The morning of Christmas at Albemarle Lanes


Mike Hawkins Bowling Columnist


By Mike Hawkins

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

It was the morning of Christmas at Albemarle Lanes.

Santa had just left; he had pulled on the reins.

The presents were left under the brightly lit tree.

Santa must of lost his list; there was even one for me!

There were new bowling balls from Brunswick and Storm,

And endless heat to keep the Thursday ladies warm.

He left shammies and towels to keep the bowling balls dry,

And shoes for everyone that were easier to tie.

There were hangers of shirts with everyone’s names.

And for Fellowship League, lots of pre-bowl games.

We found triple-ball bags to keep all our stuff,

Because balls are like Lay’s, one is never enough!

But the last thing he left was a note on the door,

That said go bowling today, they’ll be open at four!

From local league action last week, Will Swinson paced the guys of Monday Night Mixed last week with a 257-610, followed by Boris Beatty’s 217-594, William Evans’ 234-586 and Steve Spoonire’s 218 game.

Monday’s ladies found Debbie Winslow (192-574), Susie Thomas (172-474), and Linda Barrett (170-454) atop the high scores report.

Mark Tarkington’s 256-636 and Paul Lacher’s 232-630 paced the men of Fellowship League, followed by David Ange’s 227 game.

Kaytee Simpson found herself back in the 600 column with a 234-602 to lead the Fellowship ladies. Brittney Gaumond’s 202-573 and Bobbi Jo Tarkington’s 186-511 followed Simpson on the ladies’ leaderboard.

Fred Hill erupted for a league high 575 series (707 with handicap) to lead all of Martin Luther King League last Thursday. Top men’s games from MLK last week came from John Greer (235), John Bradley (220), and Rondell Christian (218).

MLK ladies were topped with games from Sheri Norwood (181), Debbie Winslow (177), and Brenda Cowand (169).

Stella Miller and Maria Madonia shared the top spot honors from All American Ladies with tallies of 185-494 and 169-494 respectively. Ocie Manos followed with a 165-479 outing.

Susie Thomas’s 176-485 was enough to lead the ladies from Albemarle Rollers last Wednesday night. Pamela Griffin trailed only Thomas with her 176-444, finishing just ahead of Sharon Hoffler’s 162-437.

The youth bowlers took a week to bowl for some special Christmas chocolate and treats.

First place went to Ben and Bryce Hawkins, each having a 676 handicap series (568 scratch).

Ben Hawkins had high scratch game with a 222, just ahead of Bryce’s 214 and Joshua Davenport’s 186 game.

Third through fifth place went to Joshua Davenport (635), Colby Judge (614), and Lindsday Porter (607).

The youth also held their annual “I Beat My Coach” day, and let’s just say there was plenty of youth beating up on their coach this year as 17 kids earned bragging rights over their old coach this year. By the way, their coach is …. ME!

All leagues will be taking a break this week to celebrate the holiday season.

That means this is the week the general public can come in anytime through New Year’s night and grab a lane for a few games.

Until next week, when I’ll share some of this season’s leaders so far, good luck, good bowling and Merry Christmas!