Recreational bowling: Essenmacher bowls 45th perfect game; Osieczonek, Bissett win tourney

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There was plenty of excitement with 130 bowlers competing in the Fall Senior Nonsenior Tournament at Strikers Entertainment Center last weekend. The tournament produced three perfect games and one team steamrolling the competition. John Essenmacher rolled 300 to reach an incredible 45 lifetime perfect games. He ended with a 738 series. Jose Ganhs shot his second 300 of the season and 23rd overall. He ended with the highest individual qualifying series at 786. Scott Badley picked up his 17th 300 game and finished with a 773 series.

John Osieczonek and Joe Bissett were strong all day, qualifying third and then winning their four two-game baker matches to take the tournament title. After an 83-pin margin of victory in round 1, they pounded out games of 277 and 269 in the second round, which, with handicap, produced a two-game total of 625. Their victory in the semifinals was closer but still a comfortable 514-475 win over Frank Mowinski and Matt Pawlak. The finals match was a test of endurance as the final two teams limped to the finish line with the champs holding off Paul Fleming and Steve McCoy 430-414.

The other team making it to the semifinals was Rosann Brachel and Kelly Larsen. The remaining round of eight teams were the fifth qualifying team of Greg Marshall and Jose Ganhs, the sixth qualifying team of Chelsea Bedford and Scott Badley, seventh qualifiers Paul Collins and Matt Langolf, and the 16th, and final, qualifying team of Greg Allen and Don Nichols.

The top qualifying team of Chuck Ouellette and Cliff Crawford were upset in the first round. In qualifying they were both outstanding with Crawford firing a 782 series, which included a 279 game, while Ouellette contributed with a 729 series. Matt Langolf put together a 725 series with the help of a 288 game. Other top individual games were Steve McCoy 279 and Ed Karwinski 277. Alyssa Crampton posted the top women’s score with a 656 series that included games of 239 and 223. Rosann Brachel threw a 638 series with games of 223 and 230. Jessica Heilig had a 222 game.

In league play, Brian Krauss strung games of 299, 234, and 267 for an 800 series in the Masters league at Port Huron Lanes. This was his third award series. Dave Klaas tossed his second perfect game of the season with 300 in the Cowboys & Indians league at Port Huron Lanes. He finished with a 726 series.

Cliff Crawford used games of 288 and 279 to shoot a 790 series to lead Cowboys & Indians. Nate Holmes was runner-up in that session with a 785 series that included a 276 game. David Black rounds out the league’s top three with a 763 series. Jeff Meldrum paced the Wednesday Night league at Colony Bowl with a 751 series. Nate Kelly led the Don McIvor league at Port Huron Lanes with a 748 series that included a 278 game.

The women in the McIvor league put on quite a show with six bowlers exceeding 600 series. Heather Bombard led the way with a 676 series that included games of 247 and 245. Chelsea Bedford fired a 654 series with a 231 game. Joddy Swoffer rolled 636 with games of 238 and 230. Kristie Lashbrook had a 630 with a 244 game Alicia Vennettilli was at 612, while Kristen Winkler threw a phenomenal 266 game on her way to 606. Stephanie Ouellette also joined the fun with a 244 game.

Chelsea Bedford was also extraordinary at St. Clair River Lanes in the Monday Big 12 league with a 648 series. Heather Bombard added a 622 in Saturday Nite Bridge. Jennifer Klein had 608 in Inter City Ladies and 605 in Saturday Nite Bridge. Sarah Teschler had 608 in Friday Mixed at Strikers. Alyssa Crampton led the women at Colony Bowl with a 605 serie,s while her proud parent, Terry Crampton, was right behind her in the same league with a 600 series and had a matching 600 series at St. Clair River Lanes and a 572 at Strikers. Other strong series were Kathleen Smith 598, Tamra Kulin 595, Lee-Ann Hill 594, Vicki Vandevelde 573, Kristen Winkler 572, and Laurynn Ball 570.

The remaining top league series for the men were Scott Badley 739, Chuck Ouellette 734, Jeff Gierman 734, Matt Pawlak 728, Charles Wehrwein 727, Dante Hicks 726, Bob Pihaylic 719, Tom Morris 718, David Hawks 717, Andy Schultz 716, Jon Burkhardt 714, Jed Johnston 714, Rich Englebert 714, Ed Crampton 713, Mike Berube 713, Doug Ultsch 713 and Greg Urben 711.

Dan Hawley Jr heads up the rest of the high games with a 289 in Cowboys & Indians. He was followed by PJ Hollis 279, Craig Stover Jr 279, Charles Wehrwein 278, Scott Badley 278, Jeremy Yaek 278, Mark Welsh 277 and Ray Randall 276.

Kathleen Smith had a 244 game in Inter City Ladies. The balance of the leaderboard was Terry Crampton 238 & 237, Heather Bombard 238, Sarah Teschler 236, Bonnie Harris 235, Alyssa Crampton 234, Laurynn Ball 231, Chelsea Bedford 227, Sharri Severini 226, Tamra Kulin 222 and Jennifer Klein 222.

Upcoming Tournaments: Match Game Doubles will be Dec.11-12 at Bowl O Drome. The five games of qualifying will be Saturday at 1 p.m., with the top 10 teams advancing to match play on Sunday.

Handicap Doubles will be Dec. 18 at St. Clair River Lanes. Partners must have a combined average of no higher than 410. There are two qualifying shifts (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and the finals will immediately follow.

Senior Doubles will be Jan. 8 at Port Huron Lanes. Bowlers must be 50 years of age or higher. Entry forms for tournaments are at all local bowling centers or entries can be submitted online at phba.net.

Splits: 2-5-10: Marvin Warren; 3-10: Linda Dane, AJ Garshott, Angie Affeldt, Jeff Dettloff, Dave Klaas, Austin Bedford; 3-6-7: Paul Hamilton; 5-10: Joe Bissett, AJ Garshott, Sue Verbeke; 6-7-10: Terry Crampton; 6-7: Sue Verbeke; 2-7: William Wallace, Mike Klaas; 6-8-10: Jane Anne Demor Pettigo

This article originally appeared on Port Huron Times Herald: Recreational bowling: Essenmacher bowls 45th perfect game

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