Professional bowling tour moving finals to Fox


Mike Hawkins Bowling Columnist


By Mike Hawkins

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

When I was in high school, my typical Saturday began with my morning bowling league and ended with my girlfriend back at the bowling center.

But the afternoons always included me kicked back on my parents’ bed, watching the Professional Bowlers Tour.

PBA bowling on ABC began airing in 1962 and remained a part of the “Wide World of Sports” for 36 years, while adding some stops to ESPN during its infancy in 1979, where it has remained for 38 years.

Recently though, the PBA agreed to move its telecast over to FOX beginning in 2019. FOX Sports will televise four PBA Tour shows on FOX and 25 on FS1. All programs will also be streamed on FOX Sports GO.

Specific details of the FOX Sports-PBA package regarding PBA Tour locations, dates and times, and the television announcing team will be released at a later date.

On the local front, Jason Small led Fellowship on its last night of the regular season with a 257-631, just ahead of Mark Tarkington’s 221-627, Stephen Marshall’s 224-587, and Derrick Spruill’s 230 game.

Kaytee Simpson’s 221-539 again topped the ladies of the Fellowship League while Ruth Odell’s 163-452, Chrystal Owen’s 165 game and Bobbi Jo Tarkington’s 459 series closed out the top ladies from last Tuesday night.

Top ladies’ league performances were turned in by Susie Thomas (178-505), Becky Hilderbrand (180-489), and Pamela Griffin (177-464) during Albemarle Rollers and Stella Miller (169-481), Ocie Manos (170 game), Charlene Fetters (158-458) and Mary Beasley (164 game) from All-American Ladies.

Monday Night Mixed League held its championship roll-off last week and Frozen Ropes rode its momentum from winning the final quarter of the season to a season title.

Bobby Winslow tossed a top game of 237 as part of his 642 series to lead the way. Will Swinson added a 221-625 to go along with Boris Beatty’s 228 game and Debbie Winslow’s 224 game.

Other notable performances from Monday night came from Paul Lacher (235-616), William Evans (212-574), and Mary Watson (182 game).

All-American Ladies also wrapped up their season last week with Hi Jinx finishing atop the standings sheet. Members of the top team were Jeanette Riggs, Maria Madonia, Mary Beasley, and Sharon Yonek.

Jason Nistler and Patrick Morgan Morgan topped the Bumper League with scores of 90-147 and 89-142 respectively.

Bryce Hawkins tossed a 197-512 to lead the youth bowlers, followed closely by Christopher Vinson’s 170-492, Jacob Davenport’s 160 game and Joshua Davenport’s 439 series.

The local youth league was well represented at the state tournament in Winston Salem last weekend. The team of Brothers Squared finished 13th in their division. Their team consisted of Bryce Hawkins, Jacob Davenport, Joshua Davenport, and Ben Hawkins.

Jacob Davenport, entering with a 115 average, earned recognition for a 189 game (35 pins over average) during doubles, and a 100 pins over average series and a 450 series during team event which included games of 171 and 190. Great bowling and congratulations to Jacob!

The youth bowlers will wrap up their regular season this weekend with their three-team roll-off and Bowl Your Average tournament.

Finally, summer league season starts this week and while Monday night’s league appears to be filled, there are spots available for both teams and individuals on the Thursday night quartet.

Teams may consist of any combination of men and women and beginners are certainly welcome. The league will begin with a short organizational meeting around 6:30 this Thursday and will bowl at 7:00. Just stop by Albemarle Lanes to sign your team up.

Until next week, good luck and good bowling.