Cain takes the right path to an 800 series

Liz Johnson captures second title on PWBA Tour

Kirby Cain likes a challenge when it comes to bowling, which explains why he was preparing to bowl left-handed for the 2015-16 league season.

 

During summer league, however, Cain started having problems with his left wrist, which forced him to sideline the southpaw.

“I didn’t want to take a chance with it and possibly have to switch hands a few weeks into the season. So I just decided to bowl right-handed instead,” he explained.

Cain, who long has ranked among the upper echelon of city bowlers, appears to have made the right decision based on his 276-265-259 – 800 performance a week ago Tuesday in the Gage Majors League at Gage Center Bowl.

“The 800 was just a night when I carried well and the shot didn’t change very much,” said Cain, who has rolled four 800s in the past four years and now has six in his career. “I actually thought I needed one more strike in the 10th the last game to get there.”

Cain’s outing easily paced the adult men last week, when the second- and fourth-highest series were shot by Rick Schauff at West Ridge Lanes. Schauff rolled 279-255-238 – 772 in the Monday Seniors League in the afternoon, and then returned that night to shoot 288 – 759 in the BNSF League.

Jessy Bauer had the second-best men’s series last week with a 278 – 766 outing Tuesday in the Lenahan Ultimate Scratch League at West Ridge.

Rachel Barber led the adult women with a 257 – 683 series last Friday in the Showcase West Ridge League, while Ann Dick topped the senior women with a 228 – 601 series at West Ridge.

In the youth ranks, Nathan Mercer led the boys with a 257 – 953 four-game series (a 238.25 average) at Gage Center Bowl, where Whitney Prockish paced the girls with a 215 – 778 score for four games.

The top three-game youth scores were Blake Massey’s 257 – 673 and Carley Sullivan’s 222 – 602 at West Ridge.

■ Overlooked in last week’s roundup was the perfect game rolled by senior Claude Coffman, who nearly doubled his first two games in the Funtime Friends League with his big finish: 159-165-300 – 624.

■ Liz Johnson became the first two-time winner this season on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour by claiming the PWBA Detroit Open title Saturday with a 193-158 victory over Stefanie Johnson.

It was the 13th career win for Johnson, 41, going back to the old PWBA Tour, and the $10,000 top prize pushed her into the season earnings lead with $37,700. Stefanie Johnson is second with $28,450 and continues to lead in points with 71,675.

Liz Johnson, who also won the season-opening USBC Queens crown, is defending her 2013 title at the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women’s Open this week in North Brunswick, N.J. The major event is returning after a one-year hiatus.

Last week’s city leaders

(League scores from Aug. 24-30)

GAGE CENTER BOWL

Men’s series — Kirby Cain 800, David Studebaker 717, Keith Williamson 710, Steve Harrison 707, David Halseth 707, Eddie Burke 706, Allen Payne 699, Mike Bortz 693, Jake Landis 692.

Men’s games — David Studebaker 278, Allen Payne 277, Kirby Cain 276, Clifton Cushinberry 269, Jake Landis 268, Tony Nelson 268, Eddie Burke 267, Omar Bennett 267, Bart Riddle 263.

Women’s series — Kendra Riddle 645, Angie Ross 632, RoxAnn Crowder 604.

Women’s games — RoxAnn Crowder 248, Angie Ross 245, Kendra Riddle 237, Melva Bottom 212, Bliss 211, Tiffany Dominguez 202, Sheryl Drewis 202, Chelsie Bahr 202, Michelle Springer 201.

Senior men — Mike Granger 248/632, Dennis Uhl 236/619, Terry Myers 209/577, Bob Emerick 211, Jeff Boyd 205.

Senior women — Barb Tidwell 219/569, Julie Turner 180/494, Diana Ganger 180, Brenda Carey 175.

Youth boys (4-game series) — Nathan Mercer 257/953, Adam Wood 255/881, John Baeten 874, Brayden Prockish 243/853, Garrett Halseth 256/834, Walker Gwaltney 256.

Youth girls (4-game series) — Whitney Prockish 215/778, Maci Nemechek 208/736, Kishno Bell 202.

WEST RIDGE LANES

Men’s series — Jessy Bauer 766, Rick Schauff 759, Russ Wilson 758, Geoff Morris 758, Geoff Poston 740, David Halseth 729, Wes Beck 728, Jerry Gentry Jr. 728, Jim Smallwood 723, Brad Roberts 720.

Men’s games — Wes Beck 289, Rick Schauff 288, Randy Pickens 279, Rich Seals 278, Jessy Bauer 278, James Charity II 278, Corey Overstreet 277, Russ Wilson 274, Mo Oborny 268, Geoff Morris 268, Dylan Burns 268.

Women’s series — Rachel Barber 683, Laura Kongs 659, Audrianna Colburn 615, Sheryl Drewis 573, Chelsie Bahr 571, Melissa Kraus 561, Stephanie Ditch 556, RoxAnn Crowder 552, Angel Rosdahl 551, Vicki Williams 546, Ida Bartlett 539.

Women’s games — Rachel Barber 257, Angel Rosdahl 248, Vicki Williams 237, Audrianna Colburn 233, Laura Kongs 232, Chelsie Bahr 213, Ida Bartlett 212, RoxAnn Crowder 210, Melissa Kraus 204, Stephanie Ditch 202.

Senior men — Rick Schauff 279-255-238/772, Harry Stewart 245/698 & 268/672, Dave Van Meter 245/685, Dean Porter 246/684, Rick Hladky 259/677, Jim Charity 246/670 & 247, Mickey Smith 655, Pat Mellott 650, Russell Burnett 247, Steve Hart 240.

Senior women — Ann Dick 228/601 & 202/561 & 200/534, RoxAnn Crowder 202/548, Marsha Moore 201/542, Jeannie Sack 215/529, Carol Tyler 202/526, Marlene Flowers 517, Barb Huske 513.

Youth boys — Blake Massey 257/673, John Baeten 256/647, Brayden Prockish 229/647, Dominque Phillips 227/639, Adam Wood 214/630, Noah Belt 226/621, Zack Williams 233/608, Cody Mzhickteno 236/600, Matt Peoples 224, Preston Millard 215.

Youth girls — Carley Sullivan 222/602, Kishno Bell 208/559, Gabi Millard 220/535.

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