EC Chamber hosts successful bowling event

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The team representing Sonic earned the top spot recently during the Chamber of Commerce event held at Albemarle Lanes. Pictured are Eddie Fray, Aaron Fair, Randy Cartwright, Holly Staples, President of the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce, and Dan Herlihy.


By Mike Hawkins

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

While this column typically highlights the top scores of our local leagues, last week we learned that there are bowlers in our community whom have perhaps been hiding their talents on the lanes.

The Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce hosted their second annual St. Patrick’s Day bowling event at Albemarle Lanes last week, again filling the house with representatives from 12 area businesses and having to limit their participation due to the size of the local venue.

When the dust had settled from two games of fierce competition, it was the team from Sonic who took home the top prize, being led by Randy Cartwright’s 242 game. The rest of the Sonic team included Eddie Fray, Aaron Fair, and Dan Herlihy.

The Elizabeth City Airport team of Gordon Rowell, Gordon Roylance, Kent Madden, and William Nelson finished in the runner-up position, followed by the Pepsi team of Nick Vanhise, Mark Meher, Mark Gonzales, and Robbie Vinson. Roylance and Vinson each finished with totals of 391 for two games, trailing only Cartwright’s 406 two-game tally.

Piedmont Natural Gas took home the Team Spirit prize as Benji Mitchell, Chris Williamson, Jim Weaver, and Shawn Castorena each wore match leprechaun tuxedo-like jerseys and oversized green top hats.

Congratulations to the Chamber for holding a great night of fun and networking for its members. Plans are in the making for a similar event during the summer, which may even run two shifts to allow more interested businesses to participate.

Martin Luther King League witnessed some pretty awesome bowling from a few of its members last Thursday evening as John Bradley (251-660), Bobby Winslow (255-656) and Chris Farrell (236-649) each had productive evenings.

Debbie Winslow’s 173 claimed the top game for the ladies from the MLK session, finishing just ahead of Brittney Gaumond’s 170 and Sheri Norwood’s 162 tally.

Mark Tarkington struck early and often to open Fellowship League with 14 strikes of his first 15 frames to carry on to a 279-709 series. A single third frame 2-pin is what stood between him and another perfect game.

Jack Atland followed Tarkington with a 239-609, followed by Terrance Riddick’s 216-600 and John Bradley’s 237 game.

Kaytee Simpson’s 216-571 topped the Fellowship ladies. Brittney Gaumond’s 190-501 trailed only Simpson’s night to go along with Ruth Odell’s 166-457 and Bobbi Jo Tarkington’s 176 game.

Monday Night Mixed was led by John Turner’s 235-627, followed by Steve Spoonire’s 225-620, Boris Beatty’s 219-585, and Jeremy Beasley’s 225 game.

Stephanie Winslow’s 190-534 topped the ladies from Monday night, along with Bonnie Sawyer’s 174-464, Noreen Walton’s 159-463, and Sharon Hoffler’s 180 game.

In ladies’ league action, Patsy Sanders’ 173-453 paced all from the Wednesday night Albemarle Rollers, followed by Pamela Griffin’s 156-440 and Mary Beasley’s 160-409.

Sharon Yonek’s 189 claimed the top game effort from Thursday morning’s All American Ladies, to go along with Stella Miller’s 179 and a pair of matching 172 scores from Ocie Mano and Mary Beasley.

The youth league recently sent a number of its members to Jacksonville for the sectional level of the Pepsi Youth Championships and learned that three of its members had qualified to represent the Coastal Sectional in the state finals.

Congratulations are in order for Jacob Davenport (Under 12 Boys), Thomas Adams (Under 20 boys), and Ben Hawkins (Under 20 boys) for advancing to compete in Raleigh on April 7!

Tristan Hardison’s 111 game was top for the bumper bowlers this past Saturday.

Ben Hawkins’ 245-611 took top billing for the youth boys this week, firing 8 strikes in his first game. Bryce Hawkins followed his big brother with his own 189-497, to go along with Joshua Davenport’s 171-479 and Christopher Vinson’s 183 game.

Meanwhile, Violet Olds’ 163-387 paced the young ladies along with Elizabeth Scaff’s 125-347 and Lindsay Porter’s 117-337.

Until next week, good luck and good bowling.