Kegler’s Korner: Springer rolls pair of 279 games for 815 series

In last week’s action, Erik Springer used a pair of 279 games in the Monday Night Classic League to fashion an 815 series, the first 800 series of his career. That same league saw three bowlers reach the 300 mark, as Markus Budda, Tim Day and Randy Drake each rolled a perfecto, while Tim Bailey came up a pin short with a 299 game in the Thursday Night Mixed League.

Meanwhile, Karla Anderson captured her fourth bowler of the week honors so far this season by firing a 664 series in the Faxon Classic League, one of two series above 660 that she produced during the week. Angie Lepley’s 253, also in the Thursday Night Mixed League, was the top game for the ladies, Not to be overlooked, sixteen-year-old, Beckett Gilmour fired a 770 series, including three games above 248 in the Faxon Youth League.

Following are available high scores from local leagues last week:

HARVEST MOON: Intercommunity: Kevin Lovell 761, Dave Miller 290; Thursday Night Mixed: Karla Anderson 661, Tim Bailey 776; Andy Tressler Memorial: Marty Reeder 708, Steve Eckman 277; Three-Man Major: Wilbur Betts III 761, George Walton 279; Youth: Ashlyn Robinson 542/223, Gregory Drake 654/239.

ABC: Sunday Nite Social: Courtney Solomon 555/218, Rob Walters 646, Ron Tibbens 235.

FAXON: Sunday Night Mixed: Darlene Litzelman 529, Duane Forrest 753/290, Beth Morgan 199; Faxon Sport: Steve Eyer 781/279; Faxon Classic: Peter Stuut 732, Brenda Welshans 243, Duane Forrest 278; Susquehanna Health: Stacy Gridley 625, DeWayne Harris 671, Brenda Welshans 248, Rod Furman 253; Wednesday Ladies: Judy Rowe 533/234; Youth: 11/20: Elizabeth Coffey 443/160


In 1925, local 1990 Bowling Hall of Fame inductee John Coder was born in Williamsport. Starting his bowling career at the age of 33 in 1959, Coder averaged above 200 in just his second season and joined the PBA tour after only three bowling seasons. He rolled a 700 series as his first series above 600.

His 207 average was high in the local association for the 1964-65 season. In 1961, he rolled a 747 series at the Williamsport YMCA to lead his Coder’s Cleaners team to what was then a new local association record series of 3,229, which featured back-to-back 1,100 games for the first time ever in local association history.

He was a member of the Flexers team which won the scratch team event in the 1974 PSBA State Tournament. As a member of the PBA, Coder competed in five ABC Masters Tournaments, cashing in three and reaching the semifinals in 1966. Coder flew his own plane to tour events and would frequently stop in Williamsport with top stars on the tour for weekend practice sessions. Coder became the Mayor of Williamsport in the 1970’s. But that’s a different story.

Hope to see you on the lanes.


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