By Jim Margueratt, Special to the News
On the day Toronto celebrated winning the Grey Cup, another celebration was taking place at Skyway Lanes, as soon-to-be 18-year-old, Christine Johnston put it all together in her second game for the perfect 300 game.
After a 166 start came the 300, followed by another strike to start game three for a 149 and a 615 triple. The previous week she fired her highest-ever triple, a 685 with games of 227, 235 and 223.
Along with her father Tom’s three perfect games, they are only the second father-daughter Hamiltonians with 300 games, along with Ed and Crystal Maurer.
Other perfect Hamilton women are Dee Gallant, Linda Higenell, Amy Bouchard, Joyce Campbell, Val Chastney, Patti Ellis, Chelsea King, Jen Olmsted, Catharine Rowe, Sioban Ryans, Connie Ward and Laura Wilmer. Only Rowe and Ward are still bowling locally. One of Christine’s coaches is Craig Woodhouse who is in Poland for the AMF World Cup, where two time champion Michael Schmidt is currently ninth.
Two weeks after Mick Anderer fired his second 300 game at Skyway Lanes, he came withing two pins of number three, as the four and eight pins remained defiant for a 298 game and 746 ( 253, 298,1 95) triple.
In the 253, he started with eight strikes before a pair of open frames. His father Mike also has a 300 to his credit in Westinghouse play. The 300 and 298 came in the City Tenpin league, which is 110 years in existence, the oldest in Canada. Barb Hollands spared the very difficult “Big Four” split.
Ed Margueratt came within nine pins of his seventh 700 triple at Skyway with seven strikes in each game of 236, 225 and 230 for a 691. The six are 722, 720, 719, 713, 710 and 701. Nobby Herchenroder scored a 640 with a 261, Jeff Laing 635 (225), Sean Elley 617 (223), Art Oliver Sr. 615, George Reid 609, Chuck Ellis 606 (224, 220), Ron Elliott 598 (237), Derek Hannah 598, Wendell Harrison 231, Sheila Moser 214 and Dwight Young was plus 140 with a 593 triple with a pair of even 200 games.
At Splitsville, Travis Cauley came within 19 pins of Troy Demers’ long-standing 1,090 set with games of 279, 279, 234 and 279 for 1,071. Before witnessing daughter Christine and her 300, Tom Johnston tossed a 256.
In Sherwood Lanes five-pin scores, Norton Sims surpassed 900 by eight pins with a 908 and Ron Bleses dealt a 862, Michelle Krick 857, John Young 825 John Conti 822, Don Harada 820 and Mike Poole a super 383 single.
Joey Welling was plus-110 at Burlington Bowl with a 536 triple and 209 single. Walt Okhiro, 126 average just missed 200 with a 199 and Brian Moore used a big 279 for a 635. Jan Stannix & Peter Morin both rolled 209’s, Susan Scargall was plus 60 at 223 and Rci Gurman used a 257 to slip over 600 by seven pins. Fine singles are Marcel Barrette 241, Ken Clewer 215, Leo Puzinas 207, Chris Kinzinger 200 and Brianna Crysler an even 200. Chris Bowles, 12, tallied a 512 (184) and Alanna Carriera, 13, a consistent 108, 111 and 109 for 328.