Tough trip for bowlers
It wasn’t a banner week for the Sunset Country contingent competing at the Open provincial five-pin bowling championships April 16-19 in Timmins.
Shelley Petsnick of Dryden was the lone member to advance to the “Stepladder” roll-offs on Saturday in the women’s singles competition.
But then she fell to second-place finisher Yvette MacLellan (Cambrian North) to settle for the bronze medal.
Jackie Miner and Charlotte Hazlewood, both of Dryden, were the other Sunset Country bowlers competing in the women’s singles division but neither were able to crack the top five.
Miner finished the preliminary round in ninth place overall with a 225.1 average while Hazlewood only could average 189.9 to wind up 18th.
Meanwhile, none of the three Sunset Country bowlers competing in men’s singles advanced following the 10-game preliminary round.
Darryl Rollins of Dryden finished in 13th place with a 232.6 average, followed by Kevin Savoury of Dryden in 14th (232.1) and former provincial champ Jeff Watts of Fort Frances in 15th (231.6).
Jason Remmerswaal (Nickel District) and Katie Bonnie (Thunder Bay) were the men’s and women’s singles gold-medallists and now advance to the national championships next month in Calgary.
It was a similar story in team play as all three Sunset Country squads failed to advance to the “Stepladder” roll-offs.
The men’s team, coached by Arnie Rollins and also including Jeff Hazlewood, Chris Gadd, and Bill Luchka (all of Dryden), wound up fifth overall with 42.5 total points following the 15-game round-round held last Thursday and Friday.
Watts, who averaged 235.3 for the team, led the way by capturing seven points.
His high game was a 286.
Thunder Bay finished the round-robin in first place with 92 points, followed by Nickel District in second (70), Gold Belt in third (66), Cambrian North in fourth (56.5), and Gateway in sixth (33).
Thunder Bay went on to capture the gold medal to advance to Calgary, with Nickel District winning silver and Cambrian North taking the bronze.
The Sunset Country women’s team, coached by Terry Delaronde and also including Terri Hamilton (Balmertown), Pauline Kressal (Dryden), and Cheryl Stefanik (Kenora), finished fifth overall as well with 56.5 points.
Thunder Bay finished the round-robin in top spot with 84 points, followed by Nickel District (68.5), Cambrian North (67), Gold Belt (67), and Gateway (17).
Thunder Bay also went on to capture the gold medal to advance to Calgary, with Nickel District again winning silver and Cambrian North the bronze.
And it was a fifth-place showing for the Sunset Country mixed team, which mirrored Nickel District with 38 points but took the higher placing on a tie-breaker.
That squad, coached by Rick Stamarski of Fort Frances, featured Times’ editor Mike Behan and Toni Benning of Fort Frances, Alexis Hamilton of Balmertown, and Ernie Matthews, Ralph Potter, and Lisa Sanders (all of Dryden).
Behan, who opened the tournament Thursday morning with his high game of 306, led the way in average (222.1) and points won (eight).
Benning’s high game was a 239.
Gold Belt captured the round-robin with 90 points, followed by Thunder Bay (73), Cambrian North (64.5), and Gateway (57.5).
Gold Belt then went on win the gold medal to advance to Calgary, with Thunder Bay taking silver and Cambrian North the bronze.
Thunder Bay led the aggregate standings with 48 points, with Nickel District, Cambrian North, and host Gold Belt all finishing with 36.
Sunset Country was next with 18, just edging out Gateway (17).
The high game of the tournament was a 388 rolled by Jonathan Rivard (Gateway), who did it during the singles competition Wednesday night.