Stamarski advances to provincial round


Rick Stamarski has advanced to the provincial round of the annual “Pins Over Average” roll-offs.
Competing in the five-game zone round in Dryden, Stamarski took third place overall amongst the men by finishing +195 over his average of 209—a mere 31 pins out of first place.
Bowling in the Saturday afternoon session, Stamarski opened with a 194 before rolling scores of 230 and 205 in his next two games.
Then he really caught fire—closing out his five-game block with scores of 337 and 274 to clinch third spot.
Rob Laplante captured first place, finishing at +226 above his 192 average, followed by Greg Barton in second (+205).
Michael Magee claimed the fourth and final berth to the provincials, to be held in Timmins in March, at +192.
Brian Johnstone of Fort Frances, who also bowled in the Saturday session, finished in 11th place overall at +117 over his 157 average.
His scores were 165, 163, 215, 189, and 170.
Jayson McFarlane was the top local bowler from Sunday afternoon’s session, finishing at +136 above his 131 average with scores of 133, 180, 216, 117, and 145.
Rounding out the local contingent Sunday afternoon were Mike Behan and Gerry Rousseau, who both finished well off the pace.
Rolling games of 195, 181, 233, 231, and 174, Behan ended up minus-81 below his 219 average to finish tied for 17th.
Rousseau (with scores of 206, 175, 211, 172, and 182) finished 21st after going minus-114 below his 212 average.
Among the women, Eleanor Rumpel took first place, finishing at +203 over her 172 average.
Also advancing to the provincials were Kim Pavey (+187), Melanie McDougald (+174), and Kailee Ernewien (+152).
No local women competed in the zone round.
Meanwhile, McFarlane did double duty Sunday as he also competed in the zone round of the Northern Ontario Family Twosome roll-offs in Dryden that morning.
He teamed up with Shaye McCormick to finish fourth in the Bantam division with a 751 total over four games, 191 pins out of first place.
Tanner McCormick and Kristen McCormick finished second in the Bowlasaurus division, totalling 776—just 61 pins out of first place.
But it was a different story for local bowlers Raymond Polz and Dusty Good.
Polz, bowling with his dad, Gerry, was tops in the Junior division with a 949 total over four games to advance to the provincial round.
Good and his mom, Julie, finished first in the Senior division, totalling 909.