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Kegler’s Korner: Noreen Smith bowls best female series last week with a 636

Noreen Smith bowled the best female series for last week with a 636 in the Faxon Classic League. The best game for the ladies was Stacy Gridley’s 235 in the Susquehanna Health League.

For the men, Shawn Pepperman had a great week with 800 series on consecutive nights. He followed an 824 series in the Monday Night Classic League with an 801 in the Inner-community League on Tuesday.

Congratulations to Colby Homrighausen who bowled the first 300 game of his career in the Andy Tressler Memorial League to edge out Pepperman’s earlier 299, for high male game of the week. Harvest Moon Youth bowler, Ben Schmouder, sandwiched a 258 game between games of 244 and 234 on his way to a 736 series.

Nice consistency, Ben.

High scores from other Leagues last week:

HARVEST MOON LANES: Inner-community: DeWayne Harris 279; Andy Tressler Memorial; Justin Eberhart 774; Three Man Major: Brandon Whitley 640, Brandon Runk 268; Youth: Ashlyn Robinson 486/192.

ABC: Sunday Night Social: Sarah Whitmoyer 570/232, Ron Tibbens 663, Justin Edkin 254; Wednesday Ladies: Bekka Gardner 516, Dawn Cowher 223; Thursday Night Men’s: DeWayne Harris 695/278; Louie Paulhamus Memorial: Morgan Paulhamus 429/167, Karl Yoas 622, Gary Douty 234; Jr/Sr Youth: Karima Beckett 534/220, Jeremiah Clark 500/201; Prep Youth: Brooke Edkin 342/132, Miller Knepley 375/136.

FAXON: Sunday Night Mixed: Christine Covey 499/183, Peter Stuut 761/286; Faxon Sport: Steve Eyer 721, Greg Gdula 278; Faxon Classic: Noreen Smith 222, Michael Klees 729/279; Susquehanna Health: Stacy Gridley 575, Erik Springer 696, Ron Sahm 265; Wednesday Ladies: Becky Hibschman 534, Brandy Hess 201; Jr./Sr. Youth: Elizabeth Coffey 494/186, Noah Dunlap 529/203

Did you know that in 1925, Ann Gilmore became the first woman to throw a bowling ball in the local area when Tommy Barger, alley master of the YMCA alleys, let her sneak in after hours to bowl a few frames?

She reportedly knocked down three pins with her first ball. That’s pretty good considering that most first-ever balls end up in the gutter. There were less than 3,000 women bowling in the country at that time. The first women’s leagues were formed locally in 1929, but they were not sanctioned by the WIBC until the early 1940s when the Williamsport Women’s Bowling Association was founded.

Hope to see you on the lanes.

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