Local bowlers Carolyn Stamarski and Jeanie Townson both advanced to the provincial round of the annual “Pins Over Average” tournament following the zone roll-offs held Saturday and Sunday at Plaza Lanes here.
Stamarski topped the women by finishing 193 pins over her 166 average—rolling games of 232, 155, 210, 245, and 181.
Townson, meanwhile, was the third qualifier among the women at +128 above her 177 average over five games.
Also qualifying for the women were Kim Rothlisberger, who was +150 above her 117 average, and Pauline Switzer (+127 above her average of 151).
Louie Pitchenese led the way in the men’s division, finishing 167 pins over his 155 average with games of 163, 218, 168, 206 and 187.
Ron MacPherson finished second (+158 pins over his average of 140), Bryan Stoiber was third (+146 pins over his average of 196), and Albert Lecot was fourth (+132 pins over his average of 185).
The top four finishers in each division will represent Sunset Country at the provincial showdown in North Bay in early March.
The first- and second-place finishers will make up Team #1, with Team #2 featuring the third- and fourth-place finishers paired together.
The highest single-game score in the zone roll-offs, which featured bowlers from Fort Frances, Atikokan, Dryden, and Kenora, was recorded by Townson, who rolled a 298 in her third game.
Stoiber notched a 294 in his third game for the top single among the men, eking out Times’ editor Mike Behan (290).