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* Tenpins Receives Honors
Tenpins & More Bowling Center in Rio Rancho has received two significant honors in magazines published in the past few weeks.
- Firstly, "Bowlers Journal International", celebrating it's 100th anniversary edition, named Tenpins & More as one of it's 100 listed places as a "must visit before you die" Center. In addition, the issue also ran a story and photos of local pro bowlers, Mike Miller and Gary Skidmore, on their recent induction in to the NM Bowling Hall of Fame.
- Then, the December edition of "Albuquerque the Magazine" named Tenpins & More as "Best of the City/Best Bowling Alley". It is Tenpins' first such city-wide accolade in it's 31 years. "The neat thing is it came as a result of reader's voting (30,000 of them), making it all the more special', said Tenpins' manager, Steve Mackie.
* Thanksgiving Handicap Doubles Marathon Draws Big Crowd and Scores
A near-record 35 teams contested last Wednesday's annual Thanksgiving Eve Handicap Doubles Marathon at Tenpins & More and the competition couldn't have been much closer, with only 11 points separating first and last at the end of eight games. There was an unusual tie for first between early leaders, Sara Vargas/Danny Cobine and father and son, Cliff and Andy Byer.
Going in to the final match, Vargas and Cobine held a two-point lead but finished third by eleven pins to get only one point. Meanwhile, the Byers won their match for three points to tie it up at 22 points. Third and fourth were ties at 21 points, being James and Chris Scarbrough and Donna and Eddie Dowd, followed by Jim and Diane Wemple alone in fifth on 20 points.
Bo Bolon and Khai Nguyen were sixth with 19.5 points after tying in an earlier round. All together, forty percent of the field (14 teams) cashed in the event that paid out more than $ 2,300 in prize-money. Highest individual efforts came from Demost Quintana 237.3 average (280 high game), followed by Cobine 225.1, John Lund 217.8, Paul Carper 216.3 and Bolon 214.5. Sixteen bowlers averaged better than 200 in the five and a half hour marathon.
* The 13th New Mexico Games Bowling Tournament
Results are complete for the 13th New Mexico Games Bowling tournament at Tenpins & More. Jeff Jones won Men's Open with 1,339, beating left-handers, Mike Riley and Bob Dillman tied for second with 1,277. Lee Gangloff used a strong start 203, 204, 225, 205 to win Men's A with 1,444 ahead of Brian Titus and Ron Michel. Robert Edwards continued his winning ways, opening with 259 and closing with 277 for 1,506 in Men's B beating Kenneth Gonzales and Mikey Conway. Richard Espinoza's 1,518, that included 213, 218 and 229 won by 40 pins from improving Chris Scarbrough with Zachary Hughes third in Men's C.
For the women, Brittany Leiby won A from April Trudell and Vicki Land, while Linzi Martinez took B over Rebecca Sanchez and Kassi Sanchez. Michele Gray and Hypatia Johnson tied for first, each receiving a gold medal in C with Tasha Gunn third.
Ken Goode was brilliant in winning Senior Men's A, shooting 217, 189, 266 and 256 for 1,048, including handicap, Don Baker was second and Bob Thurston third. 91-year-old Jose Viramontes' third game of 234, sandwiched in between 123 and 144, was enough to win Senior Men's B by five pins from Jay Medas with Ralph Fevig six pins further back, while George Hutton won C with no trouble.
Cheryle Costales took the Senior Women's title beating her average each game for a 4-pin margin over Evelyn Trujillo. Dianne Goode was third. Youth bowlers collected $519 in scholarship awards (of the $2,708 total prize pool). Angel Ortega was at his personal best with 237, 245, 233, 224 for 1,035 including handicap. He beat Rams team-mate, Niko Tchiloyans with 998 and Cougars bowler, Khalen Howard 830 in Boy's A. Jordan Vaughan fired a 230 best ever for a 34-pin win over Jacob Marquis with southpaw, Preston Hughes third in Boy's B, while Andrea Griego had an easy win over Amelia Fasting and Kallista Fritts in Girl's A action. Rhiannon May threw her best set ever, 144, 173, 133 (450) to win Girl's B from Saturday league doubles partner, Ashley Abbott by 15 pins with Kaitlyn Gunn close by in third.
All division top three placings are eligible to represent New Mexico in the next National State Games finals scheduled for late summer, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
* Other News:
In other recent tournament action, Cleveland eked out a win in the Advanced High School Challenge at Holiday Bowl, beating the Rams by 89 pins. Storm also won the Intermediate division over East Mountain. Rio Rancho teams went one and two in the Novice group while Volcano Vista beat Del Norte in Rookie play.
* Robert Edwards (778) won Sunday's Handicap Singles ahead of Isziah Zuni (754) and Rosie Apodaca (686).
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DECEMBER: (view December calendar)
- Sun 1: Color Pin 9-pin No-Tap tournament at 1pm
- Thur-Sun 5-8: Christmas Cash 9-pin No-Tap finals squads each day
- Thur Dec 12 - Sat Dec 21: 14th annual Champion of Champions qualifying rounds
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