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Up Your Alley: Labor Day Classic -- This Bud's for you, Piper

Don Surdich

Ryan Piper, bowling out of Pacific Avenue Bowl in Stockton, took on Ivan Miyasota of Fresno in the championship final last Sunday in the Bud Light Labor Day Classic at Castle Lanes.

Miyasota was the top seed rolling at a 242-clip for 10 games. In the final match, Piper delivered the upset, beating Miyasota 222-204.

The win for Piper was good for $1,400 and a crystal trophy. Miyasota received $700.

Out of the 12 locals bowling, Larry Valenti Jr. was the only one to cash in, taking a $260 payout for sixth place.

Dennis Taylor of Merced did not cash, but took $100 for high game of 289.

Lane Master pro-staff member Freddy Irvin of Modesto presented Chris Prebble of Fresno a bowling ball for a runner-up game of 279.

Irvin also gave a ball to the Merced County Bowling Hall of Fame committee.

Another local note, Jerry Kennedy, formally of Atwater and a graduate of Atwater High in 1982, took fourth place — good for $360.

Kennedy now lives in the Bay Area and sells computer software. A total of 42 bowlers took to the lanes at about 10:45 a.m., 45 minutes late due to a snafu of Castle’s lane computers.

Tournament director Marc Jackson said that all of the 42 will be back next year for a bigger payout.

League openings at Bellevue Bowl

According to Manny Salazar, secretary of the senior league at Bellevue Bowl, they have a few more openings in the league.

The league bowls every Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m.

If you are interested, drop down to the bowl on Tuesday and sign up or call Salazar at 357-3587.

Save Mart checks may be delayed

The checks for the annual Save Mart Summer doubles tourney at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto may be delayed, pending average and prize-winning verifications.

According to USBC, tournament officials are required to finalize a prize list and send checks within 30 days of a tournament's end. They may request an extension if needed for verifications.

'Everybody Loves Raymond'

Don't forget on Sunday at McHenry Bowl is the "Everyone Loves Raymond" fun day with squads at noon and 2 p.m.

No prize fund, no averages needed -- only a day to support Raymond and his family. The 20-year old is fighting bone cancer.

The cost is $25, including bowling, lunch and a hot pink bowling T-shirt. Let's support this worthwhile cause.

Silver Foxes in Santa Maria

Members of the Valley's Silver Foxes Bowling Club will be cruising over to Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria next Saturday for their monthly single tournament.

Entry fee is $35, and bowling starts at noon.

Keepsakes for all sorts of accomplishments

I received word from our local association manager Keith Hunter that Keepsake, the company that produces bowling achievement awards, now has a deal for bowlers.

You can get your honor score ring for only $49.95, a savings of $20. There are four styles to choose from and different stone colors determined by your score.

If and when you roll your super number, contact Hunter (722-7175) and ask him about this offer. It's good through Dec. 31 of this year.

Don Glover Masters set for September

Hey, you scratch bowlers, the 2nd annual Don Glover Masters scratch tournament is set for Sept. 27-28 at AMF Southwest Lanes in Bakersfield. A $2,500 prize is guaranteed for first place in this singles event.

Squad times on Saturday are 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and you have six games of qualifying.

The top 20 scores advance to a second round of six games. The top 10 scores advance to Sunday's match play. Entry fee is $100 and this is USBC certified. Entry forms are available at Castle Lanes.

What's happening now

A singles tournament will be hosted this weekend by the San Joaquin Bowling Club at Sierra Lanes in Fresno. Squad times are 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Entry fee is $67.

Don Surdich is the Sun-Star's bowling columnist. He can be reached at 777-1111 or via e-mail at

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