Five local bowlers now know how they’ll be spending the week of Easter: competing at the provincial Open five-pin bowling championships in Sudbury.
Jeff Watts once again topped the 19-bowler men’s field, finishing the 20-game zone roll-offs held Saturday and Sunday in Dryden with a 5,262 total (262 average).
That was a whopping 553 pins better than the second-place finisher.
Watts wound up with four games over 300 during the two days, including his high game of 380 bowled Sunday morning.
He will be joined on the Sunset Country men’s team by Dallas Gervais of here, who finished fourth overall with a 4,456 total (222 average).
His high game was a 287, which he rolled during the final five-game block Sunday afternoon.
Rounding out the men’s team are Dryden bowlers Tim Gadd (4,699), Calvin Murray (4,512), Ben Galarneau (4,435), and Scott Miner (4,389).
Watts, Gadd, and Murray also will represent Sunset Country in the men’s singles competition at Sudbury.
Among the women, Caitlyn Townson of here finished second in the 13-bowler field with a 3,989 total over the 20 games (199 average).
Her high game was a 316 rolled during the first five-game block on Saturday.
Toni Benning of here also qualified for the women’s team after finishing in sixth place overall with a 3,810 total (190 average).
Her high game was a 291, which she bowled in the final game of the first five-game block.
Jackie Miner of Dryden topped the women’s division with a 4,092 total (204 average).
Rounding out the Sunset Country women’s team are Michelle Riley of Dryden (3,881), Charlotte Hazlewood of Dryden (3,877), and Jessica Scott of Kenora (3,833).
Miner, Townson, and Riley also will represent Sunset Country in the women’s singles competition at Sudbury.
Finally, Marla Fedeniuk of Fort Frances qualified for the Sunset Country mixed team after finishing seventh among the women with a 3,600 total (180 average).
Her high game was a 230 bowled in the first game of the final five-game block Sunday afternoon.
Lisa Sanders of Dryden (3,504) and Shauna McKay of Kenora (3,425) round out the women on the mixed team.
Kayla Gadd of Dryden finished with a 3,406 total to just miss qualifying for the provincials by 19 pins.
The men making up the Sunset Country mixed team include Kyle Hamilton of Balmertown (4,308), Justin Gallaway of Dryden (4,207), and Nick Miner of Dryden (4,179).
Roger Peterson of Dryden actually finished in a tie for seventh place with Hamilton but declined to attend the provincials, allowing Nick Miner to advance.
Chris Gadd of Dryden finished with a 4,120 total to miss nabbing the final men’s berth on the mixed team by 59 pins.
Four other Fort Frances Bowling Club members also competed in the zone round over the weekend.
Mike Behan wound up in 12th place overall with a 4,030 total (201 average).
Behan’s highlight of the weekend was starting his fifth game on Saturday with seven strikes in a row. He then punched head pins in both the eighth and ninth frames to wind up with his high game of 316.
Jordan Sokoliuk, meanwhile, ended up in 14th with a 3,867 total (193 average).
His high game was a 272 bowled on Sunday.
Rich Walton came in 17th was a 3,551 total (177 average), with his high game being a 226 also bowled on Sunday.
And Mike Cox of Atikokan, who is a member of the local club, was 18th with a 3,409 total (170 average).
His high game was a 212, which he rolled once on Saturday and again on Sunday.
The men’s team chose Norm Sanders as their coach, the women’s team picked Terry DeLaronde, and the mixed team went with John Macdougall.
Chris Gadd agreed to be the contingent manager.