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Surdich on Bowling: California State seniors updates

Unofficial results from the 45th annual California State Senior tournament in Modesto are in. In A singles (70-plus) is Roger Ross in 17th with a handicap score of 706. In C singles (50-59) is Tom Brewer with a handicap score of 704 in 37th. Brewer also is 31st in C all-events with a handicap score of 2,104.

In the team event, we have two mystery squads from our association that go by their entry number. In the A team (260-plus years) is entry No. 218 in a tie for second place with a handicap score of 2,769, and in the 35th spot is entry No. 248 with a score of 2,649.

There were association members who dropped off the leaderboard last weekend. The tournament ends this weekend. Next year, the 46th annual tournament will be held at Sierra Lanes in Fresno and Rodeo Lanes in Clovis.

Update on big series

Every week, I receive information on Wednesday’s Commercial Classic league. A week ago, the secretary’s league newsletter had Bryan Rivas with games of 257-279-267 for a super 803 series. The league sheet I received had 257-279-261 for a 797. I didn’t know about the mistake until staff member Lew Reese, who updates the scoring board, said the board showed Rivas with a 797. Still a great series.

League highlights

Neill Barcellos rolled another perfect game in the Tuesday night Guys & Dolls. In the 10th frame, he had Brooklyns on his last three strikes. In the Monday Night Merchants, Laura Ruell, with a 166 average, rolled a 205 game.

Modesto 500 Club results

Results from the Modesto Women’s 500 Club in their October handicap tournament had the following members placing in the money: In the A division, LaDonna Stone had a 655 handicap score for $80 in third place. Finishing fifth was Rikki Cascia with a 636 for $65, and in sixth place was Julie Wescott with a 625 for $55. In B division was Phyllis Wallbaum in second with a 625 for $89, in fourth was Linda Roach with a 608 for $73, and in fifth was Mary Ickes with a 603 for $55.

McHenry turkey shoot

A packed house of senior bowlers were shooting for 30 turkeys at McHenry Bowl’s annual Turkey Shoot on Friday in Modesto. You had to roll a strike in certain frames to win a bird. We had several locals taking home a few turkeys and bucks. Bringing home a gobbler were T.J. Jensen, Carol Almeida, Larry Valenti Sr. and yours truly, which gave me three years in a row with a bird. In the money with high games and series were Deanna Knapp, Almeida and yours truly.

Don Surdich is a Sun-Star correspondent. He can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or

Scoring leaders: Julie Flowers 217, Roger Ross 256, Diane Sousa 184, Richard Pazin 215, Tom Ragsdale 181, Phil Oldenhage 191, B.J. Birmingham 180, Cindy Souza 207, Fred Ruell 200, Gary Wescott 252, Marcus Kendrick 214, Bill Helms 194, Lloy Jones 204.

Series leaders: Laura Ruell 579, Hugh Gray 641, Don Surdich 652, Doug Laidlaw 659, Mark E. Thompson 672, Larry Valenti Jr. 714, Mark Heffner 719.