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Bowler Kevin Andes hits his mark with 300 game, 815 series

One of Kevin Andes duties as assistant general manager at West Ridge Lanes is to compile a weekly list of the center’s... Read more

Tidwell cohntinues to rewrite senior honor roll

Cracking the top 10 on the city bowling honor roll can be tough late in the season, but Barb Tidwell has made... Read more

Tidwell continues to roll with 686 series

Barb Tidwell was back in the groove last week.

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Tidwell reaches into past to top senior lists

Barb Tidwell knows age isn’t kind to athletes, including bowlers, so she exercises regularly in part to continue bowling.... Read more

Bigger tops city with 835 series

A new bowling ball contains a bit of mystery mixed with promise, and Ashton Bigger was about to find out which characteristic... Read more

Keslar, Kahle, Rocha join city’s 300 club

Three city bowlers, including West Ridge Lanes co-owner Gerry Keslar, joined the 2016-17 men’s 300 club last week.

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Best ties Baumgartner for series lead on honor roll

After a slow start to February, city bowlers — led by Jesse Best — exploded to produce 13 top-10-ranked honor roll scores... Read more

Springer, Cain produce honor roll scores

Michelle Springer strengthened her hold on the 2016-17 women’s honor roll while sharing the city bowling spotlight with Kirby Cain last week.... Read more

Johnson paces city bowlers with 773 series

Consistency proved the key to success last week for Tom Johnson Jr., who shot 257-258-258 – 773 on Thursday in the Rattlers... Read more

Big opening game yields honor roll scores for Springer

Michelle Springer used a strong start to claim two spots on the city bowling season honor roll last week at West Ridge... Read more

Poston shows he can bowl, too, with 802 series

When Geoff Poston isn’t busy putting together the new bowling program at Ottawa University or wrapping up an eight-year stint as coach... Read more

Gooldy, Harrison pace bowlers with top-10-ranked series

Rachel Gooldy claimed her second top-10 ranking this season, while Steve Harrison earned his first to share the city bowling spotlight last... Read more

Trevor Baumgartner tops trio of bowlers to close 2016 with perfect games

What’s the best way to beat the distraction of the holidays for a city bowler? Beat them to the punch, which is... Read more

Breitkreutz, Thoman post top scores for bowlers

Mike Breitkreutz and Britni Thoman struck early last week to share the city bowling spotlight in a week in which honor roll... Read more

Payne, Springer share city bowling spotlight

Neither Allen Payne nor Michelle Springer had much competition en route to sharing the city bowling spotlight last week.

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Poston claims top-10 ranking with 789 series

Geoff Poston moved into sixth place on the season honor roll to highlight last week’s city bowling action.

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Wilson’s perfect game highlights week for city bowlers

Thanksgiving week took a toll on city bowler scores, with only a handful of honor roll marks recorded, including Russ Wilson’s perfect... Read more

Bredahl’s game, youth scores pace bowlers

Kathy Bredahl used a big finish to post the only top-10 score on the city bowling open league honor roll last week.... Read more

New ball helps Bahr make run at 800 series

Just when it looked like Ron Bahr would walk out of West Ridge Lanes with another 800 series last Wednesday night, his... Read more

Bigger’s near-misses, Bennett’s perfect game pace bowlers

City bowlers enjoyed a post-Halloween surge last week, with five open-league players producing seven top-10-ranked scores on the season honor roll.... Read more

Hollon, Springer post multiple honor roll scores

Dan Hollon and Michelle Springer each claimed a pair of spots on the season honor roll to highlight last week’s city bowling... Read more

Perfect game sparks Gentry to season-leading 811 series

Jerry Gentry Jr. grabbed the season lead on the men’s series honor roll, while Zac Wenrich notched a rare perfect game feat... Read more

Turner, Barber, Bahr share bowling spotlight

A trio of familiar standouts — Kyle Turner, Rachel Barber and Chelsie Bahr — plus two additional 300 shooters dominated the city... Read more

Gordon checks nerves, rolls first perfect game

No doubt about it, having an opportunity to bowl a perfect game can rattle a person’s nerves.

Chris Gordon knows the feeling.

“I’d... Read more

Crouch claims series lead with first 800 in seven years

If there was an award for bowler of the half decade in Topeka, it likely would have gone to Jason Crouch for... Read more

Turner moves into second place on season list with 787 series

Kyle Turner strung together games of 249, 259 and 279 for a 787 series last Saturday night in the Northern Lights League... Read more

Springer's 771 series, Bahr's 300 game pace city bowlers

Michelle Springer used a 299 game as a springboard to a 771 series, and Chelsie Bahr tossed a perfect game to highlight... Read more

Perfect finish carries Dorsey to 300 game

Al Dorsey tossed the city’s first perfect game of the 2016-17 league season, while Russ Wilson and Aaron Burniston made runs at... Read more

Top bowler Payne opens league season with 804 series

Earlier this month, and quite to his surprise, Allen Payne collected his fourth Topeka USBC Bowling Association Bowler of the Year award... Read more

Topeka Top Ten changing with the times

After years of showcasing the best men and women bowlers in Topeka based on their composite averages from the preceding league season,... Read more

Payne, Bahr claim top-10 rankings for series

Late-season outings by Allen Payne, Chelsie Bahr and Josh Cowen yielded a trio of honor roll scores as the 2015-16 league bowling... Read more

Turner claims share of lead with 836 series

City bowling record-holder Kyle Turner made the most of a late-season outing over the weekend at West Ridge Lanes to tie Ron... Read more

Springer's 300 tops outbreak of perfect games

Perfect games were popping up like tulips last week for city bowlers, who produced no fewer than four 300s — including the... Read more

Brandon Benoit improves career-best mark to 803

Brandon Benoit is climbing the 800 series ladder slowly. Very slowly.

Benoit broke into the 800 ranks with an 801 series in January... Read more

Gentry moves into fifth place with 808 series

A perfect finish by Jerry Gentry Jr. produced a top-five series and cut short Matt Phelps’ stay in the top 10 of... Read more

Barber, Tidwell, Prockish post honor roll scores

Steve Harrison may have had the top score, but Rachel Barber, Barb Tidwell and Whitney Prockish made the biggest moves on the... Read more

King claims women's lead with 289 game

While Kyle Turner posted the top series, a trio of games had major impact on the city bowling season honor roll last... Read more

Bowling associations raising money for inaugural banquet

Beginning Monday and continuing throughout next week, members of the city men’s and women’s bowling associations will be selling raffle tickets to... Read more

Halseth's multiple wins highlight city bowling tournament

While the results are unofficial, David Halseth appears to have been the big winner in the Topeka USBC Bowling Association City Tournament.

Halseth... Read more

Cross, Bigger find perfect Storm, roll 800 series

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

And, yes, that’s Storm with... Read more

Bad Boyz bowlers sizzle with 3,606 outing at Center

Led by the trio of Allen Payne, Bob Benoit and Craig Trapp, the five-man Bad Boyz Bail Bonds team averaged 240.4 per... Read more

Bahr rediscovers old magic to bowl 836 series

Neither age nor surgery to repair a bowler’s elbow have diminished Ron Bahr’s love for his favorite sport.

He’s still the same affable,... Read more

Granger's 300, Schauff's 747 pace city bowlers

Brian Granger joined the men’s 300 club, while Rick Schauff claimed another spot in the senior men’s series top 10 to highlight... Read more

Clausing tosses perfect game at West Ridge

Brandon Clausing joined the men’s 300 club while producing one of only two top-10-ranked scores by city bowlers last week.

Clausing posted the... Read more

First 800 series comes as a surprise to Nelson

The last thing on Tony Nelson’s mind a week ago Wednesday night was how well he was going to bowl in the... Read more

Holidays bring honor roll scores to city bowlers

There was plenty for city bowlers to celebrate during the two-week holiday stretch, with Craig Trapp, Michelle Springer, Angie Ross, Neil Grame... Read more

Pins won't fall in Topeka for 2016 PWBA Tour

The Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour will expand from 11 to 14 tournaments in 2016, but it won’t be returning to Topeka.

The... Read more

Bell moves into ninth place on city bowling honor roll

Troy Bell moved into the top 10 on the men’s series honor roll, John Baeten grabbed the lead on the boys’ four-game... Read more

Youth bowler Prockish tosses perfect game

Brayden Prockish became the third youth bowler to roll a perfect game this season, while Justin Rocha became the first adult to... Read more

Lightell moves into third place on city bowling men's series list

Joey Lightell III moved into third place on the men’s season honor roll, while Rick Morris and Corey Anglemyer joined the men’s... Read more

Bortz joins 300 club; youth bowlers on a roll

Chris Bortz secured membership in the 2015-16 men’s 300 club, and a handful of youth divvied up the season honor roll to... Read more

Rolin claims city lead with first 800 series

In his nearly two decades of bowling, Robert Rolin had experienced the thrill of rolling a perfect game a couple times. But... Read more

Bahr claims city women's lead with 752 series

Chelsie Bahr cracked the 700 mark twice last week, Justin Rocha tossed a perfect game and the father-son duo of Larry and... Read more

Ross, Cushinberry claim city women's bowling leads

Season bests by Angie Ross and Cleora Cushinberry, and perfect games by Tony Nelson, Geoff Poston and Jason Crouch topped the list... Read more

City bowlers Deedrick, Hladky, Wanna post perfect games

Opening-game 300s by Phil Deedrick and Travis Wanna and a closing-game 300 by Rick Hladky highlighted last week’s city bowling action.

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Bowling center owners claim weekly honors

In addition to co-owning West Ridge Lanes, Jesse James and Gerry Keslar showed last week they are pretty good bowlers themselves.

Bowling in... Read more

Youth bowler rolls one of city's three perfect games

Three perfect games — including the second in as many weeks by a youth — and a trio of near-800 series highlighted... Read more

Schauff still rolling; Wood tosses perfect city bowling season's first youth perfect game

Rick Schauff continued to set the pace for seniors and adults, while Adam Wood tossed the season’s first youth 300 game to... Read more

Kraus tops city bowling women with 710 series

Melissa Kraus posted the highest women’s series of the city’s league season by stringing together games of 242, 202 and 266 for... Read more

Cain takes the right path to an 800 series

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

Topeka bowling: Darrell Harris, Lamont Lassiter roll perfect games in league play

Catching up on the first two weeks of the 2015-16 league bowling season while keeping an eye on the Professional Women’s Bowling... Read more

College programs fueling PWBA's resurgence

Picking up the last few spares from the PWBA Topeka Open presented by Prairie Band Casino & Resort at West Ridge Lanes:

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McEwan maintains lead heading into Topeka Open bowling final round

Danielle McEwan shrugged off a slow start to the second round of match play Saturday afternoon at West Ridge Lanes to claim... Read more

Top Ten fields will have new look in 2016

The moment competition ended Saturday night in the Topeka Top Ten bowling tournament at Gage Center Bowl, the decades-old event underwent a... Read more

Turpin, Bahr roll to Top Ten bowling titles

By the time Matt Turpin was done bowling Saturday in the Topeka Top Ten tournament at Gage Center Bowl, he already was... Read more

Defending champions lead field for Top Ten bowling

Defending champions come in two varieties at the annual Topeka Top Ten bowling event: those who won for the first time, and... Read more

PWBA Topeka Open could see 80-player field

By the time West Ridge Lanes co-owner Gerry Keslar learned the original 64-player field for the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Topeka Open... Read more

Payne earns third TBA Bowler of the Year award

Allen Payne has had bowling seasons with higher series scores and more perfect games, but the 2014-15 campaign was different in a... Read more

Benoit claims top two spots on season honor roll

The city’s 2014-15 league bowling season, which wrapped up last week, wasn’t dominated by Bob Benoit.

After all, 42 different men combined to... Read more

Healthier Halseth returns to 800 form

Bowling an 800 series is still a thrill for David Halseth, but it’s easy to understand why the feat doesn’t carry quite... Read more

Bortz ends drought with 814 series

Chris Bortz hadn’t given up hope of bowling another 800 series, but he was beginning to have his doubts after going “five... Read more

Granger claims senior lead with 806 series

Mike Granger hasn’t had any trouble recently getting motivated to bowl.

A month ago, the youth instructor and assistant coach at Washburn Rural... Read more

Back-to-back 299s spark Bigger to 820 series

Moving up to adult league bowling after a standout youth and high school career has been an educational experience for Ashton Bigger.

“Very... Read more

Riddle falls shy of milestone with 798 series

Bart Riddle’s near-miss at an 800 series and a pair of top-10-ranked 700s by Angie Ross and Rick Schauff shared the city... Read more

Rouse claims city lead with career-best 827 series

There have been 17 league series of 800 or higher bowled by men this season in Topeka, and not one of them... Read more

Rosdahl moves into fourth place with 814 series

There is a pattern Luke Rosdahl seems to follow during the winter league bowling season, and this year was no exception.

“I seem... Read more

Breitkreutz moves into top 10 with 805 series

Shaun Breitkreutz moved into sixth place on the men’s season honor roll to highlight a busy week on the lanes for city... Read more

Senior bowlers shake up season honor roll

Senior series leaders Jim Charity and Barb Tidwell topped their previous season bests last week, but only Charity retained his lead on... Read more

West Ridge Lanes to host women pro bowlers

The relaunch of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour after a 12-year absence will include a stop at West Ridge Lanes in... Read more

Glenn, Bortz pace bowlers with perfect games

Greg Glenn and Mike Bortz earned admittance to the men’s 300 club, while Rick Schauff, Bill Jenkins and Barb Tidwell claimed spots... Read more

Clausing adds perfect game to city bowling honor roll

Brandon Clausing joined the men’s 300 club with the group’s 33rd perfect game of the season to pace the city’s league bowlers... Read more

Judd, Benoit join men's 800 club for bowlers

A familiar name returned to the season honor roll last week as city bowlers registered a pair of 800 series and a... Read more

McComas, Payne roll 800s to pace city bowlers

A career first for Jonathan McComas helped city bowlers pick up the pace last week with a pair of 800 series and... Read more

Senior bowlers earn top-10 rankings on city honor roll

In a week where Justin Rocha’s 768 series at Gage Center Bowl was the top score in town, a trio of women... Read more

Halseth, Morris celebrate Christmas with perfect games

David Halseth and Geoff Morris joined the men’s 300 club two days before Christmas as city bowlers wrapped up the holiday portion... Read more

Ross grabs women's lead with 780 series

Angie Ross has grown accustomed to seeing bowlers of a younger generation dominate the city honor roll in recent years, but that... Read more

Ball change helps Allen Payne bowl second 803 series

In spite of having just missed a perfect game last Thursday night at Gage Center Bowl, Allen Payne knew it was time... Read more

Mercer, 14, rolls 300/833 in high school bowling tryouts

Nathan Mercer probably would have been satisfied with a solid five days of bowling last week when Shawnee Heights held tryouts for... Read more

Bahr tops 700 mark for seventh time this season

Chelsie Bahr moved into eighth place on the city bowling honor roll while recording her seventh 700 series this season last week... Read more

McBride earns membership in city's 300 club

The city’s 300 club welcomed its 20th member this season when Robb McBride bowled 300-234-189 – 723 a week ago Monday night... Read more

City bowler Bahr rebounds from off week with perfect game

Chelsie Bahr barely topping the 500 mark for a series in bowling happens about as often as Kansans elect a non-Republican senator,... Read more

Roberts strikes again with 300 game, 816 series at West Ridge

The Lenahan Ultimate Scratch League at West Ridge Lanes is loaded with good bowlers, including Brad Roberts, who seems to have developed... Read more

Burns just misses milestone with 794 series

Dylan Burns was the latest city bowler to make a run at an 800 series, falling six pins shy with a 290-256-248... Read more

Lassiter chasing city honor after 806 series

Lamont Lassiter knew heading into the 2014-15 bowling season this could be his last chance to contend for Topeka bowler of the... Read more

Topeka West freshman Wood joins Clausing in city bowling's 800 club

Two nights after Brandon Clausing moved into a tie for second place on the men’s season honor roll last week, youth bowler... Read more

Rocha, Springer pace city's league bowlers

Justin Rocha and Michelle Springer paced the city’s adult bowlers last week while falling just shy of the 800 and 700 series... Read more

Perfect finish yields bowling milestones for Nelson

Jason Nelson was keeping his eye on the Kansas City Royals’ game a week ago Tuesday night while competing in the Knights... Read more

Baumgartner sets early pace for city bowlers

Trevor Baumgartner, who wrapped up his youth bowling career last month by winning his third consecutive Topeka Top Ten boys title, appears... Read more

Payne, Leftwich claim Top Ten bowling titles

There are a variety of ways bowlers can approach the five-game qualifying portion of the annual Topeka Top Ten all-star tournament:

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Judd, Bahr return to defend Top Ten bowling titles

Anyone doubting the legitimacy of the Topeka Top Ten championships won last August by Anthony Judd and Chelsie Bahr should take note... Read more

Tenth strike key to Prockish's first perfect game

After surviving a “bad shot” in the seventh frame to open with nine strikes last weekend in youth league at West Ridge... Read more

Ahl ties for 11th with second 800 series

The first time Dan Ahl topped the 800 mark this season, in early September, he stood alone as the only city bowler... Read more

City bowling roundup: Wagner posts first 300, career-best 824 series

Rob Wagner’s first appearance as a substitute bowler in Topeka fell on April Fools’ Day, but the Lawrence resident wasn’t kidding around... Read more

Bennett joins son, daughter in bowling's 800 club

When it comes to bowling, Omar Bennett is content to let the spotlight shine on daughter Natalie and son Andrew. But dad... Read more

Harrison's second 800, Wilson's fourth pace city bowlers

Despite rolling impressive scores, neither Steve Harrison nor Russ Wilson could earn a top-10 position on the city bowling honor roll last... Read more

Bigger rolls city-leading fourth 300 game

Seaman senior Ashton Bigger capped a week laden with perfect games with his fourth 300 in youth league this season at West... Read more

Pheigaru, Sawyer share city bowling spotlight

Jenni Pheigaru, coming off a sixth-place finish at last week’s Class 5-1A state bowling tournament, solidified her hold on the city’s youth... Read more

New ball again yields 800 series for Roberts

Ask Brad Roberts what it takes to bowl an 800 series, and you’re likely to get a simple answer: drill a new... Read more

City bowling trio cracks 800 series mark

Last season, for perhaps the first time in her adult bowling career, Natalie Bennett’s focus — especially last spring — wasn’t absolute... Read more

Wilson, Judd remain red-hot at West Ridge

Topekan Anthony Judd and Russ Wilson, of Lawrence, continued to sizzle at West Ridge Lanes last week, with both bowlers recording perfect... Read more

Hammons beats snowstorm to bowl perfect game

Last week’s snowstorm, which stymied city bowlers for a couple days, couldn’t stop Al Hammons from reaching perfection on Thursday.

Hammons didn’t waste... Read more

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