The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 5, 2013

Brian Holtzapple's Keglers' Korner: SABA award up for grabs

Daily Item

---- — Well keglers, the winter bowling league season has pretty much come to a close for another year and the summer leagues are about to start.

The only winter league that has yet to be decided is Strike Zone's Monday Open League. One week remains and a roll-off is scheduled for May 13.

Prior to that, the Sunbury Area Bowling Association will have its hall of fame banquet Saturday at Northumberland Legion Post No. 44. Karl Conrad and Steve Gilson are the inductees, and also being honored are the Sunbury City Tournament winners and the high school bowlers of the year who hail from Shikellamy.

It'll be interesting to see who is selected as the SABA's boys bowler of the year. After a very competitive season for the Braves, there are several boys in the running.

For starters there's Zack Williams, a senior, who was named to The Daily Item's All-Star first team, as well as to the Heartland Athletic Conference first team. He finished among the top four in average (213.90), high game (269) and high series (726) in the Heartland Athletic Conference this year.

Then you have Earl Malick, a junior, and Randy Ripple, a sophomore. Both bowlers were first-team Daily Item All-Stars, with Ripple also receiving first-team honors from the HAC. They were both ranked in the top 10 in all three statistical categories in the HAC.

Malick also had the distinction of rolling a 300 during Strike Zone's junior league.

Speaking of perfect games, there were a bunch of them rolled this year.

No less than 10 perfect games were rolled at Best Bowl, according to Kevin Woodruff, with five alone coming in the Thursday Night Men's Early League.

Middleburg's Aaron Roush led the way by rolling three 300s this year.

At Strike Zone Lanes, 11 perfect games were thrown. In addition, five 300s were rolled during the PSBA Senior Tournament held at the lanes in October and November.

This year Sunbury's Mike Martin rolled two perfect games in Strike Zone's Thursday Open League, while Jacob Kratzer rolled a pair of 300s in the junior league. Two of Shikellamy's bowling coaches -- Bill Snyder and Mark Derr -- each had a perfect game. For Derr, it marked his 26th career perfect game.

n LEAGUE WINNERS: Two leagues recently wrapped up seasons at Strike Zone. Mark's Rejects claimed the Sunday Mixed League and The Unit won the Wednesday Men's League.

Team members for Mark's Rejects are, of course, Mark Derr and his wife, Denise, plus Kevin Wildt and Craig Hackenberg. Bowling for The Unit are Kevin Woodruff, Tim Botts, Lee Botts, John Stahr, Bill Tomlinson and Matt Fetterman.

n NEW SENIOR SETS RECORDS: The title of senior bowler is designated to any person aged 50-and-over.

Just six months following his 50th birthday, North Carolina's Joe Scarborough recorded the first 900 series in Professional Bowlers Association history when he rolled three consecutive perfect games to start the first round of qualifying in the PBA 50 Sun Bowl held in early April in Florida.

Competing in just his second PBA 50 Tour event, the self-employed electrical contractor threw another strike to start his fourth game, but his streak ended at 37 in a row when he left a split on his 38th shot. Scarborough would eventually lose that first-round, single-elimination match.

Scarborough's perfect start set PBA50 Tour records for consecutive 300 games (the previous record was two by Norb Wetzel of Fond du Lac, Wis., in Albany, N.Y., in 1998, and by Rohn Morton of Portland, Ore., in Tucson, Ariz., in 2005), and highest three-game series. He also tied the record for most 300s by an individual in a PBA50 Tour tournament, shared by Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska (Columbus, Ohio, 2010) and Bob Kelly of Dayton, Ohio (Mooresville, N.C., 2010).

Until next time, stay out of the gutters.

n Brian Holtzapple covers bowling for The Daily Item. Email him at