Almost two dozen local bowlers headed up to Dryden earlier this month and returned home as champs once again!
Fort Frances compiled 35 overall points to capture the aggregate banner for the second-straight year in the annual tournament that pits the local club against those in Dryden, Kenora, and Balmertown.
Host Dryden took second place this year with 30 points, followed by Kenora in third (29) and then Balmertown (26).
“This is my favourite tournament of the year,” said Mike Behan, who is president of both the local club and the Sunset Country zone.
“It’s a great opportunity to get together in the spirit of camaraderie and friendly competition against our fellow bowlers from across the zone, and I know everyone always has a great time.
“After winning the banner last year in Kenora, I’m so proud of my fellow Fort Frances bowlers for bringing it home again this time around,” he added.
“Especially doing it both times on the road, which is no easy feat.”
The men’s and ladies’ handicap team each took first place in their respective divisions at the tournament held April 6-7 at Timber Lanes.
Behan teamed up with Rob Paterson, Eric Bois, and Jay Supinski in garnering 7,284 in total pinfall (including handicap) over the seven-game showdown to edge out second-place Balmertown by just 68 pins (7,216).
Kenora (7,158) finished in third place, followed by Dryden (7,061).
Meanwhile, Sandy Dixon, Tamara Beyak, Alysha Shields, and Asyia Shields totalled 7,235 to top second-place Kenora by 99 pins (7,136).
Dryden wound up in third place (7,011), followed by Balmertown (6,782).
It was a third-place finish for the Fort Frances mixed handicap team as Len Noonan, Mike Gervais, Nancy Noonan, and Karla Stamarski garnered a 7,077 total.
Kenora cruised to victory in the division with a 7,462 total, with Balmertown taking second spot (7,202) and Dryden finishing in fourth (6,891).
Among the local teams competing in the scratch division, the ladies’ quartet of Toni Benning, Bobbi-Jo Guenette, Kathy Bois, and Marla Fedeniuk managed a second-place showing with a 4,914 total.
That was 102 pins behind front-running Kenora (5,016), with Dryden taking third place (4,818) and Balmertown fourth (4,481).
The local men’s scratch team–comprised of Bill Plumridge, Rick Stamarski, Jeff Watts, and Behan–wound up in third place with a 5,763 total.
Dryden compiled a whopping 6,347 total to take the division in a runaway, with Balmertown securing second spot (5,889) and Kenora taking fourth (5,278).
The Fort Frances mixed team also finished third in its division as Mike Cox (of Atikokan), Danielle Bois, Missy Wilson, and Tylar Wilson teamed up for a 5,197 total.
Balmertown romped to top spot in the division with a 6,082 total, followed by Dryden in second (5,259) and Kenora in fourth (4,449).
Individually, Eric Bois led the local contingent with several awards, including topping the men’s handicap series with a total pinfall of 2,234.
Len Noonan of Fort Frances was third overall (1,902).
Bois also had the high four-game block (scratch or handicap) with a 1,353 total and took home the Betty Bouchard Trophy for most pins over average (scratch or handicap) at a whopping +484.
Watts, meanwhile, was second overall in the men’s scratch series with a 1,704 total, Fedeniuk was fourth in the ladies’ scratch series (1,339), and Dixon was third in the ladies’ handicap series (1,875).
As well, Len Noonan had the men’s high single with handicap (395) while Dixon had the ladies’ high single with handicap (410).
Fort Frances now will be gunning for the “three-peat” when Plaza Lanes here hosts the aggregate tournament next April.