Cross, Bigger find perfect Storm, roll 800 series

Bowlers use same type of ball to earn top-five season rankings

You could say that Troy Cross and Ashton Bigger took the city bowling scene by Storm last week.

 

And, yes, that’s Storm with a capital S.

Two weeks ago, Cross purchased a Storm IQ Tour 30th Anniversary bowling ball, which he used last Thursday night to roll his first 800 series — a 258-289-268 – 815 effort in the Rattlers League at West Ridge Lanes.

Three nights later, Ashton Bigger used the same type of ball to shoot 255-277-279 – 811 in the Sunday 6 p.m. Mixer League at West Ridge.

It wasn’t a coincidence.

“He (Bigger) went and bought the same ball I have and had it drilled up identical to mine,” Cross revealed. “He’d been looking for a ball and I had him throw mine, and he fell in love with it. While I was shooting my 8, he was testing the ball with Luke (Rosdahl), who runs the pro shop at West Ridge.”

Cross, though, had to have an adjustment made to his IQ ball before he had the same success Bigger experienced early on. Even then, the 815 series took Cross, who said he’d been “in a bit of rut,” by surprise.

“I didn’t really realize what I was doing until the 10th frame (of game three),” he said. “I was kind of looking at the score and I already knew I was breaking 7, I just didn’t know I was breaking 8.

“I was excited. I was half in shock — did I really just shoot this?”

The confirmation came in the form of phone calls and social media messages the 26-year-old Cross received afterward, and the congratulations he got from friend and fellow bowler Angie Ross.

“We watched Tony Nelson shoot his first 800 earlier this year,” Cross said, “and when he did that, Angie turned and looked at me and said it was my time to shoot one. She was the first person I called when I shot that. She was in disbelief I did that.”

Cross, who is carrying a 210 average, moved into third place on the men’s season honor roll with his 815 series — one spot ahead of Bigger.

The 811 series was the fifth 800 of Bigger’s career and his second in two seasons of adult league competition (he shot 820 last season).

“I’ve been bowling pretty good, but it hasn’t been too great,” said Bigger, 19, one of the first adult league bowlers in the city to use a two-handed delivery. “It kind of caught me by surprise that I did so well with (the new ball).”

Bigger, who rolled a career-best 300-279-265 – 844 series in youth league in November 2012, likes the competition he sees at the adult level.

“Going up against people like Geoff Poston, Russ Wilson and Kyle Turner — just big names around the city — when you love competition the way I do, it makes you strive to get better,” he said.

Also earning a top-10 series ranking last week was Jason Crouch, who tied for 10th place with a 246-246-300 – 792 outing in the same league as Bigger. It was Crouch’s second 300 this season.

Other top men’s scores: Steve Harrison, 280 – 784, and Craig Trapp, 280 – 780, both at West Ridge.

The women were led by Michelle Springer, who shot 239-208-222 – 669 in the Tuesday Nite All Stars League at Gage Center Bowl; Chelsie Bahr, who rolled 234-213-221 – 668 in the Tuesday Mixer League at West Ridge and Rachel Barber, who tied for seventh on the honor roll with a 278 game in the same league as Springer.

Pacing the seniors were Chuck McLain, who shot 279-215-226 – 720 in the Senior Wheel of Fortune League (the 279 is tied for ninth); Gerry Sanders, who tied for fourth with a 289 game; and Elex Carter, who tossed a 274 game, all at West Ridge.

■ Kyle Turner rolled a 290 game last weekend to help Team Lawrence take a commanding 413-pin lead in the four-person team event of the Topeka USBC Bowling Association City Tournament at West Ridge. The tourney wraps up this weekend.

City season honor roll

(New top-10 scores from Feb. 8-14)

ADULT MEN

Series — 815: Troy Cross, WR (third place); 811: Ashton Bigger, WR (fourth); 792: Jason Crouch, WR (tie for 10th).

Games — 300: Jason Crouch, WR (tie for first).

ADULT WOMEN

Games — 278: Rachel Barber, GC (tie for seventh).

SENIOR MEN

Games — 289: Gerry Sanders, WR (tie for fourth); 279: Chuck McLain, WR (tie for ninth).

Note: See the expanded honor roll at http://cjonline.com/sports/bowling.

Last week’s city leaders

(League scores from Feb. 8-14)

GAGE CENTER BOWL

Men’s series — Kyle Turner 726, Brett Hicks 722, Jerry McCart 718, Leonard Harding 715, Brian Granger 715, Lamont Lassiter 712, Eddie Burke 711, Randal Schiffelbein 710, Charlie Armstrong 706, Jeff Casto 704.

Men’s games — Leonard Harding 279, Jason Porter 279, Randal Schiffelbein 279, Brian Granger 278, Eddie Burke 277, Justin Rocha 276, Brett Hicks 275, Andre Nelson 268, Jeff Huske 268, Brandon Matthias 266, Ron Bahr 266.

Women’s series — Michelle Springer 669, Chelsie Bahr 648, Rachel Barber 647, Shelby Rouse 634, Kathy Davis 619, Sheila Krohe 599, Cheryl Taylor 593, Bonnie Gauntt 581, Vicki Williams 579, Amber Huske 574, Deb Lewis 574.

Women’s games — Rachel Barber 278, Chelsie Bahr 244, Michelle Springer 239, Debbie Dew 234, Shelby Rouse 232, Cheryl Taylor 224, Lee Coon 224, Sheila Krohe 223, Kathy Davis 223, Nancy Besta 222.

Senior men — Ray Justus 230/660, Dennis Uhl 257/647, Ron Barber 226/605, Gil Moreno 587, Rex Haney 577, John Carter 577, Mike Granger 258, Stonie Taylor 243.

Senior women — LaAnge Ginavan 190/536, Julie Turner 524, Betty Semon 186/511, Stacey Croskey 511, Donna Cummings 187/508, Sue Allensworth 204, Barb Tidwell 202.

Youth boys — Jimmy Hester 224/566, Reece Schiffelbein 226/530, Aaron Thomas 183/500, Alec Granger 183, Chris Kious 175.

Youth girls — Majayla Boyd 184/499, Ally Watson 165/457.

WEST RIDGE LANES

Men’s series — Troy Cross 815, Ashton Bigger 811, Jason Crouch 792, Steve Harrison 784, Craig Trapp 780, Bruce Thoman 769, Geoff Morris 757, Ryan Essman 741, Jason McRoberts 735, Steve Garrett 733.

Men’s games — Jason Crouch 300, Jim Charity 289, Troy Cross 289, Steve Harrison 280, Craig Trapp 280, Geoff Morris 280, Ryan Essman 279, Bruce Thoman 279, Ashton Bigger 279, Steve Garrett 278, Marc Anderson 278.

Women’s series — Chelsie Bahr 668, Angel Rosdahl 628, Melissa Urich 620, Shelbie Epperson 606, Rachel Barber 599, Michelle Springer 594, Rachel Payne 593, Ida Bartlett 590, Hannah Redger 589, Mona James 483, Jacque Anderson 576.

Women’s games — Hannah Redger 246, Chelsie Bahr 234, Angel Rosdahl 232, Mona James 225, Melissa Urich 224, Shelbie Epperson 222, Ida Bartlett 217, Rachel Barber 216, Jacque Anderson 215, Rachel Payne 215.

Senior men — Chuck McLain 279-215-226/720, Jim Charity 237/652, Mark Gingrich 248/651, Mark Grim 246/646, Dave Van Meter 236/644, Gary Hamilton 632, Gerry Sanders 289/630 & 247/627, Rick Hladky 629, Rich Sears 259/628, Elex Carter 274.

Senior women — Kay Johnson 213/566 & 519, Cleora Cushinberry 557 & 516, Ann Dick 529, Pearl Colby 524, Shirley Jacobson 523, Marsha Moore 516, Brenda Redmon 515, Sis Long 515, Bernie Schuette 200.

Youth boys — Jordan Freed 246/647, Noah Belt 257, Jared Freed 226, Brayden Prockish 217, Blake Massey 215, Dominique Phillips 202.

Youth girls — Gabi Millard 204/565, Janae Peoples 519.

Topeka USBC
City Tournament

At West Ridge Lanes

LEADERS AFTER SECOND WEEKEND

Five-person team — 1. Topeka Blueprint, 3,394; 2. Golden Eagle Casino, 3,327; 3. Reindeer Forest, 3,317; 4. Reeds, 3,315; 5. Ickey Shuffle, 3,307.

Four-person team — 1. Team Lawrence, 2,861; 2. Overhead Doors, 2,488; 3. Young Pups, 2,422; 4. Hall of Fame 3, 2,413; 5. Throw Togethers, 2,407.

Doubles 1 — 1. Dennis Fritts/Harry Stewart, 1,492; 2. Tim Pucek/Jeff Casto, 1,419; 3. Troy Bell/Keith Williamson, 1,390; 4. Tyrone Littrice/Matt Mace, 1,383; 5. Mike Parhomek/Geoff Morris, 1,381.

Doubles 2 — 1. Edward Maxwell/Jr Thomas, 1,356; 2. Cassie Brown/Jennifer Brown, 1,288; 3. Frank Mejia/Corey Anglemyer, 1,281; 4. Daniel Rathbun/Randy Price Jr., 1,277; 5. Edward Maxwell/Lyman Shipshee, 1,272.

Singles 1 — 1. Aaron Sigg, 787; 2. David Halseth, 742; 3. Brad Roberts, 741; 4. Mike Parhomek, 719; 5. Dean Snepp, 718.

Singles 2 — 1. David Botkin, 730; 2. Jr Thomas, 695; 3. Frank Mejia, 689; 4. Richard Wike, 682; 5. Steve Quy, 677.

All-events 1 — 1. David Halseth, 2,173; 2. Richard Buckhalter, 2,104; 3. Jeff Casto, 2,068; 4. Brad Roberts, 2,059; 5. Mike Parhomek, 2,007.

All-events 2 — 1. Jr Thomas, 2,131; 2. Shelbie Epperson, 2,101; 3. Frank Mejia, 2,031; 4. David Botkin, 2,009; 5. Tito Franco, 1,953.

All-events scratch — 1. David Halseth, 2,173; 2. Brad Roberts, 2,059; 3. Mike Parhomek, 2,007; 4. Richard Buckhalter, 1,993; 5. Craig Trapp, 1,960.

Senior all-events — 1. Jr Thomas, 2,131; 2. Mike Parhomek, 2,007; 3. Craig Trapp, 1,960; 4. Martin Hale, 1,938; 5. Steve Patrick, 1,897.

Super Senior all-events — 1. Rick Schauff, 1,923; 2. Gerry Sanders, 1,918; 3. Ken Oldridge, 1,897; 4. Jim Charity, 1,865; 5. Jack Dick, 1,801.

Six-game combination handicapped — 1. David Halseth, 1,465; 2. Jeff Casto, 1,443; 3. Mike Parhomek, 1,427; 4. Brad Roberts, 1,398; 5. Tim Pucek, 1,366.

Six-game combination scratch — 1. David Halseth, 1,465; 2. Mike Parhomek, 1,427; 3. Brad Roberts, 1,398; 4. Craig Trapp, 1,361; 5. Geoff Morris, 1,335.

Mulligan handicapped — 1. Richard Buckhalter, 816; 2. Jr Thomas, 761; 3. Jason Price, 755; 4. David Botkin, 736; 5. Tito Franco, 733.

Mulligan scratch — 1. Richard Buckhalter, 779; 2. Brad Roberts, 746; 3. Paul Baumgartner, 693; 4. James Bechtel, 686; 5. Craig Trapp, 682.

Note: The tournament concludes Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20-21.

Topeka Women’s 600 Club

VALENTINE’S TOURNAMENT

Doubles — 1. Carol Tyler/Darlene Shaw, 1,234; 2. Nadine Derr/Weggie Auten, 1,199; 3. Peg Fugate/Phyllis Zentner, 1,193.

Singles — 1. Darlene Shaw, 670; 2. Dottie Pokorney, 626; 3. Peg Fugate, 616; 4. Phyllis Zentner, 613; 5. Bernie Schuette, 607.

All-events — 1. Darlene Shaw, 1,330; 2. Nadine Derr, 1,225; 3. Phyllis Zentner, 1,220; 4. Letha Waggel, 1,213; 5. Peg Fugate, 1,202.

Scratch all-events — 1. Rita Acker, 866.

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