Local bowlers fail to advance


A handful of local bowlers competed in the zone round of the annual pins over average (P.O.A.) tournament in Kenora over the weekend.
Times’ editor Mike Behan came closest to snagging a berth to the provincial roll-offs in March in Thunder Bay, coming up 37 pins short for the fourth and final spot.
He wound up sixth overall among the men after finishing 21 pins over his average of 209 in the five-game showdown.
Bowling his five games on Saturday afternoon, Behan had a dream start to the competition, opening with scores of 231, 300, and 234 to sit in first place at +138.
But just as quickly the wheels fell off, going minus-117 over his final two games thanks to scores of 169 and 132.
“With two shifts still to be held on Sunday, I figured I needed a big game in my last one to have a realistic chance of advancing,” Behan remarked.
“Instead, I probably set the record for most colossal collapse in P.O.A. history.”
As it turned out, a 169 or better in his final game would have earned him a trip to the provincials.
On the bright side, his 300 tied for the highest single score of the competition.
“That’s why it’s called an average,” Behan reasoned. “Sooner or later, an ugly game is going to bite you in the rear.
“I just wished it would have waited until regular league bowling rather than in the fifth game of a tournament with a provincial berth on the line.
“Guess I won’t be quitting my day job and turning pro anytime soon,” he quipped.
Rick Stamarski, who bowled on the Sunday morning shift, finished just behind Behan, ending up 14 pins over his average of 208.
Unlike Behan, Stamarski saved his best for last, rolling a 250 in his final game to go with his other scores of 205, 219, 216, and 164.
Gerry Rousseau, who bowled games of 214, 183, 197, 238, and 198, ended up tied for 15th place at minus-55 pins below his average of 217.
On the women’s side, Tammy Kankkunen actually had the highest plus score among the local contingent—+37 over her average of 186—but that only was good enough for seventh place overall.
Kankkunen started strong with a 230, then followed up with games of 153, 224, 155, and 205.
Carolyn Stamarski finished 12th, ending up 14 pins over her average of 173.
She also began quickly, bowling a 242 in her first game. She then finished with scores of 175, 131, 151, and 180.
Debbie Armstrong was 17th overall, ending up minus-51 pins below her average of 155 on scores of 145, 169, 162, 133, and 115.
Jeannie Townson tied for 19th, minus-57 pins below her average of 185, with games of 186, 149, 185, 182, and 166.
Kathy Bois, who went into the competition with a 185 average, finished at minus-90 pins thanks to scores of 236, 169, 128, 147, and 155.
Finally, Jane Hayes finished at minus-130 off her 141 average with games of 118, 116, 129, 105, and 107.
Mike Magee (+142), Greg Moyer (+124), and Gary Leranger (+57) of Kenora, along with Ed Lamiranee of Dryden (+77), were the men who advanced to the provincials.
Terry Delaronde (+229), Jenn Livingston (+153), and Tammy Woitowicz (+108) of Dryden, as well as Mel Tittlemeier of Kenora (also +108), moved on among the women.
In other bowling news, Ray and Lyle Dolph captured top spot in the senior division at the regional Family Twosome tournament held Nov. 21 in Kenora.
Their scores were not available.