bowlers per lane for only $9. The special rate includes shoes. For bowlers over the age of 21, the center also has a beer special. The special runs from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The team of Jess Donohue and Manuel Salazar took the June edition of the no-tap doubles at Bellevue Bowl with a score of 1,721, good for $105. Coming in second was the team of Carol Almeida and Richard Snell, winning $63. In third was Jill Ratzlaff and Vick Lester good for $42. In the men's high-game pot, Richard Snell, Travis Mason and Jess Donohue cashed. In the women's, Gudi Ross swept all three games.

It looks like Sean McCulloch is still on fire at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, as he keeps blowing out the racks. This time around, McCulloch rolled a 248, 300 and a 267 for a super 815 set.

The annual Tournament of Champions that the Silver Foxes Bowling Club hosts at the end of the season is being named in honor of Neil Carter who died this year.

Carter had been a member of the senior bowling club for years. At one time, he held the office of president and at his passing he was the club's Sergeant-at-Arms. Carter joined the club in 2003. On Saturday, July 11, the club will host the first Neil Carter Memorial Tournament of Champions at AMF Visalia Lanes at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $50, with a first-place projected at $1,500. In order to qualify, a club member must have rolled in four tournaments during the season.

Merced's Joe Ortez won it last year at Bellevue Bowl.

Don Surdich can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or at